St. Pat’s auction raises funds for service

Loras offers eight service trips that allow students to travel across the country and the world throughout the year, and this year more than 100 students applied to take part in these experiences.

With more interest then ever before, it is becoming more and more important to raise money to continue to provide service to these communities and allow students to become involved in these life-changing experiences.

In addition to individual fundraising that goes on throughout the year, the service trip team has benefited from the St. Patrick’s Auction, a Loras tradition for more than 55 years. Last year, nearly 350 students, staff, alumni and community members gathered for the St. Pat’s Auction, which included music, both live and silent auctions and a gift card raffle. This year, hundreds of items will be up for bid and all proceeds go toward the service trip fund that helps alleviate the cost of the trips, allowing students to give back to the community partners at each location.

This year, the Auction will be held on March 13 in the ACC ballrooms. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the bidding on live auction items beginning at 6 p.m. The St. Pat’s Auction provides an opportunity to connect with current students, hear directly about their involvement with service trips, and to experience the wonderful chaos and joy that comes with the exciting live auction.

For seminarian and senior Michael McAndrew, the service trip to New Jersey over J-Term break offered him an opportunity to grow in a way that is unique.

“I had the opportunity work with eight other students to serve with an organization known as the De Sales Service Works,” said McAndrew. “While in Camden we assembled and distributed hundreds of sack lunches to the homeless and hungry, visited and served in a homeless shelter, tutored and played with children at the local school, and attended AA/NA meetings in the area. The experience was more valuable than I could have ever hoped. We had the freedom to give ourselves in service to those we met and we grew very close as a group.”

These types of experiences are what allow Duhawks to have a unique college experience, different from many other institutions. The St. Pat’s Auction, a tradition in itself, has become an important event for bringing together Duhawks, young and old, for the sake of service and community.

For information on the auction or donating an item, contact Heather Jungblut at heather.jungblut@loras.edu.

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