The second annual Cystic Fibrosis NCAA March Madness Calcutta at the Butte Country Club resulted in a donation of $18,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The auction for the 64 teams in the tournament took in $117,365. Ten percent of that, $11,737, went to the foundation. The remaining money is paid out to groups or individuals who paid for teams that won games.
Other fundraising and donations held in conjunction with the event, which took place March 18, brought the donation total to $18,000.
Those numbers are significantly higher than last year’s highly successful Calcutta, which took in just under $90,000 in bids and raised $13,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The owners of the winning team on Monday night will collect $26,159.50. The second place team will take home $12,556.56. All of the owners of the Final Four teams are guaranteed at least $9,940.61.
Kentucky, which is 38-0 heading into Saturday’s semifinal games, sold for $18,250. Duke sold for $4,900, Wisconsin went for $6,200 and seventh-seeded Michigan State went for $2,400.
A $1,000 payout will go to the individual or group that bought the team that suffered the most lopsided loss. Right now that goes to Lafayette, which sold for $175 and lost by 41 points in its first-round game against Villanova.
For the second year, Ted Odle, owner of Montana Livestock, donated his services as the auctioneer. His volunteer spotter was Butte-Silver Bow County commissioner Jim Fisher.
Indianapolis Colts safety Colt Anderson, whose cousin Reese Dunmire is battling Cystic Fibrosis, was the guest of honor for the second year. He signed football equipment and pictures for the event. He also provided an opening speech.
UpTop Clothing Company, which is owned by Anderson, Luke Anderson and Ross Richardson Jr., provided custom designed shirts sold at the event. Keeley Anderson, Colt’s wife, designed the shirts.
Ron Roesti and Zip Beverages again donated posters publicizing the event as well as posters to keep track of the teams and bidders during the auction. Ned Ellingwood emceed the event, and Anaconda attorney Jeff Dahood donated and operated the video and sound system.
Rick Anderson, Reese Dunmire’s grandfather, started the Caluctta last year. He and other organizers plan to make this an annual event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whose research into the cure for the disease is funded solely by private donations.
Because of the rarity of the disease, not enough Cystic Fibrosis patients exist to generate government or pharmaceutical company interest in finding a cure. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has funded the research so far that has led to discoveries for new treatments and medications that are improving the quality of life and extending the life expectancies of Cystic Fibrosis patients.