If you are interested in donating an auction item, please complete the following form or contact Sara Gettman at gettman.sara@gmail.com. For inspiration, please see last year’s live and silent auction items below. The 2019 auction items will be announced in January.

2018 Live Auction Packages


The Little Thistle

Sponsored by Little Thistle Brewery

Whet your whistle at the Little Thistle! Little Thistle Brewery is Rochester’s newest brewery, and you can be a Little Thistle VIP with this great package. Owners, Steve & Dawn Finnie, will welcome your group of up to 15 people for a private brewery tour! You’ll then sit down for a private beer tasting with education about the styles, flavors, brewing processes and more! The Little Thistle will provide appetizers to keep you going! Then you can be a Little Thistle VIP for a whole year with beer for a year (one beer per visit for one year for one person)!

A Monkey in Maple

Artisan Chair by Jamie Schell
Sponsored by Wightman-Brock Real Estate Advisors
Corporate Hero Sponsor—THINK Mutual Bank

This original Jamie Schell design is made from curly maple, and monkey pod wood. The maple was gifted to Jamie by a gentleman who he had never met, until the day he came into Jamie’s shop with the wood in hand. With his hands and his eyes failing, the older gentleman had decided that he would never get to make something special enough to honor the wood. His only request was that Jamie made something beautiful with it. In 2015, Jamie created his first piece for A Chair Affair, and used the special maple for the legs. This year, Jamie combined the maple with monkey pod from Fiji to create a chair where both woods complement and support each other, in a piece that is not only functional, but a work of art.



There’s No Night like Tonight

Sponsored by KTTC Television and Rochester International Airport

Visit magical Rockefeller Center for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon! Two exclusive tickets for a taping of the world’s longest running talk show are up for grabs, along with a $1000 flight vouchers from Rochester International Airport for airfare and a $500 Visa gift card for lodging. Jimmy Fallon is a top comedian, actor, television host, and musician who made a name for himself on Saturday Night Live. Whether it’s a lip sync battle, pros and cons, or thank-you notes, you’re sure to have plenty of laughs at a taping of this iconic show.  Arrange your date based on availability. This package is non-transferable.


Breaking Chains

Artisan Chair by TJ Jahnke & Andy Bonnes
Sponsored by COUNTRY Financial-Stephen Pascoe
Corporate Hero Sponsor—COUNTRY Financial

Chaucer (the go-to Poet of Medieval England) said “In love there is but little rest”.  That’s because back in the middle ages he didn’t have this awesome chair to sit and rest in!  This continuous 46 1/2 foot piece of chain welded into the shape of a chair would look great in any Victorian style home, and will definitely be a conversation piece!

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Hair of the Dog Brunch

Sponsored by Cameo Restaurant, Castle Community, The Doggery, Hair of the Dog, Neon Green Studio, and Naura Anderson Design

Experience early access indulgence at Downtown Rochester’s newest attraction, The Castle! The historic Rochester Armory is being transformed into a community gathering space, and this is your opportunity to host a private party for 40 before the doors open to the public. Rochester rock band Hair of the Dog will take the stage while the culinary team behind Cameo (Rochester’s newest restaurant set to occupy the first floor of The Castle) serves a five-course brunch paired with craft cocktails created by Aynsley Jones from The Doggery. Date to be determined between buyer and Castle Community, in the fall of 2018. 

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Chetek This Out!

Sponsored by TLS Companies

Chetek is a six-lake city that offers many opportunities for your next family vacation, guys’ fishing trip or friends’ getaway. Now you can enjoy Sunny’s Landing, a 3,400 square foot Lake House in Chetek, WI for five days and four nights! This multi-level cabin has room to spread out with three bedrooms and a loft, and boasts amazing panoramic views, and lake access! Clean air, a moderate climate, access to the Chetek Chain of Lakes and many recreational trails make Chetek the perfect place for outdoor fun. The city also boasts great restaurants and unique shops! This package is non-transferable.Must redeem between the dates of September 15th, 2018 and May 1st, 2019. 


West Indian Walnut    

Artisan Chair by Breanna Holtan & Ross Henderson  
Sponsored by Accounting & Tax Associates
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Rochester Sand & Gravel

Sit down and let the warmth of this walnut Adirondack embrace you. The walnut used for this masterpiece was grown and milled 3 miles west of Indian Creek, in Theilman, Minnesota. Built by hand, the back comes from one piece of walnut, and is full of beautiful details like the wooden bolts that support the front stretcher.



A Party to Remember

Sponsored by Tim McCarty, People’s Food Co-op, The Lonely Knees, and Johnson Brothers

No one will go home hungry when Executive Chef Tim McCarty of Mayo Clinic’s Foundation House brings his giant paella pans and his award-winning paella to the location of your choice! While you dig in you can also get down with the three-piece band The Lonely Knees! This Fiesta will easily entertain up to 40 people! The ingredients for the paella will be supplied by People’s Food Co-op, and a case of Spanish wine is provided by Johnson Brothers Liquor to ensure that all can indulge in the fun. This package is non-transferable.


