Black Hawk College auctions pumpkins for Kewanee Area United Way

Bill LeSage

Auctioneer and alumnus Bill LeSage again left people with a warm heart and empty pockets.

Black Hawk College East Campus employees, students and friends are in the middle of their annual campaign to support the Kewanee Area United Way.

“Lots of student groups are involved, doing their own fundraising efforts. We really see the campaign getting students involved in improving our community,” said Rhonda Ballard of the BHC United Way Team.

The 12th Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins on Friday, Oct. 24 on campus was as crazy as ever. Auctioneer and alumnus Bill LeSage again left people with a warm heart and empty pockets. Bids for this year’s auction totaled $4,350. The highest sale was Pumpkin Lot 10 which sold for $600 and included a pumpkin cake baked decorated and donated by Auntie Amy’s Cakes of Toulon.

The pumpkin auction was organized by the Agribusiness Club, and pumpkins were evaluated by members of the sophomore Livestock Judging Team. Pumpkins were donated by Nature’s Creations of Galva, Stahl’s Produce of Lafayette, Janel Smith of the East Campus Bookstore, Marion Kubinsky of Kewanee and BHC professors Paula Luft and John Hartman.

Upcoming United Way events at Black Hawk College include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 30 –Phi Theta Kappa honor society will be taking photos of costumed trick-or-treaters at the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Proceeds will go to the United Way.
  • Friday, Nov. 7 – The Drive 4 UR Community event from the Ford Motor Company will come to the Community Education Center in Kewanee. For each person who test drives a new car, Ford will donate $20 to the United Way. Come and bring your driver’s license! This event is cosponsored by Gustafson Ford.
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 6 – BHC equestrian students and the United Way Team will sponsor the concession stand at speed shows in the college arena. The public is invited to learn about the college’s equestrian program and support the Kewanee Area United Way all while enjoying a great fall outing.

“Students have a few other fundraisers in the works for United Way. Of course, school and academic success is most important,” Ballard said. “These are life lessons about being involved with your community while taking care of your own, personal future.”

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To see more photos from the auction, visit Black Hawk College on Facebook.


Last updated 10/29/2014