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Huron turns out for Diamonds and Denim celebration

Posted: Monday, Feb 4th, 2013


From left are Joy Hetle, Krista Cronin and Kristin Cronin — all three wore formal attire to Holy Trinity’s Diamonds & Denim Gala and Auction on Saturday evening at the Huron Event Center. Next, the silent auction tables at Diamonds & Denim saw plenty of action as several of attendees bid on the items, which included Donut Shoppe doughnuts every month for a year, a large area rug, many baskets filled with goodies, tool sets, kitchen baskets, jewelry and many gift certificates from area merchants. And shown next are members of the Cain Creek Band performing at the Diamonds & Denim Gala and Auction Saturday evening. The Cain Creek band is comprised of Rich Janes, Dan Steenburgen, Stan Glicko, Mike Ball, Mark Rounds, Dennis Mahowald and Eric Porter. PHOTOS BY KARA GUTORMSON/PLAINSMAN


HURON — As the biggest fundraiser of the year for Holy Trinity Catholic School, the Diamonds & Denim Gala and Auction drew hundreds of people to the Huron Event Center on Saturday evening.

Many of the attendees were parents of children who attend Holy Trinity, and they shared what they like most about the school.

“They teach a Christian education,” said Krista Cronin, parent of a third-grader and pre-kindergarten student. “I like that my children come home and they tell me the Bible stories that they learned for the day.”

Jamie and David Nemmers have a fifth-grader and a kindergarten student enrolled at Holy Trinity. “We chose to send them to Holy Trinity because we want them to learn about God and Jesus, and that’s not something that can be taught at a public school,” said Jamie. “And we want them to learn about volunteerism and doing for others.”

Ranae and Gerad Puterbaugh send three kids to Holy Trinity. “We have a third-grader, first-grader and one in pre-kindergarten,” Ranae said. “And our kids are learning not only about faith but also to care for other people.”

She said the staff members at Holy Trinity are excellent. “They are so compassionate and kind. We couldn’t ask for better teachers. Everyone at the school is so friendly, from the janitors to the dietary aides to the secretary and principal, they all care so much.”

Principal Michelle Schoenfelder said that Holy Trinity’s mission is to inspire children to lead Christian lives. “We want to strengthen them in the Catholic faith while cultivating academic excellence,” she said. “In partnership with families, we strive to prepare our students to be faith-filled leaders and life-long learners dedicated to serving the church and community. We hope our students inspire, excel, and serve.”

Schoenfelder says the current K-6 enrollment is 108 students. Add the preschool class, made up of 29 3-year-olds and the pre-kindergarten class of 34 4-year-olds, and that’s a steady stream of students in the years to come. The preschool class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:15 to 11 a.m. “Our pre-six enrollment increased 14 students this year,” said Schoenfelder.  “Most of this increase is at the kindergarten level.  We have 22 kindergarten students this year and are expecting more next year.”

Rose Kluth, chairperson of Diamonds & Denim, said last year’s event raised over $48,000. “Holy Trinity Catholic School’s 2012 to 2013 operating budget is a little over $520,000. Diamonds & Denim alone accounts for over 9 percent of our overall budget for the year, making it a very important fundraiser for our school.”

Every little bit helps, she said. “We are so grateful to all of the attendees and businesses who donate and participate in Diamonds & Denim every year,” said Kluth.

“Our mission at Holy Trinity Catholic School is to inspire children to lead Christian lives, strengthened by our Catholic faith, while cultivating academic excellence.”  
Music was provided by the Cain Creek Band, comprised of Rich Janes, Dan Steenburgen, Stan Glicko, Mike Ball, Mark Rounds, Dennis Mahowald and Eric Porter. 
Some silent auction items included Donut Shoppe doughnuts every month for a year, a large area rug, many baskets filled with goodies, tool sets, kitchen baskets, jewelry and many gift certificates from area merchants. The silent auction wrapped up at 8:30 p.m., and was followed by the live auction, led by volunteer auctioneers Brian Nenaber and Mike Corcoran.

Some of the live auction items up for bid included John Green’s painting of downtown Huron, golf lessons from PGA professional Jim Bigelow, soybeans from Hefty Seed Company, half off complete orthodontics provided by Countryside Dental, a 20 gallon 100 psi portable/stationary John Deere air compressor donated by James River Equipment, a pearl and diamond necklace, half off complete orthodontics provided by Fuch’s Orthodontics, dinner with Father Terry Anderson, homemade desserts every month for a year (provided by staff at Holy Trinity), quilts made by preschool morning and afternoon classes, a Kindle HD, Twins ticket packages, including a package with six seats in the Legends Club Box at a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. 


For the complete article see the 02-03-2013 issue.

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