|Southwick with Portslade Parish gathered for their evening|
"On February 11th on a very cold evening about 80 parishioners gathered in our Catholic school Hall for ‘an Italian-themed evening with an Auction of Promises’. We hoped to raise some money for the Diocesan Lourdes Fund appropriately enough.
The evening started with a delicious meal of Lasagne or Mediterranean Pasta for the vegetarians (cooked by Alan, our chef,) before the auction. Dessert was homemade profiteroles made by our 2nd chef Tony. With Bob acting as Auctioneer we had over 40 generous promises and gifts in the catalogue to offer. The range of promises varied amazingly from gardening, a manicure, homemade marmalade, swimming lessons all the way to guitar lessons, Spanish lessons and a car wash. Once the parishioners got the idea there was much hilarity and fun going on and, with Italian music in the background, the atmosphere was very convivial. The fundraising team worked really hard to provide yet another fantastic evening.
As you can see from the photo the hall was decorated in green, white and red with some of the auction lots displayed on a separate table to see. Everyone was warm despite the cold weather.
Almost £800 was raised on the evening."