Freedom Isn’t Free

Captain’s Chair Artisan Chair by Mark Kraus
Sponsored by Minnwest Bank
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Subaru of Rochester

Always sit tall. This chair is tall as the chair of the Captain of a ship who sits high on the bridge, to clearly observe the sea. The back rest is decorated with inlaid military service coins, in memory of all those service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom and liberty.  



Game On!

Sponsored by EnergyBin

Enjoy 475 Classic games all on one arcade size gaming machine!  This amazing “multicade” cabinet was rebuilt from expired arcade units and contains hundreds of classic games! Some of the most popular include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Galaga, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong (1, Jr & 3), Metal Slug, King of Fighters, Final Fight, Golden Axe, Dungeons & Dragons, Alien V Predator, X-men, Aliens, Mega Man, 1944, Super Contra, Super Dodge Ball, Tetris, Bubble Bobble. Need we say more?


Tow Mater

Artisan Chair by Jason Hegge
Sponsored by Compeer Financial
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Clements Chevrolet 

Pixar film Cars created the town of Radiator Springs, where Tow Mater, beloved bestie of Lightning McQueen, lives. Artist Jason Hegge brings the magic and joy of Mater’s personality in this fun-loving chair, ready for any Cars lover.


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Feel the Berne

Sponsored by Zwingli United Church of Christ, Rochester Trolley & Tour Company

Hop on the Rochester Trolley with a group of up to 35 for a short ride over to West Concord for the Berne Wood-Fired pizza and summer concert series! Choose your date, as concerts run every Wednesday from June 6th to August 29th. You and your party can enjoy up to 20 wood fired pizzas made fresh in a picturesque outdoor setting. Bring your blankets, coolers, appetite, and dancing shoes! This party is fun for all ages! This package is non-transferable.

Over the Sea to Skye

Artisan Chair by Dana & Molly Hlebichuk  |  Sponsored by Cambria
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Panera Bread

This bench is made of polished aluminum provided by EZ Fab for the back (found while searching over piles of recycled metal, with headlamps, and frozen fingers), maple veneered structure (recycled from a salvaged door donated by TLS Construction), and a bright blue Cambria seat with raw edges.  Molly and Dana first fell in love with the Cambria color, and then looked for inspiration for the rest. Dana and his daughter Molly have been creating chairs for A Chair Affair for years, but this one holds a very special place in Dana’s heart, as it is the last chair designed by this father-daughter duo before Molly goes to college next fall.



Buyer’s Choice: Rock Royalty or Queen of Country

Sponsored by COUNTRY Financial

Rock Royalty: Over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since their formation in 1983, Bon Jovi has earned their place among global rock royalty. With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, an extensive catalog of hit anthems, more than 2,800 concerts performed in 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, Bon Jovi is the consummate rock and roll band. Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April 2018. Get four seats in the COUNTRY Financial Suite on April 28, 2018 to see this legend of rock! This package is non-transferable. 

Queen of Country: In what promises to be one of the most anticipated tours of 2018, Global superstar Shania Twain has announced that she will hit the road in support of her new album, NOW.  These dates mark Shania’s first tour since 2015. Get four seats in the COUNTRY Financial Suite on May 15, 2018 to see this five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop! This package is non-transferrable. 


The Petite Seat

Artisan Chair by Eric Anderson, Rose Anderson, and Seth Nfonoyim-Hara Ph.D. 
Sponsored by Weis Builders, Scott Fenske
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Power Partner

This is your chance to own the world’s smallest chair. (Seriously: We’ve applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Smallest Chair distinction.) Measuring at just 580 microns high and 360 microns wide, “The Petite Seat” was created using a femtosecond laser on the tip of a sewing needle. Artists Eric Anderson, Rose Anderson, and Seth Nfonoyim-Hara describe the process, which included 10 hours on the femtosecond laser, as “exhilarating, terrifying and hilarious.”

Take Time for Tampa

Sponsored by Panera Bread

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club - Nestled on 900 pristine acres of Florida’s Gulf Coast, it is one of America’s premier golf destinations. But this fantastic resort is also your “sweet spot” for truly memorable family vacations, special events and inspirational group meetings. Package includes a 6-night stay in a beautiful 2 bedroom condo with a full living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and patio deck. There are 3 golf courses on the property, 10+ tennis courts, a spa, and $3million pool with waterslide and Jacuzzi that seats 20. This package also includes $500 Visa gift card for your travel arrangements. Available most dates from May 1st 2018 through Nov 1st 2018. This package is non-transferable.



