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A special thanks to all our generous donors, sponsors, volunteers, raffle ticket sellers, and supporters of Marquette May Merriment! Our 39th annual event and online auction was an overwhelming success, grossing over $257,000 for our students! During this unstable year, we are proud to say we achieved in-person learning in a safe and steadfast environment at Marquette Academy, and will continue to do so largely because of community support along with our hard-working teachers and staff. Thank you for investing in our students’ present, so that they may have amazing futures!

Download the MMM39 Catalog here


May Merriment 39 Catalog


Special thanks to our 2021 GOLD Sponsors:





Thank you to our MOBILE BIDDING SPONSORS for May Merriment XXXIX




Photos from past May Merriments 34, 35, 36 and 37.


Many of you are quite familiar with the annual auction. Many of you are new to the Academy, and therefore, might not be as familiar. The following will refresh all of our minds about the vitality of this important event.

Thirty eight years ago, Marquette parent and friend Joe O’Brien had an idea for a fundraiser – a gourmet catered formal sit-down dinner with a silent and live auction of merchandise that was donated by the community. That first event took over a year of planning and a very large committee of volunteers. It was a HUGE success. Bader Gymnasium was totally transformed into a Parisian experience and packed with nearly 500 guests. This first dinner/auction netted an unprecedented $112,000 – a substantial amount in 1983. Marquette May Merriment became the talk of the town and was considered the premiere social event in the area. We were the first in the area to stage an event like this. Many local organizations have patterned similar events after this one over the years.

Since inception, the gala has consistently raised an average of $180,000 per year and has netted the Academy nearly $5 million dollars. May Merriment funds directly help students with financial aid for tuition and operating costs of the school. Last year, every freshman who applied for a scholarship or financial aid received assistance.

Many changes have taken place through the years – it has become less formal, however, the dinner price still includes an elaborate gourmet dinner that is served buffet style with an open bar. It is still held in Bader Gym which is converted into an elegantly decorated themed dining room and auction gallery. Auction items and services range in value from $10 to hundreds of dollars. There is certainly something for everyone!

May Merriment is the largest fundraiser at Marquette and still involves hundreds of volunteers. A different theme is chosen each year with formal invitations sent in April. Reservations are open to anyone who wishes to support Marquette Academy and have a fun night out. This year’s theme is The Red Carpet Affair.


Call Julie Verona with questions: 815-433-0125 extention 1017.


We will again be using mobile bidding to our silent auction portion of the evening. Please visit to view items and learn how to bid. 

Check-in the night of the event is SO EASY with 3 easy steps:

1. Check-in and register your smartphone (If you do not have a cell phone, there will be mobile bidding buddies at the event to help you bid)

2. Swipe your credit card to pay on your device for quick, easy checkout (you may also pay by check if you choose)

3. Follow the link in the text message you receive and start bidding! BidPal will work best using your own service provider, bidding uses minimal data, 5 hours is equivalent to downloading one song. (You can use your phone's browser or download the app before the event)