By Erin Zaranec
PRSSA Kent hosted our annual Homecoming Silent Auction on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. Let me just start off by saying – it was a HUGE success!
We raised a total of $5,394 towards chapter programming and sending 14 representatives to National Conference in November. It was amazing to say the least! Two milestones were reached for the chapter: we raised the largest sum of money we ever have in ten years of hosting the silent auction and we are officially sending more representatives to Conference than ever before!
When I started serving as the Co-Vice President of Fundraising and Community Outreach, I had no idea how much work went into planning a fundraiser. We contacted approximately 200 businesses and auctioned off 53 baskets over the course of the weekend. Since the start of the school year, I have been running around Franklin Hall like crazy, coordinating donation pick-ups and calling more businesses than I can even remember.
Generous donors stepped in at the last minute, including President Beverly Warren, who donated two poems that she wrote and signed herself and a lunch with her and four JMC students.
Over the weekend, Thor Wasbotten, the Director of JMC, played the role of auctioneer at the end of each day. The auctions were full of bidding wars, laughs and plenty of happy tears (well, most of those came from me). The words “thank you” cannot be repeated enough to everyone that donated to our chapter this weekend.
Within the past few weeks, officers and committee members have gone above and beyond to ensure the success to auction and everyone came together for a great day. Now, we can all go off to Conference worrying more about networking than about our credit card bills once we arrive back home. I am so grateful and humbled by everyone’s willingness to help. Thank you to my fellow officers and wonderful committee members, I would have lost my mind without all of you! And again, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all of our amazing donors.