Student service auction raises more than $16,000 for charity benefitting Trenton youth
by Sarah M. Binder, Woodrow Wilson School
Before departing for winter break, Woodrow Wilson School students hosted the School’s annual signature event: a service auction benefiting Isles Youth Institute (IYI), based in Trenton, N.J.
On Dec. 9, 2016, Princeton students, faculty, staff and alumni joined community members as well as leadership and students from IYI for an energetic evening that raised more than $16,000 for the local nonprofit.
Organized by the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee (WWAC), the graduate student government body of the Wilson School, the 9th annual event flooded Robertson Hall’s Bernstein Gallery and Dodds Auditorium with individuals enthusiastically bidding on goods and experiences in both silent and live auctions. Donations ranged from international gifts such as a Syrian handmade box inlaid with rare woods and mother of pearl, to a lunch in New York with Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman and Professor Eldar Shafir, which sold at the live auction for more than $1,000. In total, 27 local businesses and 117 students, faculty, staff and alumni contributed items for the event.
The Woodrow Wilson Action Committee has selected the IYI to be the beneficiary of the past five auctions, including this year. IYI fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities. With a mission of “self-reliance through education,” the organization engages disconnected youth and helps them work through life challenges while assisting them in meeting their educational and career goals. Students participate in activities such as job shadowing and life skills training.