2010 Hoyas Unlimited All-Sports Online Auction Raises $61,000 for Athletics Excellence Fund
May 28, 2010
Karen Schneider (N'76), vice president of events for the Hoya Hoop Club, spearheaded the successful 2010 All-Sports Auction for Hoyas Unlimited. The online auction host, cstv.com, recently ranked the All-Sports Auction first among all online auctions conducted by colleges and universities through their site. Read Karen's auction recap here.
My service to the Georgetown Athletic Program stems from my longstanding love of Georgetown Basketball. When Bill Johnson asked me to chair the first Hoyas Unlimited All-Sports Online Auction, I gladly accepted and was eager to repeat the success of last year's Hoya Hoop Club Auction.
The February All-Sports Online Auction proved to be a great way to give back to the university, while uniting all those dedicated to Georgetown sports.
The proceeds from the All-Sports Auction went to the Georgetown Athletics Excellence Fund, which supports more than 700 student-athletes participating in 29 intercollegiate athletic programs on the Hilltop. The fund contributes to the top three strategic priorities within athletics: scholarships, facility needs and program expenses.
As we solicited items for the auction, it was evident that there are a significant number of friends of Georgetown who also enjoy giving back to the university. Whether it was a member of a prestigious country club wanting to play golf with fellow Hoyas; a Hoya with ticket connections to great events; or a provider of great sports memorabilia, Hoya fans united to provide a broad array of more than 100 items to auction. To all who donated items, I would like to extend a sincere thank you. We couldn't have done this without you.
The auction was a great success, raising more than $61,000 from hundreds of active bidders in 24 states across the country. The top auction items included the 2010 Georgetown Major 3-day golf package for two at the Pinehurst Resort ($6,500); dinner for 4 with Coach John Thompson III and his wife Monica at 1789 ($3,250); and a Verizon suite for a Hoya men's basketball game in the 2011 season ($3,100).
The most hotly contested item, with 54 bids, was a pair of Coach John Thompson III autographed Pink Air Jordans, which were worn by Coach Thompson at the Coaches for Cancer game. Other items with high bids were field box seats for a 2010 Yankee game (46 bids) and dinner at 1789 with Coach Thompson and his wife (45 bids). A total number of 1,464 bids were placed, with Hoya Hoop Club member John Walker winning four items, the most of any bidder. The auction closed at 7 p.m. on March 2nd; however, approximately a dozen items went into "popcorn bidding" which allowed for "overtime" bidding at three-minute intervals. The longest auction, lasting about 20 minutes after the closing time, was for a signed Adam Jones baseball bat. Who would have thought that this would have been such a hot item? Spirited fun was reported by all those who participated.
A special thanks to Hoyas Unlimited staff, especially Mara Vandlik and Bill Johnson, interns Sarah McKean and Greg Bohn, and all the donors and bidders who helped to make this endeavor so successful. Looking forward to a bigger and better auction next year!