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Saint John’s Prep Middle School Students Raise $1,400 for Families in Need

Saint John’s Prep Middle School Students Raise $1,400 for Anna Marie’s Alliance

Christmas will be very Merry for several Central Minnesota families this year, thanks to the Saint John’s Prep Middle School. Saint John’s Prep is proud to congratulate the 7th and 8th grade students for raising $1,400 for Anna Marie’s Alliance. The students raised the money in just one hour on December 12, 2017. With the help of Col. Frank Imholte of Black Diamond Auctioneers, the students took part in a “white elephant” auction to raise the funds.

Students learned about the auction process while also helping people in need. Col. Frank Imholte donated his time to lead the bidding process. Students brought festive, wrapped gifts to school and indicated if the gift was for a boy, girl, or either. Col. Imholte taught them how to bid in an auction and encouraged them to think about their purchase before raising their hands.

Once they knew how to bid, Col. Imholte lead them through a spirited and competitive auction. Students bid on the gifts without knowing their contents. All they could see was a wrapped gift or gift bag!

Middle school teacher Dan Stark assisted the auctioneer. Middle school teachers Steve Larson, Susan Kolb and Robert Ellenbecker served as cashiers for the event.  The proceeds will be used to fill the wish lists of three families at Anna Marie’s Alliance. Students went shopping with the wish lists to find presents and ensure the families have a Merry Christmas. Gifts on the Anna Marie’s wish list range from clothing and toiletries to toys, gift cards and electronics.


Anna Marie’s Alliance provides safety for battered women and children in the nine-county region of Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Kanabec, Chisago and Pine Counties. For more information about Anna Marie’s Alliance go to