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St. Cletus Catholic School fundraiser lassos a win in La Grange

The William Tell Banquet Hall was taken over on March 8 by cowboys and cowgirls as 250 parents and supporters of St. Cletus School in La Grange gathered to celebrate and raise funds for “Cardinal Country.”

The school’s President, Jolene Hillgoth, says “We are looking to raise funds for our school to upgrade and make additions to our technology. This will allow for more interactive learning throughout our curriculum.”

A chuckwagon full of items were auctioned off via a silent auction, including Mom’s Margarita Parties, sporting event tickets, VIP seating for school play performances and the Christmas program, chairs decorated by students and unique, artistic framed classroom photos.

Several live auction items, including a painting of the Blackhawks logo which was live-painted by Elliot From, Art Beat Live artist, and vacations.

Fourth grade parents, led by Stefani and Rick Shanley, organized the event this year. “Other parents in our school do help,” says Hillgoth. “Our hope is to continue with this same fundraising plan in the future.”

Lyons Township sophomore, St. Cletus alum and superstar-to-be Josie Dunne got the party rolling by singing several songs and playing the guitar. Later, rocking country band Mason Rivers brought the crowd to the dance floor. Dunne joined the band for a rendition of Sweet Home Alabama.

Final numbers are not yet in, but Hillgoth estimates that the event brought in more than $80,000.

Those who were unable to attend the event but would like to support St. Cletus School may visit their website at www.stcletusschool.com and clicking “Donate Now” to make a donation to their annual fund.

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