34th Annual Dean’s “Almost World Famous” Burrito Breakfast and Alumni Auction Raises Over $34,000 for CALS Students

For a good cause: Cheryl Keithley and Bruce Gwynn wield their auction bells, flanked by Beth Martin (at left, behind Keithley) and daughter Cheryl Martin (at far right, behind Gwynn.) All four are CALS Alumni Board members. (Photo by Alexis Eader)
For a good cause: Cheryl Keithley and Bruce Gwynn wield their auction bells, flanked by Beth Martin (at left, behind Keithley) and daughter Cheryl Martin (at far right, behind Gwynn.) All four are CALS Alumni Board members. (Photo by Alexis Eader)

The University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences held its 34th Annual Dean’s “Almost World Famous” Burrito Breakfast and Alumni Auction on November 9, 2013. Organized through the CALS Development and Alumni Office, the major sponsor is Touchstone Energy/Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives with the breakfast sponsorship by Steve Goucher/Farm Bureau Financial Services. The breakfast and silent auction began at 7:30 a.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom, followed by the live auction at 9:00 a.m.

The event takes place each year during UA Homecoming and is open to the public. Approximately 400 people attended this year, including students, clubs, alumni, faculty and members of the general public. UA Basketball Head Coach Sean Miller stopped by in support of this well-known campus event. 

All participants were encouraged to bid on a variety of unique items ranging from alfalfa hay to a custom built UA barbecue grill. In total, there were 15 live auction items and 96 silent auction items and packages. The auction items were donated by fellow alumni, sports teams, CALS staff and businesses.

This year the auction raised more than $34,000 —68 percent more than last year and 40 percent more than the highest year in 2010. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit CALS students, supporting scholarships, career networking events, educational research and volunteer opportunities, and much more.

According to Joanne Gonzalez-Eader, the CALS alumni affairs coordinator who has assisted in putting on this event for the past six years, the success of the 2013 auction was due to the generosity of alumni, donors and friends of the College, and outstanding volunteer and student participation.

The CALS burrito breakfast and auction are expected to continue for years to come. Check the CALS calendar beginning spring 2014 for the next one. 

By Monique Garcia for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Date released: 
Dec 6 2013
Contact: 
Joanne Eader