Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on March 30, 2018 at 10:25 AM|
The Shamrock Auction started 16 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. Since its inception, the auction has raised over $900,000!
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall and doors open at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Shamrock Olympics.” The entry fee of $20 includes a buffet meal and free drinks for the entire evening. Tickets may be purchased from any auction committee member.
In addition to the live auction, several fun-filled raffles, an on-going 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction, which runs from 6-9:30 p.m., will be available. The main event runs from 8-11 p.m. This year, 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 are “wish list” items from both the school and the Athletic Association. The school’s item this year is to implement a 1:1 Chromebook program for our middle school students. After the successful implementation of a 1:1 Chromebook program for our high school students this past year, we are looking to expand it to our middle school students for the 2018-19 school year. To complete this project, we need 55 Chromebooks. We are looking at an $11,000 price tag for the devices and licenses. Any money raised above and beyond that goal will be used towards purchasing Chromebooks for our incoming freshmen class.
The Athletic Association’s wish list item is new uniforms for our baseball and softball teams.
The Shamrock Auction is an event that truly 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!
If you would like to donate an item to be auctioned or to make a cash donation, you may drop either item off at the school office during regular office hours. If you are unable to attend the Shamrock Auction but would still like to donate, checks may be sent to St. Patrick School. Please feel free to designate what you would like the money to go specifically toward. Online giving is available at www.portlandstpats.com.
In the meantime, remember to mark your calendars for April 21 and plan on a great evening of entertainment, socializing, and fun! We hope to see you at there!