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Named for legendary former ASU coach and athletic director Phil George, the event raises funds for the Ram Club earmarked for athletic scholarships, recruiting and support programs for ASU student-athletes.
Jenny Love was the 2014–15 chair of the Blue & Gold Committee and is marketing director at Crockett National Bank, a longtime sponsor of the dinner and auction and title sponsor the last four years.
“Angelo State Athletics is not only important to the university,” she said, “but to the Concho Valley. Crockett National Bank understands that a strong university must have an athletic department with the capability to recruit and support its student-athletes.”
“Angelo State Athletics is not only important to the university, but to the Concho Valley.”
Jenny Love, chair of the Blue & Gold Committee
For 2013–14, the event raised $140,000 that directly contributed to one of the most successful years in the history of ASU Athletics, featuring 11 of 13 sports teams qualifying for their respective postseasons and playoffs. Highlights included Rams football winning the Lone Star Conference Playoff Championship, Rams baseball advancing to the College World Series, Rambelles track and field winning the LSC Championship and Rams basketball advancing the Sweet 16 of the NCAA D-II Playoffs.
In August, the dinner and auction set a new record by raising more than $200,000 in one gala night to support ASU Athletics.
A signature auction item introduced last year and donated by Shannon Medical Center is a flight aboard a Shannon AirMed 1 helicopter, landing on the 50 yard line of LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field to deliver the game ball for the first home football game. This year’s winning bidders were Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand.
“I think the helicopter ball delivery adds another level of excitement for the game,” Jean Ann said. “It certainly brings out the child in me.”
The LeGrands made their helicopter ride even more meaningful by inviting 11-year-old Abby Galindo to accompany them. Galindo is undergoing treatment for Gorham’s Disease and is a Children’s Miracle Network child at Shannon. Also known as “vanishing bone disease,” her condition has been diagnosed in only about 200 people worldwide.
The LeGrands have long been major participants in the dinner and auction.
“We as fans have to do what we can to support the team,” Jean Ann said. “The Blue & Gold Auction started out small, but the support and the enthusiasm from the community has been overwhelming.”