Catholic schools to host galaThe Dickinson Catholic Schools are hosting an evening of fine dining, silent and live auctions during the 12th annual Fall Gala on Sunday, Oct. 14. The event, having the theme of Casino Night, starts with the social at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and auction at the Dickinson Elks Lodge.
By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press
The Dickinson Catholic Schools are hosting an evening of fine dining, silent and live auctions during the 12th annual Fall Gala on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The event, having the theme of Casino Night, starts with the social at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and auction at the Dickinson Elks Lodge.
Families, grandparents and friends of the Dickinson Catholic Schools are welcome to attend.
“It’s become our second biggest fund raiser,” chairwoman Lisa Kessel said. “It’s a fun night — we try to keep it a fun atmosphere.
The menu includes tossed greens with Mandarin oranges and almonds, French loaf with honey butter, rib-eye steak and sweet potatoes with pumpkin spice cake for dessert.
The evening is highlighted with the auction items, either made by the students or donated by area businesses.
“The teachers and students are putting together class projects,” elementary Principal Peggy Mayer said. “The parents come up with the ideas and provide the materials.”
From previous galas, Mayer remembers students making art projects, a cookbook and a toy sandbox. The bidding can get intense.
“Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas can get very attached to the ideas,” she said.
Kessel described the classroom projects as one of a kind. Her family is constructing a children’s picnic table, with the students providing the thumbprint ladybugs.
“We’ve had anything from quilts to a play house and stained crosses,” she said. “It’s pretty creative what comes up.”
Kessel credited Dickinson-area businesses for one-of-a-kind auction items including a trip to Maui, Hawaii, a trip to Las Vegas in a private plane, dinner with a priest, homemade beer, golf lessons and a propane deck heater. There are additional trips, wine baskets and gift baskets.
Kessel volunteers because her family sees the need to support the Catholic schools.
There’s so many people who volunteer for the schools — it’s one way I’m doing my part,” she said.
The Fall Gala committees are working to solicit auction items or help with classroom projects, ticket sales, marketing, entertainment, food and decorating.
Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at all the Dickinson Catholic Schools, online at dickinsoncatholic
schools.com or by calling 701-483-6085.