The Regis Parents Club hosted the 2017 Parents Auction—the 25th anniversary of the annual event—on March 25. The evening proved to be another wonderfully successful fundraiser, as Regis parents demonstrated their gratefulness for the Regis community through generous bidding, donations, and volunteering throughout the night. Gross Auction proceeds totaled over $595,000, which was made possible through the dedicated efforts of so many parents, alumni, faculty, and friends who donated their time, skills, items, and experiences to the Auction.
The evening began for the roughly 700 guests at 6:00 p.m., with 477 silent auction items on display in the upper gym. Guests placed bids throughout the building using their mobile devices. At the conclusion of the silent auction, Fr. Dan Lahart, SJ, President of Regis, welcomed guests into the auditorium and introduced auctioneer Eugene Flinn P'10 and Mr. Eric DiMichele, Regis Director of Admissions, who served as Live Auction emcees. The dynamic duo roused the audience to a bidding frenzy with humor and grace. 23 Live Auction items were presented and sold for a record-breaking total of $180,500. Backstage passes to Saturday Night Live with Colin Jost '00 sold for the highest price at $15,000. Jost generously agreed to double the offer so that both high bidders could win and, in doing so, helped Regis raise a total of $30,000.
Following the auction challenge, Regis began the countdown for bidding on items listed on the Big Board, a list of 25 high-end items and experiences that were open for bidding throughout the night. Items included a New York Knicks Broadcasting Experience with Mike Breen P'09'15 and a Mentoring Lunch with legendary federal prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald '78.The Big Board raised an additional $52,400 in those final minutes of the auction.
Regis High School is grateful for every donation received and every hour volunteered to make this year's Parents Auction such a success.