NSU athletics director Greg Burke and auction coordinator Patric DuBois, the highly-successful Lady Demon tennis coach, announced an all-time high of 480 guests attended the Aug. 24 dinner and auction at Prather Coliseum.
Revenues from bidding on hundreds of auction items, including 26 live auction items, combined with admission fees to generate more than $90,000 for athletic scholarships supporting the more than 350 student-athletes at Northwestern.
"This event was a great springboard into what is shaping to be a very successful 2013-14 year," said Burke. "The revenue certainly is important but also positive was the way in which this event strengthened the bond between the NSU Athletic Department and our supporters. Kudos to all who worked so diligently to make this year's auction the best yet."
Some of the top items in the live auction included trips to Hawaii and Costa Rica, and a trip to Seattle to watch the New Orleans Saints play the Seattle Seahawks and former Demon standout Jeremy Lane on Monday Night Football.
A flight over Natchitoches in a vintage 1959 Supercab amphibious float plane with renowned pilot Dr. Wyche Taylor Coleman III, and a trip to Ft. Meyers, Fla., with the Lady Demon tennis team for a tournament were also hotly-contested items.
"I am very thankful to our Northwestern family and our community, which begins locally but extends endlessly, for the way they support NSU athletics. It was great to see so many supporters and auction item donors get behind this biennial event with such passion and enthusiasm," said DuBois. "It was a great evening in Prather Coliseum with a large crowd who had a very good time visiting friends, bidding on items, getting great deals, and mingling with our entire athletic department, coaches and student-athletes. What a wonderful way to start off a strong year for NSU athletics!"
In the silent auction, popular items included autographed set of a harmonica, album and golf club from music legend Huey Lewis, an 11x17 framed print of the brand-new playing field at NSU's Turpin Stadium, and a football autographed by pro football great Brett Favre.
Other silent auction items which were highly sought included birthday party appearances, sport camp admissions and game experiences donated by all NSU teams and coaches.
An autographed football helmet by former LSU coach Nick Saban, along with jewelry, art and apparel, proved popular among bidders at Scholarship Auction 2013.