The University of Jamestown’s 34th Annual Dine and Bid, which is virtual this year, is now open. On Monday, May 25, the auction opened for bids, and remains open throughout the week. A live stream of the event, themed Rock and Roll All Knight, will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Everyone is invited to register and participate, at no cost, by visiting one.bidpal.net/dineandbid2020/welcome or texting dineandbid2020 to 243725.
“Although we will miss hosting this event in person, we are excited to use a new format that makes Dine and Bid completely open and accessible to our alumni—both near and far—as well as to the community,” explained Setareh Campion, Director of Alumni Relations.
One hundred twenty-five items are up for auction this year, ranging from entertainment and experiences to home décor and fun for the kids. Featured items include a one-week stay at a luxury home in Belize, AirPod Pros, a one-year movie pass for two to the Bison 6 Cinema, and a Savage hunting rifle.
“We’ve been working on making the live portion of this event as interactive as possible,” explained Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Brett Moser. “We encourage everyone to stay safe and follow social distancing guidelines by tuning in with their family or by hosting a small watch party at home.”
“We have a lot of fun events planned that we’re hoping will help rebuild a sense of community during these unprecedented times,” commented Campion. “Two events we’re really excited about are Rock and Roll Trivia and Raise Your Paddle. We will be asking trivia questions, and participants can submit their answers live. Like previous years, we will once again have a Raise Your Paddle event, where we ask attendees to contribute to student scholarships. It’s always one of the most uplifting parts of the night, and we’re looking forward to watching those generous contributions roll in live.”
The University wants to help make sure everyone feels included by video conferencing into live watch parties and assisting anyone who is not comfortable with technology. “I’m happy to walk individuals through the process of registering,” explained Campion. “We can even manually enter bids and donations.” For assistance, Campion can be reached at 701-252-3467 ext. 4104 or Setareh.Campion@uj.edu.
“We know having the event virtually this year will be different. Every year, it pays a key role as a social occasion for friends and alumni of the University,” said Moser. “But, we feel confident it will still play that role in bringing people together to support our students, just from afar.”
Established in 1883, the University of Jamestown is a private, liberal arts university granting Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Science in Nursing degrees, as well as Master’s Degrees in Education, Leadership, Clinical Counseling, and a Fargo-based Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. With the Jamestown Journey to Success, emphasis is placed not only on preparing students academically in their chosen areas of study, but also on preparing them through a student-centered experience. For more information, visit uj.edu.