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April 29, 2013

'Every little bit helps:' Annual Indian Hills scholarship auction raises thousands

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Students got involved in the auction, as well. Turf and landscape management students grew plants to prepare for a busy Saturday morning, where their table was swarming with people snagging plants and vegetables to fill their spring gardens.

The library also collected books throughout the year to donate to the book sale, where people could pick up as many books as they could fit in a bag for $5.

"We usually give out around 200 bidding numbers, so there are easily 300 people here every year," she said.

The auction formed nearly four decades ago because the college's auctioneering school wanted its students to practice.

"So they started collecting things, the culinary department made mother's day cakes and they collected things at the college that they needed to get rid of," she said. "But then they thought, what do we do with the funds?"

They soon banded together with the newborn college foundation and began donating the funds raised at the auction to academic scholarships for students.

Staff and students began moving items into the aviation center Thursday afternoon and had to have the entire center torn down by 5 p.m. Saturday so the planes could be moved back in for class Monday morning.

The foundation holds several different fundraisers throughout the year that eventually contribute to between 75 and 100 $600 scholarships. Other scholarships come through money given through estates and scholarships specifically designated toward different majors or colleges.

Free brownies were also passed around at the auction Saturday.

"When people eat chocolate, they're happier and more likely to spend money," she said, making the brownies a long-standing tradition at the auction.

 

 

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