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Student Benefit Auction presented by Cook Nuclear Plant

The Lake Michigan College Student Benefit Auction began as the Winner's Circle Auction in 1988 to raise money for scholarships. To date, more than $5 million has been raised. Over $200,000 of student scholarship funds were available from the Scholarship Endowment Fund last year!

Link to Cook Plant's website.


Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall - Black Tie Optional

2024 Auction Chair - The Honorable Fred Upton

The Honorable Fred Upton

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Exciting details about this year’s new and improved Auction!
We’ve listened to your feedback and are taking the event to a whole new level:

New & Innovative Dining Experience!
This year, we’re shaking things up by bidding adieu to the traditional plated dinner and introducing an innovative twist – a mouthwatering selection of high-scale (heavy) appetizers that will tantalize your taste buds. More variety! More Food! Improved experience!

Extended Happy Hour & Silent Auction Shopping!
Enjoy two full hours of social networking while savoring a diverse array of culinary creations, mingle with fellow supporters, and enjoy silent auction shopping in a relaxed and social atmosphere.

Reduced Price & Cash/Credit Bar!
$150/Ticket – Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we’re able to lower the price by $25/ticket from last year. Included with your ticket will be two free drink tickets to be used in the Journeyman Spirits Bar or the main bar where local craft beers will be featured along with your favorite hard seltzers, mixed drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash or credit also accepted.

Registration for the event has ended.

Evening agenda

Evening's Agenda

5:30 p.m. Doors Open

  • LM Vintners Bar: Save your drink tickets! Enjoy free tastings and free wines by the glass as we showcase the Lake Michigan College Wine & Viticulture program along with a robust charcuterie appetizer station.
  • Journeyman Spirits Bar: Enjoy premium craft cocktails while mingling with the Honorable Fred Upton, President Trevor Kubatzke, and your fellow influencers from Michigan’s Great Southwest.
  • New Dining Experience: Enjoy heavy appetizers and silent auction shopping.

7:30 p.m. Raffle Drawing and Expanded Live Auction

  • The evening will culminate with the live auction. Our auctioneer, Dan McCrery, will bring his famous wit and charm as he encourages everyone to raise their paddles for the expanded selection of live auction items.

9:00 p.m. Entertainment by Tony Fields and Doug Decker

  • Live music and dancing are returning as we welcome the incredibly talented Tony Fields and Doug Decker. Get ready to groove to the rhythm of Ol’ School R&B, Soul, Funk & Motown Jams.

10:30 p.m. Evening Concludes

Become a Sponsor

Make the most of the event

Sponsorships are the key to meeting our fundraising goals. We have a variety of sponsorship packages available. You and/or your company name will be displayed prominently.

View the sponsorships available or contact Doug Schaffer at (269) 927-8120 or for more information.

Raffle tickets

WIN $10,000

Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each so your odds of winning are excellent. The top prize is $10,000, second prize $1,000, and third prize $500. Buy your own ticket or purchase one with a group. Drawing to be held March 2, 2024, between 6 and 9 p.m. You need not be present to win; event ticket sold separately. Raffle license #R70723. Raffle proceeds go to the LMC Student Food Pantry.

Contact Al Pscholka at (269) 927-8140 or with questions or to purchase tickets.

Donate an item

Help build the auction

Consider donating an item or service to be auctioned during the silent or live auction. You can also make a cash donation and an item will be purchased on your behalf and put on the auction block.

Contact Jen O’Flynn at (269) 927-6590 or

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Link to Cook Plant's website.

Summa Cum Laude Sponsors

Link to Whirlpool's website.

Link to Sturgis Bank's website.


Link to First Source Bank's website.


Link to TPC Technologies' website.

Carolyn Hanson


Magna Cum Laude Sponsors

Link to Honor Credit Union's website.


Link to Midwest Family's website.

Link to Holtec's website.

Dean's List Sponsors

Link to Meijer's website.

Link to First Merchants Bank's website.

Link to Corewell Health Foundation Southwest's website.


Link to HES website.




Red Hawk Sponsors


Arnt Asphalt Sealing logo


Link to CampusWorks website.


Link to Kruggel Lawton's website.


Link to Oh My Darlings

Link to Priority Health's website


Bob's Meat logo


Link to Stifel website

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