Shamrauction’s final figure: $532,000

‘Blown away’ by guests’ generosity, director says


Cathedran file photo

The Welch Activity Center was transformed for the annual Shamrauction.

Caitlin O'Connor , Reporter

The decorations have been taken down, the Welch Activity Center has been taken over by PE students and the final tally of Shamraucation proceeds has been determined.

That final figure was $532,000.

Senior Director of Advancement Mrs. Michelle Taylor ‘01 said, “(Shamrauction) was great. We had a wonderful turnout of current parents, past parents, alumni and friends of the school, and I think everyone had a really great time. We were thrilled to have such a large turnout, especially given that we’ve had so many events this year to celebrate Cathedral’s centennial anniversary.”

Mrs. Jean Smith ’97, executive assistant to the vice president for advancement, said, “This was the first year in a long time that Shamrauction had a DJ. He was amazing. We asked for requests via Facebook and an (online) survey, so he played a full assortment of music, and even threw in some space (and) future themed songs. Literally he had people on the dance floor all night long.”

With the theme of the The Next 100, several guests came dressed in futuristic and galaxy themed attire. Smith said, “It’s a black tie optional event; however, a few came in a futuristic space theme. We had one gentleman in a Buzz Lightyear costume. There was lots of glitter and stars on the ladies.”

Taylor said the most powerful moment of the evening was the Fund-A-Need drive. She said, “We’re always impressed by the generosity of the Cathedral family, but we were blown away when donations reached $65,000 in support of transportation updates. It always takes a village to put on Shamrauction, so we’re so thankful for all the volunteers that helped make it possible.”