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Service Auction Supports Local Charity

Jan 22, 2014
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Eric Wilkens
Students bidding on prizes

Graduate students, faculty and staff from the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) raised $13,000 for the Isles Youth Institute in Trenton, N.J., during the Sixth Annual Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC) Service Auction Dec. 6, 2013, in Robertson Hall. Money raised by the event, organized by WWAC Community Service co-chairs Samuel Clark and Kate Fritzche, both second year master’s students, will go toward helping at-risk youth.

All auction items were donated by WWS students, faculty and staff and more than 50 local businesses. Among the silent auction items were cooking and baking lessons with WWS graduate students, art from around the world, gift certificates to local restaurants and metalsmithing and painting lessons.

Items from the live auction included WWS Dean Cecilia Rouse’s parking spot for one month; lunch for the winner and four friends with former WWS Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80; a tour of Trenton with the founder of the Isles Youth Institute, Marty Johnson ’81; and a behind-the-scenes tour with seven friends at the Princeton Art Museum with its director.Graduate students discussed and bid on items at the auction.

"Woodrow Wilson School students are dedicated to changing the world in a meaningful and positive way," said Rouse. "By organizing and participating in the event, they demonstrated their commitment to service in and around the community."

Fritzsche and Clark said they were eager to choose the Isles Youth Institute as this year’s beneficiary because of their experience volunteering last year with an after-school program in Trenton.

“We greatly enjoyed the people we met in the community,” said Clark. “So, we were adamant about wanting to continue partnering with organizations in Trenton.”

The Institute, a community development and environmental organization, fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities. One of its programs is an alternative school that provides education, green construction training, essential life skills and the chance to renovate homes in Trenton to high-risk students.

“We hope this money will help facilitate activities with the Isles’ students and their mentors and supplement the soft-skills and vocational training the Isles students receive as part of the standard curriculum.”

“I’ve never before seen such energy, creativity and collaborative spirit in Dodds Auditorium,” said Johnson, who attended the event and introduced the live auction. “The fund will benefit young Trenton students who were once disengaged, and are now reengaging in their own education. We deeply appreciate the efforts to build that bridge between Princeton and Trenton.”

“The service auction is an extension of our efforts, a time when we celebrate our year with our colleagues, while expressing our appreciation for the work done by the Isles staff,” said Clark.

Among the students involved in planning this year’s event were second year master’s students Shell Castiglione, Hana Freymiller, Virginia Poggio and Steve Ross; and first year masters students Emily King and Jamie Morgan.

All photos courtesy of John Houston

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