K-State Sports Extra: Auction Nearing

By Mark Janssen

It's still not too late to get your boarding pass stamped for Kansas State's "Cruisin' with the 'Cats" 26th Annual Powercat Auction slated for Friday at 6 p.m.

Bernie Haney, assistant development director/golf programs, reports that the deadline for the auction, and the four-person scramble golf tournament, which takes place the morning of the 23rd at the Colbert Hills Golf Course, has been extended to Wednesday, April 21.

"We're excited about this year's auction weekend because there's something for everybody and we've made so many changes with our four Ports of Call," said Haney. "Our hope is to involve as many K-Staters as we possibly can.

"This entire event is aimed at enhancing the experience of our student-athletes," said Haney. "The auction is another vehicle to support their experience at K-State."

The golf tournament begins the weekend at 10 a.m. Friday at a cost of $150 per player. Of that amount, Haney says a minimum of $50 will go to the Ahearn Fund, which directly benefits all KSU student-athletes. The event is open to four-person teams, or, other teams will be established from those entering as individuals.

For entering or more information, contact Haney at 785-565-1719, or email bhaney@k-state.edu.

The all-new auction format will include four Ports of Call Cuisine stations ranging from Taste of the Islands, South of the Border, Riviera Rendezvous and Welcome Home.

An individual's $75 ticket will allow a sampling of food from each of the Ports, and one specialty drink of choice from one of the Ports.

The evening will be highlighted by the "Donation Drawing" grand prize of a seven-night Western Caribbean Cruise for two, which includes stops in Key West, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

The cost to enter the drawing is just $5. Those who enter also have the chance at a vacation in Vail, Colo., jewelry from Pfeifley's, a BBQ for 50 at Cat Town, and, a trip to the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City where the Wildcats will be playing in November.

The live auction includes a wide variety of items:

  • Art: An oil painting of Terence Newman; a Wildcat sculpture by Dick and Rich Bergen
  • Travel: A bus trip to the Nov. 13 football game at Missouri; a fishing trip to Brazil; travel with the women's basketball team to Texas Tech or the men's team to Colorado; a tour of Washington D.C.
  • Dining: An authentic Cuban dinner prepared by Frank Martin; a dinner party in the historic Ellsworth home with President Kirk Schulz and his wife, Dr. Noel Schulz; a poolside party for 60 with coach Bill Snyder and his staff; lunch with Senator Pat Roberts in Washington D.C.
  • AND: A public speaking engagement with Coach Martin; four weeks of personal training from Scott Greenawalt; a one-of-a-kind KSU Model A; prime advertising space for your company

"Each item will have a fair market value that will be added to an individual's Ahearn Fund credit," said Haney. "Auction items will give priority points, but they will not help in priority seating contributions."

Haney said there will be elevator access to the Bramlage Coliseum floor, and that limited table seating will be available, along with chairback seating.

There will also be free child care provided by members of the KSU women's equestrian team, which includes a pizza party, movies, games and face painting for the kids.

Through Wednesday, tickets can be purchased by calling 785-532-7199, 1-800-221-CATS or by emailing ahavenst@ksu.edu.