St. Mary School’s Twenty-ninth Annual Dinner/Auction

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Thank you to all our friends and families, supporters near and far – what an incredibly successful event for our school – all because you support the students and teachers and the mission and vision of St. Mary School!


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Greetings everyone!

Many hands and hearts played a role in making our 2014 Dinner/Auction such a great success. We would like to invite everyone to a closing/planning meeting for the 2014-2015 Dinner/Auction Events.

As we move forward, your feedback is important to us. Whether or not you can be a part of planning for 2015 (A 30th Anniversary Event!), we invite you to this special idea sharing session!!!

Thursday, May 15, at 5:30 P.M. – School Library
All the feedback that you give us via email (, hand-written, left on my desk – whatever format you prefer, all the feedback I receive by next Friday, May 9, I will put together into a united format and have it ready for review for the May 15 Session.

Thanks so much!
St. Mary School in conjunction with the 2014 Auction Committee & Volunteers


(Please note that this is a working list and may not reflect

the most current gifts we have received.)

Take a look at some of the auction items

Monetary Donations

American Heritage National Bank
Art Johnson Construction INC., Art and Cindy Johnson
Bitz Plumbing and Heating Services, Inc. Loren and Kellie Bitz
Central Minnesota Credit Union
Country Side Plumbing and Heating
Long Prairie Packing Co.
Long Prairie Lions Club
May’s Cabinets, Ervin T. or Mary L. May
Midwest Machinery, Sauk Centre
State Farm Insurance, Kendra DeLage
Thomas and Paula Muellner
Todd County American Dairy Association
Tom and Gloria Roelike
Wolters Body Shop, Inc.

