Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Save the date! Our 10th Annual Ann Arbor Academy Benefit Auction will be April 25, 2015

We are planning something special for our 10th Benefit Auction.  Watch this space for updates, and visit our school website at  

Thank You for a Successful 2014 Auction

Our 2014 Benefit Auction was very successful, thanks to the generous donor and bidders who are too numerous to cite here.
Because of their efforts, more students can avail themselves of the educational opportunities of Ann Arbor Academy.
Thank You!

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Auction Catalog Now Available On-Line!

You can find all the wonderful items offered at our 9th Annual Benefit Auction going to the following link:\A3_Benefit_Auction_2014_Catalog.pdf

Remember:  We request pre-registration of guests.  Please call the Ann Arbor Academy at 734-747-6411 if you are able to attend.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Important Information for Auction Guests

9th Annual Ann Arbor Academy Benefit Auction
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Genesis Social Hall (St. Clare's Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth)
2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor

Parking:  Ample parking is available at the Church/Temple (enter from Crestland) and in the Eastover Professional Building parking lot across the street (enter from Eastover, Packard, or Crestland)

Please pre-register using our on-line link found on the school's Home page:

6:00 p.m.  Silent Auction, Buffet, Beverages
6:30-7:30  Souvenir portraits taken by Ebony Iris Studio
7:40-8:00  Silent Auction tables close
8:00          Live Auction
9:00          Check Out:  Invoices will be printed.  Cash, check, and VISA or MasterCard payment is expected at this time.  Because of processing time, guests may find cash/check payments quickest.

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Hollyhocks 3" Studio Art Quilt by Sue Holdaway-Heys

Sue Holdaway-Heys is a professional quilt artist from Ann Arbor MI. Her work has been shown in AQS, IQA, Visions: The Art Of the Quilt (1992), Visions: Quilt Expressions (1998) and many other prestigious shows. She has won many awards including the American Quilt Society Show, The Ella Sharpe Museum, and The Ann Arbor Art Center. Her work is represented in many public and private collections including a doll in the White House collection. Sue's work has been published many times.  Sue has donated the above art quilt, "Hollyhocks 3", to the Academy auction.

LeSueur ClayWork

Local potter Kathleen LeSueur is widely recognized for the flair and craftsmanship of her work.  She has applied a variety of glazes and finishes to achieve the effect you see in this piece, available at our auction this year.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hand-knit Silk/Wool Blend Scarf

Among the many hand-made items at the auction is this scarf knitted in a soft brown silk-wool blend.  It's fixed with a dashing gold-tone hand-crafted shawl pin. Comes with a presentation box.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hand Made Whimsical Fairy House

This fairy house, created by Cynthia Karageanes of Fairy Trails, is a one of a kind sculpture. It’s to be presented to fairies as a special gift. When a child or adult places a fairy house in their room, it becomes a magical location where they can exchange notes and gifts with the fey they wish to attract!  This home is adorned with many beautiful pieces of handmade furniture. miniature items such as vanities, stoves, potion bottles, crystal balls, shells, dishes and so much more! The materials used in my fairy houses are mostly natural and found right here on walks in our beautiful Michigan forestry. They are heat-sterilized to prevent unwelcome tenants! Accessorized with How to attract a fairy book, refillable fairy dust wand & fairy welcome packet.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hand-blown Calcedonia glass vase

Calcedonia glass is a special recipe that uses metal oxides for a truly one-of-a-kind piece. This exquisite vase is from Pyro Art Glass Studio in Mt. Clemens.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Mackinac Island Getaway

Your home base for this two-night Mackinac Island Getaway is the historic Murray Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Mackinac Island. Relax in an atmosphere of Victorian-era d├ęcor in this fully air-conditioned hotel or step out of their double doors into the heart of downtown! Modern amenities abound, including elevators, in-room televisions, and air-conditioning. All rooms have their own private bathrooms. Additionally, the hotel hosts several in-house dining options, and the Murray Hotel Fudge Company sells award-winning fudge. A hot breakfast buffet awaits guests in the floral-bedecked Garden Room. The family-owned and operated Murray Hotel continues to impress visitors with the courteous and friendly service that has marked its success for over 130 years. Includes ferry transportation to the island. This very special item will be offered during our Live Auction.

Motawi "Songbird" Pendant

From Motawi designs, a pendant in rich blue tones and black, suspended on a silver chain.

Motawi Tile

Motawi Tileworks has created a fresh design for Spring--yellow tulips on a soft blue background.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Beverage Dispenser

Serve a cooling tea or fruit drink to a crowd with this large glass dispenser, donated by Crown House of Gifts.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Auction Venue

For the 2014 Auction, we return to our beautiful venue, the Genesis Social Hall at 2309 Packard Street in Ann Arbor. Parking is available on site and in the neighboring Eastover Professional Building lot.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Please RSVP to the Auction by April 11

The Annual Auction is a fun, festive, and free adult affair for supporters of the Academy and its students.  To accommodate our guests, we require reservations. Use the easy electronic RSVP form on our school website:  While you are there, check out our amazing school!

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Keeweenaw StoneWorks artist Fred Reese unearthed this baby.  It's a must-see at the auction!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Morgan & York Cheese Tray

Redeem this certificate for a tray of three of Morgan & York's best and most popular cheeses:  Emmental from Switzerland, Gouda from Holland, and Cantal from France, accompanied by Catalan olives, Calencian almonds and Spanish date cake.

UM Museum of Art Director's Tour

University of Michigan Museum of Art's Director Joseph Rosa will conduct a private tour of the museum for four. One of the largest university art museums in the USA, its collection of nearly 19,000 works spans cultures, eras, and media. The tour includes a lunch at the museum. This item will be offered in the Live Auction segment of the evening.

Baird Carillon Private Tour

Inside the iconic Burton Tower on the UM central campus is a musical instrument--the Baird Carillon. With 55 tuned bells, the Baird grand carillon is the fourth heaviest in the world. Carillonneur Kipp Cortez will conduct a private tour of this remarkable Ann Arbor landmark for the lucky auction winner.  This item will be offered during our Live Auction segment of the evening.


Four Seasons of Downton Abbey on DVD

Whether you are new to this acclaimed series, or just want to have your "fix" close at hand, this DVD collection will give you hours of exceptional entertainment.

Tom Thompson Four Months of Flowers

Tom Thompson, a regular and popular donor to our Auction, will provide four bunches of his exquisite flowers for you to enjoy in four different months of the coming year.  

Tom Thompson Flowers
504 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Paper Source Creative Card-Making Class

You and 5 other friends can learn easy and creative ways of making cards from the professionals at Paper Source. You can tailor your class to your interests.  Includes 10% discount on purchases.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cheese board set

Four cheese utensils are nestled in one half of this clever 2-piece serving set.  When not in use, the tray slides into the serving piece.  Crafted of bamboo.

Tod's Handbag

Luxury Tod's handbag in espresso, fully lined with magnetic closure.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Purple Rose Theatre

We are delighted to offer a voucher at our 2014 Auction for two tickets to a Purple Rose Theatre production.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Embossed Planner Cover

Elaine Selo of Selo/Shevel Gallery has donated a rich brown planner cover, deeply embossed with a striking Native American motif.  

Leni Hoch Designs Silk Scarf

Leni creates wearable art out of Glenmore, Pennsylvania.  She has masterfully dyed this silk scarf in an array of rich autumn tones.  See this item at our 2014 Auction.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Save the date! Our 2014 Auction will be on April 26, 2014

The 9th Ann Arbor Academy Annual Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 6 pm in the Genesis Social Hall of St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth at 2309 Packard Street.  Follow this space for auction news!