Robinson Community Learning Center Christmas Gift Auction Goes Online Amid Pandemic | News | Notre-Dame news


Céline Marcos and Samantha Musleh roll out a mat at the new Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) in South Bend. (Photo by Barbara Johnston / University of Notre Dame)

The Robinson Community Learning Center will be holding its annual remote holiday gift auction this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will take place online at from November 29 to December 5. Proceeds will be donated to youth programming, including after-school tutoring and the Robinson Shakespeare Company.

Auction items include a wide range of themed gift baskets, Notre Dame merchandise and gift cards to local businesses, as well as unique items such as a dinner for four at the Morris Inn, woodcuts from Notre Dame created by the IDEA Center FabLab, Chicago Blackhawks Souvenirs and Mens Footwear made to order by Wolf and Shepherd.

In addition, entrants will have the opportunity to purchase votes in an online contest between current and former Notre Dame and RCLC staff for a role in the Robinson Shakespeare Company’s spring production “As You Liked. ‘like “.

The auctions will start at 12:01 a.m. on November 29 (Sunday) and end at 6:00 p.m. on December 5 (Saturday). Registration is compulsory.

Last year’s auction raised over $ 18,000.

“There was never the slightest doubt as to whether the holiday gift auction would take place this year. The only consideration was how it could be done safely, ”said Tyonne Johnson, director of the youth program at RCLC. “Switching to an online platform was quite a change, but necessary for such an important event. We have been able to deliver youth programs that really make a difference in the lives of many children, and this would not be possible without the support we receive through our fundraising efforts.

“Many have reached out to express their excitement at the prospect of being able to continue to be part of our long-standing tradition,” Johnson continued. “We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for community involvement again this year. “

Established in 2001, RCLC is an off-campus educational initiative of the University of Notre Dame. The center regularly offers events and programs, including the Robinson Shakespeare Company and Take Ten, for youth and adults, in addition to a licensed preschool.

The center moved to a new facility at Eddy Street Commons earlier this year.

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