X-Travaganza 2010 x-cites and x-cels
The Call to the Post sounded through the Berning Gymnasium and the St. Xavier High School community responded in fine fashion.
A sold-out gathering of more than 550 people attended X-Travaganza 2010: A Derby Night X-acta, helping raise a lot of money for the school March 13. Final numbers won’t be available until next week, but early indications are this year’s event did very well
“I couldn’t be more grateful to Roseanne and Gene Colleran for spearheading such an amazing night,” said Sara Schindler, X-Trav Director. “They did a great job all year leading up to the event. Co-chairs Mary and Jim Thacker, all the committee chairs, all the volunteers, all the patrons, we have a very special community and this was a wonderful celebration of that.”
Auctioneer Lance Walker again guided the crowd through spirited bidding on 74 spectacular live auction items. The highlights included a golden retriever puppy that went for $4,900 a Kentucky Derby luxury weekend package sold for $6,000 and a pair of Mass-and-brunch events for 50 with St. X President Fr. Tim Howe S.J. fetched $4,000 each.
“You have the best party in town,” Walker told the audience. “You have a great product to support, too, and you always do a fantastic job. I love coming here for this event.”
Several new items appeared in the live auction, including a chance for a personally guided tour of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum with Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It sold for $4,500. A variety of student internship opportunities also sold well.
“We tried some new ideas and new items,” Schindler said. “I think they were a great addition to the auction. People were interested in some of these unique opportunities, and I think we had things available for a wide array of interests.”
The Grand Raffle proved grand indeed for alumni parents Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Jones, current parent Peggy Stepien and alumnus N.B. Zimmerman (’55), winners of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in cash, respectively. Fr. Howe pulled the winners just before the live auction began.
The silent auction featured about 700 gifts in seven categories, sending hundreds of people home with items ranging from sports memorabilia and game tickets to restaurant certificates, from jewelry to fine art, from St. X treasures to travel packages.
X-Trav 2010 came on the heels of a record-setting First Night March 12, as more than 600 people filled the Ellis Gym, including nearly 200 parents from the incoming freshman class of 2014.
“Inviting them was a great idea,” Schindler said. “They brought a lot of energy to the event and it was a great chance for us to show them how much fun X-Travaganza weekend is. It was a great fit.”
Mark your calendars now to get in on the action next year when Mary and Jim Thacker assume the mantle of general chairs and X-Travaganza 2011 appears March 12. First Night will be March 11.