KWU Celebrates 13th Annual: Night with the Yotes

Written by , on February 28, 2024

Kanas Wesleyan celebrated its 13th annual “Night with the Yotes,” on February 23rd. 

Night with the Yotes is a fundraiser for KWU’s curricular activities such as athletics, fine/performing arts and DECA.

Here is some more information on what Night with the Yotes is about by writer: Savannah Koga

Attendees scan over auction items./ Photo by Nicolas Fierro

The event featured food, open bar, games, auction items such as chiefs and KWU gear, along with historical artifacts. 


Isiah Pacheco NFL Football  Starting Bid:$300   Value:$600 

 Mahomes Magic autographed helmet 

Nike Mens Basketball Swag Bag Starting Value:$300   Bid:$300

KWU Football Jersey Starting Bid:$100  Value:Priceless

Signed Rashee Rice Jersey Starting Bid:$175  Value:$175 .

KWU experienced a great turnout, after tickets were sold a week and a half prior to the event.

KWU raised more than $165,000 with 500 people in attendance. An all-time high in the 13-year history of the event. 

More information about the record-breaking event

“It is just a great thing that the campus just has to offer,” says KWU President Dr. Thompson.

The attendees dressed up in western attire as they participated in the theme of “Coyotes and Cowboys.”  

Students Volunteering for their Sport or department, can be seen greeting and welcoming attendees inside and out the Mabee Arena. 

It is a time for the community, the alumni and friends to get together and give back financially to support Kansas Wesleyan,” says Dr. Thompson.

A single ticket was valued at 100 dollars, while tables purchased by donors and sponsorship including 8 tickets were sold  for 1,000- 2,500 dollars.

KWU benefits on a large scale from the event. It helps support scholarships and budgets that are on campus. 

Art, design and theatre are both departments striving for recognition. Thanks to Night with the Yotes, they will both benefit from this event greatly, as they receive extra allowances.

 “The art and design supplies are very expensive and Night with the Yotes helps with covering those expenses,” says KWU student Breann Johnson.

Johnson also talks about how the Night with the Yotes helps with recognizing departments that are not popularized compared to other departments on campus.

Student Anthony Valladolid has noticed how much the community of Salina are “willing to support” KWU and the departments.

“Salina is good at coming together to support us and we feed off that. We are thankful for them to always be there for us,” says Valladolid.

Night with the Yotes also welcomed live band “The Blades” who performed during the festivities.

KWU’s next major event that will be its biennial Scholarship Gala held on Saturday, April 20th. Tickets are now available at

The Blades performing live during Night with the Yotes./ Photo by Nicolas Fierro


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