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Lake Michigan College Student Benefit Auction 31

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!

Thank you to all attendees who came out to support the auction on March 4!

Link to Cook Plant's website.

2023 Auction Co-Chairs


Carolyn Hanson and Gladys Peeples-Burks

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Get Your Tickets for the Student Benefit Auction
Saturday, March 4, 2023

Registration is now closed.

You can choose to host a table or purchase individual tickets. Tables seat up to 10 people. Ticket price includes entry to the event, a full-service meal, 2 drink tickets, Lake Michigan Vintners wine tasting, entertainment, and the right to bid on a multitude of silent and live auction items.

$175 per Person or $1,500 for a Table of 10

A portion of each ticket purchase can be considered a charitable contribution and will be reflected in the receipt.

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

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Evening's Agenda

The Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall - Black Tie Optional

5:30 p.m. Doors open

  • Silent auction shopping
  • Mingle with the Presidents Lounge
    Between 5:30 and 7 p.m., enjoy “Happy Hour” while reminiscing, telling stories, and catching up with the Presidents whose leadership spanned most of the last 40 years. This unique social engagement experience will help us celebrate our rich history and kick off the next 75 years of empowering students to be the best they can be!
  • Lake Michigan Vintners tasting experience
    Join Lisa Welch as she hosts a Lake Michigan Vintners tasting experience! Our Wine & Viticulture students, faculty, and staff will join Lisa to help guide your tasting journey. An appetizer station with select meats, cheeses, and crackers will also be available to pair with our featured wines.

    Lake Michigan Vintners is home to the Midwest’s first and only commercial teaching winery, providing students with practical, hands-on experience in every aspect of winemaking and vineyard management. We look forward to sharing this unique social engagement with you as we showcase the next generation of winemakers!

  • Sports Corner featuring local craft beer

7 p.m. Dinner served

8 p.m. Presentation and Live Auction

8:30 p.m. Entertainment by Second City

10 p.m. Entertainment concludes and final remarks

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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.

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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 4, 2023, between 6 and 9 p.m. You need not be present to win; event ticket sold separately. Raffle license #R62451.

Contact Barbara Craig at (269) 927-8147 or with questions or to purchase tickets.

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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 Sponsor

Link to First Source Bank's website.

Link to Sturgis Bank's website.

Link to Whirlpool's website.

Link to TPC Technologies' website.

Magna Cum Laude Sponsor

Link to Corewell Health's website.

Link to Kinexus's website.

Link to Honor Credit Union's website.

Link to Holtec's website.

Dean's List Sponsors

Link to First Merchants Bank's website.

Link to HES website.

Honor Roll Sponsor

Link to Competitive Edge's website.

Link to Arnt Asphalt's website.

Red Hawk's Sponsor

Link to Kruggel Lawton's website.

Link to Securitas's website.

Link to Wightman's website.

Link to Midwest Strategy Group's website.

Link to Barnes & Noble's website.

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