Party on the Plaza, Newman University's largest annual fundraiser, was a major success this year. The event raised $35,000 more than last year for student scholarships.
A total of $180,000 was raised this year, compared to $145,000 for the 2016 event. The total amount includes not only money from silent and live auction items but also from ticket sales, table sales, Golden Ticket sales and other donations.
Money raised at the event goes toward scholarships so that students around the world are able to attend Newman on a more affordable budget.
Below is a breakdown of the monetary accumulation from every area of Party on the Plaza this year:
- Table hosts and sponsors brought in the most with a whopping $89,000.
- The live auction reaped an impressive $52,000.
- "Fund-a-Need," which goes solely toward scholarships, brought in $35,000.
- Golden Tickets, which allowed for the possibility to choose any live auction item before the bidding began, brought in an astounding $10,000.
- Total ticket sales reached $6,000.
- The silent auction brought in $6,000.
- The "50/50" raffle brought in $2,000.
There were also other miscellaneous donations that resulted in a generous $4,000.
The most popular item at the live auction was “Dinner with Dr. Carrocci.” The item to have dinner with Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, was actually won by two bidders, one at $7,000 and one at $7,200.
Next year's big event is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2018.