ARCATA – Former Oakland Raider Tim Brown will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction on Sat., March 29 at Humboldt State University. Don and Carolyn Johnson will be the honored guests.
The auction will be held in HSU's Kate Buchanan Room. Tickets are $100. Last year the event raised more than $184,000. Guest speakers in the past have included Rick Barry, Jim Harbaugh, Misty May, Joe Frazier and Steve Young. All funds raised at the event go toward scholarships for student-athletes.
"Tim Brown is one of the most dynamic offensive players in Raiders history, and I know our auction supporters will enjoy hearing what he has to say," said Associate Athletic Director Tom Trepiak. "He is not only the top receiver all-time for the Raiders, but he is also one of the best punt returners in team history."
Brown set Raiders franchise records for receptions, receiving yards, and punt return yards. He spent sixteen years with the Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the NFL's most prolific wide receivers. Brown retired with 14,934 receiving yards, the second-highest total in NFL history, 1,094 receptions (3rd), and 100 touchdown catches (3rd-Tied). He was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, in 1988 and 1991 as a kick returner, and in 1993-97, 1999 and 2001 as a receiver.
He played college football for Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first wide receiver to win the award.
A group of community and business leaders serve as table sellers, filling the most of the 330 seats year after year. But that does not mean tickets are not available.
"It is true that most of the tickets are already spoken for," Trepiak said. "But we have about 50 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis." Anyone interested in attending should contact Trepiak at email@example.com or 826-5959. There will be 50 live auction items, and about 150 silent auction items. Guests will be able to bid on items such as 10 nights in a deluxe home in Maui, two tickets to this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, a 2000 BMW 3 series automobile, and sports memorabilia.
The format for the guest speaker's presentation will be the same as the previous three years where an interview will be conducted. JB Mathers will be filling the role this year as the interviewer extraordinaire. Mathers is an HSU alum who is the Voice of the Jacks and longtime news and sports director at Bicoastal Media in Eureka.