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Wine tasting, microbrew sampling and auction May 4


April 19, 2018

The members of the Odessa Healthcare Foundation board have been busy gathering donations, creating live auction packages and putting the finishing touches on the 27th annual Odessa Healthcare Foundation Wine Tasting, Microbrew Sampling and Auction. On Friday, May 4, 2018, the Odessa Community Center will be filled with friends seeking a new wine to taste, sampling a favorite microbrew, nibbling on appetizers prepared by the Odessa High School FBLA and other volunteers, bidding on silent and live auction items and supporting the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center.

If you would like to avoid the long line at the front of the community center, enter the EAST door and have a speedy checkout at the end of the evening, go to to purchase your tickets and register your credit card. Your name will now appear on “the VIP list,” your glass and bidder number will be waiting for you, and you will be bidding on the silent auction items while others are still waiting in line to enter and get their bidder numbers.

The Odessa Healthcare Foundation appreciates the many donations from the businesses of Odessa and the surrounding area, the employees of the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center and our friends and families. Once again, many individuals have generously agreed to share their talents by donating handcrafted items to the 27th annual Odessa Healthcare Foundation Wine Tasting, Microbrew Sampling and Auction. This is by no means a complete list, but a sampling of what you will find at the auction.

The always popular dessert auction will feature Gourmet Layered Brownies by Diana Finkbeiner, a Raspberry Chardonnay Trifle by Ellen Holman, a Rhubarb Pie from Charlene Kagele’s kitchen, Maria Manley’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake, Gourmet Cupcakes from Kerry Scheller, a Chocolate Angel Food Cake from Jean Starkel’s kitchen, a Sour Cream Peach Pie by Haley Wagner, Deb Walter’s Coconut Cake and Deborah Walter’s Italian Cream Cake. You can either share the dessert with your table that night or take it home with you to enjoy the next day.

We have other food items, which will go home with the highest bidder. For those candy lovers, look for Pat Estes’s Fabulous Fudge, Peanut Brittle by Linda Kuch and Almond Roca by Corrine Schuh. Or maybe you would prefer a basket of Grannie Bar Bar’s baked goods or Terri King’s orange rolls. If you are looking for someone to prepare dinner for you, look for the gift certificate from Stephen & Barbara Walter. They will prepare for you and your family a smoked chicken dinner with all the fixin’s.

The talented quilters have been busy creating many treasures. Fronen Steppdecker Quilt Club has donated a “Vino Row” table runner, made from batik fabrics donated by Kathy Taylor, pieced by Laura Estes, and machine quilted by Charlene Kagele. Alva Richardson has designed, pieced and hand-quilted a colorful, scrappy lap throw with a fleece backing. Experience Quilts! donated a bed-sized quilt called “Weave” with a neutral color scheme, pieced by Patricia Gies and quilted by Erin MacGregor. Bright and bold floral fabrics meet angular piecing in a happy mix in “Something Samurai”, a red and black bed-sized quilt, pieced and quilted by Lise Ott.

We have some wonderful woodworkers who have been busy in their workshops. Mandi Braun and Tracy Walter have plans for a painted porch bench made from 2x4s. Keith and Becky Kolterman have created a bulletin board featuring barn wood and wine bottle corks. Pam Williams is making some rustic wooden signs. Robin and Juli Weishaar and Nancy Floether are donating a handcrafted sofa table by MannMade Designs. The Odessa School Ag Shop students are donating a wooden bookshelf and a wooden patio table. Jim and Lora Zimprich have repurposed picture frames into wall hangings featuring dogwood flowers on a ribbon cross. If you like the corn hole game and support the Odessa Tigers, you will want to bid on a handcrafted game created by Kyle Starkel and Ricky Poone of Vestis System.

More surprises await the bidders. Vivianne Poe has created a turquoise necklace/earring set and hand knitted cowl scarves. There will also be hand knitted surprises from Clarene Haynie. The Odessa High School FFA will surprise us with something from the greenhouse. Other handcrafted surprises will come from Marilyn and Lecia Fink, Nancy Floether, Marla Mills, Carol Schott and Lora Zimprich.

The Schafer family of Rocky Coulee Brewing Co. will once again provide beer for sampling and purchase by the glass. We also have two engraved stainless steel wine tumblers donated by Odessa Designs and metalwork from Mike and Linda Kuest of Silhouettes by Request.

The Odessa Healthcare Foundation greatly appreciates the donation of all these handcrafted items and knows many of the attendees look forward to bidding on them on Friday, May 4, 2018. Remember, advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at or Odessa Drug.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Odessa Community Center!


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