Just got back from Olympic College’s auction/dinner – a fundraiser for the school’s athletic teams. The event drew over 300 and if there were any glitches during the evening, no one seemed to notice.
Lisa Gangel, weekend sports anchor for KING-5 television, was the keynote speaker. The former division II basketball player talked about breaking in as a sports broadcaster at Butte, Mont., and how tough it is to cover Seattle sports these days, even poking fun at the Seahawks – this with her boyfriend, defensive end Patrick Kearney – sitting just a few feet away.
Seattle comedian Fred Northcup, the master of ceremonies, turned auctioneer and kept the program moving with some witty banter.
I’m not sure how much money was raised – the final tally will be announced later – but this was a good event for a good cause. State junior colleges are limited on how much scholarship money they can provide athletes and this is a good way for the community to show its support for the athletic programs at the college. I think the college is just scratching the surface as to how big this event can be in future years.