Celebrities lend support to St. Augustine Manor event
WANT TO have dinner with Bishop Jenky at his residence? Or would you prefer to talk politics over a meal with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood?
Those are two of several celebrities who have stepped forward to support St. Augustine Manor in Peoria by being part of the 7th annual Celebrity Auction planned for this Thursday, Oct. 29, at the manor, 1301 N.E. Glendale Ave.
The opportunity to bid on dinners or lunches with the celebrities — the list also includes Msgr. William Watson, Father Tom Henseler, Sheriff Mike McCoy, Pete Vonachen, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois Rep. David Leitch, and TV news anchor Gina Morse, among others — will come during the live auction part of the evening. But auctioneer Jim Rochford, president of the St. Augustine Board, will have a wide array of other items up for bid, including vacations to Florida, Canada, Branson, Mo., and a cottage on the Illinois River, as well as jewelry, sporting event tickets, and more.
All proceeds from the event benefit St. Augustine Manor, a Catholic independent living retirement community for people more than 55 years of age. A special “cash call” will be made to help the manor purchase new security cameras.
The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and wine, and the opening of the silent auction, at 5 p.m. Patrons will have an opportunity to attend Mass at 5:15 p.m. The live auction begins at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are $50 each and may be reserved by calling (309) 674-7069. A complete list of donors to the Celebrity Auction may be viewed online at www.staugustinemanor.net