Auction Items

  • AdvantageOne Insurance, Matt Mitzel–Gift basket that includes gift cards. Gift cards included are: $30 Subway, $30 8’s Pub and Grill, $30 L.P. Country Club, $25 Dairy Queen
  • Alexandria Blue Anchors–1 Adult Small Viking Logo T-shirt, and 1 Youth XL Blue Sweatshirt. A perfect set for the baseball lover in your family.
  • Amanda Hew Len — Quilt — Quilt (military rag style)
  • Amanda Hew Len — Wall art — distressed wood, painted, 3D wooden cross effect, words “Believer”
  • Amanda Hew Len — Wreath — Wreath (Vintage Flag)
  • Amanda Hew Len — Two interactive play sets for kids’ karoke
  • Amy Middendorf — Once a month, “bakery on demand”, 3 dozen cookies or 1 pan of bars — You get to choose which you want each month (delivered on the 5th of each month) – you pick the type of cookie or bar and Amy bakes it for your household monthly, for one full year
  • Anonymous Donor — Twins tickets — (2) Twins Tickets for Friday July 4th vs the New York Yankees; seats are in the legends club
  • Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center–4 Big Splash Indoor Waterpark Passes–Pass must be presented at admissions desk. Pass valid Sunday through Thursday only. Not valid on weekends, holidays, or blackout dates. Please call 759-5015 to verify daily passes are available. Expire 4/9/2015.
  • Bemidji State University — University T-shirt and thumb drive with logo
  • BattleLake Outdoors, John Allen — A commemorative print, The Last Mission, with the personal diary of B-17 Group Lead Radio Operator Tech/Sgt. Merrel L. Duncan. More details on the print: B-17 “Tennessee Tess” in the foreground is seen in formation, with other B-17’s of the 91st Bomb Group (H) on their last  mission in WWII. Each print bears the symbols of the 91st Bomb Group (H) and its four Bomb Squadrons and each is  individually hand-signed by Group Lead Pilot Capt. R. R. Goldsmith.  The edition is limited to 750 Regular Edition Prints,  100 Artist Prooofs and 10 Publisher Proofs.  Printed on acid-free paper, the signed and consecutively numbered prints  measure 20” x 11-3/4” image size and 28” x 21-3/4” paper size. Here is a link to learn more about this amazing print:
  • Betty Rachey — crocheted item
  • Billy Dinkel and Nancy Haas — Grilled Surf and Turf Dinner with wine and a Sunset Pontoon Ride on Lake Osakis
  • Bitz Hardware — Bird feeder — Strawberry shape
  • Boater’s Dream, Owner: Brandon Marcyes, Summer fun for the lake
  • Cathedral Press, Long Prairie — Two beautifully framed prints — one print has a group of children in prayer with a color stained glass window in the background and is in a gold color wooden frame, approx. 8×10; the other print is 11×17, gold frame, holds a poster print of a child on a half moon with the words, “Yes, Love indeed is light from heaven…”, with the signature line, “Lord Byron”
  • Catholic United Financial — Wine Basket — Wine glasses (Jam Jar Version), Two bottles of wine, Wine Spectator Magazine, Wine glass rings
  • Cele Kleinschmidt–Handstitched floral in blues and crème; backing is white; full size
  • Cerritos Beach Resorts — Stay one week (6 nights, 7 days) in a deluxe one bedroom suite at Hacienda Cerritos. The win is good for any available time, no black-out dates — Minimum bid $1500 – (Retail Value $3, 728). This resort is a “luxury boutique hotel” and is located 120 yards from the Cerritos Surf Colony. You can find it on google maps: Hwy 19 KM 67  Todos Santos  BCS Mexico.
  • Cerritos Beach Resorts — Stay one week (6 nights, 7 days) in a two bedroom 2-1/2 bath Villa at Cerritos Surf Colony. The win is good for any available time, no black-out dates — Minimum bid $1200 – (Retail Value, $3,345). This resort is a “group of free standing condos”, and is located 120 yards from Hacienda Cerritos – a luxury boutique hotel. You can find it on google maps: Hwy 19 KM 67  Todos Santos  BCS Mexico.
  • Chad and Kim Bosl — Tastefully Simple Basket
  • Cinema 9, Alexandria — Five free admission tickets (one free with each paid adult admission)
  • CoCo Booty Airbrush Tan, Shawna Johnson — CoCo Booty Basket — body polish, body lotion, tan certificate and chocolates
  • Dahlman Abstract — Sport bag full of outdoor activities — Under Armour sport bag includes ball/glove, kite, sidewalk chalk, soccer ball, kickball, frizbee, handwand games and more
  • Dan’s Prize — Two boxes Deli Meats
  • Dennis Biermaier — Diamond Willow Walking Stick
  • Dennis Biermaier — Tin Man
  • Double Eagle Golf Course–4 Rounds of golf + carts
