Twenty-two students were sold as dates on March 9 to others willing to commit to service hours for next week’s service week.
Dates with the students were not bought with money, but rather, by committing to service hours to be fulfilled throughout the semester.
In total, the auction committed 364 hours and 45 minutes of service for the dates auctioned.
The girls who bought dates committed to 228 hours and 45 minutes for 11 boys. The boys who bought dates committed to 136 hours for 11 girls.
Students auctioned were volunteers from the Student Sport and Service Activities programs.
Bids in the dating auction could start at either one or two hours depending on the excitement of the crowd.
The highest person auctioned off was Mitchell Shields, a freshman studying economics, who was bought with 55 service hours.
“Overall, I know the event was a great success, as it brought two of the greatest things BYU-I has to offer: dating and service. The dates will be a blast for sure. I know the many bid service hours will bless the lives of many people. The Service Date Auction was a jolly good time, and I would gladly do it again,” Shields said.
The highest paid for girls was 30 hours of service for Hayley Hunter, a junior studying biology.
“I was really nervous and felt ser awkward being [on stage]. I have
to say that I was flattered to hear 30 hours, but more than anything, I was impressed with how many service hours the students were willing to give,”
Tickets to events such as jazz concerts, film festivals, next week’s Game Night, and hip-hop and St. Patrick’s Day dances were donated for dates by Talent Activities, Outdoor Activities, Social Activities and The Crossroads.
“We are trying to promote service week. We used this to motivate people to serve next week,” said Christopher Yukon, a junior studying health science and coordinator for the date auction.
Students will spend their service hours with BYU-Idaho Service Activities, Student Sport, and local community organizations such as the Family Crisis Center, Adopt-a-Grandparent and Deseret Industries.
Some of the students being auctioned tried to increase the amount they were sold for by performing talents.
Buyers have until the end of the semester to pay the service time they’ve committed to and have the option of enlisting friends to help them pay the time. Service Activities will follow to verify that they’ve served their time.