The annual Staff Assembly silent auction had another successful event this year, as the Newman community attended in support of St. Francis Community Services' Independent Living Program at the Mount.
The purpose of the nonprofit is to provide a transitional housing program for young women who age out of foster care. They work with the Sisters of St. Joseph and teach the young women life skills, budgeting, nutrition, tips to seek employment and more. Child Start also works with the young women who have children, providing daycare and parenting skills training.
The silent auction committee votes on a different charity each year in order to support a variety of services in the community.
This year, $2,000 was raised to be donated to St. Francis Community Services. The Newman Hearts and Hands fund will also receive a portion of the proceeds in order to replenish its budget to help Newman community members who are experiencing a life-changing or traumatic situation.
Popular items at this year's auction included a parking space of the winner's choice on campus, the science and math department basket, a pair of Rayban sunglasses, a doTerra basket and a golf outing.
Each year, one department is awarded the honor of "people's choice" for the best department basket and receives bragging rights along with a traveling trophy to display in their department. This year's winner was the science and math department with their basket, "Every Summer Has a Story."
The Staff Assembly Executive Committee is thankful for all the hard work the silent auction committee put in, as well as all who participated in the event in support of a great cause.