PRIDE Blitz Boosts Major Fundraiser

Heelan Auction Raises $338,000
Posted on 07/14/2020
The "Happy Days" Heelan Auction raised $338,000 with an online virtual event and an outdoor party at Memorial Field June 25. It is the only event that raises funds to benefit all four schools in the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools system.
Top gifts in the auction were a mini golden doodle puppy and one-of-a kind, 13 ft. shuffleboard table made from the wood floor in old Heelan’s gym. It was designed and built by Rick Niles of Sioux City, a 1984 Heelan graduate. 

A “PRIDE Blitz,” which drew alumni to exceed a $25,000 match challenge, contributed to the tally.  The event also featured awards for Leonard Gill as “Crusader of the Year” and Pat Collins as “Distinguished Volunteer of the Year.”

Heelan Auction Chair Couples were Chris and Joy Bogenrief, Ron and Katie Demers, Dave and Laurie Bentson and Mike and Julie Maas, all of Sioux City.

Proceeds from the Heelan Auction will benefit teachers’ salaries, according to Dr. John Flanery, BHCS president. 

“After postponing our initial event in April, we are grateful we held our fundraiser at a time when local COVID cases were extremely low,” Flanery says.  “We’re very thankful for the support we received, especially with economic stress caused by the pandemic.”
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