Leading up to the BCS National Championship game between the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks, King Estate donated a pair of tickets to FOOD for Lane County. The tickets were for two prime seats located in Section 108, Row 6 directly on the 50 yard line just behind the Oregon sideline.
“Ed King and King Estate Winery provide FOOD for Lane County with a great deal of support and are always looking for creative ways to help the organization alleviate hunger in Lane County. The donation of these two BCS Championship tickets should raise significant funds to help distribute food to those in need. We are grateful for King Estate’s ongoing support and their many generous donations.”
- Beverlee Hughes, Executive Director, FOOD for Lane County
FOOD for Lane County put the donated tickets with a face value of $690 up for auction on eBay where frenzied bidding took the price to over $5,000 within a matter of minutes. The auction ended just a couple of days before the game with a closing bid of $11,400. Representatives from King Estate were on hand at FOOD for Lane County to help facilitate payment and congratulate the winning bidder, Mr. David Stevanovski. When Mr. Stevanovski learned of all the good his money would do to alleviate hunger in our community, he generously upped the ante and donated another $1,000 above and beyond his $11,400 bid.
When we donated the tickets we knew there was a chance they would sell to a ticket broker, but instead they went to a father and son from North Carolina, genuine duck fans, excited to be going to the game and helping a great charity. As we chatted with David Stevanovski on the phone, we learned that his 12 year old son was a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks. His son plays football for his junior high school and runs a spread, no huddle offense that emulates that of Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks. His son’s only christmas wish this year? To go to the BCS Championship and watch the Oregon Ducks.
We couldn’t have imagined a better outcome. We are extremely proud that this donation worked out so well for FFLC, our community, and Mr. Stevanovski and his son.
Media Coverage of the FFLC Ticket Donation:
The Register Guard: FOOD for Lane County scores on Duck tickets
KEZI News: King Estate Winery Donates BCS Tickets for Auction
KVAL News: Charity auction for BCS tickets at $11K and counting