The value was priceless.
The Executive MBA program at RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business was “Lot 22” during the 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Auction on May 7 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. The fundraiser, which benefits programs for Camp Good Days and Special Times, is the brainchild of businessman Peter Parts, Camp Good Days board member and RIT alumnus (EMBA ’98).
“The bidding was really fierce,” says Saunders Dean Ashok Rao. “Our scholarship brought in the largest bid at $16,500 though it was not the highest-valued item in the auction. We went ahead and converted it to two scholarships, each worth $20,000, providing Camp Good Days with $33,000.”
According to Donald Wilson, director of the Saunders Executive MBA Program, four individuals bid on the scholarship with the winning bid going to a Rochester General Hospital physician.
“These two EMBA scholarships raised more money for Camp Good Days than any other item auctioned. This is really our way of supporting both the Rochester community and Camp Good Days.”
Note: One of nine colleges at RIT, the E. Philip Saunders College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International) and enrolls more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The business school also launched an online executive MBA program in 2009.