Diamonds, dust, electronics and a new record. That’s the kind of night Storm Lake St. Mary’s supporters had at the 2018 ball and charity auction. Organizers reported an estimated net record $183,203 raised for the local preK-12 Catholic School at their annual large-scale gala.
This was the first year that the school introduced mobile bidding for their silent auction items and 108 items were sold via electronic devices and computers by those attending the event and by supporters around the world placing bids. Sixty-one donated items were also sold on a live auction via Mike and Jim Green of Green Real Estate and Auctions of Sac City – with Jim donating his time to the school on his birthday. The live auction alone raised over $90,000.
The highest selling items on the live auction were 12 bags of Wyffels Hybrid Seed Corn from Josh and Kelli Berg and 150 gallons of Durango Herbicide from Wells Ag Supply, both selling for $5,000 each.
Following the live auction, the Greens raised more than $43,000 for technology in a reverse style auction for Chromebooks, iPads and computers and other technology items for the preK-12 students.
Joan Simpson of Milford, Dela., mother of co-chair Etta Smith, won the $10,000 Big Raffle drawing. Other winners were Jon and Kirsten Foell for the $2,000 Early Bird prize, Gene Von Ahn for $1,000, Tim and Erin Smith for $1,000, Steve and Deb Peters for $500 and Dave Stanton for $500.
Andy and Lisa Hurd were chairs of the 2018 event, with Seth and Etta Smith as co-chairs. Gina Hartman and Ellen Smith were auction co-chairs. Bob Lenhart and Mike Pertzborn were Big Raffle chairs. Dan Richardson was Business Club Chair.