Virtual Legacy Gala Success
Raise your hand if you attended St. Pius X Catholic High School's very first black-tie gala (Bona Fortuna Auction) in 1984! I imagine that you have probably attended many that followed. But who would have guessed 36 years later, we would be the first to hold a Virtual Gala Auction in Jefferson County! Although it was not the night of handshaking, hugging and reminiscing that you alumni, and our guests, look forward to, it was a grand success on so many other levels! It brought us together as a community in a time when we could not “come together”.
The auction opened virtually on Monday, March 23 with the sale of Raffle Tickets and Bona Bubbly Champagne. Guests purchased their bubbly ahead and many picked up that week to enjoy the night of the actual auction. On Monday, March 30, we opened the entire site to bidding on auction items, both live and silent, and donations to Friends of Father Dalton Tuition Assistance and this year's Fund A Need, the new wheelchair lift. Our new wheelchair lift replaces the much older and smaller chair lift. This exceptional new addition allows many more family members to attend events at St. Pius X, like the Gala, sporting events, and Grandparents Day, to name a few! Because we opened up bidding to all, we actually had almost 75 more bidders participate this year than we had guests last year. Many guests participated from out of state, as well!
Even though we missed the excitement of live auction bidding wars, our fantastic trip to Hawaii still went for a stunning $3,500! Many guests called in after the event sharing their excitement that night, especially as the closing texts came. It's always fun and exciting to see if you'll actually get that item you've been pining over all evening! It is also difficult to share the importance of Friends of Father Dalton Tuition Assistance and Fund A Need virtually, but our guests rose to the occasion by donating over $14,000 to Fund A Need and $5,200 to Father Dalton Tuition Assistance. Our first-ever virtual gala netted $85,340, but funds are still coming in and no donation is too small or insignificant!
St. Pius X High School’s 60th Anniversary Year comes to a close with this event, but we are continuing to pioneer and lead by example as our distinguished alumni did for us. So THANK YOU to those who supported us on every level, whether through the purchase of raffle tickets, champagne, auction items, or donations to our Wheelchair Lift or Friends of Father Dalton. Every dollar counts more than ever in our 60th year!
Donations may be mailed to the Wheelchair Fund and Friends of Father Dalton Tuition Assistance at:
St. Pius X High School Gala
1030 St. Pius Drive
Festus, MO 63028
May God Bless You for your faithfulness to your school and community!
To see how this wheelchair lift will affect current families, click on the respective names to see and hear their testimonies:
Barb Charboneau '65, St. Pius X Assistant Athletic Director
Karen Foley '93 DeCosty, St. Pius X Principal
Amy Naeger, St. Pius X parent
Bollinger Family, Current St. Pius X family
To learn how much of an impact Fr. Dalton had on students at St. Pius X, watch their testimonies here:
Liz Reiner '90, St. Pius X Alumni
Questions may be directed to:
St. Pius X High School
(636) 931-7487 ext. 135
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