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25th Annual Benefit Auction A Success!


Annual Benefit Auction a Success

May 26, 2022
By Toni Nanneman

Blanchet’s twenty-fifth annual benefit auction, the “True Blue Gala” was held on April 23 and was the most successful in the school’s history, raising over $275,000 for students and programs.  This event is possible only through the substantial efforts of our families, staff, students, and volunteers and the generous support of sponsors, donors, and friends of Blanchet Catholic School.

The week began with a virtual silent auction Monday, April 18 through 22.  The virtual silent auction was incredibly successful with over 150 parents, alumni, and friends bidding online.  On Saturday, April 23 we hosted our first large in-person event in almost two years.  It was wonderful to see so many faces, old and new, to celebrate all things Blanchet.  The Severin Sisters and Blanchet senior Hannah Estrabo performed during Happy Hour while guests enjoyed appetizers and drinks and bid on premier and dessert silent auction items.  The evening concluded with a delicious dinner prepared by Holy Family Academy Catering, an engaging live auction, and a wonderfully successful paddle raise for Blanchet’s new STEM Wing.  We were able to meet both anonymous matching donations for the paddle raise and are close to reaching our goal to complete the STEM Wing.  We will continue to raise money for this project in the coming months.  If you are interested in donating, please email

And finally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped to offset the cost of this event.  Please support these businesses if you are able!  They include Pioneer Trust Bank, McDonald's of Salem/Keizer, Jim Frelich & Associates, Pacific EMS, AG Sadowski Co, Dr. Margaret Giruc, DDS, Hillwood Properties, Margie's Farm & Garden, Katie Piche- Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Real Estate Professionals, Legacy Real Estate Group, Queen of Peace School, Power Auto Group, Salem Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology, Salem Radiology, Scenic Valley Farms, Severin Sisters, Triplett Wellman Contractors, AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC, Gallagher Fitness Resources, Christine Granatir, Charlotte Eugenio - Realty One Group Willamette Valley, Michael W. Grainey Consulting LLC, Heltzel Williams PC, Kevin Mannix Law Firm, and Wyatt Construction.