Sunset Affair: Discover Como
Silent Auction Highlights

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

SUPER SILENT AUCTION #1 Spectacular Diamond Ring
Value: $7,800 | Donor: Gunderson’s Jewelers
Handpicked for Sunset Affair: Discover Como from the experts at Gunderson’s Jewelers, this three-row crisscross rose gold ring is a showstopper!

A small treasure with a powerful impact, this size six ring boasts an impressive display of 118 diamonds exquisitely set in three 14k rose gold bands. The intertwining rows adorned with 1.63 CTW of diamonds create a remarkable and dazzling effect.

Splurge on yourself, indulge a loved one with a luxurious gift, or celebrate a milestone occasion with this on-trend, but never out of style, sparkling gem.

The winning bidder can have the ring complimentary sized at Gunderson’s Jewelers’ new store in downtown Wayzata.

Value: Priceless | Donor: Como Friends and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is a beloved and welcoming treasure for all, filled with amazing animals, unique plants, and extraordinary people. Discover the best of Como with this one-of-a-kind package created just for this year’s Sunset Affair.

Customize your experience for 4 people by choosing two Behind-the-Scenes Tours from Como’s unique offerings, including “Giraffe Feeding,” “Meet Sparky and Friends,” “Greet Chloe the Sloth,” or “Get to Know Como’s Polar Bears.” Continue your exploration of Como with a never before offered opportunity to have a “Lunch and Learn” with Michelle Furrer, Como Campus Manager, and Jackie Sticha, President of Como Friends. You’ll get the inside scoop about how the zoo and conservatory thrive and hear personal stories from their combined tenure of more than 35 years of leadership at Como!

To round out this once-in-a-lifetime package, the winning bidder gets a before hours private shopping trip at Como Friends’ Garden Safari Gifts to select Como gear and unique gifts without the crowds; two tickets to the fundraiser, Bouquets; and a team of six for Como Friends’ new family-friendly event, Como Quest.

SUPER SILENT AUCTION #3 Name Como Zoo’s New Baby Dall’s Sheep
Value: Priceless | Donor: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Como Zoo recently welcomed a new baby Dall’s Sheep! Be the winning bidder and you’ll be on a first-name basis with this darling lamb born to mom, Sunny, and dad, Sylvester, on June 17, 2022. 

Considered real world cliff hangers, Dall’s sheep call the rugged mountain slopes of Northwest North America home. Como’s adorable newborn is full of vim and vigor as he explores his rocky surroundings and discovers how to jump, run, and climb. Eventually, Como’s cutie pie will sport his massive curly horns, good for head butting, but for now, he only has a soft, fluffy coat. 

Bid on the auction to select just the right name for this lovable creature. This special opportunity is a perfect activity to involve the entire family and will be a truly memorable experience.   

SUPER SILENT AUCTION #4 Explore Baltimore
Value: Priceless | Donor: Revival Baltimore, part of JdV by Hyatt Hotels, U.S. Bank Altitude Points, National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo, Como Friends Board of Trustees

Discover why Baltimore is a top tourist destination and a favorite getaway location with this travel package. From historic places and harbor cruises to family-friendly attractions and a vibrant arts scene, Charm City has something for everyone.   

You will have a three-night stay at Revival, a boutique art-centric hotel in the iconic Mount Vernon neighborhood, close to the Inner Harbor.  Your deluxe guest room will feature spectacular city views, custom art and luxe amenities. Revival, with its unique approach to hospitality and community partnerships, truly embodies the spirit of Baltimore. 

This adventure to Baltimore comes with four admission passes to the National Aquarium, home to Shark Alley, two tickets to the Maryland Zoo along with a special Rhino training experience, a $250 Visa gift card, and 220,000 U.S. Bank Altitude Points for travel.


19. Split Rock Lighthouse
Value: $500
Donor: Helen Bond Watercolors
Helen Bond perfectly captures the beauty of the iconic North Shore lighthouse in her original watercolor painting “Split Rock Lighthouse.” The image is 22” by 15”, double matted, and includes a distressed, grey wash frame sized 28” x 22”. If you love beautiful watercolors and Minnesota’s North Shore, this painting is for you.


