Donations for the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund Silent Auction have been arriving steadily and are posted below. We hope you'll check back for updates or, if you' are a KBHSAA member, you can set your profile to "Notify Me" when this page (or any other page on this website) is updated. If you're a Bradford grad and not yet a member, we hope you might consider joining KBHSAA today. We hope you will join us on June 17 for an evening of camaraderie and fun at the DAA Banquet & Silent Auction!
♦ We may combine items listed below with other items as part of a Gift Basket.
♦ Method of payment for auction items is cash or personal check (sorry, no credit or debit cards).
♦ Silent Auction Rules are posted at the bottom of this page.
Aiello Mid-Town Florist, family owned and operated since 1957, is donating a pretty peace lily house plant for our Silent Auction, to be picked up the day of our event. We stopped in their store yesterday morning and snapped the photo at right.
It was nice to see Chuckie and to visit with him and the other staff on duty… we missed seeing his mom, Betty, who was expected to arrive closer to lunch time. The shop was abuzz with activity. Chuckie had just finished prepping a couple large flower arrangements between taking multiple phone calls and working with another customer who'd come in before we arrived.
We always feel welcomed when we walk into this local small business. We'd like to take this opportunity remind our membership to "shop local" and support our local small businesses as much as possible.
Anonymous donors have a repurposed an antique hexagonal-shaped birdcage to serve as a decorative accent piece. We love the patina built up over years of use and have left the painted finish as is. We added faux succulent greenery, a dragonfly (or two – we couldn’t decide which one we liked best) and an Affinity 6-inch outdoor patio LED candle, powered by two D cell batteries. An internal timer turns the candle on at the same time each day, and it remains lit for 6 hours, then turns off automatically. We applied felt strips to the base of the birdcage to protect your fine furniture.
The candle rests on a hand turned wooden base, which is screwed to the bottom “trap door” of the bird cage. The trap door provides access to the candle, held in place with “tacky wax” (container included), so it will be easy to remove in order to replace the batteries when the need arises.
We think it would look lovely displayed on a three-season porch (vs. a patio where it would be exposed to inclement weather). Approximate measurements: 11.5 inches across from point to point at the base and 29.5 inches tall.
Lee Arneson ’57, KBHSAA Corresponding Secretary, has been busy knitting some special pieces for this year’s Silent Auction: a football-themed cap for a child and a smaller “doggy” scarf and matching cap for a somewhat smaller child, paired with a football-themed onesie (size 12 months). We think they’d be perfect for a family with a little boy whose parents are expecting to welcome the addition of a little brother into their family [estimated dollar value: $45.00; see photo below, left].
Lee has also donated a Keurig K-Mini Plus single serve coffee maker in matte black. If your son or daughter is preparing to move into a shared dorm room or perhaps a tiny first apartment after college, it will be perfect for his/her use, as it fits into a space just five inches wide. The “mini plus” includes a storage piece that can accommodate up to nine K-cup coffee pods and, for easy storage, it fits in the spot where you place your coffee cup when you’re ready to brew a fresh cup. Also included is a coffee-themed terry hand towel with crocheted hanging loop; two hand-knitted dishcloths in a neutral oatmeal-colored yarn with small flecks of complimentary colors; and, from an anonymous donor, a pair of very colorful “Choose Love” mugs from Penzey’s Spices [estimated total value: $115 to $125; see photo below, middle].
Lee has also donated what we are calling a "Green & Gold Basket," filled with Green Bay Packers® collectibles [sorry, value unknown; see photo below, right].
Beaver Springs, Wisconsin Dells has donated a gift certificate [value $85; exp. date: 12/31/2023] which includes the following:
♦ (1) free long or short guided horseback trail ride;
♦ $25 Fishing Park gift certificate good for bait, tackle rental, registration, fish purchases and all fish-related services; and
♦ Family admission (2 adults & 4 children) to the Dells Wildlife Museum & Aquarium.
Bradford Principal Brian Geiger delivered a large bundle of Bradford items to be used in Gift Baskets for the KBHSAA Silent Auction. We've divided them as follows:
Bradford Gift Basket No. 1:
♦ Nike® polo shirt in steel grey, bearing the Bradford [size XL];
♦ A Bradford baseball cap, white with burgundy bill [size S/M];
♦ A neck gaiter;
♦ A keychain bearing the message, "SUCCESS IS HOW HIGH YOU BOUNCE WHEN YOU HIT BOTTOM," attributed to George S. Patton; and
♦ From Culver's, (4) "Chips" good for a free Single cone and a card good for a free Concrete Mixer.
