R Party 2015 – Unmasking Excellence Auction List


1 – Go for the Gusto
Enjoy a gourmet pizza every month for a year! Dine in or carry out from Des Moines’ best pizza place, wear your cool Gusto Pizza t-shirt and dine in style. Beer with that pizza? Head to I-35 Spirits in Ankeny and have your growler filled (once a month for six months).
Value: $350
Courtesy of Gusto Pizza and I-35 Spirits (Ankeny)

2 – Roughrider Gear to Show Your School Spirit Throughout the Year!
Whether you’re going to a football, baseball, swimming competition or just want to show your school spirit….this package will help you release the Roughrider in you.
Value: $250
Courtesy of Roosevelt Foundation & Alumni Association and the Rider Club

3 – Make a Dream a Reality, Find the Writer in You
Work with former Roosevelt Foundation and Alumni Association board member, Kay Fenton Smith, on your writing skills with 3 personalized, one-on-one sessions (60 to 90-minutes per session). These sessions may include areas such as brainstorming your novel, article, short story, or memoir. She will help you find the best approach. Maybe you need help structuring your project. Kay will provide personalized assignments where she will review your writing and provide feedback and ideas for your very next steps. This is great for writers of all ages and levels, whether you are journaling or honing your idea for a novel. Kay Fenton Smith has several years’ experience in the area of conducting creative writing workshops, coaching various writers, and providing cultural art workshops based on her book, ZAKERY’S BRIDGE: Children’s Journeys From Around the World to Iowa. Kay is a member of the Des Moines Writers Workshop and published her first book in 2011. This package does not stop there as Kay has also provided a signed copy of her first book for the auction.
Value: $300.00
Courtesy of Kay Fenton Smith

4 – Outing for the Entire Family
Take your children or your friends to the greatest prime-time fun places in the Des Moines Metro area. With Halloween and the holiday season around the corner, many events are occurring around the area. Bid on this package and you will receive 4 passes to the Science Center, 4 passes to the Living History Farms, 2 passes to West Grand Golf, and 4 passes to the Blank Park Zoo. Want to stay in….the Iowa State Fair board game will help you pass the time. A coloring book and sheep ear buds are included for the little one. Also, slide your way into see the Iowa Wild Hockey team with 4 tickets, 2 caps, and your very own hockey puck.
Value: $315
Courtesy of The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation, Living History Farms, Science Center, Blank Park Zoo, the Iowa Wild,& West Grand Golf

5 – Show Your Home’s True Colors
Nothing is as special as having a personalized watercolor portrait of your very own home displayed in your living room. Celebrate the skills of Artist and Roosevelt Alum, Rebecca Gernes, by having her paint an original 8″ x 10″ ink & watercolor house portrait. You provide a few pictures with architectural details to be included, and Rebecca will work with you to determine the style and coloring for the portrait. Plan early and she can ship it in time for the holidays.
Value: $200.00
Courtesy of Ann & Bob Gernes ‘63 and Rebecca Gernes ‘05

6 – Pamper Your Pooch Woof….Woof….
Your four-legged fur baby will delight in treats for a year with a bottomless treat jar (filled each month for a year). Woof Woof
Value: $145.00
Courtesy of Brown Dog Bakery

7 – Most Improved Golf Swing
Golf swing and and Biomechanics Analysis. Up your golf game with this one-on-one consultation with Dr. Chris LoRang of Capital Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center. Get personalized feedback about your swing and target your core strength, spine mobility, and shoulder mobility with personalized exercises. Great for any level of golfer, from beginner to pro.
Value: $200.00
Courtesy of Dr. Chris LoRang & Abbie Sawyer ‘02

8 – Jazz Up Your Holiday Party
Barb Betts Nish, class of ’78, will tickle the ivory keys with two (2) hours of holiday jazz piano music. Auction recipient must have a tuned acoustic piano. Value: $200
Courtesy of Barb Betts Nish ‘78

9 – Gotta Run
Run on over to bid on this personal coaching opportunity for the novice or experienced runner. Receive 2 hours of personal consulting for you and up to one other person. If you are interested in improving your running performance, take it to the next level, or if you are new to running and want to learn from an experienced runner, this is the package for you. Marty Kenworthy, class of ’76, will work with you on training plans, goals, nutrition, injury prevention and rehabilitation, shoe selection, and more. Marty has run 9 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. And to help you get started or upgrade your gear, this gift certificate from Fleet Feet will be just the ticket. And continue your training with the No Boundaries Scholarship – a nationally recognized 10 week program designed to take you to completing a 5K.
Value: $300
Courtesy of Marty Kenworthy, ’76 and Fleet Feet, Andy & Kathy Roat

