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Donaghey Scholars Program to support charity with silent auction

Submitted by Alyssa Causey on April 16, 2014 – 1:54 pm4 Comments

The Donaghey Scholars Program will host its fourth annual Live Silent Auction on Thursday April 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place in the UALR Bailey Alumni Center.

Donations from the annual silent auction are given to different charities each year. In years past, they have donated to Our House, Harmony Health Clinic, and the Summer Laureate University for Youth.

This time, all proceeds from the event will go to the Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp. The camps is located just outside of Little Rock near Ferndale, Ark. on Ferndale Cutoff. The camp hosts a summer program for children ages 9 -14. Students in the third, fourth and fifth grade who complete the Alternative Classroom Experience will attend the camp again for an additional week of strictly fun.

“It’s a great things for the scholars to do. It’s a lot of work. I can’t take credit in any way. It’s the students,” said Earl Ramsey, director of the Donaghey Scholars Program. The event is orchestrated almost entirely by students. Organizing the event is split among different student-led committees.

“I’m very proud of them for doing this,” said Ramsey. “It’s their baby.”

“We’re excited to make a donation to the Kiwanis Camp,” Donaghey Scholar Connor Roset added. “We think this is a great program for kids, so we’re excited to donate to it.”

The event is open to the public. Students, faculty and members of the community are encouraged to attend. The scholars will auction off “just about everything,” according to Roset. Framed photography, paintings, mixed martial art lessons, golf lessons, baskets of baked goods and even a bonsai tree are just a few of the items that will be auctioned off.

Monetary tax deductible donations and items for auction are now being accepted for the event.

While the silent auction will be the main event, light snacks will be provided and a live band will be performing. English major and Donaghey scholar Geoffrey Bara is the designated emcee.

“The event is well attended each year,” according to Dr. Ramsey. If you are looking for a fun, charitable way spend your Thursday evening, check out the program’s Live Silent Auction.