Join us May 3, 2014 for our Auction Extravaganza!

"Finding Good Fortune, Funding Our Future"

By Leigh Hoftiezer, Auction Chair

We have some truly wonderful items to auction off this year! They have been organized by type of item so that you may more easily find what you're looking for. As of this writing, nearly all of the artwork is on display in the UCN sanctuary, with Silent Auction art on the north wall and Raffle art on the south wall. The remaining auction items will be set up on Friday, May 2, and the party begins at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3! 

Adult tickets may be purchased before May 3 at 25% off! Look for your auction volunteers after Sunday services in April, or stop in at UCN's office Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 - 2:30 p.m. Adult ticket prices until May 3 are $15 each, while children's tickets are $5. Supervised childcare will be provided. 

Categories below include:


Event Tickets and Memberships

Fun Times on the Water


Gift Baskets and Gift Cards or Coupons

Hand-Crafted Treasures

Home Decor Items

Lessons Offered by Professionals

Member-Hosted Events

Unique Treasures

Vacation Getaways


SILENT AUCTION #14     Painting of 2 Flowers  Striking close-up painting of 2 flowers.  24" w X 36" h Red and orange toned petals with black interior, donated by Leigh Hoftiezer's mother     

SILENT AUCTION #16     Oil Painting in Cubist style vase and fruit on canvass with a wood frame, donated by Mary Porath   20 1/4"w X 22 1/4"h  Painted by Mary Porath  

SILENT AUCTION #17     Wildflower Painting on canvass. Unframed, donated by Mary Porath  18"w X 24"h  Oil Painting by Durand  


SILENT AUCTION #18     Quaint pastel drawing of the Door County shoreline.  Matted, framed, behind glass, donated by Mary Porath   29 1/4" w X 25" h   Artwork by Mary Porath  

SILENT AUCTION #19     Beautiful pastel drawing of a seated nude woman.  Framed, matted, and under glass, donated by Mary Porath  26 1/4" w X 34" h  Artwork by Al Porath 


SILENT AUCTION #20     Wooden dock scene in 3-D   with buildings, pier, and boat, donated by Nancy Maynard   16 1/2" w X 11 1/2" h  Artwork by Sally Myers  


SILENT AUCTION #21     Artwork by Roger Kakepetun  Framed, matted and behind glass ink drawing of a reclining female form with sun rays behind her, donated by Nancy Maynard   20" w X 16" h

SILENT AUCTION #22     Acrylic Wildflower Painting by J. Ekholm  Framed, matted and behind glass, donated by Mary Porath   23 1/2" w X 22" h


SILENT AUCTION #23     A Leather Mask from the Phillipines    in tan and black, nearly life size   Offered once by Vicki Fuerstenau


SILENT AUCTION #24     Oil Painting of a Girl Sitting Under a Tree, facing a field.  In Fall colors, wood framed and matted. By Vega, donated by Leigh Hoftiezer's sister   23 1/2" w X 19 1/2" h


SILENT AUCTION #25     Photoprint of Straw Flowers on Wraparound Canvas   A beautiful photo taken by Tom Tews in 2008 shows straw flowers on a sunlit hillside in Napa, California. 20" h X 24" w   Offered by Tom Tews


SILENT AUCTION #26     Garden Painting with Orchids  Primarily green, white, and red painting with orchids and ferns, donated by Leigh Hoftiezer's mother   36" w X 24"h

RAFFLE #1     Still life of garden pottery in oil on canvass Unframed, painted and donated by Mary Porath   22" w X 19 3/4" h

RAFFLE #2     Oil Painting on canvass of apples and a crock in grey plastic frame  Painted and donated by Mary Porath.   21 1/4" w X 10 1/4" h    

RAFFLE #3     Oil Painting of 2 green pears  Matted in gold-tone wood frame.  Painted and donated by Mary Porath   10 3/4" w X 8 3/4" h

RAFFLE #4     Bowl of apples on canvass with green and gold wood frame, in oil   Painted and donated by Mary Porath 15 1/4"w X 12 1/4"h

