WAILUKU - The 16th annual St. Anthony Junior Senior High School dinner auction recently scored a home run: two autographed baseballs and a signed jersey donated by 1999 alumnus Shane Victorino of the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.
The items should make the task of 1970 alumnus Glenn Berce, the Nov. 22 event's auctioneer, a little bit easier and a lot more interesting.
Berce, a provider relations representative for the Ohana Health Plan, has served as fundraising auctioneer for decades to help his St. Joseph's Church parish in Makawao and both St. Anthony grade and high schools.
The Rev. Jim Orsini (right), principal of St. Anthony Junior Senior High School, joins 1970 alumnus Glenn Berce in displaying auction items — a Shane Victorino jersey and a handmade quilt — for the 16th annual dinner auction set Nov. 22 at The King Kamehameha Golf Club Clubhouse. Sealed bids are due by Tuesday.
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"They really took care of me, and I try to give back as much as I can," Berce said, explaining why he volunteers to rattle off prices and prizes that lead to thousands of dollars for the beneficiaries.
Berce said he enjoys participating at the annual auction and recalled raising the most money as a senior in 1970, when he sold the "services" of a freshman for $15.
"To get that kind of money at the time, 10 people had to be involved," Berce said, noting that summer pineapple jobs paid about $1.15 an hour at the time.
He said a successful auction requires many elements, notably a crowd that's excited and interested in the items up for bid. Unusual items that he's auctioned include a ceramic rooster and a truckload of sod.
Bidders have gotten bargains on a variety of gifts, ranging from golf packages to hotel stays. This year, an item involves lunch with Mayor Charmaine Tavares and a gourmet dinner prepared at the home of the winning bidder.
"It'll be fun," Berce promised.
With a theme of "An Affaire to Remember," the high school fund-raiser starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at The King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. The event will offer silent and live auctions; event organizers are accepting sealed bids for auction items from nonattendees until Tuesday.
Every dollar raised in the auctions will benefit school initiatives: improvements, fine arts, athletics, financial assistance, and technology and special programs.
Tickets are $75 per person. A gold/blue sponsor table with preferred seating for 10 people is priced at $1,200. Invitations and tickets are available at the high school business office. Call 244-4190, ext. 228.
For more information, call Karen Orth, 244-4190, ext. 267, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.