At the biennial Live the Legacy Auction 2014 on Oct. 3, the two glass chandeliers made by the Culver Academies’ geometry classes are part of the silent auction. The glass dodecahedron chandelier sold for $6,000 and the triangular glass chandelier went for $3,500. Both were purchased by the same bidder, alumni who are also former parents. The couple, in typical Culver fashion, then donate both chandeliers back to the Mathematics Department and the money from the sale will be used to sponsor future math seminars on campus.
In another example, in less than 30 minutes, enthusiastic and supportive alumni and parents raised $194,950 for student scholarships during the Raise Your Paddle portion of the auction.
For the evening, the biennial auction netted $713,000 for The Culver Fund, money that directly supports student scholarships, programs, and faculty/staff salaries.
A capacity crowd of 1,027 people attended the Culver Parents Association event during Fall Parents Weekend. Auction co-chairs were parents Tammie Blackman Brown (Granger, Ind.), Cindy Krupp (Mishawaka, Ind.), and Maryann Snyder (Carmel, Ind.). Rick ’70 and Patty Jennings (Midland, Texas) were the honorary co-chairs.
Registered bidders vied for more than 400 items ranging from getaways and vacations to Culver memorabilia and collectables, from sports memorabilia and tickets to faculty/staff/student offerings. The silent auction raised $140,085 and the live auction generated $113,200.
During the Raise Your Paddle portion of the auction, 127 individuals made a direct tax-deductible donation at various monetary increments. A fourth of the money raised will benefit summer campers and the balance the Academies’ students. Eight donors got things started at the $10,000 level and another nine anted up $5,000 each. Thirty-seven bidders chimed with $1,000 apiece, with 42 people adding $100 each.
Dream vacations attracted the highest bids of the evening, led by two in Florence, Italy. The 2015-16 vacation sold for $19,000 while $14,000 was paid for the 2014-15 trip. Two vacations in Acapulco, Mexico, sold for $11,000 each, and a week’s stay at a St. Croix, Virgin Islands, vacation home brought another $11,000.
A Best of Live Raffle also gave someone a chance to select from the live auction items offered. Michelle Lehmann, a current parent from Noblesville, Ind., chose the dining experience at Grace Restaurant in Chicago with a bed and breakfast stay at the Four Seasons. Tickets for the raffle were $100 each or six for $500.
During the silent auction, the winning bid for a week in Aspen, Colo., was $7,200. A three-night stay at Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club in the Bahamas sold for $6,000 and a man’s Gio Monaco chronograph timepiece generated $5,250.
Other auction items worth noting:
- A full set of 12 1932 Culver dinner plates brought down the hammer at $7,000. The rare black and white plates – which sold new for $15 – had a different Culver image on each plate.
- A Southern Calendar Fashion Clock No. 2 sold for $5,200. The Southern Calendar Clock Co. was formed by Culver founder H.H. Culver and two brothers in 1875 and existed until the 1890s.
- A set of three nested antique tables with hand-painted Culver scenes by Nathan Van de Velde ’15 (Raleigh, N.C.) sold for $3,000.
- Two chances to have a matching pair of Culver varsity jackets custom-made sold for $2,400 each.
- Two opportunities to fire a Culver cannon were sold for $2,300 each.
- Two American Girl dolls, each sporting a handmade CGA outfit, sold for $820 and $520.
- Bidders warmed up to two hockey fire pits to the tune of $670 and $450.
Among the many faculty/staff donated items were such highly-sought after items as a pool party at the home of Troop B counselor Tim Montgomery, batches of Dr. Erwin’s brownies, and blacksmithing lessons with Math Department Chair Nick Counts.