On Saturday, November 3, about 340 guests gathered at the Lakewood Catholic Academy (LCA) campus for this year’s All Saints Auction, “A Celebration of Spirit,” to support the school and recognize the parishes of Saint Clement and Saint Luke for their 90-year anniversaries in Lakewood. Guests were greeted by beautiful decorations, including historic images from the parishes’ early years and handmade “stained glass” lamp shades and table lamps that lit up the event’s dining room. A nostalgic menu of foods that reflected the Irish and German heritages of the parishes’ founding members and Lakewood favorites was prepared by Gatherings Kitchen of Lakewood.
The parishes of Saint Clement and Saint Luke were chosen as the 2012 recipients of LCA’s highest honor, the Insignis Award, to celebrate each parish’s 90-year anniversary of ministry in Lakewood and to recognize their commitment of service to the school and community. The auction event was highlighted by the presentation of the Insignis Awards by LCA Board of Directors Chairman, Christopher Johnson. Rev. Joseph P. Workman, pastor of Saint Clement and Saint James Parishes and Rev. Francis P. Walsh, pastor of Saint Luke Parish, accepted the awards on behalf of their respective congregations.
In his remarks, Father Walsh thanked LCA staff, faculty and parents for the award. He also recognized LCA benefactors, the Sisters of Charity, for being instrumental in the founding of both Saint Luke in the early 1920s and of LCA in 2005. The Sisters taught at the former Saint Luke School for nearly 50 years and remain essential partners of LCA today. “I am happy to accept this award on behalf of Saint Luke Parish. I believe LCA has many great years ahead,” said Father Walsh.
Father Workman noted a feeling of pride in the school as the key that brings together families, parishioners and supporters to strengthen LCA. “It doesn’t matter which parish we come from,” Workman said,” It takes cooperation and a commitment from all to support the 632 students of LCA.”
Saint Clement and Saint Luke Parishes, along with Transfiguration (which joined as a supporting parish in 2010) and the school’s third founding parish, Saint James, have been central to the school’s formation and growth since its opening in 2005.
As desserts were finished, a lively auction featured priceless items including a trip for six guests to Tuscany’s Il Milano de Grace Winery and a private dinner in an exclusive dining room at the top of Cleveland’s Terminal Tower. At the conclusion of the live auction, a special appeal to begin the renovation of the school cafeteria received enthusiastic support and raised $40,000 towards the project which will begin in Summer 2013. The evening concluded with a drawing for two roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the United States and a generous hotel gift card. Airline tickets were donated by Abode, Modern Lifestyle Developers, developers of the Clifton Pointe Ecohomes.
The All Saints Auction is LCA’s largest fundraising event and raises funds to support the students, faculty, and programs of Lakewood Catholic Academy. Net proceeds from the 2012 All Saints Auction were $100,000. Event sponsors included Frantz Ward Attorneys at Law, Huntington Bank, Saint Ignatius High School, Skylight Financial Group, EnnisCourt, Ripcho Studios, and the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.
To see more photos of the auction and also renderings of the upcoming cafeteria renovations, please visit the auction’s Facebook page by searching “LCA All Saints Auction.”