THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2011
13th annual Baseball Auction & Gala set for Saturday
As another year of spring comes into full bloom, the JU baseball team is in final preparations for the 13th-Annual JU Baseball Gala & Auction on May 7 at 6 p.m. in the C. Peter Cost Pavilion at John Sessions Stadium.

For entertainment, recording artist and former JU baseball player Jimmy Parrish (1983-84) and his Ocean Wave Band will perform live during and after the event.

Along with a silent auction featuring autographed memorabilia, jewelry, golf outings and equipment, restaurant gift cards and much more - the live auction will feature amazing trips and rare opportunities.

A sampling of some of the items:

- 4 Lexus Presidents Seats (3rd row behind home plate) to see the Washington Nationals play in D.C. on a mutually agreed upon date. Package includes an all-inclusive gourmet buffet and beverage service and 2 round trip flights on American Airlines. The value of the package is $2,200. Starting bid is $1,000

- Nosara Paradise Rentals in Nosara, Costa Rica has donated a one-week stay for 2 in Casa Tranquilo, Casa Surfeando or Apartmento which includes a half day of fishing (on the Wanderer), snorkeling, surfing, or one of their famous Safari tours. The total value of the package is $1,170 and the starting bid is $600.00.

- Spend all week at THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP at TPC Sawgrass. Weekly tickets for two and a Week Long Parking Pass in Lot 11 for the 2011 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP. The Value of the Package is $345 and the starting bid is $185.

- Ocean Front Getaway to Ponce Inlet, Florida. Four bedroom, five bathroom vacation estate with a boardwalk and beach access. It is available for 4 days and 3 nights and is available until December 1, 2011. It is located 15 minutes south of Daytona Beach. The value is $1,000 and starting bid is $450.

- One Day Deep Sea Fishing Trip out of Comanche Cove in St. Augustine, Florida. Automasters Fleet Service of Jacksonville donated a 61-foot, Jim Smith custom, sport fisher boat for this adventure. The Value of the rental and trip is $2,500. The starting bid is $1,300.

- Suite Life at a Jags game this season! Receive two (2) tickets in a luxury suit to a Jaguars home game at EverBank Field during the 2011 Season (If the lockout carries over into the season, you will be able to use for the Gator Bowl on January 2, 2012). The game will be determined by mutual agreement between the suite holder and the winning bidder. This is valued at $850 and the starting bid is $400.

- Getaway to the mountains of Virginia and stay at The Homestead Resort, This package entitles the winner to three (3) days and two (2) nights stay at the resort, plus one round of golf for two daily, afternoon tea, use of fitness center, historical tours, valet parking and free shuttle to resort activities and breakfast daily. This vacation package is valued at $1,500 and the starting bid is $800

- Pebble Beach Getaway! Win a trip for five days and four nights in Pebble Beach, California and a foursome of golf at SpyGlass Hill Golf Course. The trip includes donated airfare miles to fly you out to California as well. The value of this package is $7,500 and the starting bid is $6,000.

These items as well as many more will be available in the Silent Auction portion on the JU Baseball Auction:

- Official Heisman Trophy Football signed by 20 winners of the Heisman Trophy including Tim Tebow, Danny Wuerffel, Chris Weinkie and Hershel Walker! Valued at $10,000, starting bid is set for $5,500.

- Game Model Bat signed by New York Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter valued at $1,000 and a starting bid of $500.

- An authentic jersey autographed by Atlanta Brave third baseman Chipper Jones. It is valued at $375. and the starting bid is set at $200.

- Game used hat and glove signed by former JU Dolphin and current New York Met Daniel Murphy valued at $100 and $300 respectively.

- Win one full golf membership initiation fee to the Marsh Landing Country Club. The value of this package is $35,000 and the starting bid is $10,000. The winner is responsible for all dues and fee associated with membership! The membership includes unlimited golf, tennis, fitness and swim privileges as well as use of their Clubhouse and dining services. Members pay no green fees for golf or court fees for tennis.

Plus many more items!!!

Tickets are still available, with single tickets starting at $100 a person, and $1,000 for a table which is 10 tickets. You can buy your tickets by calling the JU Baseball office at 256-7412 or the JU Athletic Department at 256-7444.