The Kewanee Area United Way is benefiting from fundraising efforts by Black Hawk College East Campus faculty, students, staff and friends.
“Every corner of the campus seems to be involved in this year’s campaign,” said Rhonda Ballard of the BHC United Way Team.
The 11th Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins on Friday, Oct. 25 at the East Campus was a record breaker. This year’s pumpkin auction raised $6,375, surpassing the 2012 event that raised more than $4,500. The highest sale was Lot 15 which sold for $1,000 and was donated back for re-bidding. The second go-round brought an additional $275.
The pumpkin auction was organized by the Agribusiness Club, and pumpkins were “evaluated” by members of the sophomore Livestock Judging Team. This year’s auctioneer was again BHC alum Bill LeSage. Pumpkins were donated by Nature’s Creations of Kewanee, Stahl’s Produce of Lafayette, Janel Smith of the East Campus Bookstore, Marion Kubinsky of Kewanee, Bill Craig of Galva and BHC professors Paula Luft and John Hartman.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Phi Theta Kappa honor society took photos of costumed trick-or-treaters at the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Later that night, the Science Club sponsored a student dance. Both of these events will be donating their proceeds to the United Way.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, the Galva/Tri-County Garden Tractor Pullers Club will host their Fall Indoor Pull at the East Campus. BHC United Way Team members will operate the concession stand with proceeds going to the United Way.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, the BHC Christians on Campus group will sponsor a Swedish Pancake and Sausage Dinner at The Filling Station in Bishop Hill. The public is invited to enjoy “breakfast for supper” from 4:30-7 p.m. The use of the restaurant is being donated for the fundraiser. It will be staffed and serviced by members of the Christians on Campus. Donations will be accepted for the United Way.
“We hope the public comes out to support Christians on Campus and their United Way fundraiser,” Ballard said. “These are really life lessons about being involved and contributing to a better community.”
On Saturday, Nov. 9, the BHC United Way Team will run the concession stand at the BHC Speed Show in the college’s Ag Arena. The community is invited to watch competitive barrel racing, learn about the college’s equestrian program, and support the Kewanee Area United Way all while enjoying a great afternoon outing.
There will be open arena from 8-9 a.m. with exhibition from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Timed races will begin at noon. The Speed Show is hosted by the BHC Horse Show Team.