Student auction benefits typhoon relief

MIT Sloan students raise thousands of dollars for charity

December 20, 2013

MIT Sloan students gather to celebrate and raise money for various causes

MIT Sloan students gather to celebrate and raise money for various causes

On the last day of classes in December, MIT Sloan students from multiple programs fanned out across the Charles River to bars—not to blow off steam, but to raise funds for charity. The School’s annual night of simultaneous auctions was noteworthy for two reasons. For perhaps the first time, most groups chose to donate to organizations focused on the same cause: typhoon relief in the Philippines. And this year, Master of Finance students and MIT Sloan Fellows held an auction, and Master of Science in Management Studies students teamed up with MBA students from the Caribbean Ocean cohort, creating an enjoyable night of fundraising festivities. “It’s been very rewarding and a great opportunity to meet people across MIT Sloan,” says Alison Riep, MBA ’15, a member of the Student Experience Committee who oversaw the event.

The students commandeered venues up and down Boylston Street in Boston, plus the Cask ‘n Flagon near Fenway Park and Cornwall’s on Beacon Street. Faculty, staff, and students donated an array of goods and services to be auctioned off, including salsa dancing lessons, home-cooked meals, interview prep sessions, and vacation stays in Montreal and Glasgow. One professor will escort a group of students to a bowling alley, and one lucky bidder bought the chance to judge a MasterChef-style cookout.

Riep reported that the simultaneous auctions raked in more than $54,700 for charities including BaHaiyan Typhoon Relief, Teach for America, Unlocking Potential, Doctors Without Borders, AmeriCares, Unicef, UAID, Red Cross for the Philippines, and the Institute’s own Philippines Relief Fund. After a successful night, it was back to business; students started preparing for final exams this week.