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St. Malachy Foundation to host annual gala Saturday

Ronda Katzer, left, and Kathy Doyle, both of Creston, look at auction items along a table in the main lobby area before the live auction for the annual St. Malachy School gala and auction held in March 2017 at Supertel Inn and Conference Center. This year's event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, is the 25th annual.
Ronda Katzer, left, and Kathy Doyle, both of Creston, look at auction items along a table in the main lobby area before the live auction for the annual St. Malachy School gala and auction held in March 2017 at Supertel Inn and Conference Center. This year's event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, is the 25th annual.

The St. Malachy gala and auction turns 25 years old when it kicks off this year’s event Saturday evening.

The annual St. Malachy gala and auction is scheduled for Saturday at Supertel Inn and Conference Center, with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., prime rib dinner at 6 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m.

The event, put on by the St. Malachy Foundation, is open to the public and tickets are available for $35 at St. Malachy School or the night of the event.

“All the money goes directly to the school,” said Leslie Wurster, event organizer. “Wherever the school needs money. Usually it goes to salaries and day-to-day workings of the school.”

Funds are also used for equipment, like computers, or school supplies, like books, for the students to use throughout the year.

The prime rib dinner is catered by The Windrow, and music during the cocktail hour and dinner will be provided by Dustin Baird.

The event also features both a live auction and a silent auction, with items to bid on to fit everyone’s budget.

“The food is great and it’s so much fun,” Wurster said. “You don’t even have to go and bid. It’s really fun to go and watch and listen and see the dynamic of everyone else bidding. There’s a lot of big-ticket items, but there’s a vast range of price points for bidding. It’s a lot of fun to sit and watch, and there’s live music and an open bar.”

Some of the items available through the auctions are season tickets for Iowa State basketball games, four rounds of golf to Fullswing Indoor Golf, Jason Aldean and state fair concert tickets and tickets to Monster Jam in Des Moines.

There will also be various raffles throughout the event, with a 20 for 20 raffle, where participants can get 20 tickets for $20 and then place their tickets in buckets for specific items they want to win, and Greater Regional Medical Center is sponsoring a raffle for a mini iPad.

The event usually draws about 220-250 people, ranging from friends, family and church members, to those in the community not associated with the school or the church.

“It’s not exclusive to people from the school and church. It’s a big community event,” Wurster said.

St. Malachy School will also once again present its annual Spirit of St. Malachy Award during the event. Francis Doyle was last year’s recipient.

“It’s basically somebody who goes above and beyond and are usually a member of the church,” Wurster said. “They help out and volunteer at all kinds of school functions and church functions. For example, Francis Doyle last year, he’s always that guy behind the scenes. It’s those people who give above and beyond that you don’t always notice all the time, but the more you think about it, you realize they’re always there. It’s the little things that count and they all seem to do a lot of little things.”

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