10 – One Incredible Night on the Town
Start the night with a $200 gift certificate for dinner at Flemings in West Des Moines. Then head to downtown Des Moines for an undoubtedly incredible performance at the Civic Center with two (2) tickets to see Bridges of Madison County, including a pass for the Patron Circle Lounge*, two (2) Sowteo Gospel Choir tickets (Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015), and two (2) Jessica Lang Dance tickets (Thursday, Feb. 3, 2015). Then enjoy a night cap with a bottle of wine.
Value: $600.00
Courtesy of Kevin Krause ’76, Chris Fitzgerald ‘02, and the Civic Center of Des Moines.*Please note Patron Circle Lounge for Bridges of Madison County performance ONLY.

11 – For the Love of Bacon
You and a guest will be in hog heaven….2 tickets to the 2016 Blue Ribbon Bacon Fest (Saturday, February 20, 2016) and a little “swag” to get you set.
Value: $150
Courtesy of Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

12 – Self-Portrait Painting
Become the proud owner of Grant Wood’s 1 of 100 mini self-portraits (3 x 2 x 1 inch) with brass relief that were originally created in 1925 to give to friends as a holiday gift. This package also includes, “Grant Wood’s Studio: Birthplace of American Gothic, a book that provides photo documentation and a description of the piece.
Value: $600
Courtesy of Kent Mauck

13 – Suit up…Jump In…Learn How to Swim
How do private swimming lessons sound? Sarah Betts Susanin, class of 1979, will help you learn. Ten (10) half hour swim lessons (maximum three (3) children similar ability per lesson or private). Sarah will come to your pool or will provide pool for lessons during the months of June-August 2016.
Value: $250 per swimmer/$750 for 3
Courtesy of Sarah Betts Susanin ’79

14 – A Drake Sports Lovers Dream
Cheer on the Drake Bull Dogs with tickets to Drake Men’s and Women’s basketball games while wearing Drake sweatshirt hoodies. Celebrate more of Drake with two water bottles.
Value: $200
Courtesy of Laura Leonard ‘79

15 – Fox Brewing Experience
Enjoy a private tour of West Des Moines’ newest brewery, Fox Brewing, with Owner and Brewmaster, Brian Fox. You and 4 friends can experience a behind-the-scenes look at how excellent craft beer is made. This package includes a $40 taproom gift card to enjoy beer during your tour, a growler, and a few other souvenirs.
Value: $80
Courtesy of Brian Fox and Judy Downs ‘07

16 – Pick Your Poison….Brandy, Whisky or Scotch?
Ten (10) tickets to a VOM FASS In-Store Spirit Class. Recipient may choose from Brandies, Intro to Whiskies, or Love of Scotch.
Value: $250
Courtesy of Bob & Ann Gernes (both class of and VOM FASS, Des Moines

17 – Tune it Up…..Or Clean it Up?
Need an oil change or maybe you’d like an auto starter that will warm-up your vehicle in the winter and keep cool in the summer? Willis Auto Campus will help you. You can enjoy the $1000.00 gift certificate to help you keep your vehicle in tip top shape!
Value: $1000.00
Courtesy of Jason Willis ‘97

18 – For the Love of Horses
If you love horses but need some help, then horseback riding lessons may be right up your trail. Bid on this great package and you will receive 5 lessons for any adult or child will be provided by Daniella Graham at Irish Run Farms on Waterworks Parkway. You will also receive a straw decorative horse as well as two framed horse lover pictures and a picture of the young Maggie Moss. Must be used by October 16, 2016
Value: $250
Courtesy of Elaine Steinger, ‘62

19 – Laugh Until Your Sides Hurt
Laugh your socks off with 10 tickets to The Last Laugh Comedy Theatre in West Des Moines or opt for the improv troupe, Freshman 15, to perform at your private event. The Last Laugh Comedy Theater was born out of Anything Improv LLC’s desire to provide a home for local comedy right in the heart of Central Iowa. Certificate is valid through November 2016.
Value: $150
Courtesy of Onnalee Kelley, Freshmen 15 Improv Troupe, and The Last Laugh

