2017 Silent Auction & Raffle

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS - top bid for each

2 Nights for 4 at Lutsen Sea Villas &
4 Rounds of Golf at Superior National

Pool at the Sea Villas
On Lake Superior
Award-winning golf course
Award-winning golf course
Award-winning golf course

$880 Value

Package Details

Lutsen Sea Villas are as close to Lake Superior as you can get without getting wet! The property includes 1/2 mile of shoreline with spacious grounds, peaceful walking trails and fire rings at the shore for beach campfires. Located 2½ miles from the Main Lodge, the Sea Villas have their own Guest Service building with a large indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and kid’s play feature. A lakeside picnic & playground area are by the lake. Free activities and tours are included. Guests have full access to the many complimentary Lutsen Resort activities, such as hiking tours, shuttle service, kayaking, campfires, pitch and putt golf, lobby crafts, kids camps, fly fishing instruction, stand up paddle boarding and many others.

The two-story units are generally 2 bedrooms & loft with ladder access which children love. All units have breathtaking views, a private lakeside deck, fully furnished kitchen, wood-burning stove, TV, DVD player and wireless units.

Resort Restrictions: Expires 4/30/18, no peak weekends or holidays. Reservations must be made in advance and based on availability.

Superior National Golf Course

Two certificates for two golfers to play 18-holes with a cart (i.e., either two rounds for two people or one round for four people). The course is located about three miles north of the Sea Villas and is tucked away in the northwoods with several views overlooking Lake Superior. The course at Superior National at Lutsen is perhaps the most visually stunning course you’ll play in Minnesota or anywhere.  Though offering a somewhat traditional layout, this course will test your mettle with grand elevation changes and sloping fairways.

Golf restrictions: Expires 10/31/17. Valid Sun-Fri. Includes cart and 18 holes.

Two Nights in Queen Lakeview at Cove Point Lodge

Queen bed

Up to $400 Value

Package Details

Cove Point Lodge’s main lodge and guest rooms have a North Woods / Scandinavian style with extensive use of wood with warm, rustic tones, pine and hickory furniture. All guest rooms feature expansive views of Lake Superior and are complete with a small refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker and DVD player. Some guest rooms feature a fireplace, Jacuzzi bathtub or a microwave. Lodge amenities include a full service lakeside dining room, lakeside indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. Outdoors, guests enjoy campfires, hiking trails, Gitchi-Gami Bike Trail, Trek Bike rentals, frisbee golf, snowshoes and much more. Every reservation made in the lodge receives breakfast daily from our Scandinavian continental breakfast. Featuring: scrambled eggs, salami, pickled herring, beets, and cucumbers, block cheeses, muffins, and more.

The Queen Lakeview Rooms

Enjoy some of the most popular rooms available at Cove Point Lodge, they feature all of the amenities of home along with magnificent views of Lake Superior!

Pair of Sanborn Artisan Canoe Paddles

Artisan painted paddles
Canoe paddle

$360 Value

Package Details

One-of-a-kind, artisan painted paddles from Sanborn Canoe Company of Winona, Minnesota. These paddles are their Gunflint Straight design. Beautiful as artwork when not paddling you through the water.


  • 58″
  • Straight Shaft
  • Avg. Weight:  19-20oz.
  • Blade Dimensions:  8.5″ x 18″
  • Wood Type:  Western Red Cedar & Aspen
  • Finish:
    • Blade is Fiberglassed,
    • Shaft and blade are epoxied and varnished,
    • Grip is bare
  • Paddle Durability: Wilderness Class I (e.g., while hearty enough for any wilderness trip, some care while prying/twisting on rocks is recommended).

Simpkin's Cabin Weekend

Sauna near cabin

$350 Value

Package Details

Enjoy a two-night stay and one home-cooked meal for up to five people at Dave Simpkins’ cabin in the Alexandria Lakes area. Dave is the former editor of Minnesota Trails Magazine and enjoys hosting guests in this cabin he built down the hill from his home, which is surrounded by acres of forest. Enjoy the trail Dave created through the forest with free use of Dave’s collection of skis, snowshoes and bicycles. You won’t want to miss the sauna or the hammock. Lake Carlos and Glendalough State Parks are both a 20 minute drive from the cabin.