Bradford Gift Basket No. 2:
♦ A Bradford baseball cap, burgundy [size L/XL];
♦ (2) Bradford T-shirts: front has the Bradford and the back says Bradford vs. Tremper Football 2022 [sizes M and 3X];
♦ A Bradford face mask;
♦ (2) magnets, each bearing a different message: "Be Kind" and "Keep Trying";
♦ A Bradford ballpoint pen;
♦ From Culver's, (4) "Chips" good for a free Single cone and a card good for a free Concrete Mixer.
Brat Stop, Inc. has donated a $20 gift certificate [exp. date: 01/30/2024]. The Brat Stop is well known for its family friendly atmosphere, great service and world famous food... open 365 days a year for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next time you visit, check out their Cheese & Gift Shop – they ship anywhere! They can also accommodate weddings, parties and other special events at Parkway Chateau, Brat Stop's Banquet and Conference Center. We loved the photo on their website of the original building, circa 1958!
Carpets Plus Outlet has donated a gift certificate for an area rug of one's choice or applied to a special order or custom bound area rug, valued at up to $250 [exp. date: 06/17/2024], plus a gift bag containing a handy spray bottle of Tech Carpet Cleaner, (5) Carpets Plus Outlet paper note pads and (3) pens, a grey Carpets Plus Outlet T-shirt (size XL) and an insulated stainless steelTravel Mug.
Cave of the Mounds® National Natural Landmark has donated a Pass good for admission for (1) regular admission (adult) and (1) child (age 4-12 years), plus (1) free mining bag [exp. date: 12/31/2024; note: free admission for children age 3 and under]. Cave of the Mounds was discovered in 1939, when a quarry blast revealed the entrance to this sparkling underground wonder. Walking tours follow paved and lighted walkways, and the constant 50º temperature makes the cave feel cool in summer, warm in winter. Located just 20 minutes west of Madison, the surrounding gardens explode in a dazzling array of blooms from early spring to late fall, providing great photo opportunities with your family. Make a day of it and visit one of many nearby attractions posted on the COTM website.
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Pleasant Prairie has donated a $10 gift certificate [alcohol & gratuity not included; no expiration date], plus a card for free chips & homemade queso. Cheddar’s uses quality ingredients and takes the time to prepare them in their kitchens each day. Making things from scratch means battering your chicken tenders before you fry them; it means smoking your own ribs; it means making your own soup each morning. And it means our food just tastes better.
Cinemark Tinseltown USA has donated (2) Guess Passes, which may be exchanged at any Cinemark® Theatre box office for ONE FREE admission. Not valid for pass restricted movies. Additional premium applies for XD, 3D, D-BOX, IMAX Attractions and any other specially-priced events. Pass is nonrefundable and has no cash value. We noticed several movies on the Coming Soon list we'd love to catch this summer!
Cost Cutters Hair Salon has donated (2) free haircut coupons [value $18.95 each; exp. date: 03/31/2024], good only at the following locations: Kenosha, Racine, Burlington; and Zion, IL. Visit your local Cost Cutters salon today to get that full salon experience for the whole family from stylists who are passionate about making everyone look good.
Costco Wholesale has donated a $25 gift card [no expiration date!]. Costco is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing its members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. With more than 800 locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.
Heidi Thomas and Natalie Rigsby-Murray, COUNTRY Financial® Insurance Agents serving the Kenosha area, have donated a really neat wire gift basket with wooden hand holds for our Silent Auction [pictured at right; est. value: $100] filled with:
♦ (2) $10 gift cards for Luigi’s Pizza Kitchen;
♦ A $10 gift card for Scoops Ice Cream & Candy;
♦ A $25 gift card for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews;
♦ A Huntington Home Sea Salt & Bergamot soy-blend candle;
♦ (2) Koozies
♦ A can opener
♦ A shaker cup and insulated travel mug combo;
♦ A bright pink insulated travel mug; and
♦ COUNTRY Financial® promo items: Chapstick lip balm, a nail file and pens.
Culver's 52nd Street location has donated a gift basket [value $47], which contains the following fun items, packed in a blue fabric tote:
♦ (4) Cards redeemable for a Free 2-Scoop Dish of their scrumptious frozen custard in your choice of flavors – vanilla, chocolate or the flavor of the day – with one topping (limit one per person per visit; no cash value);
♦ A Culver's basketball and water bottle; and
♦ Culver's plush toys, "Scoopie" and the bespectacled "Curdis".
The taste of Culver's frozen chocolate custard is like a trip down memory lane for us... it takes us back to the days when, as children, we sat on the back porch and hand cranked Mom's ice cream freezer to make a batch of her favorite homemade chocolate custard... yummmmm!
