47th Annual Auction

Plans are underway for our 47th annual auction, “Adventure Awaits!”, to be held on campus Saturday, November 10, 2018. Last year our supporters gave generously and together we raised more than $360,000 in net proceeds. Thank you to all of you who attended and participated so enthusiastically.

U of D Jesuit is committed to providing the highest quality of Jesuit college preparatory education to young men in southeast Michigan. In collaboration with parents, we challenge students to go beyond academic excellence, to be reflective, to be committed to the service of personal faith and the promotion of justice - to be men for others. At this year’s auction we hope to celebrate the adventure U of D Jesuit has provided our current students and alumni.

One hundred percent of the revenue generated from the auction goes toward providing tuition assistance to young men attending U of D Jesuit. None of the revenue generated covers salaries, building expenses or improvements nor are these young men receiving aid because they are athletes, great musicians or excel academically. Students receiving financial aid must demonstrate the need for support and every young man’s application is reviewed individually. No matter what financial award is given, each family is required to pay a portion of their tuition.

For the 2018-2019 school year, 34 percent of our young men will be attending U of D Jesuit because we are able to provide them with financial aid. This amounts to just over $2.3 million dollars giving them an opportunity their family couldn’t otherwise afford. With your support and the support of others we look forward to the adventure these young men will experience as they grow and give back to our communities. Your partnership is crucial to our success, thank you in advance for your support.

This year's Honorary Chairs for the Scholarship Auction are Lorri and Dr. James Delaney III ’80. U of D Jesuit thanks the Delaneys for their many years of volunteering and attending auctions at The High. Additionally, we appreciate their generosity in opening their home for auction gift-gathering parties and ticketed "Casino Nights" over the years. Lorri and James' Cubs are Jamie ’06, Ryan ’12, Adam ’16, Kyle ’16, and Shane '19.

Auction Gift Gathering Parties are a great tradition here at U of D Jesuit! They are social events hosted by generous and gracious parents. Our first Gift Gathering Party is hosted by sixteen CUB families and will be held on Friday, September, 7th at the home of Sean and Barb Stokes. Enjoy Mexican fare served by Detroit’s own MI Pueblo, cocktails served by Sidecar Pony Bar along with music and dancing. We just ask that you bring an item or monetary donation for the 47th Annual Auction “Adventure Awaits!” This is one party you won’t want to miss!

New parents, this is a great way for you to meet other CUB families! The Auction Staff will be there to welcome you, accept your gift and introduce you to other partygoers. What a fun and easy way to support the Auction with a tax-deductible gift, while socializing with the U of D Jesuit Community!

Friday Fiesta in the Ridge
Friday, September 7, 2018
Home of Sean and Barb Stokes
36 Oakland Park Blvd
Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069

RSVP to Barb Stokes at brozman01@gmail.com by Saturday, Sept 1st

Host Families:

    • Sean and Barb Stokes: Charlie '21, Will '27 and Eddie '33
    • Mark and Laurie Bolach: Spencer '20 and Tyler '24
    • Brian and April Boyle: Carter '17, Gram Henry '19, Rowen '24
    • Andy and Megan Curoe: Sam '21, Harry and Charlie '24
    • Kevin and Monica Donley: Duncan '21, Dylan '24 and Brandon '26
    • Pat and April Drouillard: Cooper '20
    • Jeff and Missy Ewald: Ben and Chris '21
    • Mark and Jen Kueber: Jacob '15 and Samuel '19
    • Pat and Sarah Kruse: Ryan '22
    • Dave and Sheryl Laidlaw: Jack '22 and Connor '24
    • Mike and Dr. Debbie Mikula: Edward '19 and Walter '22
    • Don and Melinda Pippel: Max '19
    • Tim and Kim Ruokolainen: Frank '21 and Charlie '24
    • Greg and Kolleen Schocke: Patrick '20
    • Chris and Kelly Vogelheim: Jake '21
    • Dr. Rick and Dr. Beatta Weiermiller: Alek '16, Harry '17 and Owen '22

Watch Cub Notes for more information on our next Gift Gathering Party.

What Can I Donate To Make The Auction a Success?

