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Project Mexico / Encounter El Salvador Auction

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Project Mexico AuctionJoin the broader Loyola community in a great annual tradition...

Project Mexico/Encounter El Salvador Auction!

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
5-8 p.m.
McGuire Hall

About the Trips

Project Mexico has become a great Loyola tradition, embodying Loyola's mission of service and justice-oriented education of women and men for and with others. This year, 20 Loyola sophomores, juniors and seniors, along with two faculty/staff/administrators, will travel to the Mexicali/San Diego area of Mexico from Jan. 2 - 11, 2014. They will work and live with materially impoverished but culturally and spiritually enriched Mexican border communities.

Encounter El Salvador has joined in this fundraising auction since 2002. This immersion trip also lives out the Jesuit mission and core values. It includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty, staff and administrators. They will travel to El Salvador from May 20 - May 29, 2014, and spend most of their time in the capital San Salvador but also spend a weekend in the countryside, living with the people. This, too, is an educational trip and a service of presence, listening and learning from the people we meet as they struggle for a more just society.

About the Auction

Loyola's Project Mexico/Encounter El Salvador auction grosses anywhere between $15,000-$25,000 in proceeds, with more than 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 Loyola community participate in one way or another. There are 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.


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.

Beginning in 2002, CCSJ 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.