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MMM38 – The Red Carpet Affair

What a year this has been for us all. The uncertainty of the pandemic has definitely been felt in every aspect of our lives. For the first time in 38 years, we will not be hosting a May Merriment event. Our May Merriment XXXVIII committee (Ray and the late Sandy Kotek, Beth Melvin, Brian and Sally McCallum) and myself have decided that for the safety of everyone, we will be holding a second online auction instead.

Our most important mission here at Marquette Academy is providing a quality Catholic education. MA students continually score higher on local, state, and ACT tests. Plus, our teachers went above and beyond during the stay at home order to ensure that their students stay ahead of the pack. May Merriment is a crucial part of our fundraising efforts and a great way for you to directly benefit students’ lives and provide income for the day-to-day expenses of the school. The cost of tuition is actually 53% less than the total cost of educating a student, the school picks up the remaining cost. Marquette Academy acquires money in just three ways: Parish assessments, Tuition, and Fundraising. We are asking you to join in our mission to keep Marquette Academy a leader in education where every student reaches their full potential.

Our last virtual auction in June was very successful, and we are so thankful for all the participation from loyal supporters like you. Our next online auction will be held July 29 at 10:00am, and close on August 1 at 8:30pm. We will draw the winners of our $25,000 Big Cash Raffle and our Full Tuition Raffle on August 1st via live video on Facebook at 8:00pm. At Marquette Academy, we all dream in blue and gold, and thanks to our strong supportive community, we are able to make dreams come true for our students. We hope you will be a part of our ambitious goal for MA students by supporting us in the following ways:

July 29 - August 1

We invite you to participate in our virtual auction beginning July 29 at 10:00am through August 1 at 8:30pm. Throw your own Red Carpet Party at home and invite a few friends to participate with you!  (AUCTION WEBSITE -


Please continue to purchase your chance to win the Big Cash Raffle!! This raffle is an integral part of our May Merriment Fundraiser, with the largest raffle prize give-away in the area! You could win $25,000, $7,000, $2,500, $1,000 or $500! 

Purchase your $100 Cash Raffle ticket ONLINE with a credit card HERE. We will confirm your purchase and send your ticket to you. Contact Diane Whalen with questions 815-433-0125 ext. 1018.

Winners will be drawn on August 1 at 8:00pm via Live Video on our Facebook page. Early Bird drawing will be held Friday, July 24, 2020. 

3. NEW!! – MA Full Tuition Raffle!

We are selling 125 - $100 chances to win a full year's tuition for the 2020-21 school year. Drawing will be held on August 1 at May Merriment. Full tuition will be applied to one elementary or high school student's tuition (fees not included). Purchase your chance online HERE.  Winner will be drawn on August 1 at 8:00pm via Live Video on our Facebook page. 

For more information please follow the link.


4. Donate a monetary gift in lieu of your reservation ticket

EVERY GIFT MATTERS! Donate online here or mail donations to Marquette Academy at 1000 Paul Street in Ottawa IL 61350.

5.  Make a donation to our Fund-a-Need

All donations, large and small are appreciated. Donate online here or mail donations to Marquette Academy at 1000 Paul Street in Ottawa IL 61350.

6.  Spread the word about our auction and share the auction link


Special thanks to our 2020 GOLD Sponsors:

Cimco, Ottawa Funeral Home, Bill Walsh Automotive Group, Ottawa Catholic Communities; St. Pat’s, St. Francis and St. Columba Parishes, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Cantlin Law Firm, IV Cellular, the Knights of Columbus, JJ’s Pub, Wendy's of Ottawa, and Tom Ganiere Appraisal Service


Saints & Sinners
Golf Outing

September 7, 2019
Pine Hills
Ottawa, IL

Alumni & Family Weekend
September 27-28, 2019
Gould Stadium & KC's

Rip's Party
October 27, 2019
Rip's in Ladd, IL
Bus leaves from KofC in Ottawa

Turkey Dinner
November 3, 2019
Elementary Campus

Food Tasting & Christmas Bazaar
November 16, 2019
Elementary Campus

5K Runners' Crusade
November 16, 2019
HS Campus

Wreath, Greens & Poinsettia Sales
November 16, 2019

Fish Dinner
February 26, 2020
MA Elementary Cafe

Stock the Bar
February 29, 2020
JJ's Pub

May Merriment
May 2, 2020
Bader Gym