St. Mary’s Ball & Charity Auction March 17th

Storm Lake St. Mary’s School will be giving away a $2,200 14 karat yellow gold bangle bracelet created especially for the Paxtons Chest of Chance fundraiser at the St. Mary’s Ball and Charity Auction “Diamonds and Dust” March 17.

The bracelet opens to easily fit on the wrist and is topped with a deep violet genuine tanzanite gemstone, surrounded by .25 carat of shimmering diamonds – a perfect addition for any special occasion like the St. Mary’s Ball and Auction!

Gary and Rhonda Ringgenberg of Paxtons Jewelry present the $2200 tanzanite and diamond bracelet to Lisa Hurd and Etta Smith, co-chairs of the 2018 St. Mary’s Ball and Charity Auction, as the local jewelry store is sponsoring the Paxtons Chest of Chance again this year.

St. Mary’s supporters could win the jewelry by attending the event and purchasing a Paxtons’ Chest of Chance grab bag for $30 each and  take home the items in the bag. One will have a certificate for the bracelet. Others will have gift certificates, $100 cash, $200 cash, t-shirts, sweatshirts and gift items that are valued at a total of $30 or more per bag. Paxtons Jewelry of Storm Lake donated the tanzanite bracelet for the event.

The Chest of Chance is part of the St. Mary’s Ball and Charity Auction which raises approximately $150,000 net each year to help operate the local preK-12 Catholic School. Dollars are raised through also through a live and a silent auction, a $100 Big Raffle, dinner ticket sales and a funded item at the end of the auction. Tickets to attend the event will be on sale to the public through March 9. Tickets can be purchased on-line at or or stop in the St. Mary’s Parish Office at 300 E. Third Street or call 712-732-3110 for more information or e-mail The $100 Big Raffle tickets are now available to be purchased on-line at or

Chaircouples for the March 17 event are Andy and Lisa Hurd and Seth and Etta Smith. Auction chairs are Gina Hartman and Ellen Smith. Big Raffle chairs are Mike Pertzborn and Bob Lenhart with Dan Richardson serving and Business Club Chair. Mike and Jim Green of Green Auctions and Real Estate will be running the oral auction. The event will be held at Buena Vista University Siebens Forum. Tickets are $60 per person minimum donation. Fratzke and Jensen Rancher’s Preparty tickets are $125 per person. All proceeds help to operate St. Mary’s School.