Bishop Hogan Dinner Auction Raises $70,000
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Generosity was flowing freely at the third annual dinner auction for Bishop Hogan Memorial School Saturday night. The event, which is the largest annual fund-raiser for the school, netted $70,000, which is $20,000 more than the amount raised last year.
C-T Photo / Paul Sturm
“The generosity of the people was astounding to me.” Tom Hermes, pastor
To say that the third annual dinner auction for Bishop Hogan Memorial School Saturday evening was a success may be somewhat of an understatement. The event, which is the largest annual fund-raiser the school holds netted $70,000 – a whopping $20,000 more than the amount raised during last year’s installment. Father Tom Hermes said he was more than surprised by the dinner auction’s success. “It more than exceeded my expectations,” Hermes said, adding, “The generosity of the people was astounding to me. The support for the school in this community is great.”
He attributed the night’s success to the hard work of the event’s organizers and volunteers and the sheer excitement surrounding the auction. “This being my first year here I noticed a great mixture of people from throughout the community and a great deal of generosity from the store owners and contributors in the community,” Hermes said. Over 300 people attended the event, which featured a silent auction, a catered dinner, and a live auction with Col. Mike Miller and David May. The theme was “Evening With the Stars.”
Some of the highly sought after items on the live auction proved to be the coin collections donated by Father Larry Spiechienger, a former pastor at St. Columban Catholic Church, a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks and a catered dinner at the church rectory for three couples with Bishop Robert Finn, Bishop of the Kansas City and St. Joseph Diocese.
The event started at 5 p.m. with the silent auction and continued with the dinner and live auction which featured 84 items – the last of which sold at around midnight. All funds raised through the event go into the school’s general operations fund.