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2020 Fall Auction - Virtual

Many of the Fall Auction & attendees have been dedicated to this event since its inception in 1988. Chaired by Kathi Neuman since 2008, this year’s annual fundraising auction will look a little different as we take our event virtual. You can join us St. Louis Center’s Facebook Page, Saturday, November 7th for the chance to bid on these great items in support of the Center. Auctioneer Joe Merkel will lead us in lively bidding on great items ranging from handmade jewelry to vacation packages to an office chair to artwork.


WhenSat., Nov. 7, 2020
        6:45 PM - Item Preview
        7:00 PM - Live bidding begins promptly

Where: Main stage - St. Louis Center Facebook Live

Respond to the event here - 33rd Annual Fall Dinner Auction Event


You can also make a donation to help St. Louis Center fill our new homes with STAR ITEMS including Comforts of Home, Furniture for Cottages, and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Units here.


Now, scroll down for a sneak peak at some of the FABULOUS items that will be up for bid during the event!


Lot1.pngLot #1 – Hand-made Turquoise Flower Pendant Jewelry

One ladies 14K/18k Yellow Gold Turquoise Flower Pendant designed with a Fleur De Lis/Turquoise Bail with a diamond center. Cable chain 14K Yellow Gold 16″ length. Designed by Gloria Miller

Value $2,400
Donated by La Jolla Fine Jewelery, Chelsea


Lot2.pngLot #2 – Herman Miller Aeron Chair

Do you spend more time sitting than before?  Do you need an office chair at home?  The Herman Miller Aeron Chair has been ranked among the top ergonomically designed chairs on the market.  The rounded lip promotes the ideal sitting posture and the entire chair is designed to provide maximum support and comfort.  It features adjustable posture fit, tilt limiter and seat angle, fully adjustable arms and lumbar/back support.

Size B, Fully loaded
Color:  Graphite
C7 casters for hardwood or carpet

Value: $1435
Donated by: Three Chairs Co., Ann Arbor


Lot3.pngLot #3 – Picturesque Italian Villa

Enjoy a week at La Cappella, a picturesque Italian villa. This Mediterranean-style home is located on three acres above the quaint village of Calvari and features 1,400 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. You and three friends will enjoy a week relaxing, enjoying all that Italy has to offer and creating memories for a lifetime. Restrictions for elderly/handicapped.

Value: $5,000
Minimum Bid: $3,000
Donated by: Krystn and Robert Stephens


Lot4.pngLot #4 – Pamper Yourself
Dooney & Bourke Bag and Wallet | Fran Co's Spa Day | Cognac | Chocolates | Artwork

Let's face it, life has been challenging. This package will help you unwind and have a little fun.

You’ll be forever in style with this beautiful Dooney & Bourke Designer Satchel and Matching Wallet. Then, head out to do a little shopping with something in your wallet. We've included $100 in Visa Cards and $100 in store gift cards.

Then stop in at Fran Coy's Salon & Spa for a relaxing massage or facial and a Moroccan Oil Manicure. Your pampering doesn't end there. Back at home, you can enjoy a tin of European Cookies, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Remy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac. Don't have cognac glasses? No problem, two are included.

Two pieces of beautiful artwork complete the package with a Fused Glass Tree Landscape by Lisa Castile. Lisa grew up in Chelsea and loves to create beautiful glass and pottery pieces. You can see the love that goes into every piece.

Rounding out the package is an engaging Owl Print (dim. 10" H x 20" W) by Lindsey Dahl. Lindsey's art is about her passions; passion for endless outdoor adventures, abounding wildlife, and the bold wildness of nature. Lindsey wants to encourage a closer examination of ordinary things by presenting them in and interesting way.

Value: $920
Donated by: Donna Hrozencik, MD, Fran Coy's Salon & Spa, Andreas &n Tatiana Pocsatko, Lisa Castile, Lindsey Dahl


Lot6.pngLot #5 -- 14K Yellow Gold Amethyst Earrings

These stunning, one of a kind earrings feature Amethyst Japanese Fighting Fish, wrapped in a unique yellow gold bamboo setting. 

A spectacular design by Gloria Miller.

Value: $3,500
Donated by: La Jolla Fine Jewelery / Gloria Miller



Lot7.pngLot #6 -- Thanksgiving Bounty

With this package, you'll have nearly everything you need for a delicious, healthy and memorable farm-to-table Thanksgiving Dinner.

