Approximately 400 family, friends and alumni attended the 27th Annual Lasallian Dinner and Auction on April 9.
“Aloha CBA” was the theme of this year’s celebration which directly benefits students of the school by helping to offset tuition costs, and thus ensuring that CBA remains accessible to those who desire a high caliber, college preparatory, Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition.
More than 250 silent auction and 20 live auction items were featured. Live auction items included: a trip to Turks and Caicos, a trip to Crete, reserved front row graduation seats, a Florida Escape for February 2017, SU football season tickets, four tickets to a Notre Dame football game, a trip to New York City and a backyard graduation party. Also part of the live auction was “Raise Your Paddle.” During the year, teachers are asked to submit proposals for teaching aids or equipment that will directly benefit the students. This year’s “Raise Your Paddle” live-auction funds went toward the following: purchasing a temporary dance floor so that participants in the spring musical and other dancers can rehearse at the school on a surface that replicates a stage; Lasallian artwork which will depict images that will inform all who study and work at CBA the principles and philosophy of founder St. John Baptist de La Salle; and a new scholarship fund named for Brother Gabriel Fiumano ‘47.
Over $50,000 was raised in the live auction alone in an atmosphere that was charged with excitement.
Senior Analaya Williams was this year’s student speaker. Williams has been chosen from over 150 candidates for only 19 openings at St. John Fisher’s HEOP program. She has also been accepted to SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Morgan State University.
“I honestly believe that CBA was exactly where God wanted me to be because if it were not, I am sure that the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead of me –within the next four years alone – would not have happened,” Williams shared. “I cannot even begin to put into words how extremely grateful I am for the financial support I received, because if it was not made available to me, I would not have had the pleasure of attending such a fine educational institution that provided me with the guidance, support and direction necessary to be a success.
“Honestly, going to CBA for five years has made me more outgoing and sociable, and without CBA, I wouldn’t be here today speaking to you about this. I take great pride in saying that I attend Christian Brothers Academy because I am so proud to be a part of this family,” she added.
A number of students volunteered, passing out hors d’oeuvres, checking coats and assisting with mobile bidding and the live portion of the auction. John Marshall ’67 was the emcee and Jim Kirby was the auctioneer.
Sponsors of this year’s Lasallian Dinner and Auction included:
Presenting Sponsor: Key Bank
Big Kahuna Sponsor: The Murphy and Nardella Families
Hula Sponsors: Barclay Damon, LLP, Cazenovia Jewelry, Le Moyne College
Tiki Sponsors: Berkshire Bank, Msgr. Ronald C. Bill ’49, Kimberly & Charles Boynton ’85, Byrne Dairy, Mr. & Mrs. John Drescher, R. Clark Goodwin D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Carol & John Marshall, AFSC, ’67, Melissa & Steve Maser, Rocklyn-Hart, Corinne & Jeff Winchell
Audio Visual Sponsor: Visual Technologies
Volunteer Refreshments Sponsor: Wegmans
Mobile Bidding Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Kevin LaGrow
Co-chairs of the auction were Richard Engel ’82, Lucy Paris and Ann and David Keeney.
Prior to the Auction, the Alumni Association presented William M. Murphy ’75 with the Purple and Gold Award. The Purple and Gold Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding support in the best interests of the students, faculty and alumni of CBA; have dedicated years of service, and have been committed to the ideals and principles of CBA.
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