Dairy Queen 22nd Avenue, Kenosha has donated a $25 gift card, redeemable at its store location only. You could take the kids out for a their favorite treats... nowadays, our kids' most-often-requested DQ treat is an Oreo Cookie Blizzard®. When we were kids – back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth – we loved the classic chocolate dipped cone with the signature swirl at the top. Of course, you couldn't go wrong by ordering a delectable DQ® Blizzard® cake for a special celebration with extended family!
Danny's Cafe has donated (2) $10 gift certificates [exp. date: 03/30/2024]... this all-around-favorite "diner" serves up the best breakfast in Kenosha starting at 5AM weekdays, 5:30 on Saturday and 6AM on Sunday. A good friend confided that the Potato Pancake served with a side of bacon is her breakfast favorite. Several of our friends rave about the Biscuits & Gravy, listed on the menu as a "customer favorite" – they are scrumptious! We're intrigued by the thought of trying Kenosha's Original Breakfast Taco, but each time we stop in for breakfast, we can't pass up our favorites: Eggs (sunny side up) with crispy bacon and pancakes for him and a Ham & Swiss Omelet for me. If the "kids" don't come along, their most often requested treat is one of the jumbo cinnamon rolls. Do you ever wonder why breakfast tastes so much better when someone else deals with the cooking and clean up afterwards?
DarsHearts has donated a basket full of items geared to please camping enthusiasts [estimated value $125]:
♦ For your camping kitchen: S'More Maker and S'More Eater mugs; camping-themed melamine plates with matching cutting board and oven mitts and vinyl tablecloth; silicone spatula/spoon/baster set; "happy camper" terry cloth kitchen towel and paper napkins; and a lidded travel mug.
♦ Clothing: (4) pair of camping-themed socks;
♦ Camping decor: camper trailer cut out in red, white & blue, which would look great hanging in the window of your camper or motor home; a set of color changing LED lights with remote control; multiple packages of magnets, some handmade; and a what we will describe as a cheery, beribboned & bedazzled planter stick.
Joe Passarelli '89 and DeRango's have donated a $20 Gift Certificate good for Dine-In Only [no expiration date!]. Visit DeRango's today to enjoy your favorite: pizza, Italian specialties, homestyle dishes, a wide range of pasta, delicious sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts!
Dickow Cyzak Tile Co., Kenosha area's premier source for all kinds of flooring – vinyl, carpet, hardwood and tile – has donated a $500 gift certificate [exp. date: 06/17/2024]. They specialize in bathroom and kitchen remodeling. Remodeling trends may come and go, but the fine materials, expert craftsmanship and personal service they offer will never go out of style. If you’ve been dreaming of a remodeling project for your home, visit their store today and work with one of their designers to put together options you’ll love. Dickow-Cyzak Tile Company: family owned and operated, making your home unforgettable since 1968.
P.S.: Check out the "barn-door style" glass shower doors... they are gorgeous!
Dan & Kathy (Kammerzelt) Vaccaro, both Class of '69, have donated a certificate redeemable for (1) Pool Party for 10 people [valued at $200; exp. date: 12/31/2023] at their local small business, Diver Dan’s Scuba & Aquatic Center, Kenosha. Options for your party: Pool Splash Party (any age) or Scuba Splash Party (minimum age 8 years old)... a fun and educational group event designed for birthday parties, church groups, scouts, etc. While browsing their website, we noticed Diver Dan's also does scuba diving adventures to exotic locales. Upcoming group travel destinations include Dominica in January 2024, Cayman Brac in April 2024 and Raja Ampat, Indonesia in January 2025... these sound like lovely places to visit in the depths of a Wisconsin winter, whether you're a diver or non-diver!
Experimental Aircraft Association, Oshkosh, has donated (4) passes to the EAA Aviation Museum [value $50; no expiration date!]. The Aviation Museum houses a collection of more than 200 historic aircraft, along with world-class galleries and displays, including the Eagle Hangar that pays tribute to military aviation and the heroes who served. It is a year-round destination, combining the passion of aviation's past with the promise of its exciting future.
Festival Foods, a family-owned company headquartered in Wisconsin, has donated a $100 gift certificate [no expiration date!]. Their local stores provide high quality products and an exceptional guest experience. More than just a grocery store. We love the Menu Ideas page on their website... so many great recipes!
Finney's Lounge has donated (2) $25 gift certificates [no expiration date!], each accompanied by a bottle of hard liquor:
♦ A bottle of George Dickel Bourbon Whisky, aged 8 years [750ml; estimated value $35]; and
♦ A bottle of Austin's Original Deep Eddy Peach Flavored Vodka [1 liter; estimated value $21].
