Habitat for Humanity Holds Annual Mardi Gras Auction

The Habitat for Humanity club will host their annual Mardi Gras auction on Tues, March 4, 2014 in the cafeteria.  There will be a showcase displaying the items up for bidding on Mon, March 3, 2014 in Lenfest Commons.

Professor Bob Dickson M.F.A. will be this year’s auctioneer and members of Habitat for Humanity, along with some Curran Scholars, will volunteer to help showcase the items and set up the auction site.  Items donated for the cause range from baked goods and handmade crafts, to various goodies donated by local businesses.  Anyone can donate anything they took the time to make or put together.  All profits will fund the club’s trip to New Jersey for Alternative Spring Break, otherwise known as ASB, March 16-22, where a group of students will go to help build homes for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity President Taylor Staudt ‘15 and Treasurer Katelyn Wingerd ‘16 are both donating items and all students are encouraged to join them in their efforts.  Taylor is donating crafted items while Katelyn is donating jewelry and baked goods. Each Habitat for Humanity member going on ASB is required to donate at least two items to the auction.  In the end it pays off because those two items will help fund the trip.

“The Mardi Gras auction really makes Wilson’s work with Habitat for Humanity and ASB possible,” Katelyn Wingerd ‘16 stated.  “The auction really brings the Wilson Community together to benefit an even greater cause.”

“We so appreciate the generosity of the Wilson Community, both in donating and bidding on items.  The funds are much needed and we want to ensure that no student is prevented from going because of cost,” Chaplain Rosie Magee added.

Magee is the supervisor of Habitat for Humanity and she will contribute Irish crystal glassware to the auction.  Many other Wilson staff members get involved with donating to the auction; in fact, many joined together to make a quilt for the event.  A team led by Rene Parson, “The Seam Rippers” quilt is currently on display in Lenfest Commons.  It is definitely an item to keep an eye out for¬− last year’s staff-made quilt raised $700 for ASB.

Students admire quilt created by Rene Parson and "The Seam Rippers."  Photo by Jenna Kauffman
Students admire quilt created by Rene Parson and “The Seam Rippers.”
Photo by Jenna Kauffman

This year’s auction will stay in the same format as it has in years past.

“A typical auction is a wonderful mix of creative chaos, fun, and generosity− all led by our trusty auctioneer, Bob Dickson,” Magee stated.

When asked what keeps her coming back each year to help out, Taylor Staudt ‘15 had this to say:

“What I find is just truly humbling is that a group of sixteen young women would give up their whole week of spring break to go and serve others by helping provide people in need with a roof over their head.  How could you not want to be a part of helping these young women change lives?”

For more information on the Mardi Gras auction, contact Rosie Magee.

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