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St. Joseph festival called huge success

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Jan. 30, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Auctioneers Dan Mozisek, right, and Slim Leland run the live auction at the St. Joseph High School Family Festival at the Victoria Community Center. .

St. Joseph High School's Family Festival, held Sunday at the Victoria Community Center, was a huge success, the event's co-chairwoman Cindy Staley said.

"We think we beat our numbers from last year," Staley said.

Last year, the Family Festival raised about $65,000.

The event aims to raise money for the private high school to assist with extra curricular activities and tuition assistance.

This year, the festival sold more than 2,500 plates to go at $7.50 each, and raised about $68,000-$70,000 on a cake wheel, country store, fishing pond and other games for children, a raffle, and a silent and live auction.

"We don't have local parish support, so this event is so important for us each year," Staley said.

Some of the items auctioned off at Sunday's festival included a picture wooden frame constructed of wood flooring from one of the school's classrooms, a fishing pole, and a wooden glider bench.

Many of the students volunteered at the event to assist their school with raising funds.

"I'm doing this to get community service hours for school and all my friends were helping out. It's fun and it supports St. Joe's," sophomore Amanda Groenhuyzen said.

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