Fundraiser benefits BU resource center

For immediate release: March 2, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — A silent auction of items ranging from gift certificates for local businesses to vacation rentals will be featured during “It’s Time” on Tuesday, March 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Fenstemaker Alumni House. Tickets are $35 each and two for $60 for the event to benefit BU’s LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies) Resource Center.

Other items to be auctioned will include artwork, jewelry and imported wine, said Gretchen Osterman, co-chair of the event planning committee. In addition, hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served and awards will be presented.

“Last year, the auction brought in around $2,000 to support the resource center’s ongoing activities,” Osterman said. “Money raised this year will go toward supporting the growth and stabilization of the LGBTA Resource Center.”

The provost and social equity office established the LGBTA Resource Center four years ago to help make BU a safe, welcoming place for all students, faculty and staff through education, programming, advocacy and public policy.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.