17 -- The long awaited auction
One of the first things I heard about when I
got on to the ship was the fabulous auction that is held each
semester and the wild bidding that goes on for choice items.
This wild bidding is an excellent thing because all proceeds
from the auction go directly to charities chosen by the students.
This year the beneficiaries of our fundraising are: (1) kiva.org
(2) Adopt -A-Landmine (3) Habitat for Humanity (4) Invisible
Children (5) Simon Estes Choral Group in Cape Town, South
For weeks before the auction the hype began. Do we have an
item or a service to donate? I thought back to the many compliments
that my colorful coffee mug had received in the dining room
and decided to donate that.
In the description of the item I wrote: 'This is the coffee
cup that inspired me to keep writing my blog. If you have
writers block drinking from this mug will work wonders. Money
back guarantee if you don't get an 'A' on your next paper'.
Others donated their personal artwork, colorful clothing
they purchased in India, and boxes of exotic teas. The Traditional
Chinese Medicine professor offered an acupuncture session,
the Director of Student Life put a five-night stay in his
apartment in Belgium on the auction block. I knew we were
in for an exciting time.
The smaller items were part of a silent auction held in the
afternoon. My coffee cup originally bought for $5.00 was purchased
in a bidding war by my roommate Ariane for $52.00. She explained
that she wanted to make a charitable donation anyway so this
was a fun way to do it. Now the cup is on her night table
instead of mine and she teases me about it.
The big ticket items were offered in the evening. Students
had to sign for bidding paddles (made of paper) and the auction
began amidst great hooting and hollering. Truly, the bidding
(to the delight of the student organizers) became outrageous
and loads of money was raised. Here are just a few of the
items and the winning bids...
Two dozen homemade cookies mailed to your home once a month
for three months -- $55.00
The original navigational chart that showed our route around
the world -- $650
Four nights in Wyoming -- $350
12 bottles of wine from a law teacher's family winery -- $320
An acupuncture session -- $200
A Captains hat autographed by the captain -- $180.
The captain's personal baseball cap (signed) -- $510
A one hour bar tending lesson -- $230
A painting of China -- $150
The privilege of raising the ship's flag as we sailed into
Miami -- $1,000
secret confession -- There was also a raffle for some of the
smaller items that were donated to the auction. I 'anonymously'
donated my 'sea-going flamingo' because everybody teased me
about this nerdy statue on my night table. I forgot about
it until my number was called as the winner of one of the
raffle items. What did I win? My little pink flamingo had
come home to roost. I guess what goes around comes around.
I re-donated it and a student bought it ($5.00) for her grandmother
so I know it went to a good home.
How exciting to report that the auction earned a grand total
of over $21,000. Magnificent!
Kudos to everybody who took part and especially KP who led
Publicity for the
auction begins early
My coffee cup is up
Students, staff and
faculty peruse the offerings
Will we reach our fundraising
Each participant gets
Crew donates a pair
of signed overalls
Beautiful artwork is
My pink flamingo comes
home to roost