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Wesleyan fundraiser for Abbott House set Wednesday

A group of Dakota Wesleyan University students are organizing an auction fundraiser to benefit the Abbott House, with the help of its residents.

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Eleven DWU students from the Leadership and Public Service class are putting on a silent auction fundraiser Wednesday during the DWU basketball game at the Corn Palace. Residents from the Abbott House will create different pieces of art that will be the auction items. The auction will begin at the beginning of the women’s basketball game and end at halftime of the men’s.

The Abbott House is a nonprofit organization in Mitchell that provides residential treatment services to girls between the ages of 7 and 17, according to its website.

“I chose this project because it is crucial for us as students and future leaders to learn how to develop others and impact our community,” said team leader Tyler Volesky, DWU senior.

“It is imperative that we work with programs like the Abbott House to inspire and develop the talents of our youth which is such a key aspect in making Mitchell a great community to live in.”

The students involved are, team leader: Volesky, Mitchell; and Falcon Albers, Newell; Michelle Arends, Baltic; Sarah Garcia, Mitchell; Steph Dewaard, Stickney; Sara Deinert, Mount Vernon; Kristin Gebel, Mitchell; Mallory Jark, Warner; Tate Martin, Mitchell; Jared Neilan, Pierre; and Michael Johnson, Huron.

“Working with the girls at the Abbott House has been an awesome experience,” Deinert said. “I went in thinking we were going to be giving to them and walked out knowing how to weave a cornucopia. The girls at the Abbott House are extremely artistic and have been working very hard on these projects.”

-Source: Dakota Wesleyan University