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Many alumni clubs utilize raffles and auctions as a tool to raise money for their local scholarship effort. Below are some suggestion and tips for each of these programs:


  • A club can put lower priced items in a raffle and sell tickets.
  • The club can give one ticket per person in attendance or an extra ticket to members of the club as a membership benefit.
  • 50/50 raffles are popular.
  • In general, raffles raise less money than live or silent auctions. Attendees might buy $20 worth of raffle tickets, but much more money can be raised by auctioning an item such as a football helmet or autographed ball.

Silent Auctions

  • Display the item and provide a list for people to bid against one another.
  • A minimum bid should be provided. For example: Purdue Pete – $25.00.
  • The bidding list should include name, phone number, and bid amount.
  • A five-minute warning should be offered for bids to close.
  • Club officer should collect sheets with bids when indicated.
  • Announce the winners.
  • Have the treasurer or appointee ready to accept money from winners.

Live Auctions

  • Club does not need an auctioneer to successfully host an auction.
  • Display the items before the auction.
  • List the minimum bid.
  • Know each product and item value.
  • Extra information about the item can help increase the price.
  • Use warning system for bid such as, “Going once, twice, sold! To Purdue Pete!”
  • Give the item to the winner at the time he/she wins the bid.
  • Have an officer or treasurer write down DURING the auction the name of the winner and the winning price.
  • Collect money immediately after the item is sold.

Purdue Alumni will not support an activity in which a charity gaming event is conducted. That means Purdue Alumni will not assist with notifying alumni about the activity, promoting the activity, organizing the activity, and will not allow any revenue sharing funds to be used for the activity. Charity gaming includes, but is not limited to, casino games, poker, pull tabs, punchboards, and tip boards. Purdue Alumni will not support these events.

Signed balls from Purdue University sport teams to use as auction items can be purchased directly from the athletic department. Allow 2-3 months to have your order filled. You are allowed to purchase as many balls as you like. Custom autographs are possible; you can make all special requests on the order form.

Purdue for Life Foundation

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.