St. Patrick's Day always signals an especially festive fundraising time for Catholic Charities. And the St. Patrick's Day Gala, with green aplenty, continues to set records.
The March 11 gala at Cheyenne Mountain resort drew a sold-out crowd of 450 who donated $312,000 for the nonprofit's programs.
Auctioneer Kevin Patterson's auction action kept things lively, especially with the new "last bid of the evening." A $130 bottle of 2006 Pahlmeyer Merlot, donated by Nancy Borden, awaited that final bidder. A mach speed competition took off as guests vied to be the last. An enthusiastic Barbara Harris, whose bid paddle had been busy six times, was the winner, nodding "yes" to $4,200 before she took the vino home.
Two popular live auctions items were sold twice each: a week in a private villa in Punta Mita, Mexico, donated by Bill and Marcie Miller, $12,000 each; and Devin Montagne's live painting of "The Holy Family," $5,500 each.
The Hinojosa family's story was told during the evening, showing patrons how Catholic Charities' services had helped them back onto their feet following a home fire that turned into homelessness. They had been living in a tent by the creek and are now in an apartment, working toward full employment and receiving help for their autistic son.