By Sean Rowley, NSU News Coordinator
Former Oklahoma State basketball coach Eddie Sutton is the guest speaker at Northeastern State University's benefit auction for the Athletic Department on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
Northeastern State Athletic Director Jeff Konya said the department was grateful for donated items and packages, and proceeds would help fund facility upgrades, operations and scholarships.
"We do have some costs tied to some of the items," he said. "But for the most part it has been the generosity of our staff members, the local community, companies and our alumni."
The event is in the Rozell Ballroom in the University Center and begins with a silent auction during which hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. Results of the silent auction will be determined at 7:15 pm. Dinner begins at 7:30 pm followed by the live auction and comments from Sutton.
Admission is $30 for individuals or $300 for a 10-seat table; however, paying attendees receive a $30 credit to enhance bids at the silent auction.
"So really, they could get their dinner, drinks, the experience and meet Coach Sutton for free and walk away with a quality item," Konya said.
Konya wants to make the benefit auction a premiere event on Tahlequah's annual agenda.
"I've been around some universities where the auction and the sports dinner have become a staple–something that the folks in the community really look forward to," he said. "I think we're well on our way toward producing a quality event of the highest order. After people become accustomed to what this is about, we hope it will become one of those days they circle on the calendar and plan for."
The live auction packages are as follows:
Hawaii Five-Oh – A one-week trip to a condominium in Hawaii, including air fare for two; valued at $6,000.
Ready, Aim, Fire – Four VIP passes to R&R Pheasant Hunts, regarded as the best hunting in South Dakota, and four days' full accommodations including lodging, food, drink, ammunition; valued at $8,400.
Boomer Sooner – A football signed by University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, a frame signed by OU basketball coach Jeff Capel, a framed and signed poster of the 2008-09 signed by the players including Blake Griffin, a rare Heisman football signed by Billy Sims, Jason White and Steve Jones, a football signed by Adrian Peterson, Brady Quinn and Jamarcus Russell, two 40-yard-line tickets to the 2009 OU-Texas football game, one personalized tour of the OU basketball facility with a member of the coaching staff; valued at $2,500.
Golf Q School – Foursomes at several local and national courses, a hybrid golf club, Titleist pro v1 golf balls and a golf hat; valued at $2,200.
Kansas City Shuffle – A trip to Kansas City including four Royals premier tickets to a 2010 game of your choice, hotel accommodations at the Marriott KC for one night, a $50 food credit to Pierpont's famous dining, one of only 150 coaching prints signed by University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and a KC Chiefs quarterback ball signed by Bill Kenney; valued at $1,100.
New York Puppy Love Pack – One pure breed Yorkie AKC registered from an elite kennel, a rare football autographed by New York legend and hall-of-famer Joe Namath and rare artwork of NY's Lake George; valued at $1,600.
Cowboys Unite – A rare framed Oklahoma State jersey signed by Thurman Thomas, a football signed by Sutton and former OSU football coach Pat Jones, six suite tickets to Framed and rare Thurman Thomas signed OSU jersey, signed FB from Coach Pat Jones and Coach Eddie Sutton, 6 suite tickets and a first-row exclusive parking pass for the Nov. 19 football game against Colorado, and first row exclusive parking pass and a football signed by OSU's 2009 opening-game starters; valued at $2,200.
Beale Street Basketball Bonanza – Two suite tickets to the Memphis-Tulsa college basketball game and the Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs NBA game on March 6, 2010, including a one-night hotel stay and restaurant credit; valued at $1,500.
Create Ur Own Sports Zone – A basketball exclusively rookie-signed by OU legend and top NBA draft pick Blake Griffin, a Hall of Fame football signed by Troy Aikman, a Hall of Fame football signed by Chicago Bear great Dick Butkus, a signed poster from Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward and a 32-inch Philips plasma TV; valued at $2,400.
Wanna Getaway Pack Part 1 – Use of a condo in Gulf Shores, Ala. for one week; valued at $1,000.
Ride In Style – A brand new, never-used VESPA motor scooter; valued at $1,800.
Gamer Pack – For your kids or the kid in all of us, a Wii game console plus several games, installed surround sound and a chair designed for your electronic needs; valued at $1,100.
Wanna Getaway Pack Part II – Use of a condo near Tampa, Fla., framed t-shits from Tampa Bay Rays All-Stars featuring 2008 American League home run champ and current All-Star first baseman Carlos Pena, a 2008 AL series championship replica ring given to Rays employees, a golf foursome at Trent Jones-designed Fox Hollow Course at Tampa Bay's exclusive Champions Club; valued at $3,000.
Northeastern State at UND VIP Experience - Airfare for two, hotel accommodation, an invitation to the RiverHawks' pre-game meal and all team meetings for the Sept. 17, 2010 game in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a dinner with Konya and NSU President Don Betz, a RiverHawks helmet and a framed Redmen jersey; valued at $3,000.