The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 10, 2013

Mike Pound: St. Ann’s auction benefits church, school

By Mike Pound

— I laughed when I saw that one of the items up for bid this year at the St. Ann’s Charity Auction in Carthage is a set of bunk beds.

I come from a large Catholic family, and when I was a kid, bunk beds were an essential piece of household furniture. They were perfect for sleeping and even better for tossing your brother off the top bunk.

Heidi Gilligan, one of the auction organizers, said she and her husband have different takes when it comes to placing the highest bid at an auction.

“I call it winning. My husband calls it buying,” she said with a laugh.

So — using Heidi’s term — you can look for a lot of winners this Saturday evening at the St. Ann’s Charity Auction. Winners will include those who manage to outbid others. Other winners will be the kids who attend St. Ann’s School, members of the parish and those affected by the good work done by the church.

As always, there will be a lot of neat things on which to bid, including a six-night stay at a condo in Seagrove, Fla., and a three-night stay at Red Lodge, Mont.

People also may bid on TVs, artwork by local artists including Andy Thomas, Larry Glaze and April Davis, home decor items, jewelry, tools, St. Louis Cardinals ticket packages, vintage sports jerseys, and a Taylor Swift package that includes tickets to her sold-out show in Kansas City and some spending money.

“The Taylor Swift package we estimate as a $700 value,” Heidi said.

I told Heidi that I probably was the wrong guy to put a value on the Taylor Swift package. See, I once attended a Taylor Swift concert at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, and I would have to put the value of my experience somewhat south of $700. But our 13-year-old daughter, Emma, had a different view of the concert.

I remember two things about the Taylor Swift concert I attended.

1: It was way long.

2: I think I was the only male in the audience.

At one point I had occasion to visit the men’s room, and when I walked in, it was empty. It was the only time I have ever been in an empty men’s room at Arrowhead Stadium.

But I digress. The neat thing about the St. Ann’s auction is that there is something for everyone. Sure, I might not bid on Taylor Swift tickets, but I would bid on St. Louis Cardinals tickets. My wife might not bid on Cardinals tickets, but she would bid on the jewelry items, the purses, the artwork, the home decor items, the bunk beds, the Florida trip, Branson ticket packages ... you get the idea.

(For a list of auction items, go to the auction Facebook page titled “St. Ann’s Charity Auction.”)

Actually, the St. Ann’s auction would be a neat event even if there wasn’t an auction. Your $25-per-person ticket includes food, beer and wine, and you get to hang around with some neat people.

“It really is a great time,” Heidi said.

Doors to the auction, which will take place at St. Ann’s School at 1156 Grand Ave., open at 6 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 8 p.m. You may order tickets by calling 417-358-2674, or you may buy your tickets at the door.

Money raised at the auction will go to both the church and the elementary school.

“It really is our biggest fundraiser for our church and our school,” Heidi said. “We are a mission-based parish, and we are lucky to even have a school. So many other Catholic churches don’t have schools.”

And hey, the Taylor Swift concert won’t be that bad if you’re a guy because you won’t have to put up with long lines at the bathroom.

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