Ducks Flock To Tahoe!
Nearly 150 U of O alumni and supporters and friends of U of O athletics flocked to the 2014 Ducks in Tahoe, raising money to fund scholarships and other programs sponsored by the Duck Athletic Fund.
The guests were joined by a number of luminaries, including Director of Athletics Rob Mullens; former head football coach and College Hall of Fame inductee Mike Bellotti; Robert Johnson, Track and Field Head Coach; Head Baseball Coach George Horton; Head Men’s Golf Coach Casey Martin; and Mike Jorgensen, former Oregon quarterback and a member of the Ducks’ football broadcast team who served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. In addition, the Pac-12 Network was represented by Rick Neuheisel and Mike Yam. The event featured a dinner/auction Friday evening and golf and awards ceremony luncheon at Edgewood Golf Course.
“The enthusiasm for and interest in Oregon athletics at Ducks in Tahoe matched the excitement generated by Oregon’s success in a wide range of sports over the past year,” noted H.J. Cohn, Assistant Athletic Director of Major Gifts and Strategic Planning. “We are very appreciative of those who attended the event and all the sponsors that make this event possible. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of the board of directors and members of the Oregon Club of Northern California (OCNC) who helped make this event a success year in, year out.” he added.
The Friday night auction featured nearly 30 items, including Oregon memorabilia, football, basketball and baseball packages, golf with celebrity attendees and a Pac-12 Saturday game day studio experience. A highlight of Friday night was a fireside chat with coaches Bellotti and Neuheisel emceed by Mike Yam. Noting that he had been booed or fired by every Pac-12 school, Neuheisel said, “There is not a bigger success story than the rise of the Oregon athletic program over the last 25 years. The university has made a remarkable commitment to the program and the Pac-12 owes a debt of gratitude to the Ducks.”
Both coaches expect the Pac-12 to be a highly competitive conference in football. “The Pac-12 is as strong as we have ever seen, particularly when you look at the level of quarterbacks,” Neuheisel said. “This will be a highly competitive conference and in terms of the new playoff system, having nine conference games makes a big difference versus those conferences that only play eight conference games,” Bellotti added.
“We were delighted at the turnout and the financial success of the event,” said Lynn Murphy, President of the OCNC. “Everyone had a great time and we are already planning next year’s event. We look forward to welcoming back not only past attendees, but those who will be coming to Ducks in Tahoe for the first time,” she added. Click here to view all the photographs from DIT 2014 and watch our website for information on DIT 2015 coming soon!