Anthony's Scholarship Dinner A Success
May 17, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the second straight year, Gonzaga University Athletics and Anthony's HomePort Restaurant hosted the Gonzaga/Anthony's Student-Athlete Scholarship Dinner.
And, like last year, the event was again deemed a success by organizers of the event.
The festivities were attended by 200 Gonzaga benefactors who enjoyed a night of great food and the chance to bid on Gonzaga athletic items in silent and live auctions. The event raised more than $34,000 with proceeds benefiting the Anthony's Endowed Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.
"For the second straight year the event was a huge success. Gonzaga University would like to graciously thank Budd Gould and Anthony's HomePort Restaurant for their generosity in making the Student-Athlete Scholarship Benefit an enjoyable evening," stated Paul Brown, Gonzaga's Director of Athletic Giving. "We hope this continues to be an annual event that will benefit all of our student-athletes."
In addition to the 200 Gonzaga benefactors, student-athletes and coaches from all 14 Bulldog sports were in attendance. The night also featured the recognition of a former student-athlete who has gone on to attain high acclaim in business and community service using their Gonzaga degree. This year's honoree was William (Bill) Quigg, whose ties to Gonzaga University and Bulldog athletics span five decades - as a student-athlete, alumnus, GU parent and in his current capacity as a member of Board of Regents.
Born in Hoquiam, Wash., Quigg lettered in football, basketball and track at Hoquiam High prior to bringing his athletic talent to Gonzaga as a member of the Bulldogs basketball team. He earned All-Big Sky Conference second team honors in 1970 and '71, as well as being an honorable mention All-American his senior season. He ranks 10th on the all-time Gonzaga career rebounding list with 630 rebounds. He was drafted by the San Diego Rockets of the NBA, but "when the team moved to Houston and they didn't send me their forwarding address I returned to Hoquiam," Quigg said.
Quigg joined his brothers and cousins in the family construction business, a heavy construction company specializing in highway and bridge construction.
In 1993 Bill led a group of family and local investors to purchase and re-open Grays Harbor Paper. Grays Harbor Paper manufactures printing and writing papers and operates 24 hours/day, 365 days/year with 230 employees. Bill is the CEO and President of Grays Harbor Paper, which is one of the largest privately-owned businesses in Grays Harbor County.
Bill and his wife of 34 years, Carol, have three grown children, all graduates of Gonzaga University - David ('97), Beth ('99) and Natalie ('04). Bill and Carol have also recently been blessed with two grandchildren.
For the past eight years Bill has served on the Board of Regents, and sits on the Student Life Committee.
"I am continuously impressed by Gonzaga's academic and athletic environment. I chose to attend Gonzaga because I received a full-ride scholarship for basketball. My father dropped me off the first week of school with $100 and wished me luck. The faculty at Gonzaga pushed me and continues to push students to achieve excellence in the classroom." In his free time Bill enjoys spending time with his family, working on his ranch and playing golf. Although it is not considered free time, Bill loves working.
"I am extremely intense when it comes to business. I tend to extract all the juices from sports and incorporate them into my business. I love being around young people - the next generation," he said.
Last year's honoree was The Honorable Frank Burgess ('61 B.ed. '66 JD). Burgess was an All-American on the Bulldogs basketball team who went on to a successful career in law and currently as a Federal Judge. A plaque presented to Anthony's HomePort recognizes the honorees for all patrons of Anthony's HomePort to view.
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