Thank you to our generous auction donors who help support our youth programs! Below is a preview of Live Auction items for A Chair Affair 2017. Click here to download a list of Silent Auction items to plan your bidding!

2017 Live Auction Packages


Dream Big, Get Wild

Artisan Chair by Bruce Huber  |  Sponsored by Power Partner
MN Wild tickets donated by COUNTRY Financial 

Thanks to Bruce for another “hat trick” to A Chair Affair! Whether you’re a “Beauty” or a “Bender” you’re sure to love this one-of-a-kind creation. COUNTRY Financial completes this hockey lover’s dream with two VIP passes to the March 23 Minnesota Wild game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers in the COUNTRY Financial suite at the Excel Energy Center! Score big with this bundle!

Jumbo 150

Artisan Chair by Ben Ryan  |  Sponsored by Marco

What do you get when you pair discarded items – a laminating press, a large aluminum light shade, walnut out of a 19th century house, and leather from an old couch? You get the “Jumbo 150, ” named after the retired laminating press that was repurposed to create the piece. This chair is mint with all the right stylings for any home or office. The artist, Ben Ryan, says you could describe this piece as “Vintage Science-Fiction” while it surprises you as a comfortable place to sit. New to A Chair Affair, Ben loves the idea of building furniture to raise money for kids, and said “it was absolutely something I had to do.”  


Recreation Retreat

Donated by Michael & Janice Rock

Nestled in a natural setting of pine trees and maples, you will revel in the privacy of 3 acres and 310 feet of shoreline on crystal clear Round Lake. This lake is considered a recreational and sportsman’s paradise! From August 24th – August 31st this beautiful 4000 square foot lake home is yours to enjoy. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, it can sleep up to 10 people! On the main level, the 26’X 22’ great room is open to a gourmet kitchen, dining room and sun porch, all with outstanding waterfront views. The walkout lower level boasts a family room with second wood-burning fireplace, three season porch. Bring your own boat or rent one at the full service Round Lake Marina. The water is so clear that you can see fish from the end of the dock. So bring your fishing gear and grill your catch on the gas barbeque! Also provided is a $200 Gift Certificate to The Angry Minnow Brew Pub! 


Crooked Stool

Artisan Chair by Dave Dinsmore  |  Sponsored by Think Mutual Bank

This year, Dave had rules for his A Chair Affair donation: 1) make it easier than last year’s creation, and 2) use material from the “top of the pile.” Fortunately for Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, the top of the pile must have been the cream of the crop! Dave’s striking 2017 donation consists of walnut, curly maple, and recycled Christmas trees. Thanks, Dave, for making this stool look pretty easy to sit in!


Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Flight

Artisan Chair donated and sponsored by Rochester International Airport

Your chance to Fly First Class whenever your heart desires… These Boeing 727 First Class Seats recline and feature moveable tray tables and working aisle lights.  Take flight at home binge watching Netflix in these recliners… Sorry, Flight Attendant not included, but we did include a $500 flight voucher for Rochester International Airport!

Films on the Farm

Sponsored by Blossom Hill Orchard, Jessica Sund, and Rochester Trolley & Tour Company

Get on board the Rochester Trolley for up to 20 people as it takes you to Preston, MN, the heart of bluff country. Here you will be hosted by Blossom Hill Orchard and Farms. Take a stroll through the orchards at sundown! Then enjoy a wonderful evening of stone oven pizza with all locally sourced ingredients and fresh made mozzarella and an outdoor movie screening of your choice! 

Perfectly Imperfect

Artisan Chair by Josh Helton  |  Sponsored by Rochester Sand & Gravel

With an eye for repurposing…Josh stunned us with this year’s creation of multi colored wood pieces with the rustic flare that is the trend around the country right now.  This piece will go well anywhere… especially in your home! Bid on this piece and you won’t be sorry!


Blue Temper

Artisan Chair by Joe Adamson  |  Sponsored by Hunt Electric

This returning artisan shows us how metal reacts to heat, taking on a blue color once it gets into the metal tempering zone. The chair is made of recycled plasma cutting pieces, farm parts, and large bolts. The spine of the chair actually flexes just enough to provide a relaxing motion. Add a cushion to it if you’d like, or leave it as is as a statement piece in your home.

Winter Wonderland

Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care

The historic Grand View Lodge located on Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN and offers deluxe accommodations, exceptional dining, the world-class Glacial Waters Spa, and winter activities galore! John & Sarah Pacchetti are glad to offer their luxurious four bedroom cabin with spacious living areas, game room, full kitchen, and laundry for a three night stay between the dates of November 1, 2017-April 30, 2018. Winter at Grand View offers plenty of options for snow-filled fun, such as cross country skiing, snow shoeing, dog sled rides through the pines, horse drawn carriage rides, snowmobile rentals, ice skating, sledding and ice fishing! Just don’t forget the hot chocolate!


