Annual Dinner & Auction FAQs

What is the Annual Dinner & Auction?

The Dinner & Auction is an annual event, hosted by the Mothers' Guild, which raises money for the Xavier Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign.  The event starts in the early evening with a Silent Auction, delicious appetizers, and cocktails, followed by a Mini-Live Auction, and then a beautiful catered dinner with entertainment.  The main event is the Live Auction, which is followed by an after party with live entertainment and dancing.  The Dinner & Auction began in 1970 and has become an annual tradition at Xavier which all members of the Xavier community look forward to attending.  It is a great way to start the Holiday season!

Is it a fundraiser?

Yes, the event raises funds for the Xavier Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign.  The Capital Campaign helps Xavier pay for its remaining financial obligation incurred by the building of Xavier's Chapel of Our Lady, Founders Hall, Petznick Field, and the Activity Center.

How are the funds raised?

Most of the funds are raised via the three auctions conducted throughout the evening.  All of the auctioned items, trips, and services are donated by Xavier families and community partners.  Also, table and seat sales contribute to our bottom line.  The raffle is another huge contributor, as every Xavier student must sell at least two tickets (per the Xavier tuition contract).  Sales of Angel Ornaments and Gator Gear items add to the bottom line as well.  In addition, sponsorships and underwriting are welcome.  Businesses can become sponsors and receive many benefits including acknowledgment on our website and at the event itself, as well as program ad space.

How much does the event raise?

On average, we have raised $200,000 each year for the Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign.

When and where does it take place?

The event takes place on the Xavier campus in early November and is an excellent way to kick off the holiday season with a great party!  The Silent Auction is held in the newly renovated Activity Center, while the Live Auction and Dinner are held in Founders Hall.

What is the attendance?

We average about 500 to 550 guests every year.  You can purchase an entire table, which includes a lot of great perks, or you can buy individual seats and request to sit with specific friends.

Who attends?

All Xavier families and friends are welcome to attend.  Since alcohol is served, this is not an event that Xavier students attend, but they do help us a lot by volunteering the night of the event, as well as selling raffle tickets!  Also invited are future and past parents of Xavier Gators, Alumnae, Board Members, and Xavier friends in the community.

What is the attire?

It's "holiday casual", which means anything goes!  But please, no shorts or T-shirts.  Dress in any way you'd like in order to comfortably enjoy the evening.

How does the Auction work?

There are three separate auctions during the evening.  The first is the Silent Auction, with hundreds of items for you to bid on.  All bidding is done electronically through your phone (make sure it's charged!), and you're able to place bids throughout the evening.  The second is the Mini-Live Auction with higher end items and experiences.  The third is the Live Auction which takes place right after dinner and includes high end items and experiences, as well as some Xavier-specific perks that can be found nowhere else!

What sort of items are in the Auction?

The Silent Auction has a huge variety of items, from sports related items and tickets, to jewelry, photo sessions, Xavier dolls, Christmas nativity sets from Ecuador, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, and much more!  It's a fantastic way to get a lot of your Christmas shopping done.  There are also trips, experiences, reserved parking spots, and (always a favorite!) Divine Dining with the Sisters in the Convent, available for bidding during the Live and Mini-Live Auctions.

What is the Angel Ornament?  Should I get one?

The Angel Ornament is a tradition at Xavier.  The Angel is different each year and is revealed at the Auction.  Prices vary from year to year, but they normally range from $20-$25.  We have a limited quantity, so yes, get yours the night of the event, and collect them for each year your daughter(s) is(are) at Xavier.

If I volunteer the night of the Auction, can I still bid on items?

Yes, you are able to bid on items if you are there the evening of the event and working as a volunteer.  Thank you for volunteering!

How can I help?

There are many ways you can help.  Your attendance, whether you buy a table or a seat, is a big help.  And if you attend, have fun bidding on those special and unique items that will be available.  Anything you buy, even if it is just the Angel Ornament or a Xavier brick, will help us!  If you own a business, being a sponsor helps both Xavier and your business.  Also, consider donating items or services to our Auction.  An underwriting donation is another way.  Helping your daughter sell her raffle tickets, as many as possible, also helps.  Think about getting her a reserved parking spot for next year, or if you are a senior parent, make sure you bid on the reserved graduation seats!  Finally, donating your time and becoming a volunteer is a HUGE help, as this event takes many hands to make it a reality.


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