Having just concluded their second annual online summer auction in support of the Rotunda renovation, the student group RestoreUVA continues to find new and inventive ways to raise funds and generate excitement for the ongoing project.
RestoreUVA was developed in 2011 as a fundraising initiative to help support the renovation of the Rotunda. With the latest auction now completed, RestoreUVA has raised more than $35,000 for the Rotunda.
The auction ran through Sunday, June 8th, and included items from more than 20 providers. Individual basketball sessions with point guard London Perrantes and with rising third year center Mike Tobey headlined the unique athletic experiences open to bidders. The auction also included a variety of experiences generally unavailable to the public, including waterskiing for two at Lake Monticello with Kenneth Elzinga, professor of economics, and lunch with Dean Zeithaml—or “Dean Z” as he is known by students— the dean of the McIntire School of Commerce. Local art, historic artifacts, and of Charlottesville-area dining, beer, and cider tasting opportunities were all part of the online auction.
“RestoreUVA’s commitment to a new brand of philanthropy is drawing the University and Charlottesville communities closer together,” said Reid Morin, rising third year student and chairman of RestoreUVA. “Our aim isn’t just to raise a bunch of money. It’s about building up the UVA and Charlottesville communities—working together for the benefit of all.”
Meet a few of the highly specialized craftspeople from UVA and beyond who have been hard at work on this one-of-a-kind restoration project.