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Marquette May Merriment XLII - Happily Ever After

Saturday, May 4, 2024


"Happily Ever After is not a fairy tale, it's a choice." Fawn Weaver

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 extracurricular programs provided by our outstanding faculty and facility, preparing them for their future. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, families, parishes, community and businesses, we continue to support our MA students as they work towards their 'happily ever after'. We invite you to support our hard-working students by attending May Merriment, and/or donating to our cause.  

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Things to know if you're attending MMM42

  • Doors open at 5:00pm
  • Valet parking is available for your convenience.
  • Use the Paul Street entrance.
  • 5-6:30pm Check-in, appetizers, open bar, silent auction bidding and raffles are available.
  • 6:30pm dinner is served.
  • 7:30pm - announcements, Fund-a-Need
  • 7:45pm - Silent Auction closes before the Live auction!!!
  • 8:00pm - Live auction - Download a Proxy Bid form here.
  • 9:00 - Big Cash Raffle winners drawn and check-out
  • 9:30 - Bibbidi Bobbidi Boomin' DJ dance party
  • Make sure to bring some cash for ‘Pass the Purse’ and our Belle of the Ball voting contest! 
  • Dress code is semi-formal (like you would wear to a wedding). Tiaras are welcome!


Visit our auction website to start bidding on April 26 at 3pm online:

Committee members Karen & Mike Obenhin (honorary), Katie & John Nelson, and Tara & Paul DeMink cordially invite you to celebrate at our biggest fundraiser of the year! 










Thank you to our MOBILE BIDDING SPONSORS for May Merriment XLII
















Photos from past May Merriment events.


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 two 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. Marquette parent, Dee Anderson, was asked to chair the inaugural event and served as its Chairwoman for 12 years. 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 Happily Ever After!


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