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«Welcome to the 2014 Ann Arbor Academy Annual Benefit Auction Program 6:00 pm Buffet and Beverages Silent Auction 7:40 Section III closes ...»

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Welcome to the 2014 Ann Arbor Academy

Annual Benefit Auction


6:00 pm Buffet and Beverages

Silent Auction

7:40 Section III closes

(Professional Services, Sports & Fitness)

7:45 Section II closes

(Home & Garden, Luxury and Fashion)

7:50 Section I closes

(Dining In & Out, Entertainment)

8:00 pm Live Auction with Chad Talo as


Announcement of Raffle Winner

& Door Prizes

9:00 pm Dessert

Checkout Opens by Entrance Doors

One of our assistants will prepare your invoice and take cash or check payments.

Proceed to Linda Lang to make a Visa or Mastercard payment. Your items will be brought to you.

Souvenir Portraits provided by:

Ramayan Saries of Ebony Iris Studio Portraits are taken by the entrance door between 6:30 and 7:30.

Catering Services provided by:

Jonathan Thomas Catering Ann Arbor Academy Auction Committee and Volunteers Becky Hankin, Chair Carolyn Newman Elizabeth Anderson Barb Peltz Malissa Bossardet Mindy Richards Dawn Branham Louise Rosa Lisa & Mark Davis-Craig Barb Sanchez Robert D’Oria Bobbi Jo Sargent Megan Endres Mari Kay Savatsky Debby Hartranft Tish Shapiro Dave Jacobi Judi Taylor Cindy Karageanes Suzanne & Dan Taylor Linda Lang Tim White Jenny & Martin Lupi Trudy Wyss Ann Arbor Academy Faculty Meredith Schindler Barb Sanchez Johanna Anderson Ramayan Saries Alex Anest Johannah Soderborg Grant Askew Chad Talo Eric Engel Andrew Touchberry Frank Godlesky Peter West Victor McDermott Brian Yakonich Ben Polizzi Ann Arbor Academy Office Staff Linda Lang Lucy Robins Barb Sanchez Board of Trustees Cameron Getto Angela Nicita Maureen Knight Kurt Richards Michael Landesman Tom Wall Dan Morris Ann Arbor Academy Mission The mission of Ann Arbor Academy is to help students who have not found success in traditional learning environments grow in self esteem and academic skills.


We believe that:

 Children want to learn  Some brains work differently than others  There

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Ann Arbor Academy is a private non-profit school organized as a 501(C)(3) corporation. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin.

Ann Arbor Academy A Message from Our Executive Director Dear friends and family of Ann Arbor Academy, Welcome to our annual fundraising auction! Tonight is an opportunity to learn about the impact the Academy has on students' lives, and to help more students access the excellent education offered by this incredible school. Your contributions tonight will help students who otherwise would not be able to afford the school receive the individualized, comprehensive education we offer, and for that we are very grateful.

There is a lot of concern about the standardization of education, as exemplified by high stakes testing and an obsession with measuring things that often cannot be quantified. An education that recognizes and celebrates each student as an individual, and teaches them to build on their strengths, shouldn't be hard to find, but, unfortunately, is. Children are like anyone else - they need to feel engaged and competent, and as if their presence is valued and celebrated. The cookie cutter approach to education does not work for students who learn differently, and many students respond poorly to educational pressure generated not by authentic learning, but by a narrow focus on improving test scores.

Ann Arbor Academy is different, and this shows every time a struggling student grows into a confident, capable young adult because they received an education that allowed them to recognize and build on their strengths. The power of providing an environment that is engaging, safe, and fun to learn in, combined with a differentiated approach to learning, allows students to achieve in ways that cannot be measured by any test, but that are lifelong gifts that they take with them out into the world.

We are growing, and hope to move into a new building in the near future, which will allow us to offer an Ann Arbor Academy education to more students. This is a very exciting time for the school, and we're glad you're with us on our journey.

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201 RelaxStation Gift Card Door Prize Use this gift card for a 20 minute seated massage or a foot reflexology session at RelaxStation, recipient of an Ann Arbor News Readers' Choice award.

Donor: RelaxStation Donor Value: $20.00 202 Trader Joe's Gift Bag Door Prize This TJ's burlap bag, filled with their most popular snacks (chocolate bars, hot cocoa, chocolate chip cookie mix, truffles, honey grahams, and pretzel sticks) seems destined for a student care package or hostess gift for a casual gathering.