Goodnight Sweet Prince

Artisan Chair by Leisa Luis-Grill
Sponsored by Jodi Miller-Hammes, Continuum Financial Group

This chair is a tribute to Prince, his music, and his lasting memory.  The artist says his music was an integral part of her youth, and his genius will be missed.  She appreciates that the chair allowed her to further learn about him and his music.  We couldn’t think of a better tribute chair from this artist, who has contributed such thoughtful art for her chairs over the years.

3D Printed Web

Artisan Chair by Meyer Borgman Johnson Inc., Stratasys Inc., and Computer Aided Technology Inc. 
Sponsored by Meyer Borgman Johnson Inc.

Morphing state-of-the-art technology with the mind’s limitless artistic bounds, these innovative companies have donated a masterpiece.  In the artist’s words, this design “gracefully reflectsgeometries common in the natural world which are typically difficult to create in a manufacturingenvironment.” Meyer Borgman Johnson Inc. collaborating with Stratasys, Inc. and Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI), they have pushed the current bounds of 3D printing into a whole new realm. Look – but don’t sit – on this beautiful work of art!


Nostalgic Gaming

Sponsored by EnergyBin and Machine Shed

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.  Get your game face on!


Tangled up in Blue

Artisan Chair by Dana & Molly Hlebichuk|  Sponsored by Cambria

Dad and daughter have done it again. Steamed maple wood and beautiful Cambria seat mold together to complete this stunning bench. The effort behind this bench took some experimenting, but yielded gorgeous’s a showstopper!

Paella, Paella, Paella!

Sponsored by Chef Tim McCarty, People Food Co-op, Root River Jam, and Johnson Brothers Liquor Company

Get your party pants on for this experience! No one will go home hungry when Executive Chef Tim McCarty of Mayo’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 as Root River Jam plays live music for your guests to move their feet! This Fiesta will easily entertain up to 40 people! The ingredients for the paella will be supplied and a case of Spanish wine is provided by Johnson Brothers Liquor to ensure that all can indulge in the fun.


Captain Spool

Artisan Chair by Kraus-Anderson Staff  |  Sponsored by Kraus-Anderson

Be the captain of your yard with this repurposed cable spool. The superintendents at Kraus-Anderson got together to build this amazing, heavy duty piece by repurposing a donated spool by Hunt Electric and repurposed cedar from one of their decks. When asked to create this chair, they delivered.

Caribbean Dream

Sponsored by Elite Island Resorts & Rochester International Airport

Enjoy 7 nights in up to two double occupancy rooms at St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay in St. Lucia, a 4-star Caribbean Resort! Set amid 25 acres of lush hillside gardens tucked into a private cove, this all-inclusive, beachfront resort features 6 distinct restaurants, 6 Bars and Cafes, four amazing pools, and so much more! Included in this package is a $1000 fight voucher from Rochester International Airport.

*This certificate is subject to a required supplement of $115 per person/per night. This all-inclusive fee provides you with unlimited dining, beverages, resort facility access, activities, and service charges. Government tax is additional.


Something About a Truck

Artisan Chair by Brian Quail  |  Sponsored by Clements Kids

Something about a truck bed being made into a piece of art… it is vintage Americana at its best. Distressed leather completes this creation by one of the favorite artisans of A Chair Affair for years over. Thank you Brian… you truly got our motors running with this one.

Buyer’s Choice! Soul2Soul or Us + Them

Sponsored by COUNTRY Financial

Grammy Award-winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will bring their Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 to Xcel Energy Center on Friday, August 25. This is the married couple’s third major tour together, the most recent being their 2006 Soul2Soul II Tour that played amphitheaters nationwide. This run celebrates the 10th anniversary of that tour.

Roger Waters returns to North America in 2017 with a pioneering new tour, “Us + Them”, featuring classic Pink Floyd, some new songs and solo work. The title is derived from the 1974 track “Us And Them,” from the multi-million selling Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon. For the July 25th. Both shows are at Excel Energy Center, where COUNTRY Financial is providing four VIP passes to their suite, as well as private car service to and from the show! 

