Upstate Holds Third Annual Beach Bash Ball and Auction

Upstate Holds Third Annual Beach Bash Ball and Auction

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate athletic department held its Third Annual Beach Bash Ball and Auction event on Friday evening inside the G.B. Hodge Center to help raise funding for the department, its 17 intercollegiate athletic programs and student-athletes, and the night was a rousing success.

Nearly 250 people attended the event which featured silent and live auction items, and entertainment provided by both Paul Bowman and the Band of Oz. WSPA-TV Channel 7 Sports Director Pete Yanity served as the event's emcee. Great food, beverages, music and auction items greeted the patrons.

"The Beach Bash and Ball Auction has been a great asset to the entire athletic department," said athletic director Lee Fowler. "The money raised has touched each of our 240 student-athletes in some way.  Thanks to our supporters for another great night for USC Upstate Athletics. Go Spartans!"

Under the direction of chair Carol Fowler and co-chair Susan Conrad, the Beach Bash Ball and Auction has served as the primary fundraising event for Upstate over the last three years. The auction has combined to raise over $200,000 with the proceeds going to benefit the athletic department, its athletic teams and student-athletes.

Tonight's event featured 19 live and 152 silent auction items providing the patrons numerous items to bid on. Attendees were able to bid on items such as tickets to the 2018 College Football Playoff championship game, golf outings at both the Ocean Course and Pinehurst Resort, autographed memorabilia, Upstate athletic gear, various athletic tickets and a weekend getaway vacation.

Various businesses and corporations helped sponsor the annual event. The Capital Corporation served as a Platinum Sponsor while the J M Smith Corporation provided a Gold Sponsorship. Food and beverage sponsors included Sodexo, Coca-Cola of Spartanburg, Budweiser and Willy Taco. Table sponsors were Sodexo, Southeastern Printing, Hodge & Langley Law Firm, Conrad & Company, Contec, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vic Bailey Automotive Superstore, Young Office Supply, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Coca-Cola of Spartanburg.

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