Reservations are now being accepted for the Saturday, Nov. 7, auction to benefit Mt. Irenaeus that will mark its 15th year with an amazing offering of gifts, great menu and Mountain hospitality.
From sparkling Champagne to sparkling diamond jewelry, organizers say more than 200 gifts will be featured.
Destinations for getaway packages include Niagara-on-the-Lake, Quail Hollow Resort near Cleveland, Ohio, Mark Twain Country-Corning, and York County, Pa. Bidders with a furry friend at home can treat their pooch to his own getaway at a doggie spa.
Reservations for the Nov. 7 auction at Premier Banquet Center in Olean can be made by calling the Mountain Office at (716) 375-2096. Mass will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the auction at 6 p.m. Attendees who want to check in prior to Mass can do so beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $60 per person, which includes cocktails, food stations and desserts.
This year’s co-chairs are Kimberly Palmer of Allegany and Mike Sullivan of Elmira, SBU class of 1989 and a Mt. Irenaeus Board member. Mike Kasperski from St. Bonaventure University’s School of Business will serve as the MC for the evening.
Guests have plenty of time to visit with one another, hit the food stations and stroll among the gifts offered during the silent portion of the auction. Once the silent auction has concluded, out come the bid cards and things start to heat up for the fast-paced verbal auction to be conducted by auctioneer Dan Carter.
This year’s goodies include an array of gift certificates for everything from a Buffalo Harbor Cruise and Chautauqua day package to dining out. Foodies will not only have their choice of gift certificates to local eateries, but an array of parties where you don’t have to do the work: The packages include a gourmet dinner for eight, a dessert party, and a cocktail party.
For those more interested in electronics, gift options include a Chrome Book, Striker Remote Controlled Spy Drone, Amazon Echo, Gyroscope helicopter, and computerized telescope.
Artwork is always popular and this year’s auction will feature photographs by Mountain friars Br. Joe Kotula, O.F.M., and Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M
Those on Facebook can check out the The Mountain Auction event page for sneak peeks of items that will be up for bidding.
For the third year there will be an online component. The online auction will be held Nov. 13-22. Additional details will be posted soon on the Mt. Irenaeus website, www.mounti.com.
The proceeds from the annual auction cover a significant portion of the Franciscan retreat's operating budget and help fund myriad improvements and expenses. Most recently, auction proceeds helped fund the resurfacing of the chapel’s structure and window replacement.
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