2011-03-18 / News

Carolina on my Mind

By John Dixon


Sandra and Eric Cleaves Sandra and Eric Cleaves On Saturday, March 5, 2011, Cardinal Newman School hosted its 15th Annual Auction, Carolina On My Mind. The school cafeteria, gym, and the connecting hallway were decorated in fine low country style complete with moss draped paths and a beautiful mosaic Palmetto Tree created by Cardinal Newman art teacher, Angel Allen.

Those assembled dined on South Carolina cuisine from Lizard’s Thicket and a healthy dose of Low Country shrimp and grits. With an assortment of vacation packages, jewelry, parties, tuition certificates, dining, and entertainment offerings, collectables, and one precious and rare red lab puppy, bidders had plenty of opportunities to support Cardinal Newman School and carry home some really spectacular items.

Auction Co–Chairs Mary Black and Catherine August marveled at the “ incredible support and stand out individuals” who helped pull this year’s auction together in such tough economic times. They noted that there were “many facets managed by talented people in a collaborative effort.”


Grace Zimmerman gets a hug from the auction puppy Grace Zimmerman gets a hug from the auction puppy The biggest problem of the night turned out to be some not–so–sticky duct tape that necessitated some skillful pruning and grafting of the moss draped trees adorning the hallway.

This year’s Platinum Sponsor was Blue Cross Blue Shield of Columbia.

Silver sponsors included FN Manufacturing LLC, First Citizens, Hall Bowers LLC, JHS Architecture: Integrated Design Inc, K & M Uniforms/St. Anthony's Corner, Lizard’s Thicket, Palmetto Health, St. John Newman Catholic Church, and Williams–Hendricks Lawyers, Lexington, SC.

Advertising Sponsors were Accu Pad Inc, BB&T Wealth Management, Boyd Managment, Peter and Pam Brown, Chao and Associates Inc., Robert and Beverly Dozier, First Command, The Dibble Manning Company, Midlands Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery P.A., Nortpoint Heating and Air Inc., The Palmetto Group, R. Sims Tompkins DMD, MS Orthodontics, Schiano's Old Tyme Pizza Restaurant, St. Joseph's Church and School, St. Martin de Porres Church and School, St. Peter’s Church and School, State Farm Insurance–Troy Roberts, Stick Realty, Southern Vistas Inc., Wells Fargo Advisors–Brian Dunphy, Byron and Mandy WIlliams/Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Wood Creations.


Patrick and Laura Boos with daughter Constance Patrick and Laura Boos with daughter Constance Of course, there were plenty of parents who gave of their time and provided items for auction. A complete list of sponsors and donations can be found on the school website at www.cnhs.org. This year’s Fund– A–Project was technology needs for the new school. When the tide rolled in, many happy bidders went home with South Carolina treasures, and one lucky family went home with a precious Canine American to call their own.



Libby Tompkins, Gayle Herbskersman, Mary Black, and Susan Philipoom Libby Tompkins, Gayle Herbskersman, Mary Black, and Susan Philipoom

Catherine August Catherine August

Auctioneer Jim Deyling Auctioneer Jim Deyling

Sister Roberta Fulton, Jacqualine Kasprowski, Barbara Cole, and Sandra Leatherwood Sister Roberta Fulton, Jacqualine Kasprowski, Barbara Cole, and Sandra Leatherwood
Jayme Dyrdek and Brittain Torrence Jayme Dyrdek and Brittain Torrence

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