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Student-run auction for New Haven charities has a banner year

Eager bidders at the silent auction.

The annual student-run Hunger and Homelessness Auction, held last November, raised more than $36,000 for seven community agencies in New Haven, the most ever raised by the auction and an increase of $5,000 over the previous year.

This year’s auctioneer was Wade Brubacher, father of first-year medical student Jake Brubacher. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, J.D., made a guest appearance to auction his own donation—lunch and a personal tour of the State Capitol.

Recipients of this year’s funds are the Community Health Care Van; HAVEN Free Clinic; Community Soup Kitchen; Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven; Immanuel Baptist Shelter; Leeway Inc.; Loaves and Fishes; and the St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University.

As in past years, the fundraising began with a silent auction from November 13 to 16, followed by a live auction in the Harkness Ballroom on November 16.