That is the signature auction item for this year's "Goin' Country With The Cats" 27th Annual Powercat Auction on April 29 in Bramlage Coliseum.

"Duane Saunders purchased this car at the Barrett Jackson Auction last year in Las Vegas and donated it to our auction," said assistant athletics director Lon Floyd.  "Russ Briggs then completely restored the car complete with a Wildcat customization package, including the purple paint and Powercats stitched into the leather and cloth seats."

It's also equipped with new chrome wheels and new low-profile tires, six-way power seats and what Floyd calls, "... a Wildcat 445 engine."

Known in its day as a "banker's hot-rod," Floyd said, "It really is a beautiful car that's in top shape and one that any K-Stater would be proud to have."

Oh, and to look the part in your new Buick Invicta, you'll need a pair of Frank Martin Limited Edition boots and one-of-a-kind custom chaps. "You can't guy them any place but here," said Floyd. "They have 112 sizes, so your exact size will not be a problem." The boots are decorated with a tooled Powercat to Vanderbilt's specification, while the chaps are designed by Bruce Brock of Council Grove and donated by the Marmie Family.

For the golfer, there's the a Wildcat customized purple golf cart donated  by Duane Dautel that Floyd says, "It's not guaranteed to lower your score, but you'll sure look good while you're playing." Other featured items on the live auction list include:• An evening of dining and McCain Auditorium entertainment with President Kirk and Noel Schulz.• A group of five ladies taking in Kansas City with Anya Martin for two nights and three days.• A fishing trip for Redfish in Venice, La., and hunting outing at Ringneck Ranch in Tipton, Kan., with Frank Martin and Sean Snyder.• A two-night, three-day shopping outing for four with Sharon Snyder to Chicago's "Magnificent Mile."• An evening with Jordy Nelson at Nelson's Landing in Leonardville.• An authentic Cuban dinner for 10 prepared by Frank Martin at his home.• A night of dining for 10 with the K-State volleyball team.• A poolside party for 30 couples with Bill Snyder, plus an autographed football for each of the purchasing couple In addition, there will be scores of silent auction items in a price range for one and all.

On the annual event, Floyd says, "It's our single largest individual fund raising event that we do.  Last year we went over $300,000 gross, and netted around $285,000, but it's also become quite a social event. 

"We understand that not everybody can buy Cuban meals for thousands of dollars, but including the silent auction, we have items from $10 into the thousands," said Floyd. "It really is an event for every K-Stater." The monies generated from the evening will go directly to the Ahearn Fund, which goes toward scholarships for student-athletes, to enhancing the needs of the training staff and strength and conditioning programs, to adding to recruiting needs.

"Nothing makes up a bigger share of our budget than the Ahearn Fund," said Floyd. With this year's theme, the meal will include carved baron of beef, smoked pork loin, baby back ribs, chicken wings, plus all the other fixins. "We hope K-Staters will put on their boots and jeans and join us for a good time," said Floyd.  "Plus, everyone will receive a fun western gift." A free child care will be provided, which will include a pizza party, movies, games and face painting. Earlier in the day, K-State will be hosting the 27th Annual Golf Tournament.  It's a 4-man scramble with the cost at $100 per player.  For more information contact Bernie Hanley at (785) 565-1719 or, bhaney@k-state.edu. The Powercat Auction registration deadline is April 22.  Tickets are priced at $75 per person.  On-line registration can be done at kstatesports.com, or, checks should be made payable to Kansas State Athletics and mailed to: April Havenstein, Bramlage Coliseum, 1800 College Avenue, Manhattan, KS, 66502-3355.  For questions call (785) 532-7199. For those unable to attend but would like to take part in the bidding, the event will be simulcast at kstatesports.com on the night of the 29th.

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