We noticed on Finney's Facebook page that the patio is already open for the season... next time you're in town, we should drop in there for a burger or their famous wings, have a beer and talk about the good old days!
Frankie D's Vino & Pizzeria has donated a $25 gift card [no expiration date!] – check out Frankie D's extensive menu... from a vast array of appetizers, homemade soups and wonderful fresh salads, a wide assortment of sandwiches, fish fry (perch or beer battered cod) and broasted chicken with mojos, to classic Italian pasta recipes handed down through the family. And did we mention pizza? From Chicago Style pan, to hand tossed or thin crust... Frankie D's has it! What's your favorite?
Gateway Cafe has donated a $10 gift certificate. Owner Nick Katris says, "Our customers are the most important ingredient in our restaurant. We would like to express our most sincere appreciation for your patronage and look forward to continually bringing you the highest quality of food and service with every menu selection."
The Green Bay Packers have donated a football which commemorates the Packers’ first international regular season game, played against the New York Giants at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 9, 2022. The football is accompanied by a certificate of donation, which notes original signatures were obtained from all players and the coaching staff at the beginning of the 2022 regular season. Click here to see the list of those players and coaches whose original signatures were then transferred to the football. We did a bit of research and found recent online auctions where the winning bids ranged from $180 (Quad Cities Heart Ball) to $400 (Wisconsin Humane Society) for a Packers London 2022 football. We’ve noted the value as “priceless.”
Hair International Design Team has donated a gift card for a one-hour facial [valued at $70; exp. date: 09/17/2023]. In a mini-spa within our salon, our esthetician specializes in the techniques that make her spa services and facials the best you’ll find in Kenosha. Spa facials are customized for each guest, and our goal is for you to leave Hair International feeling relaxed, renewed, refreshed and balanced.
Paul & Margie Hannes '68 have to put together very special Bird Lovers Gift Package [total value: $100]: a handmade "half bucket" style birdhouse, crafted of Ipe hardwood (aka Brazilian Black Walnut) with stainless steel banding. The entry hole measures 1.25 inches and is reinforced with a large washer to foil potential squirrel damage. The back of the birdhouse has a very sturdy bracket for hanging purposes; you will need a large pan head screw for mounting (we're checking what our neighbor calls the "hardware store" in our basement and will try to include one). The birdhouse weighs in at a hefty 11.6 pounds and is built to last a lifetime. Included in the Bird Lovers Gift Package is a Pine River Farms Seed Log Feeder and a Safflower Seed Log (not pictured), a favorite tool for attracting Cardinals to your yard.
Adela '74 & Steve Hessefort have donated:
♦ A rustic wine carrier which includes (4) stemmed wine glasses and 2 bottles of wine: Beringer Main & Vine Moscato and Bayfield Winery Autumn Crisp Apple Wine; and
♦ A decorative wine box, containing a bottle of Three Pears Pinot Grigio 2018; and
♦ Items from Galena Canning Company: Mini Twist Pretzels and a jar of Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam (not pictured).
HOBNOB Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge has donated a $25 gift certificate [no expiration date!]. Established in 1954, HOBNOB has the ambiance of a classic Wisconsin Supper Club. They take great pride in serving the “Best Food in Town,” featuring only choice cuts of Angus Beef and the best selection of fresh seafood. Stop in on a Friday or Saturday night to catch live entertainment in the Cocktail Lounge. Casual attire is acceptable; reservations are always recommended. P.S.: We hear their signature ice cream drinks are fantastic!
House of Gerhard Restaurant has donated a $25 gift certificate [exp. date: 05/17/2024]... they offer wonderful food and service in an enchanting atmosphere filled with old world charm. From Schweine-Haxe to Filet Mignon, their menu features authentic German cuisine, as well as American favorites. Their famous Prime Rib of Beef is served daily and is truly the best around! The House of Gerhard makes every occasion one to remember, from birthdays, anniversaries, group luncheons or get-togethers with family and friends. It's best to call ahead for reservations at this popular Kenosha restaurant… when we stopped at nearly 5:00PM today, the parking lot was very nearly full. We love the seasonal decor and special holiday-themed menus offered by this family-owned restaurant founded in 1964. We highly recommend the Beef Stroganoff served with Noodles – or our favorite, Spaetzle – and the Broiled Pork Chops topped with Apple & Kraut! Save room for dessert: Schaum Torte!
Kenosha Co., Division of Golf has donated (2) sets of prepaid coupons for a twosome of weekday walking rounds of golf [exp. date: 11/21/2024] at Brighton Dale Links (a $52 value) and Petrifying Springs Golf Course (a $52 value)... so polish up your clubs, schedule time off from the work-a-day world and get ready to enjoy a couple days on the most beautiful public golf courses in Kenosha County! You deserve this, don't you?
