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Front Row 2021 with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery

6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa
  • 1001 E McCarty Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666
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"With a kiss!,” a signature phrase heard during almost every basketball telecast, is Bill Raftery’s patented line for a basketball bank shot. This year at the 17th annual Front Row gala, Bill Raftery will share the stage with CBS-TV sportscaster and TLU alumnus and regent, Verne Lundquist. As is the Front Row tradition, Lundquist will conduct a live, on-stage interview with Bill Raftery about, but not limited to, his last 25 years as the excitable announcer who has covered basketball as an analyst on television and radio for CBS, ESPN, and CBS Radio. The evening includes a reception, an elegant dinner, and silent and live auctions with autographed sports memorabilia and other amazing items.

Front Row is an annual fundraising gala benefitting TLU’s 18 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic teams. Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised more than $1 million.

Schedule & Donor Levels

VIP Reception at 6 p.m.

($2,500 and $5,000 tables only)

General Reception at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner and Program at 7 p.m.

Event Schedule subject to change.

Reserve A Table Or Buy Tickets

Slam Dunk ($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 the event program
  • Group photo with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
  • Post reception with Verne Lundquist

3-Point Level ($2, 500 Table)

Benefits include:

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

2-Point Level ($250 Ticket)

Benefits include:

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

2021 Auction Catalog Coming Soon!

Reserve Your Room

Book a Room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos

Event Organizers

Dinner Chairs

Kent and Terry Richter, Houston

Steering Committee

  • Ron and Judy Biffle, Houston
  • Todd Braulick, San Antonio
  • Jim and Sandy Hine, New Braunfels
  • David and Carolyn Newman, Houston
  • Lenora Ohlenbusch, Houston
  • Ken and Linda Voges, Houston


Texas Lutheran University is actively monitoring COVID-19 in our region and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings. As we get closer to the date of the event, TLU may have to make necessary adjustments to the dinner and program, such as number of seats per table, capacity of receptions, and the schedule of events to include all elements of the dinner and program. If you are sick or feel you are getting sick, we ask that you refrain from attending Front Row.

Currently, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of underlying health conditions include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider about attending any large gathering.

If you do choose to attend Front Row, please keep in mind the CDC recommendations on how to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available)