Friends of St. Edmond will turn up the heat

Annual ball on May 5 will feature the band Burnin’ Sensations

-Messenger file photo by Chad Thompson
Pat Hassett, a 1960 graduate of St. Edmond Catholic School, examines a necklace during the 34th Friends of St. Edmond Ball For the Love of Our Children in 2017.

The Friends of St. Edmond Ball on May 5 will provide an opportunity to wine, dine and dance while also supporting Catholic education.

The very first ball was held on April 28, 1984. This year, is the 35th annual ball. It will be held at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge.

Co-chairs this year are Matt and Michelle Bemrich, as well as Andy and Monica Shelly, who will be greeting guests as they arrive at the door.

Funds raised on this night of celebration assist St. Edmond Catholic School with its annual operating budget.

Food is provided and drinks may be purchased at the ball.

-Messenger file photo by Chad Thompson
Nick Moore, St. Edmond Catholic School alumnus, looks over a St. Edmond-themed cribbage board at the 34th annual Friends of St. Edmond Ball For the Love of Our Children at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites in 2017. The board was one of dozens of items that were auctioned off during the event.

A buffet dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment will feature Burnin’ Sensations, a five-piece band from the Ames area.

Besides the dinner and dance, there is a silent auction from 6 to 11 p.m., generally with 70 to 80 items.

A live auction will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will consist of approximately 20 items that include several vacation destinations.

Silent and live auction items range from vacation destinations to Mexico, Florida and Colorado to a PGA Players Championship.

This year, only attendees will be allowed to bid on the auction items.

Attendees can also participate in the wine pull with a $20 ticket. Any attendee with a wine pull ticket is assigned a cork with a number. The number matches up with a bottle of wine guaranteed to be worth $20 or more, along with surprises on some wine bottles.

There is also a scotch and whiskey pull, where attendees purchase a poker chip corresponding to a bottle of scotch or whiskey promised to be at a $50 or higher value.

“Rumor has it that there are more expensive bottles in the bunch, including a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue,” said Tom Miklo, director of development for St. Edmond.

Tickets are $100 per couple or $50 per single person, and can be purchased by contacting the St. Edmond Business Office at (515) 955-6077, emailing, or stopping by the office located at 2220 Fourth Ave. N. in Fort Dodge.