Celebrating its silver anniversary, the Sam Houston State University football dinner and auction looks to be bigger and better than ever as the 2013 edition of the 25-year-old affair kicks off Friday night, July 26.

Doors will open and the silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. Again this year, the event will be held at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Since 1988 the annual fundraiser for the Bearkat football enrichment fund has given Sam Houston fans an opportunity to bid on great items including football gear; sports memorabilia from Sam Houston and other college and pro teams; golf, hunting and fishing items; art work and all kinds of other exciting “stuff.”

"Our fans are still talking about the success of the 2012 auction," Sam Houston head coach Willie Fritz said of last year's event, which featured the largest auction crowd ever. "We've got even more exciting items up for bid this year and, when you buy a ticket, you're helping create an even stronger Sam Houston football program.”

Registration for the 25th Annual Bearkat Football Dinner and Auction is easy.

To reserve single seats at the auction, simply

If fans wish to purchase a table please email a list of attendees to aackerman@shsu.edu after registration. For more information about the 2013 Bearkat Football Dinner and Auction, please contact Ashten Ackerman either by email at aackerman@shsu.edu or by telephone at (936) 294-2364.

"The football staff is so grateful for all the people who attend and bid on all the great items," Sam Houston head coach Willie Fritz said. "Every year this great event just gets better and better. We also appreciate all those who donated items and services for auction and who worked so hard to make the event the success it was. We are excited about the direction of our program and the young men who are representing our university and community."

For a current list of 2013 live auction items please see the "LIVE AUCTION items" link at the top of this story.

Some of the top items up for bid include:

1.    Ribeyes at the Ranch

2.    SHSU Football Home Game Package

3.    Park City Utah Trip

4.    Night in the Big D

5.    Battle of the Piney Woods Total Access

6.    Richard Sincere Picture / Painting

7.    Houston Rodeo Tickets

8.    2012 SHSU Football Senior Tribute

9.    Viva Las Vegas

10. Handmade Custom Cedar Encased Cooler

11. Brian Bell Picture / Painting

12. 7 Day Mexico Stay

13. Golf for 4 at Whispering Pines, Trinity, Texas

14. Nolan Ryan  "Blood & Guts"

15. Lake Hatcher Colorado Stay

16. The “Suite Life” at the Battle of the Piney Woods

17. Orange Carbon Fiber SHSU Football Helmet

18. Fishing Trip for 4 to El Pescadora Lodge, Port Oconnor

19. Bellisimo Grande

20. Tim Flanders Picture / Painting

21. Tickets for 2 to San Antonio Spurs Game with Willie and Susan Fritz

22. Golf for 4 at Shadow Hawk Golf Club, Richmond, Tx.

23. SHSU vs Texas A&M Total Access

24. Texas White Tail Deer Hunt

25. Trip for 2 to Historic Santa Fe, New Mexico

26. 2013 SHSU Football Senior Tribute

27. Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas Stay

28. Custom Trailer

29. Steak Dinner at the famous Leona General Store

30. Digital Desert Camo SHSU Football Helmet Autographed by Marcus Luttrell

31. Fishing Trip to Port O’ Connor

32. Two Tickets Texans Football Game with Willie and Susan Fritz

33. 7 Day 6 Night Stay in Destin, Florida

34. Duck Hunting trip in Port O’ Connor Texas

35. Louisiana Golf Package

36. Texas vs Oklahoma State Game


37. Horseshoe Bay Resort Golf Trip & Trip to the 2014 US Senior Open

38. Camo SHSU Football Jersey Autographed by Marcus Luttrell and Willie Fritz