COLUMBUS, Miss. – In another record-breaking year, the Long Blue Line Auction, hosted by the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association, brought in gross proceeds of $45,000 to support scholarships, faculty enhancement grants and future activities of the MUWAA.
The impressive amount is over 1.5-times the record set by the association in 2019 event, which included a mix of in-person and online bidders. This year’s event also saw a record number of auction items available and a record number of online bidders.
Upon learning of the amount raised, Special Events Committee chair, Cynthia Kittrell ‘76 said, “I knew our amazing committee was capable of reaching the stars, but I was absolutely overwhelmed by the final total. And, we pulled it off almost completely virtually, all the way from the planning to the executing. Wow! Just wow!”
Kittrell added, “Our MUWAA Special Events Committee was the best group of folks I have ever worked with and, believe me, I've worked with many, many teams in my work and volunteer life. Everyone knew exactly their role and carried out their action items without any prodding or reminding and, in most cases, they went the extra mile to make the auction even bigger and better. I'll never forget this great group of W friends!”
The 2021 Long Blue Line Auction featured 231 items for over 235 registered bidders. The most popular items included a set of coffee cups from the historic Shattuck dining hall, a Smoky Mountains vacation package and a picture book featuring long-time university photographer Chris Jenkins’ campus photos. The auction was anchored by fan favorites, including an original campus painting by alumna Lynn Miller, a stay at Puckett House during 2022 Homecoming weekend and W miniatures. A special add-on to this year’s online event was a Scout bag pre-sale which allowed bidders the opportunity to purchase two popular variations of W-branded Scout bags with a portion of those sales benefitting the Long Blue Line Auction. $1,750 in gross proceeds from Scout bag purchases went into the total amount raised during the auction.
While previous years’ proceeds fully endowed the Legacy Scholarship, funds raised this year will not only finalize the full endowment of all faculty grants offered by the MUWAA, but also pave the way for the creation of a new student scholarship. The recently established Long Blue Line Undergraduate Research Scholarship will help fund future research endeavors for students at The W.
“I have been so pleased by the unwavering support our alumni have provided the association this year,” shared MUWAA President Rebecca Rogers ‘00, “but the level of engagement we have seen with the 2021 auction far surpassed my expectations and even the loftiest of my stretch goals for the event. Our amazing alumni really showed up and showed out, and we are so fortunate! The most exciting part is that our faculty and students will continue to see the benefit of these efforts for many years to come.”
The MUWAA supports and promotes the mission of The W and provides alumni engagement opportunities. Any former student who has completed at least 12 semester hours at the university and has made an annual contribution to the MUW Foundation is an active member eligible to vote and hold office for the year. For more information, visit the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association website at https://longblueline.muw.edu.
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2021