Parish Auction 2019

Sunday, November 3rd

at O'Neill Community Center

Well, we wrapped up another year of the parish auction and it was again a HUGE success!  I am so grateful to all of you who contributed in so many ways – whether you donated, purchased, helped the day or the weeks before, or any other of a million ways, I want to say THANK YOU a million times over.  This was a big change this year as we moved to the Community Center, and it’s been a tough year for all of us in the area.  Yet the generosity of each person overflowed this year.  We were able to raise just under $133,000 this year! 

While the income is a great way to measure success, success also shows in so many ways as we gather for the auction. 

  • Each year our auctioneers come back and volunteer their entire day to this event, and it’s almost like a “homecoming” as we reconnect! They not only come & work, but they lunch with us, they bid with us, they donate with us. . .  thank you Ted Baum, Chuck Everett, Jason Koenig, and Matt McKay for joining the family!

  • The laughter, chatter, and surrounding noise of the day reminded me of my favorite part of the auction: the fellowship & relationship building and strengthening among our families and friends.  A full day is spent together, complete with food, catching up, a little bit of work, and a little bit of friendly banter. 

  • The busy-ness of the day, and the flurry of changing volunteers & workers reminded me that it takes a village.  The auction is a major undertaking and it takes many many hands to make it happen. There are so many roles to fill from soliciting to auction committee to food prep to clerking & cashiering to clean up….the multitude of tasks is crazy, and if you watch the constant buzz that day, you see the shifts changing, the next round of people stepping up and taking part. That activity and all those people working to one goal fills my heart so much!

A special thank you goes to my auction committee – Josh Becker, Ryan Parks, Zach Sibbel, and Jim York- and to Jim Summers who handles more behind the scenes than most of us will every realize. 


Lastly, as we make changes, it’s always good to reflect on how the year went. Please follow the link below to fill in a brief survey about this year's auction.  (Please remember that constructive criticism is welcome, but just complaining is not. Specific thoughts and particularly "whys" are most helpful of all!)