Saturday, May 15, 2021
This year's committee members invite you to join us for a celebration of all things Marquette – making up for lost time!
On May 15, 2021, Marquette Academy will be hosting its 39th annual May Merriment dinner/auction – “The Blue & Gold Gala” to celebrate all things Marquette! Even with the uncertainties of the pandemic, we are optimistic and hopeful that we can again hold an in person event. We will follow safety guidelines and have back-up plans if need be. Last year’s online auction was a successful alternate option, and we are so grateful to everyone who supported us through 2020.
Our children have been largely impacted by the pandemic. They’ve missed out on numerous activities and milestones that are crucial to their social, educational and spiritual growth. At Marquette Academy, we’ve been working hard to maintain as much normalcy as possible, all while keeping safety as our top priority. MA teachers selflessly care for our students, beyond just grades and attendance; and have made sure that they are learning every day, whether it be in person or virtual. We hope you will join in our efforts to invest in our students’ present, so that they may have amazing futures!
If you would like to volunteer, donate, or attend May Merriment 39, please contact the Advancement Office at 815-433-0125 Ext 1017 or 1018.
For Donation and sponsorship information Click here.
Diane and Charlie Mitchell
Mary and Pete McGrath
Amy and Dan Thomas
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 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 www.bidpal.net/mmm38 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)