This Saturday, Nov. 12, a well-known SPS fundraiser is coming around once again — but this time it’s a little different, with changes made to keep up with the times and add to the excitement of the event.
“This is Jazz ‘n Roll’s 27th year,” event director Shellie Campo said. “The event has evolved over the years, and it was time for us to refresh the concept again. We’ve revamped the way we handle the food, the auctions, and the ticketing to be more streamlined and improve the overall quality of the event.”
The fan-favorite, the Jazz n’ Roll silent auction will be returning once again this year to give people the opportunity to win various items and support SPS. But this year, instead of manually using bid sheets, bidders can go online and bid, which is already open to the public. This will make bidding easier and more popular with the SPS community.
“Bidders can bid from their phones,” Campo said. “We will also have Student Hosts at the event with iPads to help people bid. We also offer online bidding for people that can’t make it to the auction.”
This year, they have also changed what will be served for dinner. Instead of having food from multiple area restaurants, the event will offer a full catered dinner by Gary Bonano Catering. According to Campo, the plan is to offer much better overall food quality, and lots of it. The open bar will still be available, as well.
The whole check-in and check-out process is different, as well. There are no physical entrance tickets anymore; everything will be done digitally. Tickets can be purchased online and stored on your phone, or tickets can be purchased at the door.
There will be no live auction this year; instead the event will focus on entertainment from the St. Paul’s Marching Wolves when the doors open at 7 p.m., and the Bucktown Allstars, who will start at 8 p.m. and play till 11 p.m.
“People will be more free at the event to socialize, bid, and eat,” Campo said. “Everything is not so regimented, where we’re ringing bells and you’ve got to do this and that. We’re just trying to make it more fun for our patrons and continue to make money for the school.”
A patron party catered by Keith Young’s Steakhouse will be held in the Lasalle Hall courtyard for event sponsors at 6 p.m. The Jazz ‘n Roll event itself will take place in the Briggs Assembly Center on the west side of campus at 7 p.m.
To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, click here. For those who cannot attend the event, but would like to bid in the silent auction, email Shellie Campo at email@example.com to obtain a bid number.