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Seminary's Hunger Auction Benefits Bread for the World
04 May 1996 15:23:11
96133 Seminary's Hunger Auction Benefits Bread for the World
by Nancy Crowe
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Members and friends of Louisville Presbyterian Theological
Seminary made bids totaling almost $3,000 at the seminary's annual Hunger
Auction March 28. All proceeds from the auction, and the chili supper that
preceded it, went to Bread for the World, the educational and public policy
advocacy anti-hunger organization.
The problem of hunger is serious. The auction was anything but.
Goods and services "on the block" varied from two loaves of prune
bread to an autographed book by Thomas Merton. The loaves went for $20
each; the book for $45.
Two weight-training sessions offered by first-year student Dwight
McCormick were won by Aaron Doll, also a first-year student. Doll's offer
of an afternoon of yard work ("No jungle too much!") brought a winning bid
of $110 from seminary president the Rev. John Mulder on behalf of seminary
dean Eugene March, who was traveling in Ireland at the time.
Mulder made several bids on March's behalf during the auction. A
picture from Madagascar and two beginning country-and-Western line-dancing
lessons were also part of the dean's vicarious haul.
Also up for bidding was a "topless car wash" by another first-year
student, Dale Cook. The buyer of his generous donation was Cathy Dawson,
the seminary's vice president for finance. And an appropriate match it
was: "I have a topless car!" she said, referring to her white convertible.
A half hour of professional close-up magic by first-year student Craig
Kunkle was quickly snapped up by second-year student Teri McDowell to
entertain the campus children. But she had some competition. "Can he make
my brother disappear?" asked a hopeful Jeremy Carlton, son of second-year
student Deborah McCallister.
Another hot item on the block was a videotape of Mulder's birthday
party. The tape was actually one shown at -- not recorded of -- the party,
but the president admitted that it contained "some of my finest moments in
front of the camera [read: bloopers]." Polly Williams, a second-year
student, procured the treasure for $35.
Seminary professors Burton Cooper and John McClure, who teach
philosophical theology and preaching, respectively, donated free beer and
theology at a local pub: "We'll answer any theological question, no matter
how perplexing or personal!" Third-year student Mitch Trigger, with a bid
of $205, won this prize. Mulder responded with another offer on behalf of
March -- and, this time, himself -- a refutation of Cooper and McClure's
The event was coordinated by the seminary's Hunger Task Force, chaired
by first-year student Judi McMillan and third-year student Lori Baete. A
worship service with an offering of letters and a faculty-student
basketball game fundraiser are planned for the future.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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