The gnome has finally found a home. Yes, you heard that right. On Tuesday, October 1st, the gnome was adopted into a loving home at the L.O.V.E. outreach auction. The auction was a night dedicated to connecting students with items only university students (or your grandma) could love, while raising money for the L.O.V.E. outreach teams. “It was a very exciting night for us,” says Chett Fitchett, the Local Outreach Coordinator. “People came with an intention to give back.”
The items up for auction ranged from light sabres to a sweater vest to a T-Rex backpack, all of which were snapped up within minutes. Several notable items, including the gnome and a framed Aladdin poster, went for a high price, but were considered well worth the cost.
“I began the night as a simple turtle-necked man looking to invest my hard-earned dollars on some object to help a good cause,” says Eric Strom, an auction attendee. “By the end of the night I was the proud owner of an unknown modern classic: ‘YOLO #65 Flower Power’ by Adriel Carey.”
The funds raised for the night reached almost $1000 with the combined totals of the live and silent auction items. This money will be shared between all 13 L.O.V.E. outreach groups and will be used in tangible ways, like buying hot chocolate for Nightshift and baking supplies for Building 272. It was a “record-breaking evening,” says Fitchett. “I think it speaks highly of our students and our community here.”
“The L.O.V.E. auction thoroughly, inexplicably, and indefinitely changed my life,” says Strom. “To say the L.O.V.E. auction was unsuccessful and boring would be like slapping a newborn baby fawn; it would be a travesty.”
The L.O.V.E. team would like to thank everyone that came out and made this event so awesome! Keep spreading the L.O.V.E.!