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Support Education

Since 1988, Lake Michigan College's Winner's Circle Benefit Auction has raised more than $5 million for student scholarships.

The 30th Winner’s Circle Benefit Auction will take place in The Mendel Center's Grand Upton Hall on Saturday, March 7, 2020, raising money for scholarships and student programs.

Thanks to our volunteer committee members for helping to make the dream of education a reality for thousands of students in our communities.  

Mary Jo Tomasini & Fred Malawski

Chris & Katie Cook, Dave Schaffer 

Deb O’Connor, Ryan & Rachael Ogle 

Emily Kirchner & Susan Matheny

John & Kristy Proos 

Gloria & Erik Ender, Dr. Trevor Kubatzke

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Get Your Tickets for Winner's Circle 30 
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Tickets include dinner, entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on auction items. Tickets are $150 through the end of January, and $175 after. Charitable contribution: $75 of the full ticket price. Contact Mary Klemm at (269) 927-6849 or


Alexa Claire Boutique and Tux Shop, 2811 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph, supports the auction.  Simply let them know you are attending the Winner’s Circle Auction and you will receive $40 off your rental.  Call the Tux Shop at (269) 983-7388.

Evening timeline

5:30 p.m. Doors open
Live Auction viewing
Silent Auction bidding

6:45 Dinner served

7:30 Program

7:45 Live Auction begins

9:00 Live and Silent Auctions end

Music and dance will follow the Live Auction.

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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 7, 2020, between 6 and 9 p.m. You need not be present to win; event ticket sold separately. Raffle license #C29286.

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

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Make the most of the event

Sponsor a scholarship or an element of the evening to show your support for local education. You can also choose to sponsor the purchase of an item at the Gold ($2,500 and up), Silver ($1,000 to $2,499), and Bronze ($500 to $999) levels. You or your company name will be displayed as the sponsor for the item up for bid.

View the sponsorships available or contact Mary Klemm at (269) 927-6849 or to get involved.

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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 Cindy Birk at (269) 927-6579 or for details.

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