2019 Silent Auction Highlights

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Golden Opportunities

These featured items are not to be missed. It's a mix of greatest hits and new finds at a variety of price points.

A collage of photos of the apartment in Arpino, Italy.

Up to 10-Day Stay in Arpino, Italy

Graciously donated by Sonseere Goldenberg. Value: $1,800

Who wants to win a dream vacation? You can enjoy up to 10 days in this lovely three bedroom, two bath apartment just a block off the piazza of an ancient city a couple hours outside of Rome. The recently renovated apartment includes a gorgeous chef's kitchen and washer/dryer. Dates are flexible but any time outside of winter is preferred.

A Vietnamese rice noodle bowl.

Vietnamese Dinner for 6

Graciously donated by Loan Huynh. Value: Priceless

Come spend an evening at the home of Executive Director Robin Phillips enjoying a delicious, home-cooked Vietnamese meal with wine. This priceless experience is always one of our most competitive items.

An unbaked pie crust.

Private lesson for Perfect Pie Crust

Graciously donated by Char Myers. Value: $150

Start your journey to pie crust perfection with a private lesson with Char Myers. You'll make a seasonal pie together at Char's home near Lake Harriet and take it home in this re-usable, high-quality pie pan with domed lid. Bake in your own oven and enjoy it fresh with company. Then use the pie pan again and again to make perfect pies every time!

Four pictures of the North Shore.

North Shore Getaway

Graciously donated by Kathy & Allen Lenzmeier and North House Folk School. Value: $487

Win this package for the most amazing weekend up north you can imagine. You will stay at the stunning Naniboujou Lodge in quiet and yesteryear elegance.  Take a class at the North House Folk School, meet local artists, and visit galleries and historic places. Amble through charming Grand Marais, a jewel on Lake Superior. Take home memories and support favorite local businesses by using gift certificates to the best places in town. 
An outdoor market in Eastern Europe

Eastern European Spirits

Graciously donated by Aviva Breen and The Advocates Staff. Value: $150

Explore Eastern Europe by sampling these unusual and exquisite liquors. The basket includes Bulgarian cucumber grape brandy, Moldovan cognac, Kazakh vodka, and Siberian wild herb liquor - plus some Russian poppyseed crackers to clean your palate in between.

A red floral Moroccan dish.

Moroccan Hand-Painted Dish

Graciously donated by Friends of The Advocates. Value: $150

Bring out this stunning Moroccan dish loaded with couscous and you'll instantly win your next dinner party or potluck. The best thing about having such a beautiful plate is that it just gets lovelier as the food disappears!


Travel to a far-away (or not so far away) place and get away from your worries.

4 photos of the Aspen condo

Up to 7-Day Stay in Aspen

Graciously donated by Julie Shelton. Value: $1,750

Nestled on Aspen Mountain with direct ski in/ski out access, this condo sleeps 5 and has spectacular views, a pool, a gas burning fireplace, and a washer/dryer. It’s centrally located, only 4 blocks away from downtown Aspen! The mountains are calling, so you’d better answer! 
Dates must be mutually agreed upon by guest and owner. Not available May 15-September 15, the Christmas or New Years holidays, or President’s Day Weekend.
A woman wading in a river.

Gone Fly Fishing

Graciously donated by Sam Myers and Steve Yasgur. Value: $1,500

Hit the Wisconsin waters with an expert fly fishing rod maker and a past Advocates board chair. No pole, no worries - you'll also win a handmade split-cane bamboo fly fishing rod. Beginners and seasoned fly fishers alike will enjoy this private day in western Wisconsin, and your hosts will provide a relaxing shore lunch and equipment. You'll also receive a commemorative photo book to remember your day on the water. This trip must take place during Wisconsin trout season (ends October 15, 2019).
4 photos of the condo in Cabo San Lucas

Fall Week in Cabo San Lucas

Graciously donated by Chelli & Rick Sorel. Value: $2,100

Get away this fall to beautiful Quivira-Copala in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! You'll stay in a gorgeous, new condominium unit with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, a large terrace with a Jacuzzi and a grill, and phenomenal views of the Pacific Ocean. As guests, you'll have access to all amenities offered (including 15 pools) as well as discounts at 10 fabulous restaurants. Dates must be mutually agreed upon by guest and owner - not available week of Thanksgiving.
Sea caves near the Apostle Islands.

