Pumpkin auction raises $5,600 for Kewanee Area United Way

Male livestock judging student evaluating pumpkinsAn auction of perhaps the world’s most eclectic gathering of pumpkins raised more than $5,600 for the Kewanee Area United Way.

The 13th Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins was Oct. 21 at Black Hawk College East Campus. BHC alum and auctioneer Bill LeSage had the audience laughing as they opened their hearts and their pocketbooks.

The multitude of donated squash ranged from a glass pumpkin filled with candy to a real pumpkin accompanied by a basket of gourds, decorative corn and fall leaves.

The glass pumpkin and accompanying purple BHC sweatshirt (pictured) were a tribute to Diane Jones, a beloved East Campus employee who passed away in the spring and was a strong supporter of United Way. That pumpkin raised $1,000.

Glass pumpkin filled with candy and purple BHC East Campus sweatshirt

“We are a community college which means that we contribute to the community in many ways,” said Amy Snyder of the BHC United Way Team. “Students, staff, faculty and friends believe that the United Way is important to making the Kewanee area a great place to live.

“People need help and those agencies provide it. Many Black Hawk College students receive help from United Way-supported agencies,” Snyder said.

The auction was organized by the BHC Agribusiness Club, and the pumpkins were evaluated by members of the sophomore Livestock Judging Team.

Pumpkins were donated by Nature’s Creations of Kewanee, BHC employees Rhonda Ballard, John Hartman, Paula Luft, Janel Smith and Amy Snyder, the Science and Math Club, and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Female livestock judging student evaluating pumpkins

To see more photos from the auction, visit Black Hawk College on Facebook at www.facebook.com/blackhawkcollege.

Upcoming United Way fundraisers include:

  • Phi Theta Kappa members will take photos of costumed trick-or-treaters at the Trick-or-Treat Trail on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
  • BHC equestrian students and the United Way Team will sponsor the concession stand at speed shows on campus Saturday, Dec. 5. The public is invited to learn about the college’s equestrian program and support United Way while enjoying a great fall outing.

“Students have a few other fundraisers in the works for United Way,” Snyder said. “They are learning life lessons about being involved in your community while taking care of your future.”



Last updated 10/26/2015