Our 2012 Silent Auction was our school’s most successful to date. Plied with alumni, regional parish representatives, alumni parents, current parents and benefactors, this year’s Silent Auction exceeded everyone’s expectation. An estimated 280 paid guests filled St. Thomas More’s Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli Gymnasium; this was in addition to STMA and Holy Cross School student workers and various parent and teacher volunteers.
The evening started about 6:30pm, when guests started arriving. The gym was set in an elegant dining decor for, what this year was, a multi-course plated dinner (prepared by Chef Jim Baaden). Prior to each course coming out a wine perfectly paired to that course was served to each guest. In between courses our dinner guests were invited to peruse and bid on various items at the auction. Following the last course of the night a final go ’round of bidding went on, along with some dancing in our dance area near the front of the gymnasium.
Following the closing of bidding, a 50/50 raffle being held that evening had its winner announced: Our own Miss Maggio. A special drawing for an iPad found long-time school supporter John Grady as its winner. At the end of the evening all winning bidders claimed their prize on the way out of the auction and made their way home with their goodies.
The auction staff was wide ranging: dozens of students from STMA and Holy Cross School; a multitude of parent volunteers and our committee leaders: Chairwoman Sue Venezia, Sandy Zaragoza, Valerie and Dave Sharp, Lenay Madera, Jim and Diane Baaden, and far too many other to name here! In short we had a mini-army of volunteers in place to the 2012 Silent Auction the biggest and best one in the history of STMA! The school collectively thanks all of the many, many, many volunteers who jumped in a did yeoman’s work for us!
Here are some photos from Silent Auction 2012