    • A stay at your vacation condo, cottage or time share
    • Restaurant gift cards
    • Sporting Gear and Apparel
    • Autographed Memorabilia from Sport & Entertainment Stars
    • Tickets to theatre, concerts and special events
    • Rounds of Golf at local, destination or private golf clubs
    • Beauty, Spa Experiences
    • Jewelry, Handbags, Fashion Accessories, Hot Electronics and Cool Gadgets
    • High-End Wine and Spirits
    • Gourmet Foods
    • Cash Donations

Cannot attend a Party?

Auction Gifts can be delivered to the Reception Desk at the Visitor Entrance any school day from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM. Team Members will also collect gifts at the Auction Table on Mini Class Nights, Mother’s Club Meetings, Parent-Teacher Conferences and various other events. For a complete list of events or to make special arrangements, please contact the Auction office.


If you have any questions or suggestions, or would like to become involved with the auction, please contact a member of the Auction Team at 313-927-2332 or auction@uofdjesuit.org.

Fast Facts



The goal of this event is to raise unrestricted funds for student tuition assistance


Adventure Awaits!

Auction Stats

Last 3-year Average2018 Projected
Attendance: 650 (Sold out)
Advertisers & Partners: 88
Donors: 422
Net Revenue: $408,238
$100 Raffle: $35,000 (sold out)
Attendance: 650
Advertisers & Partners: 95
Donors: 450
Net Revenue: $500,000
$100 Raffle: $35,000 (sold out)

2017 Live Auction Highlights

  • Mayor Mike Duggan’s Luxury suite for 18 at the Little Caesars Arena
  • VIP Hamilton Broadway Experience
  • Seven-Night Luxury Vacation with Exclusive Resorts
  • Two Badges to any one Day of the 2018-2019 Masters Golf Tournament
  • Detroit Lions Suite Package for 12

2017 Corporate Sponsors

PricewaterhouseCoppers, LLP

Luxe Event Linen

SlipNOT Metal Safety Flooring

Advanced Marketing Partners, Inc

in Harmony

McCarthy & Smith

Plunkett Cooney

US Bank

Vyletel Group

Chuck Batcheller Company

Germano Management

Pepsi Bottling

Plastomer Corporation

Ascension Crittenton Hospital

Raymon M. & Jane E. Cracchiolo Foundation

Dolenga & Dolenga, PLLC

Wolverine Packing Co.


More than 140-years of commitment to Detroit

  • One of the oldest high schools in Detroit and Michigan
  • Founded in 1877 on Jefferson Avenue (next to today’s Renaissance Center)
  • Moved in 1931 to its current campus on West Seven Mile Road
  • Decided in 1976 to stay in Detroit when, at that time, other Detroit Catholic high schools and other institutions were either closing or moving to the suburbs
  • Expansion during 1998 -2001 included ten classrooms, auxiliary gym, fine arts rooms, and support offices
  • Profiled in Time magazine article “Last One Standing” on the school's commitment to Detroit

An economic, geographic, racial, and religious diverse student body

  • 900 young men in grades 7-12 representing more than 70 communities in seven counties
  • 20% of the students reside in the City of Detroit
  • 34% of the students receive $2.3 million in tuition assistance
  • 28% of students are non-Catholic

470-year Jesuit education philosophy emphasizing Academic Excellence, Faith Formation, and Community Service

  • One of the highest average ACT scores in the State
  • 100% of graduating seniors accepted at colleges and universities.
  • 2012 National Academic Champions. Eight consecutive years competing in National Championship
  • Student-built electric-battery vehicle and prototype gasoline vehicles are #1 in the State performing better than U of Michigan, U of D Mercy, LTU, and other high schools.
  • Competed in the 2015 and 2016 Robotics World Championships
  • Dedicated weekly community service program for all senior-year students as part of curriculum
  • “Men for Others” demonstrated through community service projects and volunteer activities, including elementary schools, hospices, senior-citizens homes, and food banks

$16 million investment in a new STEM-education facility

  • Largest dollar STEM investment of any high school in Detroit and Michigan, in recent years
  • 100% privately-funded by alumni, parents and friends
  • 40,000 sq. ft. facility addition focused on full STEM programs
  • Doubles state-of-the-art education space for biology, chemistry, and physics
  • Dedicated classroom and laboratory for 7th and 8th grade students
  • New Eco-car, Robotics, and Engineering labs
  • Opened in 2016 school year

