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Come Sail Away

Gala 2015: Come Sail Away

Friday, January 30, 2015
Highland Conference Center, Mitchell, SD
5:15-11:30 pm

You are cordially invited to Gala 2015: Come Sail Away on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Highland Conference Center.

The social begins at 5:15 p.m. with a four-course dinner and entertainment provided by Chris Miller and Ryan Stahle to follow. There will be silent and live auctions throughout the night and the Captains Wheel Bar will feature specialty drinks.

The dress is business casual or sailing appropriate attire.


How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $75 per person.

VIP tables start at $1,500 and include 8 seats, premier seating, and access to VIP Bar (The Rusty Knot) with free drinks, personal wait staff, and special advertising.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 12 (RSVP form).

Proceeds Benefit the Cancer Care Fund.

Auction Items

Live Auction Items

A custom rustic wood look table top fire pit made out of concrete with a warm mesmerizing glow of a convenient instant fire with no cleanup. 
Donated by Chad Guthmiller - Artisan Concrete Concepts

Enjoy some much deserved R&R in the breath-taking Black Hills with a one-week stay at Barefoot Resort in the Alpine Villa near Terry Peak. The Alpine Villa is a two bedroom unit that features a king master suite with bathroom, two full beds, additional bathroom, fully-furnished kitchen, living room with queen pullout sleeper sofa, fireplace, and cable TV/DVD/VCR. Alpine Villa has one common outdoor hot tub and access to pools, saunas, and exercise room. Subject to availability, excludes all holidays.
Donated by MVM Properties

EQUILIBRIUM is ready to set sail for adventure at beautiful Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton SD. She is one of the largest yachts on the lake, 39 feet long, built for stability and luxury. With her huge 155 genona and full battened main, EQ is the fastest sailboat on the lake, based on her trophies for the annual Bash to the Colonies race.

The winner of this auction will spend an afternoon aboard EQ sailing, enjoying appetizers and drinks under a shaded cockpit while anchored on the lake, swimming if desired, sailing back to the marina, and then enjoying a custom evening meal prepared just for you served on board.

Your captain will be Thane Paulsen. He is US Coast Guard licensed as a mariner, and is a prior owner of the boat (so he knows it well) With his current boat (also 39 feet) he and his wife completed crossing the Atlantic ocean last month (so he knows how to sail) His passion is sailing, so if you know how to sail, you will enjoy sailing EQ. If you've always wanted to learn to sail, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn to sail in one afternoon. But the choice is yours. This is your adventure. You get to be as active or as passive as you want. (The first mate will serve you drinks.)

This adventure is best with sun and wind (at least some of each.) Scheduling this event will involve syncing your schedule with that of the boat owners... and the weather... sometime in June or July. The more flexible your schedule, the better the chance of ideal weather. (The boat and captain are available during the week anytime. Fewer than half of the weekends are available due to owner’s use of the boat.) Otherwise, we can set a summer date well in advance, and in case of inclement weather, an alternate "midweek" date would be set up.

Nestled in amongst the cedar trees on the Nebraska bluffs of the Missouri River you will find the Cabin in the Woods." The cabin sits on top of a 110 foot sheer cliff, affording a spectacular view of the lake from the multi-level deck. The cabin is remote, but fully equipped for living and cooking, with coffee pot, outdoor grill, ice maker, and dishwasher. There are also good restaurants within a 15 minutes drive. The cabin is two levels plus open loft. Two bedrooms with queen beds, and two twin beds in the loft. Two full bathrooms. Spiral staircase. The cabin is scheduled for some remodeling and renovation late this summer, but that won't take away from the beauty of the lake view from the big A Frame windows... or from the deck!
Donated by Thane and Brenda Paulsen, Dr. Dave and Nancy Thomas, Jon and Kathy Hagen 

