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Travel and Dining Auction time: Bid high, bid often on April 26

Monday, April 15, 2013

A scene from the 2012 Travel and Dining Auction.

A scene from the 2012 Travel and Dining Auction.

Those attending the 17th annual Travel and Dining Auction will munch on nachos and desserts as they bid on the exotic and the practical…all to benefit students in hospitality management and dietetics.

The auction, planned and executed by students, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Manhattan’s Conference Center adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

More than 200 lots will be up for bidding. Items include a powercat fire pit, a Jordy Nelson signed football, a 2012 Big 12 champs signed football, Disney World day passes and more than 100 gift cards. Bottles of wine, hotel night stays, restaurant certificates, rounds of golf, handcrafted items, professional services, and an abundance of K-State hats, flags and home décor are among other silent auction offerings.

The live auction begins at 8 p.m.

All items have been donated by merchants, faculty, alumni and friends of the department of hospitality management and dietetics and the College of Human Ecology. Students hope to sell 400 tickets to break the current record of 378.

“This major endeavor allows the students to see the nuts and bolts of event planning and all the details needed to make an event like this a success and then get their hands busy and produce the event,” said Nancy Hansen, the instructor who works with the students.

The shared goal is to keep the spirit of the action alive and unique and to add a new twist each year to engage the attendees and keep them coming back to a “fresh” event, Hansen said. This year's food includes a nacho bar and a pasta bar. A variety of desserts, passed appetizers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages remain on the menu. The popular cake walk and grab bag activities continue this year.

The area travel package raffle this year includes Wichita and Kansas City destinations.

Hard-working students who have a passion for event planning or think they want to become event planners apply to take Hansen’s 3-hour credit auction course. The leaders of the coordinating team are usually past auction students who are taking the course for a second time.

Students develop and plan every detail of the event. “It takes a special student to be part of the action,” Hansen said. “They have to be very dedicated to be successful. Many hours outside the classroom are spent to get donations, sell tickets, and work out the logistics of each area of the evening’s activities.”

She said that students have about two and one-half months to understand the process and put their knowledge to work and accomplish the event tasks of this events magnitude that are usually executed by professionals who do this on a full-time basis. In this case, along their regular class loads, work schedules, and activities, this can create a challenge.

The auction generates funding for scholarships and four student groups: Hospitality Management Society, Professional Convention Meeting Association, Club Managers of America and Student Dietetics Association.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Monday, April 15, 2013, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.