Auction Spectacular 2016: Benefactors

There are countless members of the Rockhurst community who make the annual Auction Spectacular a huge success - alumni, parents, friends and students!  We wanted to highlight a few of the MANY of these wonderful people and companies!

The Bill Oades, Sr. '68 Family

Bill Oades, Sr. '68, graduate of Rockhurst University, is married with three daughters and three sons (all of whom are graduates of Rockhurst High School), grandfather of 16 perfect grandchildren, originated the Oades Brothers Tire & Auto store in 1987.  Bill, Sr. loves serving the motoring public in the Kansas City area and loves working with his sons.

Bill Oades, Jr. '98 is married with one daughter.  He grew up in the tire and auto service business, graduated from University of Kansas, and joined the family business after ten years in the insurance industry.

Jimmy Oades '06 is married and remained in the family business after gaining his degree in Finance from the University of Kansas.  Jimmy is now in his sixth year as General Manager of Operations.

The Oades have donated a set of four tires, including installation, valued at $800!

The Oades Family owns and operates three locations - Lee's Summit and two in Overland Park.  Visit their website here! 

Paul Kaster '17

Paul Kaster is a Rockhurst Junior who started his business, Crooked Branch Studio, out of his home in 2013. For two years he made cutting boards, serving trays and other home goods until in 2015, he ran a crowdfunding campaign to launch his wooden bow tie collection.

Since then, the bow ties have taken off, being shipped to customers all over the world. His auction piece this year is the first edition of the new tie titled “Americana”, and is made out of Padauk and Maple wood. It will join his other bow ties in his online shop here!

Don Brain '72

Don Brain is a 1972 alum of Rockhurst High School.  Don and his family are life long Kansas City residents, and Don spent 25 years working in the insurance industry, focusing on Employee Benefit Consulting. 

Twelve years ago Don began working in the wine industry and was the lead investment banker on more than $500 million in transactions involving numerous wineries in California and the Pacific Northwest.  He continues to work with wineries on M&A transactions and capital sourcing. 

Additionally he is a Principal Owner in Handcrafted Wine & Spirits, Distributors in Kansas & Oregon. 

Don has donated a two-night stay of luxurious accommodations at Yount Ridge Winery House in Napa, CA.  Also included is a $400 gift certificate to dine at Mustard's Grill, an acclaimed Napa Valley dining spot, and VIP tours of three top wineries: Silver Oak, Nickel & Nickel, and Alpha Omega.

Timothy Cavanaugh, MD '78

In practice since 1991, Timothy B. Cavanaugh, MD is a noted innovator in ophthalmology. He has performed thousands of laser vision correction procedures for the correction of all levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. He was a key study investigator who helped refractive lasers get approval in the USA and was the first surgeon in the region to use the microkeratome used in modern LASIK procedures. In order to enhance surgical outcomes, he is committed to providing his patients with the latest proven technology.

Dr. Cavanaugh has extensive experience in sutureless small incision cataract surgery and is nationally recognized for his work in corneal transplantation. Helping his patients over age 40 reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses has been a focus of Dr. Cavanaugh’s research and study. To achieve this goal, he has become highly skilled in the new generation of lens implants such as Crystalens focusing implant and multifocal lenses including the ReSTOR and Tecnis. 

Finally, Dr. Cavanaugh has been on the ground floor in development of the revolutionary new implantable contact lenses such as the STAAR Visian implant for correction of high degrees of nearsightedness as an alternative to LASIK.

Dr. Cavanaugh received both his medical degree and his ophthalmic residency training at the University of Kansas where he was Chief Resident. He completed a Surgical Fellowship in advanced corneal and refractive surgery at the prestigious Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which is consistently named the number one eye hospital and training program in the nation.

Dr. Cavanaugh is an active teacher and lecturer at medical meetings with numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters to his credit. He was honored as one of the top two ophthalmologists in Kansas City by a poll of 500 area physicians. He and his wife Linda are parents to three active boys - Rockhurst graduates Brenan '10, Connor '13 and Dillion '16.

