The Caper has new digs and technology

| January 13, 2011
Coach Denny Crum and WHAS-TV News Anchor Rachel Platt.

Coach Denny Crum and WHAS-TV News Anchor Rachel Platt.

The 24th annual Caper to benefit Family & Children’s Place, a post-game party following the University of Louisville-Marquette game Saturday, Jan. 15, will be held at its new location in The Galt House’s Archibald Cochran Ballroom.

This much-anticipated community event, sponsored by WHAS11 and hosted by personalities Adam Lefkoe and Rachel Platt, has become a post-game tradition that helps raise funds and awareness for children and families who have fallen victim to child abuse, violence and neglect.

Dan Fox, president of Family & Children's Place, and Beth Cocanougher.

Dan Fox, president of Family & Children's Place, and Beth Cocanougher.

Whether watching the game at the KFC Yum! Center, a local eatery or at home, more than 900 basketball fans can drop by for this family event. Festivities include food and drinks from area restaurants, musical entertainment, face painting for the kids and of course, U of L coaches and players will be on hand.

One of the highlights of the day is the chance for guests to bid on more than 200 exclusive items during the silent auction. Some of the items up for bid are two Cancun vacations, Indiana Pacers tickets and various golf packages, including a Valhalla Golf Club outing for four.

New this year is the use of technology to boost the excitement of the silent auction. The event will offer a handheld device called a BidPal to every bidder. BidPal is an interactive device that keeps track of bids in real time and let’s users place a bid from anywhere in the room.

BidPal devices are state-of-the-art enhancements for silent auctions.

BidPal devices are state-of-the-art enhancements for silent auctions.

The organizers are thrilled at the benefits of this technology and feel that it enhances the silent auction experience. You no longer have to leave an interesting conversation or pull yourself away from the perfect family photo op because you want to “check on your bid.”

Leaderboards are set up throughout the room to keep everyone abreast of the hot items. The dreaded checkout line is also alleviated, making item pickup a breeze.

Tickets to The Caper are $20 and are available by calling (502) 893-3900. Tickets at the door are $25.

BidPal devices are state-of-the-art enhancements for silent auctions.

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