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College Presents 16th-Annual Service Auction

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Feb. 9, 2010) - SUNY Plattsburgh will host its 16th-annual Service Auction Tuesday, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Room of the Angell College Center.

The auction will feature gift certificates, merchandise from local vendors and homemade goods, as well as services like lawn cleanup provided by SUNY Plattsburgh students.

All proceeds will go toward the college's Alternative Break Program. Through this program, SUNY Plattsburgh will sponsor 10 trips this year, sending more than 100 volunteers to provide service to communities in need.

In addition to volunteering time and energy during college breaks, the students also commit to paying for expenses like transportation, food and building supplies. The auction is meant to help defray some of those expenses.

"Programs like this have proven to be both challenging and rewarding," said Michael Cashman, student activities coordinator. "In most cases, students who have participated in a program of this nature go on to further incorporate volunteerism and community service into their everyday lives."

The auction will be called by Steve Brodi of Bridge Street Auction in Plattsburgh.

To learn more about the service auction or the Alternative Break Program, call SUNY Plattsburgh's Center for Student Activities and Volunteerism at 518-564-4830 or visit them on the Web at www.plattsburgh.edu/offices/centers/service/altbreaks.php.

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