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Defiance College student group to sponsor silent auction

November 18, 2014


DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Defiance College student chapter of Free the Slaves will host a holiday fundraising mixer on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Serrick Campus Center. The event will feature a silent auction to raise monies to fight human trafficking. Location is the Hubbard Banquet Room from 6 to 9 p.m., and special guest will be the newly-crowned Miss Northwestern Ohio 2015, Nicole Baringer.

Free the Slaves is an international organization, the largest antislavery group in the world. Defiance College students formed a chapter of Free the Slaves earlier this year, and the chapter has held events to raise awareness as well as funds.

The holiday silent auction will feature a variety of items for bid including a vacation stay at a Myrtle Beach, S.C., condominium, gift certificates to local businesses, sports memorabilia, and other items. Donations for the auction are still being accepted.

The event is open to the public and includes light appetizers and refreshments. Admission is free. To make a donation or for more information, contact Chelsea Bell at

The DC Free the Slaves chapter is led by officers Chelsea Bell, president; Ashley Tompkins, vice president; Cali Hazel, secretary; and Jennifer Wedge, treasurer.

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is