Holiday Dinner & Auction FAQs

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Here are some frequently asked questions about the Xavier Mothers’ Guild Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction:

What is the Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction?
  • The Holiday Dinner and Auction is an annual event, hosted by the Xavier Mothers’ Guild, which raises money for the Xavier Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. 
  • The event starts in the early evening with a Silent Auction while enjoying delicious appetizers and cocktails, followed by a Mini-Live Auction, then a beautiful catered dinner with entertainment.  The main event is the Live Auction which is then followed by an after party with live entertainment and dancing.
  • Each year a different theme is picked for the event: 2016 – Jingle&Mingle, 2015 – Believe, 2014 – Journey through Venice, 2013 – Paris, City of Lights, 2012 – Luminarias of Christmas.  The Dinner and Auction began in 1970 and has become an annual tradition at Xavier which all members of the Xavier community look forward to attending.  It is a great way to start the Holiday season!
Is it a fund raiser event?
  • Yes, the event raises fund for the Xavier Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign. The Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign helps Xavier pay for its remaining financial obligation incurred by the building of Xavier’s Chapel of Our Lady, Founders Hall, Petznick Field, and the Activity Center. 
How are the funds raised?
  • Most of the funds raised are through the three auctions conducted through the evening.  All of the auctioned items, trips and services are donated by Xavier families and community partners.  Also, tables and seats sale contributes to our bottom line.  The raffle is another huge contributor as every Xavier student must sell at least two tickets (per the Xavier tuition contract). Sales of Angel Ornaments and Gator Gear items all contribute to the bottom line as well.
  • In addition, sponsorships and underwriting are all welcome.  Businesses can become sponsors and receive many benefits including program ad space, acknowledgment on our website and at the event itself.
How much does the event raise?
  • On average, we have raised $200,000 each year for the Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign.
When and where does it take place?
  • The event takes place in mid-November and usually has a Holiday theme.  It is an excellent way to kick-off the Holiday season with a great party.
  • It is held on our beautiful campus in Founders Hall.  Our decorating committee works closely with the Xavier Special Events Team to create an atmosphere that is sophisticated and beautifully decorated for the Holidays. 
What is the attendance?
  • We average about 500 to 550 guests every year.  You can buy a table, which has a lot of great perks, or individual seats and request to seat with specific friends.
Who attends?
  • All Xavier families and friends are welcome to attend.  Since alcohol is served, this is not an event that Xavier students attend, but they do help us a lot by volunteering the night of the event, providing the entertainment, and helping all around.
  • We also invite future and past parents of Xavier Gators, alumnae, Board members, and Xavier friends in the community.
What is the attire?
  • It’s “holiday casual”, which means, anything goes! But please, no shorts, and t-shirts! Dress in any way you’d like for you to comfortably enjoy the evening.
How does the Auction work?
  • There are three separate auctions during the night.  The first is the Silent Auction, with hundreds of items for you to bid on.  All bidding is done electronically through your phone (make sure it is charged), and you are able to place bids throughout the evening.  The second is the Mini-Live auction with higher end items and experiences.  And the third is the Live Auction which takes place right after dinner with high end items and experiences.
What sort of items are in the Auction?
  • The Silent Auction has a huge variety of items, from sports related items and tickets, to jewelry, photo sessions, Xavier Clubs’ items, Xavier dolls, Christmas nativity sets from Ecuador, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, and many, many, more.  It’s a fantastic way to get a lot of your Christmas shopping done.  There are also trips, experiences, parking spots and always a favorite, Divine Dinning with the Sisters in the Convent, available for bidding during the Live and Mini-Live.
What is the Angel Ornament? Should I get one?
  • The Angel ornament is a tradition at Xavier.  The Angel is different each year and is revealed at the Gala.  Prices vary from year to year, but they normally range from $10 to $20.  We have limited quantities, so, yes, get yours the night of the event, and collect them for each year your daughter(s) is at Xavier.
If I volunteer the night of the Gala, can I still bid on items?
  • Yes, you are able to bid on items if you are there the evening of the event and working as a volunteer.  Thank you for volunteering!
How can I help?
  • There are many ways you can help.  Your attendance, whether you buy a table or a seat, is a big help.  And if you attend, have fun bidding on those special and unique items that will be available. Anything you buy, even if is just an Angel Ornament or a Xavier brick, will help us. If you own a business, being a sponsor helps both your business and us.  Also, consider donating items or services to our Auction.  An underwriting donation is another way.  Helping your daughter sell her raffle tickets, as many as possible, also help.  Think about getting her a parking spot for next year, or if you are senior parent, make sure you bid for the reserved graduation seats.  Finally, donating your time, and becoming a volunteer is a HUGE help, as this event takes many hands to make it a reality.