33rd Annual Bid Around the Maypole


Caption for photo:  Several steering committee members pose with items going up for bid at the 33rd Annual Bid Around the Maypole, set for Friday, May 3, at the Lakeview Lodge at Treasure Lake:  (front) Meredith Monteville, Donna Kosko, Maria Noemi, Michelle Raab, and Joyce Tayor; (back row) Annette Latuska, Melanie Spellen, Valerie Armanini, Robin Gill, Lori Gray, Karen Aravich, and Marnie Ochs.

             The 33rd Annual Bid Around the Maypole will take place on Friday, May 3, 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.  While browsing the ten silent auction tables filled with items artfully displayed in the Caribbean Room, auction-goers can enjoy a delicious array of hearty hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages, spanning two hours, when the last silent auction tables close at 8 p.m. prior to the start of the live auction at 8:15 p.m.

Attendance is by advanced reservation only.  Proceeds from the event support the general operating budget each year with all auction items having been donated by current and former parents, friends, local businesses, and school alumni,

DCC teacher Carol Korthaus, the auctioneer since the first event in 1987, will signal the start of the Key Club drawing at 8:05 p.m.  This year’s Key Club will once again 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 over 50 quality items will be creatively displayed in the upstairs Martinique Room, located on the second floor of the Lakeview Lodge, by Rebecca Paisley, Leslee Park, and fellow members of the staging committee.

Two of the most unique items up for bid at this year’s auction will be pieces of flooring from the old Central’s ‘house of noise’ on Hospital Avenue, one framed suitable for hanging and another made into a small side table.  Also up for live auction bidding will be two handmade Christening Outfits, one for a girl and one for a boy, including coordinating hats and blankets. Additional unique items include a Humidor with a variety of Cuban cigars and a National Wild Turkey Federation Oil-less Gas Turkey Fryer/Roaster.

Other items are the following: College Grants to 4 Institutions (Saint Vincent College, Saint Francis University, Mount Aloysius College, and Mercyhurst University) several sets of Steeler tickets, DuBois Dermatology & Cosmetics Services, City Pool package, four Delta Silver Tickets for a  Pirates vs Mets Game in NYC,  PSU football and jockey tickets, a Dessert a month offering, Fairfield Inn & Suites One Night Stay, Four Hyundai Club Seats at PNC Park on June 1, Maple Shade Mansion Get-away,  Lancaster Sight & Sound Package, and a golf outing at Treasure Lake.

Other items up for live-auction bidding are an autographed Steeler football, Sunny Family Fun Package, Bucks Pizza & Wings for 20, and a two night stay at any Omni Resort of the bidders choosing.  Also up for live auction bidding are the Suplizio Picnic for 14, one year Advanced Disposal service, Geneva on the Lake weekend for 2,  a John Cappelletti Signed Jersey, Cooper Farm Basket of Canned Goods, a year of diapers or pull-ups & wipes, and Currier & Ives Dinnerware, to name a few.

An amazing array of silent auction items include glassware & home décor, tickets to the Altoona Curve & Erie Sea Wolves, certificates for Red Light Sculpting sessions,  an assortment of various collectibles,  framed prints & posters, Dean Koontz Inscribed Book, and college memorabilia galore.  Also up for silent auction bid are Christmas Holiday Décor, an array of themed baskets, and numerous gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.

Chairing the silent auction is Donna Kosko, assisted by her committee of 18 volunteers.  Ten tables with 200+ silent auction items are anticipated.  Items are arriving daily at the school, according to Joyce Taylor, school auction liaison.

Invitations and reservations for the auction are being handled by Angela Deemer.  Treasurer of the auction is Belinda Vasbinder, assisted by other members of the Steering Committee.  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.  Elaine Jacob 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 and moms, are doing the same on the elementary level.

Bobbie Klingensmith and her dedicated crew will manage the sign-in table once again.   Angela Edwards and 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; Karen Aravich, student coordinator for the drawings;  and Joyce Taylor, school liaison for the auction .

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.

According to Armanini and Latuska, “All bidding during both the silent and live auction 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.”

Tickets for the event are $30.00 per adult; call Angela Deemer at 375-0344 to make a reservation.  Deadline is May 2, 2018. Call the school’s Communications Office (371-3060, ext. 606) for general auction questions.








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