Letter from Lionheart 2024 Co-Chairs

"Wake the Lion"

Dear Families and Friends of St. Mark School,

Get ready to roar with excitement! This year’s Lionheart Auction, "Wake the Lion” will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024, and we are thrilled to announce that Lionheart 2024 will honor…

Our Amazing Teachers!

Our teachers at St. Mark School pour their hearts into shaping the futures of our children. Their love, dedication, and unwavering commitment set the stage for our students’ bright and rewarding futures. It is time to shower them with the appreciation they truly deserve at Lionheart 2024.

The Lionheart Auction isn’t just a fundraiser; it is a tradition that connects our community, and it is vital to St. Mark School. Past success has always been directly related to the support of our wonderful community. This year’s theme, Wake the Lion, is a call to action, specifically chosen to wake our entire school, parish, and local communities to rally together – to make this Lionheart the most memorable and successful one yet! At the same time, we hope to bring out the camaraderie and pride we all share for our teachers, our school, and the North Buffalo Family of Parishes. We encourage the entire school community, our parish family, and the Family of Parishes to participate, as our goal is to have the most welcoming Lionheart event, strengthen our greater community, and yield high results for St. Mark to continue to thrive!

We cannot do this without YOUR support!
Together, we must Wake the Lion!


Do you have ideas, suggestions, or feedback to share? We’d love to hear from you! Please email us at [email protected].

Whether you are a seasoned Lionheart attendee or brand new to the experience, your participation is crucial in ensuring the success of our fundraiser. For those within the school community, we hope the Lionheart 101 email sent to you by your class’s Room Parent proved helpful. We also ask everyone who has previously attended the event to share with anyone who will listen what a fun, relaxed, positive-vibe our auction provides – Lionheart is where our entire community can come together, and new friends are made! As always, there will be good music, an open bar, delicious food from local restaurants, and exciting items to bid on. This year’s Lionheart will be as memorable as any; we are VERY excited to reveal further announcements as Lionheart approaches!

Calling all businesses! Showcase your business or employer and support St. Mark School through a Lionheart Sponsorship or Program Ad. Silent and live auction items that would be popular to bid on are another way to promote any business’ products and services and help our school. Your generous sponsorships and donations will make all the difference!

Our Gift Gathering Parties start soon! These parties are a great opportunity to meet (or re-connect) with parents in your child’s grade and help support the Lionheart Auction at the same time. Alumni and Friends of St. Mark Gift Gathering Party dates will also be announced soon. Each party has a theme for gifts or is a 'stock the bar' party. Parents are asked to bring a gift with a suggested value of $50 that will be used as part of the silent auction. Cash/check donations are also accepted, if you don't have time to shop! There will also be a Lionheart Gift Registry on Amazon to provide attendees with our Lionheart 2024 Wish List. We are so grateful to our party hosts, and we look forward to seeing you at the parties!

Volunteers, we need you! An event with almost 400 people in attendance is only possible through the help of many volunteers. From pre-event preparations to on-the-day assistance, every pair of helping hands from now until June makes a significant impact. Please watch for opportunities communicated from your Room Parents and in email blasts.

How do we wake St. Mark’s Lion?
Everyone. Together.
  • Volunteering for anything!
  • Donating anything, and yes, that includes your time!
  • Sharing how fun Lionheart is along with your favorite memories!
  • Co-Hosting/Hosting a Gift Gathering Party!
  • Attending a Gift Gathering Party!
  • Donating personally or from your business!
  • Sponsoring personally, as a family, or through your employer!
  • Attending Lionheart and having a blast!
  • Bidding on anything!
  • Raising your Paw Paddle!
  • Outbidding a friend to raise the price for the good of the school!
  • Ensuring you win a silent or live auction item with a ROAR of a bid!
  • Enjoying yourself at a wonderful community event honoring our teachers!
  • Working together in any way to ensure Lionheart 2024 is the best one yet!

Sincerely, Your

2024 Lionheart Leadership Team,

Saturday, June 8, 2024

St. Mark School
399 Woodward Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214



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