January 13, 1998

Middlebury College Habitat for Humanity Chapter's Silent Art Auction to Benefit Huntington Project

Middlebury College's Habitat for Humanity chapter will host its second annual silent art auction from 8 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Grand Salon of Le Chateau, off College Street. The fundraising event is part of a partnership with the Habitat for Humanity chapter at the University of Vermont, and the organization's Essex Junction-based Green Mountain affiliate. The auction will showcase works donated by Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff. Quintet music and hors d'oeuvres will enhance the evening's activities. The public is encouraged to attend.

The two student chapters are committed to a combined two-year fundraising goal of $5,000 toward the construction of a home in Huntington for a local family in need. With less than $1,000 to raise, organizers of the silent auction hope it will be a significant contributor toward the completion of this goal.

"Last year's auction was very successful," said Middlebury College student Jennifer Jensen, co-chair of the College's Habitat for Humanity chapter. "Not only was over $1,000 raised, but it turned out to be an excellent way to bring the community together, and to promote student art work on campus."

The silent auction is only one of many fundraisers that Middlebury's chapter has organized during this academic year. Events such as an annual 5K road race, "coffee houses," and a semi-formal gathering contributed to the $5,000 goal. The chapter also hosts an annual spring break trip.

The Middlebury chapter is part of a consortium of campus chapters around the nation. The College chapter works in conjunction with the Green Mountain affiliate, which organizes large-scale fundraising events and selects eligible families for homes.

All proceeds will benefit the Huntington project. For more information on the auction, contact Middlebury College Habitat for Humanity student co-chair, Jennifer Jensen, at 802-443-6355.