Monopoly-themed Gregg Marshall Auction boasts boardwalks worth of items

From vintage Shocker memorabilia, paintings, mugs and tailgate items, to wine, jewelry and a decked-out golf cart, the ninth annual Gregg Marshall Auction boasted a boardwalk’s worth of items Saturday.

Wichita State alumnus Greg Parkhurst said the artwork caught his eye in this year’s event. His first time attending, Parkhurst said he was impressed by the auction, which followed the theme of “Shockeropoly.”

“I love photography, but I could get anything here for my wife,” Parkhurst said. “The layout of the auction is great. Good food, good drink, good people.”

Alex Johnson, director of athletic development, said this year’s auction contained more than 190 items to bid on.

The auction kicked off at 6 p.m. at Charles Koch Arena, with dinner and the opening of the silent auction. A couple hours later, attendees heard a keynote speech from the newly appointed deputy athletic director, Darron Boatright, and Marshall. A live auction followed immediately after, and for those who purchased VIP tickets, a private party with Marshall in the Champions Club at Koch Arena.

The Gregg Marshall Auction was founded to provide “essential” supplement to the men’s Shocker basketball team’s yearly budget, Johnson said.

“These fundraisers, like others our department holds, allow our student-athletes at Wichita State University to have an enhanced experience in the classroom and on their respective playing fields,” Johnson said.

The basketball program is also hosting the Gregg Marshall Golf Tournament at the Wichita Country Club on May 11 to finish off the spring fundraising events. Seventy-two teams have signed up to compete in the tournament, equaling their previous record of 288 participants. Registration for the tournament costs $400 individually or $1,400 for a team of four.

An award and trophy will be offered to the top three finishers of the morning and afternoon groups.

While Johnson is in charge of the logistics behind the golf tournament and specific parts of the silent auction, he said auction committee chair Carrie Soto is the backbone of what people see when they attend the auction. Soto is a 12-year veteran of the auction committee, and this past Saturday was the 11th auction she has served as committee chair for.

“Our main director and participant is always the community that supports these auctions and tournaments,” Johnson said. “Shocker friends from across the nation contribute and participate to make these events special.”