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Women in Business Auction Raises More Than $10,000

April 5, 2012

About 200 Carlson School members and local professionals attended the auction to benefit Women's Advocates.

The recent fifth annual Women in Business (WIB) Charity Auction raised more than $10,000 to benefit Women's Advocates, a shelter for battered women and WIB's partner charity. About 200 Carlson School students, parents, staff, alumni, and local professionals attended the auction. The theme of this year's event, "Empowering Women: Strut With Soul," was selected to reflect how proceeds will help Women's Advocates members leave the program empowered and ready to start a fresh journey.

Held at TCF Bank stadium, the event featured a silent auction, live auction, fashion show, entertainment from Basses Wild, a University men's a cappella group, and a number of other activities. Attendees bid on items such as an iPad 2, Guthrie tickets, Twins box seats, a hockey stick signed by the Gophers men's hockey team, and a clothes package from Kohls.

This is the third year WIB has donated auction proceeds to Women's Advocates. After the first year of partnership, WIB recognized an opportunity to collaborate on a deeper level as Women's Advocates focuses on career preparation and placement for women.

"It was a natural fit," says Kate Hanson, WIB president. "In addition to proceeds from our auction, we have a committed WIB Cares Community Action Team that volunteers at the shelter at least once a month."

Women in Business is a student organization dedicated to bringing together business professionals and students of all majors to network and learn about pertinent topics within business.