Brad Hoover
Brad Hoover signs a Panthers helmet.
Crowd previews items.
The crowd previews items.


CULLOWHEE - Friends of Western made this year's Catamount Club Athletic Scholarship Auction (June 5) the best ever, raising $100,000 in cash and contributions during the gala event at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

With items ranging from Masters and Super Bowl tickets, to a golf utility cart, to an eight-foot-tall chestnut bookcase, the “live” auction kept a record crowd of more than 450 potential buyers bidding enthusiastically after dinner. The earlier “silent” auction was not so noisy but equally active in the bidding for bargains such as sports memorabilia, clothing, gems and jewelry, household items, leisure tours, accommodations and more.

For the second year, Carolina Panther and former Catamount Brad Hoover ('00) joined the crowd, greeting guests, signing autographs, and posing for pictures. Among the most popular items at the auction were Hoover's autographed Panthers helmet and one of his Super Bowl jerseys, mounted and framed under glass.

Behind the scenes, a small army of workers tracked the bids, bagged items for pickup, and collected payments. When it was all over and the last of the purple and gold balloons had been popped, they started thinking about next year's auction and how it could be made even bigger and better. 

Catamount Club President-Elect Tobe Childers ('61) chaired the event and will head up next year's auction; Doug Stafford ('79) sponsored the event.

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