Ruth's House




It was a party.
It was a great outpouring of support for Ruth’s House.

It took less than a minute of Fund-a-Need bidding to raise the $15,000 matching funds needed to secure our HUD Grant worth $185,000.  It will take a few weeks to tally all of the generous contributions received throughout the evening–from the Silent Auction, Live Auction, Dessert Auction, Wine Wall Raffle, and Fund-a-Need for 2019 Capitol Projects. Our sincere thanks to everyone in the community who supported this event and who support Ruth’s House throughout the year.

For more information please contact Suzzanne at or call 507-334-5043.

Theme and Decorations

It’s the HEARTS GALA! Once again the Decorating Committee will transform the American Legion in Faribault into “Party Central.” Dress in your favorite comfortable party clothes (hot pink is the color this year) and plan to sit with friends at the tables seating 8-10 people.
Gala Tables

Dessert Tables

The Dessert Auction

The Wine Wall:

Wine Wall

Four bottles of wine, each valued at $50, will be among the bottles of red and white wine in Wine Wall Raffle.

2019 Gala Committee

Committee Members: Joyce Elsen (chair), Christiana Adams, Elaine Anderstrom, Kari Boldt, Chuck Budde, Cassandra Cook-Quarry,  Casi Cross, Suzzanne Fox, Brenna Gardner, Marcy Goss, Matt Gustafson, Ruth Hickey, Ruth Hildebrandt, Rose Leifeld-Brennan, Isabell O’Connor, Sue Rodman, Michelle Simpson, Kathy Tonolli, Jeanne Ullian, Ruth Wirtzfeld.

Live Auction Items


Heirloom Hall Tree+

hall treeHEIRLOOM HALL TREE perfect for an entry way or just about any room in your house. It is made from a door original to the 1895 Cassius Buck House (on the National Register of Historic Places ) that is now occupied by Ruth’s House. Consisting primarily of mahogany the “front” side is beautifully finished while the “back” side still reveals the wear of over a generation of use. Woodworking by Chris Becker.



Las Vegas Package+

Fabulous THREE NIGHT (four-day) stay for FOUR PEOPLE in TWO ROOMS at a Caesar Property Hotel  in Las Vegas AND a $1000 Delta Airline Miles Voucher (can be used for any travel).Las Vegas sign

Monthly Bouquets for a Year+

A Flower Arrangement a  Month for One Year donated by Photo of RosesBloom Floral Designs.




Manicures & Pedicures+

Indulge yourself or someone you love every month with this package of twelve pedicures. Donated by Sunset Salon.


Sunset Salon logo

Dinner for Ten at Your Home+

Private DINNER FOR TEN at your home catered by Chef Jeff LaBeau of the Depot Bar & Grill in Faribault. Donated by  Jeff LaBeau. (Does not include alcohol.)

Chef Jeff LaBeau

Day at the Capitol+

Day at the Capitol with Senator John Jasinski and Representative Brian Daniels.Minnesota Capitol

Gibson Guitar Firebird 2017 T+

Gibson Guitar Studio Vintage Sunburst 2017 T Guitar featuring: “slim taper neck, scorching pickups, and iconic design.” Donated by Gibson.

Valentine's Day Centerpiece+

Start the night right by bidding on the first item to be auctioned off at the Gala. If you are the winning bidder, this beautiful red, pink, and white centerpiece will be at your Gala table for the entire evening and then safely wrapped for you to take home.

judys floral

Silent Auction Items


Kerfoot Canopy Tour+

Kerfoot CanopyThis is a two and one-half hour zip line adventure including 14 zip lines as well as a suspension bridge and a spiral staircase. Donated by Kerfoot Canopy Tour.

Men's K2 Rollerblades+

RollerBladesPair of men’s red, black, and white, size 11 K2 rollerblades.

Wicker Picnic Basket Set+

Picnic BasketBrown wicker picnic basket with service for four: mugs, napkins, glasses, plates and silverware.

Silver and Pearl Necklace+

silver and pearl necklaceBeautiful silver and pearl necklace donated by Isabell O’Connor.

Black and Silver Necklace+

black and silver necklaceStunning black and silver necklace donated by Isabell O’Connor.

Light Green Necklace+

green necklaceElegant light green necklace donated by Isabell O’Connor.

Guthrie Theater Tickets+

Guthrie TheatreTwo tickets to a 2018-2019 production at the Guthrie Theater. Donated by the Guthrie Theater.

Surly Brewing Gift Package+

SurlyBrewingCoSurly Sack containing a men’s and a women’s shirt, four pint glasses, a hat, and a $20 gift card. Donated by Surly Brewing Company.

