By Jason Pugh, Assistant SID
Tickets are available for the new-look Northwestern State Athletic Scholarship Auction, which will be held Aug. 26 at the Natchitoches Events Center.
The biennial auction, which has been renamed “Meet the Demons,” begins at 5 p.m. and will feature the traditional live and silent auctions, which benefit more than 350 Northwestern State student-athletes. Bank of Montgomery is the presenting sponsor of the event.
This year’s event will give attendees a chance to meet and interact with Demons and Lady Demons student-athletes from all of Northwestern State’s 14 athletic programs.
“The Scholarship Auction event has been a staple of the NSU athletic tradition since 1989 and has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support our student-athletes,” said NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke, who was the department’s chief fund raiser when the event originated. “This year’s event promises to be as exciting as ever in terms of unique and attractive auction items and at the same time, the format tweak will enable our supporters to better engage with the student-athletes who will be the beneficiaries of their generosity that night and throughout the year.”
While the event is three weeks away, there is one item already up for grabs, a special edition half-NSU, half-LSU football helmet autographed by current Tigers head coach and N-Club Hall of Famer Ed Orgeron at www.nsudemons.com/auctions.
The night begins with the “Meet the Demons” social hour from 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., there will be a live auction and at 8:15 there will be the “Final Five” drawing in which five tickets from an allotted 100 tickets will be drawn. The five chosen tickets will have a choice of splitting 50 percent of the ticket sales or holding a drawdown to determine one winner.
Tickets for the Final Five drawing are $100 each.
The silent auction will conclude at 8:30 p.m., capping the night.
Tickets are available for $75 per person or $125 per couple. Reserved tables are available for $500 and there are $1,000 VIP sponsorships open as well. VIP sponsors receive premium seating for eight, recognition on www.NSUDemons.com and on NSU athletics’ various social media platforms and eight endless margarita cups.
For more information, contact Director of Development and Engagement Erica Conover at 318-357-4295 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at www.nsudemons.com/meetthedemons.