Western Illinois University has used the Purple and Gold Auction as a major fundraiser for its athletic department for quite some time. Now in its 28th year, the Purple and Gold Auction is the largest annual fundraising event for Leatherneck Athletics.
This year's event will take place Saturday evening at Western Hall, beginning at 5 P.M. The silent auction will run from then to 7:45. A Sodexo dinner will be provided at 6:30. Following the conclusion of the silent auction, Western athletes Brett Taylor (football) and Emily Clemens (women's basketball) will speak to the crowd on hand. Lowderman Auction Company will begin their live auction at 8.
Tickets for the event are $40 per person, and can be purchased online. A complete list of auction items can be found here. To learn more about the event, you can listen to my interview with WIU Assistant Director of Athletics for Development Michael Jones and Jerry Cremer.