This article was published in the November 2014 issue of the Mt. Irenaeus e-newsletter. It has been edited for style.
OLEAN, N.Y. — Just as Mt. Irenaeus rejoices “to make all things new,” this year’s fundraising auction drew upon that spirit as the Mountain Auction marked its 14th anniversary, at a new location.
Auction chair Michael Sullivan of Elmira, N.Y., St. Bonaventure University class of 1989 and a Mountain board member, received a multitude of compliments from the more than 160 guests, who were pleased with the additional space for gathering and conversation.
Held at Premier Banquet Center in Olean on Nov. 1, the facility afforded room for more seating, the silent auction display and socializing. Prior to the auction, a Mass was held with Daniel Riley, OFM, as homilist.
Though preliminary figures are not yet in, the assortment of gifts once again demonstrated the commitment and creativity of Mountain friends and supporters.
Joining the array of local products, gift baskets, jewelry and getaways were many thoughtful one-of-a-kind gifts. They included:
- A case of “Swan Song” beer crafted by John C. Coughlin, OFM, before he left the Mountain for his new assignment in Georgia. The beer, featuring original artwork by Dan, fetched more than $18 a bottle.
- A dinner with the Mountain friars and 8 to 10 guests, to be prepared by local chef Sheila Darrow
- A collection of beautiful black and white photos taken at the Mountain by novice Christian Seno
The friars and Mountain board extend a huge thank-you to all who participated in the auction, which supports the building maintenance fund and the Mountain operating budget. The Auction Committee collaborated with The Pink Pumpkin project this year to support local breast cancer initiatives and provide one-of-a-kind table centerpieces, as shown in photo.
And for Mountain friends who weren’t able to attend the event that evening, the online auction has some wonderful items and runs from Nov. 14 to 23 at www.mounti.com/online-auction.
The Auction Committee continues to welcome new voices and enthusiasm. Those interested in joining the group to make plans for 2015 — or perhaps in hosting a gift-gathering social in your community — are asked to contact Michelle Marcellin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s note: This report was submitted by the Mountain Auction Committee.