2015 Annual Dinner and Auction



2015 Annual Dinner and Auction
2015 Annual Dinner and Auction
Good Times, Great Donors!
A good time was had by all at the
2015 Annual Dinner and Auction.
Not only did the event attract
over 150 people, we raised over
$28,000 - a record amount!
We tried something new in 2015
and moved our Annual Dinner to
the Morris Lawrence Auditorium
Atrium at Washtenaw Community
College, which provided not only
the large, airy atrium that
overlooked a scenic pond and
park area but the evening’s food
menu. While not much more was
required in terms of ambiance,
yellow mums on each table and
strategically placed works of art
helped brighten the room in
keeping with the evening’s Great
Works of Art theme.
upon. It also had many old
favorites, including golf packages,
Live Auction
An assortment of new and
interesting items auctioned off by
exuberant auctioneer Kenny
Lindsay helped make Friends In
Deed’s new live auction a big
success. Out of the eight items
auctioned by Kenny, the two
most popular were a tour of
Metro Airport’s control tower and
radar room and a chef-catered
meal for four served at the
winning bidder’s home.
Fund the Mission
Kenny’s vivaciousness helped amp the
size and number of donations pledged
during Fund the Mission, an opportunity
given at the end of the live auction for
participants to pledge money to help
low-income people with their utility bills
during the summer months.
While the goal for Fund the Mission was
$5,000, Kenny fired up the bidding to
$8,000! Amazing!
Silent Auction
The art theme continued into the
Silent Auction, which had plenty
of paintings, photographs, quilts,
and art classes available to bid
Kenny Lindsay revved up the audience for
the Auction and Fund The Mission.
Grace Wu and Bill Holmes celebrate
her winning the Metro Airport tour.
Much was new at the 2015 Annual Dinner, including a new location and a live auction.
We honored several of our volunteers
and supporters with service awards at
the 2015 Annual Dinner. Volunteer of
the Year Bill Mahler received the Joanne
Kooyers Award for compassion and
caring. St. Francis of Assisi Parish
received the Robert H. Burandt Award
for extraordinary commitment and
service to Friends In Deed and the
community. James S. Johnson
posthumously received the Stan
Harbison Award for sharing his “love,
time, resources, and skills” to help
people in need.
Thank You for All Your Help!
Thank you to Rev. George Waddles of Second Baptist Church in Ypsilanti for offering the
Invocation and Rev. Gail Geisenhainer of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor
for the Benediction. A special thank you also goes to The Enchanted Florist for the
flowers for the centerpieces and to Thrivent for their financial support of the Dinner.
We’d also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for the generous items
they donated to our live auction:
Balloon Quest
Rose Bradley
Bill and Marilyn Dahms
Bill Holmes
Jim Lee & Terri Wilkerson
Chef Emmanuel Saintin
Jane Slider and friends
Tyner Furniture
Mark Foster/Weed Man of Ann Arbor
We are also grateful for the many, many silent auction items donated by the following
individuals and businesses:
Angel Food Catering
Ann Arbor Art Center
The Art Spot
Balance Massage
Painted Trout of Dexter
Belmark lanes
Baron Glass Works
Chelsea Milling Company
Cherry Republic
Common Grill
Concordia University
Fine Art Department
Douglas J. at the
Aveda Institute
Eagle Crest Golf Course
The Earle
Fox Hills Golf Course
Fraleigh’s Landscape
Glass Shack Studio
Great Lakes Cycling
Green Oaks Golf Course
Hand and Stone Massage
And Facial Spa
Henry Ford Museum /
Greenfield Village
High Velocity
Himalayan Bizarre
Hines Park Segway
Lake Forest Golf Course
Maggie Organics
Main Street Home
& Apparel of Dexter
Mast Shoes
Materials Unlimited
Michigan International
Michigan Native Plants
The Michigan Theater
Noodles & Company
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens
Old House Gardens
Painting with a Twist
Pine View Golf Club
Plymouth Nursery
Detroit Red Wings
Rustica Restaurant
The Polished Edge
The Potting Shed
The Purple Rose Theater
Tios Restaurant
Rusty Wallace Racing
Select Auto Services
Small World Shoppe
Stonebridge Golf Course
Stuart Avenue Inn
(& Dana Underwood)
Sweet Heather Ann
Three Chairs Co.
University of Michigan
Vogel’s & Foster’s
Weber’s Inn
West Side Book Shop
Yankee Air Museum
Mark Ascione
Virginia Bell
Ann Bogits
Christine Crowner
William Dahms
Patti Eaton
Scott Elwart
Connie Fromm
Diane Hayward
Dr. Emily Kennedy
Joan Newman
Jim & Pat Robertson
Donna Roskamp
Lou Steenstra
Laurie Sternberg
Dr. Larry Sternberg
Emma Thornburg
Sarah Thornburg
Dave Tumbarello
And to the following paintbrush & palette certificate donors:
Afternoon Delight Restaurant
Angel Food Catering
The Art Spot
bd’s Mongolian Grill
Big Boy - Ypsilanti
Bloom Garden Center
Carol Roeda Studio
Casey’s Tavern
Dexter Bakery
Downtown Home & Garden Center
English Gardens
Found Gallery
Frita Baditos
Gabriel’s Hoagies
Haab's Restaurant
Holiday's Restaurant
Jungle Java
Kerrytown Concert Hall
Mainstreet Ventures
Maiz Mexican Restaurant
Max & Erma’s
Nicholas Stafford’s of Chelsea
Quality 16 Cinemas
TGI Friday’s
Tower Inn Café
Trader Joe’s
Ypsi Food Co-op
Diamond Sponsors
Jim & Sharon Carty
James & Malinda Waltz
Domino’s Pizza
Van Winkle Mattress
Platinum Sponsors
Bank of Ann Arbor
Bill & Wendy Holmes
David & Martha Krahbiel
Claudia & Tom Larson
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Helena Prince
Steve & Gayle Stewart
Debbie & Mike Weber
Gold Sponsors
Frank Ascione
Ann & Patrick Bogits
Cliff & Mary Beth Lampe
Tim & Char Larsen
Pearl Sponsors
Barbara Miller
Silver Sponsors
Virginia & Brian Bell
Dale & Nancy Briggs
Sally & Ron Carpinella
Bill & Marilyn Dahms
Elizabeth Hillegonds
Edith Hurst
Myra Larson
Rita & Richard Nowland
Second Baptist Church
Jane Slider
Sarah & Ross Thornburg
Ken & Phyllis Timmer
Fund the Mission
Frank Ascione
Ann & Patrick Bogits
Lauren Cole
Bill & Marilyn Dahms
Margaret Glahn
Cheryl Gross
Walter Hayes
Thomas Humphreys
Claudia Larson
Patricia Laskowsky
Bill Mahler
Michael McCoin
Helena Prince
Audrey Seasholtz
Susan Sweet Scott
Jane Slider
James & Malinda Waltz
Debbie & Mike Weber
Melynee Weber
John “Rick” Wilhelmsen