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2014 Auction Items – Human Rights Awards Dinner
Items will be available for bidding from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Featured Items for Almost-Live Auction
Week stay at Luxurious Vacation Home on Sand Lake  -  anonymous donor
  • Sleeps eight
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Wood-fired sauna
  • Fishing boat
  • Tennis Court
  • Semi-private golf course
  • Horseshoes
  • Satellite TV
  • Full kitchen
Customized Tour at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, followed by a Dinner for 8 prepared at your home by Chef Jenny Breen  -  donated by Carreen Heegaard and Jenny Breen
  • Private group tour, customized to buyer's interests
  • Local chef, cookbook author, nutrition educator, and former owner/head chef of Good Life Cafe and Catering, Jenny Breen, has been cooking professionally in the Twin Cities for over 20 years
South African Dinner for 6 - donated by Shereen Fakier
  • Authentic, home-cooked South African food
  • Served at Robin Phillips’ home
Kitchen Apprentice at The Strip Club Meat & Fish with J.D. Fratzke - donated by JD Fratzke and The Strip Club Meat & Fish
  • A full day of cooking with J.D. Fratzke, Executive Chef of The Strip Club Meat & Fish
  • Winner of City Pages 2014 Best Restaurant (St. Paul)
Oromo (Ethiopian) Dinner for 8 - donated by Redwan Hamza and Kathleen Seestadt
  • Authentic, home-cooked Oromo (Ethiopian) food
  • Served in buyer's or Kathleen's home (buyer's choice
  • Includes 4 bottles of wine (two red, two white)
Vietnamese Dinner for 6 - donated by Loan Huynh
  • Authentic, home-cooked Vietnamese food
  • Served at Robin Phillips’ home
South Indian Dinner for 6 - donated by Hyder Khan and Nazneen Khatoon
  • Authentic, home-cooked South Indian food
  • Served at the home of the buyer
GoPro Hero3 Camera - donated by Kathy and Allen Lenzmeier
  • Waterproof housing
  • Rechargable lithium-ion battery
  • Assorted mounts and hardware
  • Built in wiFi
  • Ultra wide angle lens
One week at a Cottage in Grand Marais - donated by Sam and Char Myers
  • Fully-equipped private home
  • Near Lake Superior and Grand Marais, MN; nestled in the midst of 100 acres of forest
  • Located 20 miles from the Canadian Border and Grand Portage State Park, and 3 miles from Judge C.R. Magney State Park
  • 3 bedrooms, sleeps 8
  • 3 bathrooms stocked with Aveda products
  • Full kitchen
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Game tables
  • Snowshoes and poles
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Wireless internet access
  • TV / DVD
  • Laundry room
Guided Fly-Fishing Day on Rush River, including Shore Lunch and Custom Split-Bamboo Fly Rod - donated by Sam Myers and Steve Yasgur
  • Guided by Steve Yasgur, former President of St. Paul Fly Tiers, expert split-bamboo fly rod maker and The Advocates' board chair, Sam Myers
  • Your very own custom made rod by Steve, an expert split-bamboo fly rod maker
  • Delightful shore lunch with fresh fish; share fishing stories with two seasoned experts
  • Book of photographs from your trip is included
Twins Box for 18 - donated by Darin and Vance Opperman
  • Saturday afternoon, August 23; Twins vs. Detroit Tigers
  • Seats 18 comfortably
  • 2 VIP parking spots
  • Wonderful view of the game
Golf Package for Two at Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge - donated by Ruttgers Bay Lake Lodge
  • All inclusive package
  • Unlimited rounds of golf
  • Lodging: 2 night stay
  • Breakfast and dinner included
Week at a Condo in Aspen with Direct Ski Access - donated by Julie Shelton
  • Located next to Aspen Mountain, only 4 blocks to center of downtown Aspen and Silver Queen gondola
  • Direct ski-in, ski-out access to Lift 1A
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; sleeps 7
  • Complex heated pool
  • Spacious living room with TV, iPod dock, DVD player, and stone gas burning fireplace
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Great views of town and Red Mountain
  • Washer and dryer in unit
  • Master bedroom features queen bed and flat screen TV
  • Guest bedroom features bunk bed with queen on bottom and twin on top, plus a flat screen TV
  • Pull out couch in living room
13 inch MacBook Air - donated by Shepherd Data Services, Inc.
  • 13-inch MacBok Air with 1.7 GHz processor & 8GB memory
  • Apple Care Protection Plan
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • 1 TB Hard Drive
  • USB super drive
Two Roundtrip Airfare Tickets - donated by Southwest Airlines
  • Two roundtrip tickets
  • Anywhere Southwest Airlines flies in the U.S.
  • Fly any time before 7/1/15
One week at a Home on the Peloponnese in Greece - donated by Steve and Meg Swanson
  • Two beautiful adjacent stucco homes
  • Located 90 minutes southwest of Athens
  • In the quaint, friendly village of Lefkakia
  • Area has remained untouched by mass tourism
  • Five minute car drive from the beautiful port town of Nafplio
  • Five minutes from Aegean Sea and its numerous seaside villages and beaches
Silent Auction Items
(Donors listed in parentheses)

