May Merriment XXXVII was a success!
WE ARE SO THANKFUL to all who attended, volunteered, donated, sponsored, supported or helped in any way to contribute to May Merriment – Light Up the Night. Your dedication to Marquette Academy and Catholic education are recognized and appreciated. It takes a village, and our Marquette family came through once again for our students. Because of all of you, we were able to raise a whopping $252,000 for our school this year!
WE SHINE BRIGHT BECAUSE OF YOU!
Funds received from May Merriment events help the school with operational costs and also offset tuition costs. By reaching our goals, MA continues to thrive as a leader in Catholic education in our area.
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WHAT IS MARQUETTE MAY MERRIMENT?
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 seven 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 Light Up the Night.
Call Julie Verona or Phyllis Donahue with questions: 815-433-0125 extention 1017 or 1016
We will again be using mobile bidding to our silent auction portion of the evening. Please visit www.bidpal.net/mmm37 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)