Come support our parish and school for our 21st Annual Gala on February 22, 2020 while enjoying mouth-watering cuisine, dazzling wines, signature drinks, musical entertainment, and silent, hurricane, and live auctions. Our very own parishioner and Mardi Gras Chairperson, Laura Hudson, will bring bidding excitement to the Hurricane and Live Auctions.
Tickets are available for $65 per person. Stop by the parish office, or the Connect With Us desk before/after weekend Masses to make your reservations. You may also PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE . Scroll down to the “Fundraising” section to enter the total dollar amount.
For your musical entertainment, Power of 10 returns! Power of 10 features dynamic vocalists, an awe-inspiring horn section and a superb rhythm section performing a mix of timeless and current hits sure to make you dance! Watch a feature video of Power of 10 .
ONLINE BIDDING FOR THE SILENT AUCTION WILL RETURN!!! Pre-Event Silent Auction bidding on your smart device opens mid-February at https://one.bidpal.net/SSMardiGras. Relax and start bidding—set your maximum bids. Max bids allow you to set the highest amount you would bid for an item. Then sit back and let the program take care of the bidding for you up to your chosen max amount. If bidding on your item ends for less than your maximum amount, that’s all you pay! Visit the following link at One Cause for a great tutorial to help you prepare for a fun night of bidding.
Come to the Gala and see all the Auction items in person. You can preview the Hurricane and Live Auctions and choose your favorites. You must be at the Gala to bid on those! Bring your smart phone or iPad fully charged. Concierge available to help those who need assistance. Bidding kiosks available for those without devices.
The St. Stephen’s Church Gathering Space and Faith Community Center will be transformed on February 22, 2020 into a wonderland of color and elegance to set the stage for our Mardi Gras Fundraising Gala. Donations for the Silent and Live Auctions are being sought. The Auctions are the main revenue source of the event. Silent Auction items range up to $500 in value. The Hurricane Auction is a fast, competitive, lively bidding of the best or unusual Silent Auction items.
Time – Treasure – Talent: Want to volunteer? It’s easy, just email Mary Jane Beberg or call the Mardi Gras hotline at 763-712-7470.
Not able to join us for the event? Remember, you can bid on the silent auction items through BidPal!
You can also purchase a “Best of the Live Auction” raffle ticket for $20. See the “Best of the Live Auction” tab below for all the fun details.
You could also participate by donating a bottle of wine (minimum value of $15, please) for the ever popular “Wall of Wine” that will be auctioned off the evening of Mardi Gras.
Ticket price includes a gourmet catered meal, live music, photo booth, and access to the live and hurricane auctions.
Exotic Hurricanes, Manhattans, New Orleans Big Easy Martinis, fabulous live and silent auction items, games and raffle chances with great prizes will also be available for purchase!
Rest assured, your taste buds will not be disappointed!
Cheese, Crackers and Fruit Appetizers
Mixed Green House Salad
Tomato Basil Soup
Pasta with Red Sauce
Tri Vegetable Medley
Your Chance to Start Even Earlier!
Each year we would like to give you the chance to take part in the Mardi Gras Live Auction whether you are able to attend or not!
Best of the Live Auction Raffle tickets are typically available beginning in mid-January in the Gathering Place after weekend Masses, in the Parish Office during the week and also the night of Mardi Gras. Each $20 ticket allows you the chance to pick one of the 2020 select Live Auction Items. One lucky winner’s name will be drawn before the start of the Live Auction. The item they have chosen on that ticket will be pulled from the Live Auction and that lucky person will have won that Live Auction Item!
Items for this year’s event are:
A. Samsung 6 Series 65” Smart TV. Value $550.
4K UHD, Motion rate 120, HDR, UHD Dimming, PurColor
B. Pink Tourmaline and White Gold Pendant on a White Gold Chain. Value: $1,550; Donor: Dan Gould Jewelry
Spice up her wardrobe with the addition of this beautiful Pink Tourmaline stone set in white gold. Weight of stone is 1.45 CT.