Apparel & Accessories
  • #1            Indian apparel and Nepali purse: two women’s tunics and one child’s tunic from India and a leather purse from Nepal (Afshan Anjum & Aviva Breen)
  • #2            Black and white shawl from India (Afshan Anjum)
  • #3            Felt scarf from woman-owned shop in Kyrgyzstan (Amy Bergquist)
  • #4            Silver earrings and Bulgarian box (Aviva Breen)
  • #5            Gray striped cashmere scarf from Morocco (Aviva Breen)
  • #6            Red beaded necklace from Nepal (Aviva Breen)
  • #7            Black hand-embroidered scarf from Nepal (Aviva Breen)
  • #8            Triangle pendant necklace with coral and wood accents from Morocco (Marlene Kayser)
  • #9            Hand-embroidered white wool scarf from Dubai (David Kistle)
  • #10          Orange and turquoise beaded necklace (Aviva Breen)
  • #11          Women’s empowerment package: two scarves from Cambodia; two scarves from Thailand and a tote bag from Nepal (Theresa Dykoschak & Aviva Breen)
  • #12          Italian flower pendant (Tracy Van Steenburgh)
  • #13          Embroidered pashmina shawl from Nepal: black with purple, green, and yellow flowers (Anonymous donor)
  • #14          Purple amethyst and stone necklace (Aviva Breen)
  • #15          Turquoise, coral and silver necklace from Morocco (Marlene Kayser)
Culinary Indulgence
  • #1            $100 Gift Certificate to The Bachelor Farmer (A friend of The Advocates)
  • #2            Bikes and Beers Package (Omnium Bike Shop & Summit Brewery)
  • #3            Books and Bars     Package (Magers & Quinn Booksellers & Amsterdam Bar and Hall)
  • #4            Cake (Cafe Latté)
  • #5            Pie Crust Baking Lesson (Char Myers)
  • #6            Coffee Gift Basket (Dunn Bros Coffee)
  • #7            Fiesta Basket (Marlene Kayser)
  • #8            Case of Minnesota Fruit Wine (Forestedge Winery)
  • #9            Friday Night Basket (Chelli Ray)
  • #10          Wine Basket (Kathy and Allen Lenzmeier)
  • #11          Global Foods Basket (Seward Co-Op, It’s Greek to Me Restaurant, Dr. Sima Samar, & Anonymous donor)
  • #12          Surly Sack (Surly Brewing Company)
  • #13          Chocolate and Wine Basket (Kathleen Seestadt)
  • #14          Trader Joe’s Sampler (Trader Joe’s)
Global Gifts
  • #1            Hand-painted plate from Jordan (A friend of The Advocates)
  • #2            Cream and black throw from Egypt (Djpanker Mukhovjee)
  • #3            Rose and black patterned bowl from Morocco (Robin Phillips)
  • #4            Nepali gift basket (Aviva Breen, Marlene Kayser, Robin Phillips & Gandhi Mahal Restaurant)
  • #5            Batik throw from Ghana (Global Mamas)
  • #6            Brightly patterned platter from Mexico (Shelia Holtan)
  • #7            Set of four “outback” puppets from Nepal: koalas and kangaroos (Robin Phillips)
  • #8            Set of four “farm” puppets from Nepal: rooster, pig, lamb, and bear (Robin Phillips)
  • #9            Child‘s wool tiger slippers from Nepal (Robin Phillips)
  • #10          Child’s felt hat from woman-owned shop in Kyrgyzstan (Amy Bergquist)
  • #11          Alphabet wall hanging from Nepal (Robin Phillips)
  • #12          Ceramic Iznik design bowl from Turkey (Anonymous donor)
  • #13          Orange bed covering and purple pillow case from Egypt (Djpankar Mukhovjee)
  • #14          Gifts from Laos (Chanida Phaengdara Potter)
  • #15          Wool and silk rug from Tibet (Woven Arts)
  • #15          Pillow cases from Vietnam (Jean Thomson)

