Coyote Athletics hosts two big fundraisers

The school year is winding to a close, but The College of Idaho’s athletic programs are looking to end the year in style while raising money for their future growth.

C of I’s football team will host its second annual Go Purple Steak Feed on April 29 at the O’Connor Field House, while the College’s track and cross country teams will put on the sixth annual Coyote Bolo Ball on May 6 at the Basque Center in Boise.

The Steak Feed is a relatively new event, featuring a steak dinner catered by Horsewood Catering as well as silent and live auctions and raffles for packages donated by local businesses. Tables of up to eight people are available for $500, and each table receives eight t-shirts, wine glasses, C of I car flags and a signed C of I football helmet. Individual tickets are available for $30.

Raffle and auction items include two trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and tickets to a Golden State Warriors’ NBA basketball game.

C of I assistant football coach Matt Strong said there will be entertainment and special guests, including a possible performance by members of the football team.

“One thing about the Steak Feed is we want it about the community,” said Strong, noting that the team has sold nearly 800 tickets.

The Bolo Ball is the top annual fundraiser for the track and cross country teams. Event organizer Tyler Hopper ’08 said the ball typically raises between $10,000-20,000 through auctions, donations and ticket sales.

This year’s entertainment will feature music by C of I English Professor Scott Knickerbocker, who will play traditional country, blues and old-time mountain music. The event’s folk and western themes will feature square dancing for the first time this year.

“People mostly like the socialization and lively atmosphere at the Bolo Ball,” Hopper said. “The track program is very tightly knit, and this event gives people a chance to catch up and connect.”

Tickets for the Bolo Ball cost $60 for the concert and dinner, catered by Caldwell Mexican restaurant Imelda’s. Concert-only tickets cost $20.

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