Minecraft Seahorse Takes the Win, Raises Funds for Annual Junior Achievement of Kansas Beach Ball Auction
Lawrence, KS - The Seahorse Race was once agan the highlight at the 2019 Junior Achievement (JA) of Kansas Beach Ball Auction, held Friday February 22 at Crown Automotive in Lawrence, Kansas. The annual event included live auction items, silent auction items, and the aforementioned race.
Janice Early, Marketing & Communications Director of LMH Health and JA Beach Ball committee chair, started the evening thanking sponsors and those in attendance for their annual support of the organization. Reflecting on her own experience as a JA volunteer, Early stated, "Every class I teach is a reward in itself," and encouraged those in attendance to volunteer with Junior Achievement.
Don Engel of LMH Health served as the emcee throughout the evening's auction. Taegen, Matthew, & Lily, students that have directly benefited from JA programs, assisted in showcasing auction items. The highlight of the evening was the bidding on wooden seahorses created by JA students and the Seahorse Race that followed. This year's seahorses included: Minion, Seashell Princess, Minecraft, Mermaid, Diamond Sparkle, Dreamer, Rainbow and Luck of the Irish Leprechaun. This year, the top auctioned Seahorse was Luck of the Irish Leprechaun and the winner of the Seahorse Race was Minecraft.
The night saw over 250 people in attendance. All funds raised from the Beach Ball auction goes toward Junior Achievement of Kansas - Douglas County District. This district annually provides volunteer-based programming to nearly 6,000 students ages K-8 on the three pillars of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.
For more information and to see pictures of the evening, visit the JA Facebook page.
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"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."