Lee Costanzo, the parish secretary at All Saints Catholic Church is retiring after many years of service. Fr. Michael Woods decided to surprise her with a limousine ride to the Adult Social, the parish’s only fundraiser. He called Click Funeral Home to ask for a contact at a limo company. The man at the funeral home said they would be happy to provide a ride as their gift to the parish. However the driver didn’t get the full story. He showed up at the rectory on Friday night to pick up Fr. Michael and then they went to pick up Lee. He thought that he was supposed to take them to the mortuary for a service and had to be convinced that they were supposed to go to a party at KCHS instead.
The price of admission was only $25, which included a great buffet dinner from All Occasions Catering and an overabundance of sweets made by volunteers. The dessert team members had the option of bringing either cupcakes or candy bar brownies. A deejay from Gary Loe Productions filled the gym with music during dinner and again later during the swing dancing led by Scott and Laura Reichen of the Knoxville Swing Dance Association. I promised to bring my wife to one of their free Monday night lessons at some point in the near-future.
A Dixieland jazz combo played in the commons area at Catholic High. They were jamming to the “Basin Street Blues” when I walked by on my way to see the silent auction items. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and the Bone Zones team, I was able to deliver an autographed copy of “The Bone Thief” for the event.
A couple of days before the party, the auction chairperson called my wife. She wanted to know if I would conduct the live auction, like I did at the Catholic Charities dinner in March. Even though it would turn the night from a party into a gig for me, I was complimented to be asked and immediately agreed. We were able to get generous bids for a golf outing with Fr. Michael and for a pair of catered dinners for 16 people in the rectory with the priests.