The 19th Annual Travel and Dining Auction
The auction will take place Friday, May 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Free parking is available in the parking garage of the Hilton Garden Inn.
About the Auction
The K-State Travel and Dining Auction is the largest student fundraiser in the College of Human Ecology that is planned and executed by students. 2015 marks the 19th annual auction and for the fifth year the auction will be produced by the Travel and Dining Auction class. This event became a class in 2009 to teach students interested in event planning how to organize and execute a major fundraising event. These Hospitality Management Program students apply for their auction positions and are chosen to be part of the class with student coordinators leading the entire event. Committees are developed to manage donations, food and beverage, marketing, the event decor, organization and administrative duties.
Proceeds from the Auction are used to support all Hospitality Management (HM) student organizations including:
- Hospitality Management Society (HMS)
- Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)
- Professional Convention Managers Association (PCMA)
Each club allocates a portion of their funds for student financial support for traveling to regional and national food, lodging, country clubs, conferences along with other student activities.
If you would like to donate an item to the K-State Travel and Dining Auction, please visit the Donors page.
Travel and Dining Auction 2014
The 18th Annual Travel and Dining Auction held in April 4th, 2014, was another huge success for the Department of Hospitality Management at Kansas State University. More than 305 loyal human ecology supporters purchased tickets to the gala and enjoyed an evening of passed home-made appetizers, drinking fine Acrobat Pinot Noir and Acrobat Pinot Gris wine from King Estates in Oregon; a K-State Alumni, lively conversations, and furious bidding on over 310 live and silent auction items. New features to the auction was a raffle of two distinct pleasure adventures to Wichita and Kansas City. We also contrive a cake walk with the winner receiving a Freddy's Frozen Custard Cake.
Alumni and friends of HM helped us to maintain our financial goals for the event with earnings of $33,000 and donations of items and services from local, regional, and national business in the amount of $36,000.
Many of you know these funds are used for many specific purposes including:
- Tuition scholarships to hospitality management students
- Student travel funds to attend the annual National Restaurant Association May conference in Chicago, Ill.
- Student travel funds to attend the annual National Lodging Association conference in October in New York City
- Student travel funds to attend the National Student Conference on Club Management in various locations in November
These activities keep the K-State hospitality management students in the forefront of educational opportunities and experiences, building leadership skills and more highly qualified employees for the hospitality industry.
We appreciate your continued support and hope you will join us again this year on Friday the 1st of May at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, 410 S. 3rd Street, Manhattan, Kansas, at 6:30 p.m.