Samedi Gras

St. Joseph School Mardi Gras - Fr. Chris Michelson plays "Helping Hands" Today might be Mardi Gras but my wife and I celebrated on Saturday at St. Joseph School’s fundraiser gala. Fr. Chris Michelson asked me to serve as emcee. I made announcements about the silent auction items, the buffet line and the evening’s entertainment. A highlight of the night was when Fr. Chris played the improv game “Helping Hands.” Mary Jane Pitts, the parish secretary at St. Albert the Great, provided the hands that smeared shaving cream on Fr. Chris’ face.

St. Joseph School Mardi Gras - guitar autographed by The Band Perry My wife bought two items in the silent auction: a tub of Fr. Chris’ homemade chocolate-chip cookie dough and a package of Regal movie tickets and circus tickets. Fr. Chris conducted the live auction. Some of the items he auctioned off were dinner with Bishop Stika, a week at Waterside condos, and a guitar autographed by The Band Perry. They threw in tickets to see The Band Perry and Brad Paisley in concert next month. Jennifer Morgan, who is a host at Perry’s Estate Jewelry TV, donated an amethyst bracelet, which she modeled during the auction.

The recorded music during dinner included some great zydeco tunes. After the auction, the ChillBillies took the stage. One of the band members is Judge Tim Irwin, who mentioned that he is an alumnus of St. Joseph School.

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