Class of 2007 Goes Online to Raise Money for Annual Gift

February 26, 2007

Start the bidding. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has established an online auction site to raise money for the annual graduating class gift.

The auction items include four hours of personal skiing instruction, dinner for up to eight people prepared and served by a group of four students, an hypnosis session, baked goods and other deserts, babysitting services, a hand-carved pen set, up to four hours of a juggler’s services for entertainment or instruction, and yard and house cleaning.

The most sought-after item could be a parking space for one year in Lot #8 near the Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building. The space is valued at more than $1,000. The Class of 2007 also will auction the opportunity for a faculty member to participate in the revered tradition of the annual play put on by the graduating class. The play, scheduled for May 2, pokes gentle fun at the medical school experience.

The Web site is www.auction07.com.

The Class of 2007 wants to raise at least $5,000 to support the establishment of a patient education library at the St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, 417 South Avenue. Many members of the Class of 2007 have been involved in health outreach programs at the center throughout their four years. School of Medicine students work at the St. Joseph clinic one evening a week.

“The free clinic is a place where University of Rochester medical students truly impact the health and well-being of our community, while practicing important skills to be the healthcare providers of the future,” said Greg Wolff, Class Council representative. “Given that the root of the word doctor comes from teacher, it is only logical that the senior class gift should go toward a patient education library at the free clinic in order to fully embody the mission of our profession.”

To bid, go to the Web site to log in and then register with a valid e-mail address so bidders can receive automatic notifications of the status of a bid. Bidders should state the maximum they are willing to pay. The site will increase a bid as needed, up to the specified maximum set by the bidder.

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