Kid’s party for 12 at Logan Luxury Theatres with use of the Party Room, 12 admissions to a movie and a Kid’s combo for each guest. To sweeten the party, one dozen cupcakes from Crazy About Cupcakes and a one night stay at the Ramada Inn (Mitchell only).
Donated by Jillian Gunlicks

Kid’s party for 12 at Logan Luxury Theatres with use of the Party Room, 12 admissions to a movie and a Kid’s combo for each guest. To sweeten the party, one dozen cupcakes from Crazy About Cupcakes and a one night stay at the Ramada Inn (Mitchell only).
Donated by Logan Luxury Theatres, Crazy About Cupcakes, Ramada Inn

This is designed as an interactive meal for eight in the Culinary Department’s Oakroom using modernist cuisine techniques and molecular gastronomy. The guests are invited into the kitchen to participate in the final food preparation. The meal must be scheduled on a Monday through Thursday evening before April 24, 2015.
Donated by Mitchell Technical Institute

Enjoy a private wine tasting and interactive dinner for up to six people with winemaker Jeff Mathy of Vellum Wines and Doug and Laurel Lather of The Market. Take home four (4) bottles of wine from Vellum Vineyard, 3-Time World Wine Award Winner; three red and one white all signed by Jeff Mathy. Winning Bidder may choose one of the following dates to indulge in the package: April 6, 7, or 11 of 2015.
Donated by Vellum Wines, The Market

10 NIGHT SOUTH AFRICAN TRIP FOR TWO: The Burg, The Bush, and The Bay
2 Nights at the Maritime Bushveld Estates: Guests will be picked up from the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport and brought to the suburban Maritime retreat in the north western boarder of Johannesburg. This unique nature reserve combines the indigenous
flora and wildlife with gracious charm, offering an elegant, tranquil, ‘Out of Africa’ setting.
Enjoy your first evening in South Africa being treated to an authentic African Braai (BBQ) and wines from local South African wineries, a continental breakfast each morning and help with planning your day of adventure in Johannesburg.

5 Night at Ezulwini Photo Safari: Luxury Ezulwini Game Lodges are situated in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Enjoy the chalets comprised of a 3 night stay at Ezulwini River Lodge and a 2 night stay at Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge. Inclusive of lodging, all amazing South African meals, including alcoholic beverages, WiFi and 2 photo safari game drives per day with highly skilled game rangers and trackers.

3 Night stay in the Cape at the Maritime on Moonlight Bay Villa
Close to the southernmost tip of Africa just 38 miles from the beautiful city of Cape Town, the “Maritime on MoonlightBay” Bed & Breakfast villa nestled amongst the cliffs of the famous Hangklip Mountain stretching down to the breathtaking ocean coves and beach below, famous for fabulous whale watching. You will be treated to an authentic South African dinner and wine upon arrival and will enjoy a continental breakfast to start each morning. You may plan each day with the hosts of the Villa for options during your stay in the Cape and will be free to explore this exquisite region with its many attractions. Relax as you wind down from each day with some of the best wines and cheeses of the region.

*Wine and beer included. Additional nights, accompanying guests and upgrades are always available. This package is non-transferable and non-refundable. Expires 15 months from the date of purchase. There are no blackout dates, but subject to availability. Airfare and transfers are not included unless stated. There is a $1200 high season surcharge from December 15 to January 10.

Enjoy one of the Summit League basketball games in an executive suite for 12 people. Includes two parking passes and $500 cash to use toward purchase of food and beverage at the new Denny Sanford Premier Center. Good only for Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. 
Donated by Avera McKennan, Avera Heart Hospital


Super Silent Auction Items

Join Bishop Paul J. Swain for a private catered dinner for up to six people at the Bishop’s home, one of Sioux Falls most prominent historic homes; the architecture of this home is known as a Queen Anne design which dominated American housing in the 1880s and 1890s. The interior utilized a variety of common and exotic woods including oak, maple, cherry, birch, redwood, and Honduras mahogany. Each room is trimmed and decorated with a different wood. 
Donated by Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls 

