“Standing in front of the room and leading a group in a giving situation that leads directly to such an amazing result was a wonderful opportunity for me.” That’s how Rick Schenkel describes what it was like to emcee the Water Buffalo Club’s (WBC) 20th Birthday celebration to raise funds for needy children in the Los Angeles area.
There they were on a magical night; members, guests, sponsors, and even some of the kids themselves who receive help, in the beautiful environs of the Skirball Cultural Center for dinner, entertainment, an auction and a raffle with all proceeds going to support the many charities that receive much needed funds from the WBC. The Fab Four, an amazing Beatles tribute band, got everyone up and dancing, with Rick, a past president of the WBC, emceeing the auction and rousing the audience to give generously.
The WBC focuses on “Big Kids Helping Little Kids” and raises funds to support the work of children’s charities throughout Los Angeles. This event raised money for many charities doing great work, and as an added focus, specifically raised funds to feed 2500 people from lower income families at Thanksgiving, through partnerships the WBC has developed with Los Angeles area schools.
Rick also shared that, “We raised more money this year than in past years, and of course this was done in a very difficult economy when charities are generally working harder to raise less money.”
If you want to learn more about the work of the Water Buffalo Club or would like to participate in next year’s event (or any of the numerous events hosted by the WBC), please visit the WBC website: www.waterbuffaloclub.com or call Rick Schenkel.