The Main Event brings the St. Matthew School families and community together for the premier fundraiser of the year. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during a silent auction, a hosted bar throughout the evening, a seated dinner, and a live auction. The event is usually held each October and festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. at the St. Matthew Noble Center (PAC), 795 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna, Ohio.
There are number of ways for a school to raise money. The majority of methods involve door-to-door sales of wrapping paper, magazines or popcorn as well as bake sales and yard sales. While each of these methods does create income, no combination of these type fundraisers can make as much money for our school as the annual gala auctions do.
The auction is a highly focused fundraising event. Our Catholic community and the community-at-large have become familiar with St. Matthew School and our annual Main Event auction. Because we have focused our fundraising to a few very selective events, we are not unrelentingly asking our families to donate or spend money on items they may not really want or need. The Main Event alleviates the need to have these smaller fundraisers – something you will find yourself thankful for each time you answer the door or a co-worker’s plea to purchase a candy bar!
The Main Event has been the school’s primary fundraiser since 1997 and through the years has raised over $1 million dollars. Thankfully, this has been reached through company sponsorships, business or family advertisements in our auction catalog, and many donations from our school families and area businesses.
The current design of the auction serves three goals.
Raise Money. Clearly the funds made are considerable and have great benefit to our school community. Raising money must always be the auction’s first goal.
Promote the Community. The auction serves as an opportunity for the St. Matthew School community to come together for an elegant evening out to celebrate our school, our community, and the common interest in the Catholic education of our children.
Public Relations. Celebrating our school at the auction with the area’s greater Catholic community, keeps a strong connection with our non-school family supporters. Many local parishioners support Catholic education, and we invite them all to join us in celebration of St. Matthew School.
All of the proceeds go right back to the school and our kids and are truly an investment directly in all them. In light of the recent state funding cuts this is more important than ever if we want to continue in our commitment to excellence.
St. Matthew parent volunteers have historically volunteered to chair the auction each year. Along with the Event Chairs, we receive help with the Co-Chair positions. The Co-Chairs are the “understudies” to our Chairs, helping as needed during the current year so that they can make The Main Event a huge success the following year. These Chairs and Co-Chairs are supported by a team of leads and volunteers, who behind the scenes to make your evening fun! Everything is planned and perfected – from decorations and displays to food and beverages to class projects and security. We can’t begin to tell you how important each and every volunteer is in making The Main Event a success!
The Main Event is a cocktail affair. For men, cocktail attire means a dark suit. For women, an elegant knee length dress or skirt is recommended. Tailored pants and a fancy blouse would also work well. But we also know that not everyone wants to spend the money on a glitzy, new outfit. If that's the case, please dress in smart casual. No jeans please.
Last year more than 360 people attend The Main Event. We anticipate an even larger gathering this year, and encourage everyone to make his or her reservation early. Current and past parents, grandparents and friends of St. Matthew are welcome.
No, there is no formal "ticket". Just simply go online to our website, www.stmatthewmainevent.com and click the ‘Registration’ tab on the left. Complete the information requested on that page. You can make your payment directly online and click to save your credit card information for the big night.
Tables are comprised of eight (8) people. Unsure? Just fill in your child's grade and we'll make every effort to seat you with other parents from that class. Please keep in mind, that we may not be able to accommodate everyone’s wishes, but will do as much as we can to make your evening perfect.
Your Table Number, along with your name and Bid Number is on the back of The Main Event program cover you will receive when you check in.
The Silent Auction begins at 6:00 p.m. and continues throughout the evening.
The rules governing the Silent and Live Auctions are listed here.
A bid sheet is placed in front of each item, listing the donation, donor, value of the item, the minimum bid, and the minimum raise. The first bidder on each item must offer the minimum bid or higher, and each subsequent bid must increase by the minimum raise amount or more. Enter your bid in the space directly below the preceding bid. At the close of bidding, the last bid on the sheet (highest amount) will be the winner of that item.
When arriving at The Main Event, each guest will receive a program at the reception tables. On the back cover will be your name, Bid Number, and Table Number. For the silent auction, please use your bid number when you place your first bid and each time you want to raise your bid. Your bid number will also be recorded on a bid sheet when you are the winner of any live auction items.
The Live Auction begins shortly after dinner, somewhere around 7:30 p.m., generally after dinner has been served. Please raise your bid paddle HIGH to indicate your intention to bid. The auctioneer will acknowledge all valid bids and determine the winning bid on each item.
All contributions are most welcome and even the smallest donation is of great importance in making the auction a success.
In addition to our catalogs being sent home to all of our school families and at the local parishes after masses, the current year’s auction catalog is available for viewing on our website.
You may check the "final bid" sheet at the item's location. The winning bid number will be marked in red. You may also ask at the checkout station located at the top of the escalator. Please be sure to take your item with you after you checkout.
If you are unable to attend The Main Event, someone may place a proxy bid for you. Is there a minimum bid increase for the Silent Auction? The minimum bid increase for each item is indicated at the top of the bid sheet.
In addition to the silent and live auctions, there are opportunities to make donations to the Cash for a Cause: a specifically designated fund that will be announced each year. All you need to do is raise your bidder paddle when the amount you choose to donate is announced. The donation will appear in your auction total when you check out at the end of the auction.
Winning bids will be collected and grouped by bid number. You may pay by cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Credit cards will only be charged for winning bids. Receipts will be given during check out. All sales are FINAL. There will not be any refunds or exchanges provided.
Live auction item certificates are available at check out. Some silent auction certificates will also be available at check out. For all other items, once payment has been made, take receipts back to the auction tables. Table assistants will assist you in locating and securing your items. Please check to be sure that the item number of the item you pick up matches the one on your receipt. Large items may be picked up after check out or Sunday morning between 9 a.m. – noon.
You will receive a statement from the school itemizing each winning bid. Keep in mind that items and services are not always tax deductible.
Yes, you can consider making a monetary donation to specifically offset the cost of The Main Event.
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