On Wednesday, September 13th, UC Clermont held a silent auction in the library to raise money for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, a nonprofit organization that raises money for the Cincinnati community. Items sold at the auction were provided by staff members with bids being made by staff members and students. Co-chairs of the auction were Katie Foran-Mulcahy and Monika Royal-Fischer.
Founded in 1915, United Way of Greater Cincinnati raises money from the Cincinnati area and then distributes the money back into the communities of ten counties, including Clermont. Their mission is to “lead and mobilize the caring power of individuals and organizations to help people measurably improve their lives” in areas of “health, education, and financial stability.”
United’s impact on the Cincinnati area has been extremely beneficial to the 365,000 residents it supports each year. So far this year, United has invested 57.3 million dollars in programs, initiatives, and community change efforts; increased quality in early care and educational programs by 180%; and returned 21 million dollars in tax refunds to local families.
United Way makes this change by encouraging pride and unification in local communities, much like the unification that was displayed by the UC staff and student body in setting up the silent auction. “We have some really generous faculty, staff, and students and the auction couldn’t have happened without them,” co-chair Katie Foran-Mulcahy says of the event.
Because the auction was set up in the library, student library workers were instrumental in running the auction, especially student worker Ty Setty, who helped explain the bidding process and assisted in the online guitar auction. “It’s really great that so many people can come together for a good cause and donate items to raise as much money as we can in just one event,” Ty said of his involvement.
Undoubtedly, the silent auction was a success. The highest bidders will be going home with some nice items; but more importantly, the campus community had fun raising money for a good cause. “The United Way is a great cause, and the silent auction made giving a really fun experience for everyone,” says Foran-Mulcahy.
Co-chair Monika Royal-Fischer also said of the event, “I think this answers the question of whether or not you can have fun while fundraising. The answer is yes! Between having a rockstar co-chair, generous donors, and numerous bidders—both faculty and staff—the United Way silent auction has been quite the fulfilling opportunity.”
So far, UC Clermont has raised over $700 for the United Way, but the C.J. Martin guitar is still being auctioned until Wednesday, September 20th at 11:45 PM. You can bid here at https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/34690/auctions/42610/auction_items/1089060
For more information on the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, visit their website at http://www.uwgc.org/