Konosioni auctioned Colgate merchandise, collectible items and services during their 22nd annual Senior Charity Auction to benefit refugee and immigrant nonprofit organizations on Friday, April 5.

Konosioni chose to work with local organizations including the Mohawk Valley Resource Center, Somali Bantu Association, New York Immigrant Coalition and Caz Welcomes Refugees as refugee and immigrant outreach was a main focus for the senior Konosioni class.

The highest priced item auctioned was a pearl bracelet from Tiffany & Co. which sold for $540. Also auctioned was a week-long parking pass up the hill, which sold for $120, a custom hand-designed Colgate jacket, which sold for $70 and a Drake skysuite for guest

housing during Commencement weekend, which sold for $175. The event invited dressy attire and took place in the Hall of Presidents.

Junior Glynnis Harvey said part of the fun was knowing the money would make a difference.

“There were really fun auction items including a week long parking pass to park up the hill, which many students vied for. It was great to see so many people bid on items and money raised go to a great cause,” Harvey said.

The auction was part of Konosioni’s annual “spring campaign.” The campaign also featured a lecture about immigrant and refugee communities on March 19, and will include a fundraising concert on April 5 and a supply drive April 22. The supplies raised at the drive will benefit the Somali Bantu Association.

Contact Emily Rahhal at erahhal@colgate.edu

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