First, a Thanksgiving "Share" from Tantre Farm includes 60-80 lbs of fresh, locally-grown vegetables, including potatoes, cabbage, winter squash, pie pumpkins, garlic, Brussels sprouts, beets, onions, carrots, kale, spinach, Romanesco cauliflower, radishes, celery root and fresh herbs.  You'll also receive two jars of locally-grown, traditionally fermented vegetables from The Brinery.

The centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner will come with the donation of a Turkey, Duck and Chicken from Larry Doll/Old Brick Farm, LLC.  This is the freshest poultry available, raised locally in Chelsea, MI, on a family Sesquicentennial Farm.

Finish off your feast with pies -- or whatever delectable dessert you choose -- with your Grand Traverse Pie Company Gift Cards.

Completing the package are two pieces of artwork that will add to your celebration. First, a whimsical Cow Print on a red background (dim. 14 1/4" H x 11" W) by local artist Lindsey Dahl owner of Fine Art wild Feather Studio.

An original Barnwood Piece by artist McKenna O'Brien featuring the word Amen will provide the perfect backdrop to your gathering. McKenna, daughter of John and Tami Houle, is a Chelsea native. Here, she and her husband, Jim, are raising their family. McKenna's passion since childhood has been in creating and drawing artwork. She takes old antiques, wood and old building materials to make repurposed signs into beautiful art for the home.

Value: $500
Donated by: Tantre Farm, Larry Doll/Old Brick Farm, LLC, Lindsey Dahl, McKenna O'Brien


Lot8.pngLot #7 -- Sports, Food and Spirits

Golf at The Blue | Bourbon | Autographed Baseball Memorabilia | Paesano Restaurant & Wine Bar

Enjoy a Round of Golf for Four with carts atU of M's "the Blue", rated one of the best golf courses in the state.

When you're done playing golf, head over to Paesano Restaurant & Wine Bar with your $50 Gift Card and enjoy some of Ann Arbor's finest Italian food, wine and great hospitality. Later, enjoy a little cheer with a Gift Basket from Ugly Dog Distillery that includes Gin, Peanut Butter Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Michigan Cherry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, as well as two bottles of their own hand sanitizer.

A photo autographed by Mr. Tiger -- Detroit Tigers legend and right fielder -- Al Kaline (dim. 16" x 20"), and a Baseball Bat autographed by Major League 1983 Hall of Famer and Detroit Tigers announcer, George Kell.

For golf, must make reservation in advance. No expiration date.

Value: $750
Donated by:  University of Michigan/Radrick Farms, Ugly Dog Distillery, Gloria Miller, Kurt & Mary Hollinger, Brian & Evelyn Bowman


Lot9.pngLot #8 -- Gourmet Indian Dinner by Fr. Satheesh

Enjoy an evening of great conversation and wonderful food around the table with Fr. Satheesh.  He will prepare a varied menu of spicy, flavorful and diverse Indian foods for you and five of your friends.

On a mutually agreeable date, post-COVID.

Value:  $600
Donated by: Fr. Satheesh Caniton


Lot10.pngLot #9 -- Canadian Fishing Paradise

Grab your fishing rod and head north! You and a friend will enjoy 3 days and 3 nights at Loch Island Lodge on Wabatongushi Lake, Ontario, Canada. Crystal clear waters, untouched forests, fresh air, and silence await.  Experience great Canadian fishing for trophy Walleye, great Northern Pike, Whitefish, Perch, Brook Trout and more.

You'll enjoy the American Plan that includes breakfast, shore lunch or boxed lunch, dinner, daily maid service, live bait and introductory guide service. Your furnished, individual cabin includes bedding and linens, a full bath, refrigerator and heat. Plus, you will have your own 18' cedar strip boat with 15 hp electric start outboard and unlimited gas, padded swivel seats, fishing gear and ice. Your catch will be cleaned, packaged and frozen for you to take home.

Redeemable Post COVID

Value:  $1,600
Donated by: Loch Island Lodge/Andy & Amy Wilson


Lot #10 -- Paesano Wine Tasting

Explore an array of Italian wines during this tasting on the patio at Paesano Restaurant and Wine Bar in Ann Arbor. You'll sample a variety of Italian wines from Light and crisp to deep and bull-bodied, personally seleced by owner Mike Roddy. A delicious array of appetizers will complement each of the selecions. You'll learn more about the various regions of the country, the history of the wines and the families that produce them, from a knowledgeable lover of Italian wines.

