The 19th annual GREEN fundraiser for the North Platte Catholic schools set another record on Saturday, Oct. 23 at St. Patrick High School.

GREEN (Generating Resources for Educational Excellence Now) is the largest single event of the year for the Catholic Schools Endowment-Trust, the fundraising arm for the Catholic school system in North Platte.

About 275 guests attended Saturday evening. Endowment Director Wendy Dodson said venue space is a challenge in North Platte and the school served as a wonderful option.

Dodson said, “Not only do we get to show off many of the campaign improvements we’ve been working on… It also allows us to save a substantial amount of money on venue and food.”

Dodson estimates the net proceeds will be between $210,000-220,000, after all expenses are recorded. This would be the highest total on record for the event since it began in 2003.

Dodson also thanked the volunteers and sponsors who helped with GREEN. Marty Troshynski donated his services, catering the entire meal, and St. Pat’s and McDaid faculty helped serve. Lincoln County Feedyard LLC donated all of the beef FOR the event, and Noffsinger family farms donated all of the potatoes. Dodson said that Big Red Liquors was a great corporate partner as well.

Krista Struckman of North Platte claimed a $1,000 prize in the Heads or Tails game sponsored by Adams Bank & Trust and First National Bank of Omaha. Two winners each walked away with $5,000 in the Lucky Lotto drawing sponsored by U-Save Pharmacy and Pat & Kathleen Keenan. The winners were Kellie Hoffman and Ruth Hayes of North Platte.

Shelby Kolling, Tanner Pettera and Kurt Pieper, all of North Platte, were the winners of Spirit Wagons sponsored by Big Red Liquors and Great Western Bank.

A 17-item live auction catalog generated more than $60,000 in proceeds, thanks to the great work of auctioneer Rod Wright and emcee Joe Swift.

The online silent auction netted $43,455. NebraskaLand Bank sponsored all of the mobile bidding technology for the event.

Both auction totals are the highest on record for GREEN. More than $40,000 was given by GREEN donors in the 2021 Fund-A-Need. Those funds will be put toward the purchase of a new gym tarp system, a new school vehicle, exterior painting on the campus, and the growth of the existing technology fund.

More than $10,000 was donated to the GREEN Teacher Wish List for specific classroom needs, submitted by NPCS teachers, Dodson said.

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