Falcon Pride Club announces `A Night of Excellence'
March 7, 2017



U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Falcon Pride Club is proud to announce its 2nd annual `A Night of Excellence' dinner and auction, presented by First Command Financial Services.

"First Command is honored to partner with the Falcon Pride Club as a proud sponsor of this year's Night of Excellence," said Scott Spiker, Chairman/CEO of First Command. "We have a long history of supporting military athletic events and other programs that matter to America's career military. We are committed to enriching the lives of our men and women in uniform at all stages of their careers."

The event, which includes a three-course meal, full open bar and exciting auction items, will take place during the evening of August 12, 2017 at Cheyenne Mountain Hotel & Resort in Colorado Springs. Last year's inaugural dinner and auction raised over $150,000 in margin of excellence resources for USAFA's intercollegiate programs. Featured items such as: private vacation homes, first- class airline tickets to any destination in the world, golf packages, sports memorabilia, exclusive travel experiences with Air Force Football and many more helped create a successful fundraiser.

At last year's inaugural event, nearly 300 Air Force supporters were on hand, including several local table sponsors within the surrounding community. The Air Force Athletic Department capped the evening by unveiling the Air Force Football Airpower Legacy Series uniforms for 2016.

Dr. Nancy Hixson, CEO of the Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation,  forecasts 2017's dinner & auction to be a high demand ticket item for Falcon Supporters, "The Night of Excellence is one of the most anticipated evenings of the year for Air Force Athletics. We celebrate tradition, heritage and look to the future in honoring our amazing cadet-athletes. I encourage everyone to attend this incredible night"

Table sponsorship renewals will be offered to last year's attendees during March. New ticket and table sales and any remaining inventory will be released to the public in April.

Ticket Options:

Tickets to `A Night of Excellence' 2017 will remain the same price as last year, including table prices. Last year's table sponsors will be contacted by the Falcon Pride Club during the month of March and will be required to place a $500 deposit to reserve their table for 2017. New table sales and tickets will go on sale to the public during the month of April. Tickets can be purchased at the `A Night of Excellence' website www.bidpal.net/excellence2017


`A Night of Excellence' 2017 Dinner and Auction

Hosted at Cheyenne Mountain Hotel and Resort

$125 Individual / Tables beginning at $1,250

(Table sponsors include 10 seats)

4:30 PM - VIP Check In (Invite Only)

5:20 PM - Athletic Department Toast (VIP Invite Only)

5:30 PM - Doors Open, Silent Auction Begins

7:00 PM - Dinner Served, Live Auction Begins    


For more information on A Night of Excellence table sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Falcon Pride Club at 719-333-4545


Donated Items

The Falcon Pride Club is currently seeking silent and live auction items for this year's fundraiser. If you, or someone you know, have items that would be a good fit for this event, please fill out the `Donate Items' form at www.bidpal.net/excellence2017  or contact a Falcon Pride Club representative at 719-333-4545 to find out how you can contribute to the margin of excellence (Excellence Fund) to support cadet-athletes at USAFA.


BidPal Mobile Bidding Service Returns for Second Year

Mobile fundraising provider BidPal will return for a second year of silent and live auction bidding assistance. Attendees will be able to bid on silent auction items directly from their mobile phone, through BidPal's website or by using one of BidPal's on-site bidding kiosks.

With BidPal's software, users can bid from anywhere, anytime without physically re-visiting the silent auction. If outbid, BidPal automatically notifies bidders with an instant outbid alert. Users can create a watch list of their favorite items and enable auto-bidding to set a maximum bid amount on any given item.

Remote bidding will also be available for those who would like to bid on silent auction items but are unable to attend `A Night of Excellence'. Online bidding will open approximately one hour before the event's start time.

BidPal will also serve as the event's online ticket portal. Attendees will be able to purchase tickets online and pre-register their credit cards for use during the silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bidpal.net/excellence2017 or by calling 719-333-4545.


About the Falcon Pride Club

The purpose of the Falcon Pride Club is to provide support to the 27 intercollegiate programs of the Athletic Department at the United States Air Force Academy. This fundraising program provides opportunities for Cadet-Athletes to excel on the field of competition, while upholding the foundational elements at USAFA - "to produce Leaders of Character and to promote the Academy to the nation through athletics."

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