The Nov. 10, 2009, fundraiser featuring Fox Sports’ Joe Buck earned about $2,000 for the Bloomington Press Club scholarship program, according to treasurer Sherry Rouse. This figure is an early estimate as some funds still may be in the mail.
For those who missed the event, Buck, fresh from calling the World Series, was in the area as the last of the IU School of Journalism’s fall Speaker Series’ guests. That evening, he appeared at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for a free talk open to the public.
Earlier in the day, he talked to journalism students at Ernie Pyle Hall, toured the Indiana Memorial Union and soaked in some atmosphere he hadn’t enjoyed since he left to start his career in the early 1990s.
Before his talk at the theater, Buck joined BPC members at Nick’s English Hut for food and drink. He spent a few minutes reminiscing about his days as a telecommunications undergraduate and his quest to be a broadcaster like his dad, the legendary Jack Buck.
When not at the microphone, Buck worked the crowd, chatting with members and posing for photos.
The club uses the funds to support students during internships and to provide scholarships for students to attend the High School Journalism Institute at IU.