Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Ann Arbor Academy 10th Annual Benefit Auction Thanks You!

We are indebted to our generous guests, donors, and sponsors for contributing to the success of our 10th Annual Benefit Auction on April 25, 2015.  Stay tuned to this blog and to the school's website,, for news of the school and the auction!  Thank You!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Important Information for Auction Guests

10th Annual Ann Arbor Academy Benefit Auction
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Genesis Social Hall (St. Clare's Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth)
2309 Packard Street, Ann Arbor
Schedule of the Evening
6:00 p.m.  Silent Auction, Buffet, Beverages
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 accepted.
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 use the limited Church/Temple parking if you have mobility issues. 
If you have not yet registered, please RSVP using our on-line link now:

On-line registration (RSVP) link:

To view a PDF of our auction catalog, go to the school website, and click on the Auction Catalog link in the right upper corner of the Home page.
If you are unable to attend but would like to support student scholarships at the Academy, you may use our on-line donation link:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Justin Boots

    Justin Boots has been making expert crafted footwear since 1879, setting the standard for boots of the west and making some of the most durable and comfortable men's, women's and kids' boots around. You can count on Justin for great western, casual and original work boots, made with the finest leathers and the latest styles in western boots. With Justin Boots' donation of a generous gift voucher to our auction, you can choose your perfect Justin boot!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wild Swan Theater

For over 35 years, families have delighted in Wild  Swan Theater's magical, lively productions performed by their award-winning troupe of professional adult actors, dancers, musicians, and American Sign Language performers. As the only professional theater dedicated to young people in Michigan, bring to life the very best in children’s classics, introduce stories from other cultures in an accessible and fun way, and provide a theatrical experience like no other. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Conversation with Tom Daldin, Host of PBS's Under the RadarMichigan, over dinner at Frita Batidos

Viewers across Michigan and over its borders have explored the best of Michigan through the fast-paced, hip Emmy award-winning PBS program "Under the Radar Michigan" and its engaging host, Tom Daldin. 

For the past five years, Tom's show has showcased the cool people, places and things that make Michigan an awesome place to live, work and play.  Even if you have lived in Michigan your whole life, you will discover people, places and things that make Michigan unique!

The winning bidder will join Tom for a conversation about all things Michigan over a delicious meal at Frita Batidos, one of his favorite stops in Ann Arbor.  Frita Batidos is a casual yet creative Ann Arbor restaurant inspired by Cuban street food, exploiting seasonal variety and locally sourced ingredients to create a fresh menu of  the highest standards.

Thanks to Tom and Frita Batidos for supporting our benefit auction!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

KAH Blanco End of Days Limited Edition Tequila

KAH Tequila Blanco contains intense sweet notes of the cooked agave followed by a spice white peppery punch.  The bottle is hand painted in 24-carat gold and signed and numbered by the artist.

Vis-a-Vis Skin Spa and Bodywork, Platinum Business Sponsor

Hand-made Knit Scarf

Parent Linda Morin has hand-knit this lovely scarf in tweedy olive greens and added a stylish pin.

State Fabricators, Platinum Corporate Donor

State Fabricators, Inc. is a welding and fabrication company that has been producing quality, custom steel fabrications for over 60 years.

IHA, Platinum Corporate Sponsor

IHA is one of the best not-for-profit, multi-specialty healthcare provider groups in southeast Michigan.

Maiz Mexican Cantina, Gold Business Sponsor

Maiz Mexican Cantina offers a fresh approach to traditional favorites and tex-mex specialities. Their chef prepares their food from scratch daily using some fantastic local purveyors and local ingredients.

Metro Delivery, Platinum Corporate Sponsor

Metro Delivery offers professional delivery solutions for businesses and individuals, small package to light freight, scheduled or on-call, 24/7/365, since 1984.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Rechargeable Toothbrush with UV Sanitizer

Maintain good dental health with help from this Sonicare FlexCare Plus HX9170/10 toothbrush that features 5 brushing modes for easy customization. An integrated UV sanitizer helps eliminate bacteria and viruses on the brush head.  Donation courtesy of Kim Karey, DDS.

