Silent Auction helps provide shelter for displaced youth

Silent Auction
Dawn represented the Wichita Children's Home during the Silent Auction.

On Friday, April 15 the Newman University Staff Assembly hosted the 2016 Silent Auction. The auction was held in connection with the Shut Out Human Trafficking Week events, and a portion of the proceeds are given to the Wichita Children's Home - an organization that provides many services for children at risk in regard to human trafficking.

The auction included 76 items donated by local Wichita businesses and members of the Newman community.

Newman University department baskets were among the auction items.

Newman University department baskets were among the many auction items.

Newman University staff and faculty departments donated gift baskets based on local themes. A Wichita River Festival themed-basket donated by the University Relations Department included festival buttons, t-shirts and even glow sticks ready to go for the evening parties. A popular tradition of the Silent Auction is that Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D hides a $100 bill in one of the department baskets. This year's $100 bill was in the "As Seen on TV" basket.

The auction was a great success raising a total of $3,431. The Newman Hearts and Hands fund will be replenished using $1,000 of the proceeds and the Wichita Children's Home will receive the remaining $2,431. The vote for "best basket" goes out to the Nursing department.

The Newman University Staff Assembly and the Silent Auction Committee is grateful for the overwhelming love and support from everyone who participated in the Silent Auction.

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