Homelessness and Hunger Auction Raises Funds for Local Non-Profits
When the gavel descends at the end of this year’s Homelessness and Hunger Auction at the School of Medicine, lucky bidders will be walking away with everything from a day of sailing on Long Island Sound to a “dang good pot of cheese grits” and other homemade delicacies; belly dance, baking and guitar lessons; a “personal serenade a la Frank Sinatra”; evenings of fine dining; an “elegant lavender bow tie with green fish”; and more.
A combination of fun and charity, the annual event raises funds for local non-profit organizations that battle hunger and homelessness in New Haven. Last year’s auction garnered $32,000. This year’s proceeds will be donated to Christian Community Action, Columbus House, Community Soup Kitchen, Domestic Violence Services, Junta for Progressive Action, Loaves and Fishes, New Haven Home Recovery and Youth Continuum.
Now in its 17th year, the Homelessness and Hunger Auction has expanded from an afternoon event to a week-long program that this fall includes a panel discussion, a screening of “The Soloist,” a football game between first- and second-year medical students, and silent and live auctions.
The items up for bid are donated by faculty and students in Yale’s medical, nursing, physician associates and public health programs. The aforementioned bow tie, for example, is the latest in a series of neck apparel that have been contributed each year by Dr. William B. Stewart, associate professor of surgery, who has taught the basics of anatomy to first-year students for decades. Last year, Stewart’s tie (described on the program as smelling “faintly of formaldehyde”) fetched $500.
Interested individuals can place their bids during a silent auction taking place Sunday-Thursday, Nov. 15-19, in the foyer of Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St. The live auction begins at 5 p.m. in Marigolds and the E.S. Harkness Hall Ballroom, 367 Cedar St.
For information about all the items up for bid and a list of other activities scheduled that week, visit http://info.med.yale.edu/yaxis/auction.