4-Day Apostle Islands Paddle, Pinot, & Porter Adventure

Graciously donated by Wilderness Inquiry. Value: $1,190

Spend four days on Lake Superior exploring the Apostle Islands by kayak, camping on the Bayfield Peninsula, and sampling local beers, wines, and foods. This unforgettable trip for two will be the highlight of your summer! Trips take place August 1 - 4, 2019 or July 30 - August 2, 2020.

Shore near Grand Marais, MN

Weekend in Grand Marais

Graciously donated by Sam & Char Myers. Value: $600

Don’t pass this up! Stay at a fully- equipped private home nestled in 100 acres of forest 14 miles north of Grand Marais in Hovland, MN. The home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms all stocked with Aveda products. The amenities include a full kitchen, outdoor hot tub, game tables, snowshoes and poles, musical instruments, wireless internet, TV/DVD, and a laundry room. Dates must be mutually agreed upon by guest and owner.
A man holding a canoe outside of Sawbill Outfitters.

5-Day Canoe Rental

Graciously donated by Sawbill Canoe Outfitters. Value: $235

Pick up your two-person canoe 100 yards from the shore of Sawbill Lake and head directly into the water for five days! With this canoe rental, you're on the right track for an unforgettable experience in the Boundary Waters. 
Lake Minnetonka

Up to 3 Nights on Lake Minnetonka

Graciously donated by Chelli & Rick Sorel. Value: $600

Experience the joys of lake living for a long weekend on Lake Minnetonka in this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom cottage. The cabin is surrounded by beautiful walking trails and is just two doors down from Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge. Dates must be mutually agreed upon by guest and owner.


And a few more sneak peeks...

Target Field.

Take Your Friends Out to the Ball Game

Graciously donated by Darin and Vance Opperman. Value: $2,000

It's game time! Bring 15 friends with you to watch the Twins vs. Indians from a private suite behind home plate on Saturday, September 7 at 1:10 p.m.
A plate of Ethiopian food.

Ethiopian Dinner for 8

Graciously donated by United Oromo Voices. Value: $700

This amazing experience is back for the first time in a few years! Gather seven friends for a delicious three-course Ethiopian dinner, including wine. Don't worry about the dishes - you'll be hosted in a beautiful home in Lynnhurst.
Painting by Teo Nguyen

"Alone Together" by Teo Nguyen

Graciously donated by Teo Nguyen. Value: $4,500

Teo Nguyen, an artist from Vietnam, captures the quiet beauty surrounding us in the "Middle West." He hopes that his work creates for the viewer each moment as he sees it - when ordinary things become remarkable and beautiful. Make this serene scene (43 x 43") a focal point in your home.
An intricate coffee set from Bosnia

Bosnian Hand-Painted Coffee Set and Istanbul's Premier Chocolates

Graciously donated by Peggy Grieve and The Advocates Staff. Value: $100

Prepare yourself a rich Bosnian-style coffee with this gorgeous hand-painted set, and treat yourself to some of Istanbul's premier chocolates to go with it. This is the definition of decadence!
Five Points at Theater Latte Da

Broadway in Northeast

Graciously donated by Theater Latte Da and A Friend of The Advocates. Value: $170

Get the Broadway experience right here in Minneapolis by heading to Theater Latte Da for a show. Round off your evening with dinner and drinks at the popular spot Northeast Social.
A hot air balloon over a lake with early-morning mist

Hot Air Ballooning for Two

Graciously donated by Robert Garfinkle. Value: $490

This one of a kind experience starts out in Lakeland, MN. You and one companion can grab two spots on a scenic hot air balloon ride that will finish with celebratory champagne.

Get your tickets today for the chance to win any or all of these and more!