Kenosha Kingfish Baseball Club has donated a certificate redeemable for (4) Stadium Box Seat tickets for the 2023 regular season [value $88; certificate must be used before 08/31/2023]. The Kingfish offer such great entertainment at each home game, lots of fun activities for the kids and parking is free! Winning bidder must contact the Kingfish Ticket Office in advance to guarantee seating availability.
Kenosha YMCA has donated a certificate for a 3-Month Household Membership (2 adults & 2 children under age 24), valid on new memberships only [value $258; must redeem by 09/30/2023]. There's a unique combination at the Kenosha YMCA. Little ones build skills and self-esteem. People connect while strengthening body and mind. The Y offers everything from weights and fitness equipment that improve well-being to kids' programs that nurture their potential through learning and play. At the Y, your membership means more!
Kwik Trip™, headquartered in LaCrosse, WI, has donated (3) $100 Gas & Gift Cards! Kwik Trip is the place to stop, whether you're topping off your gas tank, picking up fresh coffee and a breakfast sandwich, freshly made fare for a "Kwik" dinner when you don't have time to cook or simply grabbing a gallon of milk and some fresh produce. Your neighborhood Kwik Trip's helpful staff always greet customers with a smile and, when you check out, a cheerful "see you next time."
Mad Rooster Cafe, Kenosha has donated a $50 gift card [no expiration date!]. Friends have been raving about Mad Rooster Cafe where, according to their website, "every bite is prepared with mad style and mad flavor. From our homemade Greek yogurt made with organic milk to the pancakes made from scratch, you’ll know you’ve found your neighborhood favorite. Whether it’s our own signature blend of fresh-brewed coffee or our fresh squeezed orange juice, the mad flavor will bring your senses to life!" They are open every day from 7:00AM to 3:00PM.
Maritato Dental, LLC has donated a Phillips Sonicare 4100 Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush [approximate value $40]. Established in 1986, Maritato Dental is a trusted dental clinic offering state-of-the-art dental care in Kenosha, WI. We stand behind the quality of our dental services and promise to provide the finest in dentistry for our patients. Whether you need a routine dental exam or you want to aesthetically improve your smile, you can turn to our dental care center for the quality dental care you need. We are currently accepting new patients. Our office is conveniently located on Hwy. 31, just north of Hwy. 158 (52nd Street), with plenty of off-street parking available.
Martin's Garage, Union Grove has donated a Gardening Gift Basket, with the following items packed in a rust-colored planter box [approximate value $25]:
♦ Trowel & 3-Fingered Rake;
♦ Floral Snips;
♦ Floral print gardening gloves;
♦ (5) assorted packets of flower and vegetable seeds;
♦ Foam kneeling pad; and
♦ A live plant – looks like a Sedum, but we don’t know which variety it may be.
Martino's Master Drycleaner has donated (4) $25 gift cards [no expiration date!]. Martino's "is committed to having your order ready and making it right – Guaranteed." This hometown drycleaner has four convenient locations:
♦ 7513 41st Avenue;
♦ 4700 7th Avenue;
♦ 3207 80th Street, inside Festival Foods; and
♦ 8601 75th Street
Spring cleaning season is here... Martino's can help!
Meijer has donated (4) $25 gift cards for our Silent Auction [no expiration date!] Meijer is a family business... they believe in treating each other with dignity and respect and are committed to strengthening the communities they serve. Their focus on fresh food, thinking and innovation makes them better at serving their customers.
Menard's® has donated (2) pair of Mechanix Wear "The Original" work gloves, both in size XL, sporting number 21 on the back of the hand, which is the number on the Wood brothers NASCAR® 2021 Ford Mustang driven by Matt DiBenedetto, whose name is printed on the pinky finger of the gloves. We're told these gloves are a promotional item, not sold at your local Menard's [value: $20/each].
We paired them with a Matt DiBenedetto 1:64-Scale Stock Car #21 Menards Dutch Boy 2021 Mustang diecast collectable car [value: $10], from an anonymous donor. The packaging on car indicates it is recommended as a suitable toy for ages 4 & up.
Merlin's Complete Auto Care, Kenosha has donated (3) prepaid coupons for a Basic Oil Change [value $35 each; exp. date: 09/30/2022]. Let Merlin take you farther with THE DRIVE FOR 200,000, our comprehensive program of regular inspections, scheduled maintenance, and pre-emptive replacement, designed to save you money over the life of your vehicle.
