Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Auctioning Tutors for a Cause

By Michele Beach

          Just about everyone has heard of a date auction, but a tutor auction?  On February 22, the Science Club held an event in the Romano Center to raise money for the Bleed Purple Organization. It started as just a small idea at one of the club officer meetings last semester. 
          The Science Club had planned many charity events before and has always raised money for the Susan G. Komen Fundation in the fall semester, but the tutor auction was different.  At the event, students were able to bid on 15 tutors that were being auctioned off.  In return for the price of the tutor, the purchaser would receive a two hour private tutoring session with the tutor of their choice.
          The students being auctioned off all volunteered their time to tutor in a variety of subjects including science, math, history and English.  All of the proceeds from this event were donated to the Bleed Purple Organization to support college students with cancer.  The president of the Science Club, Matt Fagnan, commented about the cause for the event and said “As college students ourselves this is a great group to donate to because we are able to relate to something like this and be able to give something more.” 
          Once 8:00 pm rolled around, the tables quickly started to fill up in the Romano Center and auction paddles were being handed out left and right.  The Science Club officers worked hard on the set up and execution of this event; there were refreshments, a 50/50 raffle and purple ribbons being sold to support the cause.  The highest bid on a student tutor was $51 for Stephanie Jankovic!
          Dr. Ryan Wynne and Dr. James Kearns were proud advisors of the Science Club that night.  Dr. Wynne even bid himself at the end of the night.  “I couldn’t be more proud of all of you for putting this successful event together,”  said Dr. Wynne. Due to the camaraderie and support for the event, students raised a total of $481 for the Bleed Purple Organization.

This article also appeared in The Thoma, STAC's campus newspaper

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