Hand-carved Wooden Swans

Hand carved swans

 $125 Value

Package Details

A pair of Trumpeter Swans hand carved by Gary Bullemer, a local artist and retired assistant manager at Sibley State Park. The swans are carved from wood and painted with oils and finished with glass eyes.

Print of Artwork
by Dave Gilsvik

"The Blue Birch" painting by Gilsvik 


$120 Value

Package Details

The Blue Birch” was inspired by a hike on the Superior Hiking Trail. Giclee print of original oil painting by Dave Gilsvik, on Museo paper, 10×20″ print plus border.

About Dave Gilsvik

Dave Gilsvik is an oil landscape painter from Two Harbors. Dave’s paintings can be seen at Sivertson’s Gallery in Grand Marais and Siiviis in Duluth.

5-Day Canoe Rental from Sawbill Outfitters

Kekakabic - BWCA


Value TBD

Package Details

From Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, located at the entry to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

A 5-day rental of a Kevlar Canoe for your next BWCA canoe trip. This canoe is widely regarded by the dedicated paddlers, professional guides, and park rangers of the lake country. The design features very high capacity and seaworthiness. It will hold a week’s worth of gear, still cope well with large lake waves and travel amazingly far with each stroke. Its sleek overall profile favors use by capable paddlers.

Greenway Tour & Brunch

photo of the Midtown Greenway and Tim Springer


Package Details

Enjoy a weekend bike ride with Tim Springer, the co-founder of the Midtown Greenway Coalition. Hear the inspiring story of how he helped make this improbable vision a reality. Then relax with a brunch prepared by Tim-a man who prides himself on his cooking-at his house along the Greenway.

About Tim Springer

Tim’s history with bicycle transportation planning and visionary work began in 1992 when he co-founded the Midtown Greenway Coalition. He then served as its Executive Director from 1995 to 2011. After that, Tim started a one-person consulting shop, The Greenway Guy, to work on cutting edge projects including Envisioning Detroit as the World’s Greenways Capital. Tim has been car-free his entire adult life except for six months in 1984 when he owned a VW bug that caught on fire and burned up.

Signed Print by Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson's Mississippi Headwaters 

$50 Value

Package Details

Gallery print of the Mississippi River Headwaters, Itasca State Park. Museum quality 10 inch print on 8.5×11 inch paper.

About Brian Peterson

Photographer Brian Peterson was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and has enjoyed a career that allows him to pursue stories he cares most about in his home state and around the world. He’s best known for his work since 1987 for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but his photographs have also been seen in National Geographic and Sports Illustrated magazines, the New York Times and on ESPN.

Brian has been recognized nationally and internationally for his documentary photojournalism, and has been honored nine times as Minnesota Press Photographer of the Year. He has photographed the Winter and Summer Olympic Games five times and his sports photography has been honored by the national baseball and football Halls of Fame and the National Press Photographers Association.

Signed Print of 'That Tree' by Mark Hirsch

Mark Hirsch's print of "That Tree"

$100 Value

Package Details

Hand-signed and numbered, 10 x 10 inch, museum quality giclee fine art print, custom printed by Mark Hirsch.

About Mark Hirsch

Mark Hirsch is an editorial and corporate photographer, artist, and an inspiring public speaker who is located in the unlikely place of Dubuque, Iowa. Hirsch spent twenty years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor and visuals editor until ultimately embarking on a freelance career in 2006. His clients include Getty Images, The New York Times, and John Deere Corporation. Mark lives one mile from That Tree with a shaggy but lovable dog, Magnum (see photo August 7 – Day 137). When not lying in a sea of cold trying to capture photographs of That Tree, Mark spends his time mountain biking, hiking, climbing, or trying just about anything that might land him in a body cast. His equally reckless twin brother Jon will likely attest to that.

In January of 2012 while recovering from a near fatal car accident, Mark purchased his first iPhone. He was encouraged by a friend to treat his new iPhone like his professional cameras. The first picture he took with his new iPhone was a photo of That Tree. He was instantly hooked! Mark had driven past and admired That Tree every day for nineteen years without ever taking a picture of it. This experience inspired Mark to embark on a unique adventure of making a photo-a-day of this lone bur oak tree in a Wisconsin cornfield. The year-long project was completed on March 23, 2013. “That Tree”, the fitting title of a full-color hardcover book, is published by Press Syndication Group (PSG).

