Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Class of 2014 will be hosting the Ninth Annual Second-Year Auction on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 5:30-7:30pm in the SMC Campus Center ballroom. The evening will consist of both a silent auction and a live auction with faculty hosts. There will also be live music performed by members of the Class of 2014, drinks, and light hors d’ourves. Proceeds from the event will help fund student activities, including the MS-II Spring Formal; a portion of the auction profits will also be donated to Healthcare for the Homeless, a University of Maryland affiliated charity that works to reduce the incidence and burden of homelessness in Baltimore by providing health care services, housing assistance, and education to underserved members of the community.
“The auction is a big event that takes a considerable amount of planning,” said Joey Mechak, President of the Class of 2014. “We started getting organized this fall, recruited the help of some of our classmates in December, and have worked hard on collecting donations and arranging the details of the event since we returned from winter break.”
Donations have come in from family, friends, faculty and local businesses. “There is definitely something for everyone!” Joey assured us. “A few highlights collected so far include: free ‘Doctors in Training’ Step 1 and Step 2 courses; cooking and wine tasting classes; gift certificates to local restaurants, bars, spas, and salons; free use of vacation homes; signed memorabilia; tickets to sporting events, the symphony, and museums; and much, much more.” For a complete listing of items that have been donated to date, see the website the class has set up at http://umsomclassof2014.weebly.com/.
It is the donations from faculty that usually prove most popular. “Faculty support is absolutely essential to the success of the auction,” said Paige Luneburg, Vice President of the Class of 2014. “Many faculty members donate experiences, such as dinners and lunches for students at their homes or at favorite restaurants; signed copies of books they have written; or fun excursions, such as sailing and rock climbing adventures. These events are always highly sought after by the students and are responsible for generating much of the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this event. This year, we are also reigniting an older tradition of inviting several faculty members to serve as auctioneers in our live auction. However, the most important thing that faculty can do for auction issimply attend. Their presence means a lot to us, and it is wonderful to see them there showing their support!”
If you would like to show your support, please feel free to stop by on February 28. The auction is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.
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