Bid for travel packages at fundraising auction

The Charlotte chapter of SKAL International – a tourism industry association that promotes global travel and friendship – will hold a fundraising travel auction from 6:30 to 10 pm. Sept. 17. More than 50 items will b featured in both a live and silent auction, including a Uniworld Boutique River Cruise; a four-night stay for two in Florence, Italy; and a two-night package at Homewood Suites, in Pinehurst.

The event is to raise scholarships funds for future employees in the hospitality and global tourism industries. It is open to the public, and will be held at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave. (Suite 180), Charlotte. Nonrefundable tickets, which include heavy hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine, are $40 if purchase by Sept. 9; $50 at the door. Details: