Auctions Speaks Louder than Words: Charity Auction at Winter Formal to Benefit Local Organizations

By Diana R. Jiang, Class of 2019

By Diana R. Jiang, Class of 2019

As January comes to a close, Boothies are relieved not to have bidding strategy on their mind. Maybe you spent all your bid points on Professor Epley’s “Designing a Good Life”. Or maybe you’re bid-poor from snagging that coveted consulting interview. Have no fear – you won’t need any bid points for Giving Something Back’s Charity Auction!

This year’s event marks the 26th anniversary of the charity auction. A long, long time ago, the Charity Auction used to be a stand-alone event at a bar. Over time, Boothies wanted a classier affair and it was moved to the Spring Fling (spoiler alert, first years – there’s a booze cruise planned in spring quarter!). Conducting the auction on a boat proved a little inconvenient (things got a little tipsy-turvy, if you know what I mean…) and it has been paired up with the Winter Formal ever since. One thing that hasn’t changed throughout the years is the spirit behind the auction. This event brings together students, faculty, staff, and even local businesses for great social causes. Last year, Giving Something Back raised over $25,000!

Boothies cleaned up nicely for an evening at the Field Museum of Natural History last year

Boothies cleaned up nicely for an evening at the Field Museum of Natural History last year

Every year, the student body selects the beneficiaries of the Charity Auction via popular vote. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit three great organizations that focus on underserved populations in Chicago. Deborah’s Place provides supportive housing and services to homeless women to help them achieve their goals and move on from the experience of homelessness. Vocel provides cutting-edge parent coaching and innovative early learning to children from underserved communities in Chicago. CARA provides career and interview coaching to people affected by poverty and helps hundreds of people find jobs each year.

Students from the class of 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry

Students from the class of 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry

The Charity Auction is a unique opportunity to contribute to a noble cause in a fun and interesting way of your choosing! You can donate your time in form of experiences for your classmates. Past auction items have included experiences with professional athletes of the NFL, LPGA, and WTA; lessons in cooking, photography, music and dance; an afternoon of puppy-time with French bulldog Edmond Honda (of previous ChiBus fame); and an evening with exclusive rights to the d20 Blaster – a shot-robot that uses facial detection to launch frosty beverages into your mouth.

You can also think of the Charity Auction as phase 7 of bidding, and look forward to bidding on all the awesome stuff your classmates put up!  Several local businesses donate as well, so keep your eyes peeled for baseball tickets, manicures, gym and fitness classes, and even a distillery tour! In previous years, the most anticipated auction items have been contributed by our esteemed professors – private dinners, Belgian beer tasting, imported wines, and weekend stays in Aspen!

Giving Something Back’s Charity Auction will take place on Saturday, February 23rd from 8pm-midnight, coinciding with GBC’s Winter Formal at the Museum of Science and Industry. Even though iBid only publishes a schedule through phase 6, we’re here to remind you that phase 7 is in real time!