Lehman Catholic gets ready for 26st annual Harvest Auction

Staff report

SIDNEY — Friends of Lehman Catholic High School will gather at the school on Saturday, Oct. 24, to make dreams come true for Lehman students. The occasion is the 26th annual Harvest Auction, Lehman’s primary fundraising event that supports the school’s general fund.

With the theme, “Making Dreams Come True,” this year’s Harvest Auction is designed to generate funds to bridge the gap between the per-student tuition rate and the actual cost to educate each Lehman student. Without proceeds from this annual event, it would be difficult for Lehman to continue its mission: to educate the whole person — body, mind, and soul — for the glory of God and service to others, event organizers said.

Co-chairs Mary and Bill Bosway and Jill and Dan Heitmeyer have assembled a team of volunteers working to put together an amazing evening, organizers said. The $50 per-person ticket price includes appetizers, dinner, open bar, and the opportunity to bid on an array of live- and silent-auction items.

Highlights of the evening are a treasure box raffle with a diamond solitaire necklace from Allison’s Custom Jewelers and a $1,000 cash raffle sponsored by Minster Bank.

The live auction has 25 items and includes six travel destinations, including a three-day tour of Rome guided by the Rev. Dan Hess, former Lehman chaplain and associate pastor at Holy Angels Parish, who is currently studying in Rome. Other trip packages will take lucky bidders to Key West and Columbus’ Short North. There are also three dinner parties, including one with a Mardi Gras theme and another built around St. Patrick’s Day.

Some live-auction items are Lehman-related and include a Christmas quilt handmade by Lehman Senior Counselor Barb Saluke, and one of the old scoreboards from the Cianciolo Gym, still in working order.

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m. in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel on campus. Cocktails and appetizers will be served at 6 p.m. and silent-auction tables will open at that time. Buffet dinner catered by Mrs. B’s will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the live auction to follow.

Lehman students are grateful for those who continue to support events that benefit the school and keep tuition increases down. “I feel encouraged at Lehman to be the person God wants me to be and I can’t imagine going to high school anywhere else,” said one student.

“I want to stay at Lehman because the ‘Spirit of Lehman’ is not only felt with the students, but with parents, alumni and the surrounding community,” said another.

To reserve tickets, contact Jenny Weber at 937-498-1161, ext. 119, or email her at j.weber@lehmancatholic.com. Anyone unable to attend who would like to view items or have bids placed for them can also contact Weber, Lehman’s development coordinator.


Staff report