Programs for Boy Scouts in the Verdugo Hills Council will be stronger than ever, thanks to a generous donation presented during the 38th annual Big Strike Auction Friday night at the Castaway.
Under the theme, “Changing the World One Scout at a Time,” the gala kicked off with a silent auction followed by dinner. Then came a surprise announcement of a major donation. Tom Carnahan presented the Verdugo Hills Council with a check for $150,000 from its Carnahan Charitable Remainder Trust. The gift was from Tom's father, Joe Carnahan, who died six weeks ago, said Bob Black, who co-chaired the auction with his wife, Dorothy.
“The donation was a secret until Tom made the announcement,” Black said.
The gift neatly meshed with the live auction as Vice President of Finance Sunder Ramani led the bidding, with comic relief provided by master of ceremonies actor Clint Howard, who walked between the tables and interacted with guests.