ALTON - Marquette Catholic officials announced Friday that the Explorers Club Gala and Auction, held March 26, 2022, set a record with a profit of $126,890. The annual event started in the early 1990s.

“The auction dinner is a very important event for us," Marquette Catholic Principal Tim Harmon said. "On behalf of our students, I want to express our appreciation for the great support we received from our parents, alumni, and the Marquette community. I want to thank all the parents in the Explorers Club who helped make the auction such a success. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

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Explorers Club President and Auction Co-Chair Monica Ellerbracht said: "We want to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, and those who attended the event. The annual event raises funds to help offset school expenses.

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“The actual cost of attendance is nearly $2,000 more than what we charge in tuition and fees. Those dollars have to come from somewhere.

Auction Co-Chair Teresa Bartosiak echoed Ellerbracht's statement: "We are grateful to have the community of donors who support our students.

Founded in 1927, Marquette Catholic is a coed, College Preparatory school of 422 students. Recently, MCHS graduated 106 students who completed more than 14,000 hours of community service and earned more than $9,000,000 in college scholarships.

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