By Kelsey Keener
Iron County Today
CEDAR CITY–SUU’s Bid for the Birds silent auction and dinner took place on March 20 in the Ballroom of the Sharwan Smith Student Center. This dinner is designed to raise money for SUU’s athletic programs, as well as celebrate SUU athletes.
Guests were invited to bid on items like gift baskets, athletic gear and SUU memorabilia before the program started.
SUU Athletic Director Debbie Corum welcomed guests and Sydney Nakken gave the invocation, then dinner was served.
Following dinner, Terrence Riffle of Americom, the event’s sponsor, gave remarks on networking, then a highlight video was showed that showcased SUU athletes and their accomplishments.
Master of Ceremonies Tyly Bozzuto, former SUU gymnast and Assistant to the Athletic Director, introduced student athletes Patrick Tyler, team captain for SUU football, and Kamryn Bayer, team captain for SUU gymnastics.
Tyler will graduate this summer with a bachelor’s degree in communication and plans to pursue management opportunities. He said he is thankful for the donors who give to the athletic programs.
“I’m very thankful for each and every one of you,” he said. “Thanks to your generosity, myself, (Bayer) and many other athletes are given the opportunity to pursue our dreams in sports and earn the college degree of our choice. You give us the opportunity to grow as individuals and be a part of a family.”
Bayer is currently a junior double majoring in accounting and finance. After graduation she plans to go on to law school or join an accounting firm. She said investing in the athletic programs is more than just buying equipment.
“Here at SUU, when you invest in the athletics program, you’re not just investing in a piece of equipment, a clothing item or funding a travel trip; you’re investing in an individual and their future,” she said.
Current Oakland Raider and former SUU football player James Cowser was the keynote speaker for the evening. Cowser discussed the accomplishments he achieved due to his education at SUU as well as his work internationally. He talked about the caring atmosphere of SUU and Cedar City. Then he said that not only does investing in athletics add the future of the nation, but also to future of the world, using himself as a living example.