The favorite annual auction event held by student university programmers was held again this year on Monday, November 15. In recent years, student college programmers have partnered with numerous charities and raised over $51,000 at holiday aid auctions for causes.
The Rowan community came together to bid against each other on several items, such as gift cards, gift baskets and celebrity autographed memorabilia.
“This is the second year we’ve been doing Holiday Helper online, so we had a look at last year that we could build on,” said Rachael Owens, charity events director for student college programmers. “I had a great team of SUP e-board members, committee members, and the support of my friends and family, which helped make the process of hosting this event practically very easy,” she said.
Many of the auction items that students could bid on were themed around Rowan swag, sports, activities, and experiences. Other elements included luxurious spa trips and winter vacations and fun. Raffle items were crowd favorites throughout the evening.
All funds raised at Holiday Helper will benefit the Gloucester County Toys For Tots Foundation. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute them to less fortunate children at Christmas. Local impact was a huge success with 171,752 toys distributed and 34,117 children supported. The money raised during this year’s Holiday Helper will allow more people to enjoy the magic and joy that the holidays bring with those they love the most.
“I look forward to raising funds for Toys for Tots and helping others have a great holiday season. I’m also looking forward to seeing everything fall into place since it’s something I’ve been working on since July. said Owens. “It’s something I will always remember when I think back to my time at Rowan,”
When all of the donations were displayed on screen, the highest bidder of the night received their long-awaited prize. After the occasion, shoppers will be able to pick up their items and make payment at the Chamberlain Student Center Information Desk, within days of the event.
This is the second year that Holiday Helper has been online. COVID-19 changed the way student college programmers ran Holiday Helper auctions — but in a positive way. The student organization was able to reach a more diverse audience by hosting the auction online. With a more diverse audience, they could increase their fundraising goals and give more.
Post-COVID, there’s no plan of what the auction will look like, but student university programmers hope to continue raising lots of money for local charities.
“It’s amazing how people can come together for a good cause and I really think those goals were achieved that night,” Owens said.
For more information, you can visit the Toys for Tots website here.
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