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Silent Auction Highlights

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Japanese Garden and Como Zoo Inspired Auction Items

Only-at-Como Walking Stick
Value: Priceless
Donor: Joe Warren and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Como Zoo’s gentle herd of giraffes helped create this one-of-a-kind walking stick by eating the leaves and stripping the bark off of a tree branch, which was then transformed into this giraffe-headed shillelagh by Como friend and artisan Joe Warren.  Whether you take it walking on the African plains or in Minnesota’s Northwoods, this hand-crafted handstaff will help you stand out from the herd.

Zoom Bomb with a Zoo Ambassador
Value: Priceless
Donor: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Are your daily Zoom calls getting a little too predictable?  If so, grab everyone’s attention again by having one of Como Zoo’s favorite animal ambassadors drop in on your virtual meet-and-greet.  Chloe the sloth, Turkey the parrot, or other education animals of your choosing are standing by to make your next scheduled conference call a little wilder.  Perfect for adding a fun surprise to a virtual birthday party celebration, a family Zoom hang-out, or your company’s next creative retreat, this Only-at Como item is the next best thing to being here.

Subee Artwork
Value: Priceless
Donor: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Subee, the energetic star of the “Sparky the Sea Lion Show,” put her nose to the canvas to create this one-of-a-kind piece of Como original art.

Stoneware Planter
Value: $280
Donor: Front Ave. Pottery & Tile Company
A hop, skip and a jump from Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Front Avenue Pottery & Tile Company designs and creates fine crafted, high quality, functional stoneware for your table and home. This 20- inch stoneware planter is reduction fired and hand-painted with warm, earthy colors featuring a natural motif of birch, dragonfly, bird, and rudbeckia.

Value: $159
Donor: Sherry Fonseth-Lais and Charlie Lais
Raise a toast to the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden’s long history and deep community roots with this sake serving set complete with four varieties of sake, tray, table runner, and primer “Sake: A Modern Guide.”

Raw Aquamarine Necklace and Earrings
Value: $700
Donor: DeAnne and John Bennett
Reflecting the colors of the sea, this mesmerizing necklace and earring set is made of raw aquamarine.

In the Shallow
Value: $125
Donor: Sherry Fonseth-Lais
The color and flow of Como’s perennial koi fish are captured in this original work created by Como Friends’ board member, Sherry Fonseth-Lais. “In the Shallow” is a mixed media collage of alcohol ink, hand-painted papers, posca pen and sealed with UV protectant. This 16” x 16” artwork includes a birch cradle for display.

Eton Floral Shirt & Pocket Square
Value: $375
Donor: Hubert White
Made with 45 different parts and sewn with 12,000 stitches, every one of Eton’s shirts is a work of Swedish craftsmanship. Bring some Conservatory-inspired flower power to your look with this size 42 floral print, and colorful paisley pocket square.

Japanese Inspired Puzzles
Value: $50
Donor: Sherry Fonseth-Lais and Charlie Lais
The jigsaw puzzle meets Japanese culture in this pair of puzzles featuring the famous Cherry Blossoms, and a beautiful Red Kimono.

Framed Photos of the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden
Value: Priceless
Donor: Susannah Baudhuin
Como Friends’ own Creative Director Susannah Baudhuin has been documenting the gorgeous renovation of the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden over the last two years, and curated this set of images from Como’s calmest corner exclusively for the guests of Sunset Affair. Bring a little moment of Zen to your home decor by making the winning bid on this framed collection featuring one of the “rising stars” of North America’s public Japanese gardens.

Auction Overview

Sunset Affair will feature three Super Silent Auction packages and a vast catalog of fantastic silent auction items. See above to see highlights from this year’s auction!

Here is How to Bid

For your convenience, you can bid on all our auction items on your own smartphone.

OneCause mobile bidding works well on most Windows smartphones, newer Blackberry devices, and all iPhones and most Android smartphones.

You don’t need to download an app. Two days before Sunset Affair, just connect to the internet and use a friendly URL that we will provide you on your smartphone browser and you will be ready to bid. If you are having difficulty bidding, please feel free to call us at 651-487-8229 and we can assist you.

Please be sure that your battery is fully charged so you don’t miss out.

Bidding on both the Super Silent and Silent Auction items begins Tuesday, July 14 at 12:00 p.m. and concludes Thursday, July 16 at 8.15 p.m.

Please call 651-487-8229 to schedule your Auction pick-up on Saturday, July 18 and Monday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the circle in front of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Visitor Center. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover will be accepted.


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