April 28, 2013
University of Virginia students are continuing to raise funds for the renovation of the historic Rotunda.
A group of UVa. students jump-started an online fundraising effort to aid in the multi-million dollar project.
The Restoration Auction has unique items and experiences available to the highest bidder.
"We started [the website] to create a platform of engagement to get people to not only receive a pretty cool item or experience linked to UVa. or Charlottesville but also give back to the community or university they attended or contribute to and love," said first-year student Reid Morin, who serves as chair of the auction.
Morin says the most significant item or experience available is a dinner for up to 96 people in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. Other auction items include a Balfour class ring, a plaque from the Seven Society and a game of basketball with Joe Harris, among other items.
This is the second Restoration Auction the students have organized. The first, held last semester, brought in about $13,000.
The group plans to continue hosting auctions until at least 2015, when the construction is slated to be complete. They hope to raise $100,000 total.
"I think that would put a noticeable dent into the amount of money the university needs to complete the restoration," said Morin.
This latest auction closes at 5:30 p.m. on April 29.
To browse the items and experiences or to place a bid, visit the auction's website by clicking HERE.