2020 G.I.F.T. Gala Live Auction


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It is with an abundance of consideration that this year's

G.I.F.T. Gala has been postponed until March 20, 2021.


We will still plan to keep our Kentucky Derby theme,

so keep those dresses and hats for next year!


We will be in touch with our corporate sponsors, ticket holders,

and auction donors in the very near future as the details are worked out. 


Thank you to everyone who was willing and eager

to participate in this year's G.I.F.T. Gala!


Most importantly, thank you for your understanding!


2020 G.I.F.T. Gala

Live Auction Items



801     James Buchanan’s Aged 18 Years Blended Scotch Whiskey Bar Mirror with Decanter Set & Whiskey

This unique James Buchanan’s bar mirror measures approximately 36” W x 25” H. It would be a great addition to any home bar! Accompanied with this mirror is a decanter set and bottle of whiskey for you and your guests to enjoy!

Mirror Donated by Monica Conroy

Decanter Set and Whiskey donated by Friends of G.I.F.T. Gala


Bar Mirror

802     Handcrafted Lemonade Stand with Seats and Supplies

Your kids will get a ton of customers selling lemonade from this adorable lemonade stand! It stands about 67” tall and is about 37” wide. It comes with two cute little chairs and all the supplies you need for your first summertime sale!

Handcrafted and Donated by Steve & Emily Yager



803     Italian Dinner for 4-8 People

While Fr. Neal Hock lived in Italy for five years, he became an expert in preparing Italian cuisine! Enjoy an authentic 7-course meal as you relax and enjoy the company of friends! Fr. Hock is the Chaplain at UNK Newman Center in Kearney. He can prepare the meal for you at his home in Kearney, or in McCook. Your choice!  

Prepared and Donated by Fr. Neal Hock


Vibes Knives

804     Vibes Knives (set of 3)

These are custom hand crafted knives made from 52100 high carbon steel for strength and durability. One of a kind black, green, and white solid surface handles with the Knights of Columbus Logo and the St. Patrick Knights Logo etched onto the knife blade. The set of three includes a 12” Butcher Knife, 5” Skinning Knife, and 8” Boning Knife.

Made and Donated by Josh & Jessica Vrbas


805     Family Photo Session with Carrie Roberts Photography

Carrie’s family sessions are meant to highlight and capture the connections between family members. Her goal is to keep things so fast, fun, and low-stress that even DAD doesn't mind the process! This includes a one hour session for one household (no extended family please). You will receive up to 40 high-resolution, fully-edited digital images with a print release. The session must take place in 2020, so contact Carrie at your earliest convenience to discuss scheduling!

Donated by Carrie Roberts Photography                                    



806     “Christ Has You Covered” Cross Quilt

This beautiful quilt will blow you away! A photo does not do it any justice! This is a bit larger than a queen-size quilt. It has a maroon-centered cross with heaven’s rays coming from the cross. Greens and whites accent the border of the cross and the quilt.

Donated by Angus & Verjean Garey

Created by Verjean Garey

Long Arm Quilted by Leann Schwab


807     Birthday Party for 12 at the McCook Fire Station

This would be a child’s dream come true to have his/her birthday party at a FIRE STATION! The kids will love the tour of the fire house and fire trucks! You will receive invitations and party favors for 12! You will receive 10 Large 1-topping pizzas from Pizza Hut! You will even receive an awesome firetruck you can give your child as a birthday gift!

Facility and Tours Donated by the McCook Fire Department

Pizza Donated by Pizza Hut

Fire Truck Toy Donated by Orscheln Farm and Home

Party Supplies Donated by Friends of G.I.F.T. Gala


808     Dinner for 6 with Fr. Lorenz at The Coppermill

Enjoy a night out with Fr. Lorenz! He is in charge of the Hispanic Ministry in the western part of the Lincoln Diocese and resides in McCook. Fr. Lorenz would love to take you out to a fabulous dinner! The Coppermill in McCook will treat you like royalty by serving you delicious foods and drinks! You will start off with a seafood tower appetizer with king crab, prawns and oysters! Your main course will be a 60-day dry aged New York strip steak and lobster tail! Dessert will be a crème brûlée! Dinner will be served with both red and white wines!

Donated by Fr. Bernard Lorenz


809     1 Day/1 Person Guided Turkey Hunt

Need a place to go turkey hunting? You won’t want to miss out on this 1-day, 1-person, guided hunt. The hunt will be on some beautiful river bottom land near Culbertson, NE.

Donated by Jake & Lena Koebel


Adirondack Chairs

810     Adirondack Chairs with Table and Accessories 

These handcrafted chairs and table are just spectacular! The frames are made of solid oak. To add a little history, the slats are refurbished flooring from the old McCook Army Air Base! You don’t want to miss your opportunity to take these pieces home with you!

