An article in today’s New York Times about the “stars and stellar brands” being increasingly offered up as prizes in charity auctions featured the Pace Women’s Justice Center’s silent auction at its annual benefit dinner as an example. The Center’s annual dinner happens tonight at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown.
The article offered several examples of people motivated to bid at auctions more for the excitement of the prize than the charity receiving the benefit. Yet the Pace Women’s Justice Center auction served as a counter example. According to the article:
At last year’s annual dinner and raffle to benefit the Women’s Justice Center at Pace University Law School, which provides free legal services for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, Sheree Wen, a chief executive and engineer, won the raffle for a $2,900 diamond necklace that had been donated by a local jewelry store. Ms. Wen, who had paid $30 for her winning ticket, gave the prize back to the center to re-raffle.
“She said she feels strongly about the work of the center and wanted to do the most she could to help us,” said Cindy J. Kanusher, the center’s deputy director.
The second raffle brought in an additional $1,800, on top of $3,980 from the first go-around.
Read the full article here.