CFCC silent auction raises thousands for earthquake relief

On Friday, Jan. 29, hundreds of people turned out for CFCC’s silent auction which earned an estimated $3,800 to benefit survivors of the Haiti earthquake. The event was coordinated by the CFCC art department and other employees at the college.

A wide variety of items were donated, including drawings, paintings, photographs, pottery and jewelry made by artists from CFCC and the local community.

The highest bids for individual items were $150, which went to a hand-sculpted ceramic bowl, and $125 for a painting called “Mad Emu.”

The auction was held in the college’s cafeteria, which donated 10% of its lunch specials along with pizza and popcorn sales by student clubs.

Since 2005, the college has held charity art auctions for a variety of causes – a Katrina follow-up in 2006, a fund raiser for Dreams of Wilmington in 2007, Leo Hodson medical fund in 2009 and now Haiti in 2010 – one a year since the 2005-2006 school year. 
According to art instructor Ben Billingsley, it’s important for students to realize the value of their work to help others.
“As an artist and as a teacher I thought it was important to find a way to let people at CFCC use their creative abilities to help those in need – furthering students artistic skills in the name of public service/service learning,” Billingsley said.
He added that “so many of our students don’t have the financial means to donate much to relief organizations – but they could make and donate art.”
Overall, Billingsley was pleased with the event and is grateful to the support from the student artists and bidders who participated.
“I feel this project involved more students, more members of the community, and raised more money than we ever have before – to me it was an unqualified success,” he said.