Apr 24th, 2011 @ 5:24 pm | Author: Kimberly Hesch
The 17th annual VCSU Scholarship Auction, scheduled for Friday, April 29 at the Valley City Eagles Club, is taking on a sports theme this year.

Kim Hesch, assistant director of Advancement at VCSU, said, "The scholarship auction is the single biggest event in terms of generating scholarship dollars, and it seems to get bigger and better every year."

The theme this year is 'The VCSU Zone.' The Eagles will be decked with sports decor, and attendees are encouraged to come dressed in keeping with the theme. The auction committee will award auction dollars for the most creative individual, couple and group.

The social hour and the silent auction begin at 5:00 pm. A buffet dinner will be served from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and the live auction will kick off at 7:00 pm. This is your chance to bid on some great deals while contributing to a great cause. All proceeds from the auction go directly to scholarships.

Some of the items up for bid are:

A youth bike donated by Sanford Clinic, two airline tickets donated by Allegiant Airlines, a Phoenix Grill donated by Dakota Plains Cooperative, a Kindle donated by Tom Glandt of Investment Centers of America along with popular items like MN Twins tickets, tools, golf clubs, and gift certificates.

According to Hesch, "We will be trying a couple of new things with this year's auction. A 'Mystery Wine' table will feature bottles of wine that have been boxed to hide their identity. Each of the bottles will have a minimum value of $20, but will be available to attendees to choose from for $20 each. This is an opportunity for attendees to get a great deal on some great wine!"

In addition to the live and silent auctions, the evening will feature fun activities. For example, in a game named Heads-n-Tails, participants will have a chance to win an iPod nano. The 'horse race' is another fun event that has become popular in recent years and will be back this year.

Hesch said that scholarships are vital to VCSU's success and all proceeds from the auction go directly to V-500 and Century Club scholarships. "Our goal is $45,000 this year, and we would like to sell 500 tickets to the event."

Everyone who buys a ticket will be entered into drawings for valuable prizes including an iPad (sponsored by Dacotah Bank), a $500 gift certificate from Leever's SuperValu (sponsored by Leever's), and a Magnovox 26' TV/DVD Combo (sponsored by Great River Energy). Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Tickets to the auction are $35 each or two for $60. The ticket price includes admission, two beverage tickets, a full buffet dinner, and participation in three drawings held throughout the night. Tickets can be purchased from the VCSU Foundation office by calling 845-7203 or from an auction committee member. The auction is a collaborative effort of the V-500 and Century Club boards.