Nearly $9,000 will be invested in Wisconsin Pork Association programs, including youth scholarships and activities, as a result of the annual pie and silent auctions held during the 2019 Taste of Elegance reception.
Throughout the evening of January 31, Taste of Elegance attendees placed their bids on a variety of silent auction items including NFL memorabilia, model tractors, themed gift baskets, meat boxes, household decor, and much more. A live auction featured items such as a Stihl chainsaw, diamond necklace, and a Green Bay Packers ticket package.
The annual pie auction was once again a popular event with nine fresh-baked pies being auctioned and raising nearly $6000 specifically for youth programming. The pie earning the highest bid of the night was a 45-pound peach cobbler donated by Chef Rob Gamble. The cobbler was purchased jointly by Dodge County Pork Producers, Magolski Farms, and Gary Skalitzky.
Wisconsin Pork Association would like to thank the many individuals and businesses who donated or purchased items at the auctions. We also send our thanks to Dave Koning for calling the pie auction, Kaitlyn Riley for emceeing, and the many volunteers who helped with the event.
The list of individuals and businesses contributing to the auctions include:
Sara Bancroft; Nathan & Brigitta Brickl; Laura Bussian; Rob & Caleigh Gamble; Fred & Deb Gay; Nick Gay; Clifford Gnatzig; Lori Hilby; Jeff Igel; Dave & Diane Jagla; Bob Johnson; Joan Killoran; Randy & Linda Kleven; Tom & Marge Knauer; Dave & Carol Magolski; Jim & Emily Magolski; Julie McGwin; Cody McKinley; Ross Mencke; Adam Mielke; Joel Newman; Tom Novak; Harlen Persinger; Kurt Petik; John Quackenbush; Kaitlyn Riley; AV & Christine Roth; Mike & Judy Salter; Gary & Diann Skalitzky; Emma Syverson; Dave & Monica Wheeler; Scott Wilson; Shannon & Melissa Wolf; Barb Allen; Sally Churchill; David Ross; Paul Short; Jake Falk; Caitlyn Wileman; Dave & Rena Koning; Pam Hobson; Bill Gnatzig; Todd Rodibaugh; Elite Catering; Wisconsin Corn Growers; Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board; Marten’s Reedsburg True Value; Kessler’s Diamonds; McFarlane’s; Gray Brewing Company; Johnson Tractor; Country Pride Meats; The University Club; Jack & Dick’s; Bobcat of Janesville; RD Creations; The DeLong Company; Con Yeager Spice; Rock County Pork Producers; Dodge County Pork Producers Thoms Texas Traditions; Grant County Pork Promoters; and United Animal Health.
The Wisconsin Pork Association’s mission is to insure the future success of the Wisconsin pork industry. WPA represents the interests of the pork industry members with a strong emphasis on social issues, public and government policies, environment, animal welfare and safety.