COLUMBUS, Miss.-- The Long Blue Line Auction set another record at the 2019 Homecoming, raising over $28,000.
Alumni and friends of The W donated items and money to produce the 7th Annual Long Blue Line Auction. Two hundred sixthy-one items ranging from W memorabilia, original artwork, jewelry, crafts, books and home décor were contributed for a sellout auction.
All bidding was online, which allowed long-distance bidding for those who were not present. It was a tense night of competitive bidding until the close of bids.
W President Nora Miller won a pair of hand-painted sneakers.
“Thanks to all of you for these wonderful results. We had a record of 34 sponsors and 261 donated items. It was an exceptional year and you made that possible. I think we can do even better next year. You are appreciated,” said Carolyn Byrd, Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association board member and chair of The Long Blue Long Auction.
Byrd chaired the event with alums: Monique Jenkins, Cynthia Kittrell, Jenny Katool, Denna Fortner, Shelly Davis, Heather Stone, Nathan Wilson and several student ambassadors. The alumni volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure everyone had a good night of bidding while raising money for The W.
“I would like to thank Carolyn Byrd and the Special Events Committee for their tremendous success and outcome of this year’s Long Blue Line Auction---it’s another record year! I am so thrilled to see this event continue to grow not only in record proceeds, but record donations, sponsorships, bids and attendance,” said MUWAA Board President Kristi Hipp Mosley, who chaired the three prior auctions.
“We are so grateful for the continuous outpouring of support from our alumni, friends, faculty and staff for continuing to give of their time, talent and contributions. The auction’s proceeds will be used to endow our three faculty awards and grants. These awards directly support the efforts of our faculty in the classroom and represent our commitment to supporting our University.”
The MUWAA exists to support and to promote the mission of The W while providing alumni engagement opportunities. Any former student who has completed at least 12 semester hours at the university and who has made an annual contribution to the MUW Foundation is an active member eligible to vote and to hold office for the year. For more information, visit the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association website at https://longblueline.muw.edu.
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June 3, 2019