Bucky on Parade: Big money for charities, cancer research

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Saturday night's Bucky on Parade Finale Party and auction raised more than $800,000 for local charities and cancer research.

The free, public art event featuring Wisconsin’s most-loved mascot was held from May 7 to Sept. 12. Eighty five life-sized Bucky statues were adorned by area artists and on display throughout Dane County.

On Saturday, 32 Buckys were auctioned off at The Finale Party. Twenty one were sold to bidders during a live auction hosted by Wayne Yoder, a past Wisconsin Auctioneers Association State Champion and Wautoma resident.

Event proceeds will benefit several local charities, including Garding Against Cancer, which supports cancer research in Wisconsin; and the Madison Area Sports Commission, which connects youth in need to financial resources to play sports. 10 percent of each statue sale will also go to the buyer's charity of choice.

Here are the winning bids from Saturday's live auction at the Kohl Center totalling $818,000:

Bucky at the Terrace - $30,000
Crazy Legs Bucky - $37,000
I Am Bucky - $37,000
All Hands On Bucky - $25,000
Celestial Bucky - $20,000
Bucky On Ice - $18,000
Leckrone's Stop at the Top - $40,000
Flamingo Bucky - $18,000
1st and 10 Bucky - $47,000
Full Fatigues Bucky - $22,000
Lucky Bucky - $32,000
Goodnight Bucky - $24,000
Sunburst Bucky - $29,000
Grateful Red Bucky - $35,000
Ringo Bucky- $36,000
Music Man Bucky - $22,000
Wisconsin Colors Bucky - $26,000
Taste of Madison Bucky - $22,000
Sconnie B Goode Bucky - $23,000
Pucky Bucky - $25,000
Design your own Bucky - $25,000

A few highlights:

Bucky at the Terrace, designed by Nicole Rosenbaum, was the first up for auction and sold for $30,000. It features iconic images from The Memorial Union-- from the starburst chair, to the lake with a sailboat and a sunny sky and setting sun.

The statue selling for the most money -- $40,000 -- was the 1st and 10 Bucky created by FAST Corporation. Bucky is dressed in his shoulder pads and football jersey, ready to step onto the field at Camp Randall Stadium. FAST Corporation is based in Sparta, Wis., and molded all 85 of the fiberglass statues.

Crazy Legs Bucky, which was the last of the 85 statues to be unveiled on Aug. 17 sold for $37,000. Crafted by artist Richard Yanke, the statue pays tribute to Elroy Leon "Crazylegs" Hirsch, who played halfback at UW-Madison and then served as athletic director from 1969-1987. He earned the nickname "Crazylegs" for his unusual running style, which is represented in the statue's mold.

Bucky on Ice was created by artist Dan Gardiner and sponsored by WMTV NBC15. It celebrates one of Madison's most popular winter sports-- ice fishing-- and sold for $18,000.

Design Your Own Bucky was the final live bid of the evening and is a blank canvas for the bidder who paid $25,000. The design will need to be approved by the Bucky on Parade Committee.

Speakers included Deb Archer, president and CEO of the Madison Area Sports Commission and The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau; UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank; UW Men's Basketball Coach Greg Gard, founder of Garding Against Cancer; and Christi Andringa, a UW alumna and wife of Rob Andringa, who was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer one year ago. Rob is a former UW Hockey standout and team captain, national champion and also a former board member of the Madison Area Sports Commission.

Eleven other full-size statues were sold for a total of $235,101 in an online auction.

The remaining 50-plus statues were previously purchased by sponsors.

WMTV NBC15 was a proud sponsor of the project, and followed the entire campaign. Find all of our stories in our special web section at www.nbc15.com/buckyonparade.