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17th Annual Ruth’s House Hearts Gala

Saturday, February 8, 2020

American Legion in Faribault

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Live Auction Items

Silent Auction Items

Gala Decorations

Theme and Decorations

Pillars of Support is the theme for the 2020 Gala. The American Legion venue will be transformed into a Mediterranean Experience complete with columns and greenery. Dress in your favorite comfortable party clothes or even better a toga, and plan to sit with friends at the tables seating 8-10 people. Even the menu will reflect the food of that region.

Dessert Auction

The Dessert Auction

The Dessert Auction is a signature event at the Ruth’s House Gala. This artful display of tempting cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweets from local bakeries, as well as local home bakers, kicked off the evening’s activities. As the auction drew to a close the friendly bidding wars heated up until the lucky winners were declared. As is the custom, winners then shared their bounty with the rest of the people at their table. Since its inception the Dessert Auction has provided a significant portion of the monies raised during the Gala.

New This Year

The game Heads or Tails will replace the Wine Wall. Watch for details on how to participate.

The 2020 Gala Committee

Gala Co-Ordinator: Cassandra Cook-Quarry

2020 Gala Committee Members: Kari Boldt, Chuck Budde, Casi Cross, Joyce Elsen, Suzzanne Fox, Brenna Gardner,  Ruth Hickey, Ruth Hildebrandt, Rose Leifeld-Brennan, Isabell O’Connor, Sue Rodman, Michelle Simpson, Sherri Snow, Jeanne Ullian, Brooke Vargason.


Monthly Flower Arrangement+

flowersbloomEnjoy a Beautiful Arrangement of Fresh Flowers every month for a Year if you are the successful bidder on this Live Auction item. Bloom Floral Designs in Faribault is known for their personalized service in creating arrangements for any occasion. Using only the freshest, high-quality flowers, each of your monthly arrangements will be artfully designed by their caring staff of professionals. Donated by Bloom Floral Designs.

Monthly Pedicures+

Treat yourself or someone you love to Monthly Pedicures for One Year. Sunset Salon & Spa, located in Faribault, is a full service salon offering all hair services, nail services, pedicures, facials, microdermabrasion, massage and body waxing. Donated by Sunset Salon & Spa.
Sunset Salon logo

Dinner for Ten+

Picture a gourmet dinner for 8-10 people in the comfort of your own home. Chef Jeff LaBeau of the Depot Bar & Grill in Faribault will come to your home and prepare the meal of your choice–perhaps with one of his signature dishes as part of the menu. The Depot Bar & Grill is family-owned and has been part of the Faribault community since 1992. Donated by Chef LaBeau of The Depot Bar & Grill in Faribault.
Chef Jeff LaBeau

Pheasant Hunt & Dinner Pkg+

Traxler’s Hunting Preserve is offering this Pheasant Hunting Experience for 4 participants at their preserve located near Le Center, Minnesota. The package also includes dinner for the group at  Traxler’s Wild Game Restaurant.  Established in 1987, Traxler’s Hunting Preserve caters to any any sportsman or women, no matter their skill set, looking to hunt pheasant with the best staff for an unforgettable experience. Your day in the GOOD OL’ OUTDOORS of Southern Minnesota will not be beat.  Donated by Traxler’s Hunting Preserve.traxlers

Fanbulance Experience+

Get Your Gold on for Ruth’s House while supporting the
University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

In 2019 the Gophers had their best regular season since 1905. Get your oars ready to Row the Boat. Pick your date:
September 12, 2020 Gophers vs Tennessee Tech or
September 26, 2020 Gophers vs BYU
Package includes 4 game tickets and 4 passes to the Gopher Fanbulance Tailgate hosted by Tony & Carol Langerud and Dave & Lori Henry. Tailgate includes unlimited food and beverages beginning 3 hours prior to kickoff.
The Fanbulance (a converted ambulance) boasts Gophers decals and is equipped with tables, chairs, canopy and a grill. Donated by Tony & Carol Langerud and Dave & Lorie Henry.
Fanblance photo

Week in California Pkg+

Timeshare The lucky high bidder for this Live Auction item will find themselves in sunny Southern California for a week of relaxation in a luxury villa at the Newport Coast Villas in Newport Beach, California. Thanks to Scott and Kari Boldt for this donation and to an Anonymous donor for the $1000 Delta Airline Voucher that is part of this package.

