Once upon a time in the 1950s BC (Before Castro), Havana was home to fabulous nightclubs and tropical splendor. For those who missed that era, the St. Raphael Catholic School Annual Auction in February will recall those storied days of yesteryear.
Parishioners Cort and Sharon Taylor and their partners at the Mirror Lake Lyceum are making that elegantly restored 1926 setting available for this year's event on Friday, February 25. The Lyceum, with its hardwood floors, magnificent chandeliers and crystal and alabaster ornamentation, is a Mediterranean revival showplace.
It is an opportunity step back in time for a relaxing and fun-filled evening while helping St. Raphael Catholic School during its largest fundraiser. Individual tickets are $55 each and includes dinner and beer and wine. A Cuban Special package deal is offered for $130 and includes two tickets to the auction and a Poor Man's Raffle ticket. The Cuban Special is available until January 28.
The evening includes live and silent auctions. Among live auction items available so far are four tickets to the Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs game in October and a Pilot for a Day flight in a single-engine Piper Saratoga from Albert Whitted Airport.
Silent auction items include a tree climbing party using the kinds of harnesses and rope systems that explorers use to zip through the canopies of rain forests, and a BMW Toddler Racer II for toddlers up to 3 years of age.
The event has a Facebook event page and a Web site. Check each of them for more information about the fundraiser as it becomes available. The sites will be updated continually.
Organizers are still accepting donations of items for the auctions and event advertising and sponsorships. If you have an item for the auctions, please contact Jenn Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like help sponsor the event, please contact Heidi Sutton at email@example.com for more details.