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The 2009 Ford School Charity Auction nets $12,000 for support of American military families

Centerpiece at the auction

Centerpiece at the auction

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The 2009 Ford School Charity Auction hit home with amazing results, raising $12,000 for Operation Homefront. The annual charity auction, in its 12th year, is an entirely student-run event that raises money for a different local, national, or international non-profit organization each year. The charity auction committee solicits donations from all members of the Ford School and local communities and then hosts a gala at which the items are auctioned.

The 2009 auction, "A Salute to Service," saw 150 items donated for the live and silent auctions. Some of the highest bids of the evening were placed for a hot air balloon ride, box seats (for 18 people) to a Detroit Tigers baseball game, a basketball signed by the 2008-09 U-M Men's Basketball Team, fine art, and a handmade Persian rug. The charity auction committee is grateful for Meijer’s corporate sponsorship and the donations made by over 80 local businesses and restaurants.

The entire school votes to select the recipient charity each year. Operation Homefront of Michigan was chosen because of its dedication to helping American military families before, during, and after deployment and for their support of wounded warriors. Operation Homefront offers a variety of programs including: Emergency Aid Program, Computer Program, Financial Assistance Program, Furniture Program, Moving Program, Social Outreach Program, and the Community Program. Operation Homefront has more than 4,500 dedicated volunteers in 30 chapters across the U.S. and has helped over 45,000 families since 2005.

During the charity auction, Operation Homefront presented the Ford School with a U.S. flag and certificate of appreciation as a token of thanks for the generous donation.

[Learn more about the Charity Auction Committee]
[Learn more about Operation Homefront]

Photography by Anne Glista

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    Centerpiece at the auction

    Centerpiece at the auction
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    Trey Williams places a bid

    Trey Williams places a bid
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    2009 Ford School Charity Auction

    2009 Ford School Charity Auction
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    Melisa March, Shereda Robinson, Ciera Burnett

    Melisa March, Shereda Robinson, Ciera Burnett
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    Silent auction item

    Silent auction item
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    Brian Adornato selling raffle tickets

    Brian Adornato selling raffle tickets
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    Proud winners of the handmade Persian rug

    Proud winners of the handmade Persian rug
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    Ian Swedish running the live auction

    Ian Swedish running the live auction
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    Silent auction items

    Silent auction items
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    Tony Kourtakis checking in attendees

    Tony Kourtakis checking in attendees
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    Trey Williams, Matt Alemu

    Trey Williams, Matt Alemu
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    Sidney Brown and guest enjoy the auction

    Sidney Brown and guest enjoy the auction
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    Operation Homefront

    Operation Homefront
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    Matt Johnson cheers on Melvyn Levitsky's bid during the live auction

    Matt Johnson cheers on Melvyn Levitsky's bid during the live auction
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    Amanda Jones and Jeff Barnes, chairs of the auction committee

    Amanda Jones and Jeff Barnes, chairs of the auction committee
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    Jeff Barnes setting up for the silent auction

    Jeff Barnes setting up for the silent auction
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    A Salute to Service

    A Salute to Service
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    Keith Fudge and guest

    Keith Fudge and guest
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    Milena Todorova places a bid

    Milena Todorova places a bid
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    Karen Tam, Joanna Lee, Mina Hong, Rebecca Osburne-Rothstein, Nicole Wagner

    Karen Tam, Joanna Lee, Mina Hong, Rebecca Osburne-Rothstein, Nicole Wagner
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    Kimberly Suchek (President of Operation Homefront Michigan) and Jeff Barnes

    Kimberly Suchek (President of Operation Homefront Michigan) and Jeff Barnes