North Shore Scenic Railroad Pkg+

NorthShore RailroadFamily Four Pack includes a 90 minute excursion on the North Shore Scenic Railroad (2018/2019). Donated by the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

The Saint Paul Hotel Stay+

St. Paul HotelDeluxe overnight accommodations for two at The Saint Paul Hotel. Donated by The Saint Paul Hotel.

Buck Hill Package+

buck hillTwo All-Day Ski or Snowboard Lift Tickets at Buck Hill. Donated by Buck Hill.

Duck Tape Company Gift Package+

Duck TapeA basket full of Duck Tape goodies, including poster putty, socket sealers, easy liner, and window roll kit. Donated by Duck Tape Company.

Grand Slam Laser Tag Packages+

Grand_Slam_BannerTwo Laser Tag Walk-in Packages at Grand Slam. Donated by Grand Slam.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum+

arboretumFour VIP passes to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Donated by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Child's Fleece Poncho+

childs ponchoHandmade Child’s Pink Fleece Poncho donated by Karen Churchill.

Norwex Gift Basket+

Norwex Gift Basket donated by Sharon Dell.

Fit for Life Membership+

Fit for Life logoThree-Month Family Membership to Fit for Life donated by Fit for Life.

Lady's Hooded Cape+

Annie Belle photoLady’s Hooded Cape donated by Annie Belle Creationsannie Belle cape

Apple Creek Framed Photo+

Angell PhotoApple Creek photo in a handcrafted, inlaid frame. “This is a photograph that can never be duplicated. The ice on the creek built up and totally destroyed the tree.” Donated by Angell’s Images.

Raku Bird Bath+

Lockerby Bird Bath

Down to Earth Stoneware and Raku Pottery  Bird Bath. The glaze is food safe and it can also be used as a serving dish. Donated by Dianne Lockerby.

Painted "CAT" Rock+

cat rockPainted “CAT” Rock donated by Shirley Rainey Rosett.

Keepsake Wood Boxes+

Keepsake boxesStore your treasures in these Keepsake Boxes handcrafted of exotic aromatic red cedar. Crafted and donated by Becker Woodcraft.

Emagine Theatre Package+

Two Golden Tickets and two  44 oz. boxes of popcorn.  Donated by Emagine Entertainment: The Magic of Movies & More.Emagine Theater

Sampler Quilt and Shams+

Heirloon Quality Sampler Quilt and Two Shams pieced and sewn by Janet Tangren and machine-quilted by Val Poock. Quilt measures 98″ x 98″=large queen. Donated by JaneTangren quiltTangren quiltt Tangren.


Globe Bar+

Globe Bar on Wood Stand. Donated by Friends of Ruth’s House.

Wooden Train Set+

train setWooden Train Set donated by the Faribault Restorative Justice Program. Restorative Justice: Making Things Right

Wooden Doll House/Bookshelf+

Doll Houseback doll houseWooden Doll House/Bookshelf (32″ x 35″‘ 47″ tall) donated by the Faribault Restorative Justice Program.

Children's Wooden Puzzles+

wooden puzzlesPenguin, Whale, and Lion Wooden Puzzles for children donated by the Faribault Restorative Justice Program.

Prairie's Edge Stay+

One night stay in a standard room (weekday) or RV Park and up to $25.00 in the Meadows Buffet or Firefly Lounge at Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort. Donated by Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort.Prairies Edge

Crown Point Resort Stay+

Crown Lake ResortComplimentary One-Bedroom, Seven Night / Eight Day Stay at Crown Point Resort in the Ozarks. Certificate must be used within one year of issuance. Certificate NOT valid from May 10-September 21. Certificate based on availability. Donated by Crown Point Resort.Crown Point Resort

Red Bull Cooler+

Red Bull CoolerRed Bull Counter Top Cooler donated by Lunds & Byerlys

Pontoon Cruise for Six+

Cruise with the Elsens! Pontoon Cruise on Shields Lake. Bring up to Six People. Donated by Joyce and Rick Elsen. Elsen Pontoon

Badger Products Package+

Badger BalmThis package includes 5 lip balms, a Badger balm for hardworking hands, a headache soother, a sleep balm, 4 travel Aromatherapy’s, and a sore muscle rub. Donated by the Badger Company.

Fishing/Hunting Items+

Peterson donationSeveral Groupings of Fishing and Hunting Items. Donated by John and Patricia Petersen.

Items include quality rod and reel, vest, 303 cleaners and protectants, gun case, back pack, cooler, cookware (BBQ tools, griddle), PFD, and MORE.

