K-State Sports Extra: Deadline Approaching for Powercat Auction

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Not that the games K-Staters go to are not fun, but Wildcat athletics director John Currie says it's time for a different type of fun in the Wildcat Nation.

The 26th Annual Powercat Auction will take place on April 23, which is the day before the Wildcats' annual spring football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

"This is another way to get our people involved," Currie said. "A wide grassroots participation is important in everything that happens at K-State, and the auction is one of the ways to get a lot of our people involved in a fun way, but also a way that is beneficial to our athletic department."

All net proceeds from the evening will be directed to the Ahearn Fund.

This is the fund that, in Currie's words, "Promotes department excellence whether through facilities, sports medicine, academic services and coaching continuity. We were able to make some decisions earlier in the year with our coaching staff because our Ahearn Fund has seen some positive growth to where we had the confidence to have the money to live up to those new contractual commitments.

"Growing the Ahearn Fund, plus growing our season-ticket base and single-game sales, are vital to our success and enables us to continue to make strategic decisions that will have an impact on our ability to compete," said Currie, adding that the first $6.4 million in the Ahearn Fund is earmarked for scholarships for the Wildcat student-athletes.

One of the headline auction items that corporations might be interested in is having K-State basketball coach Frank Martin give a motivational speech for employees. Transportation within the state of Kansas will be included in the bid price.

Among the live auction items will be those for kids to adults, plus for males and females.

Kids: A chair personally autographed by Willie the Wildcat; a father-son trip to see a Kansas City Royals game in a stretch limo with athletic director John Currie, and his son Jack; your child/grandchild can be the tee retriever for the K-State football game on Nov. 6.

Ladies: Seven nights in an Orlando Condo - Wyndam Bonnet Creek -- that sleeps 8-10 on Feb. 11-17. (Dates may be changed based on availability); seven-course dinner party in the historic Ellsworth Home - the Huycke Mansion - with KSU President Kirk Schultz and his wife, Noel; Scott Greenawalt as a personal trainer for four weeks; dinner for 10 in the home of KSU volleyball coach Suzie Fritz.

Guys:  A trip in Russell Briggs' private plane to the Barrett Jackson Collector's Car Auction, which includes three nights lodging at Mandalay Bay and extras; a week's trip, including transportation and lodging, to the Amazon River for fishing for the famous peacock bass; bowl trip for two with the KSU official party; two nights for eight in the four-bedroom Prairiewood Private Retreat and Reserve outside of Manhattan for the Texas weekend on Nov. 6.

These are just the tip of the bidding iceberg that will take place in the live auction, silent auction and the "almost live" auction.

Plus, there is the donation drawing that includes the possibility to win a week's cruise to the Western Caribbean as a grand prize, plus the chance to win one of four other prizes - jewelry, BBQ for 50 at Cat Town at a home KSU football game, a week's lodging at a condo in Vail, Colo., and taking part in the College Basketball Experience basketball event in November.

In addition to the bidding, included in the $75 ticket will be a variety of foods coming from four Ports of Call: Taste of the Islands, South of the Border, Riviera Rendezvous and Welcome Home, with one specialty drink from your area of choice.

What do you do with the kids? K-State's women's equestrian team will offer a free child care service that will include a pizza party, movies, games and face painting.

But you want golf? That's taken care of as well with a tournament set for Colbert Hills starting at 10 in the morning. Call 785-565-1719, or, email bhaney@k-state.edu for more information.

The registration deadline for all of the events is April 16.