Thank You! Shamrock Air has landed successfully!

On behalf of our faculty, staff and administrators, thank you for your spontaneous and generous response to our first-ever virtual auction. What seemed like a loss on Tuesday night turned into a wonderful community event. We had over 1,500 friends of the school log on at some time during the last 24 hours. People from Alaska to Hawaii and California to New York City joined us! Alums, grandparents, siblings, neighbors, and friends all said yes to our call to take the flight with us.

A special thanks to Blanca Norton and Amy Young who inspired us from the beginning. This couldn’t have been possible without our sponsors and the many individuals and businesses who donated items of every kind.

Christy Johnson was heroic. She never doubted in the people around her nor the generosity of our community. Her confidence in all of us made a difference.

Your bidding, pledges, and prayers will allow us to move into the future with greater confidence. Your giving will make the difference in our ability to fund financial assistance, support academic and co-curricular programs, and ensures we move forward with Phase 2 of our Building Safety & Renovation Project. You answered the question of whether people would support us in this uncertain and fragile time. You answered loudly and generously. I can’t thank you enough.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Chris Gavin Principal Saint Patrick Catholic School


Come Fly With Us!


Since 1975, REACH– Religious Education A Catholic Heritage auction, dinner, and dance have been coordinated by generous volunteers and dedicated staff.

Funds raised at REACH, the school’s biggest fundraiser offset tuition and operating costs.  REACH ensures our legacy of Catholic education in Tacoma since 1983 continues.

REACH is a season of community building– many people working together with a shared commitment. To continue to make the auction a success, we ask for support from parishioners and the broader Tacoma community, but especially from each school family, to support in planning, donating and attending REACH. We are grateful for your generous and selfless commitment.

REACH Auction Event Homepage


Dear Friends,

The Saint Patrick Catholic School 2020 REACH Auction is approaching, where we will let our dreams take flight. I look forward to a wonderful and spirited night of bidding. Your generosity assures that a first-class Catholic education will be available for years to come in North Tacoma. On behalf of all of our teachers and staff, thank you for flying with us.

As all of you know, our dream to modernize our school with a capital campaign was delayed, and up till now, we had a long layover between what we desired and what was possible. To be honest, we were facing some serious headwinds. Well now, this flight is on-time and we are ready to take off. Our Fund an Item is an ambitious, public celebration of our Safety and Renovation Project. Our seat belts are fastened, our seats in their upright positions, and I hope we are ready to raise money to make our school soar. We completed Phase 1 last Sept., and in just 12 weeks, we are launching Phase 2. There will be no more transformative project in our time at St. Pats than this project. I know you will be on board with me.

The great part about this effort is that we are joined by many people who have given to the auction already. Some will be able to join us at the auction, others will be with us in spirit. We have friends who helped underwrite our event, others who were major sponsors, families who donated items, procured, or worked long hours transforming our school gym into our little airport. A sincere thanks to those who serve us and prepare us for this fun and impactful evening.

In just a little bit, we will have the opportunity to bid things up, raise a paddle, join others who have led the way by already donating to our Building Project. Please consider pledging to this effort. See the commitment cards on our website, included at Mass this weekend or at the event itself. And finally, to this year’s auction chairs, our inflight Captains, Blanca and Amy, we couldn’t have dreamed this big without you. Thank you all.

I know you have many options when it comes to your kids, on behalf of the St. Pats Team, thank you for flying with us.

Chris Gavin

Building Safety & Renovations Project PLEDGE | REACH Auction Fund-An-item

Building Safety & Renovations Project DONATE | REACH Auction Fund-An-item

Our Chairs

Blanca Norton + Amy Young, Chairs

Let’s kick the tires and light the fires” for REACH 2020! We are pleased to announce that the Saint Patrick Catholic School REACH Auction is on Saturday, March 14, 2020, and we are honored to chair this event. This year’s theme invites you to Come Fly With Us as we celebrate 126 years of Catholic Education and soar beyond our next horizon. Board our flight for an evening including dinner (not your typical airline food!), silent and live auction, and dancing!

The REACH Auction is our community’s primary fundraising event. While we know you get asked to give to many worthwhile causes, and we know you get asked to fund a number of significant initiatives at Saint Patrick Catholic School, and all of those causes are important, but the REACH Auction allows us to keep offering a Catholic Education that is affordable for all of our students and their families. It allows us to make critical improvements to students’ experiences at Saint Patrick Catholic School.

Our fundraising goal for the 2020 REACH Auction is $350,000. This is a tall order and we cannot succeed without your assistance, and we are asking for your help.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will join us on March 14, 2020, when we hit Mach 2 with our hair on fire!

Blanca Norton + Amy Young
2020 REACH Auction Chairs

Saint Patrick Catholic School
EIN #91-1874577

Opportunties to Support the REACH Auction

Corporate Sponsorship

This year’s theme invites you to Come Fly With Us as we celebrate 126 years of Catholic education, kick-off our new Corporate Sponsor Program and soar beyond our next horizon.

Please consider committing to one of our many sponsorship opportunities. We would like to honor your 2020 investment and advertise your sponsorship level before, during, and after our event. Please visit our Corporate Sponsorship Program page to select a sponsorship level.  Your commitment enables us to underwrite the auction and allows the event proceeds to go directly to educating current and future students.

Please contact with any questions or for assistance. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will join us on March 14, 2020, when we take to the skies!

Direct Links & Resources


We would be tremendously grateful for your donation of an item or an experience (or several!), an in-kind donation or a monetary gift to the REACH auction. Your gift is a direct investment in the future of Saint Patrick Catholic School. To submit your contribution, please complete a Procurement Form and return it to Saint Patrick Catholic School before February 1, 2020. 

Our sincere hope is to achieve our fundraising goals, host a fun community-building event and provide an opportunity for Catholic education to current and future students. Please do not hesitate to contact with questions or for assistance.  Join us on March 14, 2020, when we hit Mach 3 with our hair on fire!

Direct Links & Resources

Board Meetings

Meetings of the REACH Board are open to everyone!  Help us build a legacy of Catholic Education, and earn your commitment hours too. No RSVP is necessary.  There is always a seat on Shamrock Air.

Past Chairs