Annual Mardis Gras Auction Supports Habitat for Humanity

Photo provided by Patrick Fox
Photo provided by Patrick Fox

The Annual Mardi Gras Auction is right around the corner. Next week on Tuesday Feb. 17, during lunch in the dining hall, the auction begins.

Wilson’s Mardi Gras auction is an annual event that supports the Wilson College Habitat for Humanity Club. Each year, they take a trip over spring break and donate their time and labor to building homes for others.

Anna Harutyunyan ’17 says, “I think it’s a great thing that people donate to this cause.” Harutyunyan believes that community service is something to be honored. “The younger generation needs to know that being kind and thinking of your fellow human beings is a normal thought and should be done throughout life.”

In order for the club to perform this noble mission they need funds. The Habitat for Humanity program asks volunteers to contribute funds to the cause before they come down for spring break. These funds pay for housing for the students as well as for the supplies for the overall project.

Rosie Magee, Helen Carnell Eden Chaplain, has organized the auction for the past six years. When she came to Wilson in 2009, she made sure to continue and improve the tradition each year. When asked what she loved about the auction she said, “The day is a lot of fun. Bob Dickson does an amazing job of being our auctioneer.”

The auction contains a variety of items from the Wilson community.

“We have some wonderful beaded jewelry and artwork. People are making baked goods, and items are still coming,” says Magee. “I love to see the wonderful items our community brings to the auction.”

The auction preview runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday Feb. 16. For more information on the Mardi Gras auction, please contact Habitat for Humanity President Taylor Staudt at


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