Wow! It is hard to believe that spring quarter is almost over! You may ask, what have the OB brothers been up to lately? And the answer is- A LOT! During the first weekend of spring break, we held our second annual silent auction at the beautiful Bellewood Acres in Lynden, WA. This event is our chapter's largest fundraiser, and had taken our fundraising committee months of planning in order to accomplish. Dozens of silent auction baskets were donating from local businesses like Boundary Bay and Creativitea. Other basket items were donated from OB family members, alumni, and by brothers. In addition to bidding on baskets, guests were able to bid on mystery bottles of wine and purchase tickets for the grand finale raffle prizes. Delicious appetizers were served throughout the evening and a St. Patrick's Day themed photo booth was set up with fun props for guests to enjoy. Omega Beta split all proceeds made in half with local Bellingham organization, Lydia Place. Lydia Place's mission is to support sustained independence by providing housing, supportive services, advocacy, education, and by raising awareness of the faces and causes of homelessness. Many brothers volunteered in February at the Lydia Place Hearts for Housing Gala and Auction, while some brothers have volunteered and interned long-term for the organization as well. It goes without saying that Lydia Place holds a special place in OB's heart.
At the end of the night, our chapter made over $1,650 and were able to give half of that to Lydia Place. With that money, Lydia Place was able to afford paint, new floors, and beds at their new campus.
This successful event could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our fundraising committee and their committee head, Meghan. Thank you, Meghan, for taking on this event and for all of the long hours that you put into making it possible. A big shoutout also goes to brother Shale for supporting her along the way.
Don't forget to catch us next spring at the Third Annual Omega Beta Silent Auction!