The Valley City State University Foundation looks to have another success on its hands for the 18th annual VCSU Scholarship Auction this Friday.
As of Tuesday, the Foundation had sold all 525 tickets for the event, which has now sold out four years running and consistently raised funds in the $60,000 range for both the V-500 and Century Club Scholarship programs. The net profits are split 50/50 between the two programs.
“It’s a night to have fun,” said Kim Hesch, Assistant Director for Advancement with the VCSU Foundation, “and it’s also used to recruit and retain students at VCSU through our scholarship programs.”
In the 2011-12 school year, the Century Club distributed $140,000 in scholarships for student athletes, while the V-500 program gave out $250,000 for academic scholarships.
“We have auctioneers from Jamestown come over, and make sure they remind people that the money is for a good cause. It can get pretty competitive for some of the items,” Hesch said.
Over 250 live and silent auction items have been solicited from local businesses and private donors.
“There are different people who put together dinner packages that are always popular,” said Hesch. “(VCSU President) Dr. Shirley always donates one where he serves you dinner at his house, fun things like that.”
Some items that are unique this year are a pair of signed and framed Minnesota Twins jerseys from Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, as well as travel packages and tickets to regional sporting events.
Aside from a night of food and fun, dressing up in costumes has also become a tradition at the auction.
“People do dress up, it seems like more and more each year,” Hesch said. “We’ve been doing a real theme the last six years.”
Hesch said last’s year’s sports-themed auction generated a lot of unique costumes, including roller derby girls and figure skaters.
“We were surprised at the interpretations, it’s fun how creative people got.”
This year’s 1950s-themed auction, “Rock Around the Clock,” should feature plenty of poodle skirts, leather jackets and funky hairdos. The social hour and the silent auction begin at 5 p.m., and a buffet dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m., with the live auction starting at 7 p.m.