St. Mary's Church Auction Aug 14

Thursday, August 11, 2022
What child wouldn't like to cuddle under this quilt about Noah's Ark. It is one of the quilted items on this Sunday's St. Mary's Parish Auction.
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REMSEN Get ready to bid at the 37th annual St. Mary's Parish Auction on Sunday, Aug. 14, on the church grounds.

The morning starts with Mass at 8 a.m., offering everyone an opportunity to thank God for all the blessings he provides.

Viewing of the auction items and breakfast will start at 9 a.m., with the live auction getting underway at 10 a.m.

This hand-crafted wood picnic table will be one of the first items sold on the St. Mary's Parish Auction Sunday, and will become the VIP table.
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Chair couple for the auction are Merritt and Jade Bunkers Groh.

Sarah Garvin serves as co-chair and parish development officer for the auction, and said the committee will also utilize 32auctions again for some online bidding.

Online bidding began at 11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 7, and will end at 11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 14. Search for "Remsen St. Mary's 37th Annual Auction." For those who registered on 32auctions last year, the username and password will still work. The site is

This creche was made by Loren Nilles and donated anonymously to the St. Mary's Parish Auction.
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The auction is held outside of St. Mary's Church under the big tent.

"You can't miss it," Garvin said.

There will also be a Kids Zone which will have a bounce house, a magician and face painting.

An old wooden door repurposed into a decorator piece will be on the St. Mary's Parish Auction on Sunday.
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Garvin said there are a wide variety of items up for auction this year.

One of the first items will be a custom picnic table.

"The custom picnic table will be our VIP section, and comes with the table and drinks. The purchaser and friends will be able to sit at the VIP table for the auction," she said.

Look for a farmer (or his wife) to bid on this International Harvester quilt at St. Mary's Parish Auction. Is there a John Deere one too?
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"We also have a lot of wonderful things made by Remsen St. Mary's students," Garvin said.

For those with a sweet tooth, get ready to bid on items such as a pie a month for a year, with similar packages offered for cookies and bars.

"There are just a ton of homemade goodies for a year on the auction," she continued.

Two antique, ornate steeples from St. Mary's Church will be on the Sunday auction at the church.
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There will also be sports memorabilia; a number of RSM school decorator items; Creighton basketball tickets (choice of game); an International Harvester quilt; a Noah's Ark quilt; antique, ornate cooper steeples from St. Mary's Church; custom round baling packages; collectible toys; homemade salsa and corn and bean salsa; an RSM home game tailgate for eight people, with appetizers and cocktails; 50 packs of 150 pieces of bacon; tools; and interior and exterior detailing of a tractor of choice, to name a few.

There are also several trips, such as a 3-night Spirit Lake vacation, a 3-night stay on Panama City Beach, Florida, and fishing trips.

"We also have a ton of donations from our local businesses, a lot of gift certificates," she added.

Businesses participating in the "Pay It Forward" fundraiser in July and August were Mrs. B's Convenience Store, Sammy's Brick House, Klein on 9/Remsen Golf Course, The Golden Pheasant, and Beer City.

Last year's auction raised more than $100,000.

Garvin said the committee hopes to make over $100,000 again this year.

A limited number of raffle tickets are still available, with first through 12th place winners receiving cash prizes, with a top cash prize of $3,500.

Jade Groh said this is the first year she and her husband have served on the auction committee.

"We have been working hard since May to gather donations for the auction," Groh said. "As far as the items, I am amazed at the generously that has poured forth from local and distant businesses, and those individuals of our community. It's just awesome."

"We have things for kids, hobbyists, for family and individual getaways. It's a really varied collection this year and it's something really to be proud of. We could not do this without all the support of the community, individuals and businesses."

Bidders should be prepared to be quick on putting in their bid.

"Last year the auction finished at 4:15 p.m. We're hoping to shorten it this year to somewhere around 3 p.m. That's just incentive for those bidders to raise their hands high and fast," Groh said.

Profits from the annual auction will be used to meet operating expenses and the general maintenance and repair of the church.