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X-Travaganza 2017: HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS - Lights, Camera, AXtion! rolled out the red carpet for guests on Saturday, March 11. The 2017 event delivered another unforgettable evening, as guests enjoyed a formal sit-down dinner and the fast-paced action of the live and silent auctions at the 44th annual X-Travaganza event.

Opening Party 2017: A REEL PARTY kicked off X-Travaganza Weekend on Friday, March 10. Guests enjoyed a casual evening of food, drinks, raffles, live music, baskets and more with fellow St. X supporters. Welcome Class of 2021 parents!

With the support and enthusiasm of the St. Xavier community, X-Travaganza has grown to be more than St. Xavier High School's annual dinner auction fundraiser. "X-Trav" is also a year-round series of events, raffles and auctions that collectively benefit the students with education programs and the tuition assistance fund. Whether as a volunteer, donor or participant, being involved in X-Travaganza is a fun and rewarding way to meet more members of The Long Blue Line while supporting St. Xavier's mission. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact the X-Travaganza Office at or 513-761-7815, ext. 111, 117 or 144.

What Is X-Travaganza?

More than a one-night-a-year annual dinner auction, X-Travaganza is a year-round series of fun events, raffles and auctions that collectively raise funds to benefit St. Xavier students through educational programs and tuition assistance.

That said -- the much anticipated, cornerstone X-Travaganza "main event" is an exciting and unforgettable evening attended by parents, alumni and other friends of St. Xavier High School. Each year a theme is selected to headline the event, which is held at the school each March and has become a perennial sell-out.

Surrounded by X-ceptional decorations inspired by the theme, guests may participate in a variety of raffles while sampling hors d'oeuvres, drinks from the complimentary bar, and an elegant sit-down gourmet dinner. The Silent Auction is open throughout the evening and offers hundreds of unique items in a wide range of categories and values. Following dinner, the Live Auction is led by a professional auctioneer. With coveted tickets for sports and entertainment events, vacation stays, stunning jewelry, must-have “Bomber" items and unique items for St. X supporters of all ages, the Live Auction bidding electrifies the evening while bringing in funds for education opportunities.

How Is X-Travaganza Planned?

With the Director and staff leading the effort, X-Travaganza is one of the most successful fund raising efforts of its kind that is primarily volunteer-driven. Each year, St. X parent couples are named as General Chairs, under whom various committees, each headed by a chairperson, are responsible for a part of the overall effort. Volunteers make up the body of each committee, lending their time and talents to such activities as soliciting or picking up auction donations; writing for the auction catalog; creating decorations; making calls; event set-up/clean-up - these are just some of the areas where volunteer help is vital. Anyone is welcome to volunteer.

Besides helping to raise funds, X-Travaganza volunteers form a special camaraderie that is priceless. New parents to the school meet other parents. Parents who only attended their sons' activities now have a school activity of their own. Parents whose sons have already graduated remain connected to St. X. Alums help other young men have the same incomparable experience they had. The work is fun, the rewards are many.

Where Do Auction Items Come From?

Tax-deductible donations of tangible items, gift cards, vacation stays, services, cash, etc. are welcome from merchants and business firms, St. Xavier families, alumni and other friends. Many donations are collected at Gift Gathering parties, hosted by parents and organized by St. X sports and student activities, as well as by neighborhoods. The Live Auction and Donor Renewal committees solicit the hundreds of gifts needed to make the auctions successful.

Sponsorships at varying financial levels are available for the entire event and for the individual components. For individuals, many companies offer matching donations – check to see if your employer is one that will match your contribution.

How Are Reservations Handled?

Invitations are mailed in January to current parents and those who attended past X-Travaganzas. Others interested in attending the event may contact the X-Travaganza office. Your paid reservation includes bar, hors d'oeuvres and a gourmet dinner and dessert.

What Does X-Travaganza Include?

X-Travaganza is more than a yearly dinner auction fundraiser -- it is a year-round series of events, raffles and online auctions that collectively raise funds to benefit St. Xavier students through educational programs and tuition assistance.

Ladies 9-Hole Golf Scramble and Bunco Outing is an annual event held on an autumn weekday. Attendees may choose to play golf or bunco followed by dinner; or attend for dinner only. All ladies are welcome!

Grand Raffle is a great chance to win one of three cash prizes: $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000. The winning ticket is drawn at X-Travaganza, but the winner need not be present to win. An early bird drawing of $1,000 takes place in February. This raffle is open to anyone and allows those living at a distance the chance to participate. All Grand Raffle proceeds are used solely for scholarships and tuition assistance.

The Online Auctions (held in November and April) offer items for bid by anyone registering to participate. Links to registration are found on the St. Xavier web site ( and on the X-Travaganza home page.

Opening Party, held the night before X-Travaganza, is less formal but offers its own brand of excitement with a large buffet dinner, bar, raffles (including last chance to purchase Grand Raffle tickets), Silent Auction and a sneak peek at the X-Travaganza decorations and auction displays.

Trivia Night is an informal, fun evening of games, food, beverages -- and more than a little competition -- as teams vie to be the top finisher.

Thank You to our Generous 2017 Sponsors!

Grand Raffle Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

John Gimpel '86

Sapphire Sponsors

Andy Castellini '82

Bar Sponsor

Kevin McCarthy '75

Pearl Sponsors

Chris and Rita Jacobs

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Sterling Sponsors

The Nichols Family

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