FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Athletic Department will hold its second-annual Patriot Athletics Benefit Auction, Saturday (April 8) beginning at 6 p.m.
The auction is being held in conjunction with the university’s Celebration 2000, a 30th-year anniversary celebration for FMU. The auction schedule has been altered slightly from a previously announced schedule.
The auction will consist of two parts: a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Smith University Center gymnasium and a live auction beginning at 8:30 p.m., also in the gym.
Participants will have the opportunity to place bids on items in the silent auction until bidding closes at 8 p.m., and then the merchandise will be awarded.
Proceeds from the event, which is open to the public, will benefit the various FMU athletic teams. Last year’s event included approximately 130 items and raised nearly $3,700.
This year, more than 150 items have been donated from local and national outlets.
Among the items in the silent auction will be gift certificates and admission passes, sports shirts and caps, photographs, books, assorted Ty Teanie and Beanie Baby Bears, and numerous autographed items, including both sports and non-sports figures (Troy Aikman, Jennifer Anniston, former Presidents George Bush and Gerald Ford, Jim Carey, President Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumble, Faith Hill, Kathy Ireland, Rush Limbaugh, Bobby Richardson, Sharon Stone, John Smoltz, Lee Trevino, Vanna White and Pat Sajak, and numerous NASCAR figures).
Among the items in the live auction are vacation/getaway packages; golf packages; tickets and a travel package to a Jacksonville Jaguars’ game (minimum $250 bid); an autographed Jim Courier hat and Wimbledon racket; weekend car rentals; an autographed Julius “Dr. J” Erving basketball (minimum $200 bid); an autographed Bobby Bowden football; a tire balance, rotation, and two-wheel alignment from Creel Tire and Appliance; an autographed Dean Smith book; and an autographed Bill Cosby book.
For more information about the auction, contact FMU women’s softball coach Bill Gray at 843-661-1238.
The Celebration 2000 will include some of the Homecoming reunion activities postponed from earlier in the semester (due to a winter storm). A free celebration of live music, dancing, and a cocktail buffet will be held for faculty, staff, alumni, and special guests at 7 p.m. in the Smith University Center commons area. Prior to the live auction at 7:45 p.m., Francis Marion will recognize its three Distinguished Alumni for 2000. For more information on the Celebration 2000 program, call 843-661-1228.
Saturday afternoon, several FMU sports teams will host games. The Patriot baseball team will host Lander University in a doubleheader at 1 p.m., the Patriot softball team will host Augusta State University in a twinbill at 2 p.m., and the FMU men’s and women’s tennis teams will host South Carolina State University at 2 p.m. Admission to these sporting events will be free.
From noon to 2 p.m., a cookout for FMU students and alumni will be held on the back patio and grounds of the Smith University Center.