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NORMAL - Illinois State will hold a new fund-raising event Sept. 29 following the Redbirds' home football game against Northern Iowa, the athletic department announced Tuesday.

"Draw Down at Redbird Arena" will replace the Redbird Auction as the primary fund-raising function outside of the annual fund drive for The Redbird Club (TRC), which provides funding for ISU student-athlete scholarships. Tickets are $200 each, and only 500 tickets will be sold.

"This event will be a fun and relaxed fund-raising event that will benefit all of the student-athletes at Illinois State University," said Doug Banks, assistant athletics director for annual giving. "Like any draw down event, we will draw numbers at certain times throughout the evening until one person is left standing. It should be a great event with a lot of interest."

The Caribbean-flavor event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., with the draw down starting at 6:30 p.m.

Prizes include up to $1,000 cash, a Suzi Davis Travel trip, season tickets, opportunities to travel with designated ISU teams, dinner with Redbird coaches and a 2007 Mitsubishi Galant.

For more information, call (309) 438-3634 or visit on the Web at goredbirds.com.

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