Mothers and Friends Dinner Auction


Recognizing the immediate priorities of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mothers and Friends Auction Committee will now host A Knight Under the Big Top Sideshow, an online-only auction, April 12, 2020, through April 18, 2020; and A Knight Under the Big Top Main Event, the annual dinner auction, Saturday, August 29, 2020.  As always, these events provide an opportunity to raise funds that are vital to the success of Mater Dei Catholic High School.


A Knight Under the Big Top Sideshow: Sunday, April 12 through Saturday, April 18
This online auction – April 12, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. through April 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. – will include “time-sensitive” items, including events that occur or certificates that expire prior to August, as well as finding a forever home for Bailey, a red Labrador puppy.  Donations may also be made to the Fund-A-Need during this event.

The online event is open to everyone (not only guests attending the Main Event).

All those interested in participating in online bidding must register by texting sideshow2020 to 76278 or visiting the online registration site.


A Knight Under the Big Top Main Event: Saturday, August 29
The traditional dinner auction, an evening of fine food and friendship, will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020.

For those who previously submitted reservations, those reservations will be held for the new date.  Registered guests who are now unable to attend have the opportunity to convert their payment for tickets to a cash donation (with a tax receipt).  To cancel your reservation or to receive additional information regarding your reservation, please call 618-381-6052 or email

For those who need to submit reservations, please refer to the “Reservations” section below.


Donations To contribute to the dinner auction’s success through a donation of items or custom services, please submit the dinner auction donation form (revised due date of August 7, 2020).  You may donate individually or coordinate with friends to donate a larger item, such as the always popular tailgating parties, card parties, and dinners.


Reservations To join us for the evening ($65 per person), please submit the dinner auction reservation form with payment.  Please note that seating is limited, and reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and secured with payment.  Please also note that email addresses and cell phone numbers must be included on the reservation form for mobile bidding registration.

For detailed information, please review the dinner auction invitation  (Please note that all the information on the original invitation is correct except for the dinner auction date, which is now August 29, 2020.)


Raffles Try your luck at winning one of the following raffles: a trip to enjoy Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas or Orlando, a diamond necklace (half-carat total weight), an LG 55” Class 4K Smart UHD television, a lottery ticket tree, cash (limited raffle), a whole hog with processing, and one semester of tuition.  The winning tickets will be drawn at the dinner auction August 29, 2020.  (Attendance at the dinner auction is not required to win.)

To purchase raffle tickets via mail, please submit the raffle order form with payment to the address listed on the form.

To purchase raffle tickets online, please visit our online raffle order form site.

Additional Information 
For additional information, please visit the “Mater Dei Mothers & Friends Dinner Auction” Facebook page or email

Mobile Bidding 
As in 2019, we are partnering with GiveSmart (formerly known as Gesture), a mobile fundraising platform, to bring mobile bidding to the Mothers & Friends dinner auction.  Thus, the in-person auction experience will remain the same as previous years, but with less paper.  Additional information will be provided as the event draws near, but key introductory information is provided below.

  • Reservations will remain the same – invitations will be mailed, and guests will return their RSVP cards and payments to Mater Dei.
  • Guests must include an email address on the RSVP card in order to receive a link that allows them to register in advance, which will minimize wait time in the registration line the night of the dinner auction.
  • While guests must register with a credit card, payment may be made via credit card, cash, or check at checkout.
  • GiveSmart staff and volunteers will be available to assist guests with questions and bidding.
  • GiveSmart staff and volunteers with iPads will be available to assist guests who do not own or do not want to use a mobile device.
  • Items on the silent auction, super silent auction, and blackboard auction will be available for viewing.  Guests will simply now bid using a mobile device.
  • Guests may purchase raffle tickets, grab bags, and souvenir bar glasses at the applicable booths using the “traditional” method (writing their name and bid number on a charge sheet).
  • The process for oral auction bids and fund-a-need donations will remain the same – guests will utilize their bid number paddle.
  • For additional information, we invite you to review the “Mobile Bidding FAQ” document