The annual Villa Maria Auction returns this year with a new name (in past years, it was called the “Man Auction”) and a new charitable cause. On Saturday night in the Chiles Center, students from Villa Maria Hall will take the stage with special performances ranging from skits to dance numbers. Each group will auction off a date after their performance.
Dates in the past have included dinners at classic Portland restaurants or a trip to see the Zoo Lights at The Oregon Zoo. Fr. Mark Poorman also auctions off a dinner at his house each year, which is one of the biggest fundraisers. Bidding groups can range from four to 10 people, and a typical date sells for about $600.
All funds will go towards Tanzania Sacred Heart of Jesus, a parish clinic in Arusha, Tanzania. Admission to the auction is free, and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chiles Center on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The Beacon checked in with students at Villa to see how they’re preparing for the auction and what we can expect from them on Saturday.
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