Auction features brunch experience with gifts by area women
One of the more unusual items that has become a big hit at the BP Education Foundation Auction in recent years is a Favorite Things Brunch.
“This is a great item we have, but it is misunderstood by many people,” said Julie Noble, president of the foundation.
To get to the bottom of making it more understandable for people, the Times reached out to Sue Helgeson, a local education supporter who puts on the brunch every year with the help of Lori Lysne.
Helgeson explained that the successful bidder will receive an elegant brunch for six people at the home of Al and Lori Lysne with a full meal and adult refreshments. But it’s not just the food that makes this auction item unique. Each of the brunch guests receive six gifts valued at about $120, according to Helgeson.
“It’s a good buy,” Helgeson said. “They are getting $120 a piece in gifts plus a brunch and a morning out,” she said.
Last year’s brunch raised nearly $800. This will be the eighth time the brunch has been featured at the auction.
Helgeson didn’t want to disclose what secret gifts will be offered as part of this year’s brunch, but in the past it has been a variety of items ranging from flowers to jewelry and cooking equipment. “One year I gave a vegetable chopper that I love and use all the time,” she said.
The idea for the brunch came from the Waseca Education Foundation, Helgeson noted. She said Judy Bishop’s daughter had been invited to one of the brunches in the Waseca area and thought it would be a really neat concept for Blooming Prairie to offer.
The successful bidder will be able to able to determine when they want the brunch. Last year’s winner will be doing it next month, but Helgeson said they prefer it’s done earlier in the year.
For Helgeson supporting the local education foundation is important for personal reasons. Though not in the Blooming Prairie district, she has daughters and granddaughters who are educators in public schools as well as colleges. Helgeson’s mother was also a school teacher.
“Education goes way back in our family,” Helgeson said. “I’m a very big supporter of education.”
She said it’s important to support the BP Education Auction because it brings in money that the local school system would not otherwise have.
Helgeson has been involved with the brunch ever since it started eight years ago.