Crafted in fine-grained Italian leather and finished with elegant hardware, this purse is a chic option for everyday wear, includes leather key fob.
Donated by Interstate Office Products 

Always wanted to have long hair but hate the time it takes to grow out? Get some hair extensions by Hollywood Style!
Donated by Hollywood Style

One-night stay in Granite Springs Cottage at Granite Springs Lodge near Alexandria Granite Springs Lodge is located just 15 minutes east of Mitchell S.D. off I-90. Hiking, trail riding, swimming, fishing and yard games are but a few of the activities that can be done while staying at Granite Springs Lodge.

The cottage consists of 3000 square feet and is set up to sleep 16-20 guests with an open floor plan design and loft that looks over the beautiful views of the lake and creek flowing below. The lower level of the cottage opens out to a large deck furnished with a grill, fire pit and more breathtaking views of the entire property. Guests staying at the cottage have access to all the attractions that Granite Springs has to offer.

This property is truly one of South Dakota’s hidden gems and a place you and your family will never forget! Cottage Details: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16, 4 Bathrooms, Kitchen, Dining and Entertaining.
Donated by Jeff & Lisa Larson


Silent Auction Items

Tiffany & Company hand blown red wine glasses - set of four.
Donated by Trish Delaney

Set of three beautiful bracelets for every occasion that is made with positive energy by Alex & Ani.
Donated by Jim and Dawn Williams

One adult golf lesson with choice of a one-hour driving range lesson or a two-hour "playing lesson" on the course with use of golf cart.
Donated by Adam Anderson

Keep your new year’s resolution with a two-party, one-year membership to the Avera Queen of Peace Wellness Center.
Donated by Avera Queen of Peace Wellness Center

Four tickets to Brigadoon the musical by the Area Community Theatre preformed the first two weekends of May. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears one day every hundred years. Make it a date night with a $50 Chef Louie's gift certificate.
Donated by Area Community Theatre, Chef Louie's

Beautiful and unique art created by children.
Donated by Avera Brady Health and Rehab

Enjoy a beautiful vacation weekend (three consecutive nights) in a Black Hills cabin at Terry Peak (four bedroom/sleeps 12); blackout dates include week before and week of Sturgis Rally – winner will need to contact owners to determine if the weekend of their choice is available 15 minutes from Deadwood, 3 miles to Mickelson Trail, four beautiful golf courses less than 20 minutes from cabin, renting ATV's hiking, 20 minutes to Spearfish, 1 hour to Mount Rushmore, Hill City, Keystone and the Cosmos.
Donated by Dan and Tama Backlund, Mike Vehle

Update your home with 10 sq. feet of Cambria Countertops and installation by Creative Surfaces. Winner will need to contact Creative Surfaces to redeem and install.
Donated by Cambria

Two child tennis lessons.
Donated by Kendra Cersosimo

Your family will enjoy this one-year membership to the Children's Museum in Brookings, SD. No matter your age or interest, the Museum offers top of the class facilities for every occasion. 
Donated by Adam and Jody Smith

Win two tickets to your choice of show during the Corn Palace Festival along with a $50 gift certificate to Chef Louie's.
Donated by Corn Palace, Chef Louie’s

Personalized cake and gift certificate to Crazy About Cupcakes. Great for a birthday, retirement, wedding, or just because with friends. 
Donated by Crazy About Cupcakes

A great way to enjoy a night out with that special someone. Indulge in one dozen cupcakes and a bottle of wine with a romantic overnight stay at the Hampton Inn.
Donated by Crazy About Cupcakes, Hampton Inn, and Annie Leonard

Brush up on your painting skills with two free painting sessions at Creative Spirits in Sioux Falls and one 16x20 painted canvas.
Donated by Creative Spirits

Improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows or improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines with a $500 gift certificate toward Botox treatment. 
Donated by Dental Health Partners

