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Spring Fling fundraiser happens Saturday

Cary Ashby • May 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM

The Norwalk Catholic School second-grade class wrote on their palms what they want be when they grow up.

Rayleigh Friend, the daughter of Chris and Jen, wants to be a teacher. Jacob Collins, the son of Joe and Jen, wants to be an artist. Other students have dreams of being a NBA player, nurse, doctor, “YouTuber,” scientist and member of the military.

Imagine seeing photos of those children’s sweet faces as they show off their dreams on a quilt every day. The class project is one of dozens of items that will be up for auction at the 18th annual Spring Fling at the St. Paul Convocation Center. The event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and tickets are available at the door. 

Spring Fling will feature live, silent and bag auctions and food from Catering By Design. Bag auctions are some times referred to as Chinese auctions.

“We have 400 donors,” said special events coordinator Julie Grine, of Collins. “We have 18-year donors and first-year donors.”

The annual fundraiser benefits the students and staff of Norwalk Catholic School. Last year, about 375 people attended and the event raised nearly $90,000.

“We are heading in that direction right now,” Grine said, referring to the expected attendance. “It’s a yearly event. It always happens the first Saturday of May.”

Volunteer Nickie Schwan, of Norwalk, said the many “hours of hard work and effort paid off” when the Sping Fling raised so much money last year.

Class projects are just some of the items in the auction.

“Each grade does a class project,” Grine said.

Summit Motorsports Park donated four tickets to the NHRA National Finals. Also up for auction will be a St. Paul football helmet signed by the entire Flyers team, patio furniture and a “wall of wine,” featuring 100 bottles of wine donated by school parents.

Grine shared her enthusiasm for a large handmade quilt with a star/log cabin pattern. There are also a matching valance and four pillows.

“That quilt is donated by Bill and Bev Sedlock. It’s handmade by Bev,” Grine said.

After this Spring Fling, Grine said she believes Bev Sedlock will be known for not just putting in “endless hours” to make her creations, but certainly for her talent in making quilts. 

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