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FAU Athletics Auction Held
Event Nearly Doubles Attendance and Generates Scholarships
BOCA RATON, FL (March 26, 2007) — Florida Atlantic University’s Fourth Annual Athletics Owl Club Auction and Dinner, sponsored by Commerce Bank, was held Saturday, March 10 in an effort to raise funding for athletic scholarships.
“There are different measures of an event,” said FAU’s Athletics Director Craig Angelos. “Our goal was to entertain, recognize our accomplishments and donors who make what we do possible, and raise money for scholarships. This year’s auction accomplished all of these goals.”
The 2007 auction generated an increase in revenues and attendance. Those attending were entertained by ESPN’s top college football analyst Lee Corso, someone who has been involved in college football for more than 50 years.
Corso chronicled his career and discussed FAU’s true potential for top-quality football. Corso witnessed FAU Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger’s mastery at building football programs both at the University of Miami and the University of Louisville and now at FAU. UM and Louisville’s foundations for winning football were established under Schnellenberger’s direction. Those football programs are now dominating, and the universities have flourished because of the gridiron success.
FAU also recognized seven individuals who are the newest members of the FAU Director’s Club. The Director’s Club members, Dan Hodgeman, Rich Iamunno, Bill and Cecelia James, Lalita and Walter Janke, and Matt Shafer, were presented with a blue blazer which signifies their support of FAU Athletics and is awarded to members who donate a yearly scholarship. Currently, there are 22 members of the Director’s Club, which was established in 2006.
The evening’s auctioneer was President Frank T. Brogan. Notable attendees included Phil and Margaret Stillman; John Tolomer, Commerce Bank; Marc and Margie Margolies, UBS; Lalita Janke, FAU Board of Trustee member, and her husband, Walter; Rocco Abbissinio, Applied Card Systems; Richard Staller, Owl Club president and team dentist; Hank and Ellen Stern; Tom Workman, past FAU Alumni Association president and current Alumni Board member, and his wife, Maureen; Rick and Jeannine Stewart; as well as Dr. Ira Gelb, chair of the FAU Foundation and his wife, June.