STAYTON — It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing . . . or so the song goes. As the largest
fundraiser of the year, Regis High School's fall Green and Gold Auction certainly had swing, say organizers.

More than 400 guests, volunteers and students attended the event.

“Fundraising is serious business, but one of the joys of working on the auction is the chance to celebrate the sacrifices made to support our school,” said co-chair Connie Nielson.

Beneath a backdrop of chandeliers and palm trees reminiscent of a 1940’s supper club, the celebration began with two hours of musical entertainment by the Swing Street Glenn Tadina Band. To the sounds of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, bidders upped the ante on silent auction gifts, as students dressed in World War II military uniforms circulated among the crowd selling 50-50 “war bond” raffle tickets.

After supper, auctioneer Brian Grindy urged attendees to raise their paddles high for the Oral auction. A sample of items up for bid included a Victory Garden basket of locally produced food items, a fire pit, Walt Disney World tickets and a Rockola jukebox. More than eighty $50 tickets sold for a January dinner dance to be held at the student center, and a cash call during Fund-an-Item raised an additional $23,000 toward completion of a track project.

The auction had an army of dedicated volunteers.

“It’s very humbling to realize that despite enormous personal and professional pressures, so many committee members still gave so much of themselves and their time to ensure the auction’s success. It’s a tribute to our parents and the dedication that carries on in us,” said co-chairs Paul and Janis Anderson.

Staff and faculty also wish to extend their profound thanks to the volunteers, donors, Power Auto Dealerships, and all those who support Catholic education.