Foundation Open House offers sneak peek at online silent auction

 Pictured: Helen Armstrong at the Foundation’s Open House.


The holiday spirit was in full swing at the Black Walnut building on Nov. 14.

Its newest occupants, The Foundation and Alumni Relations department, hosted an open house event to celebrate their recent move. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., visitors who stopped in had a chance to sample food and refreshments, mingle with the department staff, enter to win door prizes, and get a sneak peek at goods that will soon be up for grabs at the annual staff online silent auction.

Director, Development and Alumni Relations Lyn Russo noted that this will be the Foundation’s biggest silent auction yet. Not only will it feature more of a selection of great items than ever before, the silent auction will, for the first time, be conducted in three separate rounds. The three rounds will run one per week from Monday at 9 a.m. to Friday at 3 p.m.

Silent auction items that were on display include a helicopter ride; various gift baskets such as elegant boxes of wine from Vineland Estates; products from the College, including the NC Teaching Winery and NC Teaching Brewery; and gift certificates from places such as White Oaks, Leon’s, Benjamin Moore and much, much more.

“I think there are a lot of really great choices for Christmas gifts,” said Russo.

The staff online auction will run from Nov. 19 to Dec. 7. Proceeds will fund equipment and learning resources to support student success. Look out for more details to come on InsideNC.


Pictured: Lyn Russo stands near the variety of goods on display that will soon be auctioned off to support learning resources and equipment.

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