Mark regularly exhibits his photos of That Tree in galleries, and his story has been featured by many worldwide media organizations including CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, NBC News, The Daily Mail (UK), The Guardian, and The Sierra Club.

Five lessons at Idlywood Equestrian Center



$500 Value

Package Details

Contact the Center for details

About Idylwood Equestrian Center

Idylwood is located in Stillwater. They offer beginner through advanced horse riding lessons in the English Hunter Jumper discipline year round (outdoor and heated indoor riding facilities).

Their program is based on a love for horses and a mission to turn horse lovers into educated riders. The structured teaching system has been a proven success for over 20 years. New students begin with an Evaluation Lesson, including a review of horse safety, horse care, grooming, and an evaluation ride.

Two Lifts Tickets to Lutsen Mountains

Skiiers on chair lift
Skiers on mountain

 $180 Value

Package Details

Two lift tickets at Lutsen Mountains for a day of skiing at the Midwest’s only true mountain ski area.  Four interconnected peaks overlooking Lake Superior bring big mountain skiing with Up North authenticity.

prAna Yoga Class Package

 $300 Value

Package Details

Private yoga class for up to 15 guests, plus pick out one outfit from prAna at 3926 West 50th Street, Edina.

Queen Handmade Quilt


 $500 Value

Package Details

Beautiful, queen-sized quilt (7.9′ x 7.5′) artfully made by former board member Kathy Bonnifield. An array of floral fabric quilted with a floral pattern.

Lynx Basketball Package

Lynx players and signed ball

 $200 Value

Package Details

Four tickets to a Lynx game of your choice during the 2017 season (May 14 – Sept. 3) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Plus a pre-game bench sit where you can mingle with the team as they prep for the game. Plus a basketball signed by the Lynx team.

Board of Directors Basket #1

Basket of wine and books

 $169 Value

Board of Directors Basket #2

Basket of wine and books

 $157 Value

Raffle Items Below

RAFFLE ITEMS ~ $5/ticket

Gift card to Arc'teryx in Calhoun Square

Arc'teryx logo with mountain

$250 Value

2 Tickets to
Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater building

Up to $174 Value

Peace Coffee
Gift Basket

Peace Coffee basket

$100 Value

Autographed 'That Tree' Book by Mark Hirsch

Book: That Tree by Mark Hirsch

$80 Value

Autographed 'Over the Horizon' Book by David Thoreson

Over the Horizon book

$60 Value

Autographed 'Minnesota State of Wonders' by Brian Peterson

Book: Minnesota State of Wonders

$60 Value

Season Ski Pass at Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Skiier

$75 Value

2 tickets to Saints Baseball
+ $25 to Big River Pizza

Saints baseball and Big River Pizza

$53 Value

4 Landscape Arboretum Passes + $10 to Mother Earth Gardens

MN Landscape Arboretum garden

$48 Value

$50 Gift Card to the
New Scenic Cafe

Fancy food on a plate

$50 Value

State Parks
Gift Basket

$150 Value

Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tour (2)

Scenic boat tour

$44 Value

Cannon Falls Canoe Rental

Canoeing in river

$40 Value

Package Details

8-mile canoe trip  takes about 2 hours, but there is no time limit, so feel free to have a picnic along the way. Start at the Cannon Falls Canoe Rental facility in Cannon Falls and end at Miesville Park.

Eno Hammock with strap


$96 Value

Package Details

  • Packing up to the size of a softball, backpackers, boaters and world travelers are sure to appreciate the travel-friendly versatility
  • High-strength, breathable woven nylon and triple interlocking stitching holds up to use and abuse
  • Lightweight aluminum wiregate carabiners can be clipped to any solid anchor points; compatible with most hammock suspension systems (suspension system sold separately)
  • Maximum capacity of 400 pounds
  • 2 straps weigh only 11 oz., yet they offer 30 combined adjustment points so you can set your hammock up just right, hammock sold separately

Selection Palm Springs Candy Company popcorn treats

Carmelcorn in bowl

$50 Value

More items will be added as they are donated. Please check back later to see the latest.