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MBA Charity Auction Sets Fundraising Mark Once Again

March 5, 2012

The sixth annual Carlson MBA Charity Auction eclipsed all previous efforts and will benefit the Brian Coyle Center.

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The sixth annual Carlson MBA Charity Auction scored big at TCF Bank Stadium by raising approximately $35,000, the highest total in its history. The event, held February 24, was attended by over 350 students, faculty, staff, and friends of the MBA program.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the youth entrepreneurship programs at the Brian Coyle Center, a nonprofit organization located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood working to create choice, change, and connection for people from all walks of life. The center offers numerous resources for the community, including youth and teen programs, adult education and employment, essential resources, civic engagement, and wellness programs. The center is a member of Pillsbury United Communities, and also houses the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, Emerge Community Development, and Pan African Legal Aid.

The Carlson School MBA Charity Auction is organized by Carlson 4 Community (C4C), a service group led by Carlson School of Management MBA students. C4C's mission is to promote volunteerism and community involvement both at the Carlson School of Management and within the community in which the school resides.

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"It was such a great event, and the funds raised will benefit a very worthy organization," says Rachel Endress, president, Carlson 4 Community. "We are grateful for everyone in the Carlson community who participated in and contributed to this year."

The highlight of the evening was a bidding war that was waged to win a wine tasting and dinner for eight with Professor Aks Zaheer. The winning bid was $3,800.

Other highlights of the over 100 items up for auction included a Delta Vacations gift card, dean's suite tickets to Gophers versus Michigan football game, and an RF Moeller Jewelry gift certificate.

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