St. Pat fundraiser riffs on ‘Roaring ‘20s’ theme

Inspired by the Roaring ‘20s, organizers of St. Patrick School’s annual dinner and auction chose “The Great Patsby” as their theme for 2020. The event is set for Feb. 22.

(Posted Feb. 6, 2020)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Pull out the fringe and the pinstripes. It’s party time, Roaring 20s-style.

“The Great Patsby” is the theme for St. Patrick Catholic School’s annual dinner and auction, set for 6-11 p.m. Feb. 22 in the school’s Froning Center, 226 Elm St., London. Tickets are $35, include dinner and two drink tickets, and can be purchased at the school.

“We’re super excited. It’s going to be so much fun,” said Karie Randall, event chair. “We encourage people to dress up in their best ‘20s attire–pinstripe suits, flapper dresses, swing dresses, the mobster look.

“My decorating chair is absolutely amazing. The lobby will look like a dark speakeasy, and you’ll have to say the password on your ticket to get into the gym. As soon as you go through the doors, it will be all gold and glitz.”

“Chaz and Nicki,” a central Ohio acoustic duo, will add to the ambience with 20s-themed music throughout the event.

“Chaz and Nicki,” an acoustic duo from central Ohio, will perform throughout St. Patrick School’s dinner and auction.

The menu for the night is the bee’s knees, too. It’s all about hearty appetizers. Emelio’s on the west side of Columbus is putting on a spread that includes everything from flatbreads and chicken satay skewers to meatball sliders and ravioli with a choice of sauces. Frank’s Seafood in Hilliard is setting up a shrimp cocktail bar. Vallery Farmhouse Bakery in London is pulling out the stops with an array of desserts, from cupcakes and cookies to chocolate covered strawberries.

The live and silent auctions are always a highlight of the night. Among the items up for bid are tickets to sporting events, including a Notre Dame football game, an Ohio State University football game and a Cincinnati Reds game. A “Man Cave” package featuring a recliner is on the auction list, as are a television, wine cooler stocked with wine, weekend getaway to a cabin in southeast Ohio, private viewing for 30 people at the State Theater in London, a year’s worth of Velvet ice cream, and much more. Per tradition, artwork created by St. Patrick students, along with goodies baskets assembled by each classroom, also are on the auction block.

“Last year, the event raised about $12,000. This year, we’re hoping to double that,” Randall said.

Proceeds go toward classroom necessities and capital improvements at the school, which serves students in early education classes through eighth grade.

For tickets, call the school at (740) 852-0161. For sponsorship opportunities, call Karie Randall at (740) 837-1006.

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