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1 Beer Lover's Basket--A Craft Beer Party A selection of great-tasting and unique craft beers is paired with munchies, all ready for a festive gathering.

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2 Broken Egg Gift Certificate The Broken Egg offers an amazing selection of omelets, waffles, homemade bread, and more in a charming downtown setting.

Stop by at lunchtime for fresh salads and homemade soups.

Expires 8-3-14.

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3 Chili's Grill and Bar Gift Certificates Chili's Grill and Bar dining certificates in $5 and $10 denominations (total value $60) may be used at any Chili's restaurant and have no expiration date.

Donor: Chili's Donor Value: $60.00 4 Deluxe Wine Sampler A collection of fine wines for your enjoyment.

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5 Edible Arrangements Gift Card From their extensive collection of fresh fruit arrangements and gourmet dipped fruit, you are certain to find just the thing for your next gift-giving occasion.

Donor: Edible Arrangements Donor Value: $25.00 6 Max & Erma's Gift Certificate Come to Max & Erma's for award-winning burgers, delicious sandwiches, seafood, locally brewed beer and more.

Gift certificate for $50 expires 12-31-14.

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7 Metzger's Gift Certificate Gift certificate for $20. For over 85 years, Metzger's German Restaurant has been an iconic part of the Ann Arbor cultural scene and a destination for rich, tasty, and traditional German cuisine..

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8 Nick's Original House of Pancakes Gift Card See why Nick's is so popular for lovers of breakfast and brunch.

Gift certificate for $25.

Donor: Nick's Original House of Pancakes Donor Value: $25.00 9 Wine and Cheese Package We've combined a bottle of 2010 Duckhorn Napa Merlot with a gift certificate for Morgan & York's best and most popular cheeses and a cheese board with tools that store in a clever sliding tray. A large bamboo tray and corkscrew complete the set. Morgan & York's gift certificate will be exchanged for Emmental from Switzerland, Farm Gouda from Holland, and earthy Cantal from France. They will be accompanied by Catalan olives, Valencian almonds and Spanish date cake.

Donors: Morgan & York, Belinda Friis, Fred & Becky Hankin Donor Value: $158.98 BD’s Mongolian Grill Gift Certificate Gift certificate for $30 at BD’s Mongolian Grill for a great “create your own stir-fry” meal. Also includes t-shirt.

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10 Ann Arbor Music Center Gift Certificate and T-shirt Gift certificate for 4 music lessons at the Ann Arbor Music Center. For 15 years, the Ann Arbor Music Center has taught music in a way that inspires creativity, purpose and meaning in their students. Expires 2-7-15. Comes with an adult size small T-shirt with the logo of the Ann Arbor Music Center.

Donor: Ann Arbor Music Center Donor Value: $155.00

11 Arbor Opera Theater "Sound of Music" Tickets Voucher for 4 prime seating tickets to Arbor Opera Theater's production of Rogers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, June 13, 14, 20 (7 pm) and June 14, 21, 22 (2 pm) in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. This is perhaps the world's most beloved musical, perfect for a special outing with family or friends.

Reserve your seats by June 1.

Donor: Arbor Opera Theater Donor Value: $125.00

12 Art and Tea Outing Make an excursion to Detroit for two of its finest attractions: The Detroit Institute of Art and The Whitney Restaurant. You will have 4 passes to the DIA, a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for over a century. Then enjoy a Traditional Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Whitney Restaurant, situated in one of Detroit's most beautiful and famous mansions. You will be served a duet of scones, soup and salad of the season, tea sandwiches, and a dessert. High tea is served Mon-Fri only with 48 hour notice; not valid on major holidays or holiday weekends.

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13 Bel-Mark Lanes Bowling Party Bowling party for up to 10 people, including use of 2 lanes for 1 hour of bowling, shoe rental, 2 large pizzas with up to 3 toppings each, and 2 pitchers of pop. Reserve in advance. Expires 11-1

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14 Binder Park Zoo Passes Battle Creek is home to the exceptional Binder Park Zoo. Use these passes (2 Adult, 2 Child) for admission to the zoo through 10-5-14.

