The Sigma Alpha Iota International Music fraternity held a silent auction with baskets, art work and a guitar signed by a famous Stillwater resident in an effort to raise money to benefit Moore tornado victims.
The Oklahoma State University chapter of SAI hosted a silent auction Friday night in the Seretean Center to raise funds for music programs destroyed in the summer’s Moore tornadoes.
The funds raised will go through the National Association for Music Education, as well as SAI Philanthropies, Inc., said Riley Larson, nutritional sciences junior and SAI treasurer and co-fundraising chair.
“(NAfME’s) goal is to raise money specifically for the Moore tornado victims,” she said. “And we’re helping them out with the profits made from the auction.”
Larson set a goal of raising $1,000 going into the event. SAI was able to raise nearly $1,300.
“We at SAI are very proud of what we have accomplished in the name of music, and so thankful for all the faculty and community members who made our evening such a success,” she said. “I hope they are aware of what their donations have helped us accomplish.”
Thirty baskets were available to bid on, with the baskets carrying donated items totaling over $3,000. Baskets included Stillwater, Oklahoma City and Tulsa “date night” packages, various OSU spirit wear and accessories and music-related baskets — including a guitar signed by Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects.
This was the first time SAI has done a silent auction for fundraising, though it did host a fundraising dinner last year.
“Last year, we had a benefit Italian dinner at a local church,” Larson said. “We were raising money for the OSU Orchestra to travel to a national competition.”
The dinner was immensely successful, as SAI raised over $3,000. However, it took a great deal of effort and led to the decision to have a silent auction this time around.
“We didn’t want to have a dinner again,” Larson said. “It took a lot of work. It was fun and it turned out really well, but it turned into a little more effort than we were anticipating. At last year’s dinner, we had raffles as well, so we thought we’d do more of the raffle and auction side of it instead of the dinner side.”
OSU music students performed over the course of the event.
Larson said she had a great night while also getting to benefit musicians in need with SAI.
“We at SAI definitely agree that spending our Friday night in the company of our fellow sisters working to support music around the world is the best kind of fun,” she said. “We love working to assist those in need and having worthwhile organizations to support such as SAI Philanthropies, Inc. and NAfME’s fund to rebuild music programs in Moore make all our efforts worthwhile.”