Unique furniture pieces and work by local artists will again be featured at the 28th annual Hill Top Heritage Foundation steak fry and auction on Oct. 22 at the High Plains Culture Center. Dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and the auction to follow.
The theme for this year’s auction is “The Legacy Continues …” and proceeds from the fundraiser will be for Legacy Lodge, a new 20-apartment assisted-living facility that opened this week adjacent to the Hill Top Home of Comfort.
The foundation’s signature fundraiser will include about a dozen pieces of furniture painted by local artists, including a storage box, bench, occasional tables and a children’s table and a chair set. Artists who donated their talents to paint the furniture pieces include Andrew Knutson, Donna Knutson, Talia Bang, Janell Smith, Jade Cianni, Jenny Dobitz, Kaylee Stein, Candyce Kleemann, Janel Fitzgerald and Jackie Sickler.
Other area artists who have donated art work include Killdeer school guidance counselor Cherie Roshau, who completed a painting of the late Jim Tescher on a bronc, and Marsha Lehman of Bowman who donated an original canvas of a steer wrestler. Former Killdeer High School students Emery Dobitz, Karly Houghton, and Dani Sadowsky also donated art projects to the auction.
“We are so grateful for their support,” said Sheila Murphy, president of the foundation board. “Without their beautiful pieces, our auction would not be nearly as successful.”
Other donations include two adult passes to the Killdeer Aquatic Center donated by the City of Killdeer, a butcher pig donated by Ben Murphy, a Mexican meal prepared by Fred and Cheri Kershisnek, quilts, and many one-of-a-kind decorative items for the home.
And local business have donated products from their stores, which are always sought after, and sponsored the beautiful furniture pieces.
“We have some beautiful baskets, too,” said Nancy Bogers, who is chairing the event with Cheryl Dolezal.
She said the auction is a good place to begin holiday shopping, with so many wonderful items to choose from.
The evening will also include a silent auction and a raffle for a Coach purse, which is always a hit.
The winner of the purse raffle will have a choice of three Coach purses, and the other two will be auctioned off.
And for the men in the audience, a commemorative rifle will be auctioned off.
Kevin Candrian, who is in charge of the gun auction, said the gun will be engraved. The weapon is a Rossi model 1892 45 Colt.
Tickets for the annual event are available from the foundation office, from local banks and at the door.