Monday, October 17, 2016

Will Hackel: Charity Auction

Among the biggest pieces of news for Knights and Setons is the recent success of the annual Charity Auction. Though the final sum of money hasn't been calculated yet, we are fairly certain that the event was an extreme success. What is an even more satisfying feeling is that all of the hard work and money raised goes entirely to the non profit organization of The Artisans. Without the help of all the Knights and Setons, as well as local businesses and donors, we could not have accomplished what we did. To start the year on a such a strong note is an encouraging step for all of us. It acts as motivation for the potential our clubs have both on and off of campus. 

Will Hackel 
- Knight of Gonzaga

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tara McElroy: Charity Auction

The Tuesday before the Charity Auction, was our last day to get everything set up and ready for the event. Starting at 4pm and not ending until 11:30pm, it was a long night of entering in items, checking guest lists, taking photos, and tying up all the many other loose ends. There were many times we just ended up taking seconds to laugh at how much we needed to do, but with all hands on deck and the help from Jimmy Johns and lots of snacks we got everything done! 
Now almost a week after the Charity Auction, it is fun to look back and realize how all the hard work that went in really paid off. When the doors opened at 5:30 for guests, I can't deny that I wasn't a little stressed or nervous about how the night would go, knowing how much time the other chairs and I would had put in over the last months and how awesome the Knights and Setons had been with putting baskets together. As the event went into full swing however, the nerves went away. Seeing how much love and support was in the room for Artisans through the generous donations from the Artisan community and Knights and Setons parents was so amazing. 
The night really couldn't of happened with out all 60 of the Knights and Setons. Everyone came to help set up, eagerly asking what they could do even though it was family weekend and most had family in town. They helped guests out with iPads, made everyone feel welcome and stayed to clean up.
Over the past few months getting to work with Polly, the Director of Artisans, and then seeing the night be a success makes me that much more excited to start our service mentoring program! I can't wait for the great year ahead.

-Tara McElroy
Seton of Gonzaga 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ben McFaul: Charity Auction

This weekend was the Charity Auction for Artisans, and also parents weekend. The Charity Auction has taken a tremendous amount of time on my part, and I can not even imagine how much time it has taken for Tara and Emily, the other Charity Auction chairs. This auction always benefits a good cause and I know it will be a great success this year. This past weekend, the Charity Auction team went to Artisans in Spokane and began to finalize all of the items. Per usual, I was late. My task designated to me was to wrap the items that had already been entered into the system. I was at first completely unsure of what to do, but after watching Will Hackel the Great wrap with precision, excellence and passion, I decided to give it a try. Like the plot of any movie, I was at first unsuccessful, but after much trial and error I can confidently say that I became a gift wrapper extraordinaire. Roll 80's montage.... 

-Ben McFaul 
Knight of Gonzaga 

Emily Bloom: Charity Auction

Over the past five months, we have partnered with Artisans in planning the Charity Auction to benefit our mentoring program. As chair members serving for the Knights and Setons, we have seen our integral role in the community. Working alongside Polly, the Director of Artisans, we have been able to see where our hard work will take us through this event and where the raised money will go. Knowing this event will benefit and build our service partnership with the people and clients of Artisans makes it that much more rewarding. This opportunity has allowed us to see the amount of work it takes to plan a successful and rewarding event and we are looking forward to seeing the success of this event and the potential it provides for the upcoming year!

Throughout the summer, our team began to piece together the event by reserving spaces, planning meals, procuring items and networking within the community. Using our entire program of Knights and Setons, we have been able to procure almost 115 packages and items to be auctioned off in both the silent and live auction events. We are anticipating an attendance of around 150 people on Saturday, October 8th in Cataldo Hall. This year, we have done most of our planning and organizing online using the Greater Giving software program. This has allowed us to keep things as simple and streamlined as possible, yet it has also proved to be a challenging as we had to manually enter and organize all our items and guests through this software. There have definitely been overwhelming aspects of planning this event, from figuring out budgeting and costs to choosing themes and timelines, but it has taught me to not only be more diligent with my planning, but to always stay a few steps ahead. I’ve loved having the opportunity to reach out and contact members of the greater Spokane community representing the Knights and Setons. Sharing our message and passion for service with others has been incredible and the community’s support shows through the tremendous amount of donations we have received for our cause. I am so thankful for all the help and assistance over the past few months!

- Emily Bloom
Seton of Gonzaga

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Transitions Reflection: Spencer Martin

I’ve worked a lot with kids and consider myself to be pretty good with kids overall. For each summer the last three years I have worked at a community center, running different camps and activities with kids usually from ages 6 to 11. Every kid presents a different challenge at camp, but the objective is simple, just have fun. My weaknesses while working in this setting were always what to do when not doing something active, and working with little girls. For some reason, probably because I just had more common with active boys, little girls and I just did not mesh well.

When I was asked which service I would like to participate in, it was a no brainer. I always work with kids and enjoy working with them so I chose Transitions. Transitions, however, was more of a unique experience that was different that work. I was only going to be working closely with one child instead of a huge group of kids in a gym or in a field. And of course, I was partnered with a girl, Nya.

Nya has a huge family and therefore loves when she is in the spotlight. She is a little diva that prances around and makes sure its known to everyone. She also has a big heart. Nya shows constant affection for those around her she loves. This is evident in the way she interacts with all of her siblings, taking it to a point that annoys her brothers because she wants another hug. Nya makes it hard to leave because she wants to give so many hugs and has an even harder time saying goodbye.

I recognize the impact that our organization can have when I hear Nya yell, “It’s Knights and Setons day, It’s Knights and Setons Day!” She always knows what day is her day to hangout with myself or Drew for a couple hours. And trust me, if for some reason you can’t make it to service that day, Nya will remind you. If I’m ever running a little bit late, I can expect a call from Nya to see where I am.

Last year when I came to school I found myself missing work not because of the paycheck, but because I was missing all the interactions and relationships I had with all those kids during the summer. Transitions has allowed me to create a special relationship with a sweet, young girl that brightens up my week for two hours every week.

- Spencer Martin
Knight of Gonzaga

Artisans Reflection: Jana Walker

Joining Setons I knew I was going to be put in situations outside my comfort zone.  In high school, I spent much time volunteering with children so I made the decision to join Artisan’s to try something new.  I had no previous experience working with those with special needs so I did not know what to expect—never would I have imagined what I would get out of this experience.

I was paired with Linda, a women around the age of 50.  I have to admit, I didn’t expect to be paired with someone so much older than I am.  Despite the age, each week I see our relationship growing more and more.  What I didn’t expect on top of this was to bond with all the other mentee’s that join me on Wednesday afternoons.  I can’t leave Artisan's without a smile on my face.  I have never gone and Linda wasn't happy to see me, that feeling is something indescribable.  Linda does this thing when you greet her, she grabs my hand and nuzzles her face in it.  Each time it puts a smile on my face cause I know how happy she is that I am there and the feeling is reciprocated.  I look forward to my meeting each week, and am so thankful that Setons has given me this opportunity.  Not only has Setons given me the opportunity to serve others but it has also given me service that I feel gives me more than I give.  

- Jana Walker
Seton of Gonzaga


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