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PILAR Preps for 12th Annual Auction

On February 24–25, the Public Interest Advocates of Regent (PILAR) hosts its 12th Annual Silent Auction. All auction proceeds fund grants for students who have unpaid summer internships at public interest organizations.

Dean Jeffery Brauch is auctioning his vintage Wisconsin cheese hat.
PILAR President Stephanie Hartman Rojo, who has received two PILAR grants, started prepping for the auction last semester. She established a PILAR Board, hand delivered letters requesting donations from local businesses, and designed flyers.

“I’m ecstatic about the work the PILAR Board and friends have put into this auction,” says Rojo. “Student organizations have donated their time; faculty, staff, and students have contributed wonderful items; and others have gone out of their way to do outreach to recruit donations.”

The auction is only a few days away, and Rojo is pleased with the approximately 90 items that have been donated. Items on the auction block include:
  • Dean Jeffery Brauch’s Wisconsin cheese hat 
  • Tickets to the Virginia Opera’s rendition of Carmen, valued at $150 
  • Estate Plan, valued at $5,000 
  • Themis, Kaplan, and Barbri Bar-prep vouchers 
In the past five years, 29 students received grants to supplement their work in the community. This year, PILAR strives to fund at least six students. Third-year law student Abigail Skeans, who received a grant when she worked for the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, says that both she and the people she served benefitted from the financial compensation.

“Because of the PILAR grant, I was able to serve many individuals and families in the Virginia Beach area who were seeking counsel on family law matters,” says Skeans. “I was equipped to counsel individuals on family law issues, learned about the Domestic Relations Code in Virginia, and learned how family law attorneys can work with local service providers to support individuals dealing with custody and divorce matters.”

The auction runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on February 24–25 in Robertson Hall Lobby. All Regent University students, faculty, and staff are welcome to bid. Auction participants may also bid on the PILAR Facebook page. A complete list of items is available online.

If you would like to donate an item or money, please contact Stephanie at and visit the PILAR page to review the donation form.

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