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Proceeds from auction starting Friday May 29, will pay for scholarships, other student supports

PMG FILE PHOTO - Funds raised from the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation auction support students in getting the training they need for family-wage jobs.

Mt. Hood Community College Foundation will launch an online auction Friday, May 29, to raise money for scholarships and other student support.

"What we've seen at this time is an increase in requests for assistance by students as a result of the pandemic's effect on our economy. They need our help more then ever," said Al Sigala, the foundation's executive director.

"We are doing what we can in providing assistance through scholarships, but they are also in need of help in paying bills, buying food or paying for transportation," he added.

The foundation was forced to cancel its big annual fundraiser, a gala dinner and auction that had been scheduled for Saturday, April 25, due to the restrictions imposed to tamp down the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Bidding for the online auction will begin at 5 p.m. May 29 and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31. In addition to the auction items, there will be a virtual paddle raise for folks to donate money.

The auction has a user-friendly website where folks can view items, register and bid.

Some of the popular items up for auction include a package of two nights with golf, spa treatments and meals at a Coeur d'Alene resort, a week at a luxury villa in Mexico, jewelry and variety of adult beverages.

The gala normally raises more than $300,000 and provides essential financial support for the college's students through multiple scholarships. The foundation also provides funding for equipment and materials in classrooms and labs.

In addition, the foundation has made large donations to the college's food bank, Barney's Pantry. It provided the money to buy refrigerators so the pantry could stock dairy products and other perishables for struggling students.

Said Sigala: "This auction will go far in continuing to provide support that will help ensure our students stay on their journey of obtaining the education they need for a living-wage job."


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