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Saint John’s Prep Middle School Students Raise Money for Anna Marie’s Alliance 2019 Christmas

Saint John’s Preparatory School is proud to congratulate the 7th and 8th grade students for raising $1,897.01 for Anna Marie’s Alliance. 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 to contribute to the auction. Col. Imholte taught them how to bid and encouraged them to think about their purchases 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- some were gag gifts while others were fun treats and surprises.

Middle school teacher Dan Stark assisted the auctioneer. Middle school teachers Cassie Renckens, Pat Dwyer, Susan Kolb and Robert Ellenbecker served as cashiers for the event.  The proceeds will be used to purchase supplies for families supported by Anna Marie’s Alliance. The wish list for Anna Marie’s includes everything from gift cards, household items, bedding and undergarments to toiletries and paper products.

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