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Director's Purse+

Something new! Bid on a KATE SPADE purse full of both fun and valuable items. You never know what you might find in a purse. Avon or Mary Kay Products? Jewelry? Necessities? A little Pocket Change? During the Gala Event Ruth Hickey, Ruth’s House Director, will selectively reveal a few  items in the purse and encourage Gala guests to add additional items or $$ to the contents. The high bidder on this Live Auction items will take home not only a valuable designer purse but also everything in the purse. Purse donated by Mrs. Minnesota Universal – Han Fuchs-Aldrich.

Lanesboro Experience+

Visit the Biggest Little Town in Southern Minnesota

B&BBluffscapeFour Lanesboro area businesses have contributed to this Lanesboro Experience Package for Two.

Begin your Lanesboro Experience at Harmony Spirits where you will receive a tour of the facility and then partake in a pre-theater specialty cocktail (plus choose a bottle of wine for later) before attending a performance at the Commonweal Theatre Company (voucher good for any 2020/2021 performance). Then head back to the Sacred Clay Inn  to spend the night in any available room. After a relaxing night and ample breakfast finish your experience with a 3-hour Tour for Two of the Amish countryside of Southeastern Minnesota with Amish Bluffscape Tours.
Harmony Spirit






Handmade Baby Outfits+

Three Handmade Baby Outfits:
Lilac Set includes an adorable jumper and white turtleneck top
Blue Set includes a sweater, leggings, and hat
Pink Set includes a sweater, leggings, hat, and booties
Donated by Sue Pflager.Baby Clothes

Handcrafted Toy Box+

Charming Toy Box fit for your Princess. Handcrafted and donated by the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault for you to fill with your child’s treasures.
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Handcrafted Wood Train and More+

Train SetPicture your child or grandchild rolling this Soo Line Train and playing engineer. Handcrafted and donated by the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault.


Fit for Life Membership+

There is still time to get in shape before summer rolls around. Bid on this 3 Month Family Membership at Fit for Life. Donated by Fit for Life in Faribault.
Fit for Life


Surly Brewing Pkg+

Two T-Shirts to wear while enjoying 4 Pints of Surly as well as a Gift Card. SurlyBrewingCoDonated by Surly Brewing.

Trinity Pie Cert+

Not into baking?Trinity Lutheran Church Enjoy tasty pies made by the Trinity Lutheran Church Piemakers. Two certificates with each good for two pies. Bid on one or bid on both! Donated by the Trinity Lutheran Church Piemakers.

Joe's Sports Cafe Gift Cards+

Joe's Sports Cafe logoBid on one or both of these TWO $50.00 gift cards from Joe’s Sports Café.



Donated by Joe’s Sports Cafe in Faribault.

Signature Bar & Grill Gift Card+

Signature Bar & Grill logoBid on one or both of these $20 Gift Cards from The Signature Bar & Grill. Donated by The Signature Bar & Grill.

Welcome to the best pizza in Faribault!  The Signature Bar & Grill prides itself on using their famous, long enjoyed recipe that’s created smile after smile for generations. They start with only the freshest ingredients and build everything just the way you like.

Nerstrand Ham+

Nerstrand MeatsNothing beats the taste of an old-fashioned wood smoked ham from Nerstrand Meat and Catering. This Gift Card is good for a 15 (+_) ham. Donated by Nerstrand Meat and Catering.

Old Fashion Wood Smoked Meats
In business since 1890, the Nerstrand  family has produced specialty meats. Their premium certified Angus beef, natural casings, and wood smoking process contribute to them being voted one of the best meat processors in Southern Minnesota.

The Cheese Cave Gift Pkg+

Cheese CaveSavor the items in this basket filled with products from The Cheese Cave in Faribault and don’t miss the added certificate good for a Cheese and Wine Pairing for Two. Donated by The Cheese Cave in Faribault.

Vintage Escapes Winery Pkg+

Vintage EscapesFrom Vintage Wines & Escapes in Kilkenny we have a Gift Basket of 2 Bottles of their Wine as well as a Vintage Cap. Donated by Vintage Escapes Winery & Vineyard.

Veteran Owned – Family Operated – Wines by the Bottle, Glass & Flight.


Red Cow Dinner for 6+

Red CowOnce your friends find out you were the winning bidder on this item they will be lining up to be one of your guests! This package of a Five Course Dinner for Six Guests includes: One bottle of red wine; One bottle of white wine; An appetizer platter, A three-course burger tasting, and finally Dessert for everyone. Donated by the Red Cow Uptown.

Voted “Best Burger” by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine twice and ranked as one of the hottest burgers in North America by Eater, the menu at Red Cow has raised the bar on the burger game. Red Cow Uptown is located on the 26th Street and Hennepin Avenue in the Calhoun-Isle neighborhood of Minneapolis.


