Hats off to all those who participated in last week’s staff and faculty live auction and art market. This fundraiser and community-building event raised about $10,000 for student scholarships—setting a new record!

Thanks to everyone who generously raised their paddles; donated, procured or purchased amazing goods and services; and nudged others to contribute. A special shout-out to the Dean’s team and the staff council for sponsoring the event and providing a delicious lunch. 

We’d like to thank Katie Lamar (pictured, far right) and Nathan Bean who collected the money and processed the gift donations; Aleksa Manila (pictured, second from left) who served as our amazing auctioneer; and Madeline Galbraith, Kath Wilham, Shana Ava, Meg MacDonald, Bethany Robinson, Desi Schatz and Emiko Tajima—the wickedly talented Pop-Up Shop artists—who shared their creative talents.

A big thank you to Dave Morrin, Kenneth Rice, Aaron Olson, Marcee Boggs, Medha Raman and Brooks Callision who helped with set-up and clean-up. Lidia Sanchez and Kenneth Rice, student assistants from Admissions, procured some amazing auction items from local businesses. Kudos go to Leshawn Dandridge, our BASW baker extraordinaire!

A very special thanks to Dean Eddie (pictured, second from right) and partner Michael for kicking off our “Where’s Ele?” pledge drive with their generous donation. Thanks to all the Ele donors who participated in the fun, including our Ele-fundraiser extraordinaire Tracy Harachi. 

This year’s auction team members were Kath Wilham, Stan de Mello, Rachel Wrenn, Aliyah Vinikoor, Shana Ava, Madeline Galbraith, Desi Schatz, Saul Clifasefi, Nathan Bean, Jenn Maglalang  (pictured, far left) and Gail Colfax. You are all superstars!