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Evangel University Advocates welcome public to annual garage sale fundraiser

Published on May 8, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

The EUA colossal sale offers a wide range of items.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Evangel University Advocates (formerly known as the EU Auxiliary) will hold its annual “Colossal Sale” from May 17-20 in the Mabee Fitness Center, located on the northwest side of Evangel’s campus. Proceeds from the sale benefit university scholarships and academic projects.

The auxiliary will accept item donations from the public on May 8-12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Donated items should be clean and unbroken and may be dropped off at the Mabee Fitness Center.

Items for sale include clothing, small appliances, jewelry, books, office items, toys, furniture, and other household goods.

The Colossal Sale will span four days and be open to the public during the following hours: 

  • Wednesday, May 17, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. – noon

Friday is Half-Price Day, where all items except furniture will be 50% off.

Saturday is Bag Sale Day, where shoppers will be able to fill a provided bag for $6.

Helping Hands 

The EU Advocates have held an annual fundraising sale since 1964. The “Colossal Sale” went on hiatus after the 2014 event and was revived in 2019 thanks to an influx of younger members.

“Since the founding of Evangel in 1955, members of the EU Advocates have been a constant support to the university by volunteering their time and talents,” said Dr. Michael Kolstad, EU’s executive vice president and chief of staff. “Their earliest efforts provided curtains and furniture in the dorms for our very first group of students.”

In addition to scholarships, major projects funded by the Advocates include the Heritage Room in Riggs Hall, the large Schantz pipe organ in Spence Chapel, outfitting of the second and third floor lobbies of Trask Hall, lighting and stage curtains for Barnett Fine Arts Theatre, uniforms for Evangel’s marching band, and new cameras for the Communications Department.

For questions related to the Colossal Sale, please email or call or text Jeanine Bartels at 417.631.7052.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at