Milwaukee Admirals have donated (4) vouchers [exp. date: 12/31/2023; total dollar value up to $60], which may be redeemed for tickets to any Sunday through Thursday regular season home game in Tier 6 seats; alternatively, the vouchers may be used for $10 off any Tier 4 – 5 – 6 seats for a Friday or Saturday regular season home game. Home games are played at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Fox 6 News recently ran a touching story about "Cooper's Corner" and the special bond that's developed between a local young man and Milwaukee Admirals #15 Jimmy Huntington – if you have a few minutes to spare, you can watch it here.
Milwaukee Brewers have donated a voucher for (2) Club Level Tickets for a Monday through Thursday regular season game [value $90; exp. date: 09/17/2023]. Winning bidder must redeem the voucher in advance, either in person at the Box Office outside the Home Plate Gate or by mail at least 10 days in advance of selected game date. No exceptions. Voucher not redeemable day of game and has no cash value. We love seeing them at the top of the NL Central as of this writing (April 20)! Go Brewers!!!
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. has donated (4) complimentary admission tickets for the Summerfest 55th Anniversary event [value: $104] which spans three glorious weekends: June 22 to 24, June 29 to July 1 and July 6 to 8. Visit the Summerfest Lineup web page to get the latest info on the shows coming to Milwaukee. We will have a difficult choice to make: which one "main stage" act do we want to see this year... or maybe we catch an early afternoon nap and stay to see two!
Nothing Bundt Cakes®, Pleasant Prairie has promised donation of an insulated lunch bag (pictured at right) and a certificate for (4) Bundtlets. Note that the sign clipped to the bag says, "Bring back for Buy 3, Get 1 Free Bundtlets." We visited their shop's website today and noticed a couple new flavors: Key Lime and Snickerdoodle sound very interesting. It was very well worth venturing out into the construction zone that is Kenosha this time of year to pick up an assortment, including family favorites Strawberries & Cream and White Chocolate Raspberry, so that we had them available for company over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Olive Garden, Kenosha has donated a $25 gift card [no expiration date!] for our Silent Auction. Life is better together and everyone is happiest when they’re with family. From never ending servings of our freshly baked breadsticks and iconic garden salad, to our homemade soups and sauces, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We were running errands most of yesterday afternoon, and we did car-side pickup for a light supper... it was the perfect end to a very busy day!
When we stopped in at Paielli’s Bakery last week to pick up one of their beautifully decorated half-sheet cakes ordered for a friend's birthday, we thought to inquire about whether they will be donating item(s) for our Silent Auction. Nicole tells us by way of the nice clerk who waited on us in the store that they will donate certificates redeemable for the following signature baked goods [sorry, we can't yet give you the estimated value]:
♦ (4) individual certificates good for one of the following: kringle or coffee stick, 1.5 lb loaf of white bread; 1 dozen "sweets & fries" and 1 pack of brat buns; plus
♦ A certificate for $25 towards a Specialty Cake – please note 48 hours minimum lead time is required, and cake value must be greater than $25;
Paielli's Bakery: family owned and operated, fresh every sunrise quality since 1923!
Barbara Pugh '57 has donated a hand crocheted baby "lovey" (aka security blanket) for the Silent Auction, done in white and gold acrylic yarn, for the 2023 Silent Auction. (Barbara also sent a second hand crocheted baby blanket, done in white and lavender, which we will hold onto for the 2024 Silent Auction.)
Rasmussen Diamonds, Racine, family owned and operated since 1900, has donated a $100 gift certificate [exp. date: 06/17/2024; not redeemable for cash and limit one certificate per item or service]. If you're the lucky winner of this certificate, Rasmussen’s friendly, informative staff invites you to select merchandise from their fine collection of jewelry and gift items. We noticed a particular pair of earrings that is just begging for someone to take them home (hint, hint!).
RK News Hallmark has donated a gift bag [approximate value $58], containing the following:
♦ A 3-Wick Soy-Blend Wax Jar Candle in the popular Beach Garden scent, which features notes of fresh linen, sea salt and gardenia. The 16 oz. soy-blend wax candle will burn for approximately 35-55 hours;
♦ A Summer Tranquility-themed dual purpose terry towel; and
♦ A $10 gift card [no expiration date!] and a coupon for $5 off a $15 purchase at RK News Hallmark [note: coupon expires 06/18/2023].
If you haven't visited the RK News Hallmark store lately, you've got stop in to see the amazing variety of merchandise this local gift shop carries. Wish we had a store like this on the Northside!
ROC Foundation and the Milwaukee Wave have donated a certificate redeemable for two (2) Preferred Level tickets [a $57 value] to a 2023-2024 MKE Wave regular season home game. Milwaukee Wave Soccer... the most electrifying fan experience in MKE sports!