Handcrafted and Donated by Mark & Kathleen Eiler and James & Kif Huffman


Spring Game

811     SEVEN Tickets to Husker Football Red/White Spring Game on April 18, 2020

Now who is excited for some HUSKER FOOTBALL? The Red-White Spring Game will be played on Saturday, April 18th, 1:00 pm at Memorial Stadium! Nebraska drew a record 85,946 fans for the 2019 spring game, marking the second straight year Nebraska led the nation in spring game attendance! Now is your chance to have SEVEN of those tickets!

Donated by Mike and Rhonda Litt


812     $500 off Flooring Installation from H & H Installation AND $500 off Carpet from Samway Floor Covering & Furniture

Who doesn’t need new flooring in some part of their home or business? Mike Hinson, of H & H Installation, will take $500 off your next flooring installation, which can be used for your residential or commercial needs! This goes perfectly with the $500 off of your purchase of carpet at Samway Floor Covering & Furniture! Don’t hesitate! Winning bidder will make arrangements with Mike Hinson and Darrin Samway.

Installation Donated by H & H Installation, Michael Hinson

Carpet Donated by Samway Floor Covering & Furniture – with a minimum order of 80 yards of carpeting


813     Fishing Guide for Four (4)

Enjoy spending time at the lake? Always wanted to fish like a pro, or know some of their secrets? Well here is your chance...a four (4) person guided fishing day at our local reservoir. A typical fishing day with Steve is an 8-10 experience! A Nebraska fishing license is required. Steve will provide the equipment needed for this fun adventure. This item must be redeemed by December, 2020.

Donated by Steve Lytle



814     German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy – Male

This adorable German Shorthaired Pointer pup was born on November 16, 2019. The sire is Rascal Berry and the dam is Winnie Da Pooh Berry, both of which are AKC Registered! Rascal comes from multiple field champion blood lines and the only three-time national GSP, all-age field champion! The pup will be joining us the night of the Gala and you will take him home at the end of the night! You will be given all of the documentation that you need for registering.

Here is some information about the German Shorthaired Pointers: Male German Shorthaired Pointers stand between 23 and 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 55 to 70 pounds. They are built to work long days in the field or at the lake! GSPs are known for power, speed, agility, and endurance. GSPs make happy, trainable pets who bond firmly to their family. They are always up for physical activities like running, swimming, organized dog sports—in fact, anything that will burn some of their boundless energy while spending outdoors time with a human buddy.

Donated by John and Lori Berry


815     Trophy of Cash

In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, here is a trophy of cash you can take home! How much cash do you suppose is in this trophy? Be the winning bidder and you can find out!

Donated by St. Patrick Development Office


816     Dinner for 6 Cooked by Fr. Wehrs at St. John’s Rectory in Cambridge

Fr. Wehrs is an excellent chef! He will dazzle you with a 5-course meal at St. John’s Rectory in Cambridge! Be sure to bring your doggy bags because you will be stuffed after the appetizers!                                                                                                        

Donated by Fr. Kenneth Wehrs



817     Mitchell’s Mausers Model 48 Collector Grade Rifle with Bayonet

This is a Mitchell’s Mausers (Serial Number T33541) - Model 48 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle – Caliber: 8mm Mauser, Collector’s Grade Rifle! It comes with a bayonet and scabbard, leather frog (bayonet belt hanger), leather rifle sling and keepers, leather ammo pouch, and field cleaning kit. This rifle is a piece of Cold War history with a long and interesting pedigree, and no serious collection is complete without one.

Donated by Greg Hock



818     3-Night Stay at Estes Park Resort

Your Base Camp to the Rockies, Estes Park Resort is a full service resort hotel that is located on beautiful Lake Estes! It is only minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park! Everything is all set up for you! Check-in is May 29, 2020 and check-out is June 1, 2020. The room is on the ground floor with a patio overlooking the lake! Enjoy a king-size bed, fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Enjoy convenient amenities including delectable dining at The Waterfront Grille, indulgent spa services, and more.

Donated by Greg & Diane Wolfe


819     Floral Centerpieces

Our G.I.F.T. Gala Decorating Committee has once again outdone themselves! We will be auctioning off 8 of our beautiful centerpieces! This will be a bid of choice, meaning the winning bidder can decide how many they want to take home! We will keep auctioning them off until they all have a home!

Donated by St. Patrick Development Office


820     A Reserved Table for eight (8) to the Wild Game Feed in Curtis, NE in 2021

Fr. Bernard Kimminau and St. James Catholic Church will be hosting a Wild Game Feed in 2021, to raise money for their parish. Be the first to go through the buffet line and Fr. Kimminau will also purchase your first two drinks! Some of the wild game may include fish, frog legs, clams, squid, deer, moose, elk, antelope, pheasant, quail, turkey, duck, geese, doves, rabbit, alligator, wild pig, and whatever else Fr. Kimminau can come up with between now and then! There is also a “Mystery Dish” for the brave (usually around 20+ species)!