Mike's Beach Cruiser Bike+

Cool Mike’s Hard Lemonade 26″ beach cruiser bike. Donated by Suzzanne Fox.Bike donation

Golf at Fox Hills+

Eighteen holes of golf at Fox Hills Resort. Donated by Fox Hills Resort.Fox Hills

Mystic Lake Casino Package+

Mystic Lake Casino one-night stay (double-occupancy) and two meals at the buffet. Donated by Mystic Lake Casino.
Mystic Lake

Studio 14 Gift Package+

studio 21 basketTote Bag filled with Beauty Supplies–Rusk Deepshine STR8 Iron, Shampoo and Conditioner. Donated by Studio 14 Salon and Spa.

MN Wild Hockey Package+

MN Wild LogoTwo Tickets to see a great hockey game–the Minnesota Wild vs. the Nashville Predators at 7:30pm on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Wild HockeySeats are right up from the goalie.(Section 123, Row 4, Seats 12 & 13) Also includes a small Wild Cooler and Wild Glasses.

Donated by Paul Mendoza, Advanced First Aid, Inc.



MN Vikings Blanket+

Handmade Minnesota Vikings Blanket. Donated by Doris Hendrickson.Viking Blanket

Wooden Birdhouses+

Decorative Wooden Birdhouses donated by Faribault Restorative JusticeWooden BirdhusesMore birdhouses

Table and Lamp+

Beautiful Console Table and Lamp for your home. Donated by Erickson Furniture.

Erickson Furniture


Finally A Gift Store Package+

Special package includes a coffee mug, two specialty coffee packs and socks. Donated by Finally A Gift Store.

Finally a gift

Nerstrand Smoked Ham+

Certificate for 15 lb smoked ham. Donated by Nerstrand Meats and Catering.Nerstrand Meats

Book Baskets+

History Buff book basket and Minnesota Authors book basket. Both donated by the AAUW Faribault branch. AAUW logo

Joe's Sport Cafe Gift Cards+

Two Gift Cards worth $50 each. Donated by Joe’s Sports Café.Joe's Sports Cafe logo

Aquatics Passes+

Two sets of 10 tickets for the Faribault Family Aquatic Center. Donated by Faribault Parks and Recreation.FBO Parks and Recreation

Fashions on Central Gift Cert.+

Gift Certificate worth $20 for shopping at Fashions on Central. Donated by Fashions on Central/Buckham West. Fashions on Central

Trinity Pie Certificates+

Two Certificates for 2 pies. Donated by the Trinity Pie Makers.Trinity Lutheran Church

R.F. Moeller Gift Certificate+

R. F. Moeller Jeweler $250 Gift Certificate. Donated by R. F. Moeller Jeweler.

Moeller Jewelers

Millner Wine/Cider +

Opportunity to sample the Millner Heritage wine and cider with your winning bid on one of several baskets of Millner Heritage red and white wine or cider. Donated by Dean Manz for Millner Heritage WineryMillner Cidery & Cidery.


Basket of Kitchen Goods+

It’s a KITCHEN BASKET filled with goodies including some special Pampered Chef items!
Pampered Chef basket

Mary Kay Basket+

Basket with some of your favorite Mary Kay items (three eye shadows and a mug) as well as a $25 Mary Kay Gift Certificate. Donated by Jean Wakely.

Mary Kay Basket

Wood Bird Feeder+

Large Wooden Bird Feeder. Donated by Harry Dell.Birdfeeder

Mardi Gras Ball Tickets+

Two tickets to the Mardi Gras Ball featuring Music of the Viennese ballroom, New Orleans Mardi Gras, and traditional dance music with full symphony orchestra. We encourage you to come in costume or dressed in your fineries (but not required). Includes hors d’oeuvres.  Friday, March 1, 2019, 8:00 pm , Northfield Ballroom. Donated by the Northfield Arts GuildNorthfield Arts Guild

Northfield Chamber Bucks+

Fifty dollars in Northfield Chamber Bucks. Donated by the Heritage Bank of Dennison.


Floral Print+

Floral Print donated by Carla Thompson of the Barefoot Studio in Northfield.

Kitchen Faucet and Install+

Delta Soft Touch Faucet as well as installation by a licensed plumber. Donated by Paul’s Plumbing and Heating.Pauls Plumbing

Northfield Inn Gift Cert.+

Bed and Breakfast at the Northfield Inn. Donated by the Northfield Inn.Northfield Inn

Signature Bar Gift Card+

Signature Bar & Grill logoTwo – $20 gift cards for the Signature Bar  & Grill. Donated by The Signature Bar & Grill.

