The dessert auction is a successful concoction by alternative spring break

The Alternative Spring Break program organized a dessert auction on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to raise money for their trip to northern Mexico this semester. The program is supported by UAF Live. Annie Bartholomew/UAF Sun Star

The Alternative Spring Break program organized a dessert auction on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to raise money for their trip to northern Mexico this semester. The program is supported by UAF Live. Annie Bartholomew/UAF Sun Star

Alan Fearns/Sun Star Reporter
February 19, 2013

Last Wednesday, students and faculty bid on multi-layer cakes, oreo pies, chocolate chip muffins and more.  The Alternative Spring Break program hosted  the Pre-Valentine Dessert Auction from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m in the Wood Center.

ASB is raising money to go to Agua Prieta, Mexico during Spring Break for community-based projects.  After brainstorming and Valentines Day approaching, a dessert auction was decided as the next fundraiser.

The 12 team members baked goods for the auction.  Homemade brownies, apple sauce cookies and cake pops were just a portion of the array of desserts offered.  Bids started at $10 or there was a “buy it now” option anywhere from $15 to $30.

Event leader Krissy Shogren, made cupcakes, whipped cake cups and chocolate covered strawberry pairs that were sold for a dollar each.  These were popular among Wood Center attendants looking for a simple snack.

ASB team member Ty Block, manned a table for valentine delivery orders, that consist of either a Crush orange soda or a bag of Hershey kisses.  The valentine treats could be decorated with a personal note, song lyric or stickers.

Laughs and stink eyes were exchanged between the bidders.  Students would place bids on multiple items, in case they were outbid while they were in class.

“It’s a game, I’m gonna see who else I can outbid,” Kyle Reuther, a frequent bidder, said.

Reuther and another student took turns bidding on a cappuccino cheesecake made by team member Mari Freitag.

“I really hope I don’t win all this stuff or I’ll be spending around 50 dollars,” Reuther said.

By 1 p.m. half of the desserts were sold, including the cappuccino cheesecake.

“It’s been really successful so far, ” Heidi Shepard, Co-Team Leader of ASB, said.

As desserts went out, others were brought to fill their places.

Josh Hovis’ mother donated a box Krispy Kreme doughnuts that were made the day before. Shortly after, a student claimed the doughnuts at the “buy it now” price of $25.  Hovis is an Alternative Spring Break Leader as well.

All around the Wood Center, people could be seen with cupcakes or sharing a large cake between friends.  Leftovers were donated to the Wood Center receptionist desk, for more people to enjoy.

“With how great the sales have been, I think there will be another,” said Block.

 ASB’s goal is to reach $15,000, in order to fund the trip to Agua Prieta. While there they will work the charitable foundation, Rancho Feliz, to get involved with assisting the town.  The team is motivated to help out in schools, construction and understanding the border relation with the U.S.

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