Apr 11th, 2009 @ 8:46 pm | Author: Kim Hesch, Assistant Director of Advancement
\'It\'s a Shootout at the Viking Corral\'
VCSU's Scholarship Auction steps back in time in an event that generates essential scholarship dollars!

'Shootout at the Viking Corral' is the theme for the 15th annual VCSU Scholarship Auction rescheduled for May 29 at the Valley City Eagles, and it promises to be an exciting and eventful night!

You may have seen posters announcing the event around town – they feature the old west 'Wanted' signs to play off this year's theme. The Valley City Eagles Club will be all decked out Western-style. 'We are encouraging all attendees to dress western style to the auction,' said Kim Hesch, VCSU's assistant director of Advancement. 'Everyone on the auction committee will be dress up, too!'

The Eagles Club will be the site of the famous 'Viking Downs' horse race during the live auction. Six horses will be auctioned off to the highest bidder(s). You may bid on a horse as an individual or with a group of friends. The first horse to cross the finish line will be declared the winner and that horses owner(s) will be awarded 50% of the combined winning bids of the six horses auctioned off, with the remaining 50% going to the VCSU Scholarship Auction. Back by popular demand there will be games during the social hour (5:00 – 7:00 pm), and lucky auction participants can win even more prizes!

The theme would not be complete without a good old fashion 'Chuck wagon buffet', and the 2009 Scholarship Auction will offer plenty of that. A huge buffet dinner will include BBQ pork, Southern Fried Chicken, Cowboy Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Corn on the cob, breads and deserts. It is a sure bet that no one will leave hungry.

The main events of course are the auctions themselves. Once again this year, the Scholarship Auction will have 3 components: an online auction will be hosted on the VCSU alumni web site (alumni.vcsu.edu) beginning May 8, a silent auction will be held throughout the evening of May 29, and a live auction will start at 7:00 pm. 'This is a chance to get some great deals while you contribute to a great cause,' said Hesch. 'All of the auction items are donated, so all proceeds from items sold at the auction go directly to scholarships. We have lots of great items up for bidding, including a 6 course authentic Italian home cooked meal for 4, 10 yards of black dirt, handmade cedar planter with plants, guided pheasant hunt, a fresh bouquet of flowers a month for a year and a Condo for a week in Steamboat Springs, CO.'

This is a "must not miss" event. The Eagles will be transformed into the old west, and you need to be there! It will be a good time for folks to come out and relax after all their hard work with the flood efforts. Check out the Barnes County Museum window display for a small sampling of the auction items and prepare for a wild night out.

Tickets to the event cost $25 and include admission to the auction, buffet dinner, beverages, and a chance to win. Eight lucky ticket holders will be awarded $100 in 'auction bucks' to use towards their purchases for the night! Social hour and silent auction begin at 5:00 pm, buffet from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, and the live auction begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the VCSU Foundation office, from auction committee members, or at the door. For questions or more information, contact Kim Hesch at 701-845-7203 or kim.hesch@vcsu.edu.