107. Art by Subee the Sea Lion
Value: Priceless
Donor: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
After graduating from “Sparky School” in 2016, Subee the sea lion took on the role of Como’s seventh Sparky the Sea Lion. With unbelievable energy and a love for learning, Subee not only excels as a conservation ambassador, she on occasion completes works of art as extra special enrichment. The winning bidder will take home this 10” x 8” canvas painting created by the one and only Sparky Snout.


206. Kimono
Value: Priceless
Donor: Friend of Como
An authentic work of wearable art, this handmade black silk kimono is pure elegance, with hand-stitching and authentic details.


302. Kate Spade Mini Tote
Value: $178
Donor: Nicky and Tim Nagle
With the same utilitarian shape and thoughtful details that made it a crowd favorite in the 90s, Kate Spade New York has updated the Little Better Sam Sunshine Mini Tote with on-trend navy and white polka dots.


400. Butterfly Charm Necklace
Value: $65
Donor: Nicky and Tim Nagle
Balancing organic and modern influence, the Hadley Butterfly Multi Strand Necklace was crafted through digital design to capture the delicate movement and texture of butterfly wings. In silver with glimmering multi-strands and a lobster claw clip, it’s a great gift for the fashionable gardener in your life.


500. Discover Como Doll
Value: $175
Donor: Mary Jo Wolf
With a wild wardrobe custom-designed for “Sunset Affair: Discover Como,” this adorable 18″ doll is ready for an adventure! Her bags are already packed with handmade, custom clothing perfect for taking a nature walk, going exploring at Como Zoo, researching conservation in the field, or leading the safari! With a telescope, accessories and a trusty dog, she’s a great role model for learning more about the natural world.


900. Tears of Llorona Extra Añejo Tequila
Value: $235
Donor: Friend of Como
Requiring a careful combination of patience, care, and love, the process of creating Tears of Llorona starts with 100% pure Weber Agave Azul grown in the volcanic slopes of the Mexican highlands, where agaves grow slowly and naturally to achieve a higher starch content.

903. Glen Fohdry 29-year Oloroso Cask Speyside Single Malt
Value: $250
Donor: Friend of Como
An expert pick among whiskey lovers, this Glen Fohdry Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been distilled and matured in the renowned Speyside region in traditional American oak casks and has lain undisturbed for a minimum of 29 years prior to secondary maturation in casks that have previously held Oloroso Sherry. Savor the flavors with the accompanying pair of Fuente Double Chateau Toro Cigars.

920. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Value: $160
Donor: Friend of Como
With a signature style that is dark in color, rich with ripe fruit and velvety tannins, Caymus’s Cabernet grapes are farmed in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling the winemakers to bottle the best flavors year after year. This 1.5-liter Cabernet Sauvignon offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries.

933. Margarita Basket
Value: $165
Donor: Lynette and Bob Palmgren
The best complement to chips, salsa and summer, the Margarita’s salt and citrus is just right for the season. Mix some up with this package, complete with everything you need to mix up a fun and festive pitcher.

Sunset Affair Auction Program

Auction Overview

Sunset Affair features four Super Silent Auction packages and a vast catalog of fantastic silent auction items. See above highlights from this year’s auction and click on the link for the full program soon!

We also wanted to thank all of our committee members and supporters for their generous donations to this incredible one-of-a-kind silent auction.

How to Bid

For your convenience, you can bid on all our auction items using your computer, ipad or on your smartphone (Windows smartphones, newer Blackberry devices, all iPhones and most Android smartphones).

You don’t need to download an app. Just connect to the internet and type this friendly URL into your smartphone browser: and you will be ready to bid.  

Bidding on both the Super Silent and Silent Auction items begins on Monday, July 18 and concludes at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. Auction checkout will begin at 8:45 p.m. in the auction area. If you are unable to pick up your items at the event or need to arrange special pickup, please contact and arrangements will be made. 

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash or check will be accepted.

While you do not need to enter your credit card to view auction items online, you will need to enter a credit card to place a bid. Credit cards will be processed on Friday, July 22 in the morning. You are welcome to contact Como Friends if you would like to pay using a different method.

Thank You to Our 2022 Sponsors

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