When asked to describe the annual Muscatine High School (MHS) cake auction, Athletic Director Mike Morgan chuckled and said, “until you experience it the first time, you don’t fully understand it.” For many Muscatine residents though, the MHS cake auction represents one of the highlights of the winter. A time for fun, friendship, and feasting on scrumptious creations baked from scratch, this year’s Welcome to the Muskie Jungle Cake Auction continued a vibrant MHS tradition and helped support their athletic department in the process. According to Morgan, the inspiration for the MHS Cake Auction came from a somewhat similar event the Muskie basketball team saw at North Scott High School. However, Muscatine truly latched onto the idea of having a cake auction and took it to the next level. What started as a small, straightforward fundraiser grew into a local legend. This year, on Friday, February 8th, a steady stream of businesses and home bakers dropped off their fabulous creations. From this cache of cakes, auction organizers selected twenty to auction off live during the double header against Davenport West; five to sell during each half time, and another ten for people to bid on between games. The remaining seventy-five or so cakes went on display in the MHS cafeteria to create a silent auction that lasted the length of both basketball games. At the end of the night, community members walked away with almost 100 unique cakes, and the Muskie Boosters raised a tidy sum of money to put towards athletic expenses throughout the rest of the school year. Many aspects of the MHS cake auction wowed first time attenders and veteran fans alike. For some, the artistry that goes into creating each of the cakes stands out as the highlight of the night. When reflecting on all the intricate and masterfully crafted cake designs he saw, Morgan stated, “it’s impressive. There are some very talented people out there. I can’t even imagine how they do what they do.” However. Morgan truly feels that the spirit of all the Muskie fans attending the cake auction give it the spark that makes it such a memorable and well-loved event. He elaborated, “it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Future Muskies, current Muskies, and past Muskies all come together and celebrate, and it’s an awesome time.” No matter what you enjoyed most about this year’s MHS cake auction, this trip to the Muskie Jungle proved well worth it, as it does each year. As lucky winners around Muscatine enjoy finishing off the last pieces of their cake, the MHS Athletic Department will continue to savor all the funds they received from this one of a kind night, and the community can relish the sweetness of coming together to support and strengthen our Muskie family.
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