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Silent auction at Riverland gala features high-value items

With the Riverland Community College Gala only three weeks away, organizers of the silent auction want to inform the community of the items that will be for sale that evening.

The gala will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 26 at Northbridge Mall. Tickets are $75 per person, and money raised will go to support scholarships for students.

“The list is pretty unbelievable what people are giving,” said Susie Petersen, one of the organizers. “It’s pretty generous. It goes to tell you what they think of Riverland and how important it is for the region and our community.”

Donated items as of Friday are the following:

• A six-night stay in a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with a private hot tub in the Aspen Groves neighborhood near Meadow Village in Montana. The home sleeps seven to 14 people, or four to five couples. The estimated value is $5,000.

• A four-hour aerial voyage including a landing and lunch destination with pilot Craig Ludtke.

• A four-night, three-day guided amateur hunting trip in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a group of four hosted by Henry and Don Savelkoul. The group will hunt for turkey, prairie dog and coyote. Guns and ammunition are provided, and guests must provide their own license. Value is estimated at $1,500.

A 36-inch wide burning fire pit from Pro Manufacturing.

One full day of fishing for four people in the Brainerd Lakes area with guide John Blong. Two nights are included at White Fish Lodge. Value is estimated at $1,100.

A locally grown processed lamb, wrapped and frozen with recipes included. It will be processed to buyer’s specifications. Value estimated at $300.

One night stay at the Radisson Blue Hotel at the Mall of America, along with admission for four to Nickelodeon Universe and Moose Mountain Adventure Golf. Package also includes four free games of bowling at Sky Deck at the Mall of America. Value estimated at $400.

Custom Granicrete poker table, featuring an authentic bottle of whiskey, cigars, cards, money and poker chips. Table is created with light-weight concrete and edged in shotgun shells. Value estimated at $4,000.

An evening of champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the patio followed by a pontoon cruise on Fountain Lake with cocktails and appetizers. On arrival back, there will be a gourmet steak and shrimp dinner. Evening is for four couples. Value estimated at $600.

Lake of the Ozarks getaway for four days and three nights. Includes breakfast two days, dinner two evenings and two days on the lake. Value estimated at $1,500.

Pre-game tailgate party and tickets to a Gopher football game. High bidder can pick between the Sept. 24, 2016, game against Colorado State or Oct. 22 game against Rutgers. Package includes four game tickets and tailgate before and after the game. Value estimated at $500.

Four-hour consultation from HGTV/DIY designer Hal Davis of West End Architectural Salvage of West Des Moines.

Southern Minnesota Landscape package includes sprucing up existing landscaping — pruning, mulching or general landscaping. Value estimated at $500.

Season golf membership to Wedgewood Cove, with cart and free driving range. Value estimated at $1,899.

Two pit and garage passes at the Xfinity NASCAR race at Iowa Speedway in 2016. Includes one parking pass. Value estimated at $500.

• Item from Northstar Power Sports & Marine.

Group of Gopher sporting events from Dave Syverson Ford.

An afternoon of sailing onboard Discovery with Christi and Steve Waldhoff on Lake Pepin. Adventure includes an orientation to sailing, lunch and beverages. Value estimated at $350 to $500.

A stay in a 1,400 square-foot two-bedroom home in St. Augustine, Florida, for seven nights. Value estimated at $1,500.

A 32-inch television.

A Thomas Kincade painting. Valued at $1,500.