The St. Paul Lutheran School Benefit Dinner and Auction will feature a mall open for only an evening, but guaranteed to be filled with bargains. The annual fund-raiser is May 1, but the deadline for a chance to shop at The St. Paul Mall is Monday.
Tickets for the event are $20 a person or a table of eight may be sponsored for $125 and reservations may be made by calling the school at 756-5147.
Linda and Royce Huffman are chairmen of the event which they say attracts people from as far away as St. Louis to bid for bargains.
“We want to stress that you must have a dinner ticket in order to participate in the auction,” Linda said. “We’ll have three to four hundred items in our silent auction and about 75 to 100 in our oral auction.”
The money goes to pay for items on the school’s wish list. They include: Achievement Test Material, DVD players and televisions, wireless computers for seventh and eighth grade students, replacement computers for the school’s computer lab, library books, replacement of the gymnasium lights, new algebra textbooks, replacement textbooks, and two sets of encyclopedias.
The silent auction features, among other things, baskets put together by the classes. The baskets go along with the theme of the auction and preschool through eighth grade are busy organizing “stores” in themes such as “Toy Store and Cradle and All,” “Movies, Music and More,” “The Master’s Touch,” “The River Jordan Boutique,” “God’s Handiwork,” “Drinking in the Word,” “Feeding the Five Thousand,” and “The Sports Shop.” Organizers note auction of baskets alone has generated anywhere from $7,000-$10,000 for the auction.
“It takes thousands of hours to put this together each year and I am amazed at the generosity of this community,” Huffman said. “We raised $64,000 last year and since 1996 when the first auction was held, we’ve raised a quarter of a million dollars for St. Paul School.”
Dennis Henson, of Henson Auction Services, will take bids during the oral auction for such items as: three one-week stays at Jetty East Condominiums in Destin, Fla., a trip to a Montana Ranch, tickets to a St. Louis Cardinal baseball game, two Cardinals Care RBI golf outing sponsorships, tickets to the St. Louis Symphony concert at Mineral Area College and to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, as well as a number of gift certificates from area businesses and services donated by individuals — including Christmas gift wrapping, chicken and dumplings dinner for eight, a quilt made by ladies at St. Paul Lutheran Church and a number of other items.