RAFFLE #5     Red-tinted sunset over water  Wood frame with burlap accent mat, donated by Leigh Hoftiezer   20 1/4"w X 24 1/4"h

RAFFLE #6     Charcoal Print of Country Road with house and farm   donated by Liz and Brook Brown.  19 1/2" w X 14" h

RAFFLE #7     Still life of vases and fruit  Unframed oil painting on canvass foundation board painted and donated by Mary Porath   16" w X 20" h

RAFFLE #8     View From a River's Edge by J. Page   In taupe and black, framed, matted, behind glass and numbered (19/20), donated by Leigh Hoftiezer's sister   18 1/4" w X 14 1/4" h


RAFFLE #10    Large Framed Print of a Florida Shore Bird   The tall bird stands on a beach and is shown in profile, behind glass. 25 1/2" w X 36" h  Donated by Leigh Hoftiezer's mother

RAFFLE #21    "Three Women Dancing" Framed and Matted Print   Behind glass, 11" X 14" artwork done by Tia Richardson and donated by Stephanie Richardson   

RAFFLE #22    "The Gift of Humanity" Framed and Matted Print    Behind glass, 11" x 14" by artist Tia Richardson and donated by Stephanie Richardson   

RAFFLE #23    "Mama" (Swahili) Framed and Matted Print   Behind glass, 11" x 14" by artist Tia Richardson and donated by Stephanie Richardson 

RAFFLE #24    "Baba" (Swahili) Framed and Matted Print   Behind glass, 11" x 14" by artist Tia Richardson and donated by Stephanie Richardson   


LIVE AUCTION #1     Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead  Tickets to Attend the Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead Tribute Concert at the Riverside Theater on Wednesday, May 21, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Celebrate the songs of and career of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead with this groundbreaking orchestral project featuring Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) plus a live 43 piece orchestra! Relive Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead’s shows with this incredible collaboration!  Parking voucher included. Offered once by Pat Mumm-Lovely

LIVE AUCTION #10     Florentine Opera 81st Season Tickets  The Florentine Opera Company has graciously provided two vouchers for a pair of complimentary tickets (4 tickets in all) to any show in the upcoming 81st season. Operas in the coming year include "The Flying Dutchman," "From Vienna to the Great White Way," "Elmer Gantry," and "The Elixir of Love." The voucher is valid for tier 3 orchestra seating only. 


RAFFLE #14     Family Membership to the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend - Get unlimited FREE entry for a household of three or more with children 17 and younger for one full year, subscription to their quarterly newsletter, discounts on purchases from their gift shop and on art programs, invitations to exhibitions and special events, and the opportunity to exhibit in their annual Members' Exhibition. Valid for one year after it is redeemed.  Offered once by Marie Madderom and Mike Martin


LIVE AUCTION #9     "Taste of the JCC"  Individual or Family Membership for 3 Months at the Jewish Community Center, Whitefish Bay   The JCC is your all-inclusive destination for your family’s wellness. Members have access to a state-of-the-art fitness facility, full-size gym, indoor and outdoor pools, and specialized studios for Yoga, Pilates, personal training, and more.  This membership also grants admission to the Hy & Richard Smith JCC Family Park in Mequon if membership is activated during the summer months. Valid for all member privileges except Gan Ami Preschool and camp enrollment. If recipient is a current JCC member, the existing basic membership will be extended by 3 months.  With this offer comes a lunch bag, water bottle, and gym bag.  Offered once by Stacy and Brian Mitchell.




LIVE AUCTION #3     Minifish SAILBOAT!!!  You could become the proud owner of a vintage 1970 Minifish Sail Boat.  The winning bidder also receives a cartop rack (if needed) and General Instruction in Sailing Basics if needed.  Donated by Lynn and Ted Turner


LIVE AUCTION #8     Canoe Trip OR Fishing Trip on the Milwaukee River   Launch at Thiensville Village Park and motor up river to Bonniewell Rd. overpass/bridge, then paddle down river at our leisure.  A sandwich lunch will be provided, along with life  vests and all fishing equipment. Poul could use a 12-ft. rowboat for 2 guests (plus him) or use a canoe if only one person came along.  Offered twice by Poul Sandersen.


