The first Loyola Project Mexico Auction was held in 1991 when Fr. Tim Brown was the Project Mexico Program Coordinator. That first auction was held in the middle of the day with some 40 auction items.
It has since developed into an ambitious fundraising program that now grosses somewhere between $15,000-$20,000 in proceeds, with over 250 auction items. It stands as one of the most celebrated and well-attended functions on Loyola's campus every year.
What is so exciting about the auction is that so many members of the college community participate in one way or another. We have dinners with all level administrators including the President; faculty, staff and/or administrators offering their vacation homes for a weekend trip; coveted sports tickets; service items from the immersion participants themselves; and many more services and goods. It really becomes a family affair. To view this year auction items, please click here.
Since 2002 the Center for Community Service and Justice decided to include our other international immersion trip in this already established and well-known auction. So, the auction benefits and includes the efforts of both Project Mexico and Encounter El Salvador. Each team is responsible for soliciting auction items. Encounter usually takes responsibility for the silent auction set up on the night of the auction. However, the majority of the planning and organizing and implementing of the auction is the responsibility of the Project Mexico team. Our Project Mexico student leaders contribute a large amount of work and time to make the auction a success.
Click here for the detailed information and a schedule of this year's auction.