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BP holds auction to raise funds

Sarah Mervosh | Tuesday, February 24, 2009

If you’re looking for the opportunity to have meals with some of campus’ most notable celebrities, including University President emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh, Golden Tate and Jimmy Clausen, the Undertones and the Leprechaun, Breen-Phillips Hall has the event for you.

These dinners will be auctioned off at the 25th annual Meal Auction Wednesday night from 7:30-9:30 in LaFortune, co-commissioner of the Meal Auction Mary Beth Lee said.

All proceeds will go to the Meals on Wheels charity, Lee said.

Other celebrities being auctioned off for a dinner date include professor James McKenna, the trombone section of the band, University President emeritus Father Edward “Monk” Malloy, members of the women’s soccer team and vice president of student affairs Fr. Mark Poorman.

Bidding will start at $5 per plate, but prices can go much higher, Lee said.

“I heard that a few years ago Brady Quinn went for $500 a plate,” she said.

Lee said the winner of a meal will dine with the celebrity at a time convenient for everyone’s schedules during the semester, and the celebrity will pay for the winner’s meal.

According to Lee, certain celebrities, like Poorman and Hesburgh, are regulars to the Meal Auction. Poorman always hosts an “exciting” meal, she said.

“Last year, I think he took [the winners] to the football changing rooms,” Lee said. “This year, he’s taking people to the tunnels of South Quad.”

Those who win a meal with Poorman will have the chance to see the tunnels underneath South Quad, and then dine in the Main Building.

The winners will also have the opportunity to “climb up the bell tower to ring the bells in the Basilica,” Lee said.

Those who win a meal with the trombone section will enjoy a cookout at one of the band houses, according to Lee.

In addition to the live auction for meals, which will take place in the LaFortune Ballroom, a silent auction will take place in the Dooley Room of LaFortune, where people can bid on gift certificates and baskets.

Gift certificates will be offered to a variety of businesses, including Five Guys, Chick-Fil-A, Applebee’s and Krispy Kreme.

“Every cent that we earn goes to Meals on Wheels,” Lee said.

They chose to make donations to Meals on Wheels, according to Lee, because “it kind of fit with the whole theme of the meal auction.”

“You bid on a meal with a celebrity and the money that you pay goes to a meal that somebody else will be using,” she said.

Lee also said that because the auction will take place on Ash Wednesday, no food will be served out of respect for those who choose to fast.

“It really brings into the forefront that you are fasting and the money you are raising will go … to people who don’t have as much opportunity as us to get meals,” Lee said.