Cub athletics

  • 14 Varsity High School sports offered
  • 8 Academy sports offered
  • 30 High School teams in total offering countless opportunities to students
  • 13 Academy teams in total offered.
  • High School teams are members of the Detroit Catholic League and MHSAA
  • Academy teams are members of the CYO

Partnership and Advertising Opportunities

Each year, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy invites corporations and interested parties to become corporate partners for the annual auction.

Corporate partners receive significant name recognition since their logos appear prominently on invitations, flyers, programs, advertising banners, the auction web site, external ad campaigns and in any publicity campaigns.

U of D Jesuit welcomes companies, large and small, to help us reach our audience through various auction programs. By underwriting a portion of this event, corporate partners enjoy opportunities such as:

  • Enhancing your company profile through a close association with the U of D Jesuit and our constituent base.
  • Networking opportunities with other corporate executives, influential patrons and board members
  • Prominent name recognition in media and corporate community

Corporate partners are encouraged to provide unrestricted funds to be used to directly support the auction and corresponding events.

Click here to learn more about the our partnership opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa.Harrison@UofDJesuit.org


Auction donations can be dropped-off to the receptionist at the Visitors Entrance (Door #1) on schools days from 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM. The auction department will be available at various school functions such as Mini Class Nights and Mothers' Club Meetings. To make special arrangements contact the auction office at auction@uofdjesuit.org or 313-927-2332.

What Can I Donate To Make The Auction a Success?

  • A stay at your vacation condo, cottage or time share
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Sporting Gear and Apparel
  • Autographed Memorabilia from Sports & Entertainment Stars
  • Tickets to the theater, concerts and special events
  • Rounds of Golf at local, destination or private golf clubs
  • Unique Opportunities
  • Beauty, Spa Experiences
  • Jewelry, Handbags, Fashion Accessories
  • Hot Electronics and Cool Gadgets
  • High-End Wine and Spirits
  • Gourmet Foods
  • Cash Donations
  • Be Creative! Donation Possibilities are Endless!

We hope you will consider supporting our efforts by donating an item for our Auction. Donations received by October 13th, 2018 will be acknowledged in our Program Book, which will be distributed to more than 625 Auction attendees and parents as well as available for others to see online. Below is a donor form which you can complete and submit with your donation. All support will be acknowledged with a letter which includes information regarding your potential charitable deduction.

donation Form


Auction Volunteer Kickoff Meeting September 5th

Join us on Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria for our auction volunteer kickoff meeting! A light dinner will be served, so please RSVP by August 30th to auction@uofdjesuit.org or call 313-927-2332.

There are many volunteer opportunities available for our annual auction. From Acquisitions to Decorations, Set-up to Clean-up and everything in between – we have a job for you! If you have volunteered in the past, have already signed up or want to volunteer but not sure where, please come to the kick-off meeting! Meet the committee chairs, see what is new and learn more about this exciting event.

An event of this size takes well over 200 volunteers – your time and talents are greatly appreciated!

Click here to see more information and to sign-up via Google docs.

Mobile Bidding Information

U of D Jesuit is excited to partner with OneCause (formerly BidPal) for the 2018 Scholarship Auction! Mobile bidding is a paperless bidding method that allows you to bid straight from your smart phone. Some features include:

  • Set automatic bid increases
  • Online preview of auction packages
  • Alerts sent to you mobile device if you are about to be outbid
  • Easily see which items have no bids
  • Faster checkout at the end of the night

Please be assured that there will be plenty of students, trained volunteers and OneCause staff on-site to assist you.

Click here to learn more about mobile bidding

Kathy Larabell-Renaud
Director of Auction


Lisa Harrison

Auction Coordinator

Sue Zbozen-McAlpine

Auction Coordinator

General Auction information


Enjoy the 2017 Auction Video "Lights, Camera, Auction!" as well as the photo gallery of auction night. We look forward to seeing you at this year's auction on November 10, 2018.