Boise State University’s largest student scholarship fundraiser, the biennial Boise State Auction Gala: Our Focus is Their Future, will be held at 5 p.m. May 6 at the Boise Centre. Proceeds from the gala, hosted by the Bronco Athletic Association and the Boise State Alumni Association, benefit student-athletes and alumni legacy scholarship recipients.
The black-tie gala is an honored tradition and is known for offering unique packages and exclusive Bronco memorabilia. The event typically sells out with 700 guests attending. Tickets to the gala begin at $250 and are available at boisestateauction.com.
Thanks to the continuous generosity of corporate partners, businesses, alumni, donors and the entire Boise community, the event has impacted hundreds of students’ lives, and helped generations of Broncos with scholarship support since 1983.
The Boise State Auction Gala has two parts, an online auction and the gala event, which includes a silent and live auction. The online auction is currently under way and offers various unique items up for bid including a Buster Bronco birthday party, a Fiesta Bowl commemorative coin set, various gift certificates, golf packages and more. Bids are currently open, and gala staff encourage participants to keep checking back until May 15 to make sure they have not been out-bid. The online auction can be found at boisestateauction.afrogs.org.
The live auction features several unique packages, including a Punta Mita penthouse vacation in the Mexican Rivera. This six-night stay in a world-renown Four Seasons property penthouse of 3,500 square feet fits eight guests perfectly. A private chef prepares delicious breakfast and lunch each day. Special access to Jack Nicklaus golf courses, tennis and a private pool highlight some of the fabulous amenities.
Another special live auction item includes a trip with the Boise State football team for an away game against Washington State University in Sept. 9. This package includes airfare on the team charter flight, rooms at the team hotel and game tickets.
An Italian culinary experience for two also will be auctioned at the gala. The winner of this item will be able to choose from either two trips: a Roman countryside culinary experience in the heart of Italy, or a visit to the Villa Marcello culinary school. The package is for six days and seven nights and includes a $1,000 travel voucher, accommodations, airport transfers, food and beverages and hands-on cooking classes and tours.
One of the highlights of the evening is the gala raffle, which will feature a chance to win the Blu-Ride, the ultimate Boise State fan tailgate and camping RV. This RV has been a labor of love from a loyal Boise State fan who generously donated the vehicle to Boise State in support of student scholarships. Completely refurbished inside and out, the Blu-Ride can be used for all your tailgating and camping needs. Tickets for the Blu-Ride raffle are $100 and are on sale now at the Boise State Bookstore, the Bronco Athletic Association in the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery, and at the Boise State Alumni and Friends Center. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. For more information, or to purchase Blu-Ride raffle tickets by phone, contact Tricia Stingley at (208) 426-3501.