The Association of Women Law Students hosted the 18th Annual Charity Auction and Ball at the Cox Capital Theatre in downtown Macon on March 4, 2016. They raised over $12,000 to benefit Rebuilding Macon and the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia, two local charities. In the past five years, they have raised over $72,000 to support local charities.
The charity auction included live music performed by a law student band, and over 100 people from the Law School and Macon community in attendance. The auctioneer for the event was Chris Wells, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Some of the auctioned items included lunches or dinners with professors, gift cards, vouchers for bar preparation courses, visits to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and a three-night stay from G2G at the Belize Ocean Club in Central America.
“AWLS is proud to announce that through the 18th Annual Charity Auction we were able to raise over $12,000 for two very deserving local non-profit organizations,” said Katie Dunnam, '16, president of AWLS. “Rebuilding Macon and Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia do wonderful work in the Macon area, especially for women, and we are honored to support their causes. AWLS looks forward to continuing and expanding this event in the future as it reminds law students of the importance of giving back. Thank you to Mercer Law and our Macon community for the support!”
Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia provides services to the community through two divisions; a Men's Division offers help for homelessness and addiction recovery, and a Women's Division provides a safe space for women and children suffering from abuse. Both programs focus on teaching participants self-sustainability. Rescue Mission also engages in community outreach and providing daily meals for the homeless.
Rebuilding Macon focuses on the concerns of the elderly and disabled low-income homeowner. By identifying the needs associated with these concerns, and in partnership with the community, Rebuilding Macon rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners free of charge, particularly the elderly and disabled, so that they may live in warmth, safety and independence.