Fall is in the air, and so is the anticipation for the 28th Annual Seward County Community College Foundation Auction. The fall festival, scheduled for September 17, provides an evening of well-being for a good cause, with proceeds going to SCCC student scholarships and programs.

“We are really excited about this year’s event,” said Sarah Thompson, SCCC’s Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement. “We just had a terrific response to donation requests.”

As always, the Foundation Auction offers a combination of shopping, socializing and delicious food. The $20 wristband entry covers attendance at the silent auction tables, as well as the 50/50 raffle and cash prize, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks, and entertainment. a live auction that features over 50 items on the block.

La Carnaceria la Canasta (which also operates the El Pastorcito taco truck and La Casa del Pastor restaurant) will prepare the meal for purchase on site, for $10. The menu features Mexican and Italian cuisine: beef and cheese enchiladas and tacos, beans and rice, baked ziti with chicken, and Ruffino’s famous rolls. Great Western Dining offers a range of desserts from cheesecake to sweet finger foods.

“It’s going to be delicious food again this year,” Thompson said. “We have adjusted our plan to move meal payment to the queue itself, which should speed up our entry process with admission and auction cards.”

The silent auction tables open at 6 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7 p.m. Thompson and his team of volunteers have assembled a bigger lineup of Silent Auction items for the night than ever before.

“We have a ten day hunting safari in South Africa, and for those who want an adventure closer to home, we have an amazing camping package with a tent that sleeps 11 and everything you need for the make it special,” she says. “There are several $500 shopping sprees at local and regional vendors, and unique experiences like homemade pie every month for a year, or spaghetti dinner and wine tasting.”

Thompson noted a particularly significant aspect of this year’s auction: the contributions of SCCC alumni. Among them are two original paintings by SCCC alumni Jim Darnell and Karem Gallo, as well as a still life painted by former SCCC art teacher Steve Heckman.

“Our Pamper Up package in the live auction offers a fully serviced spa experience from graduates of our cosmetology program, who have partnered with the O’Hair salon here at Liberal,” she said. “Then at the silent auction, we got a house cleaning service certificate from Isabel Cleaners, which is owned and operated by a graduate of our adult learning center’s ESL courses. It’s great to see the circle of student and alumni success giving.

This generosity begins with current students, who help run the auction, run the event, and even provide auction items through volunteer service.

“We have live auction items from all seven sports programs: game day experiences for kids and superfans, full day baseball team work, championship memorabilia. It’s a great opportunity for our Saints fans to participate as well,” Thompson said.

Wristband tickets for the SCCC Foundation Fall Festival Auction must be purchased in advance. Get yours for $20 by visiting scccfoundation.org or calling the SCCC Development Office at 620-417-1135. On-site babysitting is available for $5 per child (ages 1 and up), including pizza.