This year’s Parents’ Club Auction proved to be another record-breaking event for Regis, and one which saw many “firsts.”
No change was more significant than the introduction of mobile bidding for the Silent Auction, a process which the Regis IT Department was very instrumental in implementing. As usual, the Upper Gym wowed guests with the Silent Auction displays. For the first time, there were no bid sheets, which allowed guests to mingle more easily throughout the second floor, including designated space in the library where they admired Regis-themed artwork on display for the Live Auction.
At the conclusion of the Silent Auction, Regis netted record-breaking results with proceeds of approximately $125,000, representing a 43% increase year-over-year. A record-breaking nineteen items sold for over $1,000, and bidding volume had increased significantly as well, a clear result of the new mobile bidding format.
Before the Live Auction began, incoming President Fr. Dan Lahart, S.J. greeted guests and thanked them for their support. Current President Fr. Jim Croghan, S.J. then introduced auctioneer-extraordinaire Mr. Eugene Flinn P’10, who was surprised with a plaque recognizing his tenth year volunteering in this critical role. Highlights from the Live Auction included four second-row center-orchestra seats to Hamilton that sold for an astonishing $11,000, and two VIP tickets to Saturday Night Live (including a meet-and-greet with Weekend Update anchor Colin Jost ’00) that sold for $9,000. Live Auction efforts raised approximately $140,000, a 22% increase year-over-year.
About a third of the way through the Live Auction, guests were introduced to the Science Lab Challenge—a fundraising challenge to financially support critical renovations to the Physics and Advanced Chemistry laboratories. Guests were asked to contribute in any amount that they felt comfortable, and gifts that night from 183 attendees ranged from $25 to an incredible $25,000. In just a brief period, the effort raised just under $200,000 with more pledges continuing to come in online (auction.regis.org).
Regis is thankful for the many students, staff, and parents who generously donated their time to make this year’s Auction another successful fundraiser for Regis. The annual event plays a significant role in the financial support Regis needs each year.
Guests at this year's Auction acquainted themselves with the silent auction's online mobile bidding platform.
A variety of items and gift baskets were on display for mobile bidders during the silent auction.
Fr. Dan Lahart, S.J., incoming Regis President, attended the 2016 Auction and greeted guests as they arrived.
Auctioneer-extraordinaire Mr. Eugene Flinn P’10 in action during the Live auction.
Before the Live Auction began, a group of Regians sang the Regis alma mater dressed as Mr. Eugene Flinn P’10, who was surprised with a plaque recognizing his tenth year volunteering as auctioneer.