CORLHS Sterling Evening Sees Record Success

May 4, 2015

Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School continued to celebrate its tenth anniversary of operation with the most successful Sterling Evening dinner and benefit auction to date. The event was held March 29 at the school and netted a record $80,000 to support the continued operation of the school.

More than 400 people attended the evening, which featured approximately 447 silent and live auction items. Attendees were treated to a three-course meal catered by Cygan & Delaney of Highland and generously sponsored by The Maschhoffs, Inc., of Carlyle.

“We have received incredible feedback from the evening, including several very positive comments from people who had not attended a Sterling Evening before,” said Don Duensing, principal and executive director of Christ Our Rock.

Additional major sponsors include Greenville Livestock Auction, Inc., Jerry and Millie Rakers, United Producers, Inc., Pine Road Pork, Mike Brammeier/Dave Mulvin Painting, Brink Bros. Grain and Trucking, Inc., Luther Redeker, Kwik Karriers, LLC, Dairy Queen of Centralia, Bethlehem Lutheran Ferrin Men’s Club, Sharon Schneider, Wedekempers Inc., Don and Elaine Duensing and Curt and Jean Fisher.

The meal was complemented with homemade rolls by Tina Allen and desserts by Niemerg’s and Jerry’s. CORLHS students served as dinner hosts and provided dinner music to set a festive atmosphere.

Mr. Duensing serve as master of ceremonies for the evening, with additional support from assistant principal Wilfred Pennington. Bill Windler and his staff from Nashville handled the live auction portion of the evening. Among the live auctions included a signed Brett Hull hockey jersey, several beautiful handmade quilts, various vacation getaways, gourmet meals, a 90-inch Westminster-style wind chime, a huge decorative 5-foot-tall circular clock, handcrafted items and two outdoor patio heaters, to name but a few.

Tuition covers a little less than half of the operating costs of the decade-old Christian high school. The remainder is covered by association congregations, generous benefactors, a multitude of smaller contributions, and the success of events such as the Sterling Evening.