Auction garners more than $50,000 for Catholic School

 More than $50,000 was raised to benefit Saints Peter and Paul School at the Saints Peter and Paul Home and School Association 28th Annual Dinner and Auction Saturday night. The auction was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
At 5:30 p.m., dinner began while patrons gazed at the many items up for auction, which surrounded the hall. The auction began at 7:30 p.m. and lasted for a couple hours.
Items were donated from local businesses and area residents. Saints Peter and Paul teachers and staff also donated items for a quite large gift basket.
Among items at the auction, was a hard cover book of bedtime stories authored and published by the Saints Peter and Paul Third Grade class. The book was a combination of hard work by the third graders and their parents.
"A big thanks to Tari for all of her hard work, and to the parents for submitting their pictures and money to make this third grade basket one to remember," Saints Peter and Paul School third grade teacher Melissa Oswald Spence posted on the Saints Peter and Paul Annual Auction Facebook page.
Funds raised from the auction go back into the school,  providing students more educational opportunities.
"It was a fantastic event. Everyone had a great time. The funds raised go to benefit the school in any number of ways from operational expenses to professional development, technology, capital item purchases and even down to giving the teachers money to fund items in their own classrooms that they might either go without or purchase on their own," Saints Peter and Paul Principal Alan Lammers said.
Lammers said the success of the auction is testament to the hard work of many.
"The success of this event has to be credited to the committee that spends countless hours planning and organizing. It is also a credit to those in our community who generously provide items to the auction and particularly to those who come out, have a good time and generously support the work of Christian formation in the school," Lammers said.