By Terry Houle and Bob Williams, MRVAC Board
The MRVAC Annual Holiday Auction raised $2,360.50 (about $500 more than last year) for MRVAC’s environmental education programs. This year monies raised will help us continue to support bus transportation for elementary students to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and providing Audubon Adventures newsletter kits for elementary classrooms.
If you were there, thank you for bidding enthusiastically! We couldn’t have done it without you! If you were unable to be at the auction, you can still help our education program by sending a gift to MRVAC at P.O. Box 20400, Bloomington, MN 55420.
A big thank you to the companies who donated so generously:
- Eagle Optics
- Shady Hollow Resort in Brainerd
- Jensen’s Café in Burnsville
- Baker’s Square
- Farmer’s Market Club
- Milio’s Subs
- Yardware in Linden Hills
- Abdallah’s in Burnsville
- Great Harvest Bakery
- Refuge Friends Inc
- Minnesota Valley YMCA
- All Seasons Wild Bird Store
- Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville
Thanks also to Sharon Steitler, our accomplished auctioneer, and to all of you who solicited donated items and/or helped at the auction. Many of you donated homemade, new and gently used items, including Bob Leis who donated a copy of Audubon’s Birds of America – The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio edited by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson and some delicious jam from his new orchard in Wisconsin.