The Columbus School of Law’s annual live auction fundraiser supporting Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) continued to dazzle in 2014, offering attendees a dizzying array of fun, valuable, and intriguing items on which to bid in support of a great cause.
Foodies had numerous choices for dining out options, including meals donated by area restaurants and bars, while others of the home-cooked variety were supplied by many members of the faculty.
The public policy minded could unlimber their wallets for tickets to watch tapings of Meet the Press or The O’Reilly Factor – or perhaps, combine appetites and dine with former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden.
This year’s SPIL auction, held on the evening of Feb. 7 and distinguished by a 1920’s theme in decoration and dress, offered a little something for everyone. There were autographed books and sports memorabilia, bottles of wine, and for financially adventurous bidders during the live auction, even getaways to the Caribbean.
There were rock climbing excursions, tickets to a Georgetown basketball game, and sailing trips on the Potomac River or Chesapeake Bay. The week-long silent auction provided anticipatory buildup to the main event, a raucous live auction skillfully handled for several years in a row now by volunteer auctioneer, Professor Mary Leary.
Held each February, the SPIL auction is the primary supplier of summer stipend money that provides interested Catholic University law school students the opportunity to work in a low-paying public interest sector job. For the selected recipients each year, the SPIL stipend makes the critical difference in their ability to pursue their passion for helping others.
The 2014 SPIL auction was superbly organized and run by second year students Raha Mokhtari and Caitlyn Yuschak, who spent months in careful preparation for the cherished gala.
“Without the tireless work of these two talented people, there would be no SPIL auction this year,” said Director of Financial Aid David Schrock, who provides administrative support and oversight of the annual event.
“The entire law school community thanks Raha and Caitlyn, as well as everybody else who contributed to or supported this worthy cause.”
Contributors to the silent and live auctions included nearly 100 businesses, 39 members of the faculty and staff, 10 campus offices or student organizations, 17 students, 35 alumni, friends and family members, and 17 individuals.
All told, after expenses, the 2014 SPIL auction raised approximately $39,000, enough to provide at least 10 stipends for next summer.