Final Four Extravaganza helps fund athletics

Katie Hanson

The Final Four Extravaganza fundraiser raised between $10,000 and $12,000 and was held by the UW Oshkosh athletics department on Monday, April 6 in Reeve Memorial Union. Oshkosh Sports Information Director Kennan Timm said the athletic department has a few fundraisers throughout the year but this is one of the biggest. “This is the event’s 24th year and we have sold 4,646 tickets since the first year this event was started,” Timm said. Timm said this event was started to help support the athletic department in paying for activities that are not covered by the school, such as recruiting expenses. According to Timm, the fundraiser gives people the chance to come to the campus to help in supporting the athletic department. “There are people that want to support the athletic program, but aren’t interested in doing a golf outing,” Timm said. “This event gives people a different way to support the athletic program through buying tickets for the event and also buying raffle tickets for the different items we raffle off.” Timm said food, refreshments, watching the UW-Madison versus Duke game and chances to win door prizes were all included in the price of the ticket. Some of the door prizes consisted of cash money, a moped, tickets to a Badger football game in the fall, a wing party and a golf package at the Oshkosh Country Club. Timm said the winner of the $3,000 cash prize was Paul Keller. Keller is a member of the UW Oshkosh Hall of Fame and was inducted in 1983 for tennis. He is one of the oldest living members of the hall of fame. According to Timm, this year’s party has the third largest attendance since the first fundraiser. “It was a great turnout and the Badgers making the championship this year made it more exciting,” Timm said. Along with the athletic department fundraisers, each sports team holds some of their own. This ensures that the money goes directly towards the team. Andre Wallace just finished up his junior year with the Oshkosh men’s basketball team and said fundraising is important to the team. “Fundraising helps a lot,” Wallace said. “The more money you have, the more you can do with activities for the team like getting new locker rooms or doing different team building activities.” According to Timm, some of the other fundraisers the athletic department holds are the Titan Touchdown Club fundraiser and a few golf outings.