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Auction Fest 2009:

By Staff | Mar 31, 2009

TOP STUDENT SELLERS - The Second Grade Class at Emmetsburg Catholic School raised the most money for this year’s Auction Fest fundraiser. The youngsters are pictured with some of the items that will be available during the Live and Silent Auctions on Saturday, Apr. 4, during the 21st Annual Auction Fest. Pictured (front row, from left) are: Hannah Merwald, Adam Deitering, and Hunter Murphy. Middle Row: Connor Joyce, Luke Matthews, Isabella King, and Marissa King. Back Row: Ali Laubenthal, Alexis Louwagie, Molly McCain, and Carter Hoffman. Not pictured: Andrew Walker. – submitted photo

“The Greatest Show on Earth” promises to offer patrons of Emmetsburg Catholic School a lot of fun, as well as opportunities to support the mission and successes of the school and its students.

Featuring a circus theme, the 21st Annual Auction Fest will highlight the “three rings” which make Auction Fest possible, including the volunteers and generosity of the community, the dedication of the Catholic School system, and God the Father.

The annual fundraiser for Emmetsburg Catholic School will be held Saturday, Apr. 4, at Corrigan Hall in Emmetsburg. The gymnasium will be transformed into the interior of a big top red and white circus tent complete with circus animals and three rings. Popcorn boxes and balloons will adorn each table as centerpieces.

Doors to the silent auction will open at 6 p.m. following a five o’clock Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church. This year’s guest speaker will be Bruce Nelson. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.; the menu features lettuce salad, beef brisket, seasoned potatoes, baby carrots and peapods, and an assorted liqueur dessert bar with freshly brewed coffee.

The live auction is slated to begin at 8 p.m. Joe Temme, an associate of The Auction Specialty Group from Omaha, Nebraska, will again serve as auctioneer. Ringmen are Ron Hersom, John Higgins, Ken Lang, Ed Noonan, Ron Peck, and Daniel Reedy.

The Preview Party is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Corrigan Hall. During the Preview Party, clowns will stroll around beneath the “tent” and Games 4 Fun will be played, including Half Chance, Chest of Chance, Luck of the Irish, Quilt Raffle, and Ring Toss.

“We’re expanding the Preview Party this year,” explained Sandy Pelzer, Auction Fest Committee board member. “We wanted Auction Fest to be more of a weekend, family-inclusive event. It’s free and open to everyone.”

The Preview Party will allow Saturday’s bidders to get an early look at some of the items that will be on the auction block, as well offer an opportunity for youngsters to show their families what their classes have contributed to Auction Fest.

Some of this year’s Live Auction items include a handcrafted oak buffet made by Gene Schultes of Dedham, donated by the ECS Fourth and Fifth Grade Classes, Gene and Bev Schultes, and Lynn and Beth Schultes, and a handcrafted wine buffet made from honey locust wood, donated by Dutch and Myrna Heddinger.

Other notable items are a Father-Son Gun Set, donated by the Auction Fest Committee, featuring a Henry Golden Boy .22 S/L/LR for Dad and a Henry Lever Action Youth Model .22 for Son plus gun cases donated by Ted Bunda; E’Hawk’s State Champion Football Team Memorabilia with autographed E’Hawk 2008 State Championship framed T-shirt and football, donated by Mike, Julie, Max, Ben, and Megan Dunlap; and two quilts personalized by the Little Irish Preschool and the Kindergarten students.

In addition to the Live Auction items, numerous Silent Auction articles will also be available, including items from the Kids’ Corner, A Bit O’ Green on the Holiday Scene, Pamper Me Please, Country, Garden and Home, Team Spirit, Toys For Big Boys, and Services and Gifts.

Auction Fest Committee board members for 2009 include: Chad and Roberta Anderson, Brian and SueAnne Deitering, Al and Julie Laubenthal, Sheryl Nolan, Steve and Sandy Pelzer, Denise Reimer, Jean Reedy, Coleen Ruddy, and Jon and Corinda Walker.