Every year, the staff assembly executive committee at Newman University hosts a silent auction to raise money for a local charity. This year's event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 24 in the Mabee Dining Center on campus.
The auction is open to the Newman community along with the general public.
The proceeds from the auction will benefit two great causes: The Newman Helping Hands Fund and St. Francis Community Services — a transitional housing program for young women who have aged out of foster care.
With more than 50 items to bid on, this year's auction is sure to have something for everyone. Items on the table include staycation packages, artwork, jewelry, painting class certificates, massages, handmade items, doTerra products ... and much more.
Per tradition, many departments at Newman created their own baskets to place in the auction, and underneath one of those baskets will be a little bonus — a $100 bill.
Students are allowed to bid on any item in the auction, of course, but they can also expect a special "students only" table with items reserved just for them to bid on.
This year's auction marks the 19th year that Newman has hosted this event. In past years, the thousands of dollars raised has gone to nonprofits in the local community.
Staff Assembly President Katie Link said, "We are very excited to hold this annual event. The departments always come up with creative baskets and we always get lots of donations."
Link said even though part of the proceeds goes toward the Newman Helping Hands Fund, which was created to help staff and faculty who have experienced a financial hardship and need some additional monetary assistance, she is excited to be able to see the majority of the proceeds benefit St. Francis Community Services.
"We (the executive committee) are very excited about the charity that was chosen this year. The organization does a great job helping young women stay off the streets, helping them emotionally, financially and just preparing them for their future in general."