Our Lady of Peace holds Mardi Gras celebration, fellowship

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Lizzle Markwalter debates on whether or not to bid on an item at the Our Lady of Peace Mardi Gras auction.


On Saturday night family, friends and supporters of Our Lady of Peace Catholic School had a chance to let down their hair — figuratively and literally.

The school celebrated Mardi Gras with a night of auction items and fellowship. Principal Stephen Hickey said there were roughly 180 visitors and overall the turnout was great. There were a number of rooms and many items up for auction.

“We're pretty consistent with our auction items,” Hickey said. “Families at the school have been here a while and we have donors who consistently give and enjoy giving to the school for charitable events.”

Hickey said the school's PTO is its fundraising head. The fundraising allows the school to improve its facilities, textbooks and other means.

“The more money we pull in, the quicker we can implement plans to better the school,” he said. “That, in turn, will allow us to heighten and elevate the education that we provide.”

In addition to the silent auction items, there were a handful of “bigger items” in a live auction, which mostly consisted of jewelry. This year one of the items was a Pandora pendant, another was a pair of diamond stud earrings and one was also a five-day, five-night vacation in Williamsburg, Va.

Of course the night was about more than just the items available. The fellowship between the staff, teachers and donors also was a big part of the evening.

“For once, out of all of the 180 school days, you get to see the other side of the teachers, parents and administrators,” Hickey said. “Also everyone else who is affiliated with the school. You don't have the stress of the job or children or the next day with lesson plans, going to work or what have you. Everyone takes a deep breath and gets to enjoy some good company, food and items to bid on.”

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.

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