Catamount Club Auction moving to Hickory

A new breed of cat soon will be on the prowl at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, as the Western Carolina University Catamount Club moves the cornerstone event of its efforts to raise funds for student-athlete scholarships from Charlotte to Hickory.

The 19th annual Catamount Club Athletics Scholarship Auction is set for Saturday, June 2, in the Hickory Metro Convention Center as the highlight of a full weekend slate of activities for Catamount backers.

Before the bidding begins, auction-goers can visit the Hickory Furniture Mart to take advantage of discount offers, play golf with fellow Western supporters, or relax in the spa at Rock Barn Country Club with special discounts for Catamount fans.

“The Hickory Metro Center recently underwent a substantial renovation, and offers a very attractive site for our auction,” said Bill Richter, executive director of the Catamount Club. “The layout for the silent and main auction, the banquet and the checkout area will be much more convenient for everyone. Also, this location can comfortably accommodate our growing auction family of nearly 600 participants and is within easy driving distance for most of our Catamount Club members and supporters.”

Auction activities get under way with a Catamount coaches’ reception at 4:30 p.m. featuring updates from WCU head coaches. The silent auction area opens at 5:30 p.m. and remains open for bidding until 7:30 p.m. Dinner and the main auction get under way at 7:45 p.m.

Reservations are now available for $70 per individual, $135 per couple, or $500 per table of eight. Reservations include admission to the coaches’ reception and to the silent and main auction, the banquet dinner, and two complimentary beverages at the cash bar. The Catamount Club also is currently soliciting donations of auction items and is offering sponsorship packages.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or contributing items, or to make a reservation, contact the Catamount Club at (828) 227-3047, toll-free at (800) 492-8496, e-mail or visit the Web site at Information about accommodations and shopping, golf and spa outings also can be found online.