For the past two years at the New York State Veterinary Conference, a silent auction has been held to benefit student scholarships at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as well as the Political Education Committee of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Funds raised by the silent auction are split 50/50 between these two programs.
In 1994, the NYSVMS provided funds for a permanent endowment that would be used for an annual scholarship award to one or more NYS resident, third- or fourth-year students at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. Funds from the silent auction augment the money available from the endowment for each scholarship award.
In 2008, the year of the first joint Veterinary Conference hosted by Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and the NYSVMS, the silent auction raised a total of $5,616, half of which was used for the scholarship award. The 2008-09 scholarship winner was third-year veterinary student Jeremy Salvatore. In 2009, the silent auction raised a total of $3,560; Cornell fourth-year veterinary student Marina Tejada received the NYSVMS scholarship for 2009-2010.
A silent auction will once again be held during Friday night’s Purple Party at the third annual NYS-VC scheduled for Thursday, September 30, through Sunday, October 3, 2010, at the College.
If you’re planning to attend the veterinary conference, please join us at the Purple Party and submit your bids on the many items in the silent auction. If you’re not able to attend the conference, but would still like to support the programs benefitted by the silent auction, please consider making a donation of an item for the auction.
Donations of sporting and cultural event tickets, art work, gift baskets, regional food items, veterinary equipment, veterinary medical books, CDs, DVDs, electronic goods, or other valuable items for the veterinary practitioner have successfully raised money in past silent auctions.
Please contact Aaron Ward at the New York State Veterinary Society at 800-876-9867 about your donation; please make the donation by Friday, September 17, so it can be integrated into the silent auction and used in silent auction promotions.
Thank you for your support of the annual silent auction. We look forward to seeing you at the 2010 NYS-VC in late September and early October.
2010 NYS-VC Committee