BRUNSWICK- – The St. John’s Community Center in Brunswick will be transformed into an enchanted, secret garden on Saturday, May 13, for an elegant evening of dining, socializing, and raising money for a jewel of the Midcoast that has stood as a beacon of hope and faith since 1882: St. John’s Catholic School.

Live and silent auctions and dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the center, located on 43 Pleasant Street in Brunswick. Attendees will have the chance to enjoy baked stuffed haddock, braised short rib, and spinach and mushroom ravioli, but the delicious meal is just the start of this special evening.

“The auction is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Chrissy Smith, Coordinator of Marketing and Fundraising at St. John’s Catholic School. “Participation in the event funds the greatest needs at St. John’s, including scholarship support.”

Well-known auctioneer Ruth Lind will do the honors at the live auction with the silent auction open for bids on both the night of the benefit and the week prior (May 8-12). There will also be door prizes, games, and more. For more information about how you can participate in the online auction leading up to the event, click here. The page will be updated as the auction approaches.

 “Since the event is during Mother’s Day Weekend, our ‘Secret Garden’ will also include a potted plant sale,” said Smith. “People can buy plants for themselves or purchase one that we will donate to a local nursing home.”

Local organizations have already stepped up to support the evening and the school with Baxter Law, LLC, and Owen Haskell, Inc. underwriting and Domino’s serving as a major sponsor. Additional sponsors include Broadwater Title, LLC; Ouellet Construction; Restorations Home Remodeling, LLC; Priority Real Estate Group, LLC; Tucker Chevrolet; Bennett Engineering, Inc.; Downeast Pediatric Dentistry; Hancock Lumber Company, Inc.; Mid Coast-Parkview Health; and Pleasant Street Dental.

Organizers ask attendees to reserve their seats by May 5 at or by calling 207-725-5507 or emailing For more information about St. John’s Catholic School, visit its website at