The St. Ignatius Catholic School is making final preparations for its Pennies from Heaven Auction next Saturday, 6 May.
According to a press release from the school, it is truly a one-of-a-kind gala affair held under the stars at the St. Ignatius High School courtyard, with its unique centre-piece fountain.
The silent auction begins the evening complete with champagne and appetizers, followed by a three-course dinner, culminating with the live auction. Event co-ordinators promise plenty of surprises throughout the evening, the release adds.
‘Auctioneer James Bebarfald and Master of Ceremonies Jeremy Rice are ready to delight and entertain the anticipated 420 guests,’ said the press release.
‘The secret to the event’s success is to make sure we focus on the event being 99 per cent fun-raising, and one per cent fund-raising’ explains MC Jeremy Rice, also a teacher at the school. Mr. Rice is a veteran of auction ceremonies having been involved in every single St. Ignatius auction since they began many years ago.
Another auction veteran is Auctioneer James Bebarfald, also well known for producing the Sports Program on Cayman 27. ‘Jeremy (Rice) is absolutely correct’ confirms Mr. Bebarfald, ‘keeping the auction fun is our only goal. If we can do that, and we most certainly will, the fund-raising happens all by itself.’
The release notes that another secret to the auction’s success is having plenty of interesting items to bid on. One of the coordinators for the event, Mr. Tom Lasley, was pleased how the Cayman Community has come forward to help in a very big way. ‘I am very proud to be associated with all the volunteers and supporters who are the real force behind making this event happen. A very special thank you goes to Jacques Scott for underwriting the alcoholic beverages for the auction, and for donating many unique items.’
In previous years, the auction has been a very important fund-raiser for the 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.
At press time, there were still tickets available, though the event sells out every year, and this year is expected to be no exception. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Ignatius Catholic School located at 599 Walkers Road. Tickets are CI$60 each or CI$660 for a table of twelve.
For more information, to donate items, to buy tickets or to volunteer, contact the school at 949-9250, [email protected] or Tom Lasley at 916-8584, [email protected] or visit the school website at www.st-ignatius.com.