Event organizers were hoping that proceeds from the 16th annual Joe White Memorial Dinner and Auction Saturday night would help pay off the new scoreboard at the Hancock College football stadium.

Apparently, auction bidders delivered the goods.

"(All the proceeds) haven't come in yet, but I'm pretty sure we made enough to get the scoreboard paid off," Jim Glines of the Joe White Memorial Committee said after the event was over.

Glines estimated that around $40,000 was needed beforehand to pay off the scoreboard. He told the crowd afterward that the dessert and live auctions brought in $49,650, and that the City of Santa Maria had donated another $10,000. A brief impromptu donation session afterward netted an additional $12,600. 

The 16th version of the Joe White Memorial Dinner and Auction took place at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge.

As always, Glines was the auctioneer.

The event is held to honor the late Joe White, a former long-time Hancock College athletic director. Proceeds are designated to benefit the Hancock athletic program.

This year the main focus for event organizers has been the new state-of-the-art football stadium scoreboard.

The new scoreboard is up and was tested during Saturday's scrimmage against Compton College.

Arroyo Grande High School donated the old scoreboard to Hancock before the school purchased the new one. Hancock, in turn, dedicated the old scoreboard to Valley Christian Academy.

Event turnout Saturday night looked impressive.

Bob White, the former veteran Hancock men's basketball coach and one of Joe White's sons, was among those there.

"It's good to come out and see everyone," he said as he was taking a break from taking pictures.

Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin Walthers and associate dean and athletic director Kim Ensing both spoke briefly, praising the attendees and Hancock athletes.

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Of the 21 live auction items, the biggest moneymaker was a package involving the NASA-sanctioned first Vandenberg Air Force Base mission to Mars that is scheduled for May 5, 2018.

That one brought in $5,250.

Some other top live auction moneymakers included a football helmet autographed by all 18 living NFL quarterback hall-of-famers ($4,700), and a Cajun dinner to be prepared by Angie Bolden, The Cajun Caterer ($3,400). Bolden donated the item.

Before the dinner and live auction there was, as there is every year, a silent auction. Items included a baseball autographed by the Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols and a Chicago White Sox jersey autographed by former White Sox pitcher Chris Sale.

Past Joe White Memorial Dinner and Auction events have paid for the renovation, and naming of, Joe White Memorial Gymnasium on campus, and the John Osborne Field baseball stadium across the street from Hancock.

Glines told the crowd that the event has paid for more than $764,000 in improvements for Hancock athletics.

There was a tribute in the event program to the late Stuart Bartleson who died in 2016. Bartleson was mentioned in the program as a philanthropist who gave generously to the Joe White event.

— Hancock College Sports Information Director Andrew Masuda contributed to this report. 

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