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Front Row 2015 with Verne Lundquist & Gary Danielson

April 18, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Front Row 2015 with Verne Lundquist & Gary Danielson

Presenting the best team in sportscasting

Gary Danielson, an NFL veteran and third all-time leading passer in Detroit Lions history, will share the stage with fellow CBS-TV sportscaster and TLU alumnus and regent, Verne Lundquist, at the twelfth annual Front Row gala. As is the Front Row tradition, Lundquist will conduct a live, on-stage interview with Danielson as the two recount their shared experience broadcasting for SEC games and Danielson's life on the field. The evening includes a reception, an elegant dinner and live auction with autographed sports memorabilia and other amazing items.

Front Row is an annual fundraising gala benefiting TLU’s 18 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics teams. Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised more than $650,000.

Front Row with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson

A Fundraiser for TLU's Intercollegiate Athletics Teams

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street, San Antonio TX 78205

VIP Reception at 6:00 p.m.
($2,500 and $5,000 tables only)

General Reception at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner and Program at 7:00 p.m.

Event schedule subject to change.

Verne Lundquist personally invites you to Front Row 2015

Verne Lundquist, proud Bulldog alumnus class of 1962, personally invites you to Front Row 2015. He's excited to have his SEC on CBS football partner Gary Danielson as the honored guest this year. Verne promises good stories, some from behind the scenes, a lot of humor and a sneak peek into Gary's process for preparing for the weekly SEC football broadcast.

Watch the video of Verne's personal invitation on YouTube.

About Gary Danielson

Gary Danielson, a 13-year National Football League veteran and former Purdue University quarterback, joined CBS Sports as lead analyst for the CBS Television Network’s coverage of college football in 2006. He is paired with Verne Lundquist, who has served as lead play-by-play announcer since 1998.

Danielson joined CBS Sports after having served as analyst for ABC Sports for the nine years (1997-2005). Since 1991, he served as an analyst for ESPN’s college football broadcasts. Before joining ABC Sports, Danielson provided analysis for the Detroit Lions preseason football games.

After playing for three teams in the World Football League from 1974-75 (New York Stars, Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Wind), Danielson signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent in 1976. He became the third all-time leading passer in Lions history. In 1985, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns where he spent four seasons before retiring in 1988. During his 13-year NFL career, Danielson passed for 13,764 yards.

Danielson was a part-time anchor/reporter at WDIV-TV (Detroit) during the off-season while a member of the Lions. And in Cleveland, he also co-hosted a sports talk show.

A 1973 graduate of Purdue University, Danielson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Management, and earned a master's degree in Physical Education from Purdue in 1976. He is married, with four children.

Ticket Information

Purchase tables or tickets with a credit card or e-check using our Online Ticket Form.

For more information, contact Lee Anne Barnes at or 830-372-8030.

Touchdown Level ($5,000 Table)

Benefits include:

  • One (1) top tier table (seats 10 people) for the dinner
  • 10 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Name recognition in event program
  • Group photo with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Commemorative gift
  • Post reception with Verne Lundquist

Field Goal Level ($2,500 Table)

Benefits include:

  • One (1) table (table seats 10 people) for the dinner
  • 10 tickets to the VIP Reception
  • Name recognition in event program

First Down Level ($250 Tickets)

Benefits include:

  • One (1) ticket for the dinner
  • General reception

Hotel Reservations

Start date: 4/18/15
End date: 4/19/15
Last day to book: 3/27/15

Rooms at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter can be reserved for $229 per night. This is the hotel where the Front Row event will take place.

Book your Marriott Rivercenter group rate for Front Row

Rooms at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk can be reserved for $179 per night. The event will take place at the Marriott Rivercenter location, which is just across Commerce Street, less than a five-minute walk away.

Book your Marriott Riverwalk group rate for Front Row

Front Row Auction features "SEC Broadcaster for the Day"

Dan ’82 and Sue ’83 Church traveled to Oxford, Mississippi and joined Verne Lundquist ’62 in the broadcast booth for the Ole Miss/Mississippi State game on November 29, 2014. The Honorary SEC Broadcaster for the Day has been auctioned off at Front Row for the past four years. It includes airfare, hotel, dinner with Verne, access to the field on game day and watching the game from the broadcast booth. The weekend has continued to exceed all expectations each year and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

View the Live & Silent Auction Catalog (PDF) for this year's event and see what great items are available for you to win!


Dinner Chairs

Kent and Terry Richter

Steering Committee

Ron and Judy Biffle

Todd Braulick
San Antonio

Ray and Monica Cosselli

Jim and Sandy Hine
New Braunfels

David and Carolyn Newman

Lenora Ohlenbusch

Kent and Terry Richter

James and Brandy Saenz
New Braunfels

Michael and Susan Skains

Ken and Linda Voges

Official Media Partner


Official Sponsor

Valero Energy Foundation

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