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Winter auction spreads Christmas cheer

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The CSU-Pueblo Classified Staff Council’s annual winter auction of miniature Christmas trees and wreaths will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom.

The council raises money throughout the year to fund the CSU-Pueblo Classified Employees Scholarship. This scholarship is available for CSU-Pueblo students who are related to a classified employee of the university.

The council is made up of 13 members from the CSU-Pueblo classified staff. Currently, there are nine members serving on the council. Cathy Walkup is the president, Maria Herrera is the vice-president, Katie Cadena-Priebe is the secretary and Jeanne Stewart is the treasurer. The other council members are Paul Valdez, Kristi Alfonso, Kim Hill, Bruce Merritt and Damien Capritta.

“Fundraising is an on-going event for the council, we need to raise as much money as we can within the year to award more than one scholarship,” Cadena-Priebe said.

Money donated by classified members made this annual event possible. With the funds collected, the mini-trees were purchase from Hobby Lobby and the wreaths from Michael’s.

The mini Christmas trees and wreaths were made available to faculty, staff and students to show off their decorating talents. Those wishing to decorate the trees and wreaths provided all decorations as a donation toward the fund-raiser. The deadline to turn in the decorated trees and wreaths is Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. A mystery judge will award two top prizes in each category. First place is a $60 cash prize and second place is $40. The cash prizes were made possible by CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia.

“In the past, choosing a first and second place best overall has been very difficult for our mystery judge,” Cadena-Priebe said. “Since all the mini-trees and wreaths donated have a special touch and idea added to them.”

The auction will follow the 2007 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony where students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to attend. The campus wide event will begin at 4:45 p.m. north of the Fountain Plaza. President Garcia will also sponsor a reception in the OUC Ballroom to kick off the holiday season for all who attend. 

The event will feature music by the CSU-Pueblo Chamber Choir. In addition, a display of luminaries will be provided by the Office of Student Activities and there will be special appearances by Santa and the Thunderwolf mascot.

Cadiena-Priebe said that all are invited to join to make this fundraising event one of the best ever. Everyone who attends is encouraged to bid on one or more of the decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gift baskets or other holiday gifts. In addition, everyone can enjoy an evening of fun and cheer to prepare for the holiday season.