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UALRThe University of Arkansas at Little Rock recently held their inaugural SpectacUALR event, a silent auction and awards ceremony to benefit UALR Athletics. The event (held in their newly constructed Jack Stephens Center) featured two main objectives, recognize alumnus Annette Fisher as the SpectacUALR Honoree and raise money for UALR Athletics.

Both objectives were met in tremendous fashion during the event which saw over 500 attendees and $180,000 raised to support the athletic department and their honored guest. The funds were raised in a variety of ways as the event promoted ticket sales, corporate partnerships, and a silent auctions. Surprisingly, $100,000 of the revenue generated was from the former two, and not silent auctions (as most benefit banquets do).

ULAR’s new approach to a banquet event shows that auction items are not the only revenue generator for athletics departments looking for big event results. Corporate partners and the ticket office can cash in on the goodwill created by a large benefit event. With UALR hosting the event in their own facility, the costs were certainly kept at a minimum. Their event shows that successful banquets and auctions should not be exclusively for donors, but for corporate sponsors and ticket holders as well.



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The natural grass turf at Razorback Stadium will be replaced this summer 


The natural grass turf at Razorback Stadium will be replaced this summer

DURHAM, NC – Duke University announced on April 20th that they have recently received a total of $10 million in donations towards new football facilities, from two different donors. Bob Pascal, former Duke running back in the 1950s, put forth a massive gift of $6 million which is now the largest individual gift in Duke athletics history.

The donations were made to support the renovation of Duke’s outdoor practice facilities and build a visiting locker room, halftime house and field-house with a full-length practice field. “The University still needs at least $5 million more before it begins construction on the field-house, which will be named after Pascal pending approval from the Board of Trustees, said Tom Coffman, associate athletic director for development and planning.” Construction of the halftime house and visitor locker room has already begun.

For more information on the Duke football facilities, click here or here.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The University of Arkansas athletic department will install a synthetic playing surface in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium this year, just in time for the 2009 football season. The funds for the new surface were all raised through private gifts to the Razorback Foundation, and totaled $1.1 million.

Small sections of the old natural grass turf will be available for purchase to those attending the Razorbacks Red-White game on Sunday, May 3. For $10, fans can purchase a nine-inch by nine-inch piece of Razorback history, and take the sod immediately after the game.

For more information on Razorback Stadium changes, click here.

ITHACA, NY – Ithaca College recently received a $4 million donation to push the development of their Athletics and Event Center one step closer to reality. The small New York college has battled through a tough economic recession, fluctuating construction costs, and uncertain fundraising levels to get closer to starting construction.  

With this recent gift, Ithaca finds itself just $7 million shy of the $65.5 million needed to complete the project. Construction will likely begin this spring with the balance of funds to be raised before completion of the project.

For more information on the Ithaca College Athletics and Event Center, click here.

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