The preliminary numbers for the 2020 Labette Community College Foundation online auction show more than $39,000 was raised.
The money will be used in two ways. Approximately 40% will be used to fund scholarships for LCC students next year. The remaining will be designated for the Athletic and Academic Complex Capital Campaign, which will also help meet the Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant to bring $500,000 to complete the campaign.
The 21st auction was supported by 120 bidders, 37 sponsors and 141 auction items donated by 102 donors.
“COVID-19 forced us to reimagine how our annual auction could function. We had a great team who creatively worked to move the event from a traditional gathering to an online auction.
“We weren’t sure what the response would be, but we are absolutely thrilled with the outpouring of support,” said LCC Foundation Executive Director Lindi Forbes.
“My goal was to raise $30,000, and we surpassed that by nearly $10,000 thanks to the generosity of our donors.”
Due to the unique opportunity presented to the LCC Foundation by the $500,000 Mabee Foundation Challenge Grant, the foundation board dedicated a majority of the auction proceeds to the capital campaign. This will help earn the $500,000 grant and complete the capital campaign to meet student needs.
“We consulted with auction donors to apply some of the auction proceeds toward the campaign and had numerous positive reactions. Donors understand the needs and how their support could leverage the Mabee grant,” said Forbes.
Contributions can still be made at www.labette.edu/foundation or by mailing gifts to 200 S. 14th St., Parsons, KS, 67357.