X-Travaganza 2013 - An Evening on the Linx
St. Xavier was transformed into an Xclusive Golf Club for X-Travaganza 2013 – An Evening on the LinX. Event Chairs Joe and Maria Arcuri worked tirelessly with dozens of committees and hundreds of volunteers to ensure the multifaceted event was a huge success. Months of preparation culminated in a fabulous weekend of fundraising for St. Xavier.
“It was truly a privilege for Joe and I to chair X-Travaganza this year. We were humbled by the overwhelming support of all the volunteers and staff. Having grown up in the St. X community, it was amazing to see firsthand the selfless sharing of talents and the countless hours given by so many to help continue the mission of St. Xavier High School. It was a wonderful journey and we feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of this remarkable tradition,” said Maria Arcuri.
“What makes X-Travaganza special is the people behind the event. The Arcuri’s were wonderful Chairs to work with. They brought so much enthusiasm and knowledge to the Executive Committee. It really takes an army to plan and execute X-Travaganza! We had 20 Gift Gathering parties hosted by more than 100 families. Our volunteers go above and beyond to ensure the success of the event every year,” said Cathy Cionni, Director of X-Travaganza.
X-travaganza teed-up on Friday, March 8th with a First Night Par-Tee to be remembered. Over 800 guests enjoyed an evening with friends old and new on the Linx of the Berning Gym. First Night featured many different events including a Rapid Raffle, Split the Pot, Silent Auction, Basket Raffle, Drink Raffle, Reds Box Raffle and Reverse Raffle.
Saturday’s festivities began at 5:00 p.m. with Mass in the Chapel of Holy Companions celebrated by St. Xavier President, Fr. Tim Howe SJ. After Mass, the doors opened and guests hit the Linx for the Silent Auction, Sign-up Parties and a variety of raffles. Dinner and the Live Auction ran concurrently and featured some fantastic items. The ever popular X-Travaganza puppies went home with two lucky families.
There was no shortage of exciting travel opportunities as the auction included a golf trip to Ireland, a dream week in Tuscany and a trip to The Masters with accommodations at Reynolds Plantation. The Decorations Committee hit a hole in one in 2013! The golf club atmosphere was enhanced with a “Green Jacket,” golf trophies and a supersized golf ball for guests to enjoy. Student volunteers acted as caddys for the event and sold roses in the Sweetheart Rose Raffle.
“When people think of X-Travaganza they think of the event in March. But, we have a broad variety of events throughout the school year that allowed us to raise $810,000 for the school. We had tremendous success with our holiday and spring on-line auctions. The 2013 Grand Raffle raised $235,000. We hosted a Ladies Golf Outing in the fall and a Texas Hold ’em night in January. The time and talent commitment that we receive from our volunteers and the support of our donors is truly exceptional!” said Cathy Cionni.