St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Shamrock Auction Aiming for Success

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 4:05 PM

The Shamrock Auction was started 15 years ago and continues to be one of St. Patrick School's largest fundraisers. All proceeds are split between the Athletic Association and the school general fund. The auction has raised over $835,000 since its inception!

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at the Knights Hall and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Each year, the auction committee chooses a theme for the evening. This year it’s “Prom Night”. The entry fee of $20 for the auction includes a buffet meal and free drinks for the entire evening.

In addition to the live auction, several fun-filled raffles, an on-going 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction, which runs from 6:00-9:30 p.m., will be available. The main event runs from 8:00-11:00 p.m. and auction items include all kinds of donated items, as well as projects that are hand-crafted and donated by each of the classes in the school. You won’t want to miss the friendly competition between classroom parents when they try to outbid each other to take home the project that their child helped create.

Two of the items up for auction every year is a “Wish List” item from both the school and the Athletic Association. The school’s item this year is replacing all computer hardware for the 2017-18 school year. The school will implement a 1:1 program where every high school student will be provided with a Chromebook to use throughout their high school career. To complete this project, we need 80 Chromebooks. We are looking at the N22 Lenovo model which comes with a price tag of $17,760 for all 80 devices and licenses. One of the permanent middle school computer labs will be also be replaced with a portable 30 device Chromebook lab. Devices and licenses will cost $8,760. We would also like to purchase 30 new Chromebox desktops for the elementary lab at $10,865. The total cost to upgrade all school hardware which will provide all students with access to a new device for the 2017-18 school year is $37,385.

The Athletic Association’s wish list item is to purchase new athletic uniforms for our JV volleyball team as well as home and away uniforms for our varsity boys basketball team.

The Shamrock Auction is truly an event that brings our school families, alumni, parishioners and other school supporters together. It requires a lot of hard work and a huge commitment of time from many, many people. But, it pays off greatly---not only in the money that it brings into the school and athletic programs but as a wonderful social event, enjoyed by hundreds. Its success stems from a great volunteer committee and the dedication of parents, family, friends, alumni and merchants!

Grab your gown, tux, tails, corsages and come join us for a night to remember. We hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend the Shamrock Auction but would still like to make a donation, checks may be sent to St. Patrick School. Please feel free to designate what you would like the money to go specifically towards. On-line giving is available at


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