Gala Auction raises $40,000

The 24th annual Northwestern College Gala Auction on Saturday, Feb. 3, raised around $40,000, bringing the total raised through the auction to nearly $600,000.

Proceeds will help fund $1,000 Alumni Scholarships for 35 to 40 students next year, the $1,500 Northwestern College Teaching Excellence Award, a fall workshop for faculty, and student life programs.

More than 750 people attended the construction zone-themed event. Bids were submitted on nearly 450 items.

Items that secured generous bids included a four-night stay at the Rainbow Trout Ranch in Colorado, deep-sea fishing off the coast of California, a Chicago Bears autographed football, and a 42-inch LCD TV.

“Other electronics and the golf packages also brought good bids,” says Aletha Beeson, who helped coordinate this year’s auction.

Beeson praised the warm spirit and giving of Northwestern’s supporters who braved subzero temperatures to attend the live event. “It was a great night. Even though it was so cold, people still came and supported our students. It’s wonderful to have that kind of commitment.”