Charity Auction SUCCESS!

April 15th, 2013 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

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April is Team MBA Month, a national initiative to leverage the community, creativity, skills, and hard work of MBA students to make an impact on local communities.  This will be Smith’s seventh year participating in Team MBA Month – you can see some of our prior projects highlighted here.  Last year I had the privilege of coordinating events on behalf of Net Impact, and was thrilled to see so much interest, excitement, and creativity from our cohort!  I knew this year would be even better, but I didn’t realize just how good it could get…


Last week the MBAA hosted Smith’s third annual charity auction, raising funds to support the Special Olympics.  Students and faculty donated handcrafted experiences to the auction block, including home-cooked meals, a night of bowling, sailing lessons in Annapolis, a professional photography lesson, yoga classes, and many other delightful treats.  A live tally of funds raised was projected onto a screen, and the students formed teams to enter bidding wars on the most popular items.


We blew away our $3,000 goal, raising a whopping $8,100 for Special Olympics!  When we passed our goal, the MBA Games team gave us a sneak peak at the routine that would go on to win first place at the MBA games at Duke, held the following weekend.  The final item up for auction resulted in an exciting bidding war, and dinner with Professor Faulkender was SOLD for $1,500 – – with an incredibly generous surprise matching bid from Smith Alum Robert Isaman!  It was an amazing event!