The St. Ignatius Catholic School and Church holds its annual Pennies from Heaven Auction Saturday, 5 May.
The auction, to be held in the school’s outdoor courtyard with its unique fountain as centerpiece, is billed as a one-of-a-kind gala affair.
The evening will start with a silent auction with champagne and appetizers, followed by a catered three-course dinner, culminating with the live auction. Throughout the evening, attendees will be entertained by Bidding Frenzies and other fun surprises, states a release.
The coordinators of this year’s auction plan to build on the success from last year and promise to once again focus on keeping the event fun. Over the years, Master of Ceremonies Jeremy Rice, and Auctioneer James Bebarfal have become quite the ‘tag team’ of friendly banter that keeps the audience smiling, the advisory suggests.
In addition to keeping the event fun, the key to the St. Ignatius event is said to be the sheer number of great items to be auctioned. Organisers expect to have over 500 prizes this year, many of which will be taken home at incredibly low prices it is claimed.
New for 2007, Vampt Motors has agreed to be a key sponsor of the event. The vehicle dealership and St. Ignatius plan to auction off a brand new 2007 Toyota Rav 4 valued at over CI$25,000. The vehicle can be viewed anytime at Vampt Motors on Walkers Road, or on-line at www.vamptmotors.com.
Vampt Motors owner Gaston Maloney was pleased to support the Auction, and stated ‘After all, it’s for a good cause, and what better good cause can there be than to improve our children’s education.’
As returning key sponsor, Jacques Scott has once again agreed to provide beverages for the event, and will also provide a number of items for auctioned.
The culinary aspect of the event will be determined soon. Bidding for the elusive auction catering contract, so far, is Full of Beans Café, JLM Food Service and Mise en Place.
In previous years, the auction has been a very important fund raiser for the Catholic School. Not only has it raised funds that assisted in facility improvements and purchases such as their new Arts & Music Centre, but the proceeds have helped provide a canteen for over 300 students and renovations to Loyola Hall, notes the release.
This year, net proceeds will benefit the School Improvement Plan for Technology. Many projects are already underway and many others are being considered such as a new ICT Lab with 30 new computers, classroom electronic projectors, interactive white boards and updated software.
Father Mike Molner has actively supported and attended every Auction held by St. Ignatius. He is said to be passionate about this event and has already begun enlisting volunteers and procuring prizes through the St. Ignatius Parish.
He encourages all to get involved. ‘While raising needed funds is the primary motivation for the auction, over the years it has grown into a very traditional, and fun, community affair,’ states Father Mike.
For more information on the auction, contact Church Receptionist May Ursua at 949-6797 or the School Receptionist Kelly Brown at 949-9250.