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• The Early Bird Drawing for the Big Cash Raffle will be held on Friday, April 28 at 3pm! Get your tickets online - just click the link above, or stop in the Advancement Office.
• The Silent Auction will also open for bidding on Friday, April 28 at 3pm! 

May Merriment - Saturday May 6, 2023

At Marquette Academy, education goes far beyond textbooks and classrooms. Marquette has been able to offer our students exceptional academics, strong moral values, athletics and extra-curricular programs provided by our outstanding faculty and facility. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, families, parishes, community and businesses, we continue to thrive. 

This year, we will be hosting our 41st annual May Merriment dinner/auction, themed ‘Heaven or Hail’, on May 6, 2023, where we're giving Heaven some Marquette Hail with a special performance from the Wreckin' Dixie Band!

To help with operating costs and respond to the financial burden that many of our families face, we must rely on our community that believes in Marquette. We invite you to support our hard-working students by attending May Merriment, and/or donating to our cause.

Committee members Don & Judy Kiesig (honorary), Michelle Pattelli & Dan Patton, and Amanda & Terry Muffler invite you to celebrate a night of heavenly blessings at our biggest fundraiser of the year! 

Donate to a Crowd Funding Project here!

Crowd Funding is an internet program that streamlines fundraising through the practice of financing a project(s) or venture by eliciting smaller donations from a larger pool of donors.

Marquette Academy exists because of financial support from three primary sources:  tuition, parish assessments, and fundraising.  We are able to offer students an exceptional faith-based education, extracurriculars, and athletics because of our generous donors. We appreciate all donations great and small!



Special thanks to our 2023 GOLD Sponsors:




Thank you to our MOBILE BIDDING SPONSORS for May Merriment XLI





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


Many of you are quite familiar with the annual auction. Some 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.

Forty 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 Greatest Show – Celebrating 40 Years!


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