JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The University of Jamestown’s 34th Annual Dine and Bid, which will be held virtually this year, opened to virtual bids on Monday.

A live stream of the event, themed Rock and Roll All Knight, will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Director of Alumni Relations Setareh Campion says it’ll be slightly different, but the same great fundraiser for the University.

Campion added that hosting the event virtually opens the door for alumni, both near and far, to join along with the community.

Everyone is invited to register and participate, at no cost, by visiting one.bidpal.net/dineandbid2020/welcome or texting dineandbid2020 to 243725.

One hundred twenty-five items are up for auction this year, ranging from entertainment and experiences to home décor and fun for the kids. Featured items include a one-week stay at a luxury home in Belize, AirPod Pros, a one-year movie pass for two to the Bison 6 Cinema, and a Savage hunting rifle.

“We’ve been working on making the live portion of this event as interactive as possible,” explained Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Brett Moser. “We encourage everyone to stay safe and follow social distancing guidelines by tuning in with their family or by hosting a small watch party at home.”

Campion added that introducing this event through a virtual platform will hopefully allow for even more participation in future Dine & Bids. She says items have been available for bidding since Monday and it continues through the event.

The University wants to help make sure everyone feels included by video conferencing into live watch parties and assisting anyone who is not comfortable with technology.

“I’m happy to walk individuals through the process of registering,” explained Campion. “We can even manually enter bids and donations.” For assistance, Campion can be reached at 701-252-3467 ext. 4104 or Setareh.Campion@uj.edu.

“We know having the event virtually this year will be different. Every year, it pays a key role as a social occasion for friends and alumni of the University,” said Moser. “But, we feel confident it will still play that role in bringing people together to support our students, just from afar.”

Listen to a full Let’s Talk About It with Setareh Campion below: