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KMSU Auction: a success for students

The Minot State University broadcasting program’s 17th annual auction successfully raised $8,400. This unique Dec. 3 fundraising event was organized, produced and promoted entirely by MSU students with guidance from Janna McKechnie, KMSU Auction coordinator.

The KMSU Auction promotes local businesses through various media in exchange for donations which are collected by students. The donations are then organized into packages which are auctioned off on live television in a QVC-style format. Viewers call in to place bids on-air during an allotted time with the highest bid winning the package.

“About 55 packages were assembled from over 160 donations that were collected by students,” McKechnie said. “Some of the biggest draws this year were packages containing a YMCA membership, MSU tuition waiver and remote car starters from Minot Automotive Center. While that’s great for raising funds, the really wonderful part is the learning experience for the students. The event really gives them a hands-on opportunity to something very involved – this is real life! This is what they could be doing someday.”

The students donate 10 percent of funds raised to a charitable cause. This year, the charitable benefactors were Project Ignite Light and Minot Backpack Buddies, both programs supporting local children in need. For questions, contact McKechnie at


Published: 12/17/15

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