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Have a luau at fundraiser

Cary Ashby • May 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM

From high-class handbags to a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, there should be a little bit of everything for everybody at the 17th annual Spring Fling.

The fundraiser for Norwalk Catholic and St. Paul High schools starts at 6 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 7 in the St. Paul Convocation Center. 

“It’s a $100,000 event,” event chairwoman Julie Grind said. “Three-hundred and fifty to 400 people enjoy the evening. We are ready for 400 people.”

The $40 ticket includes a dinner prepared by Catering By Design and beverages. People are encouraged to grab food from one of four stations and browse the various tables. Tickets are available at the door.

Grind’s son, Danny, will offer a personal recipe, bananas foster. The 2017 St. Paul graduate is a culinary arts student in the two-year program at Lorain County Community College.

Eight committee members are responsible for bringing in nearly 400 items for the silent auction. Some of the featured items are: Cleveland Browns collectibles, Vera Bradley handbags, Cedar Point tickets and creations from NCS class projects (preschool through eighth grade).

“We have things like leaf blowers,” said committee member Nickie Schwan, who was helping put on the final touches for the event Wednesday afternoon.

“We have many items from many St. Paul teams,” Julie Grind added.

Autographed items include: A football helmet, volleyball, baseball and basketballs signed by the Flyers boys’ and girls’ teams.

In addition to hundreds of items for the silent auction, there are about 50 choices in the live auction. Being featured are: A handmade quilt, vacation homes, a saltwater aquarium and carousel horse.

Also, Smiley Automotive has donated a 2015 Harley-Davidson XG750 street motorcycle. With about 2,580 miles on it, the bike has a six-speed transmission, rear foot pegs and black, alloy wheels.

“You get to be a bee keeper for a day with Stein Honey,” Grind said. “We have reserved parking spots for our high school students; that’s a hot item.”

The theme of this year’s event is a luau. Spring Fling benefits the staff, faculty and students of Norwalk Catholic and St. Paul High schools.

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