Xavier Mothers’ Guild Invites Guests to Hop Aboard Holiday Train

49th annual Holiday Gala and Auction is an evening to ‘Hear the Magic.’

Xavier College Preparatory Mothers’ Guild hosted its 43rd Annual Holiday Gala and Auction on Nov. 14. This year’s theme was “Believe . . . A Night to Hear the Magic,” based on the classic children’s book The Polar Express. Student conductors invited the more than 450 guests to hop aboard the festive “train” that traversed the school’s campus throughout the evening.

Joni Oltrogge and Christina Whittle co-chaired the gala affair, which featured silent and live auctions, dinner and an after party in the “Caboose” lounge. Sean McLaughlin, Bob Hubbard and Matt Young volunteered their talents as the evening’s auctioneers.

Proceeds raised benefit Xavier’s Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign, which continues to fund Xavier’s Chapel of Our Lady, Founders Hall, Petznick Field, and Activity Center renovation.

PHOTOS COURTESY DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Alexa Robinson, Mickey Robinson, Maddie Hahn crop

Alexa Robinson, Mickey Robinson and Maddie Hahn

Bob Hubbard, Colleen Felix, Sean McLaughlin, Amy O’Sullivan crop

Bob Hubbard, Colleen Felix, Sean McLaughlin and Amy O’Sullivan

Courtney Schumacher, Molly Brown  Kaitlyn Karren, Sophia Perez-Vargas crop

Courtney Schumacher, Molly Brown, Santa Claus, Kaitlyn Karren and Sophia Perez-Vargas

Front: Doug and Tricia Folger. Back: Steve and April Ward, Santa Claus, Denise and Wally Hale

Front: Doug and Tricia Folger. Back: Steve and April Ward, Santa Claus, Denise and Wally Hale

Marlin West and Janet Bagley-West crop

Sharee and Jerome Sims with Santa Claus

Mike and Mary Straneva, Santa, Xavier Gator, Allyson and David Beckham crop

Mike and Mary Straneva, Santa, Xavier Gator, Allyson and David Beckham

Monica and Jack Woudenberg crop

Monica and Jack Woudenberg with Santa

Wendy and John Woodrow, Scott and Barclay Schraff (front row)_ Julie and Wes Clelland, Susanne Blomo and Jim Blomo (back row) crop

Front: Wendy and John Woodrow, Scott and Barclay Schraff. Back: Julie and Wes Clelland, Susanne Blomo and Jim Blomo

Joni Oltrogge, Santa, Christina Whittle Judy Stark and Sister Joan Fitzgerald

Joni Oltrogge, Santa and Christina Whittle; Judy Stark and Sister Joan Fitzgerald

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