Last year we had the most successful Silent Auction in the history of the ABE Summer Institute! We raised over $3000 to help further the efforts of Literacy Action Network and to provide conference scholarships to many ABE professionals across the state. With the help of all of you, the committee hopes to set a new record at the 2017 conference!

If you have participated in the past, either by donating, purchasing, or both- we truly thank you and hope that you will once again support our efforts. 

If you are new to ABE or to the Summer Institute and want to know more about the Silent Auction...
Who: People who love ABE and it’s efforts in Minnesota. Open to Literacy Action Network members, MCEA Members, and non-members.

What: Themed baskets or single items. Small or large- all price ranges are welcomed! Need ideas? Baskets showcasing your program/service region, homemade items, and/or anything with adult beverages tend to go first :)

When: Auction to be held poolside on August 17, 2017 prior to the awards banquet. A cash bar and networking opportunities will be available at the auction. Fun times to be had by all who attend! Guaranteed! (This event is being sponsored by Burlington English- so make sure you stop by and say "Hi" to Margo, Customer Manager and MN contact)

Where: Items donated can be delivered to either the Metro North ABE site in Blaine or the site in Columbia Heights by Friday, August 11th. Arrangements can also be made for drop-off prior to the start of the 2017 ABE Summer Institute on Wednesday, August 16th. We will have forms and will be accepting items at the conference registration table.

Why: Proceeds from the auction directly benefit ABE professionals and learners by providing Summer Institute scholarships, marketing materials, legislative efforts, etc.

How: Please notify Molly Stewart ( or Kathleen Moriarty (  with your intent to donate and to receive your donation information form. (If you plan on donating but are not yet sure what the item will be- no problem! We can still send you the form and collect it at the conference)

We look forward to seeing you in August!

Thank you! 
Molly Stewart and Kathleen Moriarty
2017 Summer Institute Silent Action Committee