Big Win at Big Strike Auction

La Crescenta resident Mike Baldwin plays emcee with an antique mic at the Big Strike Auction sponsored by the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Oct. 8. Baldwin is affiliated with American Legion Post 288 whose members give financial support to the Council.
Photos by Ruth SOWBY

The Glen Arden Club in Glendale was the site for Friday night’s Big Strike Auction benefiting the Boy Scout Verdugo Hills Council. 

Community members and supporters celebrated the Roaring ’20s at the 46th annual event. Those who attended in person enjoyed an elegant evening that offered an outdoor reception that included craft cocktails, wine, close-in magic and hors d’ oeuvres. Guests then moved indoors for a plated dinner and live entertainment by Dave Stuckey & the Hothouse Gang. They also had a chance to bid on silent auction items and enjoyed a live auction run by “Shotgun Tom” Kelly. The silent auction items were available earlier for online bidding.

According to Andrew Sisolak of the organization, the Big Strike Auction provided over $25,000 of support for local Scouting programs and families in need.

“This year’s Big Strike Auction was especially important so we could celebrate Scouting’s service to youth and the community during Safer at Home and acknowledge the start of Verdugo Hills Council’s second century of service to the local community,” said Scout executive Sisolak. “VHC and local Scouting units quickly switched to virtual meetings, merit badge sessions and organized in person programming at the family level so that youth could continue their Scouting journey during COVID 19.”

Guests were encouraged to dress in Roaring ’20s style. Amy Taylor, the Verdugo Hills Council District director, dressed the part and helped herself to an egg roll offered by server and Scout fan Kevin Reese.

“We are so happy to be together (in person) celebrating Scouting’s role as a positive force supporting families, our youth, and improving the fabric of our community,”

Glendale resident and VHC board member Sam Engel added, “We were so happy to be together (in person) celebrating Scouting’s role as a positive force supporting families, our youth and improving the fabric of our community.”  

For those who missed the Big Strike Auction but would like to support Scouts locally visit to contribute.

Verdugo Hills Council provides Scouting programming for boys and girls from kindergarten to age 21. In-person meetings and campouts have resumed with appropriate health department guidelines. Learn more at