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15 Bonstelle Theatre Tickets (4) Redeem this voucher for 4 tickets to any show in the 2014-2015 season of The Bonstelle Theatre. This is Wayne State University's 1200 seat Broadway-style theatre where the undergraduate company performs. Built in 1902, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The department produces four shows a year ranging from Shakespeare to musicals to world premier hip hop adaptations.

Donor: Bonstelle Theatre Donor Value: $80.00

16 Brenda Meisels Book with Motawi Bookmark Michigan author Brenda Meisels' second book is a sensitively written story about an abused woman who struggles through adversity to create a good life for herself and her children. Hold your place with a Motawi-designed bookmark in the "Pine Landscape" design.

Donor: Brenda Humphrey Meisels Donor Value: $18.00

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17 Comedy Night Out in Ann Arbor Four Silver Passes from Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase redeemable for general admission seating to any comedy show (excluding a few select shows and special engagements; expires 5-2-15). Includes a $40 gift certificate for Good Time Charley's, a campus tradition since 1979 (and enshrined in "Michiganopoly"), offering excellent pub food, an extensive drink menu, and unmatched ambience for watching televised games. No expiration; not to be used with other discounts or coupons.

Donor: Good Time Charley's and Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase Donor Value: $88.00

18 Detroit Repertory Theatre Gold Subscription With a Gold Subscription, two people can see all of the Repertory-produced plays for a year from the date of certificate exchange. Your subscription can be used up to three times for each show--you can pass the card to friends or other members of your family! The theater produces 4 plays each season. The Gold Card is good for one year from date of receipt, so you can split seasons.

Donor: Detroit Repertory Theatre Donor Value: $100.00 19 Detroit Symphony Orchestra Ticket Voucher Voucher to be redeemed for two tickets to a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert at Orchestra Hall. Concert dates include May 1, May 2 (Jazz), May 9 (Pops), May 22, and May 31; see program details on display.

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20 Downton Abbey Basket Whether you have already caught the Downton Abbey fever or are new to this acclaimed series, you can avail yourself of over 32 hours of viewing pleasure with this set of 12 DVDs. Sit back and soak in the atmosphere of the period while enjoying authentic shortbread and English tea in brightly patterned china mugs with strainers.

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21 Futureball Paintball Passes Three free play passes at Futureball Paintball, good at any location for admission and rental package for one game in an outdoor park. The Whitmore Lake venue is the largest outdoor paintball field! Expires 8-25-15.

Donor: Futureball Paintball Donor Value: $90.00 22 Genitti's Dinner Theater for Two Gift Certificate Genitti's Hole-In-The-Wall provides excellent food and a comfortable, relaxed way of dining and entertainment. Enjoy a famous 7-course family style dinner including Italian wedding soup and garlic bread, pasta, antipasto salad, Italian sausage with green peppers and onions, Italian steak with potato, baked chicken with vegetable and cannoli for dessert. After dinner, into the theater for an interactive comedy show, which changes every four months. This gift certificate never expires.

Donor: Genitti's Hole in the Wall Restaurant Donor Value: $100.00

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23 Girls' Day Out Nurture yourselves and your friendship with 2 gift certificates for a relaxing 1/2 hour massage (one with Marcia and one with Brian) at In Touch Therapeutic Massage (expires 10-31-14).

Extend the relaxed aura at the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, a center of information in the subjects of holistic health, body/mind therapies, psychology, Buddhism, spiritual development and consciousness and a great place relax and enjoy a cup of tea and appetizers ($25 gift certificate expires 3-18-15).

Donor: Crazy Wisdom Book Store and In Touch Therapeutic Massage Donor Value: $105.00 24 Hell Survivors Paintball Playfield 10-player paintball game package at Hell Survivors Paintball Playfield with up to 8 hours of open play and a 300 rd. pack system to carry additional paintballs. You may rent a semi-auto Tippman FT-12 with Nitro Tank and free air for $20 per person.

Expires 11-30-14.

Donor: Hell Survivors Paintball Playfield Donor Value: $250.00 25 High Velocity Sports Gift Certificate Enjoy 18 holes of golf for 4 on an HSV Golf Simulator at High Velocity Sports in Canton. Expires 12-31-14.

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26 Hilberry Theatre Tickets (2) Voucher for 2 tickets valid through The Hilberry Theatre's 2014season. The Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University, the nation's first and only graduate repertory theater company, presents six classic and modern plays from October to mid-May.

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