  • Eagle’s Crossing Adult care center, grey eagle — Chocolate Basket
  • Edelweiss Cabnetry, Inc. — Gluhwein and Goulash Event
  • Eight’s Pub and Grill — Family Pack Bowling Night — Family Pack at 8′s Pub and Grill, includes 4 games of bowling, 4 shoe rentals, 1 single-topping pizza, 1 pitcher pop
  • Ellie Twardowski — Baby quilts
  • Fleet Supply, Long Prairie — Fixed position tree stand (deer hunting)
  • Grey Eagle Electric, Kevin, Nancy and Darrell Bitz — 2- One hour Service calls — materials not included
  • Gumdrop, Little Falls — Toy basket — (Please pick up the week of April 7th)
  • Heaven is for Real Ministries, Inc., Owner: Becki Burpo–All items “Heaven is for Real Ministries”    Items included are: black coffee mug and water cup with inscription, “Heaven is for Real…and you’re gonna like it! Hebrews 12:2”; two childrens books, “Heaven is for Real” theme;  two “Read You and Me” (RY&M) CDs; two bracelets; card set including bookmarks; youth and adult t-shirt (one each); DVD-based conversation kit; Special Movie edition book; two books on CD along with the counterpart book
  • Hennen’s, Freeport — Area Rug — 5×7, fall coloring, area rug
  • Hew Len ‘Ohana — Mommy Care Basket — Lilac candle, coconut essential oil lotion, brown sugar body scrub, coffee infused foot scrub
  • Janet Warner — Afgan — Afgan made with soft-to-the-touch yarn, crocheted in beautiful pinks and purples with a geometric pattern
  • Janet Warner — Outfit for an American Girl doll — Outfit for an ‘American Girl’ doll, crocheted in beautiful blues and whites with tiny decals: shoes, purse, hat, jacket and dress
  • JennieO Turkey Store — Sport bag and blanket with Jennie logo
  • Jerry and Betty Smieja — Two-book set: “A Seeking Heart” and “When A Heart Cries” – these Minnesota-based stories are beautifully told by an author whose ancestory inspired her stories. The stories are loosely based on German Mennonite-Brethren who left Russia in the 1870s to make a new life in America
  • Jerry and Betty Smieja — Six book series: “”The Discovery”, A Lancaster County Saga, Author, Wanda E. Brunstetter
  • Jerry and Neva Pesta — Picture of Jesus, Beautifully framed
  • Jerry and Neva Pesta — Wine Rack and Wine
  • Jill Kurowski — Quilt, “The Trip around the world”, Queen size, spring colors – pink, green, orange, purple
  • James and Marilyn Bryniarski — Wooden Birdhouse — Handcrafted wooden birdhouse, red roof, welcome sign over the door, in the shape and design of a log cabin, stained and lacquered
  • James and Marilyn Bryniarski — Handcrafted wooden bowl
  • Katie and Jim Leroux — Lawn swing
  • Lila Clasman — Quilt —  “Kite Quilt” baby blanket in dark and light blues with highlights of reds and mauves
  • Lila Clasman — table runner in pinks and cremes
  • Long Prairie Country Club — 4 rounds of golf + cart
  • Long Prairie Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Sauer — one rabies immunization and one distemper immunization for a dog or cat — at the Long Prairie Clinic or Todd County Vet Clinic in Clarissa
  • Lori Bettschen and Denise Schillinger — Quilt — 67×77 Angel wings and bible verses grace this stunning quilt done in vibrant red, black, orange and tan
  • Marcy Weber and Misty Lemke — 10″ Round Decorated cake
  • Mark and Kim Buntjer–processed and vacuum sealed by Riverside Meats.  (2 whole and 3 cut-up/average 7 lbs)
  • Mary Kraus — Crossstitch wall hanging “Happy Everything”  — Every season is represented in this intricate crosstich design – framed in a beautiful dark green wood
  • Mary Stucco — Picture of Jesus, antique, beautifully framed (with certificate of authenticity) — Jesus with crown of thorns, sepia colors. Gold color painted frame, gold color matting. Frame is composite wood. By Mark Cannon, includes a description written by Kerry J. Cannon, Mark’s father.
  • MB Jigs — an assortment of jigs – all jigs are hand tied, individually glued, made in the USA, come in multiple colors, and in multiple sizes
  • Menards, Eau Claire, WI — Menards cap, Cooler, two scissors
  • Midwest Machinery — (Melissa Pesta will clarify the donation)
  • Minnesota National Bank — Picnic at the sports game package
  • Minnesota Renaissance Festival — pair of admission tickets to the 2014 MN Renaissance Festival
  • Minnesota State Fair — Hat and T-Shirt – fireworks design
  • Minnesota Zoo — A day at the Zoo package
  • New Image, Valerie Johnson and Jan Miller — Salon Gift Basket
  • Pam Johnson — Quilt — “Grandma Pam’s Spring Colors Quilt” – lime green backing; hand-tied
