May 6, 2016
The Seminarian Education Benefit Dinner and Auction will once again feature a long list of live and silent auction items, including a print of the official portrait of Pope Francis, meals prepared by priests, plane tickets, vacation packages, and a guitar signed by country music superstar Keith Urban.
But people don’t have to wait until the dinner to bid on the auction items. They can view the list of auction items and bid online at futurepriestbenefit.weebly.com.
The live auction items include:
• A one-week stay at a five bedroom, three bath beach home in Gulf Shores. The stay includes a seafood dinner prepared by the Halladays. Opening bid of $1,000.
• Italian dinner for eight prepared by Fathers Austin Gilstrap, Ben Butler and Dan Rehill.
• High Tea Dominican Style. Join the novices of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia as they celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order by St. Dominic with a Sunday afternoon at their historic Motherhouse for homemade delicacies and tea, along with musical accompaniment. This visit for 10 will be made complete when you join the community of more than 100 sisters for sung Vespers, Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in their magnificent chapel.
• Handcrafted alabaster sculpture of Mary and the Child Jesus in a unique oval setting by famous Italian artist Giuseppe Armane. This piece of art may be one of the final pieces to come from this Italian studio.
• Two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines to any of the 90 destinations in five countries the airline serves.
• A painting, “Music City Live,” by Phil Ponder.
• Guitar signed by Country superstar Keith Urban, with a certificate of authenticity.
• Use of the Catholic Pastoral Center auditorium for your special event: wedding, anniversary, birthday etc. The auditorium has a capacity of 400, and the winning bidder must provide the caterer and beverages of their choice.
• The Chef’s Table dining experience with Bishop David R. Choby. You and eight guests will be treated to culinary delights prepared especially for you. Master Chef Chris Holmes and the talented staff of the Clean Plate Club will prepare a multi-course menu that will tantalize your taste buds and evoke your senses. This exclusive dining experience is the perfect way to share a uniquely tailored evening with Bishop Choby. Valued at $3,500.
• Signed 18-inch-by-27-inch Giclee print of the original painting “The Holy Cross,” the official portrait of Pope Francis by world recognized artist Igor Babailov, painter of popes, prime ministers, and other world leaders. This limited edition numbered print, includes a certificate of authenticity and a photograph at the official presentation. Also included is a personalized autographed copy of the book “Greatest Portrait Moments.” Opening bid $6,500.
Silent auction items include:
• Art: an icon painted by John Gerbic; a painting by Kevin Cox; Divine Mercy stained glass and book; handcarved religious item by Charlie Hall.
• Sports: Titleist golf bag, golf balls and a PGA golf lesson; golf at Westhaven, Temple Hills and Forrest Crossing; Titans tickets; Titans jersey signed by quarterback Marcus Mariota.
• Wine and restaurants: $150 gift certificate for Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse; gift certificates for J Alexanders and other restaurants in Nashville; dinner for 20 at the Corner Pub; brunch for six at the Honeysuckle Restaurant; various packages of bottles of wine.
• Group celebrations and entertainment: Cajun dinner for 10 prepared by Paul Garvey along with Mass celebrated in your home by Father Philip Halladay; Jamaican dinner for 10 prepared and served by Father Zack Kirangu, associate pastor at St. Philip Church in Franklin; a stay at Holiday Inn Nashville.
• Vacation homes: two condos in Panama City, Florida.
• Miscellaneous: various bags by Vera Bradley and purses by Kate Spade, Red, London Fog, Michael Kors and Dourney Bourke; men’s Seiko gold watch; two-hour career coaching session for the winning bidder, their family or company.
All the proceeds from the dinner will help pay for the cost of educating the Diocese of Nashville’s 27 seminarians. The dinner will once again be sponsored by the Serra Clubs of Nashville and Williamson County and the Knights of Columbus, all of which have the goal of supporting the Church and vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
It costs an average of $35,000 a year to educate the seminarians, and the diocese spends about $1 million a year on their education. The dinner and auction was first held seven years ago and raised $6,000. The amount raised has grown each year, and the goal for this year’s dinner is $125,000.
“I think we’re going to give a check to the bishop that will shock him. The way people have been responding with donations has been overwhelming,” said Bob Rudman, one of the organizers of the event. “It wouldn’t be surprising if we approached the $200,000 mark. And folks can help achieve that mark.”
The Dinner and Auction will be held 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Holy Family, 9100 Crockett Road, Brentwood. Tickets for dinner and an open bar are $75 per person, $750 for a table of 10, and $600 for a table of eight.
Organizers are aiming for another full house at the parish life center at Holy Family Church in Brentwood, which can seat 600 people. Organizers are asking people to buy their tickets by Friday, May 13, so they can prepare adequately, Rudman said. “We’re close to 400 sold,” with the likelihood that more people will buy tickets as the event draws nearer, he said. Rudman is expecting a sellout.
People who are unable to attend the dinner can still make a donation to the Seminarian Education Fund. A copy of the registration form to buy tickets or to make a donation is available on the diocesan website: www.dioceseofnashville.com. Checks, donations and reservations should be mailed to: Diocese of Nashville, Seminarian Education Fund, Catholic Pastoral Center, 2800 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214.
For more information, contact Sandra Jordan at 615-783-0267 or Sandra.Jordan@dioceseofnashville.com.
On auction will be a limited edition numbered print 18-inch-by-27-inch Giclee print of the original painting “The Holy Cross,” the official portrait of Pope Francis by world recognized artist Igor Babailov, painter of popes, prime ministers, and other world leaders.