Auction Slams Records

Fieldhouse Scores Big for Heelan Auction
Posted on 04/18/2022
The “Field of Dreams” Heelan Auction held April 6, broke all records in its 43-year history – raising over $727,000 and attracting over 650 guests to support Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools. 

It was just the second time the huge fundraiser has been held in the new high school fieldhouse which offered a number of benefits. Silent auction gifts were displayed on the walking track, the gym floor offers enough space for all guests and the video scoreboard can display sponsors and live auction items.

The evening successes included a major increase in sponsorships and donations; free admission for all faculty and staff; the live auction; a gift card concession stand with cards on cracker jacks, peanuts and popcorn; and a raffle for cash or tuition. The tally includes the Fund-a-Cause for the Heelan CYO locker room that raised over $82,000.

Brendan and Martha Burchard, fixtures in the Heelan family for more than 50 years, were awarded the prestigious honor of “Crusaders of the Year.” Burchard, a 1960 grad, will retire this May, capping 53 years of teaching at Bishop Heelan High School. Martha is retired from 42 years with Mercy Medical Center and continues to serve the community as a volunteer for Catholic entities.

A "Distinguished Volunteer" award was presented to Jeremey Malenosky, a Heelan parent and best known as the long-time leader of “Duct Tape Dads” for Heelan’s Show Choirs. He also has helped set up the Heelan Madrigal, the All School Mass, Heelan Auction and more.

“This was a “wow” community event for our Bishop Heelan family,” says Dr. John Flanery, BHCS president. “The pride in our school system has been reflected by wonderful support from our chair couples, volunteers, donors, businesses, alumni and parents. Everyone loved the Field of Dreams theme. Is this heaven? Our Heelan Auction was truly heavenly this year.”

The Heelan Auction is the only annual fundraising event that supports the Bishop Heelan School System which includes four elementary schools and the high school. The 2022 Heelan Auction chair couples were: Kris and Angie Aldrich, Brad and Jean Mollet, Chris and Cathleen McGowan, Josh and Jenny Nichols and John and Lisa Tritz.
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