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Catamount Club Scholarship Auction Set for Saturday, June 17 in Charlotte

June 14, 2006

Cullowhee, N.C. - Hosted at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., the annual Catamount Club Scholarship Auction is set for this Saturday, June 17.In a move that will give more friends of Western a chance to win big prizes, this year's Catamount Auction will include both a raffle and limited ticket sales for a car, truck, motor scooter and various vacation packages in addition to the traditional "silent" and live auction items.

All proceeds from the auction directly benefit Catamount student-athletes in the form of scholarships.

"Some lucky people are going to win great prizes," says Bill Richter, executive director of the Catamount Club, which sponsors the annual Catamount Auction.

This year, Richter says, the University has created two new partnerships - one with Statesville Toyota and another with Smith Power Sports of Franklin and Hayesville. As a result, the car dealership in Statesville is providing a 2006 4x2 Toyota Tundra truck and a 2007 Toyota Camry LE; and Smith is providing a motor scooter and an all terrain vehicle for the Catamount Club to use for fund raising.

Also among the premier items up for raffle at the auction are an eight-foot camper from Todd's RV & Marine in Hendersonville, $1,000 cash, and vacation packages to the Bahamas (4-day, 3-night cruise from SMS Tours) and week trips to varying destinations including Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, as well as the Gateway Resort in Keystone, Colo.

Raffle tickets range in price amount for each possible item from $100 to enter the drawing for the automobiles to three tickets for $25 to be entered in the raffle for the $1,000 prize. All raffle ticket winners will be announced on June 17 during the live auction portion of the event in a new format that alternates between raffle and items up for auction.

"With this combination of limited tickets and an unlimited raffle, more people will have a chance to win major prizes," says Richter. "In the past, bids for the most valuable auction items reached into the thousands of dollars, and bids came only from a small group of very loyal Catamounts who could afford those prices. We are very grateful for their generosity, of course, but we wanted to increase the fun by broadening the winning possibilities for more of our supporters."

Because more affordable prices and wider access will make it easier for more people to participate, the new system is expected to yield higher revenue for the Catamount Club and, thus, more support for athletic scholarships.

Festivities will commence at 5:00 pm with a special reception for auction attendees and members of the Catamount athletics family to meet with Catamount head coaches. Just after 6:00 pm, the social will continue with the opening of bids for the numerous items up for silent auction, as well as the sell of raffle tickets. The silent bidding will end at 8:00 pm and be followed promptly by a catered dinner and the live auction.

"Any way you look at it," Richter said, "this is a winning combination - for the winning ticket holders, our athletes, the Catamount Club and for our new partners - Statesville Toyota and Smith Power Sports."

Click HERE for the 2006 Catamount Auction Brochure

Click HERE for more information on the Catamount Auction, including a listing of silent auction items

Click HERE for more information on the Renaissance Charlotte Hotel Suites