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has donated the beautiful custom cutting board pictured at right, made by Brookfield Store Manager Scott Thorman in Maple and Walnut hardwoods. The cutting board measures 17.5 inches long by 11 inches wide and is 1.5 inches thick. It is even more striking in person than in the photo, and it would be a lovely addition to your holiday table, perhaps under a loaf of homemade bread or used as a charcuterie board. The top and bottom edges of the cutting board are chamfered, and it features non-skid feet. Scott tells us if he were selling this cutting board on a site such as Etsy.com, the asking price would be $200.
Rockler has also donated a Rockler Bench Cookie® Plus Work Grippers Master Kit, pictured at left [approximate value $70]. Tap the full potential of the Bench Cookie® concept with this deluxe assortment of Cookies for workholding, Risers for clearance, and Cones for finishing... they would make a great addition to the workshop of your favorite woodworker.
Rockler has been helping woodworkers "Create with Confidence" since 1954. They have hundreds of experienced woodworkers on staff in their stores to help you.
Alisa Ruffolo Taleronik ’82 and Steve Taleronik ’80 have donated a $50 gift certificate [exp. date: 10/31/2023] for their local small business... find their full menu and directions for reheating on FB: Ruffolo’s International Foods. In addition to their line of frozen, ready to heat-and-serve foods, they sell frozen uncooked foods in larger quantities, which are great if you're feeding a crowd. Their recipes have been passed down by Alisa's family. It's best if one calls ahead to preorder. Your family will love it when you serve their favorites from Ruffolo's International Foods. P.S.: A good friend tells us her husband raves about the Italian Sausages in Sauce (boil-in–bag convenience for the cook!) served over the Noodles from Ruffolo's. We're big fans of the Ravioli (available in your choice of beef or cheese), and we highly recommend the Pasties... without a doubt, they're the best in Kenosha!
Ruffolo's Salon & Spa has donated a gift certificate for a 60-minute massage, to be provided by Michelle [value $80; exp. date: 12/12/2023]. Founded in 1962 as a small barber shop, Ruffolo's has grown into a full service salon and spa, whose team works hard to ensure every experience is efficient, stress free and provides customers with results they will love. Visit their website... we love the convenience of booking appointments online at this local business!
Ruffolo’s Special Pizza II has donated (2) $25 gift cards [no expiration date!]. A friend tells us she is warmly greeted with a smile and a hug each time she visits Ruffolo’s II. The Covelli family – Nunzio, Francesca and Grandma Nella – carries on the traditional Italian family dining atmosphere in its Kenosha restaurant, where guests come for tasty food but stay for the table conversations, friends and family. Follow Ruffolo’s on Facebook for their daily specials; their current hours are Wednesday thru Friday from 4PM to 9PM and Saturday 11AM to 9PM... you can check out their full menu here.
Salute Italian Restaurant, Racine, has donated a $25 gift certificate [exp. date: 12/12/2023]. Salute's, locally owned and operated since 1992, "takes great pride in serving scrumptious homemade Italian dishes. Our recipes have been handed down through each generation, and our signature Pastas – Gnocchi, Lasagna and Tortellini – are handmade with the finest ingredients. Our friendly staff will treat you like family." Reservations appreciated.
Sandy’s Popper has donated a $10 gift card. They specialize in fresh caramel and cheese popcorn and dozens of gourmet popcorn varieties… see their multitude of flavors here; all are made in-house in small batches. Order online or by phone for curbside pick-up or local delivery. They serve Cedar Crest ice cream – the flagship brand for Wisconsin’s premiere festivals, including Summerfest and the State Fair – in make-to-order cones, sundaes, shakes and malts. We highly recommend their waffle cones!
Stella's Casa Capri has donated (2) $50 gift certificates [no expiration date!]. Casa Capri is a family-owned restaurant with 69 years of experience, providing exceptional dining services for the residents of Kenosha, WI since 1954. They have won local awards for their delicious food and personalized services. Come out and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a warm family atmosphere! Reservations appreciated. Need to organize a private gathering or a special event? Contact Hondo for reservations and assistance with all the details... he and his staff make special events effortless!
Sturino's Restaurant, Kenosha has donated a $20 gift certificate [no expiration date!]... they specialize in favorites from the Calabria region of Italy and "from scratch" pizza baked in a stone pizza oven, using family recipes passed down from generation to generation. George and Gloria Sturino and their five children operated the restaurant from 1968-1988; their son, Dino, fulfilled a dream of honoring his heritage by bringing his parents' favorite recipes to back Kenosha. Dine in or take out... you'll love their original deep dish pizza and so much more! Sturino's is a veteran-owned restaurant and strives to bring you the best Italian food this side of Italy. Buona Vita!