C. Green Mountain Daniel Boone WiFi Grill, Black with Cover and Pellets. Value: $700; Donor: Generous Parishioner
12V Direct Power, Digital Controller, Auger System, Pellet Hopper, WiFi Smart Control, Firebox, Windows to see inside.
D. Poly Lumber GLIDER. All American made from recycled milk cartons and fade free with color all the way through. Value: $1,198; Donor: Generous Parishioners and Plants and Things
E. Pair of Wavestorm Paddle Boards. Value: $700; Donor: Generous Parishioner
Have fun on the lake or river with a PAIR of 9ft 6in SUP Expedition Stand Up Paddle Boards with paddle, leash, and fin for each!
This opportunity will again allow any member of our extended community to take part in this great event, as you DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT to win!
Reminder: When filling out the raffle ticket, make sure to choose the letter that corresponds with the Live Auction Item that you want to win if your ticket is pulled.
Our exciting LIVE auction opens after dinner where each patron has an opportunity to bid for the fabulous prize of their dreams. The Live Auction is one of the many highlights of the evening. Each year we have many special items, which in the past have included a MN Twins party, beautiful trees (yes, there are trees in the Live Auction), diamond cross pendant, children’s soccer bedroom, an entertainment/home theater package and puppies.
Each year we have special “need” items designated for the school and church. Mardi Gras attendees are encouraged to participate in bidding dollar amounts to the overall cost of the “need” projects.
Some of the 2020 Live Auction highlights:
- 12 day/11 night stay at one of the following resorts:
1 bedroom unit at the Kaanapali Beach Club (Maui) OR
2 bedroom unit at The Point at Poipu (Kauai)
Information on the resorts can be found at Diamond Resorts.com
or by just Googling the resort names. All reservations are based on availability. Reservations must be made in 2020 for a vacation in either 2020 or 2021. Reservations may be made up to 13 months in advance; in general, the more lead time, the better the chances of availability. Travel/airfare is NOT included.
- Pink Tourmaline and White Gold Pendant on a White Gold Chain from Dan Gould Jewelry
- Samsung 65″ 4K Ultra High Definition Smart TV
- Poly Lumber Glider
- Pair of Wavestorm Stand Up Paddle Boards
- Dinner for eight at Buona Sera
- Green Mountain Daniel Boone Wood Pellet Grill
- Crafting Pizza with Fr. Bennet Tran for 6
- Board Game Night with Pizza and Beer with Fr. Louie for 6 (Make it a family event without the beer!)
You won’t want to miss an opportunity to bid on one of these and several other auction items. Check back regularly as new items are added to the live auction!
Our Silent Auction will once again be the cornerstone of the evening with a variety of wonderful items to tempt you including such things as beautiful framed prints for your home; theatre tickets at local repertoires; golf and bowling packages for family fun, and theme baskets for every interest. This year we will once again feature the wonderful gift baskets created by each class at St. Stephen’s School. Thanks to our generous donors there is something special for everyone.
Dates for Sporting Event Auction Items
Check your calendar and start bidding online:
Two Timberwolves tickets four rows behind the Timberwolves bench for Sunday, March 1 game against the Dallas Mavericks. Section 132, Row D. Includes ramp fees and parking pass AND $300 in gift cards for the Timberwolves Merchandise Gift Shop. Value: $990
Two lower level tickets to Wednesday, April 15 Timberwolves game at Target Center vs. New York Knicks. Includes free parking pass and
exclusive access to the TCL 612 VIP Lounge. Value: $500
Four tickets to MN Wild vs. Colorado Monday, March 23, 7 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. Section C25, Row 1, Seats 5, 6, 7, 8 plus parking pass. Value: $500
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Where: FCC 1
Special Note: Bidding closes before dinner seating. These items will be BID on and SOLD during this time by live bidding. Laura Hudson will be leading this bidding and it will be FUN! Don’t miss it!
Several items are all up for bids in a 20 minute fast-paced auction.
Past items included:
Rum River Dinner Cruise – Enjoy a summer pontoon ride for 6 on the scenic Rum River while enjoying a festive feast created especially for you.
