VISITATION GALA 2018 - PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
Visitation School's largest fundraiser is the annual Gala (previously known as the Dinner Dance and Auction). We are now on our 19th consecutive year and have been successful at fulfilling our fundraising goals of achieving 10% of the operating budget each year. Visitation chooses an annual Gala as our primary event because it allows our school children, school parents, alumni, Religious Education families, and the greater community to come together to celebrate the successes of Visitation and renew our support for future improvements.
This year, we are kicking off Catholic School's week with the Gala on January 27, 2018. Our theme is "Puttin' on the Ritz, A Night at the Speakeasy" and will be held at the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook. Your ticket to the Gala will include a delicious four-course dinner, open bar, dancing, silent and live auction, a personalized framed photo of your child/ren, free download of the school video to be debuted at the event, and all the fun you can have at our photo booth with complimentary photo strips!
New this year! We will announce the Winner of the $10,000 CASH prize just before dinner. Click here for a copy of the letter to relatives for the raffle tickets.
Below is a sneak-peek at a few of the very exciting auction packages this year!
The Visitation School
Auction Is Officially Open!
So what are you waiting for?...Bid Now!
Place Your Bid.
Whether you're looking for something unique for yourself, a fun event to participate in, a camp for your child, or looking to add a little adventure to your life, you're sure to find something in our auction. Every bid helps support VisitationSchool and Visitation Religious Education Programs. You may also enter our URL to access the auction: biddingforgood.com/visitation
Tell Your Friends.
The success of this online auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. We need your help. Please Refer a Friend and encourage them to participate so they don't miss a single moment of the fun and excitement
As a primer for those new to the auction, and for those seasoned folks too, here is a brief explanation about the Auction Open and Close dates.
Auction 1 - "Let's Get The Party Started!"
Bidding OPENS on Sunday, January 21st, at 2pm and CLOSES on Thursday, January 25th at 10pm
Auction 2 - "Let's Go To The Speakeasy!"
All items available to view for window shopping starting January 21st.
Bidding OPENS on Thursday, January 25th at 10:01pm and CLOSES on Saturday, January 27th at 10:30pm
All Live auction packages are available to view and window shop starting January 21st.
MUST be present at the Gala at the Drake Hotel to bid in person.
* Sign Up Parties (aka Buy-A-Spot) will be open until February 5th at 10pm unless already sold out.
Visitation Gala Sponsors
Dan Wangler Builders
The John and Jennifer Falduto Family
Mary Beth Ryan – L.W. Reedy
Grand Finale Families
Dentistry for Kids
Lea Smirnotis – @ Properties
Itasca Window Cleaning
Photo Booth Sponsor
Kimberly Felton Photography
2018 American Music Awards!
- Enjoy two loge level tickets to the 2018 American Music Awards show in November 2018 (date to be announced), at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (venue subject to change).
This Experience Includes:
- 2 loge level tickets (loge level means a separate forward section of a theater balcony) to the 2018 American Music Awards Show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles
- 3-night weekend stay in a standard guest room in accommodations such as Hyatt, Marriott, or comparable
- Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Los Angeles, CA
Hosted Dinner Parties, Travel, and Entertainment Options
The Gala Committee wanted to give everyone a preview to some of the hosted dinner parties, travel, and entertainment options that are offered for groups of people. To clarify, these types of auction packages sometimes require a little pre-planning with friends. If you plan to chip in together to win a package, be sure to decide who will actually be responsible for doing the bidding so you don't accidentally bid against each other! You may want to decide as a group what package you are shooting for and the parameters for your max bid so you'll be ready to get in there and bid to win! As a reminder, these silent auction packages have just one winning bid, as opposed to the "buy-a-spot" fixed price sign-up parties that are also offered.
Enjoy an authentic Italian feast prepared by the Culella-Estrada Family in their home. 4 couples (8 people) will enjoy an appetizer, main course, dessert, and cordials. The meal will be a combination of Italian-American (Ron Estrada) and Sicilian (Emily Culella) delights. On top of it all, Ron and Emily will provide a wine flight from the different regions/islands of their Italian homeland. Date to be mutually determined, but strongly suggest April or May 2018 to be enjoyed fireside.
hosted by: Emily Cullela and Ron Estrada
Arabic Dinner with Fr. Mike
Father (Chef) Mike will create an exciting Arabic Dinner for 6 at the Rectory. Mutually agreed-upon date.
hosted by: Father Mike
Prabhu is Good for You!
The Prabhu Family will host a dinner party for 8 (4 couples) in their lovely home. You won't be disappointed! Mutually agreed-upon date.
Hosted by: Caroline and Vikram Prabhu
Dinner across Europe: Traditional Italian Dinner with an Irish Stainte and German Prost!
Enjoy authentic cuisine and beverages in the comfort of the Conners' home. Lindsay and Joe Cibelli will prepare a traditional Sunday Italian dinner for a party of 10, followed by an Irish Whiskey tasting from Jim and Marion Conners. Top it off with delicious German Chocolate Cake for dessert from Staci and Jason Butscher. Mutually agreed-upon date.
Hosted by: Butscher, Cibelli, and Conners families
Michigan Harbor Country Girls Weekend!
Get your girls together! Enjoy a fall weekend ladies getaway for 8 in beautiful Harbor Country, Michigan. Beth Wilson-Pieroth and her sister will welcome you and your friends to their family lake home for the weekend, and they will chauffeur your group to any excursions you choose - whether it be winery/brewery tours, shopping, or dining. The Pieroths can also offer concierge service to book a dinner reservation at Tabor Hill Winery overlooking the local vineyards if interested. After your outing, head back to the house for overnight fun! Enjoy breakfast a la Pieroth Sisters in the morning before heading out to explore St. Joseph or South Haven on Sunday, or go shopping at Lighthouse Mall on the way home. Each guest will receive an adorable swag bag with matching, hand-painted wine glasses, and some other fun stuff (maybe hangover cures?! :) *Expenses at wineries, restaurants, and shopping are not included with this package.
Hosted by: Beth Pieroth
River Forest Golf with Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy will host 3 friends at River Forest Country Club for a round of golf, lunch, and drinks on a mutually agreed-upon date.
Hosted by: Chris Murphy
River Forest Golf with Jeff Harrison
Jeff Harrison will host 3 for golf at River Forest Country Club on a mutually agreed-upon date. Golf, carts, lunch, and green fees included.
Hosted by: Jeff Harrison
Chicago Highlands Golf with Dan Fogarty
Gather 3 friends to join Dan Fogarty at the Chicago Highlands Country Club in Westchester to enjoy lunch followed by 18 holes of golf and drinks. The threesome will by accompanied by Dan on a mutually agreed-upon date.
Hosted by: Dan Fogarty