Valentine Wine & Treats Bskt+

Valentine WineValentine Wine & Treats Basket. Donated by LaVonne Brick.

Tastefully Simple & Wine Bskt+

Tastefully Simple & Wine Basket. Donated by LaVonne Brick.Tastefully Simple

Live, Love, Bake Bskt+

Live, Love, Bake Basket. Donated by LaVonne Brick. Bake Basket

Chianti/Porterhouse Gift Cards+

You choose. These Gift Cards can be used at the Chianti Grill or Porterhouse Steak and Seafood.  Three Gift Cards valued at $25 each. Buy one or buy all three! Donated by the Chianti Grill and Porterhouse Steak and Seafood.Chianti Grill

Northfield Olive Oil Tasting+

Northfield Olive OilPartake in a Private Tasting at Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars. Donated by Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars.

Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars strives to bring the freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oils from around the world to Northfield and the surrounding communities. They take pride in providing naturally fused and infused Extra Virgin Olive Oils that achieve the perfect flavor aesthetic. Plus, their authentic Traditional Style Balsamic Condimento is made in Modena, Italy from the highest quality Trebbiano grapes.


Blue Winter Holiday Gift Basket+

Blue Holiday Gift BasketMatching Blue items in this basket of handmade items including a fleece throw, hot pads and towels. Donated by Lorene Breingan and Friends of Ruth’s House.

Framed Horse Picture+

Evening Gold by Chris Cummings. Framed Art from an anonymous donor.Horse Art

Judy's Floral Arrangement+

judys floralTake it home the night of the Gala. Judy’s Floral in Northfield is designing a floral arrangement based on the “Pillars of Support” (Greek Style) that will be on display at the Gala. Donated by Judy’s Floral.

Proudly serving the Northfield, Minnesota area, Judy’s Floral is a full-service local florist that is family-owned and operated with over 38 years of floral design experience.


Christmas Gift Basket+

Holiday Gift BasketSo many treasures in this basket of handmade items you can buy ahead for next Christmas. Donated by Lorene Breingan and Friends of Ruth’s House.

Donahue's Greenhouse Gift Card+

Donahues GreenhouseDream about your 2020 garden and how this gift card from Donahue’s Nursery will help make that dream a reality. Donated by Donahue’s Greenhouse.

Donahue’s Greenhouse is a family owned business run by first generation owner Lois Donahue, seven of her children, a son-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter working full time in the day to day operations. Many of her other grandchildren work part time or seasonally in the greenhouse, making it a true family business!

Pair of Wool Pillows+

Annie Belle pillowsPair of 18″ pillows handcrafted from Faribault Woolen Mills wool blanket fabric. Donated by Annie Belle Creations. Annie Belle

Floors by Farmer Gift Cert+

No need to dream about new flooring. Use this gift certificate to make that dream come true. Donated by Floors by Farmer.
Floors by Farmer


Guthrie Theater Tickets+

Two tickets to a 2020 performance at the Guthrie Theater. Donated by the Guthrie Theater.

Inn at Shattuck Stay+

One Night Stay at the Luxurious Inn at The Inn at  Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault. Donated by The Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.Shattuck St. Mary's logo

Emagine Theater Pkg+

A Day at the Movies at Emagine in Lakeville. This Package includes 2 Golden Tickets and 2 Free Sodas. Donated by Emagine in Lakeville.

Book Baskets+

Two Book Baskets. Donated by the Faribault Branch of the AAUW.AAUW logo

Mystic Lake Pkg+

Mystic LakeSpend a night in Prior Lake at the Mystic Lake Hotel  and enjoy dinner at the Mystic Steakhouse. Package includes a one-night stay (double-occupancy) and a $50 gift card to the Mystic Steakhouse. Donated by Mystic Lake.

Follow the lights to the only place that brings non-stop gaming action, dining, drinks, entertainment and nightlife together as part of a complete resort experience.

The Saint Paul Hotel Stay+

SaintPaulHotelEnjoy Deluxe Overnight Hotel Accommodations for Two at the Saint Paul Hotel. Donated by The Saint Paul Hotel.

Regarded as one of the nation’s premier hotels, The Saint Paul Hotel is the gem of our namesake city. From President John F. Kennedy to Charles Lindberg, The Hotel has hosted some of America’s most defining figures in addition to thousands of leisure and business travelers.

Hilton Garden Inn Stay+

Hilton Garden InnCertificate for a One-Night Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Donated by the Hilton Garden Inn of Bloomington.

The Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis/Bloomington is within a 10-minute drive of the Mall of America and  Nickelodeon Universe.

A Day at the Races+

Canterbury Park “A Day At The Races”
This package from Canterbury Park includes: Reserved Clubhouse Seating for 4; Complimentary Admission and Programs for 4; and a $100 Food & Beverage Voucher. Donated by Canterbury Park.


From horse racing to card casino action, private parties to special events, Canterbury Park is home to year round fun. For added entertainment, visit one of our RiverSouth partners and make it a long weekend

Paradise Center for the Art Memb+

Paradise Family Membership for One Donated by the Paradise Center for the Arts.

The Paradise Center for the Arts is a vibrant cultural and artistic gathering place in Historic downtown Faribault. 2020 marks their 13th year of creating visual and performing arts in Faribault.

Vertical Endeavors Pkg+

Test your climbing skills at Vertical Endeavors. This package includes 5 Day Passes including the Rental Package (Shoes, Harness, Belay Device, Chalk&Chalk Bag). Donated by Vertical Endeavors, Minneapolis. Vertical Endeavors

Vertical Endeavors operates some of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the nation with multiple locations throughout the Midwest. People of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves and have a blast. Routes are available for all skill levels from first-timers to advanced climbers and offer a great workout both physically and mentally


Studio 14 Gift Pkg+

Studio 14Studio 14 logoPamper yourself with this Studio 14 Salon & Spa hair products package and tote. Donated by Studio 14 Salon & Spa in Faribault.

  • Loma Maximum Volumizing Solution
  • Loma Smoothing Cream
  • Loma Dry Shampoo
  • Loma Leave-In Conditioner

With more than 150 years of combined experience, Studio 14 Salon & Spa can do just about anything when it comes to the finest in salon & spa treatments. At Studio 14 Salon & Spa, we use only the finest products to pamper you just right.

Badger Balm Pkg+

Just what your body needs to get through the Minnesota winter. This package includes:BadgerBalm

  • Badger Aromatic Chest Rub (Eucalyptus & Mint)
  • Badger Foot Balm (Peppermint & Tea Tree)
  • Badger Balm For Hardworking Hands
  • Badger Balm Sore Muscle Rub (Cayenne & Ginger)
  • A Little Magic for your Lips (set of 4)

Donated by Badger.
Badger is a small, family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly company nestled in the woods of Gilsum, New Hampshire. They  blend the finest organic plant extracts, exotic oils, beeswax, and minerals to make the safest, most effective products possible to soothe, heal, protect and otherwise treat your body.

Handmade Hat and Mittens+

Keep warm and stylish wearing this hand knitted hat and texting mittens. Knitted and donated by Karen Churchill.Hat and Mittens

Finally A Gift Store Pkg+

Treasures in this Gift Bag include:  A pair of Women’s Cabin Sox by Muk Luks, a black knit Infinity Scarf, a packet of Notecards and a small bag of Abdallah’s Sea Salt Caramels. Donated by Finally a Gift Store in Faribault.

Finally A Gift Store


Duck Tape Pkg+

Colorful Rolls of Duck Tape to spur your imagination and creativity. Donated by Duck Brand.
Duck Tape

Harley-Davidson Gift Pkg+

No Harley Cycle? No Problem? This package of Two Floor Mats, a Seat Cover, Decals, and Ice Scraper, and Air Freshner are for your car or truck. Donated by Harley-Davidson.
Harley Davidson

Chuck and Don's Pet Supplies+

Churck and DonsBid on this Bowl FULL of selected items from Chuck and Don’s Pet Supplies including pet food snacks, toys, nose butter, safety light, and pet food. Donated by Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies in Northfield.

At Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies you’ll find everything you need under one virtual and physical roof. Natural food. Healthy treats. Supplies. Grooming. Advice.



Grand Slam Walk-In Pkg+

Two passes to Grand Slam for their 3-hour Walk-In Package, which includes unlimited Laser Tag, unlimited Mini Golf, and unlimited use of Krazy Kars. Package also includes 12 arcade credits and a 16 oz soft drink. Donated by Grand Slam.

MN Landscape Arboretum Passes+

Four VIP Passes to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Donated by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Northfield Golf Club Pkg+

Northfield Golf ClubThis Northfield Golf Club Package for 4 includes 18-hole green fees and the use of a cart. Donated by Northfield Golf Club.

Northfield Golf Club is one of the oldest private clubs in Minnesota. Enjoy a challenging 18-hole redesigned course. The spacious clubhouse offers both casual and formal dining areas and a function room all with spectacular views of the course.

Northfield Golf