HANNIBAL | Hats and Horses, the 19th annual dinner auction to benefit Hannibal's Holy Family School, also gave the crowd attending an opportunity to buy trips to the Kentucky Derby, Lake Ozark and ball games, in addition to a variety of other items. The Feb. 22 fund-raiser was at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Special meals and other taste treats, dental services, memberships in the YMCA and Norwood Golf Club and many more donated items helped raise funds for the 2020 improvements at the school.
Emily and Allen Rose made the winning $1,000 bid for a week-long stay in a lakefront private house at Lake Ozark. He noted they spent a vacation there three years ago, and she added, “We are excited about it.”
Another bidder paid $1,100 for a May 1 trip for four to the Kentucky Derby.
Additional successful bidders included Audra Allgood, whose $1,100 bid won her a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Poolside Dinner and Party for up to 20 adults.
Perhaps the costume most in keeping with the Kentucky Derby theme was created by April Ball, who was a jockey, wearing a helmet and jockey shirt and carrying a hobby horse.
The Hats and Horses theme gave attendees an opportunity to wear a colorful Kentucky Derby hats, many of which the women decorated themselves. Among them were Karen Hams, Sherri Robison and Elaine Meyer.
Another group was composed of Dana Frazine, Gloria Straube, Heather Temple, Christina Brewer and Barb Crane. Crane made her hat with decorations from Hobby Lobby.
Some men also sported special hats. Chuck Hirner wore a genuine buffalo skin hat from Australia, explaining he bought it in Branson, Mo. Also at his table, Dr. Mike Murphy wore a hat he bought in a hat shop in Las Cruces, N.M.
Spike and Theresa Ehrhardt spent the evening with Sister Betty Uchytil, SSND, who is retiring as principal of Holy Family School.
Family groups included more than one generation, such as Broughtons: Jo, Gary and Barbara Broughton, along with Lauren Peters.
As the auction began, family groups were posing for photos at the Kentucky Derby mural.
One large group was the Frank and Janet Janes family, including Danelle Batterton, Shannan Meyer, Kevin Damron and Leah Whelan.
Volunteer auctioneer Austin Kelly was busy seeking bids, with Becky and Joe Thomas serving as emcees for the 10th year.
A silent auction preceded the live auction.and raffle ticket drawings were included during the final event.
Heather Ehrhardt, event co-chair with Coley Haycraft, Laura Steinman and Kara Viorel, explained how the proceeds of the dinner auction will be used for the school.
Plans for 2020 include classroom renovations for grades three to five, math books for grades K through five, security system upgrades, color Xerox machine and an umbrella/tarp to shade the playground.
She reported improvements completed with 2019 funds were a new sidewalk at the entrance, stone retaining wall repair, new heating and cooling system in grades pre-K, K and three through five, windows in grades two through six and bathrooms, and middle school math books.
See photo gallery for more pictures of the dinner auction.