Luncheon Will Benefit School

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Our Lady of the Hamptons School in Southampton is planning a major expansion this year, and the school’s annual Ladies Luncheon and Chinese Auction this weekend is designed to highlight the importance of raising funds to help the school grow.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Atlantica restaurant on Dune Road in Westhampton.

Parents Nicole Guillo and Jennifer Rizzo hadn’t been involved in fund-raising before rolling up their sleeves and volunteering to chair the lunch event, but in just about a month the two young mothers have put together more than 200 Chinese auction prizes, a $2,500 cash raffle and more than a dozen door prizes.

This year, Our Lady of the Hamptons turns 25, and the school’s principal, Sister Kathy Schlueter, has planned many of the anniversary events around theme of “Help Us Grow.”

The school is in contract to purchase a small lot between its building on North Main Street in Southampton Village and the nearby Our Lady of Poland church near the Southampton Railroad Station, but it needs to raise roughly $150,000 from the community to close the deal.

When that has been done, Sister Kathy hopes to build a $3 million gymnasium with classrooms on the second floor.

“The Ladies Luncheon is a long-standing tradition at the school,” said Ms. Rizzo, who is attempting to organize a green event, minimizing paper and using recycled products whenever possible. “It’s a great day. People bring their neighbors and mothers.”

The $50 ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, a three-course lunch and a ticket for a free glass of wine, and also buys entry to two rooms full of auction goods, including restaurant gift certificates, tickets to Yankees, Mets and Giants games, a $600 Waterford Crystal pineapple lamp and a Nintendo Wii.

“There are so many reasons I love the school,” said Ms. Rizzo. “I don’t think you can measure the level of education they get there. It certainly exceeds my expectations.”

“We would like to help Sister Kathy’s dream come true,” added Ms. Guillo.

The tickets will not be available at the door, but can be purchased by visiting the school or calling Nicole Guillo at 905-3254.

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