Relay for Life Date Auction, Huge Success

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The Relay for Life Club, in coordination with co-sponsors Alpha Delta Phi, Cleo of Alpha Chi, the Ivy Society, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, and the Varsity Swim and Dive Team, hosted their annual date auction in Vernon Social on Apr. 9. The event received a large turnout, with well over a hundred students coming out in support. Through the generosity of many Trinity students, the event raised $1,274 for the American Cancer Society by the end of the night.
Relay for Life’s Date auction, participants offer to go on a date with the highest bidding Trinity student. The proceeds help raise money for cancer research Seniors Rebecca Smith and Bobby Boyle emceed the event. Students filled the Vernon stage area and shared plenty of laughs as Smith and Boyle asked the auctionees questions such as: “Are you a dog or cat person?” What is your idea of a good date?” Members of the audience were doubling over at the wit of the emcees and the responses of the participants.
The success of the event was largely due to the jocular atmosphere that the Relay for Life club members, the emcees, and the participants created. The emcees kept everyone engaged for two hours, encouraging students to eat the ‘free food’ and bid on their potential ‘match’. Over twenty Trinity students participated in the event as “auctionees”, a record number, according to Relay for Life President Carina Leggio. “I went for $60, that’s what I’m worth – two thirty-racks and a toblerone,” said Evan Scollard ’17, “being on stage and having people judge your cash value was the living nightmare that you’d imagine it is. But altogether a lot of fun.”
The Relay for Life Club is hoping for continued support from the campus community this coming Friday, Apr 15, for their main fundraising event. It will be held in the Koeppel Community Center, and will feature accapella performances, eating contests, group activities, and more.
By participating in the Relay for Life event, students gain valuable leadership, community service experience, and contribute to the movement against cancer. With 26 teams and 103 participants already signed up to celebrate on Friday, the event will surely be another success for the Relay for Life community at Trinity. All are welcome to the event. Just sign up online or make a donation at the door.

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