This year’s May 20 Bonifas Arts Center Auction for the Arts at the Terrace Bay Hotel, a more spacious venue, will offer guests more food, games, drinks, and adventures alongside traditional festivities.

The annual auction, with ample opportunities for socializing, “draws the community together,” said Al Hansen, Bonifas auction committee member, “which I really love.”

A full buffet-style meal, included with the price of a ticket and prepared by the Terrace’s Freshwater Tavern, will feature chicken marsala, assorted vegetables, a dessert bar, and coffee, and guests can purchase drinks created by the Terrace especially for the auction, said Carla Meyer, Bonifas special events coordinator.

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While mingling, guests can try a variety of games, such as spinning the wheel for prizes and trying their luck at a “wine pull,” a can raffle, and a 50/50 drawing, said Meyer.

Artists from throughout the Upper Peninsula have donated works to be auctioned, so guests can view a “wide range” of art, including a Leonard Fieber table created using beaver cuttings, photography by Dave Amis, and stoneware by Victoria Shirley, while also enjoying live music by local performers throughout the evening, Meyer said.

Because varied and high-quality art is donated, auction viewing is “almost like seeing an art show,” Hansen said.

In addition, due to “the generosity of businesses in this area,” those who donated items and services, guests can bid on selections from “favorite local business,” including options not normally available to the general public,” said Meyer.

This year, guests, also, can bid on an array of adventures and “experiences,” including family sets of U.P. State Fair passes, a six-person pass to tour Upper Hand Brewery, a birthday party for 10 at the Bonifas, an “Italian feast” for 10 prepared by BAC artistic director Pasqua Warstler, and private drumming, pottery, and glass art lessons, said Meyer.

Mark Cowman and Mark Ammel, the comedic duo beloved by many in Players de Noc’s recent “Guys on Ice,” will emcee, said Meyer.

The “much needed” funds from the auction support Bonifas programming, including classes, artist opportunities, exhibits, and entertainment, said Meyer.

The auction is the “biggest fundraiser of the year, so it’s really important,” said Hansen, and the BAC community greatly appreciates whatever support each person can give.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the silent auction from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the Spring Raffle drawing at 8:30 p.m., and the live auction starting at 8:40 p.m., with Jimmy Bruce as auctioneer, Meyer said.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, available at the Bonifas, online, all auction preview events, Pat’s Foods in Gladstone, and Leigh’s Garden Winery. Tickets are limited, so auction-goers are encouraged to buy them in advance, Meyer said.

The auction is made possible, in part, by WLUC TV6, VanAire, and Delta County Credit Union.



Residents can buy raffle tickets, perhaps winning an exciting prize while supporting the Bonifas Arts Center, with winners announced at the Bonifas’ annual Auction for the Arts fundraiser May 14.

The winners will enjoy a one-night getaway to Mackinac Island; a made-for-you piece of art by award-winning painter Tracy Anderson, who specializes in children’s and pet portraits, though the winner could choose a different subject, such as a family home; $500; and a pair of Players de Noc season tickets.

First Prize

One Night Getaway to Makinac Island
• One night stay at the Market Inn on Mackinac Island
• Includes two Star Line round trip ferry tickets
• $50 VISA gift card

Second Prize

Custom Painting by Tracy Anderson
• 9x12 board canvas
• Immortalize your family pet, childhood home or piece of jewelry

Third Prize

$500 Cash

Fourth Prize

Players de Noc 2016-17 Season Tickets
• One pair of tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the Bonifas or at the U.P. State Bank April 22-29, said Christina Carlin, Bonifas special events coordinator. Tickets are $5 each or $25 for six.

Residents also can donate art, sports memorabilia, or other items to the auction through April 23, said Carlin.

A collection of “beautiful artwork” of all sizes and styles, as well as other items, will be auctioned May 14 at the cocktail-party event, to be catered by The Stonehouse.

A silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the raffle drawing at approximately 8:30 p.m., and then a live auction for higher-value items, said Carlin.

People will be able to bid on art and other items, “a little of everything,” with “something for everybody,” she said.


Auction items are on display at the Upper Peninsula State Bank in Escanaba. Stop on in and check them out. And then get your tickets for Auction for the Arts event at the Bonifas May 14.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the U.P. State Bank April 22-29, said Christina Carlin, Bonifas special events coordinator. Tickets are $5 each or $25 for six.

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