Dr. Cavanaugh, as he has done generously for the last several years, is donating LASIK surgery for both eyes to this year's auction!

Blake Heatwole '05

Blake Heatwole is a Rockhurst alum coming from the class of 2005.  Blake is a personal trainer, small group instructor and partner at JQ’s Bfit2, a cross training gym in Overland Park, Kansas.

In 2009, Blake received majors in Exercise Science from Missouri State University.  Rockhurst instilled the importance of health and fitness into Blake and he has never looked back. In 2015, Blake competed in his first bodybuilding competition, which was held in the Rose Theater.  Blake loves to work out and loves to help people reach their fitness goals.

You can contact Blake at or (816) 803-7310.

Blake has donated a gift certificate for four personal training sessions and 12 small group classes at JQ's Bfit2!

You can find Blake's website page here!

John Kimminau '06

Few industries present more fulfillment and opportunity to create something meaningful and beautiful than hardwood flooring.  This is what drew together Ben and John in creating Kimminau Wood Floors; a small business with a customer-oriented approach to wood flooring.  

After graduating Rockhurst High School (2006), John went on to pursue his golf career and a degree in Political Science and Marketing at Rockhurst University in 2010. After graduation, John married Kristyn Reardon, daughter of Rockhurst alum Jay Reardon '76 and he began to explore his career options.  John’s brother Ben approached him with an opportunity to create their own business in the flooring industry and the two have been working together ever since.

John and Ben have participated in regular technical training’s and conferences such as the National Wood Flooring Association Expo to help drive their passion for constant process and technological improvement. This regular investment in learning and networking has gained the Kimminaus an uncommon advantage in quality and consistency.

John and Ben are donating a cleaning & recoating service for up to 1,000 square-feet, valued at $2,250!

Visit their website here!

Christopher Korth '78

The Korth family has long supported Rockhurst High School and in many ways.

Christopher '78 grew up near Rockhurst and knew at an early age he wanted to attend school here. His mom Adele Korth worked minimum wage jobs to pay the $800 a year tuition, long before there was work grant.

His sons, Adam '01, David '09, Eric '12 and Luke '14 all proudly graduated from Rockhurst as well, with daughter Jessica (Sion '16) the last child.

Their mom died in a car wreck eleven year ago and Chris believes he learned many valuable lessons about being resourceful and responsible to become a good single dad from his Jesuit education.

Chris has worked at the Rock auction in car raffle sales since 1994 with his girlfriend Lori helping him for the last decade.

He has also donated many items to the auction over the years including Royal's World Series memorabilia.  Pictured here is the family tailgating before the World Series.  Go Rockhurst & Go Royals!

Stewart Lane '04

Stewart Lane of the Rockhurst High School Class of 2004 is a Research & Development Chef for Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions. He holds a degree from Kansas State University in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

He’s worked in the family catering business, Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions, since he was five years old. As a seasoned pro, in the world of off premises catering, he has served in the kitchen, in the field, and behind the scenes producing events both locally and throughout the United States.

Stewart studied abroad at the Apicius Culinary Center in Florence Italy during his 2006 fall semester, where he was instructed in Italian cuisine, breads, and regional wines. In 2008 he traveled to Beijing, China to take his role as Supervisory Chef for the USA House where he oversaw thirty chefs from around the USA and several from Beijing.  

In 2012 he became Inspired Occasions head of Research & Development. In addition to new foods and presentations, Stewart has created an organic garden to use for ultra-fresh food preparation. Stewart’s blog, Culinary R & D, chronicles new and exciting creations for implementation in the company menus.

Stewart has donated a six-guest R & D culinary experience with cocktails, Hors D'oeurves, wine pairings, small plates and desserts - an experience valued at $1,200!

Visit the Inspired Occasions website here!

