modern art- an unexpected Xperience fell right in step with the 41 previous years of X-Travaganza and proved to be another successful fundraiser for St. Xavier High School.
“I am very impressed with the planning and execution of the X-Travaganza weekend,” said Principal Terry Tyrrell. “It is a wonderful example of the collaborative spirit of St. X for the betterment of our students.”
The weekend event kicked off in the Berning Gym with First Night Art Xpressions chaired by Jill and John O’Shea and Michelle and Rob Morgan. Nearly 500 guests enjoyed delicious Lenten dishes, drinks and desserts in a casual atmosphere. Many incoming parents from the Class of 2018 were able to mingle with current parents and supporters and enjoyed a meet-and-greet with Principal Terry Tyrrell and President Fr. Tim Howe SJ. The event featured an outstanding performance by the St. X Drumline. The casual party was a perfect way to start the festivities.
On Saturday, more than 620 guests filled the Ellis Gym, which had artfully been turned into a modern art museum for X-Travaganza 2014: <b>modern art- an unXpected Xperience</b>, hosted by Heidi Mechley-Felton and Mike Felton. Guests enjoyed Mass to begin the evening, and were amazed by students “morphing” to greet them outside the entrance before they moved on to enjoy dinner, beautiful art and the opportunity to bid on amazing items.
“The night was a celebration of the St. X spirit where hard work intersected with tradition,” said Heidi Mechley-Felton, chair of X-Travaganza. “From the outside performers, to the student artwork used in the beautifully executed decorations created by decoration chairs Andrea Berndt and Aimie Delworth, I was so happy guests were able to enjoy the artistic side of St. X.”
The live auction at X-Travaganza featured 72 fantastic items ranging from culinary delights and travel experiences to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
A highlight of the evening was the X-Tend A Hand portion of the evening when supporters were asked to make donations towards tuition assistance. More than $25,000 was raised for tuition assistance on this one effort alone.
“The energy from Friday and Saturday night was incredible. My thanks goes out to the Executive Committee and all of our volunteers for their time and energy this year. Their efforts made X-Travaganza 2014 a huge success which will benefit every young man at St. X!” said X-Travaganza Director Cathy Cionni.“Thank you to our guests for their support, and especially to Heidi Mechley-Felton and Mike Felton who served as wonderful and enthusiastic chairs.