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Cardinal Sports Auction

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14th Annual Cardinal Sports Auction

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Mount Vernon Campus, Dave Duvall Pavilion
Doors Open at 5 p.m.
Benefitting Student Atheletes at Skagit Valley College

Photo of Keynote Spekaer, Dr. Eric Sauers

SVC Alumni Returns as the Keynote Speaker at the 14th Annual Sports Auction

Dr. Eric Sauers is a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A. T. Still University, a private, non-profit graduate medical and health sciences university, in Mesa, Arizona. He also holds a joint appointment as a Research Professor in the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. He was born and raised in Enumclaw, WA. He earned his associate of arts degree from Skagit Valley College where he was a scholarship athlete on the Cardinal’s men’s soccer team, which won the 1991 NWAC Championship his sophomore season. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University, his Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from A. T. Still University, and his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine from Oregon State University. He returned to A. T. Still University in 2000 where he has worked as a full time faculty teaching and conducting research and as an academic administrator leading and developing new academic programs. He has received regional and national awards for his research and educational quality and has been honored from professional societies as a fellow and most distinguished member. He resides in Scottsdale Arizona with his wife Andrea and his 6-month old son Luke and enjoys traveling and outdoor pursuits.

Attire: Business Casual

List of Desired Items for 2016
  • Vacation Packages
  • Experience Packages – Tour a winery, take a helicopter to dinner or have a private dinner for a group at someone's home
  • Golf Packages (Rounds, Merchandise, Trips)
  • Seahawks Packages (Game Tickets, Merchandise, Autographed Anything)
  • Puppy
  • Dinner Certificates or Group Packages to restaurants or breweries
  • Man Cave Décor
  • Ladies Den Décor
  • Custom Crafted Furniture
  • Fishing Trip Packages
  • Mariners, Sounders or PNW Sporting Event Tickets or packages
  • Autographed Sports Items
  • Silent Auction Items (Gather items for a themed basket)
  • Massage or Aesthetic Packages
  • October Fest Tickets
  • Winter Fun Packages
  • 10 Best Silent Auction Items List

    Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences

    Exotic trips like an African photo safari, a trip to Tahiti, a visit to Japan, and other fabulous destinations are some of the best silent auction items when it comes to total dollars raised for your cause. It’s simple to arrange these from an auction consignment company and they provide all the promotional material and descriptions. The key when offering these types of expensive auction items is to promote them ahead of time on your website, Facebook page, event flyer, etc. so that your attendees arrive eager to bid on these big-ticket items.

    Vacation Trip Packages

    Turn related donations into a vacation trip package. For instance, Disney offers nonprofits a donation of four ParkHopper passes which sell for $356. Bundle that with a vacation rental deal at a nearby hotel or resort condo. Include a fun basket of things to do and eat on the road trip there and you have a complete vacation trip package. Also, there are several auction consignment companies that offer very desirable vacation trip packages at prices where you can easily net $1,000 or more on each package at auction without any upfront cost.

    Creative Artwork

    Unique artwork is highly desirable, but hard to get donated from major artists. There are some items you can get on consignment, but it’s often better to be creative and about ways to come up with your own artwork. For instance, you can turn photographs of local noteworthy landmarks into printed canvases generated by over-sized inkjet printers. There are websites that can create a “fire map” of your city’s streets where an aerial view of a neighborhood has streets painted in a bright high-contrast color scheme that makes the streets look like they are on fire on the printed canvas. These types of creative silent auction items can spark a bidding war that can easily triple the suggested selling price.

    Unique Dining Experiences

    Offer a dinner for eight at a top local restaurant where the chef cooks right there at table-side. That’s much more unique and enjoyable than a cooking class! Include some specialty donated wines in the experience and ask the restaurant to waive the corking fee. Or, you can put together a group dine-around where a group of 10 to 12 people is chauffeured to a series of top restaurants each Friday night for a month. The more different and unique the experience is, the higher the value it will command at your auction.

    Hot Air Balloon Rides

    A company called Fundraising Rides offers hot air balloon rides in over 200 cities across the country. They provide a complete silent auction display with pictures, description and miniature hot-air balloon. You get a two-person package and a four person package and only pay if they sell, which they almost always do if promoted properly. Selling both trips will net your cause $600 from these two silent auction items.

    Music Memorabilia

    Signed music memorabilia make great silent auction items if properly promoted. Most of these sell for several hundred dollars each, but don’t use too many of them or you won’t get enough bids on each one to drive the prices up where you need them. The consignment companies provide descriptions, certificates of authenticity, and will ship them to you for your event. Most expect you to pay return freight if they don’t sell, so don’t go overboard on the quantity. They are still an excellent way to raise large amounts of money because they are unique silent auction items that get music fans excited.

    Sports Memorabilia

    You can get sports memorabilia for your silent auction by requesting a donation from your local pro sports team and by ordering some high-end items from one of several auction consignment companies. Usually, local teams will donate one signed item per nonprofit per year, so going the consignment route lets you offer several other options. Don’t offer too many of these. Get creative and bundle a signed jersey with some donated game tickets. For best auction results, publicize your most expensive items well ahead of your event.

    Luxury Vacation Rentals

    Another source of great silent auction items are vacation accommodations available through consignment firms. They handle all the paperwork, provide detailed descriptions & photos, plus they allow you to reserve available dates and list them at your auction. That’s perfect for when you want to offer a ski condo in Breckenridge for the Christmas holidays during a November silent auction. There’s a wide range of properties available at resort destinations all across the country. Most of the firms let you offer four different vacation rentals at your auction which lets you net thousands of dollars from offering these vacation deals at your auction.

    Unique Experiences for Students

    Work with local merchants on donations that will help bring them business in return. Instead of asking an ice cream parlor for a gift certificate, ask them if they can offer a child a chance to create a unique ice cream flavor. The experience can be shared with a dozen friends (think birthday party) or their school classmates (think field trip).

    Fun Outings

    Combine similar donated items into super baskets such as a Spa Day, Day at the Beach, Craft Beer Tour, Vineyard Tour, Pub Crawl for 12 (think birthday or anniversary gift). Or offer a small group of people (4 to 8 individuals) a fun outing such as Powerboating Cruise, Canoe Trips, Whitewater Rafting, etc.

    • Creative silent auction items are a breeze if you combine multiple donated items into themed baskets.
    • Combine lots of different food items into a super party basket by bundling it with some donated wine. Create an Ultimate Coffee Lovers basket with exotic blends, a French press, or gift certificates for freshly roasted beans each month for a year.

To Donate Silent or Live Auction Items, please contact your student's coach or the SVC Athletic Department.

To Make a Cash Donation toward the Sports Auction, please contact Kelly Reep, at 360.416.3229.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Steve Epperson, Athletic Director, 360.416.7771
  • Tony Savoy, Soccer Coach and Auction Co-Chair, 360.416.7828
  • Brock Veltri, Men's Basketball Coach and Auction Co-Chair, 360.416.7684
  • Kelly Reep, SVC Foundation, Event Coordinator, 360.416.3229