LIVE AUCTION #12     Guided Canoe Trip with Mike Strauss!  Two options for the excursion are available: for lower-skilled canoers or families with children,  you can book a family -friendly trip on either the Milwaukee, Mullet, Sheboygan, or Cedar Creek Rivers.  A higher-skilled trip to the Manitowoc River at flood stage (no children), is also available.  Mike has 2 canoes for the adventure and is also offering a delicious shore lunch for either meat eaters or vegetarians.  Date to be mutually agreed upon in fall of 2014 or spring of 2015, weather dependent.  Offered one time by Mike Strauss.


LIVE AUCTION #15     Kayak Fun     Experienced kayaker Dan O'Connor is offering kayaking lessons and a trip. Dependent on skill level, he can teach you anywhere from navigating flat water to learning to surf Lake Michigan waves. Offered one time by Dan O'Connor




SILENT AUCTION #15     1/4 Size Pool Table   Have you always wanted to own a pool table but didn't have room in your home for one? Are you looking for a game to play with your children or grandchildren that is fun, interactive and does NOT require batteries? Consider this 1/4 size like-new pool table by Brookstone. Easily assembled, with Belgian Aramith 1 1/2" balls, triangle, 2 pool cues, spare tips, table brush and vinyl protective cover.   Offered by Leigh and Scott Hoftiezer


SILENT AUCTION #16     Joker's Wild Board Game for 4 players  Board, marbles, cards, instructions, and carrying bag included. This is a simple game to learn that is won through strategy and chance. Leigh and Scott Hoftiezer will offer personal instruction if needed.  Offered once by Leigh Hoftiezer's mother




SILENT AUCTION #5     Gardening Basket and a Helper!  Seeds, gloves, tool, gardener's lotion, etc. PLUS 8 hours of weeding, seeding, clearing, etc. by Master Gardener Helen Michels.  Offered once by Helen Michels


RAFFLE #12     Larry's Market Gift Basket  Enjoy a beautifully arranged food basket from the famous Larry's Market in Brown Deer, WI. Donated by Steve at Larry's Market.


LIVE AUCTION #6     Artisan Soap and Shampoo  (offered twice!)   Enjoy new artisan soaps (5 Energy Burst and 5 Serenity 5-oz. bars) made by UCN-member John Hoff.   Made from olive, coconut, and palm oils, each is free of chemicals, dyes, and perfumes.  Scents provided are essential oils that will invigorate your senses.  Bid on this practical basket of soaps made with care and love!


RAFFLE #19     Outpost Natural Foods Gift Card  Take a chance at winning a $20 gift card donated by this wonderful store! Offered once, procured by Jenny Goetz.


RAFFLE #25     "City Tins"  Coupons worth $10 each for Roman Candle Pizza (E. Silver Spring), Café Manna (N. Brookfield Rd.), Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar (S. Kinnickinnic Av.)  Offered once by Katie Egan-Bruhy


RAFFLE #26     "City Tins"  Coupons worth $10 each for Swig (Third Ward on N. Broadway), Roman Candle Pizza (E. Silver Spring), La Merenda (Walker's Point on E. National)  Offered once by Katie Egan-Bruhy


RAFFLE #27     "City Tins"  Coupons worth $10 each for Bosley on Brady (E. Brady), Balzac (Arlington Pl.), Beans & Barley (E. North Ave.), Tess (N. Bartlett)  Offered once by Katie Egan-Bruhy




LIVE AUCTION #16     Aldo Leopold Inspired Bench Made by John Hoff     Own this bench designed by Aldo Leopold and built by member and naturalist John Hoff. It exudes simplicity with its classic lines, minimalist design, and will remind you of its designer who first conceived the notion of a "land ethic." This bench will provide you and yours a platform on which to ponder this great man's writings and ideas.  Minimum bid $50.  

