Over 400 parents and members of the St. Sebastian's Community attended the annual Christmas Auction & Dinner on December 7, 2019, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Always a fun and festive event, the auction supports our beloved School.
The evening featured silent and live auctions, which included hundreds of items, from a hand-stitched St. Sebastian's ornaments to professional sports experiences and premier vacation getaways. Bidding went into the night with the funds supporting St. Sebastian's students. Guests were entertained throughout the night by current parent auctioneers, Marty Kane '84, P'22 and John Merageas P'21, '24.
This year’s Raise the Paddle proceeds all went to establish a new Arrows Scholarship Fund. After hearing a message from Headmaster Burke about the importance of financial aid and then watching a powerful video featuring several alumni and staff members who were themselves recipients of financial aid, the crowd donated a record $225,000 to create this new fund.
St. Sebastian's would like to thank all those who contributed to making this evening a tremendous success, particularly our Auction Co-Chairs Jill Purpura P'21, '22, and Tina Souza P'21, and Guild of St. Irene President Cathy Daniel P'15, '18, '20. We are especially grateful to the more than 90 mothers who generously offered their time, talent, and resources as part of the Guild of St. Irene Auction Committee. We also extend a special thank you to the donors, sponsors, advertisers, student volunteers and all those who attended and bid.
What a wonderful way for our parents to gather and celebrate the Christmas season!