Peter McGilley '99

Peter McGilley was born in Overland Park, KS and spent most his life growing up in Leawood, KS.  He is a 1999 graduate of Rockhurst High School, and a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri–Columbia. 

In 2007, he married his wife Lucy Szegedi McGilley.  The two  live with their dog, Sadie, in Prairie Village, KS.  He is currently the General Manager for two McGilley Memorial Chapels; one in Downtown Overland Park and the other in south Kansas City, MO.  Peter has been a licensed funeral director in Kansas and Missouri for 11 years and has been in the funeral business for over 13 years.  

He enjoys Rockhurst High alumni events, golf, hunting, and attending Mizzou football, Royals and Chiefs games.

Peter is donating a limo service in the KC Metro area of four hours for up to seven people!

Jack Naylor '06

Jack Naylor, RHS ’06, is enjoying life in KC as General Manager of Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill.  One of the best parts of being back in the Kansas City community is connecting with fellow RHS classmates and friends.

After graduating from Mizzou with a BS in Hospitality Management, Jack stayed in Columbia and pursued an entrepreneurial career path.  With a penchant for identifying business opportunities, Jack encouraged his family to purchase MU’s most iconic sports bar, Harpo’s Bar and Grill, where he gained valuable experience in the hospitality field.  

Additionally, in June 2013, Jack joined with two fellow Mizzou Alumni and re-opened Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers in downtown Columbia. Woody’s southern-inspired casual men’s clothing launched as Missouri 
joined the SEC and continues this tradition today. 

Jack has donated a Brooksider private party for 30, including room rental, food and drinks - a $500 value!

You can reach Jack by stopping at Brooksider, or 

Conner Teahan '07

Conner grew up in Leawood, Kansas, attending grade school at Cure’ of Ars. Go Cougars!  He went on to Rockhurst High School where he developed strong values and work ethic through his experiences in the classroom, on the basketball court and football field. 

After graduating Rockhurst he pursued his dream of playing basketball at The University of Kansas.  During his time at Kansas he graduated with a degree in Finance and Accounting, was a part of the Big XII Academic Honors Court, won five Big XII Championships, and played on two national championship teams, successfully winning one. 

Conner has been a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch since 2012.  He was attracted to a career as a financial advisor because of the opportunity to make a difference in his client's lives.

Conner has attended the last several Rockhurst Auction Spectaculars, and has gotten many of his 2007 classmates to start attending as well.

This year Conner, along with parents Donna & Mark '78, is donating a KU Basketball experience for four.  This includes transportation to Allen Fieldhouse, tour of Allen Fieldhouse (including locker room), watching the basketball team's practice, dinner with Conner and other KU players, and a ride back home!

Jason Tyrer '88

Jason Tyrer from the Rockhurst Class of 1988 is the owner of Tyrer Wholesale Floor Covering, Inc.  The company has been in business since 2002.

Tyrer Wholesale can install any type of flooring and/or backsplash that you can think of: hardwoods, engineered hardwoods, carpet, tile, luxury vinyl, cork, to name a few.  They also do hardwood refinishing as well.

Jason has donated a $750 gift certificate toward any type of floor - carpet, tile, or hard wood; installation or finishing!

Visit their website here!

Jim Van Dyke '72

Jim Van Dyke graduated from Rockhurst in 1972 and is very active in the Kansas City community.  He and his wife Peggy have three children: Joe '99, Beth, and Jimmy '05.

Jim has been in the accounting business for 40 years, and has held positions at Ernst & Young, McKittrick, Kopel & Van Dyke, and BKD, LLP CPA's and Advisors.

His work in the community has extended to organizations including Kansas City Tomorrow, Catholic Charities, Big Brothers and Big Sister, Rockhurst High School, University of Notre Dame Alumni Club, United Way, and St. Elizabeth Parish. 

Jim has donated a one week stay at the luxurious Grand Solmar Land End's Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas!  It features a gorgeous 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom penthouse, which sleeps 8!

See photos of the beautiful resort here!

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