South Dakota athletics to host Pat O’Brien dinner auction

South Dakota athletics to host Pat O'Brien dinner auction The University of South Dakota Athletic Department, in conjunction with Pat O'Brien, will host the Pat O'Brien Dinner Auction on Saturday, June 5, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

This year's auction, which includes O'Brien as the master of ceremonies, begins at 6 p.m. in Exhibit Hall 1 of the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The cost is $50 per person.�Aside from silent and live auctions, the event will also feature comments from USD President James W. Abbott, USD Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, O'Brien, as well as remarks from some of South Dakota's former student-athletes.

The event benefits athletic scholarship opportunities at USD.

O'Brien, originally of Sioux Falls and a 1970 USD graduate (BA, political science), is co-anchor of Access Hollywood.

A former anchor for CBS Sports, O'Brien has served as master of ceremonies at the auction since its inception. O'Brien, who resides in Parzana, CA, received an honorary doctoral degree from USD in May 1991.

He also studied international economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

For the past eight seasons, O'Brien has been co-anchor for Access Hollywood, the daily half-hour entertainment news magazine show, which provides the most comprehensive coverage of entertainment news and personalities on television.�

O'Brien joined the program in August 1997, continuing a diverse broadcast journalism career spanning more then 20 years in news, sports and entertainment.�He has covered major entertainment events, including the Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys.

In 1981, O'Brien took an anchor position with CBS Sports. While at CBS, O'Brien anchored the network's coverage of numerous premiere sports events, including the Winter Olympics Games, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the NBA All-Star Game, Baseball's All-Star Game, the World Figure Skating Championships, the NCAA Tournament and the Final Four.� He also co-hosted the reality-based primetime series How'd They Do That?

Original episodes of the show aired for two seasons on CBS. Two additional seasons were aired on The Learning Channel, which continues to show classic installments of the program.

In 1996, O'Brien hosted a series of syndicated television specials called The Road to Olympic Gold, featuring gymnastics great Mary Lou Retton. He returned to the 2000 Olympics as host of CNBC's coverage of the events in Sydney, Australia, which marked the first-ever complete cable coverage of an Olympic Games. In 2001, O'Brien returned to the Olympics as host of NBC's late-night coverage of the events in Salt Lake City, in which he interviewed athletes, celebrities and fans from the Olympic Medals Plaza.�

This summer, O'Brien will host an Olympic morning show for the Bravo Network from Athens, Greece. In addition, he will host the first week of NBC's late night show for the 2004 Olympic Games.

The 2004 Pat O'Brien Auction includes sports trips, luxury vacations, celebrity meetings, sports memorabilia, home furnishings, car care, business and recreational items, golf outings and much more.

The featured items include a Duke Basketball Package at Cameron Indoor Stadium, including a game, dinner with Duke staff members, 18 holes of golf and Hilton lodging. Another auction item includes a college/pro football package that features tickets to the Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies football game on Dec. 4, and the Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills football game on Dec. 5, as well as 18 holes of golf at one of Doral Resort's outstanding courses and lodging.

In addition, there is a Wake Forest University/Proam Golf package. Other auction items include a one-of-a-kind 6'6'' iron Coyote statue; a New York trip with Tom Brokaw; golf package at Pebble Beach; customized European package; a racing package, including a Kansas City Speedway Tour and July 4 Indy Car race, which is sold out, and lodging; autographed sports memorabilia from NBA Stars, Green Bay quarterback Brett Farve, former Coyote and two-time Super Bowl Champ Matt Chatham; and former South Dakota star and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jamel White.

Anyone interested in making reservations or seeking more information should contact Eric Rawson at (605) 677-5760 or email erawson@ usd.ed

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