Auction 2020

 

Our Auction is a fun-filled evening with dinner, silent, big board and live auctions.  There are also opportunities to participate in a raffle and register for sign-up parties.  It is held annually every spring to raise money for Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.  This year’s event date is Saturday, April 18, 2020 and the theme is Crusader Cruise.  Once again, this event will be held on our beautiful campus.  The festivities will take place in and around the Competition Gym, but we move to the patio and the Dining Hall for the after-party!

The Auction was first organized in 1981 to contribute financial support to the school’s operating budget.  Today, proceeds from the auction not only help to grow the school’s general endowment providing resources for the future, but also enhance the current operating budget.  Funds that we raise support programs such as financial aid, student retreats, athletics, teacher compensation and extracurricular activities.  In other words, funds raised by the auction will benefit every student, every day at Strake Jesuit.

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Mary and Tim Callaghan '82 are chairing Auction 2020 and they invite you to join them on this Crusader Cruise!

Auction Kick Off Party

 

 

 

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Auction Kick-Off Party - November 16, 2019

SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR & SENIOR FAMILY AUCTION ITEM:  Luxury Alaskan Cruise for Two

Beyond Group Travel, Inc. in Houston, owned and operated by Alum-moms Cindy Chambers and Linda Triplett, has secured a very special Alaskan cruise program for the Live Auction.  Two guests will sail aboard the Six Star Luxury, all-inclusive,  Regent Seven Seas Mariner from Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) on the “Puffins to Birds of Prey” cruise July 29, 2020.  Beyond Group Travel is donating most of the trip costs including roundtrip airfare from Houston to Vancouver, returning from Anchorage.  The complete trip has a $15,000 value.

Here’s where you come in, we need to raise additional money to assist with the those expenses not covered.

Parents of sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to join as a group to help us cover these remaining costs of this amazing Alaskan cruise for the Live Auction.  Monetary donations of any amount may be made either by mail (to Strake Jesuit, Attn: Auction), or online.   

Auction 101 - What's it about and how can you help

WHAT IS THE AUCTION?

The Strake Jesuit Auction is a fun-filled evening with dinner, silent, big board and live auctions.  It is held annually every spring to raise money for Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.  This year’s event date is Saturday, April 18, 2020 and the theme is Crusader Cruise.  Once again, this event will be held on the beautiful Strake Jesuit campus. All of the festivities will take place in and around the Competition Gym.

The Auction was first organized in 1981 to contribute financial support to the school’s operating budget.  Today, proceeds from the auction not only help to grow the school’s general endowment providing resources for the future, but also enhance the current operating budget.  Funds that we raise support programs such as financial aid, student retreats, athletics, teacher compensation and extracurricular activities.  In other words, funds raised by the auction will benefit every student, every day at Strake Jesuit.

WHAT ARE THE AUCTION KICK-OFF PARTIES?

The Auction Kick-off parties are the official start for the Strake Jesuit Auction.  These Kick-off parties are held by grade level and are scheduled as follows:

FRESHMAN PARTY - The party for parents of freshmen was held on Saturday September 28, 2019 at the home of Christi & Matt Strock

SOPHOMORE/JUNIOR/SENIOR PARTY - Saturday November 16, 2019 at the home of Peggy & Steve Santry

Come enjoy time for fellowship with parents of your son’s classmates and support the auction while at the same time donating SILENT, LIVE, and BIG BOARD auction items! 

AUCTION DONATIONS

Please consider bringing a donation for the Auction to the Kick-Off Party.  

The auction offers a wide variety of items, and your donations of any size and type are greatly appreciated.  A donor form may be found on the Auction webpage. You can also order online and ship a donation directly to the school. 

GIFT REGISTRIES: You can visit one of the following stores OR simply order online from the registry (look up as: First Name: “STRAKE”; Last Name: “JESUIT”).

Pottery Barn * Williams Sonoma * Amazon.com

GIFT WISH LIST:  Your donation need not be limited to the suggestions on the registries. Popular auction items include the use of vacation homes, tickets to sporting and theater events, high-tech gadgets, handmade items and jewelry.

FRESHMAN FAMILY AUCTION ITEM: The Freshmen Wine Cellar

Parents of freshman are invited to participate in a special auction item that has become an annual tradition.  The item is a collection of wine that goes into the Live Auction. Monetary donations of any amount may be made either by mail (to SJ, Attn: Auction), or online.  All of the donations are pooled together and then a wine expert will purchase the wines at a special discount. 

SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR & SENIOR FAMILY AUCTION ITEM:  Luxury Alaskan Cruise for Two

Beyond Group Travel, Inc. in Houston, owned and operated by Alum-moms Cindy Chambers and Linda Triplett, has secured a very special Alaskan cruise program for the Live Auction.  Two guests will sail aboard the Six Star Luxury, all-inclusive,  Regent Seven Seas Mariner from Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) on the “Puffins to Birds of Prey” cruise July 29, 2020.  Beyond Group Travel is donating most of the trip costs including roundtrip airfare from Houston to Vancouver, returning from Anchorage.  The complete trip has a $15,000 value.

Here’s where you come in, we need to raise additional money to assist with the those expenses not covered.

Parents of sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to join as a group to help us cover these remaining costs of this amazing Alaskan cruise for the Live Auction.  Monetary donations of any amount may be made either by mail (to Strake Jesuit, Attn: Auction), or online.   

GROUP GIFT: Collaborating with other families on a group gift is a wonderful way to participate.  Consider putting together a trip, a collection of fine wines, a night on the town – USE YOUR IMAGINATION!

CASH DONATIONS:  Of course we NEVER turn this down and would be happy to purchase a gift on your behalf, sometimes allowing us to choose just the right item to complete a package or to help underwrite a trip. We will accept cash donations any time prior to our event.

Committee Chairs

 

Auction Chairs - Mary and Tim Callaghan ‘82  

Big Board Displays - Keely MooreShelby Nicknish and Steffani Polasek

Big Board Write-Ups - Maria Marini

Coordinator of Alumni Moms - Jill Gilbert, Martha Rutledge, Lisa Watson and Renee Webster

Cross Art Project - Kristen Berger

Crusader Photo Project - Melanie Hightower

Decorations - Michele Holbrooke and Kim Palumbo

Holiday Open House - Stephanie Mixon 

Kick-off Party Hosts: Freshman Party Christi and Matt Strock – September 28th

Kick-off Party Hosts: Sophomore/Junior/Senior Party Peggy and Steve Santry – November 16th

Live Auction Acquisitions - Stephanie Davis

Live Auction Write-Ups - Gina Ascher and Teresa Bogatto

Live Auction Set-Up & Staging - Silvia Correa

Major Sponsor Recognition - Kelley Sobiesk

Program Advertising Management - Tracy Ruffeno

Raffle - Moira Davis and Sarah McMeans

Reservations and Data Input - Elisabeth Belton and Michele Dodson

Sign-Up Party Coordinators - Karen Haysley and Shannon Ramirez

Silent Auction Set-Up - Mari Deshon and Karen Gonsoulin

Silent Auction Solicitations - Andrea Davidson

Special Projects (formerly Mailing Committee) - Anne Favoriti

Take Your Pick - Julie Jewett

Underwriting - Tricia Hoffman and Erin Ayers

Volunteer Kick-Off Luncheon - Natalie Agee

Whiskey Mixer Mixer Hosts - Joy and Paul Posoli

Wine & Whiskey Pull (Solicitation & Set-Up) - Sandy Walker

2019 Auction - A Night in Old Havana

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Thank you to Stephanie and Josh Davis, the 2019 Auction Chairs, and our team of over 120 parent volunteers who helped to put together a fabulous event for Strake Jesuit!  A Night in Old Havana was a tremendous success for our school community, and a really fun night for all who attended.  

We are very grateful for the support of so many sponsors, underwriters and donors.  

A few things to celebrate from Auction 2019...

Click here for more photos of the night.

Save the Date for Auction 2020:  April 18, 2020 and the chairs for 2020 are Mary and Tim Callaghan '82!

For questions, email Jill Ribbeck.

2018 Auction - Bow Ties & Bling

 

 

Bow Ties & Bling was a wonderful success!

Almost 600 people celebrated Bow Ties & Bling on Saturday night in the garden party atmosphere of the Competition Gym.  Guests snapped pictures at the photo booth mirror, entered the raffle, took a chance at the wine and whiskey pull, enjoyed appetizers and bid on silent auction items.  Dinner by Cordua Catering was fabulous, and was followed by a rousing game of Heads or Tails, and then the Live Auction.  Bidding was lively and the school's general endowment was the big winner. 

Some technical issues caused the Silent Auction to close unexpectedly and some guests seem to miss the end of the Big Board.  We are very sorry for this unforeseen issue! 

The new After Party format was hit…  We kept the Party on the Patio for the cigar-smokers, and fresh-air lovers.  The DJ and dance party was added inside the Dining Hall and it was packed!  Thank you to everyone who stayed to celebrate this fun evening!
 

Congratulations to Lisa and Steve Watson for putting together an event that was a tremendous success both as a community-builder and as a fund-raiser.

Pictures: SJ teacher and professional photographer, Dan Pepe took pictures at the auction.   Guests also had a great time at the photo booth mirror!  Click here to view and download pictures at no cost.