Fundraising Idea: Poetry Auction

Wonder of Words’ poetry auction benefits W-B Area School District

The Misericordia University Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society is hosting the poetry auction benefit, “The Wonder of Words,” on Monday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. in the third-floor Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. Misericordia University students, faculty, local poets and poetry lovers will come together in a celebration of language and learning. The event is open free to the public.

Proceeds from the National Poetry Month auction will benefit literacy efforts in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. The funding will be used to purchase new dictionaries through the Dictionary Project (dictionaryproject.org).

During the 2013-14 academic year, Misericordia’s Sigma Tau Delta group raised $1,350, which was enough to purchase 600 Webster Dictionaries for Students that featured kid-friendly definitions. The dictionaries were delivered to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District in September. The group hopes to raise an additional $1,350 by May to replicate the donation.

To participate in the auction, poets are asked to donate 5 cents per word in their poem. Audience members who are moved by the composition during the reading are asked to match the cost of the donated poem. Poets are asked to maintain a theme of the love of literature, the power of words, and the importance of literacy in the compositions that are selected for the reading.

Misericordia University Tau Delta Chapter members participating in “The Wonder of Words” include officers Kateri Kopicki, president, Kingston, Pennsylvania; Emily Ghergel, vice president, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Alyssa Zekoski, treasurer, Harding, Pennsylvania; Maia Painter, secretary, Dallas, Pennsylvania; and Celsi Illiano, public relations coordinator, Dover, Delaware.

Select poems from a similar Poetry Auction in April 2014 were published in an anthology and will be available for $5 at the event to further benefit the Dictionary Project.

Posted 04/07/2015 01:32PM
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