The debilitating snow has long since melted away, the last bills have been paid and the numbers are sufficiently crunched.
St. Xavier High School’s X-Travaganza 2008: Broadway X-Citement dinner auction – chaired by Cathy and Tony Cionni (’74) – netted a record $750,838 for the school. It’s the 11th straight year X-Travaganza has earned record totals. X-Travaganza has added more than $4.9 million to the school since 2000.
The blizzard of 2008 played havoc with the event schedule, forcing a postponement from March 8 to March 9. The First Night: Razzle Dazzle event was postponed twice. But, all’s well that ends well.
“This is amazing, going over three quarters of a million dollars,” said X-Travaganza Director Margo Locaputo. “It’s unprecedented. Even with moving X-Travaganza back a night because of the blizzard and changing First Night twice, we still broke last year’s record total of $728,593.”
The breakdown includes more than $240,000 raised on 94 live auction items, more than $33,000 on 82 Super Silent gifts and more than $62,000 on 674 Silent Auction items. The Grand Raffle sold 2,420 tickets resulting in more than $182,000 in profit.
The oral auction brought the crowd to its feet at the close of several spirited bidding wars, especially those conducted for the right to own beautiful new puppies. Virtually every item in the silent auction had a bid – and many items went for well above face value.
At First Night guests enjoyed entertainment from the cast of Theatre Xavier’s The Scarlett Pimpernel while dining on an array of food and drinks, playing games of chance and participating in another silent auction.
X-Citing X-Travaganza nets new record
Leading up to X-Travaganza weekend the fourth annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament on February 23 added about $7,000 to the pot. (Alumnus Tony Venosa (’91) beat out more than 70 other players to win.) X-Travaganza’s third annual online auction closed in a flurry of bidding to earn nearly $60,000 for the cause.
“The benefits of X-Travaganza impact each and every one of us in the building every day, more immediately than most people can imagine,” said St. X President Fr. Walter C. Deye S.J. (’66). “X-Travaganza allows us to offer a full plate of mission trips, support a wide variety of athletic programs, fund a significant arts program, have an extensive community service program, and afford group transportation despite the significant increase in fuel costs to name but a few things in our hallmark educational program. On the back of this one event rides many opportunities.”
“We’re so blessed to have such a generous community,” Margo said. “They know a Jesuit education is a sacrifice for a lot of people, but they also know how valuable that education is. They go out of their way to support what we’re doing here every day for the boys.
“What makes it successful are the people. The Cionnis were great chairmen to work with. All the different committee chairs did beautifully. We have hundreds and hundreds of people volunteering or making donations and that just makes it fun. The money is very nice, but the community aspect of X-Travaganza is what makes it so special. We’re already looking forward to March 14, 2009 when Tina and Andy Hawking chair the event.”