Mixology Class

821     Mixology 101: The Basics of Home Bartending    

Given by Fr. Andrew Litt

During this class Fr. Litt will show you how to make four different cocktails from standard liquors of your choosing. Fr. Litt will also talk about the difference between mixed drinks and cocktails, stirring and shaking drinks, flavor profiles, and anything else that comes up. A few snacks and all alcohol and mixers will be supplied and will be yours to keep at the end!

Donated by Fr. Andrew Litt


Monster Jam

822     2 Tickets to Monster Jam on Saturday, April 18, 2020

On Saturday, April 18th, at 7:00 pm, in the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, fans will be at the edge of their seats as they watch the Monster Jam! It is an action-packed motorsports experience with trained drivers controlling 12,000 lb. machines capable of backflips, two-wheel skills, and racing up to 70 mph! You won’t want to miss it!!

Donated by Pinnacle Bank



823     Handcrafted Game Table

This beautiful, one-of-a-kind table could be used in so many different ways! We have it being displayed as a Game Table! Maybe you can set up your chess board on this table, or your scrabble board? The detail that went into this table is remarkable! You have to see it to appreciate it!

Table Handcrafted and Donated by Leon Maum

Game Supplies Donated by St. Patrick Altar Society and Friends of G.I.F.T. Gala



824     Two (2) Husker Football Tickets – Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Central Michigan Chippewas on September 12, 2020, PLUS Two (2) Husker Volleyball Tickets AND a signed Husker Volleyball

This package not only includes Husker Football, but also Husker Volleyball tickets and a signed Husker Volleyball! You will receive two (2) tickets to the football game of the Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Central Michigan Chippewas on September 12, 2020at Memorial Stadium! When the Husker Volleyball Schedule comes out in May, you may contact Jeff and Kristin who will give you a variety of games to choose from. The Husker Volleyball was is signed by the 2019 team during the McCook Spring Game that was held last April! GO BIG RED!

Husker Tickets Donated by Jeff & Kristin Stagemeyer

Signed Husker Volleyball Donated by Brandon & Amy Stritt


825     Guys Night Out - Poker Night for Six (6)

Ante Up for a fun night of Poker! Loop Brewing Company will host a Poker Night for Six (6)! Try one of their many craft beers and of course their appetizers are delicious! All you have to do is contact Tyler Loop to set up this fun evening. Oh…and don’t forget to bring your poker face!

Donated by Loop Brewing Company

Must be redeemed by the end of 2020.


826     For the Ladies - Personal Shopping Event

Lindsay Vap, at Wild S Boutique in Culbertson, NE will open her store for you and 5 friends for a couple hours of shopping! Special discount and outfit ideas for your group! To help you accessorize with your new purchases, Cassie Spencer with Premier Designs will be there to help you choose the right items to complete you style! Also included is a gift certificate to Citta’ Deli where you can purchase some fun appetizers or beverages to enjoy while you shop!

Donated by Wild S Boutique, Cassie Spencer with Premier Designs, and Citta’ Deli


Fonner Park          Kinkaider          Secretariat

827     4 Turf Club Tickets to Live Horse Racing at Fonner Park on April 11, 2020, Secretariat Framed Print, and Gift Certificate to The Kinkaider

Enjoy a day of racing during the 66th season of live thoroughbred racing at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE! The Turf Club is located on the third level (no elevator access) with TV’s at each table, exclusive waitress service and Mutuel Tellers! The Turf Club offers the “best of the best” in food, service and first-class, non-smoking atmosphere in which to enjoy the races.  

You can also choose to begin or end your day with a gift certificate to Kinkaider Brewing Co. in Grand Island! This taproom and kitchen has an amazing menu and a ton of history to enjoy!

And last, but certainly not least, you can be the owner of this beautiful Secretariat Autographed Collage with a Certificate of Authenticity. Secretariat was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. His record-breaking victory in the Belmont Stakes, which he won by 31 lengths, is widely regarded as one of the greatest races of all time. 

Tickets and Gift Certificate Donated by Galloway Financial Advisors, Grand Island

Secretariat Autographed Collage Donated by Kyle & Melissa Wilcox


828     2021 G.I.F.T. Gala Table

Be the first to purchase a table to our 4th Annual G.I.F.T. Gala! We are not sure of the date for next year yet, but we plan to have it around the same time…St. Patrick’s Day!

Donated by St. Patrick Development Office


Thank you to Regina Andrijeski and Old West Realty & Auction