GALA AUCTION PROVIDES BSC AND COMMUNITY TO WORK
TOGETHER TO RAISE FUNDS TO ENHANCE THE COLLEGE’S
ABILITY TO SERVE
(Bluefield)—The inaugural Bluefield State College “Gala Auction” on Saturday, March 8, 2008 will bring
together residents from the local and College community for a night of spirited fun and generous giving. It
begins at 7 p.m. at Get Sm’ART Gallery, 701 Bland Street in Bluefield, WV.
Among the items upon which attendees can bid is a collector’s edition 1990 Mazda Miata in excellent
condition. The Miata won several “Car of the Year” awards in 1990, the year of its introduction in the United
States. Several other very attractive items in the silent auction include a Chinese brocade dress, a foursome’s
green fees at Draper Valley Golf Club, a package of two tickets to a Greenbrier Valley Theater performance
along with dinner and one-night’s lodging at the historic General Lewis Inn, a ceramic ginger jar, and a
wristwatch with a semiprecious stone band.
Karen Harvey, Director of Institutional Advancement & Planning at BSC, has directed organizational efforts for
the gala. “Funds raised through the auction will benefit Bluefield State College’s unrestricted annual fund,” she
observed. “Through this fund, the College can provide emergency loans for students, underwrite employees’
participation in professional workshops, and address emerging opportunities and challenges for which budgeted
funds have not been identified.”
“The Gala Auction provides a wonderful opportunity for the community and College to interact on an
enjoyable, social level,” she continued. “Bluefield State College is a true community resource and we are very
interested in being more actively involved in improving the quality of life for everyone living and working
here.” She also expressed appreciation to the following businesses for their assistance and support of the event:
First Community Bank, the Frank L. Smoot Charitable Trust, the George M. Cruise Foundation, Saunders
Staffing, and New Peoples Bank.
Tickets cost $25 each, and entitle the holder to “heavy hors d’ouevre” and beverages. “Get Sm’ART is a
delightful venue, too,” Harvey said. “Talented local musicians will provide music, and we’re looking forward
to a fun-filled, profitable evening.”
Individuals and/or organizations interested in securing tickets are encouraged to contact Harvey (304-327-4031)
or Lala Wooten (304-327-4235).
February 25, 2008