Holiday Auction & Give to the Max Raises Money for Educational Projects

By Bob Williams, MRVAC Treasurer

We had a fun and successful Holiday Auction at the Refuge Visitor Center on November 19. We raised a total of $2,000 which is about the same as last year. Thanks to spirited auctioneering by Mark Lystig and Scott Clark we raised $2000 from both member donations and items from these generous companies:

  • Abdallah Candies
  • All Seasons Wild Bird Store (Minnetonka)
  • Aveda
  • Benda Photography
  • Bloomington Arts Center, (aka Artistry)
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theater
  • Dardis Designs
  • Eagle Optics
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • Jensen’s Café (Burnsville)
  • Lunds/Byerly’s
  • Milio’s Sandwich Shops
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Mixed Blood Theater
  • Natasha Drexler; Wallace Method therapy
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes, Eden Prairie
  • Old Log Theater (Excelsior)
  • Refuge Friends Inc
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Valley Natural Foods Coop (Burnsville)

On Give to the Max Day in November, 26 donors gave $1,785 to MRVAC. This is about $500 more than we raised in last year’s Give to the Max event.

In past years we have used the money raised in November to help support programs at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, local schools and nature centers that are geared toward environmental education for young children. We plan to do the same with the money raised this year.

We thank all of the members who gave their time and/or money for these fundraisers.

Call for Trumpeter Award Nominations

Each spring for 13 of the past 15 years, MRVAC has presented the Trumpeter Award to one of its members for outstanding long-term contributions to MRVAC. We are soliciting nominations from you; tell us of who you think should be our next recipient.

Please send in a nomination by Jan. 31. The selection committee, which is composed of the previous years’ recipients, will review the nominations and forward their choice to the Board. The award will be presented at a subsequent meeting.

There are two ways to get a nomination form:

  • Find the nomination form at
  • Call Becky Lystig (651-452-1133) to have a copy mailed to you.

Completed applications can be sent to Becky at or mailed to Becky Lystig, 1741 Sartell Ave, Eagan, MN 55122.

Previous Trumpeter Award recipients

  • 2001 Karol Gresser
  • 2002 Joe White
  • 2003 Pat & Jack Telfer
  • 2004 Edith Grace Quam
  • 2005 Craig Mandel
  • 2006 John Rehbein
  • 2007 Lois Norrgard
  • 2008 Jack Mauritz
  • 2009 George Tkach
  • 2010 Bob Leis
  • 2011 Anne Hanley & George Skinner
  • 2012 Steve Weston
  • 2013 Bob Williams