BY DONOVAN GOLICH, Staff Writer

The sisters of Phi Mu encourage the University of Michigan-Dearborn community to get ready to win some free food at their annual Lunchbox Auction.

The Lunchbox Auction is an annual event hosted by Phi Mu to raise funds for the Phi Mu Foundation. According to Marissa Duke, Phi Mu Vice President, the Foundation’s purpose is to “provide leadership, scholarship, education, and philanthropy opportunities to all active and alumnae members of Phi Mu chapters across the U.S.” The money raised and donated to the Foundation does not go directly to the UM-D chapter, but to a national fund that benefits all Phi Mu chapters.

This is just one of the many philanthropic projects that Phi Mu is known for. At other points during the academic year, the UM-D chapter hosts the Teeter-Totter-a-Thon and Mr. UM-D. While nationwide, the sorority places a focus on their largest national philanthropy, which is the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Cara Castillo, philanthropy chair, expressed that “our (UM-D’s) chapter continually strives to support them.”

The Lunchbox Auction will feature a wide array of themed lunches. Castillo says that there will be a type of lunch for everyone – from a man’s lunch and a lady’s lunch, to more quirky and novelty lunches, such as a “Where in the world did you get this?” lunch and one lunch that our very own Vice Chancellor Henderson won last year, the “Junk in the Trunk” lunch.

The auction will be taking place on Monday, Feb. 11 on the UC stage from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Raffle tickets will range from $1-$10. Phi Mu encourages everyone to place raffle tickets in the lunch they so desire! A winner for each lunch will be selected around 3:30-3:45 p.m.

So, come out and support the sisters of Phi Mu in their philanthropic duties. Not only will it be for a good cause, but, also, it may snag you quite the interesting lunch!