It’s time. This Saturday (Feb. 15th) marks the date of the 38th annual Steer Dinner at Avila University. This steak dinner and silent auction supports the legacy of Sister Olive Louise Dallavis, the S.O.L.D Fund. Funds raised through the dinner and auction are used to generate scholarships for Avila University students in need.
The first Steer Dinner was hosted in 1977 in the school cafeteria. It all started when a group of local business men purchased Jimmy C (short for Jimmy Carter), an American Royal Grand Champion Steer. Those gentlemen then donated the enormous steer to Sister Olive Louise, then president of Avila University. Needing to turn the gift of Jimmy C into cash, she decided to put together a steak dinner in the modestly decorated cafeteria. The event has grown tremendously since the first dinner, and has raised more than $6 million in scholarship monies.
This year, the event will be hosted at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The honorary chairpersons are Dave and Geri Frantze and the event chairpersons are Kenneth and Marilyn Hager. If you are interested in attending, tickets are $250 ($100 for faculty/staff and recent alumni) and $2500 to sponsor a table (10 seats). Sponsorships are also available at varying dollar amounts. Sponsorship and Table hosts will be receive recognition in the event program as well as on the Steer Dinner website.
Oh! We do have one last piece of “memorabilia” from the first dinner:
Meet Jimmy C!
This is the hide of the beast that started it all. Currently he resides in the archives at Hooley-Bundschu Library.