Bid for the Birds Women's Athletics Fundraiser

Published: February 03, 2017 | Author: Chanel Barnes | Read Time: 2 minutes

Bid for Birds logoOn February 21, the Southern Utah University Athletics Department and the Thunderbird Athletic Foundation will be hosting Bid for the Birds, a dinner and silent auction event that celebrates women’s athletics programs at Southern Utah University.

The event will feature keynote speaker Joan Cronan, who previously served as the director of athletics for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Cronan spent nearly three decades with the Volunteers, where she served in a handful of different roles, including Director of Women’s Athletics and—for a time—Vice-Chancellor/Director of Athletics. Under her helm, the Volunteers collected 10 NCAA titles, including eight titles from the storied Lady Vols basketball team.

“Joan is one of the most respected athletic leaders in the country. Her recently published book ‘Sport is Life with the Volume Turned Up’ has greatly increased the demand for her to speak to corporations as well as athletic entities,” SUU Senior Women’s Administrator Debbie Corum said. “We are fortunate to have her share her leadership lessons with us, and I hope corporate leaders in Cedar City will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. We welcome everyone to attend.”     

All proceeds will go toward SUU’s nine varsity women’s sports programs to enhance our student-athlete’s academic and athletic experiences.

“It’s important at SUU that we all pull from the same end of the rope, and I think Bid for the Birds is a great example of a time where people can contribute and we can donate some of our time and efforts to better the entire athletic department,” SUU softball head coach Tom Gray said about the event.

The event will cost $30 per plate, or a 10 seat table can be purchased for $300. Attendance to Bid for the Birds will also include two tickets the women’s basketball game on February 23 as the Thunderbirds take on Portland State.

“With contributions from events like Bid for the Birds we are able to help broaden the experiences for our female athletes and bring forward the great things they can accomplish,” SUU head coach Scott Bauman said. “We want to give them the best opportunities to be successful, and one of the best ways is to do that is to reduce the monetary demands college can bring forward. Those that are involved with events like that make that all possible.”

The event will take place in the Gilbert Great Hall inside the Hunter Conference Center on the campus of Southern Utah University.

To RSVP, those interested can contact Sophie Spivack by February 10. She can be reached at or at (435) 586-7832.

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