Tanzenwald Growler+

Growler from the Tanzenwald Brewing Company in Northfield. Donated by the Tanzenwald Brewing Company.Tanzenwald Brewing

Summit Golf Club Pkg.+

Two – 18 hole Rounds of Golf (with cart) at The Summit Golf Club. Valid Monday-Friday. Donated by the Summit Golf Club.The Summit Golf Club

Southern Hills Golf Pkg.+

Two – 18 hole Rounds of Golf (with cart) at Southern Hills Golf Course. Valid Monday-Friday. Donated by the Southern Hills Golf CourseSouthern hills Golf.

Chanhassen Tickets+

Two Golden Tickets to The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Includes dinner and show for two people. Donated by the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.Chanhassen Logo

Legacy Golf Pkg.+

Two 18 hole Rounds of Golf at The Legacy  Golf. Donated by The Legacy Golf.Legacy Golf

Singing Valentine+

Unique gift for someone special–a Singing Valentine by a quartet from The Lakelanders.  Donated by the Lakelander Chorus.

kdhlTwo Golden Tickets to The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Includes dinner and show for two people. Donated by the KDHL.

Decorative Standing Birdhouse+

Decorative Standing Birdhouse. Donated by Marcella von Ruden.Birdhouse

Young Living Baby Basket+

Young Living OilsBaby Basket filed with Young Living products–baby shampoo, wipes, baby oil, diaper rash cream, baby lotion, linen spray, a towel, and wash cloth. Donated by Erin Gillen-Bauer.

Handcrafted Wood Items+

Wood ItemsAman Keepsake boxAman cutting boardHandcrafted wooden items (cribbage board, cheese board, keepsake box, and cutting boards. Donated by Craig Aman.

Alex and Ani bracelet+

“Alex and Ani” Prosperity Bracelet.
Alex bracelet

Chianti/Porterhouse Gift Cards+

Two – $25 Gift cards to the Chianti Grill or Porterhouse Steak & Seafood.Chianti Grill

Private Tasting Oil & Vinegar+

A Private Group Tasting  at Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars. Donated by Northfield Olive Oils & Vinegars.
Northfield Olive Oil

Red Wing Movie Passes+

Two – 4 Pack Movie passes at Red Wing Cinema Movie passes8. Donated by Red Wing Cinema 8.Red Wing Cinema

Paradise Membership & Tickets+

One-Year Family Membership and Two tickets to Last Train to Nibroc. Donated by the Paradise TheaterParadise

Chasing Dreams Book+

American LegionChasing Dreams: Living Life One Yard at a Time. Book donated by the Faribault American Legion Post 43.

Community Co-op Gift Pkg.+

Community Co-opGift Card for $25 along with selected merchandise. Donated by Community Co-op.

Pamper Your Dog+

Dog Basket filled with Baked dog treats, Smart leash, Bones, Coffee Mug, and Ball. Donated by Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies.Chuck and Don's

Minnesota Wild Gift Pkg.+

Minnesota Wild Autographed Cap and Wild Gift Pack. Donated by Minnesota Wild.

MN Wild

Minnesota Timberwolves Tickets+

Tickets to see the Minnesota Timberwolves. Donated by the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx.


Brie & Wine Basket+

BrieBrie and Wine Basket AND a $25 gift card to The Cheese Cave. Donated by LaVonne Brick.

Tastefully Simple Basket+

Tastefully Simple Basket. Donated by LaVonne Brick.TastefullySimple

Brick Oven Bakery Gift Cert.+

Two – $25.00 Gift Certificates to Brick Oven Bakery. Donated by Brick Oven Bakery.


Canterbury Park Package+

Canterbury Park “A Day at the Races” includes reserved clubhouse seating for four; complimentary admission and programs for four; and Clubhouse Buffet for four. Donated by Canterbury Park.Canterbury Park


Northfield Golf Club Pkg.+

Northfield Golf Club18 Hole Greens Fee for Four Players (golf cart not included). Donated by Northfield Golf Club. 

Autographed Vikings Helmet+

vikings helemtVikings Helmet autographed by Harrison Smith. Donated by the Minnesota Vikings.

Harrison Smith is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round, 29th overall of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Notre Dame.

Wegner Quilt+

Pastel pieced quilt (60″ x 74″) by Barb Wegner. Made and donated by Barb Wegner.barb Wegner quilt

Red/White Wine+

A bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine. Donated by Carriage House Liquor.carriage house liquor

Log Cabin Bird House+

Art, but a Real Log Cabin for the birds. Donated by Dale Smith.Smith Bird House

Cheese Cave Basket+

Cheese Cave

Gift Basket filled assorted Minnesota food products and a certificate for $10.00. Donated by The Cheese Cave.

Bracelet and Wine+

Wrap Bracelet wineWrap bracelet

Bottle of wine “wrapped” in a Four-Wrap Bracelet. Donated by Natalie Smith.