Interview with Marquette PILS Auction Volunteers Charles Bowen and Alexander Sterling

This year’s 26th Annual Howard B. Eisenberg Do-Gooders Auction to benefit Marquette’s Public Interest Law Society (PILS) will take place on February 15, 2019 at Marquette Law School.  Here is a link to details about the event.  Attendees may purchase tickets online and check out items that will be auctioned.  The theme this year is Game On!  The proceeds from the auction go to support scholarships for Marquette law students to engage in public interest work during the summer.   This is an interview with 2Ls Charles Bowen and Alexander Sterling, who are Co-Vice Presidents of Solicitation for the Auction this year.  Charles had a PILS Fellowship last summer with the ACLU of Wisconsin.

What is the Do-Gooders Auction?

It is the main fundraiser of the PILS Program, raising money to fund PILS Fellowships for law students interested in summer internships at nonprofit or government agencies that cannot afford to pay their interns. You can earn up to $5,000 for the summer.

How does the Auction support these Fellowships?

Every single dollar earned from the event goes toward the fellowships. We have a silent auction where you can bid on items, and games you can play to win great prizes. This year there’s even a roulette table. So the money people spend playing games and having fun actually goes towards helping students. It’s a two for one.

Why should we attend the Auction?

Because it’s a great time! This year the auction is carnival/game themed. Not only do you have a plethora of opportunities to take home a prize from the silent auction, you’ll also be able to play many games. Games from last year’s Auction–such as the cupcake game, where you’re guaranteed a delicious cupcake and a gift card, and the wine toss, where you’ll have a chance to win a wonderful bottle of wine–will still be present this year.

We also have excellent food. There’s a build your own slider bar. A build your own candy bar table, plus Hot Dawgs. And there will be quesadillas . . .

And of course everyone gets two drink tickets.

That sounds great. Any new editions to the Auction this year?

We are featuring new games such as air hockey, roulette, shuffle board, and connect four that give players a chance to collect tickets, which can be turned in for prizes depending on the number of tickets you win.

Wow. This sounds like an incredible time.

It sure will be.

Thank you for your service, Charlie and Alex.

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