SILENT AUCTION #2     Hand Knit Wool Muffler   Pure merino wool, long-stapled wool, in deep pinks and lavender. Supremely warm, beautifully fashionable, no matter what the weather is. Hand washable.  Don't be fooled into thinking cold weather is gone - a Polar Vortex is in your future. Prepare now!  Offered by Barbara Dittl


SILENT AUCTION #3     Hand-Knit Wool Scarves  Two scarves of pure merino wool, long-staple wool yarn in caramel and russet. Soft, snuggly, hand washable. (Note: you only think winter is over. It will return sooner than you think. Prepare now!)   Offered by Barb Dittl


SILENT AUCTION #7 and RAFFLE #11     “Body Memories” a book by Susan Falkman        
Art becomes a catalyst for healing and inspiration in this beautiful book. The photographs by Dean Johnson of marble breast sculptures are accompanied by the words of women who relate to the art from their experiences with breast cancer. The journey of two friends is woven through the threads of text… It is a book to cherish and return to again and again.

 “This beautiful, evocative and tender book offers an inspiring and healing experience to all those who have been touched by breast cancer. For the medical community it provides deeper insight into the realities of the whole person. It is a book to be cherished.”  Kathryn Havens, M.D., Medical Director for Women’s Health, Zablocki V.A. Medical Center

SILENT AUCTION #11     Homemade Two-Quiche Dinner   Made by Kristin and Paul Gasser, they will bring a loaf of homemade sourdough bread, bottle of wine and a fresh salad.  Offered one time.

SILENT AUCTION #13     2 Hand-Made Upside Down Story Dolls  These beautifully detailed dolls depict a pirate and Peter Pan, a bespeckled grandma and Red Riding Hood.  A wonderful way to creatively tell stories to the younger set and still save storage space, each doll has 2 characters. Hand made in the Phillipines, provided by Vicki Fuerstenau

                     Grandma with Little Red Riding Hood                          The Pirate with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell 


RAFFLE #9     Quilted and Appliqued Wall Hanging   18" X 18" quilted and appliqued wall hanging made for a child's room by Carol Pawlak


RAFFLE #20     Two Sets of 3 Handmade Greeting Cards  Prints of the artist’s artwork depicting "The Gift of Love", "The Gift of Humanity", and "Three Women Dancing", with envelopes.  Offered once by Stephanie Richardson and Tia Richardson




SILENT AUCTION #8     Perfectly Crafted and Colorful Woven Basket  17"W x 19"H  woven basket in beige, dark blue, dark orange, and dark green.  Donated by Leigh Hoftiezer's mother


SILENT AUCTION #10     Artfully Crafted Wooden Bird on Pedestal  Glass covered pedestal with carved wooden bird inside, with a pale pink base. 14" h  Donated by Liz Brown.


SILENT AUCTION #12     Heavy Ceramic Vase   Green and white diagonally striped 27 lb. vase with narrow opening at the top. 19 1/2" h X 12" w, roughly diamond shaped.  Offered by Leigh Hoftiezer's mother


RAFFLE #18     White Woven Basket with Handles  13" diameter round basket, 13" high  Offered once by Leigh Hoftiezer's mother




SILENT AUCTION #1     Photography Instruction   Learn the basics or build on what you already know.  Fine art landscape and travel photographer, Marcia Getto, offers a half-day of one-on-one informal instruction.  Discuss your camera, favorite subjects, and your frustrations followed by outdoor composition guidelines in your own backyard or local park.  Offered for one bidder by Marcia Getto

SILENT AUCTION #6     Guitar Lessons      Experienced and multi-talented professional musician Linda Sandersen offers 5 guitar lessons for a single student, adult or child over the age of 9. She will teach both strumming and fingerpicking. Linda has been a guitar teacher for 40 years and has been a performer since the 1970's. Offered once by Linda Sandersen


LIVE AUCTION #4     Italian Dinner for 6 at Rev. Julie's Home   Join Rev. Julie and Maren Outwater for a delightful evening at their home, enjoying an Italian dinner.  Date:  TBD, Summer or Fall, 2014   6 seats available, offered once by Rev. Julie Forest and Maren Outwater

