With over 700 guests in attendance and countless parent and student volunteers helping to orchestrate the night, the Regis Parents Club hosted the wonderfully successful 2018 Parents Club Auction on March 24.
Guests began arriving at 84th Street at 6:00 p.m. to begin browsing silent auction items on display in the upper gym. Guests placed bids for over 530 silent auction items using their mobile devices. At the conclusion of the silent auction, Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ, president of Regis, welcomed guests into the auditorium to kick-off the live auction. For a twelfth consecutive year, auctioneer Eugene Flinn P'10, with the additional support of Mr. Eric DiMichele, emceed the program. Before the Live Auction bidding began, the Parents Club presented Dr. Gary Tocchet, outgoing Principal, with a small gift of appreciation from the Parents Club for his twelve years of leadership and dedication to Regis.
Throughout the Live Auction, Mr. Flynn and Mr. DiMichele roused the audience to bidding wars with heightened energy and humor. For the second year in a row, a Saturday Night Live! experience with Colin Jost ’00 earned the highest bid. Other top selling items included a Jesuit Culinary Adventure with the Jesuits on staff, a Walking Tour of Catholic New York with Fr. Anthony Andreassi, and tickets to Springsteen on Broadway. The Live Auction was punctuated by a student impersonating "The Boss", who performed a Springsteen-inspired rendition of “Born to Bid!” When the final item was sold, the Live Auction had raised a whopping $125,000 for Regis.
At the conclusion of the Live Auction, guests were treated to a short video introducing the 2018 auction challenge: The Classroom of the Future. Three classrooms will be redesigned and upgraded this summer to allow for a more interactive learning environment complete with new central air conditioning. Once installed, the air conditioning will be a welcomed change for students as the weather gets warmer, and it will truly benefit the REACH students who are busy studying in the building during the height of the summer. Guests were asked to contribute to this endeavor in any amount that was comfortable for them. The total donated toward this Challenge is currently $180,000 and climbing. If you missed the opportunity to contribute to the Classroom of the Future Challenge, it is possible to do so through April 20, when the challenge officially closes.
In its second year at the Auction, the auction Big Board — which is similar to a super silent auction — remained open until the end of the evening. On display in the Conference Room for bidders to review, this special category of 25 online silent auction items raised an additional $36,000 for Regis.
The annual Auction is an exciting celebratory event that adds significantly to the financial support Regis needs every year. Although the final numbers are still being tallied, preliminary gross proceeds are in excess of $556,000. Regis is thankful for the many volunteers who helped run this year's event, the numerous alumni, families and friends who donated items to the auction, and to the many guests who attended and supported Regis through generous bidding.
Above: The 2018 Auction Challenge Video - Building the Classroom of the Future.