Buckeye pigskin celebration funds scholarships and more
Marion County Alumni Club holds 14th Big Ten Bash at Ohio State Marion
Join the OSU Alumni Club of Marion County, the Ohio State Pep Band, OSU Cheerleaders, Brutus Buckeye and a special guest speaker at the fourteenth annual Big Ten Bash, Monday evening, October 18, at the George H. Alber Student Center on the Marion campus of The Ohio State University.
Doors for the bash will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served from 6 to 7 p.m. An auction will begin at 7 p.m. with approximately 20-25 items. A silent auction runs concurrently with the live auction with about 30 items for sale. Tickets for the bash are available by calling club members Ann Wickersham at 740-389-2293 or Ted Temple at 740-387-2744. Cost for the event is $20, which includes a roast beef sandwich dinner provided by Country Caterers. Rob Lill has created a Buckeye Sundae to be served with chocolate chip cookies for dessert. The auctioneer, Craig Miley, is returning for our fourteenth year anniversary.
Guest speaker for this year’s bash is OSU historian Jack Park. This is Park’s 32nd season as an Ohio State football radio commentator for Sports Radio 97.1 FM The Fan in Columbus. He is also a noted Ohio State author with numerous published books. Park will have his latest book, “The Ohio State University Football Vault,” for sale the evening of the Big Ten Bash.
The event will also feature the Ohio State Pep Band performing a variety of Buckeye favorites, The Ohio State University Cheerleaders, Brutus Buckeye, and Larry Lokai, a.k.a Buckeyeman. “Buckeyeman” has provided the club with numerous buckeye necklaces to be given away as door prizes throughout the evening. Brutus, the cheerleaders, Buckeyeman, and Jack Park will be available for pictures throughout the evening.
Proceeds from the Big Ten Bash help finance scholarships for local area high school seniors. The OSU Alumni Club of Marion County has awarded up to 7 scholarships annually to Marion County high school seniors. The scholarships are valued at $1,200 each. The proceeds from the event also help fund other projects that the alumni club hosts. The club hosts juniors from a seven county area for an Outstanding Juniors Night in cooperation with Ohio State Marion. The program provides information to students and parents about the opportunities at the university.
In addition to their philanthropy and support of higher education at Ohio State, the local alumni club provides refreshments for the Ohio State Marion performing arts outreach series, Five Nights on Campus. The club has provided items for soldiers serving in the Middle East conflict. For the last 16 years club members have built and entered a float for the Marion Popcorn Parade. Ruth Oehler, along with her team of expert float builders, has won numerous awards for their efforts. The OSU Alumni Club of Marion County sponsored and named the staff lounge in Maynard Hall. The Marion County Alumni Club and the Marion Campus continue to work together on projects as they have for several years.
Socially, the OSU Alumni Club of Marion County attends campus football games, travels to games throughout the Big Ten, including bowl games. The club also attends women's and men's basketball games. The club has also attended area hockey games, as well as other sports activities. Several members are active in the advocates group. One of the exciting events the club has attended has been the Picnic with the Pops in Columbus in the summer months. The Annual Spring Meeting has provided members the opportunity to hear from numerous keynote speakers, such as Ohio State President Gordon Gee, OSU Football Coach Jim Tressel, the late Professor David Citino, and OSU basketball legend Jerry Lucas.