Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

G Gathering Annual Holiday Auction at St. Matthew’s reaps big rewards

Annual Holiday Auction at St. Matthew’s reaps big rewards



More than 400 people attended the St. Matthew's Catholic School recent Holiday Auction, which  benefits the students and school. The theme this year was Christmas Traditions. Guests dined on a fabulous dinner prepared by parent volunteers and supervised by trained chefs Michelle Garstenauer and Christine Vogel who are also SMS parents. After dinner, guests enjoyed bidding on numerous Silent and Grand Silent auction items with the spirited Live Auction wrapping up the evening. The auction committee worked diligently all year and their efforts were rewarded with the auction netting $51,723.00!


Rosa and Hugo Owens, Jr., owners of The Nia Corporation and SMS parents of 8th and 6th grade students, enjoyed a night of good food and fellowship.

Auction Chair, Kristi McGeehan, receiving a big thank you from Principal Louis L. Goldberg and round of applause from the audience for the fantastic job she and the auction committee did to make the evening such a successful event.

From left: St. Matthew's Preschool teachers Susan Ball and Kathy Llewellyn, with 3rd grade teacher Leigh Dewberry.

Parents and grandparents of St. Matthew's students came out to show their support and have a great time. From left: Richard and Ellen Green, Shawn and Abby Mallon, Katrina and Chris Jones, and Stephen and Lara Gaston.

Gary Burdette with American Builders Construction and his wife, Jodi, parents of a 3rd grade student, got ready to enjoy their dinner before engaging in the auction bidding.

Head Chef Michelle Garstenauer, left, and Assistant Chef Christine Vogel serve the Salted Carmel Mocha creme brulee to the VIP table guests.