MUSCATINE, Iowa–In the past three decades, many trends have come and gone, from parachute pants to inflatable chairs to fliphones. Though these once popular items may have fallen out of favor, the Muskie Booster Club’s Cake Auction has remained a community classic. With a decades theme people of all generations can enjoy, this year’s Cake Auction will take place Jan. 27.
Two weeks before the cake auction, organizer Jennifer Wade reported that 45 groups and bakers had already pledged to donate cakes and she expected many more to come in before the big day. As the cakes arrive, Rhonda Franklin and Kelly Pedersen will go through them, selecting the largest and most ornate to set aside as live auction floor cakes. The smaller cakes will go to the cafeteria for the silent auction, which will start as soon as the doors open and continue until the third quarter of the second basketball game.
Once the doors open at Muscatine High School (2705 Cedar Street in Muscatine) at 4 p.m., people may visit the silent auction or take their places in the gym to enjoy the doubleheader basketball games and get in on the excitement of the live auction. Each quarter, members of student council will wheel out cakes for people to bid on. Jami Schroeder, a well-know teacher at McKinley Elementary School who also owns Schroeder Auctions, will once again conduct the live auction, putting on an enjoyable evening for everyone attending. Once people have won cakes through either the silent or live auction, they will receive numbers from Jillian Poppe, which they can then take to the checkout station in the cafeteria, allowing them to pay for and pick up their cakes.
The Muskie Booster’s biggest single fundraiser of the year, Wade hopes the auction will raise at least $50,000. Once the Boosters tally their earnings for the year, they allocate a certain amount for each team and club at Muscatine High School based on the number of active members they have. Coaches and club sponsors may then fill out applications to use the funds for various needs, including uniforms, supplies, travel and activity expenses, and more. For example, the wrestling team used their funding to purchase both new equipment for their growing team as well as to cover travel expenses for farther away meets. No matter what clubs put their funds too, they will strengthen the activities available at Muscatine High School, all of which help students feel connected to their school and others who share their interests, develop their social skills, and give them a reason to want to come to school and do their best.
As the cake auction approaches, Wade expressed gratitude to all of the student volunteers who will help with the cake auction, as well as Jill Reynolds in facilities and Activities and Athletic Director Mike Hanson, who has helped coordinate concession sales as well as other aspects of the event.
An opportunity for people to participate in a favorite community event and to give Muscatine High School students positive experiences through athletics and clubs, Wade urges everyone to take in, “the experience,” and take the, “opportunity to plug into the community and see what it’s all about.”