The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) hosted its annual fundraiser on October 31, in conjunction with NASBA’s 115th Annual Meeting, in San Diego, CA. Themed as a Hocus Pocus silent auction, the CPT incorporated the spirit of Halloween into the event with attendees ‘scaring up’ fun with the giant Jenga, ring toss, axe throwing and a photo booth. Also, no Halloween would be complete without trick-or-treating, and the auction featured a candy bar that was all treats and no tricks.
Guests from 53 U.S. jurisdictions networked and participated in the Hocus Pocus silent auction. Big ticket items included a Palm Springs Getaway, tickets to the NCAA Final Four, Tennessee Titans football tickets, a foursome at the 2023 CPT Golf Outing and resort packages spanning the sugar white beaches of Hilton Head, SC, to the cobblestone streets of Boston, MA.
A highlight of the evening was the visit from the three characters of Hocus Pocus fame. Alfonzo Alexander, President of the CPT; Donald Burkett, Chairman of the CPT Board and David Costello, CPT Founder, donned capes and witches’ hats to scare up donations for the CPT. Needless to say, it worked! In total, 832 giveaway tickets were purchased, 117 silent auction bids were placed and $20,000 was raised.
The CPT extends special thanks and appreciation to Prometric for serving as this year’s event sponsor, to CPT volunteers, to the NASBA Communications and Finance departments, and to all donors who made this year’s event a success through their generous contributions. The CPT staff is excited to continue offering ethics focused training and programming on college and university campuses across the country and to develop the next generation of leaders.