2020 Great Bag Bash

Posted by admin on Mar. 16, 2020  /   0

Let’s first start off with what a great year!  We wrapped up the Great Bag Bash amazed at the outpouring of support for our IIDA WI students. Jaw-dropping item donations, giving attendees, and a rockstar committee.  It was another perfect evening!

This year’s event was at The Delafield Hotel for the 14th annual Great Bag Bash.  Sponsorship for food, bags, and the bus poured in from our supporters; MDC Wallcoverings, Patcraft, Dirtt, Lerdahl Business Interiors, Coyne Associates, KRS inc., and Formspace 7.

Similar to a game show, five blocks of four students paired with bags were auction off for mystery prize inside.  Each student had a brief bio that was read out to the crowd, giving them a chance to get their name in the professional world.  We continue to focus on the students pursuing interior design degrees in the state of Wisconsin.  The committee wanted to offer the students additional opportunities to expand their network and engage with IIDA. In addition, one lucky student, Renee Caminiti, received a $375 scholarship for having the highest sold bag in the auction which she has chosen to donate back to the scholarship fund.  Thank you Renee!

Thank you to all our prize donors!  Attendees went home with event tickets, boating excursions, Kohler gift certificates, ticketmaster VIP Passes, home décor like carpet and mirrors, and much, much more!  The big winner of the evening was Mindy MacWilliams, who went home with the Lagunitas chair donated by Steelcase Design Portfolios, Knoll Textiles, and Straight Thread.  Congratulations to all the winners, we hope you enjoyed the evening!

During the event, we awarded the $1000 scholarship for the annual Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund Essay Competition.  Students competed by writing and submitting a 500-word executive summary.  This year’s inaugural was Shayna Krizan–a student at UW-Madison.

Perhaps the most amazing result of the night was raising over $12,000 for the Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund – The future of our profession, organization and scholarship winners all looks brighter as a result of this.  Thanks to all the great attendees and event donors. 

We hope you enjoyed your time at the event and we see you again in 2021. Who knows, maybe even more additions will be made to the evening!

There are so many great photos of the evening, check out our photo gallery.

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