School of Education hosts silent auction for Autism Awareness Week

David Spindler/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 12, 2013

Summer Sessions employee Felicia Burud takes a look at two pillow cases donated by Sheri Layral during the 4th annual silent auction hosted by UAF's School of Education, Nov. 6. David Spindler/Sun Star

Summer Sessions employee Felicia Burud takes a look at two pillow cases donated by Sheri Layral during the 4th annual silent auction hosted by UAF’s School of Education, Nov. 6. David Spindler/Sun Star

UAF’s School of Education partnered with the Autism Society of Alaska, Golden Heart Chapter to organize the fourth annual silent auction. Kathy Mosca, assistant to the dean for the School of Education, and Administrative Assistant Stephanie Cox, were working together this year to bring back the silent auction.

“It’s going really great, seems to be growing every year,” said Cox. Mosca and Cox spent several weeks before the auction calling businesses around town, sending out letters asking for donations, and collecting donations. Cox then typed out the donation sheets for each donation item, each one specifying what the name of the item was for donation, who donated it, the value it is worth, and the starting bid amount.

“We have over 90 items for the auction this year,” said Mosca. “We get different donations every year like Pier One, people in the office donate, as well as businesses around town.”

The original idea of starting a silent auction came from Mosca, who began the project nearly four years ago. “The silent auction started out as a class project for one of my psychology classes and we had to partner with a non-profit organization in the community,” said Mosca. “We’ve continued our relationship working alongside The Autism Society of Alaska and it has been growing strong.”

The event was on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the  floor of Gruening Building. The funds raised from the silent auction go towards helping bring in guest speakers and training for the community. The mission of the Autism Society of Alaska is to improve the lives of all those affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the daily issues faced by people with autism.

At the same time while the auction was going on, Mosca and five  friends are making a quilt together, which they hope to have done by January next year. They plan to auction it off in a drawing at the next “Autism Walk” in April. The Alaska Walk/Run for Autism will start on April 26 as a 5K race. The event will serve as a fundraiser to help raise autism awareness and connect families with local services available for people living with Autism. Nov. 8 is when the payment is due for those that bid during the silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction go directly to the Autism Society of Alaska, Golden Heart Chapter, which is a non-profit organization.

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