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Marian Central to mark 60 years at annual dinner auction

Fundraiser aims to raise $100,000 to help students with tuition assistance

Marian Central Catholic High School's annual dinner auction will be April 18 at The Starline Factory, 300 W. Front St., Harvard.
Marian Central Catholic High School's annual dinner auction will be April 18 at The Starline Factory, 300 W. Front St., Harvard.

Marian Central Catholic High School will celebrate its diamond anniversary at this year’s dinner auction April 18.

For its 60th anniversary, Marian Central is going bigger. Instead of holding the event in the school gym, where it’s been for the past 10 years, the dinner auction will be at The Starline Factory, 300 W. Front St., Harvard.

Attendees can expect a casual, social evening with cocktails, live and silent auctions, live entertainment, dancing and casino games.

The school is expecting about 400 people, and the dinner aims to raise $100,000 to provide tuition assistance for Marian students in need.

Kaitlin Bordeaux, director of admission and development, said 11% of Marian Central’s students struggle with tuition.

Many students in past years said they have been grateful to receive tuition assistance, Bordeaux said, adding that thanks to the fundraiser, students have been able to attend the school, meet lifelong friends, get a Catholic education, focus on their faith and attain leadership roles.

“It wouldn’t be possible without our donors,” she said.

General admission tickets are $75, and reserved table tickets are $100. A table of 10 also can be reserved for $1,000.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, and ticket sales end April 16.

The event also will feature a super raffle, in which the winner will receive $7,500 or free tuition for one year. Tickets for the super raffle are available for $100. Winners do not need to be present to claim the prize. The raffle will include second-, third- and fourth-place prizes.

All tickets can be bought at marianauction.givesmart.com.

For anyone not able to attend the event who would like to participate, mobile bidding will be available.

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