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October 09, 2013
INDEPENDENCE - Bring your checkbook and get there early if you want to help out the Central High School athletic program at this year's Panther Club Auction.
The Panther Club has put together an evening of food and fun for the community in hopes of raising money to improve the future of the Central athletic department and provide greater opportunities for its student-athletes.
"The community support for Central athletics has been unbelievable," Panther Club President Page McBeth said. "The people and businesses take great pride in the school and athletic facilities we have here. At the Panther Auction they really have a great time coming out to support us."
Last year the Panther Auction raised nearly $40,000 to go toward athletic programs and organizers are hoping they can keep that level of support going.
Much of the money raised last year was used for facility improvements, mainly putting turf in the baseball and softball hitting cages. It also helped offset the cost of staff, including the salary for a part-time assistant athletic director, and covering the travel costs for the team trainer.
A good portion of the money, more than $7,000 last year, went toward the fund-an-athlete program, a scholarship fund which helps students who can't afford, and otherwise wouldn't be able to play on school teams, get a stipend for their participation fees.
"It is really one of the most important things we can do with the money," McBeth said. "We want all our students to have an opportunity to be on a team and learn the important lessons taught through athletics."
Saturday's event begins with a silent auction and dinner catered by Bellagio's Pizza at 5 p.m. in the Central High cafeteria. It will be followed by a live auction and dessert at 7 p.m.
Auction items include destination packages to Sunriver and Pacific City, an Atlanta Falcons hat signed by former Oregon State standout Jacquizz Rodgers, a Panther helmet lamp and many other items donated by local people and businesses. The live auction will start out the same it has since its inception, with Goldie's cinnamon rolls.
"We have a lot of great items this year and many of the classics people come out every year for," McBeth said.
There is even a backyard package, which includes landscaping done by Central's own girls soccer team.
Polk County Commissioner and public address voice of the Panthers, Mike Ainsworth will once again emcee the event, as he has for the last 30 years.
"We usually schedule the event around his schedule because he does such a great job," McBeth said. "It just wouldn't be the Panther Auction without him.
PANTHER CLUB AUCTION
What: 33rd Annual auction to raise money for Central High athletic teams featuring Bellagio's Pizza.
When: Saturday. Dinner and silent auction start at 5 p.m., with a live auction and dessert at 7 p.m.
Where: Central High School cafeteria, 1530 Monmouth Ave., Independence.
Tickets: $25 per person. They can be purchased at Central High sporting events, the CHS athletic office, Les Schwab Tire Center in Independence and at the door the night of the event.
For more information: Central High athletic department, 503-606-2228. To donate: Sara Castanon, 503-551-0817