Where can you pick up a new trail cam, spa treatment, St. Bonaventure basketball tickets and a case of home-brewed beer made from Mountain spring water? The upcoming Mountain Auction to benefit Mt. Irenaeus.
This year’s evening of food, fellowship and fun is planned for Nov. 1 and the chair is Mike Sullivan of Elmira, SBU class of 1989 and a Mt. Irenaeus Board member. Approaching its 14th year, Sullivan said the auction continues to grow thanks to the wonderful support of Mountain friends near and far.
Because of that growth, the 2014 Mountain Auction and Mass will be held at Premier Banquet Center on Constitution Avenue in Olean. The new location will provide additional room for guests and abundant parking. The larger facility will also offer more room for the silent auction display and for guests to socialize.
Mass will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the auction at 6 p.m. Ticket prices have been held at only $50 per person, which includes cocktails, food stations and desserts.
“The committee is excited as we carry forth the great tradition of the Mountain Auction in the new location at Premier Banquet Center. We have a great menu on tap, wonderful gifts to be auctioned, and plenty of Mountain hospitality and fun to go around. This is an event you won’t want to miss,” said Sullivan.
Reservations are now being accepted by contacting the Mountain Office at (716) 375-2096.
As in years past, the auction will feature a great selection of silent and verbal auction items — from wine baskets and vacation getaways to jewelry, symphony tickets and appliances. Other highlights include a week’s stay at a Cuba Lake cottage, a Finger Lakes getaway, a dessert party for 16, and four one-day Hopper Passes to Disney World.
“Just as the friars at Mt. Irenaeus continually welcome new faces to the Mountain experience, the auction is always a wonderful mix of friends,” said Sullivan.
For the second year there will be an online component. The online auction will be held Nov. 14-23. Additional details will be posted soon on the Mt. Irenaeus website, www.mounti.com.
Mt. Irenaeus is a mountain sanctuary a short distance from the St. Bonaventure University campus. It serves as a retreat for students, faculty, and all kinds of visitors who wish to participate in “making all things new” in a welcoming and supportive community in the Catholic-Franciscan tradition.
The proceeds from the annual auction cover a significant portion of the Mountain’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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