LIVE AUCTION #17     Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cookout  Come early to enjoy our Lake Michigan beach in Sheboygan County or simply arrive by 5:30 pm for a cookout dinner.  Outdoor movie begins at 8 pm.  Costumes welcomed, but not required.   Scripts and props provided.  August 16, 2014 with alternate date of August 23, 2014 in case the weather is bad on the 16th  **8 SEATS  Offered by Leigh and Scott Hoftiezer

POSTER PARTY #1     Home Brew Tasting & Brat Fry    An evening of Froth and Food! The evening will begin with appetizers and a tasting of at least six styles of beer made by a home brewer with over 30 years of experience. A Brat BBQ dinner with beer of your choice will follow. If you are a beer afficionado, this evening is for you! Dinner will be on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Chiavaloff Brewery, also known as the Chiaverina home. Offered once by Ginny and Mike Chiaverina for up to 12 people.

POSTER PARTY #2     Murder Mystery Dinner     A Murder on the Grill.   Saturday, June 7, 2014. Offered by Jeanne Durnford and Juanita Mast for up to 6 people  

                                              2013 Murder Mystery Attendees                   This Year's Game!


POSTER PARTY #3     Murder Mystery Dinner     A Murder on the Grill.   Saturday, August 9, 2014. Offered by Jeanne Durnford and Juanita Mast for up to 6 people

                                                     This Year's Game!                           2013 Murder Mystery Attendees


POSTER PARTY #4     Italian dinner for 6 at Katie and Mark's   is offered by Mark Bruhy and Katie Egan-Bruhy.  The 6 highest bidders are welcome at their home on October 2, 2014

POSTER PARTY #5     Archaeological tour   of two late prehistoric mound sites in Jefferson County - Saturday June 20, 2014, about 6 hours including travel time.  Maximum 10 bid winners will carpool.  Offered by Mark Bruhy and Katie Egan-Bruhy   Mark Bruhy, former Heritage Program Manager for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and Katie Egan-Bruhy manager of a historic preservation firm in Brown Deer, collectively have over 60 years of archaeological experience.  Mark recently received the Wisconsin Historical Society's Historic Preservation Award and Katie serves as a governor's appointee to the Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Board.  Their individual and collective reserach interests focus on the late prehistory of the Upper Great Lakes and they will share their understanding of the prehistoric peoples living in southeastern Wisconsin between AD 800 and 1400 in a tour of two mound sites in Jefferson County.

POSTER PARTY #6     Roasting Hot Dogs and S'Mores Campfire Party  We'll sit around the campfire in our Port Washington back yard, roast some hot dogs, sing some songs and eat s'mores! Eight seats available on August 23, 2014, Rain date September 6.   Offered by Tom Tews and Pat Morrissey


SILENT AUCTION #4     Kitchenaid Stand Mixer  Kitchenaid Stand Mixer with some attachments.  Like NEW condition… very lightly used.  Donated by Lynn and Ted Turner

RAFFLE #13     Epson Printer Ultra Hi-Def R-260   Like new ink jet printer that prints documents, photos and onto CDs and DVDs. It takes individual color cartridges.  Offered by Ron Pawlak, who also offers to train the winner on how to use it, if necessary.

RAFFLE #17     Hardy Perennial Flowers   Choose perennial flowering plants from Carol Pawlak's gardens. Options include: iris (tall, deep blue), hardy geranium, tulips, mums, lenium (ground cover). Plants are to be dug from Carol's garden to transplant in early Spring.  Offered twice by Carol Pawlak

LIVE AUCTION #5     Professional Carpentry Work     Home repairs, remodeling, restorations, energy-saving projects. As a union carpenter, Brian Bunzel has worked in hospitals, retail stores, schools, churches, offices and homes for 31 years. Back in the 1980's, his interest in solar energy and saving energy led him into the construction industry. He is offering his skills as carpenter, for 8 hours to the winning bid.  (material costs not included)  Offered by Brian Bunzel

