X-Travaganza 2007 Sets New Income RecordIt’s official. And it’s a record.
A little less than a month after the annual X-Travaganza dinner party and auction, the numbers have all been crunched revealing the March 10 Emerald Isle X-Perience netted $735,246 for the school.
The figure marks a nearly $85,000 increase from 2006’s then-record total of $650,851.
“We could not be more thrilled,” said Margo Locaputo, director of X-Trav. “To go over $700,000 for the first time – and to do it by so much – well, it says a lot about the people who support the school, the people who work so hard on this all year to make one very special night.”
“We can only say thank you to general chairs Christy and Terry Horan (’69), co-chairs Tony (’74) and Cathy Cionni, all the different committee chairs, all the hundreds of volunteers,
Margo and her team” said Ralph Nardini (’77), vice president for development. “It’s a huge undertaking and the X-Travaganza continues to outdo itself. More than the money, though, X-Trav builds such a sense of community among the people who become a part of it.
That part is invaluable and, I think, why so many people either volunteer or attend X-Trav year after year.”
One of the largest contributing factors to the record X-Trav total was the success of the oral auction, which raised nearly a quarter million dollars in bidding on 94 items. The Grand Raffle – with top prizes of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 – also did record business with 2,533 tickets sold.
Another success story for X-Travaganza was the online auction. X-Trav 2005 did not have an online component. The online debut in 2006 brought in $37,612. The 2007 online auction grew by nearly 50 percent, pulling in $54,575.
“We’re always looking for ways to make it bigger, better and more fun,” Locaputo said. “We want to keep growing, keep giving as much as we can to the school. I’m already looking forward to next year.”
The final event on the 2007 X-Travaganza calendar is the annual thank you dinner. Volunteers will gather in the St. X cafeteria on Wednesday, May 9, for food fellowship and fun. Call the X-Trav office at 761-7815 ext. 113 or ext. 117 for more information.
X-Travaganza made its debut in 1973 and netted $25,000 for the school. It first cracked six figures in 1983 and eclipsed the $200,000 mark for the first time in 1987. Since then growth has continued at a rapid pace, going over $300,000 in 1995, raising more than $400,000 in 2001 and topping $500,000 in 2004.