Every year, passionate Redbird fans gather together to raise funds for the women’s Athletics programs at Illinois State. This year’s annual ‘Bird Bash will be held Thursday, April 27, at Redbird Arena. The event is open to the public.

The event, which is presented by the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund and Illinois State Athletics, recognizes and celebrates the hard work and dedication of Redbird women student-athletes and raises funds to support their efforts. This year’s event will be hosted by master of ceremonies Katy Winge ’15, an Illinois State alumna and former women’s basketball standout who is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Northwestern.

Registration begins at 5 p.m., with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill, and a silent auction to follow. A formal program will begin at 7 p.m., and the auction winners will then be announced. The cost is $60 per person and the purchase of a full table is available.

Since 2006, the annual fundraising event has raised over $344,000 for women’s athletics. To register for the event, log on to GoRedbirds.com/Promotions and use the promo code BirdBash. For more information, contact Marianne Riddell by phone at (309) 438-5455 or by email at mriddell@IllinoisState.edu.