Hilton Head Island – April 28-May 5, 2018 – this timeshare vacation includes 2 separate one bedroom cottages, adjacent to each other and each sleeping 2 adults and 2 younger children.
Kid’s Teepee – this off white indoor teepee with burgandy trim is big enough to share with friends and siblings alike.
Two MN Vikings Tickets – two tickets to see the Vikings in an August pre-season game.
Two MN Timberwolves Tickets – Two lower level tickets to see MN Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center
Wall of Wine – Over 75 bottles of wine and some unique items to enjoy with wine – a wine tasting game, a wooden wine bottle puzzle, and wine themed bar towels.
2020 Need Items
Fund-A-Needs are items that are unbudgeted improvements to the Church or School that would enhance our parish or school life.
Church need item: Create new area of Calvary Cemetery with garden layout, statues, and miscarriage loss memorialization and burial. Our current area is full. This will support our belief that all life is precious from the moment of conception and give families who experience loss a place to
honor and remember. Goal: $30,000
School need item: Every student is in the music and physical education programs. Updating the music program with twenty ukuleles, drum covers, keyboards, hand held microphone and four lapel mics, rhythm and beat manipulatives, and a floor rug will benefit every student, and greatly enhance the curriculum.
The scooters will add many exciting scooter games to our P.E. units and create some new activities to be involved in that are fun and SUPER active for our students.
As a bonus, any funding for the school raised above the music and physical education class improvements will go toward new wrestling mats.
Goal: Additional $8,000 for new wrestling mats.
Fund-A-Needs: If you are unable to attend, but would like to help us, you can donate at one.bidpal.net/ssmardigras or direct your donation to Mardi Gras at St. Stephen’s Church. Thank you for your helping us to reach our goals!
HEADS OR TAILS
Once again this year we will have a fun game – Heads or Tails. Purchase your $10.00 necklace that evening to take part in the game as a coin is tossed to determine if you guessed right in order to remain standing. The last person standing will ultimately win the $500 cash prize. Don’t miss this chance to bet the odds and have some fun!
MARDI GRAS FUN
It’s back! Pick your letter and number combination for $10. Prize to be announced!
Participants will play $2 to pull a sucker from the game board. $1 goes towards the game, the second $1 will go in a 50/50 envelope. The colored suckers will get a prize depending on the color. If a person pulls the 50/50 sucker, they will win the money in the 50/50 envelope, which will vary throughout the night.
Participants pay $2 to spin the wheel. $1 kept for the game, $1 will go in the 50/50 envelope. Participants may win various prizes, nothing/blank (WHAMMY), or the contents of the 50/50 envelope.
Cocktails and Silent Auction: 5:15 p.m.
The Hurricane Auction of the Unique and Unusual Items: 6:30 p.m.
Prayer and Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Close of Silent Auction Bidding: 8:30 p.m.
Drawing for “Best of the Live” Raffle: 8:30 p.m.
Live Auction: 9:00 p.m.
Music throughout the night
Mardi Gras has grown to become one of the largest fundraising events for St. Stephen’s parish and school. Proceeds go back into the general fund impacting virtually every ministry within the parish. In past years, proceeds have also been utilized for special needs items including automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the church and school; new bleachers in the school gym; a new sound system for the school; a kiln for school art classes, new furniture for the parish office; as well as new furniture and toys for the new pre-school; notebook computers for the school, audio-visual equipment for use in the Faith Community Center, white boards for the school classrooms, an extreme makeover for The Refuge (youth room), updated furniture for the offices of the priests, digital cameras for each of the school classrooms, iPads for the school, upgraded Wi-Fi for the church and school, church music area improvements, new water fountains for the school, religious art, and a sport court for the school playground.
These significant endeavors cannot happen without YOU!
So, grab your relatives, invite your neighbors, call your fishing and hunting buddies or get all the girls in your book club and reserve a table together, as Mardi Gras is a fun filled evening that you do not want to miss!
Saturday, February 22, 2020
TO VOLUNTEER, call 763-712-7470.
For more information