Centre College’s Delta Kappa Epsilon will host its annual Favors Auction, a silent auction that benefits the College’s Heart of Kentucky United Way campus campaign. Scheduled to take place on Nov. 14, from 8-9 p.m. in the Nichols Dining Room, the event has been organized by and is an integral part of Delta Kappa Epsilon’s philanthropy program.
The goal of the favors auction is to offer the Centre community various “favors” on which they can bid. These range from weekend trips and excursions to an array of items like a coffee maker or reserved parking spots.
Last year, the former co-philanthropy chairs, Jack Perryman ’20 and Evan Thompson ‘21, raised approximately $3,000. This year’s chair, Ramsey Amoudi ’22, has set a new goal to raise $3,500-$4,000.
“I think a fun aspect of the auction is having the members of Delta Kappa Epsilon participate and donate their own creative services or products to the auction,” Amoudi said. “For example, services include a sushi date with two brothers, a nature hike excursion led by two brothers, unique baskets like the Office Fanatic Basket that features memorable merchandise and gear from the hit television show ‘The Office,’ and many more. We try to get the whole fraternity involved in philanthropy, and I think this is a unique way to do it.”
This year, Amoudi said he’s tried to implement more of the Centre community in the auction. He personally emailed different offices, departments and professors, coordinated with Sponsored Research Specialist & IRB Chair Katherine Andrews’ mass email, to donate baskets, services or unique items to the auction.
Through these efforts, Amoudi was able to gather donations from Centre’s Department of Public Safety, Grace Doherty Library, President Roush, the academic affairs, admission and finance offices, and The Center for Global Citizenship, among other campus groups.
“The participation within the Centre community exceeded my expectations, and I was so thrilled to have so many people contribute,” he said. “With all of this together, we are able to offer a wide variety of ‘favors’ for the entire Centre community to come together and bid on. With over 80 ‘favors’ offered at this year’s auction, there is something for everyone, and I think that is what makes this whole event important.”
There are a number of new items offered at this year’s auction that stand out, including tickets to Perfect North, the UK vs. Missouri men’s basketball game and Dollywood Park, as well as a plethora of unique gift baskets, such as a Fury Friends Basket for pet lovers; a Danville Driveaway Café Basket filled with luxurious baked goods and spreads; a herpetology hike and fossil collecting trip offered by Centre professors from the biology department; homecooked meals and group dinners with professors from all different academic departments; and a variety of art from framed paintings to an Indonesian batik.
“I took a different approach with the Favors Auction this year and tried to branch out and use many resources within Centre,” Amoudi explained. “I put a lot of work and constant effort to ensure that this auction caters to any individual on Centre’s campus.
“Overall, I think the Deke Favors Auction will be a success and I hope to meet or even exceed my fundraising goals for this event,” he added.
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 14, 2019