LIVE AUCTION #13     Musical Entertainment for Your Next Party!     LIBRA-Music, Poul & Linda Sandersen of the Pickin' Up Speed Bluegrass Band, get down to grass roots with Bluegrass, Folk, Old-time Country, Gospel,  Environmental and homegrown harmonies for your party or other event, doing 90 minutes of music to entertain you and your friends and families. Offered once by Linda and Poul Sandersen


LIVE AUCTION #2     One Week Stay at a Beautiful Lake Michigan Cottage     Take your family or friends to stay in a beautiful lake cottage with easy access to Lake Michigan's sandy beach, only 30 minutes north of UCN. The cottage sleeps six (1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size bed, 2 twin beds), has 2 full bathrooms, kitchen and living room, deck with fire pit, fireplace, WiFi, flat screen t.v., washer and dryer, dishwasher, many other amenities. You may book up to 5 days.  $600 security deposit needed 2 weeks prior to your stay. Available any time except Memorial Day weekend, 4th-of-July weekend, July 7-14, and Labor Day weekend. Small dogs are allowed. Offer expires May 4, 2015. Offered once by Gavin and Wiyada Ingier, friends and neighbors of Leigh and Scott Hoftiezer.

LIVE AUCTION #7     Napa Valley Wine Country Tour  Enjoy two days and three nights at a bed and breakfast in beautiful Napa Valley, California! Tours (conducted from April through October) offer accommodations for up to four people at once – touring together but with couples staying in different UU homes. All homes have guest rooms with private baths.

Experience UU tour guides, some in the industry, will use their local knowledge to customize each individual tour to fit your interests.  You may
- Visit both wineries of international renown and the mom & pop boutique variety found at the end of a long dirt road.
- Take in Napa valley views of real beauty.
- For art lovers the diRosa Preserve is the largest private collection of modern art in Northern California. Several wineries have world class art galleries.
- History buffs can visit Sonoma Square where the state of California began and/or the romantic ruins of Jack London’s Wolf House at Glen Ellen.
- Tours include 3 breakfasts and one picnic lunch.

Offered by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Bay, in the middle of Napa Valley. Minimum bid $795 for one couple.  May be offered twice.

LIVE AUCTION #11     Romantic Getaway for 2 Along the Shores of Lake Michigan     Enjoy 2 days, 2 nights at a Romantic Getaway for 2 in Sheboygan County!  Newly installed KING size Sleep Number bed, private entrance to a lovely studio apartment with views of Lake Michigan and woods.  Use the outdoor hot tub overlookiing Lake Michigan.  Breakfast essentials and snacks provided.  Expires May 3, 2015.   Offered twice by Leigh and Scott Hoftiezer

LIVE AUCTION #14     Whirlpool Suite of Your Choice for One Night at the Historical Stagecoach Inn, Cedarburg. An accompanying gift basket will be filled with a bottle of wine, a box of chocolate from Bernstein Candies, 2 winery tour tickets, 2 Rivoli Theater movie tickets, and coffee from Cedarburg Roastry.  The stay includes breakfast and a wine social in the Stagecoach Pub. The Inn is walking distance to shops and restaurants. For 2 people, one night, Sunday - Thursday, no holidays. Offered by Liz Brown.

SILENT AUCTION #9     Bed and Breakfast in Green Valley, AZ   This home hospitality is being offered by Jean Woodmansee, who rents a home in Green Valley, AZ during the winter months. This offer is good during the first 3 weeks of February, 2015, and extends up to 4 nights, with transportation provided to the Tucson airport. Your hostess will be on site, along with her 2 large friendly dogs. Guest accommodations include twin beds and a private bath.   Jean requests that guests be couples or single women (no single men). Smoking is not allowed in the rental house, and no additional pets are allowed. A parking slab is available, through Enterprise in Green Valley. Access to Green Valley recreation facilities can be arranged, such as indoor or outdoor swimming pools, gof courses and exercise facilities.                 

Green Valley is south of Tucson and near interesting tourist attractions such as Tubac, San Javier and Tumacacori missions, Madera Canyon and the Santa Rita mountain range. The renowned Tucson Gem Show takes place in this area during the rental period offered.