Mercer's Association of Women Law Students (AWLS) hosted its 19th annual Charity Auction and Ball in March and raised more than $10,900 to benefit the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Over the past six years, AWLS has raised more than $82,000 to support local charities.
“It was an honor and privilege to plan this event that benefited such a worthy cause. The auction was a huge success thanks to the generosity of the Mercer Law Community,” said AWLS Auction Chair Ashley Thompson, '17. “It was an absolute pleasure to work with the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and I know myself, as well as others who were involved in this event, are inspired by the organization's leadership and community values. I am very grateful to have been involved in an event that reminds law students of the importance of giving back to the community.”
The charity auction included live music by Phyllis and the Platinums, a third-year law student band, with more than 150 people from the Law School and Macon community in attendance. The auctioneer for the event was Professor Chris Wells. Some of the auctioned items included lunches or dinners with professors, gift cards, vouchers for bar preparation courses, a two-night stay at Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, and a seven-day stay in a two-bedroom/two-bathroom condominium in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
“AWLS always chooses a local charity as the beneficiary of our annual Charity Auction, and we were excited to be able to add a new organization to the long list of auction beneficiaries this year – the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association,” said AWLS Co-President Kristen Campbell, '17. “We try to raise funds for a cause that our members and student body can really get behind and get excited about. Knowing that a few members of our executive board and some fellow students have personal ties to this cause made raising funds even more rewarding.”
The Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association relies upon community-based fundraising efforts in order to serve families that need the organization's support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.