By Austin Groshong
Over 400 people gathered at Sacred Heart School Saturday, Feb. 3 for the school’s 32nd annual dinner auction.
Doors opened at 5:30 with a silent auction starting at 6 p.m. and an oral auction starting at 8 p.m. This year’s theme was Go for the Gold, based on the Winter Olympics.
“We pick a theme every year just to make it fun, so with this year being the winter Olympics we decided to go for the gold and have an Olympic theme,” said auction chair Crystal Mersch.
Over 300 items were donated for the silent and oral auctions.
“That’s not including monetary donations, class basket donations that the school families donate to,” said Mersch. “Also the games are donated as well, we have lots of donations.”
This years Friend of the Auction were Curt and Christine Meyer, of Troy. The couple first got involved with the dinner auction while their kids were enrolled with Sacred Heart school.
“Our son was in second grade and Sister Jeanette didn’t have anybody and she said ‘I need people’ and she asked ‘What about you,’ so we said yes and have been doing it ever since.”
The Meyers say that volunteering at the auction has been very rewarding.
“It’s all about the families and the kids,” said Christine. “We say whenever we are trying to get bids or something we always say it’s always for the kids,” said Christine. “We volunteered a lot but we have gotten a lot out of it.”
An annual tradition at Sacred Heart, planning for the auction started this past September and continued until time of the auction.
“We pick our theme, the date is always the same and soliciting for our donations starts in October and we send out letters and items start coming in usually in December and January,” continued Mersch.
Though the total from this year’s auction has not been reported yet, Mersch says that totals could reach $75,000.
“We are very appreciative of all our donors and supporters,” continued Mersch.
To see a video of this year’s dinner auction click here.