In response to the ongoing public health crisis, the More-ing 20s, St. Thomas More’s 37th Annual Dinner Auction, will not be held as planned. Our planning committee has gone to great lengths over the last several months to acquire items and sponsorships to ensure that this event would have been our most successful ever. We were excited to honor Tom Knitter with the Chancellor Award and we know many of you were excited to see that happen, as well.
We had planned to party like it was 1920, but instead, we’re going to party like it’s 2020, as we move our event to a virtual format. We have more than 240 items available for bidding on our auction website, including those items that would have been exclusively available in our live auction to event guests. As the auction moves to a virtual format, however, everyone will now have the opportunity to bid on these items and experiences, not just those that were registered to attend.
Speaking of those registered to attend, you may be wondering “what about the tickets that I purchased?” The Dinner Auction is our largest fundraising event of the year, so we ask that you consider converting the cost of your ticket(s) into a tax-deductible donation to STM. In that event, the entire amount of your ticket(s) would be eligible for a charitable tax deduction, and you would receive a receipt letter stating that amount. If you would prefer a partial or full refund, please contact Dan Steffes at [email protected] to request a refund, and he will process it promptly.
We had numerous sponsors and advertisers step up to support this event. Though we cannot honor the physical forms of recognition planned for the event, we will recognize those supporters via ads on our online GiveSmart bidding platform, posts on STM social media channels, mentions on STM’s electronic sign on Kinnickinnic Avenue, and recognition in this and other emails about our virtual event. We will also send out an electronic event program later this week that will include ads from sponsors and advertisers. We thank them for their support, and we ask that you support these companies and organizations when you have the opportunity.
We have been in touch with Tom Knitter about rescheduling the presentation of the Chancellor Award. We are pleased to announce that Tom has agreed to accept the award at our school’s 150th Anniversary celebration on June 19, 2021. More information about this event will be forthcoming in the next several months.
Our virtual event will open for bidding on Friday, March 20 at 12:00 PM. The silent auction items will remain open until 9:00 PM Central time on Thursday, March 26. On Friday, March 27, we will hold “Fund the Future Friday” to replicate the portion of our event where we ask guests to raise their paddles to donate to the school. You will have the opportunity to contribute to this one-day fund drive via the GiveSmart online bidding platform or through tmore.org.
This situation is new for us all, so if you have any questions, please reach out to Dan Steffes at [email protected]. We appreciate your understanding.
As we all struggle to get used to our new circumstances, please know that we are keeping the health of the STM family in our prayers. Be well, and God bless.
In Christ’s Peace,
Dan Steffes (TM ’03) and the STM Auction Committee