Under the direction of professional auctioneer, Mr. Bob Hale, owner of Benefit Auction Services, Holy Name celebrated its 99-year history as guests enjoyed a fun filled evening supporting our Alma Mater.
After picking up their auction catalogs, guests were escorted to their tables by our student volunteers from the Class of 2013 as the Holy Name Jazz Band played a medley of tunes.
Mr. Ian Crane, music teacher at HN, called the guests to dinner playing his bagpipes.
President/Principal Ben Farmer welcomed the guests and Monsignor Richard Antall, pastor of Holy Name Church said grace before dinner.
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of Holy Name High School, a contest was held to design both a new logo and new slogan for the school. A selection committee chose the winner of each and Mr. Bill Joyce’s ’95 logo design and slogan were chosen as the winners. Bill and his wife were both in attendance and were acknowledged. Following this announcement, Bill had the privilege of picking the lucky winner of the $10,000 raffle. Mr. Don Basch ’75 was in shock when Mr. Ben Farmer called to tell him he was the lucky winner. Our congratulations to Don.
While the guests enjoyed a delicious dinner Bob Hale and Bill Hartman ’67 kicked off the live auction bidding.
Board Chairman Brian Adams ’86 acted as master of ceremonies as Holy Name honored two individuals for their undying service and support of HN. Sr. Sheila Gallagher ’61 and Mr. Terry Kenneally ’67 were presented with plaques after the guests viewed an emotional, testimonial video on each honoree. The honoring of individuals at the Gala will be an annual event.
A special “Namer in Need” call for financial aid and tuition assistance need was presented to the attendees. The funds raised from this special call will help to support many current Holy Name students who are good students and their financial situations have become challenging. The “Namer in Need” program is in its second year and has positively impacted hundreds of HN student directly.
Holy Name High School would like to thank everyone who attended the auction, the adult and student volunteers, the auction committee, sponsors, and to those who donated gifts. A special thanks to DJ Marc Majers ’90 for making the night sound wonderful.
Reserve Saturday, March 1, 2014 as Holy Name will host the Gala/Benefit Auction at the Embassy Suites Hotel Independence in celebration of Holy Name High School’s 100th anniversary. If interested in volunteering your services to this big event, please contact the Development office at 440-886-0300 at extension 136 or 148.
More information will be forthcoming in Fall 2013 issue of the WAVE.
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