Ministry Planning Meeting
Join our Ministry for the Parish Dinner Dance and Auction. We meet most Thursday nights up until the event at 7:00 PM in the Ministry Center.
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 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.
Dinner & Dancing
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 Midnight.to Top
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. Contact George or Terry Kurkowski (312-919-3564) or Email us. Any help is always appreciated.to Top
How Successful is this Fundraising Event?
This event historically raises anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 Our goal is $40,000 from the event. 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 300 people in attendance who are looking forward to a wonderful night of good food, dancing, and fellowship.
Thank You and God Bless You!
The St. Margaret Mary Dinner Dance & Fundraising Ministry