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Sports / Recreation

Ram Good Time Auction fun for all

February 10, 2011
By Tony Phifer

The 30th annual Ram Good Time Auction is open to all CSU fans. The event supports scholarships for student-athletes.

Former CSU great David Anderson will serve as master of ceremonies for the Ram Good Time Auction.The Ram Good Time Auction, a tradition started by CSU icon Fum McGraw, will celebrate 30 years of good times for a good cause during the Saturday, March 5 event at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.

McGraw, an All-American football player at CSU before becoming the school’s athletic director, first launched the Ram Good Time Auction to bring fans together in a fun atmosphere to celebrate the Rams and to raise money for athletic scholarships. McGraw’s vision created an event that has raised more than $4 million over the past 30 years.

“This is a long-standing tradition started by Fum himself, which makes it all the better,” CSU athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said. “It’s a great event in an upbeat, fun environment.”

Nearly 500 items up for bid

The Ram Good Time Auction is also CSU’s largest single fund-raising event, netting up to $250,000 each year. Individuals and businesses throughout the state and region have donated 450 items for the silent auction and another 30 for the live auction.

Among the available items are vacation packages, sporting goods, golf outings, jewelry, Colorado Rockies tickets, dining packages, health and beauty products and services, and trips to 2011 CSU football games.

Event is open to all Rams fans

Although the event supports the Ram Club, you don’t have to be a Ram Club member to attend; all CSU fans are invited. The athletic department is hoping for a crowd of 800 at the Embassy Suites, which is hosting for the first time.

“This is open to anyone who is interested in having a good time and supporting our student-athletes,” said Deidra Church, events coordinator for the athletic department. “This event really connects people. Those who haven’t been involved with CSU athletics really come to learn how this event helps our student-athletes.”

Ram great David Anderson will emcee

In addition to the silent and live auctions, the event includes dinner, a raffle for a new Kia Forte and dancing. Master of ceremonies is Houston Texans wide receiver David Anderson, CSU’s all-time leading receiver. Anderson is known throughout the NFL for his funny stories and entertaining interviews.

The Ram Good Time Auction begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $125 and include dinner and beverages; register online or by calling (970) 491-4601. The Embassy Suites is offering a $99 room rate for Saturday night.

“This event really is kind of a window to the athletic department,” Church said. “We really think it will be a great experience.”