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Princeton’s annual Auction, held on March 12 and sponsored by the Seminary’s Stewardship and Missions Committee, raised more than $2,000 for EducationWorks a nonprofit in Trenton, New Jersey, that provides support for disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia and Chester, Pennsylvania, and Trenton and Camden, New Jersey. (Executive director Marty Friedman and staff member Anita Wright, also a PTS alumna, are pictured to the right.) The highest bid went to Carol Belles, a staff member in the Office of Student Relations and Senior Placement, for a dinner with President Barnes at a local restaurant. Carol passed her prize on to student Margo Walter.

Auction items, all contributed by faculty, staff, and students in the Seminary community, included a dinner party for dog-lovers, drum lessons, Reiki sessions, sewing lessons, international fashion wear, baked goods, and a mystery box (won by Dean Lori Neff, pictured right with Lisa Robinson) that contained train tickets to New York and lots of snacks.

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Auctioneers Emily Morgan, a dual-degree student, and Ricardo “Shepp” Sheppard, an M.Div. junior, kept things lively and M.Div. senior Scott Page provided background guitar for the silent auction part of the event. The Selah Gospel Choir also performed.  

Organizer Lisa Robinson, an M.Div. middler and head of the Women’s Center, was thrilled to be able to help EducationWorks. “They enrich the lives of children, youth, and families confronting high rates of poverty by tackling issues like literacy, safety, and graduation rates,” she said. “Princeton Seminary is happy to help.” 

View photos from the auction.