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New food, new auction items, new venue for annual student fundraiser

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Student Kourtney Boehler loves at least one of the auction items.

The annual Travel and Dining Auction has outgrown another venue.

The 16th annual event, to be Friday, April 13, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., moves to the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center in Manhattan.

The first auctions were in Hoffman Lounge. Then it expanded into a tent in Justin Hall’s front yard, then to the K-State Union ballroom and then the Alumni Center.

The auction, which expects to break last year’s record of 347 guests and $38,760 raised, is the largest student-run event on campus. It raises funds for scholarships and to help hospitality management and dietetic students travel to regional and national professional conferences.

Among auction items donated by friends and alumni are hotel stays at Hyatt Regency – Wichita, Inn at Tallgrass – Wichita, and Hilton Garden Inn, Comfort Suites, Fairfield Inn and Parkwood Inn & Suites in Manhattan.

Abbie Keenoy is one of about 160 students involved in planning and executing the event.

Dining gift certificates have been donated by Carlos O’Kellys, Big D Burgers, Cozy Inn Hamburgers, The Chef, della Voce and others.

Other gift certificates are tickets to a Wichita Thunder Hockey game, McCain Auditorium, Oz Museum, Columbian Theatre, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, American Jazz Museum and golf with lunch at the Wichita Country Club.

Other auction items include a Beijo designer handbag bag, Willie the Wildcat statue, KSU garden rock, guitars, wine and wine racks and more. A list is available on the website.

A mashed potato bar and pork sliders food station have been added this year. Also on the menu are a variety of passed appetizers, beer, wine donated by King Estates, McAlister’s Deli iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

“The auction is creative way for students who plan to enter the event-planning industry to learn by doing” said Nancy Hansen, auction sponsor and instructor in the department of hospitality management and dietetics. “It is remarkable the talent that these students bring to the table to make this event possible each year.”

“We pride ourselves most on our continuously supportive donors that help make this event so successful,” she added.

Tickets can be purchased at www.kstatetda.com for $20 until midnight April 12 or at the door for $25.

Auction items are still being accepted until April 11.

To donate, visit www.kstatetda.com and download the solicitation letter to list donation information. Drop the item off to 104 Justin Hall, mail it to Nancy Hansen, 104 Justin Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506 or call Hansen at 785-532-5023 to arrange pickup.

 Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.