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Washington State University Athletics

Washington State University Athletics AUction

Its been an amazing journey working with organizations as they pivot and innovate to stay viable. 

But it was an honor and a surprise when Assistant Athletic Director Bridget Adams from the Washington State Cougars located in Pullman, Washington called us to produce their annual fundraiser.  Of course this year the usual in-person gala migrated over to a virtual platform.

The event was Hosted by Yogi Roth, Pac 12 analyst, award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author. Yogi’s pre-recorded segments from campus included interviews with coaches and athletes, including WSU grad and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew.  Director of Athletics Pat Chun kicked-off the evening, A Night With Cougar Athletics.

From our studios in St. Louis, Shannon Mays from Raising Paddles facilitated the live auction segments as well as the donor contributions.  Utopia’s production team coordinated the virtual program with some 500 attendees watching the Zoom program.  

During Covid, so many universities have cut various sports from their athletic departments.  We tip our caps to Washington State Athletics for taking bold action utilizing a virtual production to bring the Cougar community and its many supporters together.  Donors helped WSU achieve their goal while attendees were entertained with an inside glimpse into WSU athletics.  

“I have really enjoyed working with you guys as a team. You’re wonderful people who aim to please and want to put out what is new and cutting edge in our industry and we really appreciate that.”

-Bridget Adams, Assistant Athletic Director

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