Sue Holdaway-Heys Studio Art Quilt

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.  She has generously donated her studio art quilt Lavendar Fields to our benefit auction.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fink and Valvo, PLLC, Platinum Corporate Sponsor

We are grateful to Fink and Valvo, PLLC, a Platinum Sponsor of our Benefit Auction. 

The attorneys at Fink and Valvo offer experienced, dedicated representation in a variety of areas of legal expertise.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wild Birds Unlimited

The knowledgeable staff of Wild Birds Unlimited tells us that providing a reliable and easily obtained source of food allows birds more time for selecting quality nest sites and the construction of high quality nests.

Paper Source

A party of 6 can learn how to create beautiful, expressive cards from the talented folks at Paper Source.

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase

"Laughter is the best medicine...get the cure!"

Toledo Symphony

Good Time Charley's

Good Time Charley's, a campus tradition since 1979, offers excellent pub food, and extensive drink menu, and unmatched ambience for watching televised games.  

NightWing Naturals

Lansing-based NightWing Naturals is your source for hand-crafted natural band and beauty products containing skin-loving moisturizing and nourishing oils.

Morgan & York

The friendly, well-informed staff of Morgan & York will help you make satisfying food and wine selections.

Michigan Theater

Movies are just better when viewed from a seat in the beautifully restored, historic Michigan Theater.

Rolling Hills Water Park

Summer will come eventually, and there is no better summer outing for the family than Washtenaw County Parks' Rolling Hills Water Park.

Mediterrano Ann Arbor

Mediterrano's extensive menu will take you from the South of France to Spain, North Africa, and Greece.  Enjoy hearty, fresh food in an old-world setting.

Great Lakes Cycling & Fitness Bike Tune-Up

When Spring finally makes its appearance, be ready!  Great Lakes Cycling and Fitness will give your bike a comprehensive tune-up.

UM vs MSU Football: Premium Seating for 2

You and a favored guest can see the famous rivalry of Michigan and Michigan State from exceptional 50-yard line seats on October 17, 2015.

Great Lakes Proud

We thank auction supporter Great Lakes Proud--source of the original Great Lakes Sticker. Every purchase gives back to the Great Lakes!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Explore interactive exhibits, a planetarium and observatory at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Chelsea Excursion: Purple Rose and Common Grill

The Purple Rose Theater Company is a leading American theater dedicated to producing the New American Play and creating opportunities for Midwest theater professionals.  The Common Grill presents fresh, imaginative American dishes while providing outstanding service.

Genitti's Dinner Theater for Two

Genitti's Hole-In-The-Wall in Northville provides a relaxed way of dining and entertainment. After a famous family style dinner, guests head to the theater for an interactive comedy show that changes every four months.

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

All ages enjoy the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art, and math with admission passes to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum.

Ann Arbor Art Center Studio Art Course

The Ann Arbor Art Center is donating a studio art course for a child or adult.  Get in touch with your artistic side!

All Star Driver Education

Long-time auction supporter All Star Driver Education will again offer both Segment 1 and Segment 2 classes.  This is a great way to ensure your student driver's success!

University of Michigan Musuem of Art Director's Tour

The University of Michigan Museum of Art has been cited by the New York Times as an essential destination if you have only 36 hours to spend in Ann Arbor.  For local residents, this gem is available year-round.  Auction guests have the exceptional opportunity to tour the UMMA through the eyes and experience of its distinguished director, Joseph Rosa. 

Honest Eats Farm CSA

Know your farmer!  With a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share, family owned and operated Honest Eats Farm will provide you with fresh, handcrafted, nutritious food to families within a 30 mile radius of Willis.  The Early Session provide 4 weekly deliveries with plenty of early greens.  The Standard Session delivers a wide variety of fresh summer vegetable from July 9 to November 19.

Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS, Sponsor

We are grateful for the support of Kimberlee Karey, DDS, offering exceptional dental care, conveniently located in downtown Ann Arbor near campus.  Thank you!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Four Months of Flowers from Tom Thompson

Auction guests will have the opportunity to bid on four exquisite bunches of flowers selected by Tom Thompson.  His shop at 504 South Main Street in Ann Arbor is well known for the quality of their floral designs.