The FGCU athletics development office has confirmed Wednesday that the 4th annual Night at the Nest gala on Sunday at Alico Arena is sold out.
Designed to show appreciation to the Eagles' donors and raise external resources for the athletics department, this year's event reached the capacity of 700 reserved spots.
Doors to the semi-formal event features a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auction items open at 5 p.m. FGCU coaches will be in attendance. Student athletes will be the servers for the function.
Any one not able to attend, proxy bids are being accepted by calling director of athletics advancement Graham Diemer at (239) 590-7107 or by email at GDiemer@fgcu.edu.
Two-time MLB All-Star Chris Sale, the 2010 National Collegiate Player of the Year while at FGCU, once again will attend the event, giving attendees a chance to interact with one of the best pitchers in the sport. The southpaw with the Chicago White Sox earned the win for the American League this summer in the All-Star Game. He also led the AL in complete games (4) while finishing 3rd in WHIP (1.07) and 7th in ERA (3.07). He finished 6th and 5th, respectively, in the Cy Young voting the last two years, the award given annually to the best pitcher in each league.
Night at the Nest has grown each year from the 300 attendees at the inaugural event in 2010. With the help of the generosity of companies and individuals from Southwest Florida, a record $162,000 was raised for FGCU athletics last December.
The gala is FGCU's signature fundraising affair, with all proceeds going directly to support the Eagles scholarship needs and operating budgets. Organized and promoted by the Eagles Club Board of Advisors, the official volunteer organization created to support FGCU Athletics, the goal for the 2013 event is $200,000.
While there will not be a keynote speaker this year, the honor previously was held by several individuals highly visible in the national athletics community.
Former US Ryder Cup captain golfer Paul Azinger, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and Sale have filled this role in the first three years.