Pennies from Heaven to fall in May

The St. Ignatius Catholic School and Church has set the date for their exciting Pennies from Heaven Auction. Mark you calendars for Saturday May 6, 2006.

A press release from St. Ignatius Catholic School describes the event as ‘truly a one-of-a-kind gala affair’. The evening, which is held at the beautiful St. Ignatius High School courtyard, with its unique centrepiece fountain, starts with a silent auction with champagne and tasty appetisers. ‘This is followed by a delicious catered culinary feast, culminating with the always-exciting Live Auction. Throughout the evening, you’ll be entertained by Bidding Frenzies and other surprises,’ the release continues.

Bidding is simple, plus the school provides easy instructions to those who need them, says the press release.

The Coordinator for this year’s auction is Tom Lasley, who plans to make the event bigger and better than ever. ‘I am so proud to be associated with such an important fund-raising event for the St. Ignatius Catholic School’, states Mr. Lasley, Business Manager for the school, ‘though I prefer to refer to the event as fun-raising, not fund-raising.’ Mr. Lasley said he guarantees an unforgettable event for all.

Previous co-ordinators for the event include Angela Fawkes, Laura Brandon and Lillian Burgos who have all kindly offered their services once again, this year as consultants. They all greatly espouse the benefits of the auction, and Ms Fawkes explains ‘The secret to the event’s success is to have committed volunteers and, of course, good prizes.’

Principals Jennifer Paul-O’Donnell and Peter Embleton have been actively involved with the auction in previous years, and are pleased to have Mr. Lasley’s expertise and involvement as it allows them more time to remain focused on the student’s education. Mr. Embleton states ‘The Auction is extremely vital to the successful operation of the school, and I appeal to all students and parents to volunteer their time and resources.’

In previous years, the auction has been a very important fund-raiser for the Catholic school, raising necessary funds that assisted in facility improvements and purchases such as their new Arts & Music Centre, a canteen for over 300 students, renovations to Loyola Hall, higher quality sound equipment for the school’s drama productions and student computer equipment, desks and chairs, explains the press release.

Father Mike Molner has actively supported and attended every auction held by St. Ignatius. He is very passionate about this event and has already begun enlisting volunteers and procuring prizes throughout the parish. ‘We didn’t have an auction last year as a result of Hurricane Ivan, so this year’s event needs to make up for that and while raising needed funds is the primary motivation for the auction, over the years it has grown into a traditional, and fun, community affair,’ he said.

This year, the funds raised are earmarked for school development, to fine tune what the school administrators and board of governors believe to be the best private school option in Grand Cayman, the release states. ‘One possible use for the funds is to establish a St. Ignatius school store, completely managed by students for students, envisioned being an excellent tool for real-life business management experience for the older students.’

Contact Tom Lasley at 949-9250 or 916-8584 to volunteer to help this cause or to donate prizes. Information about the school can be obtained by calling the school at 949-9250 or from the School’s website:

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