2018 Holiday Auction Raises Money for Educational Projects

We had a successful and entertaining Holiday Auction at the Refuge Visitor Center on November 15. We raised $2226 (a bit less than the $2700 we raised last year). 

Our fabulous auctioneers, Monica Rauchwarter and Scott Clark sold many fabulous items donated by members as well as from these generous companies and local organizations: 

  • All Seasons Wild Bird Store – Bloomington 
  • Artistry Theater, Bloomington 
  • David Fong’s 
  • Vortex Optics 
  • Fantastic Sam’s 
  • Great Harvest Bread Company 
  • Lakewinds Natural Foods – Richfield & Minnetonka 
  • L.L. Bean 
  • Lunds/Byerly’s 
  • Mia – Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
  • National Eagle Center, Wabasha 
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes, Eden Prairie 
  • Science Museum of Minnesota 
  • Valley Natural Foods Co-op (Burnsville) 

Donations via Give to the Max day totaled $1312.76. 

Thanks to everyone who donated either at the auction or online. 

November 15: Holiday Auction

Robin Kutz wheels in the food.

Get some of your holiday shopping done, have fun and raise money to support a variety of environmental education projects. Come and bid often, bid high and have fun doing it for our environmental education program!

  • 5:30 pm Drop off auction donations, check out the items on offer and enjoy refreshments. . 
  • 6:45 – 8:15 pm Live auction – Scott Clark & Monica Rauchwarter team up. This is a pairing not to be missed! 
  • 8:15 – 8:55 pm check out and clean up 
  • Why: Raise money for Refuge needs and other environmental education projects 

If you can donate auction items or provide refreshments, thank you!! 

  1. Make plans to drop off your contribution ahead of time. Coordinate with Anne: 952-936-0811(h), anne_hanley90@hotmail.com.
  2. Please let Robin Kutz know if you can bring some snacks. Call her at 612-723-2632 or email robinkutz13@gmail.com.
  3. If you need to bring your items on Thursday evening, please make every effort to deliver them between 5:30 and 6:15 pm so people can preview your items before the bidding starts.

To tempt you to attend, here are some Auction items we know about so far: 


  • All Seasons Wild Bird Store gift card 
  • Large bag of sunflower seeds

Books, original art and prints 


  • Nothing Bundt Cakes 
  • Great Harvest
  • Lunds/Byerly’s gift certificate
  • Valley Natural Foods gift card
  • David Fong’s gift card
  • Wine
  • Cookies
  • Home-cooked dinner
  • Bavarian Mints (Rita Baden)
  • Krumkake ($10 per dozen) (Cheri Fox)
  • Homemade Bread

Events and Services

  • Party assistant for graduation event or other festivity of your choice (up to 4 hours)
  • 4 Tickets to Egypt’s Sunken Cities exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Arts ($80 value)
  • Tickets to live performances
  • National Eagle Center package: admission for 2, NEC mug & small stuffed eagle
  • Personalized coaching: learn how to shop in the bulk aisle at a nearby co-op

November 15: Give to the Max Day

‘Tis the season of giving, and as you plan your charitable donations for 2018, please consider donating to MRVAC. We’ve partnered with GiveMN.org to help make donations quick and easy: https://givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-River-Valley-Audubon-Chapter.

One of MRVAC’s main objectives is to teach children about the importance of getting outdoors, experiencing nature, and caring for wildlife and the environment. To achieve these goals, we provide birding curriculum materials to schools, provide funding to enable busing to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, and conduct and organize river cleanups in the community. We also provide funding to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to hire interns.

GiveMN links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website, GiveMN.org, enables charitable giving any time and any place, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings innovation, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity.

GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. Explore GiveMN.org today.

Help raise educational funds! What could you donate?

Betsy Magee sets up in the Visitor Center (2017).

Holiday Auction: November 15, 2018

Please think about what donations you could collect for the fundraising auction Thursday November 15 – or if you can join our auction team. 

We could especially use a few larger items like a boat trip, use of a cabin, a homemade dinner or a special adventure. 

Please email the committee with your ideas or let us know in advance, ideally by October 1 if possible, about your contributions so we can mention them in our publicity: 

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

We had a very successful and entertaining Holiday Auction at the Refuge Visitor Center on November 17. We raised a little over $3,000 which is 50% higher than the previous 2 years.

Our fabulous auctioneers, Mark Lystig and Scott Clark sold about 100 items donated by members as well as these generous companies:

  • Abdallah Candies
  • All Seasons Wild Bird Store (Minnetonka)
  • Bakers Square
  • Bloomington Arts Center, (aka Artistry)
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theater
  • Cornerstone Copy Center, Burnsville
  • Eagle Optics
  • Gertens
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • Kah-Née-Tah Gallery and Cottages, Lutsen
  • Lunds/Byerly’s
  • Milio’s Sandwich Shops
  • Northern Rail Traincar Inn, Two Harbors
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes, Eden Prairie
  • Old Log Theater (Excelsior)
  • Refuge Friends Inc.
  • Valley Natural Foods Co-op (Burnsville)

We also raised about $2,000 on Give to the Max Day which is a little more than we raised last year. We want to thank everyone who donated either at the auction or online.

2017 will be the 50th year since the chapter was officially incorporated and we have some exciting projects that we are working on to mark the occasion. This money will help fund these as well as the grants that we typically give to the Refuge and other worthy organizations for their efforts.