On a mutually agreeable date.  Good through November 30, 2021. For six people.

Value: $300
Donated by: Paesano Restaurant and Wine Bar/Mike & Bridget Roddy


Lot #11 -- Children's Jeep, Big George's Gift Card & Outback Gift Card

You'll be the big hit this Christmas when your child or grandchild finds this Ride-On Jeep under the tree. This child's electric car can be fully operated by the child using the steering wheel and foot pedal controls or by a parent via remote control. It is safe and easy to operate indoors and outdoors. To be used on flat surfaces.


  • Seat Belt
  • Age Group: 3 - 8 Years
  • Voltage: 12 Volt
  • Maximum Speed: 2 - 3 mph
  • Seating Capacity: 88 lb.
  • Connectable to your device by USB to play music or stories
  • Parent's remote control and double door design ensure safety

The big kids can jump in their car and head over to Big George's with their $300 Gift Card. Big George's is a family owned and operated appliance mart since 1959, where the experts can help you choose from a wide range of appliances, grills, fireplaces and smart home electronics. Service also available. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by customers.

After you're done shopping at Big George's, head over to Outback Steakhouse for a great dinner and fun evening out with this $50 Outback gift card.

Value: $600
Donated by: Golling Chrysler Jeep, Gloria Miller, Steve & Debbie Hunt


Lot #12 -- Los Cabos Hilton Beach & Golf Resort Stay

Escape the dreary Michigan weather with a one week stay for 4 at this glorious Los Cabos Beach resort. Features full kitchen and laundry, plus in unit Jacuzzi and daily maid service. The resort features:

  • World-class restaurants
  • Championship Cabos San Lucas Golf Courses
  • Two deluxe pools with swim-up bars
  • Eforea Spa
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness center

This luxurious resort is centrally located between lively Cabo San Lucas and historic San Jose del Cabo.

No blackout dates, but schedule in advance for best availability. Post COVID

Value: $4,000
Donated by: Dr. Gabriela Kaplan


Lot #13 -- One Week Stay at Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa

enjoy a one-week stay in paradise at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico. The condo features two bedrooms with a sleeper sofa and can sleep 6. Includes a full kitchen and laundry, plus in-unit Jacuzzi and daily maid service. This luxury beachfront resort and spa is favorably located just 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport in a quiet, exclusive area near the Playa Mujeres golf course.

No blackout dates; schedule in advance for best availability. Post COVID

Value: $5,000
Donated by: Dr. Gabriela Kaplan


Lot #14 -- Dinner for Eight at The Common Grill

Enjoy an evening of fine dining for eight people at The Common Grill. Chef Craig will create a special menu just for your group. Dinner includes a special champagne toast, one appetizer, salad, entree and dessert, per guest. In addition, one bottle of wine per couple specally matched to your menu, will be included.

Does not include additional alcohol or gratuity. Call for reservations. Dinner must take place before Oct. 16, 2021; gift certificate must be presented when dining. No holidays or special events, such as football nights.

Value: $750
Donated by: Chef Craig Common/The Common Grill


Lot #15 -- $1,000 Certificate of Deposit & Dinner at Smokehouse 52 BBQ

Chelsea State Bank is donating a Certificate of Deposit for $1,000.

Gift certificate for CD must be redeemed at any Chelsea State Bank branch by Dec. 29, 2020.

Must hold CD for a minimum of one year.

You can also enjoy lunch or dinner at Chelsea's top spot for great barbeque -- Smokehouse 52 BBQ with this $50 Gift Card.

Value: $1,050
Donated by: Chelsea State Bank, Brian & Evelyn Bowman


Lot #16 -- Framed Original Artwork and Dinner at the Common Grill

This beautiful pastel by Sue Craig features the iconic Chelsea Clock Tower at Sunset. Dim. 26" H x 34" W

Sue is a local painter who enjoys painting in and around Chelsea. While she participates in many plein air events, she is as much at home painting area homes, farms and parks. Portraiture of people and animals is one of her loves. She loves to draw and paint in oil and pastel as well as mixed media.

You can also enjoy dinner at the Common Grill, Chelsea's place for fine dining. with this $100 Common Grill Gift Card, you'll enjoy a great evening.

Value: $600
Donated by: Sue Craig, John & Jennie Maynard







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