Brewing up a Bobcat ball

People can take home a piece of the old Marshalltown High School Roundhouse while supporting the new one at a special event May 3. A group of area women are organizing the “Take Me Out to the Bobcat Ball” for that night at the Elmwood Country Club to raise money for the Roundhouse renovation.

Included at the event will be an auction for items such as tables and coat racks made from old bleacher wood at the Roundhouse.

There will also be a Parade of Champions with former Bobcat state champions being recognized, and Bobcat dignitaries such as former staff will be honored. A concessions-type meal will be available in a casual atmosphere.

“This is just another idea totally different from what they are currently doing,” said Jane Bauer, one of the organizers of the event. “It’s so exciting.”

Missy Sharer-Pieters, another organizer of the event, said this event will be enjoyable for all ages.

“We are really appealing to a lot of different generations of Bobcats,” she said.

Among the dignitaries already signed up to be honored are former athletic staff members Linda Leaton, Tim Bell, Bev Ingeldue and Don Lamb. A few of the many state champions being honored include the 1956 basketball team, Tony Giannetto, Heather (Gross) Van Buren, Mark Rohde and Joe Miller.

Don Short, of West End Salvage, repurposed the bleacher wood into furniture for the auction.

“It’s an opportunity to own a part of the Roundhouse,” said Emily Osmundson, another organizer of the event.

An example of another auction item is a basketball signed by the 2013-14 Iowa State men’s basketball Sweet 16 team.

Aside from the auction, there will also be what is known as the Bobcat Boutique with items such as plaques featuring a piece of the Roundhouse floor.

The night will end with time for dancing with music provided by a DJ.

Bauer said as word has spread about the event, so has the level of excitement.

“The buzz is definitely out there,” Bauer said. “It’s a one-of-a-kind event.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are limited to 250 people, are $50 each and can be purchased at Hy-Vee, Hellberg Jewelers, Sports Page and MHS.

The group expects tickets to be sold out before the event and not available at the door. For more information on the event call Bauer at 641-753-3126.