Meramec Valley School District sports club supporters filled the Eagles Hall this past Saturday, Nov. 17, for the 10th annual Indian Sports Club Dinner auction.
Eagles volunteers say more than 400 buffet meals were served.
Balloons filled the air, large circus-animal prints lined the wall and red and white bunting over the stage gave the illusion of a circus tent for the theme for the evening — “Under the Big Top.” Jenny Devine, art teacher, designed the decorations.
As school district coaches carried items to the front of the room, auctioneers Brian Knight and Harry Engelhart sold 80 items during the live auction.
When any bid exceeded the listed retail value on an item, Stephanie Schomber, Sports Club president, clanged a cowbell.
In addition to the live auction items, another 100 items were sold in a silent auction. In the special dessert category, pies, cakes, cookies and cream puffs were sold to the highest bidder. Ketina Armstrong served as donation chair for the event.
The dinner auction is the sports club’s only major fundraiser.
Auction items included a student parking pass, Nexus tablet and iPad, a Florida beach vacation, golf package, a week’s motor home rental, half a dozen other getaways and scores of sports paraphernalia. The final auction item of the evening was pizza for a year.
Proceeds from the auction are used to provide funding for equipment, scholarships and other projects for the district’s athletic department.
In the past, the sports club has purchased golf bags, a softball pitching machine, volleyball nets, dance team poms, track and field pole vault standards, bats, soccer Infinity goals, wrestling warm-ups, football helmets and an all-program Hudi video exchange.
Some 85 individuals, businesses and organizations contributed to the event, according to the printed program.