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What is Friends in the Courtyard?
It serves as one of the two event fundraisers for St. Francis DeSales High School co-curricular programs while at the same time provides a fun social gathering with friends. Ticket includes tasting of the finest wines from multiple wine distributors plus local breweries and an Italian feast catered by Carfagnas!  The wine being tasted throughout the evening will be available to purchase and take home at the event.  

2018 Co-Curricular Grant Proceeds: Click on the link to see the breakdown of funds to each co-curricular program. 

When and where is Friends in the Courtyard held?
Thursday, September 26, 2019
SFD Gymnasium

What happens at Friends in the Courtyard?
6:30pm     Doors open, Wine and Micro Brewery Sample Tasting, and Silent Auction Bidding Begins
7:30pm     Prayer and Welcome
8:15pm     Reverse Raffle Begins
8:20pm     Live Auction
9:30pm     Starting of Staggered Closing of Silent Auction
10:00pm   Check-out Begins

How much are tickets and what does a ticket include?
Tickets are $40 each. Reserve a table for eight by sponsoring a Premier Wine Table Sponsor.  Tickets can be purchased online or by mailing your reservation and check to St. Francis DeSales High School, 4212 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43224.

$200 Wine Tasting Table Sponsor
Recognized as the Wine Tasting Table Sponsor on one of the wine tasting tables and name or logo in the event program. Name or logo will be scrolling on the mobile bidding as well as on the event presentation screens.

$1,000 Premier Wine Table Sponsor: 
Recognized as the Premier Wine Table Sponsor for Friends in the Courtyard. Signage on the sponsored table and name or logo in the event program. Name or logo will be scrolling on the mobile bidding as well as on the event presentation screens. (8) event reservations with premier seating along with a bottle of wine at your table.

For additional sponsorship opportunities with St. Francis DeSales High School please view our Stallion Sponsorship Opportunities.

What is the dress attire?
The dress attire is business casual.

Why is Friends in the Courtyard important?
Proceeds from this event provide financial support for St. Francis DeSales High School co-curricular programs including athletics, band, drama, and over 50 scholastic and interest-based clubs.

Friends in the Courtyard is organized and implemented by volunteer committee members plus the Office of Institutional Advancement. Below are ways you can help make Friends in the Courtyard a success and raise funds for your co-curricular program at the same time:

Live and Silent Auction Item or Service
Each co-curricular program is expected to donate at least one silent auction basket per 15-20 team or club members. Ask people you know best: friends, family, or businesses. If you already have a good relationship with someone, don’t hesitate to ask, they probably want to help you and your program. When soliciting to businesses, please use the approved DeSales letter from the office of Institutional Advancement plus the donation form (see below for forms). All baskets/items are to be turned into the office of Institutional Advancement with a donation form for each auction basket or individual item donated for the event. There are three incentive turn-in dates for live or silent auction items for Friends in the Courtyard: Wednesday, August 28, Friday, September 6, and Friday, September 20. For each basket/item turned-in on or before the announced date, co-curricular programs will be put in a drawing for a $250 grant. For businesses or individuals to receive a tax benefit from the donation, you will need to include the information on the donation form. The Advancement department will send out the appropriate tax letter to the business or individual.

Each co-curricular program will receive 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of silent auction items which were procured by that co-curricular program.


Business Solicitation Letter
Donation Form

How can I get involved?
Donate a silent auction item or fine wine for the live auction! Be a sponsor! Attend Friends in the Courtyard!