April 24, 2014A different format greets supporters of this year's Action Auction for Grosse Pointe Academy.
An online auction begins 3 p.m. Friday, April 25. Dozens of items are available and bidders register at gpa.preclickbid.com.
In years past, the auction had two nights. This year, the 47th year of the event, a silent auction and live auction will be held on one night, Saturday, May 10.
Chairing this year's Action Auction, from left, Chuck Janovsky, Renee Janovsky, Debbie Bagby and Walker Bagby.
Since 1968, the auction has helped support Grosse Pointe Academy with $13 million in net proceeds.
The school, on the shores of Lake St. Clair, offers a montessori early school and college prep program for grades 1-8.
Action Auction proceeds funnel immediately into the school.
At right, this year's honorary chairs for the auction, Michael and Beth Fisher. Below right, an oil painting donated by Jane Wood McFeely, an annual donation she makes to the auction.
"This year, we're honoring all of our previous leadership for the auction," said Debbie Bagby, co-chair of this year's event with Renee Janovsky. "All of our past chairs and honorary chairs deserve credit for the successes we have today."
This year's theme, fete des amis - Together we flourish - is a tribute to the school's French heritage.
Bagby said the event has shown that over the years.
"This event has been a community event for a very long time," she said. "It's not just an academy event. It's a spring event for our community. People in this community have gathered around us and made this happen."
This year's auction features 250 silent items and 38 live items.
While dozens and dozens of items are set for the online and silent auctions, some incredible items are auctioned live by auction supporters, the Dumouchelle family.
Live auction items include a New York Fashion Week getaway, tickets for four to the Country Music Awards, a Detroit Shinola package, an interior design experience in Atlanta, several pieces of jewelry, vacation homes in Beaver Creek, Paris and trips to Barcelona and Alaska, deep sea fishing in Palm Beach and a concert suite for 12 when One Direction comes to Detroit this summer. A car lease and shopping trips also a part of the live auctions.
Gathering the items and commitments is a year-round experience for chairs of the event.
"It's a full time volunteer job," Bagby said. "There is such a tradition and so many sponsors and partners. The Academy staff and families work hard to make this happen."
Janovsky said the goal is to have something special for attendees.
"There are many things you can't go out and just buy," she said. "So many families and businesses have been very generous. This community supports education and enriching the lives of students."
A complete listing of auction items also is available at the site. More information about the Action Auction will follow in next week's Grosse Pointe News, including this year's Paddle Raising initiatives on auction night.
The auction's presenting sponsor is Holly Construction Company. Platinum sponsors are Fisher & Company, Somerset Collection, Meridian Health Plan and TPS. Silver sponsors include Crain Communications, Girlie Girl and The Suburban Collection.
Bronze sponsors are American House, GHD CPAs and Advisors, Beaumont Health System, Comerica, Henry Ford Health System, Just Breathe of Grosse Pointe, Hantz Group, MRPR CPAs and Advisors, Penske Automotive, Merrill Lynch, Donnelly Penman & Partners Investment Banking, Paraduxx Hunt Club of Lincoln County, Ark., St. John Providence Health System and Woodworth.
Raffle sponsor is Neiman Marcus. Event sponsors include Emerald City Designs, Fresh Farms Market, Randazzo Fresh Market and Plum Market. Media sponsors include the Grosse Pointe News and Hour Detroit.
The online auction is April 25 through May 5.
Tickets for Saturday, May 10, are $200 and available online at gpa.preclickbid.com.