For those who have graduated from Muscatine High School in the past 27 years, there is one Friday night basketball game that stands out.
The Muskie Booster Club Cake Auction is a fundraiser unlike any other. The night includes both silent and live auctions, a 50/50 raffle, and more.
Clubs, businesses, non-profits, and individuals all donate cakes to be auctioned off throughout the evening. The large, display-type cakes are rolled around the gymnasium throughout the night as part of the live auction. Companies, groups, and individuals are invited to bid on the cakes, with all proceeds going to the Booster Club.
The 2016 auction caught special attention when the class of 1971 bid $15,000 for a boxed cake mix and a can of frosting.
Though the simplest cake brought in the most money on its own, 20 cakes were auctioned off during the night.
In addition to the elaborate cakes, many cakes line tables throughout the cafeteria for silent auction bids. While there is no official goal set for funds raised, the idea is always to surpass the previous year. The 2016 auction set a record by collecting over $46,000.
Funds collected throughout the night will be used to support activities, clubs, and organizations at MHS throughout the year.
Muskie Booster Dana Kraft is leading the charge for the cake auction this year. She explains that this year alone, four new clubs have been started in the school.
Anyone donating a cake can bring the cake to school on Friday, February 10 by 4:00 p.m. Though official registration is not required, organizers would like to have an estimated amount before the date.
For more information on the auction, contact Dana at [email protected] or contact the school at (563) 263-6141.