The 2016 Live the Legacy Auction over Fall Parents Weekend enjoyed a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 guests and officially broke the $1 million mark. The auction, which is run by the Culver Parents Association, grossed $1,071,278 with the net proceeds hitting $947,894.
Funds raised through the auction, which takes place every two years, support the Culver Fund – the lifeblood of Culver Academies’ and Culver Summer Schools & Camps’ academic programs, faculty, facilities, and scholarships.
The 2016 levels are up dramatically from the 2014 totals of $813,420 gross and $723,172 net proceeds. In less than 30 minutes, auction guests at this year’s event committed a remarkable $303,000 for student scholarships during the Raise Your Paddle portion of the evening, an increase of 55 percent over the $195,050 raised in 2014.
Director of Parent Relations Julie Crews Barger said a significant portion of the overall increase can be attributed to the marked increase in sponsorship dollars which surged by 41 percent, from $307,000 to $431,500. Raffle revenue also rose from $17,600 in 2014 to $26,800.
The auction also featured many interesting items, including a custom pontoon boat ($38,000); a luxury suite at a Chicago Blackhawks game ($6,000); and trips to dream destinations around the world, from Italy ($16,000) to China ($5,000) to Mexico ($6,200). One of the most sought-after items was a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali ($11,200), and several pieces of Culver memorabilia such as an antique Company C desk ($3,100) were in demand as well.
Auction co-chairs were parents Jana Baldwin (Plymouth, Ind.) and Cindy Krupp (Mishawaka, Ind.). Mike and Jan Wilcox (Toledo, Ohio), who served as co-chairs at the first CPA auction, were the honorary co-chairs.