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Hancock College has announced that tickets are now on sale for its most critical fundraiser.

Seats are available to be purchased for the Joe White Memorial Dinner and Auction, which has raised nearly $1 million since its inception in 2001. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge.

The school called the event its "biggest and most important fundraiser of the year for the Allan Hancock College athletics department," in a press release.

The event is in its 17th year, though it's not just a dinner.

Guests will also be able to bid on live and silent auction items. The school says the list of auction items grows weekly and already includes gourmet dinners for up to 50 people; a three-day trip for two to Las Vegas including airfare; passes to The Jimmy Fallon Show; tickets to a Los Angeles Dodgers game or to catch the San Francisco 49ers host the Oakland Raiders; and rooms at luxury resorts.

Organized by the Hancock College Boosters, Inc., the event has raised nearly $900,000 to benefit Hancock athletics since 2001. Donations have resulted in the renovation and naming of Joe White Gymnasium and John Osborne Field, upgrades to the softball field, renovations to the press box in the gym and the installation of a state-of-the-art scoreboard at the football field.

The Santa Maria Elks Lodge is located at 1309 N. Bradley Road in Santa Maria. Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. for a social hour and silent auction. A New York strip dinner prepared by Cowboy Flavor will be served at 7:07 p.m., with the dessert and live auctions to follow.

The price of admission to the fundraiser is $60 per person. Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $1,000. For $1,000, a gold sponsor will receive a reserved table with preferred seating for a party of 10, a mention in the event program, and complimentary wine and dinner service.

The $500 blue sponsorship provides a reserved table of 10.

For dinner reservations, donations and more information, call Jada Clark at (805) 720-7493 or visit athletics.hancockcollege.edu to register online.

Registration open for Hancock summer basketball camp

There's still time to register children for a summer youth camp put on by Allan Hancock College’s men’s basketball program. The camp runs Aug. 6-9 in Hancock's Joe White Memorial Gymnasium on the college’s Santa Maria campus.

Kids, ages 8 to 17, will receive instruction from Hancock coaches and players from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.

The cost is $85 per child. Payment is due on the first day of camp. Checks can be made payable to AHC Men’s Basketball. A parent or guardian must also sign a waiver in order for a child to participate in the camp. Parents and guardians can register online and access the waiver at athletics.hancockcollege.edu./camps/basketball_camps.

The men’s basketball team is coming off its finest season in decades. Under Head Coach Tyson Aye, the Bulldogs finished the season 23-10 overall and advanced to the Elite Eight of the CCCAA State Tournament for the first time in 44 seasons.

For more information about the camp, please call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3790 or email joshua.motenko@hancockcollege.edu.

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Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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