Day-long online Cornell auction will raise money for United Way this Friday

Want to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a behind-the-scenes tour, a great local gift, or even a meal with Ezra Cornell or Mayor Myrick, while helping local causes? From midnight to midnight this Friday, Cornell University’s United Way campaign is hosting an online auction as the annual fundraising campaign enters its home stretch.

Cornell’s second annual United Way campaign auction is this Friday!

Auction items include tours of spots the public generally can’t visit, like Cornell’s hydroelectric plant or solar array, as well as expert-guided tours of places that are open to the public, like the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art or  Sage Chapel.

Meal opportunities include lunch with Ezra Cornell (the great-grandson of the university’s founder), or Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick. Lunch for eight with a Big Red coach at the William Henry Miller Inn downtown. Brunch or dinner at Taverna Banfi in the Statler Hotel. Even a “foodie experience” for you and up to 14 friends with Cornell Dining’s culinary team.

There are golfing opportunities, a fencing lesson, Big Red Football gear, locally made pottery and jewelry, and lots more.

Cornell says Susan Riley, who coordinates the United Way campaign on the campus, “has increased her commitment to the United Way” as a result of that role. “The biggest reason I give now and will give going forward is that I’ve had more opportunity to see the impact United Way has in our shared communities,” Riley said in a statement.

The auction runs from midnight to midnight on Friday, February 10, and you can preview what you want to bid on tomorrow at

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