Literature and Art

  • #1            Five hours of professional interpretation services and training (Amla International Translations)
  • #2            Art class certificates for four (Art and Elixir)
  • #3            Dinner and show passes for two (Chanhassen Dinner Theatre)
  • #4            Minneapolis Night Out: Two tickets to Motown the Musical and a suite stay and breakfast for two at the Hilton Minneapolis (Hilton Minneapolis & Hennepin Theatre Trust)
  • #5            Deer in Grass photographic print and framing gift certificate (Jim Brandenberg & Calhoun Beach Framing)
  • #6            Ojibway Lake Island photographic print and framing gift certificate (Jim Brandenberg & Calhoun Beach Framing)
  • #7            Milkweed Editions Book Package (Milkweed Editions)
  • #8            Uptown Night Out (Galactic Pizza & Landmark Theatres)
  • #9            Dare to be Powerful screen print poster (RLM Art Studio – rlmartstudio.com)
  • #10          St. Paul Date Night (Pazzaluna & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
  • #11          Custom-designed and painted mural for a child’s room (Sue Banovetz)
  • #12          Custom-made invitation (Sue Banovetz)
  • #13          Jardin D’Hiver Avenet Les Bains, painting (Dean Gallery)
  • #14          Grandparents’ Toy Chest (Marlene Kayser)
  • #15          "Minneapolis" hand-painted purse (Cindy Jackson)
  • #14          "Venice" hand-painted purse (Cindy Jackson)

Out & About

  • #1            Ride the Rails Package: Jackson Street Roundhouse and Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway passes     (Minnesota Transportation Museum)
  • #2            Art and Ice Cream (Walker Art Center & Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream)
  • #3            Cantus Season Tickets Package for Two (Cantus)
  • #4            Family Fun at Mall of America (SeaLife & Mall of America)
  • #5            Sailing on Lake Minnetonka (Jill and Jon Eisenberg)
  • #6            Lutsen Mountain Lift Passes for two (Lutsen Mountains)
  • #7            North Shore Scenic Railroad Lester River Excursion (North Shore Scenic Railroad)
  • #8            North House Folk School 2-3 Day Course (North House Folk School)
  • #9            North Shore Getaway Package (Kathy and Allen Lenzmeier)
  • #10          Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert Tickets (Michael Monroe)
  • #11          Paddling Bears Sculpture (Marlene Kayser)
  • #12          Patagonia merchandise (Patagonia St. Paul)
Sports & Leisure
  • #1            Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband (Kathy and Allen Lenzmeier)
  • #2            Yoga Package: yoga, gift certificate, DVD (CorePower Yoga & Anonymous donor)
  • #3            Dance With Me gift certificate (Dancers Studio)
  • #4            Two ten-week dance classes (Jawaahir Dance Co. and The Cassandra School)
  • #5            Minikahda Golf Outing: 18-hole round for three people (Jay D. Miller)
  • #6            Swarm Lacrosse Tickets (Minnesota Swarm)
  • #7            Two tickets for a Vikings game at TCF Stadium (Nikki and CJ Rugh)
  • #8            Polaris backpack, 110th Anniversary Indian Motorcycle keychain and pin, and Indian Motorcycle T-shirts (Polaris)
  • #9            Splatball admission and rental package for two (Splatball – Minneapolis Paintball)
  • #10          Two tickets for a University of Minnesota Men’s Hockey game (Char and Sam Myers)
  • #11          Winter Fun Package: two lift tickets, adult and child knit hats from Nepal (Three Rivers Park District & Anonymous donor)
  • #12          Two tickets for a Vikings game at TCF Stadium (Char and Sam Myers)
  • #13          Sailing class for two adults on Lake Calhoun (Char and Sam Myers)
  • #14          Wellness Package: massage, yoga, Oxygen+ (The Wellness Center & CorePower Yoga & The Brewer Group)
  • #15          Deluxe Special Edition Scrabble (Peter’s Billiards)



If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact 
Ann Ulring at [email protected] or 612.746.4677