THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL AND SUCCESSFUL 37TH ANNUAL DINNER DANCE! We will see you next year...
37th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction
Give, and gifts will be given unto you. - Luke 6:38
The 2013 Dinner Dance and Parish $10,000 MEGA Raffle Winners!
St. Margaret Mary Parish and our Dinner Dance & Fundraising Ministry wish to thank those who attended the "sold out" 37th Annual St. Margaret Mary Dinner Dance & Auction last Saturday night. It was a wonderful evening and whether you attended the event, or simply purchased a raffle ticket, we sincerely appreciate your contribution to the Parish. The event and the raffle have raised over $40,571 (to date) for the Parish. Please patronize our donors and sponsors who gave so much towards this year's event (click here for the complete listing).
We wish to congratulate the following winners of our First Annual Parish $10,000 Mega Raffle…
$250 Winner: Tom Blake of Algonquin
$500 Winner: Ed Borris of Algonquin
$1,000 Winner: Theresa Hamby of Lake in the Hills
$2,000 Winner: Joseph Burks of Sacramento, CA
$10,000 Winner: Kal & Theresa Gibron of Pittsburgh, PA (formerly Algonquin)
These winning tickets were pulled by Father Peter Tymko last Saturday night during the Dinner Dance. Thank you and God Bless You for supporting your Parish Family and we look forward to seeing you at next year's event.
About the Dinner Dance & Auction
The idea for the Dinner Dance benefit originated 1974. The first fundraiser was held the following year and raised $3,000. This project has grown from a small gathering in the school basement to a large scale banquet hosted at a local country club. It now represents a substantial portion of the annual operating budget and all proceeds from the event itself and the Parish Mega Raffle will be put towards Parish expenses and debt.
The benefit raises funds to help meet the needs of day-to-day Parish expenses and support the various ministries of the Parish. It has eliminated the need for multiple smaller fund-raisers during the year.
Silent & Live Auctions
The silent auction is held throughout the evening while the live auction usually begins after dinner. Auction donations have included vacation trips, group party packages, theme sponsored dinners, celebrity sports items, and hundreds of goods and services. These donations are obtained from local area businesses and individuals.
Chinese Raffle items consist of random specialty and high value items. Tickets are sold during the beginning of the event and drawings are made prior to the Live Auction.
The evening begins with an open cocktail hour accompanied by full viewing of all the silent auction items. The dinner is served from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the band playing music from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
The Role of Parishioners
Parishioners make this event happen with either their paid attendance, volunteer work, generous sponsorship, raffle ticket sales and purchases and vocal support of the event. Your support for this event has been overwhelming in past years and we would like to continue that tradition.
What Can I Do?
• Attend Dinner Dance Meetings
• Sell Dinner Tickets
• Solicit Auction Items
• Attend the Auction
• Donate Auction Items
• Purchase Tickets
• If Attending, bring a Friend!
How Can I Find Out More?
The Dinner Dance, Parish Raffle and other Parish fundraising activities are now managed by the Parish Dinner Dance & Fundraising Ministry. Our Mission: To serve our Parish Family at a critical time. In doing so, we will all be blessed. To find out more... Attend meetings. Ask questions. Follow church bulletin updates. Contacts: Chris & Cindy Cimaglio (847-514-9028). Any help is always appreciated.
How Successful is this Fundraising Event?
This event historically raises anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 Our goal is $60,000 from the event and Parish Raffle Ticket sales. All money is then turned over to the Parish and applied towards our Parish expenses and debt.
Our goal this year is to have upwards of 280 people in attendance who are looking forwards to a wonderful night of good food, dancing, and fellowship. Our additional goal is to also sell all 2,500 raffle tickets for a total return to the Parish of $60,000 (after expenses).
Thank You and God Bless You!
The St. Margaret Mary Dinner Dance & Fundraising Ministry