Approximately 700 guests enthusiastically arrived at 84th Street on March 28 for the 2015 Parents Club Auction. This year's auction featured a number of unique items including Broadway tickets, vacation packages, and Regis-themed artwork. Perhaps the most unique item this year was an impressive replica of the bas-relief Religio, which has adorned the first floor landing of the Regis main staircase for over a century.
In his ninth consecutive year, the live auction began with auctioneer-extraordinaire Mr. Eugene Flinn P'10. Flinn introduced a large group of seniors who sang the Regis Alma Mater to begin the live auction program.
During the live auction, Rev. Philip G. Judge, S.J. '80 introduced the auction challenge, titled The Science Lab Challenge. The goal of the challenge was to financially support critical renovations to the Biology and Chemistry labs. A short video highlighting key improvements to the labs followed, illustrating the ability of students to work in much more sophisticated surroundings, in smaller lab groups, and in a safer environment. Science Department faculty were present to show their enthusiasm for the project and to garner support. Guests were asked to contribute to this endeavor in any amount that they felt comfortable. Truly extraordinary support was offered as attendees donated more than $214,000, with more pledges continuing to come in via the Auction homepage online giving.
As usual, the extraordinary fundraising efforts at the auction could not have been possible without the help of volunteers which included countless parents and students who donated their time and energy towards the effort. Our dedicated parents volunteered countless hours organizing and executing the event, while students assisted with the evening’s setup, passing hors d'oeuvres, and prize pick-up. Much of the organization and success of the Auction is also due to the critical technological support so graciously given by the Regis Technology Department.
By the evening’s end, gross proceeds from the auction and raffle were an impressive $511,000, with net income (after expenses) projected to be an estimated $490,000.
The annual Auction is an exciting celebratory event that adds significantly to the financial support Regis needs every year. Regis is thankful for the many volunteers who helped run this year's event, and to the many guests who attended and supported Regis through auction bidding.
Above: The video announcing the Science Lab Challenge for the 2015 Regis Parents Auction.
Below: Some of the prizes at the 2015 Regis Auction.