The 31st Annual Bid Around the Maypole will take place on Friday, May 5, at the Lakeview Lodge at Treasure Lake. According to co-chairs Valerie Armanini and Annette Latuska, the evening begins at 6 p.m. as auction-goers sign in to receive their pre-assigned bid paddles and browse the silent auction tables artfully displayed in the Caribbean Room. A delicious array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages, spanning two hours, greets those attending. The last silent auction table closes at 8 p.m.
Attendance is by advanced reservation only, according to Joyce Taylor, school liaison for the auction. Proceeds from the event support the general operating budget each year. All auction items have been donated by current and former parents, friends, local businesses, and alumni.
DCC teacher Carol Korthaus, the auctioneer since the first event in 1987, will signal the start of the Key Club at 8:05 p.m. This year’s Key Club will offer 150 numbered keys with five prizes to be awarded: quality wines, a collection of beers, two Dining Around DuBois packages, and a Party Basket. The dessert buffet with coffee opens at 7:45 p.m., offering a myriad of sweets throughout the rest of the evening, according to organizer Sharon Gilmore.
The live auction, consisting of 50 quality items, commences at approximately 8:15 p.m. Items will be displayed in the upstairs Martinique Room, located on the second floor of the Lakeview Lodge, by Rebecca Paisley, Leslee Tubbs and Marcy Jenkins.
Up for live auction bidding are the following: Penn State Hockey and Football tickets, North Club Box Seats Steeler Tickets, Autographed Le’Veon Football, DCC baseball jersey signed by Andrew McCutchen, Lexus Club Pirate Tickets, and James Harrison signed Steeler Photograph. In addition, get-aways to Geneva on the Lake, Nemacolin Woodlands, Carnegie Inn & Spa and Fairfield Inn; facial package from DuBois Dermatology, Wise Eyes Optical Package, and Relaxation Services & Autographed Book by Peggy Caruso. Pig Roast, Buck’s Pizza Party for 20, Dinner with the Author Kristine Gasbarre, Wine Tasting and Pairing Party, and Farm to Table Co-op; as well as various college scholarships to Saint Vincent College, Mount Aloysius College and Saint Francis University.
Also going to the highest bidder will be quality hand-crafted wood items, such as a sofa table, hand-painted outdoor bench, wine table, and swing; Monet Oil Replicas, Lladro Figurine, Kindle White Package, LED Smart TV, Margaritaville Maker, Craft Your Own Beer Package, Cooper Farm Basket, Cuisinart Cookware, Summer Pool Package, and Sunny Funtime Family Package.
Chairing the silent auction is Donna Kosko, assisted by Karen Holdren and a committee of 18 volunteers. Twelve tables with 100+ silent auction items are anticipated. Items are arriving daily at the school, according to Joyce Taylor, Communications Office.
Up for silent bidding are numerous collectibles, such as Goebel Hummel and Anri Ferrandez figurines; holiday items, microwave, spring décor, a selection of antique linens, costume jewelry, housewares, glassware, quality prints, collegiate ware, and theme baskets.
Many ingenious theme baskets will delight the bidders, offering great bargains during the silent auction, according to Kosko. She adds, “DCC’s elementary students, under the direction of art teacher Cheyenne Helman, have created one-of-a kind mementos for parents.”
Invitations and reservations for the auction are being handled by Angela Deemer. Treasurer of the auction this year is Belinda Vasbinder, assisted by Becky Assalone, Marnie Ochs, and Ruth Pifer. Organizing the items for check-out will be Michele Burley, Mary Kay Bolam, Renee Gressler, Jocelyn Smrekar, Judy Brosky, and Lauren Rice.
Students, parents and teachers from elementary through high school are putting together theme baskets that are sure to add excitement to the bidding. Gidget Spencer is coordinating this effort on the secondary level, with help from Homeroom Basket Moms. Brenda Aravich and Barb Dettore, with help from the elementary teachers, are doing the same on the elementary level.
Bobbie Klingensmith and her dedicated crew will manage the sign-in table once again. Sharon Gilmore will be responsible for live auction recording.
Other key steering committee members are Meredith Monteville, acknowledgments; Michele Burley, business ads for the program booklet; Diane Himes, administrative assistant; and Karen Aravich, student coordinator for the drawings.
According to Armanini and Latuska, “All bidding is done by paddle number which is pre-assigned prior to the auction, so advanced reservations are a must, with no tickets sold at the door.”
The Communications Office explains that close to 60 volunteers are needed each year to make the auction a reality. “It is an enormous undertaking spearheaded by parents in support of DuBois Central Catholic,” cites Taylor. High school students volunteer their time in numerous ways as well.
Tickets for the event are $30.00 per adult; call Angela Deemer at 375-0344 to make a reservation. Deadline is May 4, 2017. Call the school’s Communications Office (371-3060, ext. 606) for general auction questions.