Custom pet portrait of your favorite pet by professionally trained makeup and visual artist, Jillian Gunlicks.
Donated by Jillian Gunlicks

Relax and renew with a one-hour message with Message & Body Therapy.
Donated by Message & Body Therapy

Experience the magnificence of Target Field, rated the #1 fan experience in all of major league sports by ESPN the Magazine! During your private guided tour of Target Field for up to six people, you’ll see areas of the ballpark guests normally don’t see. These spaces may include the press box, clubhouse, dugout, and other premium areas. All subject to availability.
Donated by Minnesota Twins

Interactive soup and bread cooking class for eight people at Mitchell Technical Institute’s Culinary Kitchen – learn to cook soups and breads in this informal and fun cooking class. End the class with lunch for eight in the Oakroom. The meal must be scheduled on a Saturday morning before April 24, 2015.
Donated by Mitchell Technical Institute

Two signed serigraphs by Linda LeKinff, numbered and framed. Certificates of authenticity and appraisal included. 
Donated by Tom and Laura O’Neill

Fire up your inner artist with private pottery party for up to ten people; includes studio rental, pottery and paint, and kiln fire. 
Donated by Potter’s Plus Studio

Pet evaluation and two personal training sessions with Tom Gunlicks, owner and trainer. Precious Pets is a locally owned company that offers dog grooming, premier cat and dog boarding services, and doggie daycare and behavior training. 
Donated by Precious Pets Country Resort

Keep the party going with a three-hour set by Chris Miller and Ryan Stahle to play your venue. Additional cost for travel outside of Mitchell.
Donated by Chris Miller, Ryan Stahle

Party for five at Sertoma Butterfly House in Sioux Falls. Step into a whole new world where tropical flowers surround you and it’s always a balmy 80 degrees. Feed the sea anemones, watch private feedings of stingrays and sharks, and take home a gift basket. 
Donated by Sertoma Butterfly House

Adorn yourself with this beautiful silver knotted, chain Silpada necklace.
Donated by Stacy Amick/Silpada Rep

Dressing up never felt this good, especially when wearing this classic Silpada jewelry.
Donated by Paula Venables/Silpada Rep

$25 gift certificate to The Grille and two movie tickets to Logan Luxury Theatres.
Donated by The Grille, Annie Leonard

This Tiffany & Company tag necklace will go great with any occasion whether you are out sailing or dining with good company.
Donated by S&M Printing


Gala 2015 Menu


Ministry - $5,000

You'll Never Walk Alone

Caregiver - $2,500

Innovative Systems Logo

Healing - $1,500

  • ABM Healthcare Support Services
  • BankWest, Inc.
  • Complete Career Center
  • FoxPrint
  • GF Advertising Services
  • Graham’s Interstate Mobil
  • Highland Conference Center
  • KMIT & KOOL 98 Radio
  • Musick Properties
  • Photography Unlimited
  • Tessier’s, Inc.

Caring - $500

  • Avera Heart Hospital*
  • Cherrybee’s Floral & Gifts
  • ELO, Prof. LLC
  • First National Bank South Dakota
  • Interstate Office Products
  • It’s Your Party – Maureen Janssen
  • Chris and Mindy Miller
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Potter’s Plus Studio
  • Spencer Quarries, Inc.*
  • Ryan and Nicole Stahle

Hope - $250

  • Trish Delaney
  • Eide Bailly, LLP
  • Gunn Productions/Maverick Media, Inc.
  • National Medical Resources – Darin and Krista Musser
  • Muth Electric
  • S&M Printing

* Double Sponsor

Comittee Members

Committee Members

  • Luann Backlund
  • Kelly Bottum
  • Amy Hanselmann
  • Paula Larson
  • Sarah Olinger
  • Kristi Riggs
  • Kristen Salverson
  • Jody Smith
  • Meghan Wegehaupt
  • Dawn Williams


  • Tracy Pardy
  • Annie Leonard

Come Sail Away