20 – The Brain
Enjoy this most incredible and intriguing work of art. This piece of work representing the brain invites conversation of science, art, and curiosity. Display this work of art in your home and enjoy the impact it will have with your guests.
Value: $200
Courtesy of Elaine Steinger, ‘62


L1 – For the “Art Collector”
Painting by Scott Charles Ross, several original works of art including sculpture. “Barrier Green” was created by Scott Charles Ross who was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He is inspired by the people and travels of his life as well as his environment. His strongly linear paintings include references to architectural elements and landscape.
Value: $4,400 – $8,000
Courtesy of Elaine Steinger ‘62

L2 – Ride on the Big Yellow Bus
Bicycle, bicycle, you want to ride this bicycle. Ride the Big Yellow Bike on an evening of your choice with up to 15 of your closest friends. Start at the El Bait Shop at least 30 minutes before the ride and use your $90 gift card inside for food or adult beverages while you wait for everyone to show up. Then the ride is on! You will take off from El Bait shop on the Big Yellow Bike and ride around downtown Des Moines to various establishments. The night will end again at El Bait Shop.
Value: $440
Courtesy of Nick Callison ’02 & Chris Fitzgerald ‘02

L3 – A Cabin Adventure in the Dells
This package not only has a cabin to vacation in for 2 nights during May through September 15, 2016, but there are tickets for 4 people to the Wisconsin Opry Dinner Show and a $100 gift card to the Showboat Saloon, Tugs Kitchen, or Mamas Garage in downtown Dells as well as a $100 gift card to the High Rock Café. And if that wasn’t trip enough, this package also includes 2 passes to the Dells Boat Tour and 2 passes to the Jet Boat Adventure.
Value: $1,100 (reserve bid $800)
Courtesy of Wes ‘98 & Stephanie Graham, High Rock Café, Showboat Saloon, Dells Boat Tours, Wisconsin Opry, Mamas Garage, Tugs Kitchen, & Jet Boat Adventure

L4 – Vacation on the Lux Aeterna
Enjoy a Key West vacation and tour of neighboring islands on a variety of day trips during your 3 night/4 day trip on the Lux Aeterna, a 45’ power catamaran. The Lux Aeterna docks at the Key West Harbour on Stock Island, one bridge away from the famous Key West. Day trips will leave on your personal schedule from Key West Harbour. Key West Harbour is a member of the Florida Yacht Club with a restaurant, pool, kayaks, and private beach. The Lux Aeterna is just minutes from Duvall Street and close to many islands and back waters where the most beautiful of all snorkeling can be done and there are enough dolphins for all to see. (Airline tickets not included.)
Value: $4000 (with reserve of $3500)
Courtesy of Renee ‘88 and Trent Murphy

L5 – Golf….Did Someone Say Golf?
Is golfing is your passion? Drive and putt all over Central Iowa. You and three of your golf buddies will hit the greens at Waveland Golf Course*, Echo Valley*, Briarwood Golf Course and Glen Oaks. In addition, you will enjoy a brand new Waveland Golf Course logo-monogrammed Titleist golf bag all golf season long. Your new golf bag will not only carry your clubs but also your new one dozen Strategic America logoed Titleist Velocity Golf Balls.
*cart included
Value: $1,640
Courtesy of Jim Stafford ‘66, Waveland Golf Course, Deanna Carlson (Echo Valley), Briarwood Golf Course, and Marty Kenworthy (Glen Oaks).

L6 – Creating a Party Just for You!
A breathtaking 360 view of Des Moines up top the Market One Rooftop Bar. Deanna Carlson, event planner at Facets, Inc., will coordinate the date, time, and catering. The Girls Catering will tempt your taste buds with delectable delights for you and your guests (10 total). Bring color to the event with flowers by Boesen the Florist and keep the memories alive with photos provided by Mike Gatzke.
(restrictions: cannot be used July 4th, 2016, Spring Break 2016 or during the Iowa State Fair 2016). Event planner is time only (any materials, rentals, decorations, etc will be additional charge.)
Value: $2500 (reserve bid $2,000)
Courtesy of Blackbird Investments, Facets, Inc., The Girls Catering, Mike Gatzke (photographer) and Boesen the Florist