Thanks in part to a fund-raising project to sell chances to win a house, the annual St. John School Benefit Auction held Sunday raised $138,000.
"It's unbelievable," Mary Cornwell, auction chair, said Tuesday.
The money will go for the parochial school's endowment and development funds and for the school's present budgetary needs, she said.
The only downside of the event was that the effort to raise $110,000 in $100 shares for a chance at winning a $112,750 home in west Lawrence fell short by 110 shares, Cornwell said.
Cornwell said half of the cash that was raised, $49,885, went to the school.
There was a drawing for the rest of the cash among those who bought shares. The winners were Claudia Bode, John Grasso, Shari Mohr, Paul Clark and Mary Callicott. Cornwell said the winners didn't want their prize amounts revealed.
The house, at 913 Lexington in Colonial Place in the West Alvamar area, was returned to the owners, Frank and Sally Salb.
The auction dinner, held at the Lawrence Holidome, drew 427 guests. Among the items that sold were a "Jay Dreamin'" poster signed by all living Kansas University basketball coaches, which was sold for $1,600; a 1976 Porsche, which sold for $3,900; and a fly-fishing trip to Colorado for $1,200.
About 200 volunteers from the community helped put on the project, she said.
"We enjoy a lot of support from people from throughout the city who value the diversity of education provided in Lawrence," Cornwell said.