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The 26th annual Blue & Gold Fund Auction took place on Dec. 9 in the Alumni Memorial Union with a crowd of over 400 guests. Over $625,000 was generously donated to support student-athlete scholarships at Marquette. This event has raised over $4 million to support student scholarships since its inception and has been taken to new levels recently, generating nearly $2.2 million in the last four years.

The night was highlighted by hosts Steve "Homer" True and senior men's lacrosse player Colin Riehl. Chair of the Board of Trustees Owen Sullivan, President Michael R. Lovell, and Vice President and Athletic Director Bill Scholl all made remarks along with an inspiring reflection by women's track and field junior Monique Felix.

"On behalf of Marquette Athletics and all our student-athletes, I would like to thank everyone involved in the planning, execution, and success of this year's auction." said Scholl, "Donors to the Blue & Gold Fund continue to play a crucial role in assuring that Marquette student-athletes are afforded opportunities to strive for excellence in athletics and academics, while making our community a better place."

Auction items included the game ball from January's victory over No. 1 Villanova, a court seal from the 1977 NCAA Championship at the Omni in Atlanta, and a trip to the Masters. The night was capped by the climactic Fund-A-Need portion of the event.

The philanthropic leadership made apparent at this year's auction is a legacy that will leave a lasting impact.