CLINTON — Prince of Peace Catholic School's Irish Auction Dinner will be Saturday at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort.

The funds raised through the silent and live auctions are used for day-to-day operating costs for Prince of Peace. The profit has been at a consistent $60,000 over the years, and hopes are to exceed that number.

"Our goal is to get school families and the community together to support Catholic education," said event co-chairwoman Jenny Tucker.

The planning committee has worked "tirelessly all year," Tucker said, and managed to reign in 100 silent auction items and about 25 for the live auction. Furniture, merchandise, cabins (for the night) and small trips are up for bid this weekend.

This is one of the largest fundraisers of the year, according to Karen Witt, development director at the school.

"Every year we've been blessed with a very supportive community," she said. "We have every reason to believe this year will be the same."

Some of the money goes to Peart's Pet Project, named after Prince of Peace Principal Nancy Peart. For several years, the project has been supporting the school's auditorium.

"Cash bids help raise money for that," Tucker said.

A block of rooms at the Wild Rose Resort has been set aside for overnight accommodations; social hour and the silent auction start at 5 p.m., with dinner and the live auction at 6:30 p.m. and complimentary beer and wine until 9 p.m. The menu features sliced sirloin of beef with au jus and spinach artichoke chicken.

Usually about 300 people come out to support the school. There are other ways to donate money at the event, without bidding. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a few other smaller activities throughout the night. Also, a Coach purse was donated and this will be a featured piece. It will be walked around throughout the night.

"People can bid on the purse and the mysterious amount of money," Tucker said.

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