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The annual dinner and auction for Pacific University's athletics department set a new fundraising record last month.

Nearly 350 people attended Pacific University Legends hosted by Tommy Thayer. The event, which supports the university's student-athletes and 24-sport NCAA Division III athletics program, grossed nearly $500,000 this year.

A portion of the funds raised will go toward constructing a roof over the seating area at Lincoln Park Stadium.

"A truly historic and fun night for the university," said guitarist Tommy Thayer, who hosted the event. "From the support of our generous donors and trustees, to all my celebrity friends, to the organizing staff and volunteers, I appreciate how hard everyone worked to make this a success."

Seven years ago, Thayer, the lead guitarist for the rock band KISS and a trustee of Pacific University, came up with the idea to bring sports celebrities and musicians to mingle with guests, participate in silent and live auctions, and perform in unique all-star concerts. This year's event was held at Waverley Country Club in Portland on Aug. 25.

Among the items auctioned off during the evening were autographed guitars signed by all the members of KISS, golf lessons from one of the top PGA instructors, concert tickets and passes to meet all-star performers, and a number of trips to locations around the world.

During the auction, a special appeal was held for the Lincoln Park Stadium, home of the Pacific University Boxers.

"We asked for, and received, generous support for a new roof over the spectator seating areas, that will make our stadium a showcase in the Northwest Conference," said Ken Schumann, Pacific's director of athletics. The stadium is home to Pacific's football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field teams

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