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“An Evening In Wonderland”

By Staff | Mar 29, 2016

READY?FOR?AUCTION?FEST - Members of the Emmetsburg Catholic School Eighth grade class display a few of thetreasures that will be offered at the 2016 AuctionFest auctions this coming Saturday eveing, April 2. Seated in front from left to right are Rylee Murphy, Mia Fank, Jessica Walker, Colton Anderson, Maggie Nelson and Molly Rouh. In back from left to right are Taylor Steinkamp, Chris Meyer, Ana Fank, Molly Schany, Grant Kibbie, Tim Geelan, Aliza Woodford, Isabel Nichols, Ben Dunlap and John Joyce. “An Evening In Wonderland” is the theme for the 28th Annual fundraising event for the Emmetsburg Catholic Schools, and is held in Corrigan Hall in Emmetsburg. -- Dan Voigt photo

You’ll be able to peer through the looking glass at the 28th Annual Auction Fest at the Emmetsburg Catholic School this Saturday evening during “An Evening in Wonderland.” The 2016 edition of the annual fundraiser for the Emmetsburg Catholic School takes place this Saturday, April 2, in Corrigan Hall.

The event kicks off with a pair of public preview events on Friday, April 1, starting with the annual Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Public Preview Party follows Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Auction Fest dinner and auction event then takes place Saturday evening in Corrigan Hall, with doors opening at 5:15 p.m.

Guests will enter the looking glass much as Alice did in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland” when they enter Corrigan Hall to take part in a variety of games and events, as well as the traditional Silent Auction and live auction, which will feature 66 items when the bidding starts at 8 p.m.

During the Friday evening public Preview Party, the public is invited to view the auction items, and participate in the Wonderland Treasures game or to purchase tickets for the Luck of the Irish Drawing and the Half-Chance drawings. This year’s Luck of the Irish game features a choice of an Apple Sport 42mm Watch or $300 in Emmetsburg Catholic School Hope Certificates. Guests will also have an opportunity to win a hand-made quilt, donated by the Classic Quilters and Dr. Dan and Jean Reedy.

On Saturday, the event begins with Mass at Holy Family Church at 4:15 p.m. The doors to Corrigan Hall will open at 5:15 p.m. and the Silent Auction will begin at that time, along with sales of The Luck of the Irish game and the “Follow Alice Into Cash” Game as well as the Centerpiece Raffle, with the grand-prize winner receiving Wine refrigerator and stock of wines, donated by Larry and Joann Herbers, Paul and Myrna Herbers, along with Jeff and Cassie Hersom and Bruce and Phyllis Schutjer.

Emmetsburg Catholic School alumnus Dr. Sara Schany will be the special Guest Speaker prior to the event at 6:45 p.m. following the Invocation.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Topsy Turvey Popcorn for starters, to be followed by the main event: Off With Their Head Lettuce Salad, a dinner roll, White Rabbit Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Very Green Green Beans, The Queen’s Pork Loin, Cheshire Roast Beef and for dessert, The Hat of Madness Cheesecake and freshly brewed coffee.

The live auction will get underway at 8 p.m., with Joe Temme of the Auction Specialty Group of Omaha, Neb., once again crying the auction items.

The Live Auction’s 66 items range in suggested values from $400 to $3,300 to items that are truly “priceless”.

As in past years, the students at Emmetsburg Catholic Schools raise funds by their respective grades to acquire items for Auction Fest and this year, the students have once again worked very hard to come up with wonderful auction items. One such gift is the Kindergarten Quilt, donated by Kindergarten students. The Three-year old Preschool Class has donated a handcrafted Oak Toy Box and a personalized Teddy Bear for the live auction, and the Four-year old Preschool class and Sherry Bredehoeft have created a truly one-of-a-kind quilt with the names of each member of the four-year old preschool in a block on the quilt.

The Second graders are donating an Iowa State University fan package, complete with ISU blanket, bag chair, cooler, Fire Pit and grilling utensils. Sixth graders at ECS have donated an Xbox unit with Kinect and several full game downloads, along with a pair of gaming chairs. The Fifth graders have come up with a Family Movie package for the live auction, which features a popcorn machine on a cart, prepackaged popcorn, popcorn bowls personalized by the students, and several family movies. Members of the Seventh grade at ECS also donating a package for the fans of Iowa State University, which will include four non-conference ISU basketball tickets, a rolling ISU Cooler, two Camelback water bottles, A NIKE ISU drawstring gym bag, an ISU baseball cap, ISU ladies cadet had and a $100 VISA gift card.

The ECS Third graders have donated a family fun package, with a season pass to the Graettinger Swimming Pool for 2016, as well as a tote bag, four towels, snacks and sunscreen. The package also includes a $200 gift card to King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort in Storm Lake, an Arnolds Park Fun Pack with four day-passes, 12 game tickets, four meal deals and discounts on the Queen II and Raceway, along with coupons at the Queens’ Court shops. The Fourth graders are donating a 65-quart Yeti Cooler and the Eighth graders will be donating a Daniel Boone Green Mountain Pellet Grill to the live auction.

Other items on the auction block include a Propel Malibu Scooter, The One Minute Homily from Father Clem and the always popular traditional Eighth Grade Student Caricature, created by ECS?Art Instructor Erin Schany will also appear on the live auction block, along with a one-week stay on the Mexican Riviera, a handmade rustic table built by BT Buhrow will be on the live auction.

Traditional Auction Fest items such as the Holy Family Street Sign, Christmas and Easter Church Seating also return along with the ECS Tuition Package.

The silent auction items are divided into various areas of interest: the Premiere Silent Auction, with items ranging from a kayak to a Cheesecake a month for a year, a private four-hour karaoke party and handmade quilts and other items. The Kids Corner will feature gifts for the younger set and the Holidays section, which is made up of decorating and dcor items with a holiday theme. Pamper Me Please items are geared toward the ladies, ranging from purses to jewelry items and more. Country, Garden and Home items include a variety of gifts, ranging from Pampered Chef items to coffee makers, and decorator items.

The Team Spirit section is devoted to collegiate and school clothing, gifts and packages. Toys for Big Boys will feature goodies for the gentlemen, such as tools, binoculars, collectible toy cars and tractors. The final area of the silent auction is Services and Gifts, which features certificates for discounts on dining, entertainment, and various gift cards.

The continued success of Auction Fest for the past 27 years has been the result of dedicated work by past and present committee members who have given of their time to serve on the Auction Fest Committee. This year, Kim Joyce is the Chair of the event, with Mary Woodford serving as treasurer.