For the Second Year in a Row, Liggett Knight Raises Nearly a Half a Million Dollars
For the second year in a row, University Liggett School’s fall auction, Liggett Knight, raised nearly $500,000 to support innovation and technology, academic initiatives, building improvements, athletic equipment and more.
This was the sixth year for Liggett Knight, which has raised in total $2.17 million since its inception.
The Nov. 10 event, held at the Detroit Athletic Club, included live, silent and fishbowl auctions as well as a special paddle-raising for innovation initiatives at University Liggett School.
The Innovation Fund paddle-raising alone generated $138,000 for innovation initiatives at the school, allowing students to discover new ideas and solutions to problems, and to have access to devices such as 3D printers, laser cutters and virtual reality equipment.
The money raised provides for the acquisition of cutting-edge equipment, software, and training, which supports new ways of thinking and doing and will help the school improve and enhance its already dynamic curriculum.
Popular live auction items included a trip to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, a week at a Paris apartment and a green tourmaline ring donated by edmund t. AHEE Jewelers.
Liggett parents, faculty and staff donated items for the auction and helped create one-of-a-kind experiences for the students.
“We would like to express our thanks to our Liggett Knight co-chairs, Beth Wood and Christie Zinn, and to all of our Liggett Knight volunteers who helped to make this event a success,” says Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for external relations. “We also are thankful for our families who attended the event and bid on items, either at Liggett Knight or at home. We couldn’t have raised as much as we did without their participation and support.”
A record $120,500 in sponsorships contributed toward the nearly $500,000 raised at Liggett Knight.