Riverside Sports Auction turns 20

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Riverside Athletic Director Buster Campbell starts the bidding at the 20th annual Riverside Sports Auction Tuesday night.

Riverside celebrated the 20th anniversary of its annual sports auction Tuesday, April 28, at the high school cafeteria in Lake City.

Athletic director and head basketball coach Buster Campbell described the event as one that has grown in stature over the years. "We started out as just an auction to raise money for our athletic department, and the last four years we've included a fish fry. This year we fed between 450-500 folks," Campbell said.

Campbell said each athlete is required to bring one item to the auction and is asked to sell four tickets to the fish fry. "The kids do an excellent job of spreading the word and we have tremendous support from the community and all over northeast Arkansas. We have so many people that have helped make this a success over the years. It has really turned into a good deal for us," Campbell added.

Campbell said the auction raised between $14,000 and $15,000 a year ago, which was the most in the 20 year history of the event. "Last year was just a super year for us, and we expect to raise well over $10,000 this year after everything has been counted. It's been a great fundraiser over the years and has really taken off," Campbell said.

All proceeds from the auction go directly to the athletic fund at Riverside, which helps support nonrevenue sports such as baseball, softball, tennis, golf, track and bowling.

"This is Coach Campbell's show," said Riverside Booster Club President Greg Smith. "He does a great job with it and the booster club is very happy to lend our support. I think the whole community really rallies around Coach Campbell and the auction. It's a great fundraiser."

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