2009 La Salle Auction Highlights Classic TV Memories With Record Attendance
A near record 566 parents, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and friends of La Salle gathered to enjoy a big “Bonanza” of an event as they came to La Salle on November 7 to enjoy the 2009 Auction - “The Golden Age of TV: A Really Big Show.” This annual event is hosted by the Mothers’ Club and The Men of La Salle, so it is truly a “Family Affair” for the school.
Auction-goers were ready to “I Spy” from the moment they entered. The area outside registration put you right in the middle of a Golden Age living room complete with “Ed Sullivan” playing on the console TV—is that Nana’s Sunday gravy you smell? Everywhere attendees looked they were greeted with show after show from the classic age of TV. It was as if the walls were lined with memories! The auditorium's silent auction tables beckoned bidders to “Let’s Make A Deal” with incredible array of items. Bidders formed a “Dragnet” around coveted items and as the tables began to close the winners were able to “Name That Tune” and take home their favorites. The stage was set as “American Bandstand” and the La Salle band got into the spirit with a medley of beloved TV theme songs. Our talented dancers contributed a lively swing dance to the theme song from “AB.” The mood was set and our bidders decided to “Get Smart” as they moved on to the luxury tables.
As the attendees moved into the gym for dinner they were “Bewitched” with the nautical show and cop show bar areas. Is that Mary Ann and the Professor I see? No sooner had coffee and dessert been served when the auctioneer trained his “Candid Camera” on the crowd to begin the live auction. Items such as a pair of custom-painted “La Salle” cruiser bikes, a luxury villa in Jamaica, signed Phillies’ jerseys and a fabulous David Yurman bracelet were among the items that had bidders feuding more to win items than the “Beverly Hillbillies.”
After the excitement of the silent auction, attendees were ready to gather as “Father Knows Best” that a wonderful mass is always celebrated afterwards by our own Father Janton. Everyone agreed that the efforts of the Mother’s Club and The Men of La Salle were as good as “Superman” in making the 2009 auction “All In The Family.”