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St. Mary's Academy to present 26th annual auction on April 12 - 04/01/14
On April 12, 2014, St. Mary's Academy will present Roman Holiday, the school's 26th annual auction. This exciting event will take place at the Oregon Convention Center and is expected to draw more than 700 people united in support for Oregon's premier Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women.

This year, event organizers hope to raise a record-breaking $825,000. Last year's auction generated more than $800,000 in revenue. Proceeds from the auction are critical to the financial strength and ongoing stability of St. Mary's Academy and benefit all 660 students.

"What is most valuable at St. Mary's is the sense of empowerment students develop as young women and the emotional growth that is fostered here. The auction is a major way to sustain this incredible resource and to help make it affordable to more young women," said DeLany-Reif, co-chair and mother of a St. Mary's junior.

Three other enthusiastic St. Mary's mothers, Peggy Hinshaw, Marypat Hedberg and Annie White are also co-chairing the event this year. They are all responsible for assisting the development department in creating auction packages and drumming up community interest. They understand the key role the auction plays in supporting students and the school.

The Roman Holiday Auction is a theme that conjures up pictures of the Trevi Fountain, swerving Vespas on worn streets, and a young woman who stepped out of the role she was proscribed and let herself be free, discovering diversity and adventure. An appropriate theme for St. Mary's, where each young woman is given freedom to explore her academic and extracurricular interests.

"I love the theme this year. We all latched onto the old Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck movie and ran with it. In addition to the BMW and Roman vacation raffle items, we will be auctioning off a beautiful Vespa," DeLany-Reif said.

Like DeLany-Reif, co-chair Peggy Hinshaw is also the parent of a junior at St. Mary's Academy and she has seen firsthand the advantages of all-female education.

"This fundraising event is particularly close to my heart because one of the reasons we chose St. Mary's for both our daughters is the diversity of the student body. With financial aid available, ANY young woman who desires to excel in an atmosphere of academic challenge, peer support and social awareness has an invaluable opportunity. The most exciting part of the auction, for me, is the support of scholarships," said Hinshaw.

The silent auction will feature more than 350 items, including art, wine, products and services from local merchants, sportswear and tickets to plays, sporting events and concerts.

The live auction includes 50 exciting packages, such as trips to Italy, Paris, Ireland and Chicago; Jack Johnson, Katy Perry and James Taylor concert tickets; and the famed Mama Bonaduce Italian Dinner, which is prepared by Dorinda Bonaduce, mother of St. Mary's Academy President Christina Friedhoff.

The evening will conclude with drawings for the trip and car raffle winners. The trip prize is a $5,500 travel voucher that the lucky recipient can use to plan his or her dream vacation to Rome. The car raffle is for a white 2014 BMW 428i coupe valued at $41,925.

Individual auction tickets, table sponsorships and raffle tickets are available now. For more information, please visit www.stmaryspdx.org/auction or contact the Special Events Office at 503.721.7726 or auction@stmaryspdx.org.

Listings Information

What: Roman Holiday, St. Mary's Academy's 26th annual auction and the school's largest fundraising event of the year.
When: 5-10 p.m. on April 12.
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.
Cost: Individual tickets to attend the auction are $150, or $100 for St. Mary's alumnae (all but $75 is tax-deductible). Sponsorships range from $1,750-$10,000 (all but $750 is tax-deductible). Raffle tickets are $25 for the trip and $100 for the car.
Information, Tickets and Sponsorships: www.stmaryspdx.org/auction, auction@stmaryspdx.org, 503.721.7726.