Your Complete Guide to the 2015 Black & White Ball

Click here for the 2015 Silent & Live auction item listing

We only get to celebrate our sesquicentennial once, so we have some special things in store for the evening. Doors will open at 5 pm, and you can enter through Door #2 on the southeast side of the building.

Be sure to arrive by 5:30 to be entered into our Early Angel drawing for a $200 credit on your evening’s bill. It may come in handy when you get into a bidding war over a coveted item! Guests will be able to pre-swipe their credit card at registration for easier checkout at the end of the evening.  

With your bidder number and program in hand, head to the cafeteria where you’ll be treated to butler-served appetizers and friendly bar service. You’ll be surrounded by decades of photos and memorabilia while you sip from one of our signature cocktails or sample homebrews from SCHS IT Support Specialist Tony Commodore.

You’ll hear from the Jazz Band and have the chance to take home a memento from the evening at the photo booth run by Michael Lee ’87.

Make sure to make you way around the room to bid on an awesome collection of silent auction items. As always, we have artwork from students and local artists, amazing gift baskets, sports packages and unique experiences. Special for this year are nostalgic items like SCHS-inspired lockers and original stonework from the building.

Back by popular demand are our Lucky 7 and Blackjack 21 drawings. For those new to the Black & White Ball, you don’t even have to be a winning bidder to win. At any time and on any item, you can enter your bid on line 7 or line 21 and you will be entered into a special drawing. The Lucky 7 winner will receive a 16GB iPad mini. Since Blackjack pays out bigger, we are giving away one-week stay at a condo in Palm Island, FL courtesy of Jeanne Hanisko and Terry McCarthy! Could you be this year’s big winner?

Before heading upstairs for dinner and our live auction in the historic John F. McGuire Gymnasium, be sure to refresh your drink, as our bar will close from 6:45 until dinner is served (around 7:30 p.m.). Wine stewards will pour wine at your table and beer and other cocktails will be available after dinner is served. While you settle in to your seat, you can listen to a decades-inspired medley by our middle and high school choirs under the direction of choir teacher, Mrs. Donna Clark.

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After a satisfying meal from Zilli Hospitality Group, we will move into our live auction led by Joe Mellem of Johnson Auctioneering.  We will once again kickoff the live auction with a bidding frenzy that includes a $250 gift card to Art Metal Studio.

Our main event includes classic items like a Packer package and pheasant hunting, but the highlights are one-of-a-kind items like an autographed sweater vest from the Legend himself, Bob Letsch, and an Evening with O’B that includes cigars, scotch and steaks at the Corner House.  

We’ll wrap up the live auction with our Bid for a Purpose. Last year you helped Fund the Foster, this year we are asking for your help to Makeover the McGuire with some necessary improvements for our iconic gymnasium.

The night doesn’t end there. While you are enjoying dinner and the live auction, there will be a flurry of activity in the cafeteria as we transform it into a swanky nightclub complete with live entertainment from Piano Brew with Tony Frontier ’88 and Joey (Odegaard) Boulevard ’88. We invite you to join us for dessert, coffee, drinks and dancing in Club 150. Here you can sing along to songs from every era while relishing an amazing night with friends old and new.

This is just a small glimpse into what we have in store, but you’ll have to wait until Saturday for the rest to be unveiled.

We are so excited to have you be a part of a record-setting night for St. Catherine’s! We look forward to welcoming you and all of our guests for our celebration of 150 years. Thank you again for inspiring the minds and spirits of our Angels! 

Please note that while we would love to open the doors to more guests who wish to participate in the Black & White Ball, we cannot allow any walk-ins the night of the event due to liquor licensing rules.  Guests who have not registered in advanced will be turned away.  

Questions about Saturday?  Please contact Raechel Bartel, Event and Communications Coordinator, at 262-833-5511.