QUINCY -- Quincy Notre Dame adds some Western flair to its largest fundraiser of the year.
The QND Extravaganza, with the theme of Raider Rodeo, takes place Friday, Nov. 16 at the Ambiance, 5225 Koch's Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m.
"We wanted something a little more causal, where people could come dressed as casual as they want -- cowboy boots, hats and jeans right up to suit and tie, boots and hat," said D'Aunn Sturhahn, who chairs the 2018 event with Lori Murphy and Selena Stegeman.
The $65 per person ticket price covers beer, wine, dinner and entertainment. Reservations are needed by Friday.
"It's a really fun evening," Sturhahn said. "The money we raise directly benefits the kids of QND."
A popular feature of the night is the live and silent auctions.
Live auction items include a Cardinals weekend getaway, an ultimate golfing package in Pinehurst, a Hagel 1891 dinner party, golf outings at Quincy Country Club, Chicago Cubs tickets and a week in the Ozarks.
"We have around 300 items for silent auction," Sturhahn said. "We have a couple custom pieces, a cherry cabinet and a centerpiece bowl and matching candle sticks, spa packages and tons of QND attire."
Raffle tickets, available for $50 each, provide a chance to win prizes.
"The grand prize is a year of tuition at QND or two years at one of the Catholic grade schools. Everybody loves winning that one," Sturhahn said. "We have three other items we raffle off as well. You do not have to be present to win."
Sturhahn credits plenty of behind-the-scenes and night-of help which make the event a success each year. "A lot of time and effort goes into it," she said.
"The Extravaganza allows us to address a variety of needs without impacting tuition," QND Principal Mark McDowell said. "Thank you to all those who have invested their time and energy in this endeavor. It is truly a labor of love."