  • Parker Farms — 1 Toy Tractors, John Deere
  • Parker Farmss — 2 peddle tractors – one IH in red and one peddle tractor is John Deere
  • Peter & Rosemary Berscheit — Registered Bull — Winning bidder will be given their choice of one registered yearling bull. Genetic choices include lineage of Final Answer, Canyon, and Paragon. Anyone interested in viewing the Dams of the bull choices may do so on the Berscheit Farm the week prior to the auction. Set an appointment by calling Peter and Rosemary at 320-285-2070. Dams are selected for sound legs and feet and nice udders. Bulls will be Freeze Branded and DNA tested. The chosen animal can remain at the Berscheit Farm at no cost to the winning bidder until 1 June 2014. If desired, bulls will be Semen tested approximately the middle of May.
  • Prairie Edge Plumbing and Heating, Mike Browen — Roping dummy, made by Nathan and Ryan
  • Rahn’s Oil and Propane — Certificate valued over $650 — “can be used toward an Ag Bag set up, bag, and use of the machine to fill the bag. You may use it for haylage, silage, or high moisture corn”
  • School — Principal’s purse
  • School — Front pew for Christmas Program
  • School — Graduate Basket — Items that a high school graduate will need as they open the next chapter of their life!
  • School — Front pew for Spring Concert
  • School — Instant Wine Cellar
  • School — 2015 Family Ice DerbyPackage — “2015 VIP ‘Holes to Heaven’ Family Fun Pack
    “You will enjoy all the icy fun without having to brave the elements of a frosty Minnesota winter!”
    Package includes*:
    -Heated fish house for the day of the 2015 “Holes to Heaven” St. Mary School fishing derby
    -Four 2015 entry tickets for the derby
    -Ice fishing equipment and bait
    -Beverages and snacks to serve a group of four
    *Fishing licenses are the responsibility of the bidder. You must carry a current fishing license for anyone wishing to participate in the fishing derby event.
  • School — 2015 Silent Auction Table for Six
  • School — Class made items — PreK – Grade 6
  • SNAP Fitness, Long Prairie — Free Membership – 3 months, single — Three month single membership
  • St. Anne’s  Mission — Quilt — Orange backing, Earthy/Fall colors
  • St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women, President Sharon Koll — Nativity lamp
  • Stampin’ Up, Paulette Ann Dunn — Appleblossom Scrapbook kit with graphics — Two stamp sets, accessories, certificate, books, card
  • Sue Lowe — Lasagna Supper for 6-8 people
  • Sweet Tree Farms — Breakfast Basket — includes local maple syrup and other homemade breakfast making items
  • TGI Fridays, St. Cloud — Envelope of 20 coupons to use for a free appetizer when you visit TGI Fridays – each coupon is good with the purchase of an adult entrée
  • The Catholic Foundation — Coffee from Antigua Highlands Guatemala, Medium Roast
  • Twelve Mile Tavern — Electronic Gift Basket
  • University of Minnesota Morris — slingback backpack
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus — University T-shirt and school spirit flag
  • Vanguard Insurance Company, Joe Pesta — Large Birdhouse
  • Vic and Bonnie Claseman — Woodduck house
  • Village Café — Gift Certificate, 9×9 pan of carmel rolls — must order 24 hours in advance
  • Wildtree, Kristi Sabrowsky — Basket bundle of organic foods w/recipes – $68 value — “ – Bundle includes:
    Hoisin Sauce – 9 oz jar
    Lemon Pepper Blend – 3.5 oz jar
    Memphis Dry Rub – 4.5 oz jar
    Natural Grapeseed Oil – 12.7 fl oz
    Red Bell Pepper & Garlic Blend – 1.5 oz Jar
    Rosemary Garlic Dressing & Marinade – 12 fl oz
    Vegetable Bouillon Soup Base – 4.1 oz Jar”
  • Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes, Long Prairie — St. Francis Garden Statue (24″) — St. Francis Garden Statue (24″)
  • Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes, Long Prairie–Cutting board with an “In this home…” prayer, cutlery in spring colors, and kitchen towels and washcloths in springy yellows and oranges
  • Young Living, Alissa Pesta — Young Living Essential Oils Kit — Nutritional/Weightloss supplements
  • Younique, Carolyn Middendorf, Independent Distributor–Gift bag including:
    -cosmetic carrying bag with two zipper pockets, silver and purple
    -3D Fiberlashes kit containing the transplanting gel and natural fibers
    -set of 3 brushes
    -5 colors/pigments for the eyes, silvers, pinks and bronzes
    -hydrating facial spray
  • Zigan Trucking — One load hauled to Cities or Mankato