Rising To Success

Artisan Chair by Joe Adamson
Sponsored by Marco
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Knutson Construction 

Joe welded reclaimed bolts from farm equipment for the chair, and used wood from an old downtown Rochester building to create the handles. This solid chair reminds you to climb up the many rungs needed to reach the top and see the sunrise of success.

The Real Deal

Sponsored by Evander Holyfield, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Evander Holyfield first stepped into the ring at the Warren Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta when he was 8 years old. This former professional boxer competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, being the first, and to date, only boxer in history to do so, which earned him the nickname of “The Real Deal”. Now you can take home a piece of history with a pair of golden gloves signed by The Real Deal himself, Evander Holyfield.  



The Penalty Box

Artisan Chair by Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Sponsored by Yanowitz Law Firm, PLLC
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Jodi Miller-Hammes, Continuum Financial Group

You don’t have to commit any infractions to sit in this Penalty Box!  The perfect chair for hockey fans of all ages, this chair would look great anywhere: in a man cave, a child’s bedroom, or even outside by your backyard hockey rink, while cheering on your favorite team.  This chair is a combined effort with our Minnesota Wild partnership, and the HAT TRICK of this item is it comes with 3 items that are signed by players!!!.  The back of the seat and the Wild jersey are both signed by the 2017-2018 Wild Team, and the Hockey Sticks are signed by former Wild players Darcy Kuemper and Jason Pominville.  Overtime shoootout info:  The chair designers couldn’t decide if the chair should look beaten up, like a real chair, or in perfect condition.  The final decision was to let the winner decide if they wnat to nick up the chair like a real penalty box.  

A New Addition

Sponsored by Puppies & Kids, Good Dog Camp

Puppies and Kids is overloading on cuteness by providing a little bundle of fluffy love. They specialize in non-shedding hypo-allergenic designer dogs that are on the smaller side including breeds like Cavachons, Yochons, Morkies, Mini Teddy Bears and Teddy Bears.  All of their puppies are raised in a social family environment with lots of love and attention. Plus you can raise the perfect pup, with a puppy training classes from Good Dog Camp! Tonight the puppy is handled by a professional trainer, and will not be going home with the winner. Arrangements can be made after the event with Puppies & Kids for this dog, or a dog of choice at a later date. This package is non-transferable.



Artisan Chair by Josh Schroeder
Sponsored by Shannon Olander-Bremer Bank
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Knutson Construction

It is ok to bring your bike inside the house, with this uniquely crafted stool. Josh created this piece using mainly recycled materials, from steel tensioners, BMX aluminum wheels, and various sprockets that are inlaid into the pine seat. This piece is a MUST for any bike enthusiast!

Dinner in the Dark

Sponsored by Bleu Duck Kitchen, People’s Food Co-op

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd for a journey of the senses in one of the most unique dinners you will ever experience. Once blindfolded, let your senses take over and you’ll enjoy the smells, the tastes, and the textures in a way you never thought possible! Chef Erik Kleven and Chef Jordan Bell will produce for you a 20-course amuse bouche rollercoaster of flavors that will challenge your senses in a fun and new way!  After this wild ride we’ll shed some light on the party with cocktails and mingling! Only attendees at this premier gala will have the opportunity to bid on a table for four. The highest bidders will then get to decide how many tables they would like to purchase…there are only 10 tables available so get your groups together now!

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Artisan Chair by Dave Dinsmore
Sponsored by Hunt Electric
Corporate Hero Sponsor—THINK Mutual Bank

Bring the diversity of the forest into your home with this Dave Dinsmore creation, Sixteen. With legs from the trunks of pine, a walnut top with Maple keys inlaid, this natural bench will please those who perch upon it.

Home Movies

Sponsored by Jessica Sund, Firebrick Bread

Take advantage of the outdoors while you can by throwing an outdoor movie night party! You choose the movie, and we’ll do the rest! The set up includes a 16 x 9 foot screen with projector, and concert quality speakers! Plus you can feed up to 50 people when Firebrick Bread & Pizza sets up shop to serve your guests custom hot pizzas right out of their wood fired oven! We bring the party to you, so spread the blankets and lawn chairs and have a unique outdoor theater experience for all your friends! This package is non-transferable.



Bob’s Beauty

Artisan Chair by Ben Ryan
Sponsored by Rodney D. Anderson Law Firm
Corporate Hero Sponsor—Rochester Sand & Gravel 

“Less is more” may be a cliché, but that doesn’t mean it's wrong. When sleek, minimalist style is done right, it’s done RIGHT.  This 3-legged streamlined approach to modern furniture design would be beautiful in any home.  Artist Benjamin Ryan used reclaimed materials from three different chairs – oak recliner arms, a maple auditorium seat, and chrome metal tubing from a discarded beauty salon chair to –create this one-of-a-kind piece!

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