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – A Murder Mystery Dinner

Sponsored by Bleu Duck Kitchen, Absolute Theatre, People’s Food Co-op, and Flowers by Jerry

Date of this event is set for June 3rd, 2017 - This fantastic night is inspired by John Berendt’s best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and is only available through A Chair Affair during the LIVE auction portion of the evening!  Only attendees of this premier gala will have the opportunity to bid on a table of 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! The evening includes: A sophisticated, southern five course dinner set in a hauntingly beautiful Savannah garden scene which includes wine, eccentric cocktails, and lavish guests. However, this eclectic mix of guests will find themselves in the center of a “who-done-it” that will heat up like the steamy nights of Georgia!



Artisan Chair by Mark Mulholland  |  Sponsored by Weis Builders

We think this returning artisan is super comfortable donating pieces to A Chair Affair. So much so that he did all of the chainsaw work barefoot… yes, barefoot! This is a solid walnut bench made for outdoors. This entire bench is from the same log, legs are limbs from the tree. Thanks Mark! Next time, Safety First... at least safety glasses!

Fluffy Bundle of Love

Sponsored by Puppies & Kids and Good Dog Camp

Puppies & 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. Tonight the puppy is handled by professional trainer Annalissa Johnson of Good Dog Camp. Annalissa also provides a certificate for puppy training classes along with this bundle!

* Tonight’s puppy will not be going home with the winning bidder. Buyer may choose to pick up the puppy from the handler the next day, or make arrangements with Puppies & Kids for a different breed in the future.


Sunshine State of Mind

Sponsored by Panera Bread

Panera Bread gives you the chance to experience Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, one of America’s most celebrated Florida golf resorts. In addition to four championship golf courses, you can enjoy tennis on 11 beautifully maintained clay tennis courts, six swimming pools, including the Loch Ness Monster Pool, with water slides, 60 acres of lakes for fishing, miles of jogging and cycling trails, a nature walk and so much more during your family vacation at this Tampa Bay resort. This 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. You will also receive a $500 visa card for your travel arrangements.

* Dates based on availability between May 1 – Nov – 30.


Branching Out

Artisan Chair by TJ Jahnke & Andy Bonnes  |  Sponsored by Smart-HR

It is mind-bending what happens when the impossible turns possible. TJ and Andy managed to braid steel to craft arms for their show stopping chair. In addition, the duo added wood to the twisted rebar this year. Let your mind “branch out” with this chair as a reminder that if you can dream it, you can do it.

Eating Las Vegas

Sponsored by COUNTRY Financial & Rochester International Airport

Experience the restaurants of Las Vegas like never before that includes a night out hosted by Jeff Maxson and John Curtas, author of Eating Las Vegas and renowned food critic! This weekend includes two nights and three days in a premier Las Vegas Hotel, as well as a $500 flight voucher for Rochester International Airport! Perfect for any foodie looking for some fun and feasting in Vegas! 

The Wishing Tree    

Artisan Chair by BGCR members with Chad Allen  |  Sponsored by Janet Lang Dance Studio

Made by hand and with so much heart... the kids of Boys & Girls Club of Rochester made this chair with the Interim Art Center Manager, Chad Allen.  Chad’s inspiration was the kids and seeing what they wish for in their lives.  The kids learned to use power tools, appreciate nature, and speak from the heart.  Japanese Prayer Bells hang on the limbs to ensure proper delivery of these precious wishes.  Some of the wishes will melt your heart-- reminding you of why we are here supporting this great organization tonight!

Forage No More!

Sponsored by Forager Brewery & Restaurant

To Forage means to search widely for food or provisions, but search no more with this fantastic feast! Forager Brewing Company will provide a beautiful 7 course meal with beer wine and cocktail pairings for up to 10 people! Their Chefs use seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to make the perfect dining experience! But it wouldn’t be dinner at Forager without the beer! Head Brewer Austin Jevne will provide perfectly selected brews to complement each course! Forage no more, because your feast is calling! 

Pine Line Bench

Artisan Chair by Andre Osmond  |  Sponsored by Knutson Construction

Created from recycled materials – both old and new – this artisan used unique joinery and cut chunky 2x4s into fine pieces for added character, as well as using a structural beam for the larger side piece. Design is enhanced with the 2x4s coming out of one side of this bench. 

The Great Indoors    

Artisan Chair by Naura Anderson & Jennalee Whiting  |  Sponsored by Yanowitz Law Firm, PLLC

This light-up fort provides an enchanting setting for all ages. Yes, even adults. Perfect for storytelling, snoozing, connecting, or getting lost in a book. It will become a favorite place for creating imaginative adventures: a castle to protect your throne, a campsite in the crevice of the Grand Canyon, a girls (or boys) -only secret password hideaway. Modern, cool, and made from familiar materials. Get this tent, and get back to nature.     *contains nuts