Gift Certificates

  • AmericInn, Sauk Centre, MN — Value $50
  • Burger King, Long Prairie — Valued at $20
  • Casey’s General Stores, Inc. — $50 Gift Card + 1 Large Single Topping Pizza and 1 dozen donuts
  • Clear Waters Outfitting Co., Owners and Managers: Dan and Sandra Meer — Gift Certificate for a canoe trip for two down the scenic Mississippi River
  • Coborn’s  Corporate Headquarters — 2 – $25 Gift Cards
  • Countryside Restaurant — 2 – $10 Gift Certificates
  • Craft’s Direct, Waite Park — $20 Gift Card
  • Dairy Queen — DQ gifts cards/cake
  • D & J Stylist, Denise Kleinschmidt — One haircut value, expires 12/31/14, 320-732-2455 call for appointment
  • Dr. Charles Moberg — Gift certificates for rabies vaccines
  • Don’s RV Park, Alexandria — camping coupon
  • DooLIttle’s Woodfire Grill — $20 Dining Certificate
  • Enstrom Studio — Gift Certificate of $25, to be used toward your next purchase of school photos
  • Godfather’s Pizza, Alexandria — Gift Certificate, One Large One-topping Pizza
  • Holiday Inn & Suites — $50 towards a guest room stay – St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites only
  • LaCasita Mexican Restaurant, Waite Park, MN — $15 Gift Card
  • Long Prairie Leader — 1 year subscription
  • Masters of Hair Design, Kelly Browen, $50 Gift Certificate toward a service of your choice, please call for an appointment
  • Papa Murphy’s, Alexandria — Two(2)  Gift certificates, 1 free pizza any size
  • Philip’s Repairables — Four (4) Gift certificates, can be used toward non-rust autobody work, insurance work, or the purchase of a vehicle
  • Rainbow Rider — Punch card, (Contact in Lowry, MN, “Harold”) Valued at $22.50
  • Red’s Irish Pub, Swanville, MN — two $15 gift certificates
  • S.A.V.E. Superstore — Gift certificates $50
  • Shutter’s Hill Top Farm — The Gift Certificate entitles you to a total of 10 dozen farm fresh all natural eggs (contact Sarah and Jeremy anytime for pick up or delivery and days/times). In addition, ready Fall of 2014, for delivery or pick up, this certificate entitles you to 2 quarts of homemade canned spaghetti sauce, 2 pints of homemade canned tomato soup, 2 pints of homemade canned apple sauce, 2 jelly jars of homemade canned apple butter, 2 quarts of home canned pickles, and 2 pints of home canned green beans. All ingredients are organically grown on our hill top garden. Please contact us any time with questions about buying fresh garden produce.
  • Subway — 4 gift “tickets”, each for one free 6 inch subway sandwich
  • The Wax Pot — $50 Gift Certificate, an array of skin care services, including: facials, chemical peels, body treatments, facial and body waxing, specialty masks and mineral makeups.
  • Thomas Dinkel-VanValkenburg — “2 hour personal computing training session OR basic virus removal” a $100 value
  • Walmart, Little Falls, MN — $25 Gift Certificate

….check back as more items and more details are added every day…

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***Correction made:

Dinner served at 6:00 P.M.


A special thanks to our 2014 Contributors:

(This list grows daily. Check back soon!)



Click here for a link to share with friends and family, or for the tax exempt ‘receipt’ letter.

We are hoping your business/organization can help our school reach its goal of $29,000.00 by donating an item for our silent or live auction, or by making a monetary donation.  Not only will this benefit our students, but your name and contribution will also be listed on our beautiful auction brochure in appreciation of your generosity.  Our parents are always impressed with the out-of-town businesses and organizations that support our school, and we encourage them to thank you by supporting you when they are in your area.  To be listed on the auction brochure, your donation must be in no later than Monday, March 31, 2014.  We will, of course, accept donations after this time, but we really want to acknowledge all of our donors to all of our families and community.

All donations submitted by March 31, 2014 are guaranteed a spot in all of our promotional materials, including a web presence.

Auction Items Preview



Cerritos Beach Resorts


Diamond Raffle

(Winner chooses one setting from the six pictured below! Pieces are valued from $895.00 – $2,000.00)

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