Posted January 19, 2016 by Dana Bonifacio-Sample 

What Will You Donate to the Silent Auction?

Silent Auction items at the annual conference 2015 in San Antonio.Happy New Year ACUI! As March 19 quickly approaches, the Education and Research Fund team is excited to see you at the 2016 annual conference in New Orleans!

One of my favorite parts of the conference is the Education and Research Fund silent auction. I’m eager to watch items we brought receive bid upon bid and to see if anyone will outbid me. The bonus is that the funds raised through the silent auction feed directly into our membership to fund a multitude of scholarships and awards.

The silent auction would not be possible without the support of individuals, schools, and businesses that donate goods and services to be auctioned. The Education and Research Fund team is asking you to join us in helping to further the educational efforts of our association. Popular donated items in the past have included foods and spirits from your local area, so the next time you are at a favorite local spot, think about what you can bring to New Orleans to share with your colleagues and give them a taste of home.

Other great items to donate include homemade goods, unique items to decorate offices, gift cards, themed baskets, paintings, and sporting apparel and equipment, just to name a few. But we are challenging everyone to think outside the box and come up with their unique twist on a silent auction item. Who knows, maybe your donation will be the featured item of the day!

Please click here to register your donation and visit for more information on the Education and Research Fund. In the spirit of the silent auction, bring your unique item, then bid high and often!
Dana Bonifacio-Sample

Dana Bonifacio-Sample is the Director of Ferguson Student Center at University of Alabama.

Dana provides leadership and vision for the day-to-day management operations and creation of active and collaborative learning environments within the Ferguson Student Center. She earned her bachelor’s in social work and master’s in higher education from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. Her ACUI involvement includes serving on the Educational Research Fund Program team and concluding her fourth year as the co-chair for the Women’s Leadership Community of Practice.


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