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Holy Cross Annual Gala

POST GALA WRAP-UP - April 24, 2024

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Lights, Camera, Auction! Wow! What a fabulous night of fun and fundraising for Holy Cross! A special thank you to our amazing Chairs: Jordan Grieser - the very talented school parent and parishioner, who, among many other things, was the brainchild behind our theme and all the incredible table centerpieces and decorations; Maribeth Grieser - Long-time parishioner and energizer bunny, (who wears sooo many hats), who organized/picked up donations, entered them into the system and wrapped/numbered all the auction baskets and so much more; Cecelia Crown - long-time Holy Cross teacher and parishioner, who led our connection with the school, student volunteers, organization and displaying of school baskets, the student Hollywood walk of fame and so much more! Of course, we can't forget their very supportive husbands, who also helped immensely with transportation/unloading of items, building, fixes, ingenuity, etc. Adam Grieser, Doug Grieser & Mark Crown, who was also our amazing and entertaining MC!

We thank Fr Vitalis for trusting and supporting us, and wow! most of us didn’t know this man can DANCE!

Thank you, Fr Salanitro, for all your years of service to Holy Cross! Your well-deserved Celtic Cross award was a highlight of the evening for everyone in attendance! Thank you for graciously accepting this award!

A special thank you to all the teachers who helped with basket display, which is an enormous task, and they always make the display of auction baskets so incredible: Mary Jo Bassett, Theresa Wiehl, Birdie Coolon, Angie Cunningham, Taylor Tuttle, Amy Wellwood, Mischka Levandowski, Jen Ruch, Kateri Determan, and Colleen Kroeger.

Thank you to our decoration volunteers who worked tirelessly transforming the Scott Center into our “Academy Awards” venue: Lyndsey Worrall, Lauren Sleper, Ann Lawless, Jennifer Rhine, Joe and Rebecca Bezousek and Deborah Dancer.

Thank you to our 7th grade student volunteer “movie ushers”: Sully Nelsen, Matthew Bezousek, Deangelo Bayley, Libby Naughton, Elizabeth Deck and Rinnah Dancer. Thank you to former Holy Cross student (’17), Corey Callahan, who worked the registration/check out table, the liquor pull, clean-up, transportation, and basically did everything his mother asked : )

Thank you to our transportation of items and cleanup volunteers: Lisa and Geoffrey Comstock, Colleen Naughton, Dan Maher, John Wolfe, Katie and Brian LeFavbre.

We are very appreciative of the amazing talents of our auctioneer Scott Moore, our DJ- Jesse Swanson with Chaos Productions, bartending services by 1316 Jones, LLC, Craig Moody of Moody’s Marque Letters and of course the Scott Conference Center staff is always top notch with excellent food.

We are so thankful and appreciative of all our item donors, which is at the heart of this event, because what would we bid on without them! Watch for that list to follow. Such an amazing night! Thank you to all who attended and supported Gala 2024! We are blessed to be part of this wonderful Community of Holy Cross! Thank you to all who emailed and texted photos!

A Special Thank You to Our Gala 2024 Underwriting Sponsors: Fraser Stryker, Parr Dental, Security National Bank, Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler, and Independent Roofing Company.

A Special Thank You to Our Gala 2024 Advertisers: The Regan Group, Rotella’s Bakery, Mama’s Pizza Midtown, Sunridge Village Retirement Community, LaCasa Pizzaria, Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council #11364, Croker Huck Law Firm, Barrett’s Barleycorn, Kamp Wealth Strategies, and Micki’s Dance Studio.

Our next Gala date is set for April 26th, 2025!




We are receiving some exciting auction items for Gala 2024! Thank you to these businesses for their generous donations:

How does a night stay and brunch at the Cottonwood sound? Valued at $500!!

A private mass at the Holy Family Shrine, valued at $155!

A prime rib dinner for 20 from Eddies Catering valued at $500!

A Liftmaster 81650 1/2 HP AC Chain Drive wifi garage door opener w/integrated Bluetooth technology, garage door opener from Omaha Door and Window valued at $354!

An 18-hole round of golf for four (4) with carts from Field Club of Omaha, valued at $360!

Holy Cross Booster Club Party! Gather 50 of your closest friends for movie night at Holy Cross Field!!

An 18-hole round of golf for four (4) plus carts at Iron Horse, valued at $320! Donated by John and Cathie Fullenkamp

Creighton Prep Baseball Camp plus Tshirt valued at $85. Donated by Creighton Prep

Mercy High School Summer Camp $50 Certificate plus Tshirt. Donated by Mercy High School

Forest Green Lawn and Landscape certificate for aeration, fertilization and weed control valued at $175. Donated by Forest Green



New or gently used baskets

New/unused/unwanted gift cards

New items that we can combine with other items to create a themed silent auction basket.                                    

Complete gift baskets ready for the silent auction. Choose a fun theme to create something that is valued anywhere from $25-$100.

New bottles of wine or other spirits.

Receipts will be given for your tax-deductible donation!


If you did not pick up your invitation from the vestibule the last two weekends, please know that we have mailed them. If you are not a parishioner but would still like to attend, please use the link provided above or call the Rectory Office 402-553-7500.



The Tradition Continues!

Lights, Camera, Auction!

Holy Cross Gala is April 20th, 2024, at the beautiful Scott Conference Center again! Be sure to get registered by April 12th if you would like to attend and enjoy a wonderful meal, lively auction, program and dance!  We will be honoring our long-time pastor, Fr Carl Salanitro this year with the Celtic Cross Award. And don't forget to send in your raffle tickets to win some great money!  

We are so thankful for our amazing Gala Chairs: Maribeth Grieser, Jordan Grieser and Cecelia Crown, who are working tirelessly to create an amazing evening!  We will have the very talented Scott Moore, as our auctioneer, and be ready to shake your booty to the DJ sounds of Chaos!

We are always in need of volunteers, so please watch for a Sign-Up Genius link or simply call the Rectory Office 402-553-7500 and leave your name and number.

We so appreciate our Underwriters and Advertisers, so please consider them first when making decisions about the things you buy.

UNDERWITERS: Fraser Stryker, Parr Dental, Independent Roofing

ADVERTISERS: Rotella's Bakery, The Regan Group, Mama's Pizza Midtown, Croker Huck Law Firm, Barrett's Barleycorn, Micki's Dance Studio