GIANT TAILGATE PARTY PLANNED
August 23, 2010
WEATHERFORD - The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Athletic Association has announced plans to host a giant pre-game tailgate party Thursday, Aug. 26 before the season-opening Fast Lane Kickoff Classic game against Emporia State University. The free event, which will be held directly south of SWOSU's new Fast Lane Field, is open to the general public and begins at 5 p.m.
Hot dogs will be provided by Bar S Foods. Those attending will have the opportunity to win several prizes, including a $500
SWOSU Scholarship courtesy of the SWOSU Foundation. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. and Wright Wradio will be on hand for a live radio remote.
For more information persons are encouraged to all Rouben Tourian, SWOSU Assistant Athletic Director at 580-774-3155.
AUCTION BRINGS IN 155K FOR SWOSU ATHLETIC PROGRAM
Aug. 10, 2010
WEATHERFORD – Scholarship opportunities for future Southwestern Oklahoma State University student-athletes became considerably greater thanks primarily to a fundraising auction that surpassed even the grandest expectations of the event.
When the auctioneer’s final gavel sounded, more than $155,000 had been raised. The wild evening featured spirited bidding among many of the 400 participants with several items fetching more than $3,000.
Rouben Tourian, SWOSU assistant athletic director and coordinator of the event, said that he could not have imagined a better outcome.
“The support for the scholarship auction was just overwhelming,” Tourian said. “We had a number of outstanding items, including a generous gift by one of our own, Rex Ryan the head coach of the New York Jets.”
The Jets coach, a former SWOSU football player in the early 1980’s, donated four tickets in his private suite to watch the Jets Monday night football game against the Minnesota Vikings. In addition, Bar-S Foods was providing round trip air transportation for the winners and a $500 pre-paid Visa Gift Card. The Hilton Short Hills is set to provide two deluxe hotel rooms for a three-night stay near the stadium.
The package fetched $30,000 which brought a stunned crowd to their feet cheering the eventual winner with a loud and lengthy ovation.
More than 150 different items were auctioned off ranging from turkey hunts to a beauty salon pampering. Most items were auctioned off in silent fashion before the Hawaiian-style dinner. The remaining “big ticket” items were presented live for bid to the audience by auctioneers Brandon and Jimmie Dale Hinz.
Some of the items that fetched the largest bid behind the Jets package were as follows:
$7,500 Denver VIP Weekend/Tickets to Rockies baseball and Broncos football game
$4,950 Women’s Tag Heuer Watch
$3,700 Greek Dinner with President Beutler prepared by Tourian Family
$3,500 40-Person RedHawks Luxury Suite at Bricktown Ballpark
“The success of the event could not have happened without the help of so many people who gave of their time, talents, efforts and considerable generosity.” SWOSU director of athletics Todd Thurman said. “I’m especially thankful for the support of Rouben Tourian who again drove this project and worked tirelessly to make certain of its success.”
Tourian has already begun crafting plans of how to make next year’s auction, the fifth of its kind, bigger and better.
“People continue to ask how they can get involved and have pledged their support just in the last few days,” Tourian said. “We have even bigger plans and are excited about what next year’s event will bring.”