Dating back to Thanksgiving weekend 1948, homecoming at Northwest Nazarene University has had warm and rich traditions showcased in drama, music, athletics and class reunions.
One of the longest-running traditions is the auction that gives homecoming attendees the opportunity to directly benefit current NNU students. This year, two silent auctions and one live auction will feature a variety of items for all ages, interests and budgets. The first silent auction will open Friday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Johnson Sports Center, 313 E. Dewey St., and will close at the end of halftime of the men’s basketball game. The second silent auction will open Saturday, Nov., 5 at 10:30 a.m. and close at the end of Saturday’s live auction which opens at 11 a.m. Both auctions will be held in the Brandt Center Grand Lobby, 707 Fern St.
Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, an outdoor adventurer or just looking for something to do on the weekend, the auction has plenty to bid on. Sports fans can choose from a baseball signed by Hank Aaron, a Brett Favre autographed football, or a Chicago Bears football helmet autographed by Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus. Seattle Mariners fans can bid on two tickets for a 2012 game in the exclusive “Diamond Club Section,” which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and a VIP parking pass. Also up for bid will be a Seattle Mariners Private Suite for a 2012 game, including 24 tickets, 20 percent off catering and six VIP parking passes. For BSU fans, there are four seats in the BSU Skybox for Sat. Nov. 26th vs. Wyoming which includes a full buffet and parking.
Those seeking outdoor adventure can bid on a six-person Snake River rafting trip, vacation homes in Sun River or McKenzie River in Ore., a one week stay at “Maui Sunset” condo (one bedroom, two bathrooms), in Kehei, Hawaii or a Treasure Valley plane ride for three. Other experiences available are a dinner for eight at Mark and Susan Wheelers’ home or a gourmet Dutch-oven dinner for eight served al fresco. Two other noteworthy items are a 1989 Mustang GT with only 28,000 original miles and a “Holiday Preferred Plus” week timeshare (two bedrooms/two bath, sleeps six) at Eagle Crest resort in Redmond, Ore.
Apart from these large items, the auction will feature much more—from ERTL tractor collectibles to baked goods, artwork and gift baskets.