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Student-run auction raises more than $27,000 for local and national charities

At their annual charity auction on November 3, students enrolled in the Catering and Special Events Management class raised more than $27,000 for local and national charities. The Mad-MENhattan-themed event was a great success with more than 180 attendees, including students' parents, local business owners, alumni, students, members of the Cornell community, and representatives from the recipient charity organizations.

The class auctioned off more than 100 items and sold more than 150 tickets to raise funds for Loaves and Fishes, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Loaves and Fishes, is a Tompkins-County-based charity working to provide food and shelter to those in need. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a nationwide charity that works to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is an international charity with the goal of becoming the largest source of non-profit funding dedicated to turning lung cancer into a manageable disease.

This year's auction surpassed the fund raising goals from the previous years, making it one of the most successful charity auctions the Catering and Special Events Management class has hosted.

"This charity was unbelievable," said Senior Lecturer Rupert Spies. "The level of detail that went into the planning and execution of this event was just amazing. This was one of the best charity auctions we have ever hosted."