First online PILO auction helps boost total donations to a record $18,000

PILO Auction

The 2015 annual Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) Auction was a record-breaking success, raising more than $18,000, according to organizers. This year additionally marks the first time that the PILO Auction was accompanied by an online venue, which was open from Thursday, Jan. 29, to Wednesday, Feb. 4. The live auction was held on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Worrell Professional Center.

The online auction received more than 10,000 views and earned nearly $4,000 in donations.

Donations made to PILO in the 2015 auction surpassed the previously held record of $17,000, raised in the 2011 PILO Auction, according to PILO Auction Coordinator Nick Griffin (’16).

“We couldn’t be more ecstatic about the support we’ve received from our students, faculty, and Winston-Salem community for this year’s auction. These combined efforts allowed us to double the financial support for our public interest students for this upcoming summer,” said PILO Auction Coordinator Kelsey Kolb (’16). ”The event was a ton of fun between Professor Jonathan Cardi’s and Professor Ralph Peeples’ shenanigans, the intense bidding wars for the bigger ticket items, and all the raffle prizes. Through the live and online auction, PILO has gained a lot of publicity. We can’t wait to see the opportunities that the 2016 PILO Auction brings for students.”

The annual PILO auction raises money to fund scholarships for students working in unpaid public interest positions during the summer. PILO promotes Wake Forest Law’s tradition of training lawyers who serve not only their clients, but also their communities, state and nation. Throughout the year, PILO hosts speakers and events designed to help raise students’ understanding of public interest law.

The auction is the largest fundraising event for PILO and all proceeds go towards student grants. Items in the 2015 online auction included a Wake Forest University basketball autographed by Chris Paul, paintings by Professor George Walker and several weekend getaways among others.