Posted by: resparish | May 13, 2012

China – The Year of the Dragon Dinner and Auction was a Success!

Our success was an impressive engineering feat that included a canopy of lights and lanterns greeted over 180 guests at Saturday evening’s Starry Knights Auction – China, The Year of the Dragon.  This annual dinner and auction is the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. Back again this year as one of the Bay Area’s favorite auctioneers for the past 15 years, was Frank Sunseri, as the evening’s Master of Ceremony.    He has conducted many successful auctions for Ronald McDonald House, Hope Services, Special Olympics, San Jose Rep, and many of the Catholic schools in the Diocese.

Every year the auction takes on a different theme/locale and the Farana Center is transformed under the creative vision of co-chair Erica Lovett into a festive celebration of the particular locale.  This year’s visit to China was truly an enjoyable experience, so much so that many of the Chinese musicians mentioned that they had never performed in such a beautiful setting.  Performances from the South Bay Chinese Symphony Orchestra, the Chinese Performing Arts of America, and the Sifu Meng International Kung Fu Academy entertained the guests throughout the evening.  At the conclusion of the Live Auction, many of the participants could be found on the dance floor dancing to the school’s very own DJ, Allen Dela Cruz.

The auction raises much needed funds for the school to support the operating budget, the art program, science camp, leadership camp, classroom funds, and long range projects.  The Parent Teacher Group (PTG) raises over $135,000 a year to offset these school expenses, with the auction traditionally raising $50,000-$55,000 of the $135,000. Given the current economic situation, this year’s auction goal was set at $48,500, and after the successful evening, it is anticipated that the auction will exceed this goal, helping the school to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and expenses.  Over 73 parents, plus 12 alumni volunteered to work this event, from soliciting auction items, decorations, administration, catering, bar and food services, to set-up and tear-down.

Since the art program is a major benefactor of the auction proceeds, every year the alcoves in the Farana Center are turned into an art museum highlighting the student work during the auction.  Parents can select their child’s artwork and order notecards as keepsakes or to send to friends and family.  The Community School of Music and Art out of Mountain View provides the school’s art curriculum and a teacher for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

This successful event couldn’t take place without the tireless work of the auction committee, co-chaired by Pam Lugos, Erica Lovett, Annamaria Yero, Heidi Hisey, Anne Crowley, and the 80+ volunteers.  The school community extends their heartfelt appreciation to the auction committee and everyone involved and thanks them once again for a fun and entertaining evening that allows 180 people to visit another part of the world without ever having to leave Sunnyvale!