We’ve all heard the adage “the best news is never the worst news.”
That’s why the public auction at Carnegie Hall on Saturday was a massive hit.
The Carnegie Mellon University team who helped organize the auction says it raised more than $6 million for public school students and teachers, including $2.5 million for the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.
They’re hoping to raise another $2 million for students.
And the auction attracted some major name speakers including President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
It also brought in a number of famous figures, including actress Eva Longoria and rocker Patti Smith.
As NPR’s Rachel Martin reported, Carnegie Mellon is one of a handful of universities where students have been able to attend an auction without a ticket.
We wanted to hear from you, so we turned to NPR for your questions and answers.
The public auction is part of the school’s annual Student Alumni Celebration, which honors students who are part of a school’s community, and the university says it has raised nearly $1.2 million so far.
We spoke with NPR’s Robert McChesney about what students will get, what the students have to say, and how the school is using the money to help students.
What students will be getting?
We will be giving away a variety of items from our collection, including our famous public car.
This car is a public antique, and it’s been in the Carnegie Hall car lot since 1912.
We also are offering the Carnegie School’s alumni association a special opportunity to purchase the car.
We are giving the alumni association an opportunity to buy the car for a nominal fee.
The alumni association will also have the opportunity to select a vehicle of their own design and colors, as well as to buy a vehicle from the collection of Carnegie Mellon’s permanent collection.
The car will be on loan from the Carnegie Museum of Art, and is being donated to the alumni group for safekeeping.
Who will be buying it?
It’s not known who will buy the vehicle, but students who attended the auction will be able to choose the car’s price from Carnegie Mellon or the alumni associations.
Who is bidding?
The Carnegie School alumni association is bidding for the car from Carnegie and will be selecting a vehicle.
What are the items that are going to be on the auction?
The auction includes many items from the permanent collection of the Carnegie museum.
The items that will be available for purchase include the cars, motorcycles, motorcycles parts, and motorcycles accessories.
We expect to have a range of items available for the public.
Will the Carnegie College students get their money?
Students who attend the Carnegie auction will receive a $50 donation from the alumni organization, and they will be notified when their money is available.
What about the other items that students are being asked to donate?
We expect that the Carnegie students will have a chance to purchase a variety the cars of the permanent Carnegie Museum collection, which includes cars, boats, and other vehicles.
What else are students going to get in return?
Students who attended Saturday’s Carnegie auction were able to purchase several other items from Carnegie’s permanent collections.
Some of those items include: the Alumni Museum of Technology collection, a collection of original Carnegie-designed cars from the 1920s through the 1960s, which has been used to create many of the company’s most iconic vehicles; the Carnegie Library collection, the collection that includes Carnegie Mellon and the collection in which the Carnegie Foundation is housed; the collection housed in the Public Library, which contains a collection from the 1930s through a collection that is being used for other purposes; and the Carnegie Alumni Institute Collection, which is currently on loan to the Carnegie University Library.
How do students and alumni react to the car sale?
We were really excited to be able participate in the event and we really appreciated the opportunities to learn from the experts in our industry, and from our alumni, who are so engaged.
Students and alumni at Carnegie have always been very active in the campus community.
They’ve been involved in various civic events and charitable organizations, including many of those in which they have a significant interest.
Carnegie Mellon alumni are now working to make sure that the students and the alumni can be as active and engaged as they were before the Carnegie Auction.
What happens next?
We’re excited to continue the auction and we hope that students and alum will also be involved in the sale.
Carnegie will host an event on Saturday to discuss the sale and will host a fundraiser on Sunday.
And in the coming weeks, we will be working to plan the events to be held throughout the year.
Thank you to all who participated in the auction.
Carnegie is donating $5 million to the Alumnae Association, which helps students and other alumni get involved in charitable causes.
Carnegie also is giving away free tickets to the next annual Carnegie Mellon Holiday Auction