As usual, Professor Glenn “Groucho” Smith was full of wisecracks as he played auctioneer at California Western’s 25th annual Halloween Live Auction, Bake Sale, & Costume Contest. “Someone even recognized him!” says Smith, of the iconic jokester Groucho Marx he portrays every Halloween.
Bidding by the students was really spirited and some items, such as dinner at the home of Dean Schaumann and his wife Carla, went for as much as $300.
“You know it comes with a cork,” said Smith as he tried to raise the bids on wine donated by Professor Belknap. “It’s both feet, by the way,” Smith said as he did the same thing with a gift certificate for a reflexology foot massage donated by Professor Rosenberg.
The proceeds from the auction and the bake sale, $3,715, go to the Toussaint Academy San Diego, a school for homeless students just a few blocks from California Western.
“This is pretty impressive,” says Mark Lin, Toussaint Academy’s representative. “A big thank you to the faculty, staff, students and everyone who was part of it—for a great cause.”
“This would not be possible without the donations from the faculty and staff,” said 3L Carina Rojo, the co-chair of the Student Bar Association’s Community Outreach Committee
The costumes were predictably wacky, like 1L Tarrah Marcus’ prize-winning Zebra costume.
“My roommate is a make-up artist,” Tarrah says.
“It’s a perfect combination of my interest, my culture and my passion,” says 1L Alex Perez of “Sin Cara” (no face) the masked Mexican wrestling “luchador” character he created.
Another show-stopper was “Miss Trial,” a beauty queen costume created by 2L Kristina Lese.
“I saw it at Party City and I knew I just had to have it,” says 1L Mike Miller, about the Spiderman costume he wore. “I had one when I was seven-years-old and I only got to wear it once.”