By MORGAN MANNS
FOR THE COURIER
FOSTORIA — Community members may be feeling the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day.
The 34th annual St. Wendelin Catholic School Action Auction, Luck o’ the Saints!, is scheduled March 17 in the north gym of the school, 533 N. Countyline St., promising to bring an evening full of luck and fun for attendees.
The highlight of the evening, according to development director Jeannette Lee, will be the drawing for the lucky winner of a 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport. The used vehicle was donated to the church and officials chose to offer it as a prize during the fundraising event.
“We discussed several options for it and agreed,” Lee said. “It fulfills the intent of the donor, involves the community, creates excitement and advances the mission of St. Wendelin Catholic School.”
The Jeep has nearly 154,000 miles, and is an automatic with cruise control, power steering and power windows/locks. It is equipped with a roof rack, a trailer hitch and wiring and a V6, 3.7-liter engine. A vehicle inspection, service and detail is courtesy of Paul Cole Motors and Big Bear Muffler.
Tickets for the jeep are $20 each or $50 for three and are available at the St. Wendelin Parish office, 323 N. Wood St. Tickets are available to those 18 and older.
The winner of the Jeep doesn’t need to be present during the auction and is responsible for the title fee, license and insurance.
More than 500 auction items include donated handmade art pieces such as watercolor prints, stained glass ornaments and more from St. Wendelin alumni; an Al Kaline (Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer) autographed baseball; Jerry Blevins (New York Mets relief pitcher) autographed baseball; passes to Kings Island, Kalahari Resort & Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge and Toledo Zoo; pick-your-destination travel packages; day-trip packages; as well as several sporting event packages, furniture, jewelry and St. Wendelin memorabilia.
“While the Jeep is certainly a ‘big ticket,’ we consider every single item a ‘big ticket’ because each donation represents the generosity and conviction of local businesses, parishioners and friends in support of our students,” Lee said. “Not surprisingly, the items that generate a bidding war are the art pieces created by our own St. Wendelin students.”
“Mystery Tins” and “Family Fun Box” will return this year.
“The auction is one of our larger fundraisers and is paramount to the success of our school by providing funds for educational programs, technology, classroom supplies and yearly school improvements,” Lee said, noting the other big fundraisers are the St. Wendelin Festival in June and the Reverse Raffle in November.
In addition to the raffle and silent and live auctions, a prime rib dinner, hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., when the silent auction will begin. Dinner will be served at 6:30.
“The Action Auction is a night of joining together — as friends, as a community — to enjoy good food and good company for the benefit of our students,” Lee said. “You can bid on incredible new and exciting items, trips and raffles. And, with a little luck, you could win a Jeep.”
Tickets are presale only and are $50 each. They are also available in the parish office or by calling 419-435-6692.