Sports Management Club Hosts Charity Sports Auction for Make-A-Wish

The Syracuse Sports Management Club will raise money to support Make-A-Wish Central New York when it holds its 15th annual charity sports auction on November 16. The benefit, which is entirely student-run, will be on the Carrier Dome floor during the Syracuse Men’s Basketball game against Seattle University.

Designer bags, restaurant gift cards, electronics and signed sports memorabilia — the majority with ties to SU Athletics — will be auctioned off at the event. All proceeds will go towards making the children’s dreams come true, said Sam Marteka, one of the event’s auctioneers.

“We like to emphasize that as a student organization, we are helping out in our community and leaving the Syracuse community better than it was when we arrived on campus,” Marteka said in an email. “The auction benefits a very important local charity each year, and we love to volunteer our time to help others.”

Since its inception, the Charity Sports Auction has raised more than $467,000 for local charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Diabetes Association and Special Olympics New York, said Marc Orlin, chairman of the auction committee. at this year’s auction.

However, it has only grown since it was moved to coincide with basketball games in 2012. According to the event’s website, in the seven auctions before the change, the club raised 147 $000. In the seven auctions since, it has raised over $320,000. This was evidenced by the 2014 auction, which also benefited Make-A-Wish and raised $59,200.



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Between six and 10 charities apply, and the club interviews representatives from each. Then they choose the top three nominees, who make a presentation on which club members vote.

For this year’s auction, SPM believed that Make-A-Wish embodied the strongest mission. The organization’s commitment to granting the wishes of children with serious illnesses has a positive impact on society, but more importantly, gives children a break from harsh realities, said Connor Monzo, auction adviser.

“With Make-A-Wish as our beneficiary, we believe it is important to raise funds to help make life-changing wishes come true for children who are going through challenges most of us will never encounter,” said Monzo said in an email. “With 130 wishes in their pipeline, we hope to directly reduce the number of children waiting for a wish.”

In order to achieve this goal, the community must continue to make this event as successful as it has been before, Orlin said.

It’s become a League tradition because it’s an easy way to impact the community, especially for SPM club members, Orlin said. Students can gain real life experience of helping those in need considering how the club operates as a non-profit organization as it donates the money to the beneficiary within weeks of the sale to auction.

Monzo added that the students put a lot of work into the auction. Whether it’s spreading the word via social media, collecting donations, selling sponsorships or meeting other student organizations, he said, every member of the club has a role to play in event management.

“The auction is an opportunity to be able to give back to the Syracuse area,” Orlin said. “Sport has the ability to reach and impact a wide variety of people, which is exactly what the auction does.”

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