Tenuta's Delicatessen & Liquors has donated a white BPA-free plastic colander with a non-skid base, packed with a wonderful assortment of products carried in their store, most of which are imported from Italy:
♦ Danielle Sopressata, All Natural Asturi Bruschettinis and Fratelli Mantova Roasted Peppers Bruschetta Topping;
♦ Tenuta’s Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce, Cav. Giuseppe Cocco Penne Rigate Pasta and Tenuta’s Grated Romano Pecorino Cheese;
♦ Roasted & Salted Cashews and Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Balls.
We are estimating the value of this "Shortest Route to Italy" gift basket at $75-$85.
Theodore's Hair Design has donated a $40 Gift Certificate [not redeemable for cash; no expiration date!] and a gift bag packed with the following products [dollar value pending]:
♦ Bare Minerals® All Over Face Color;
♦ Bare Minerals® Gen Nude™ Buttercream Lipgloss; and
♦ KMS Add Volume Leave-In Conditioner.
Theodore's Hair Design offers high-quality styling services for everyone in the family at affordable prices.
Tires Plus – Kenosha has donated gift certificates for the following services:
♦ (2) Free Basic Oil Changes, each valued at $45 [no expiration date!]; and
♦ (1) Free 4-Wheel Alignment, valued at $100 [no expiration date!].
Tires Plus offers top-quality services and tires to get you back in the driver's seat quickly. Visit our website to print coupons and pre-book your appointment, or come see us at 7424 74th Place, Kenosha.
Tricoli's Birchwood Grill Northwoods Eatery & Bar has donated a gift certificate good for a Free Pizza Party for up to (50) people [exp. date: 04/12/2024; dollar value up to $200, depending upon how many people are in your party]. We were just talking about Birchwood Grill's weekend Breakfast Buffet... planning to visit soon!
ULINE has donated the perfect tailgating package:
♦ A Weber® Smokey Joe® Grill in basic black [valued at $60; assembly required]... take it anywhere for a instant cookout! It features long-lasting porcelain enamel bowl and lid and a no-rust aluminum vent and ash catcher; and
♦ An NFL Spatula [value $20]. It features a full length tang that runs from the tip of the Green Bay Packers logo spatula head to the bottle opener at the opposite end and a composite handle in team colors. Hand wash only, then dry immediately (not dishwasher safe).
Randy '73 and Jan Vaccaro '74 have donated a handsome Three-Track Cribbage Board, crafted in solid Walnut and Maple hardwoods. The maple top sits proud of the walnut edges, creating a distinctive shadow line, and it is highlighted by carefully inlaid walnut strips. The top slides open to reveal two recesses: one sized to hold a deck of Monarch Playing Cards by theory11 (included) and another to hold a set of metal cribbage pegs (three each in three different colors, also included). The finger pull on the underside makes it simple to slide the board open, and rare earth magnets hold the board securely closed. Self-adhesive felt discs on the underside of the cribbage board will protect the surface of your table.
Village of Pleasant Prairie RecPLEX has donated a certificate good for (5) FREE RecPlex Day Passes [$50 value; no expiration date!] Some restrictions apply.
Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. has donated a voucher which may be exchanged for (2) complimentary tickets to Mexican Fiesta 2023 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (aka the Summerfest Grounds) from August 25 – 26 – 27. Mexican Fiesta brings the sounds and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee's lakefront. Please note: voucher must be redeemed at the Mexican Fiesta office in Milwaukee in person between August 1 – 14, 2023.
Our friends at Woodcraft of Milwaukee have donated several items for our Silent Auction: a handmade cutting board which measures 9 inches by 15 inches and is 1.25 inches thick [value $125]. Chris at Woodcraft selected the following wood species for this cutting board: Maple, Walnut and Padauk hardwoods. One beautiful detail not visible in the photo is the round over edge treatment and the square ledge that results from taking a slightly deeper cut. Woodcraft has also donated two fascinating 3D puzzles:
A classic Robotime® Steam Locomotive Model that takes you back to the Industrial Age [value: $55]. A good choice for new builders and those who enjoy assembling and modeling. Propelled by a wind-up spring-driven engine, this locomotive is designed with a gear driven mechanism that will "send it down the track." Precise laser-cut parts fit perfectly together. Take your time, and gear by gear you will see a quaint vehicle take shape by your own hands.
Build your own working marble roller coaster model made of real wood! This coaster is full of dips and turns with some engineering and physics thrown in. Assembling the Marble Night City Kit from Robotime® [value: $54] offers an opportunity to understand STEM principles better, learn the basics of engineering and structures of machines, improve motor skills, and develop visual-spatial abilities.