50 Years Ahead Online Auction Underway, Celebration Banquet Coming Friday Night


Utah Athletics will honor women in sports at the University of Utah and the 50th anniversary of Title IX with a fifty-year celebratory banquet on Friday night. The event also includes a silent auction, which is now live online and available to anyone to bid. Offers are accepted here until 7 p.m. on Friday.

The event begins Friday with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. in the Kem & Carolyn Gardner Legacy Hall. Online auction items will be available for viewing. A dinner and program will follow at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

More than 500 alumni, current student-athletes, coaches, administrators, university leaders, family members and friends of the program are expected.

The online auction features official gear, apparel and signed memorabilia from all 20 Ute varsity sports teams, Utah Olympians and NCAA national champions. Special items featuring some of the best brands in the state, and beyond, that support Utah Athletics and our women’s programs are also available.


Proceeds from the event will benefit Utes with Wings, which enhances support for our women’s athletics programs, funds team-building drills and retreats, overseas and domestic travel, facility upgrades and overall program development. Donations to the Utes with Wings program are accepted here.


The Fifty Years Ahead Celebration Banquet will feature an exceptional group of presenters, including former women’s basketball coach Elaine Elliott, former softball player and coach Jo Evans, volleyball coach Beth Launiereformer gymnast and trainer Megan Marsden, and track and field athlete Maya Le Bar.


The event will be hosted by KUTV-TV 2 morning news anchor Mary Nickles. Hornbeam Green, a former Ute softball player who returned to her alma mater as assistant athletic director for internal operations and COO, will give the official welcome. Athletics Director Mark Harlan will close the evening with his remarks and reflections on the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

Utah Athletics produced a series of Fifty Years Forward content over the summer and fall months. To access feature articles and social media posts, view them here.

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