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NEWS | May 1, 2013

TCSC holds silent auction: raises money for scholarships

By Airman 1st Class Tom Brading Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 2013 Silver Wings Scholarship Silent Auction, hosted by the Team Charleston Spouses Club, was held April 19, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C.

"The auction helped us raise funds for our annual scholarships," said Nikki Weeks, TCSC board member and spouse of Capt. Shane Weeks, 16th Airlift Squadron C-17 pilot. "These scholarships are given out to military dependents and spouses every year as a part of our clubs mission."

This year's auction saw more than 75 people in attendance and raised more than $7,000. TCSC will combine the money from the auction with the funds raised at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Consignment Shop to fund the scholarships.

"More than 100 items were auctioned at the Silent Auction," said Weeks. "Items ranged from spa packages, Wild Dunes, S.C. resort and golf packages, a Charleston Children's museum membership, jewelry, military collectables and many other things."

The theme for the 2013 TCSC silent auction was "Hollywood Nights." When participants arrived they were able to walk down the red carpet and get their photo taken with TCSC appointed photographers. Guests dressed in their favorite cocktail attire, or as their favorite movie star.

"It was great seeing guests in sequins and feather boas as you would've seen on the red carpet years ago," said Weeks. "Others were dressed as their favorite television characters, like "Hawkeye" from the television show, M*A*S*H.

"Overall, the silent auction was a blast," continued Weeks. "The band we had, Soul Fish, was rocking, and everyone enjoyed the silent and live auction. It was great seeing people running to different tables as that portion of the Silent Auction closed out. We also had a photo booth with fun props where people were able to get their pictures taken for a souvenir to remember the night."

The individual winners of the scholarships will be announced in the upcoming weeks, once the judging process is complete.

"The event wouldn't have been successful without the tireless work put in by so many individuals," said Weeks. "Our auction chairman, Tonya Prentiss, spouse of Capt. Christopher Prentiss, 16th AS C-17 pilot, did an outstanding job putting everything together for such an amazing event."