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KMSU auction to be streamed tonight

The Minot State University Broadcasting and Professional Communication department will host the 22nd annual KMSU Auction on today, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event, which raises money for the broadcasting department and a local charity, will air live on MidCo and SRT Channel 19 and is streamed live on YouTube, according to information povided by the university. The multi-hour, telethon-style auction has 39 packages set for auction with MSU event passes, gift cards, gift baskets, memberships, and more. Packages vary in total value from $300 to over $1,000.

KMSU promotes local businesses through various media in exchange for donations and then organizes them into packages. Viewers can call to place bids on air during the allotted time, with the highest bid winning the package. Bids can be phoned in during the show by calling (701) 858-4019.

The entire show is planned, organized, and promoted by MSU students.

“The KMSU auction is a wonderful opportunity for students to get real world experience,” said Janna McKechnie, KMSU Auction advisor. “This is their project from start to finish. They gather donations, plan promotions, work on advertising the event, and run the live televised event itself. Every year I am amazed at the dedication and talent these students possess.”

The auction was first designed as a way to raise funds for the broadcasting department and was planned as a one-year event. However, due to positive feedback from the inaugural auction, it became an annual tradition. Students in the broadcasting department apply their studies of broadcast production, public relations, and advertising for the event.

This year, the KMSU Auction will donate 10% of proceeds to Trinity Health to fund meals for COVID-19 unit workers.

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