To old friends, old wines and young cares

It was in a valiant effort to secure those elusive “young cares” for sweet baby Gavin Winslow, our little Wisconsin baby diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure, and in need of multiple kidney transplants, to survive, that kind and generous-hearted employees from the Northwestern Mutual Company raised their glasses at The University Club’s wine tasting fundraiser. Fine wines, provided by Ray’s Wine & Spirits, along with a twist of luxury, provided by The University Club’s mouth-watering, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and spectacular sandwiches made this gift-giving evening an enjoyable affair for all. Adding to the festivities were authentically elegant, and sportfully playful silent and live auction donations.

Thank you, each of you, for your impeccable attention to making this fundraiser a wonderful success. Together you raised over $10,000 for sweet little baby Gavin.


Many cheerful people contributed to this fundraiser:

  • Jennifer Dean – University Club
  • Patrick T. Horne
  • Tammy Gawlitta…Event Coordinator
  • Pam Blattner…Auction Coordinator
  • Cheri Ryan…Volunteer
  • Terri Lawnicki…Volunteer
  • Tim Stein…University Club
  • Shannon Behr…University Club
  • Ray’s Liquor/Rick Lave…*Wine Sponsor
  • Rafeal Andrews…Auctioneer
  • Ione Dropp…Table Centerpieces
  • Gene Eberhardy…The Printery
  • Rita and Rich Zipperer

Table Sponsors:

  • Behr Electric…Shannon Behr
  • Melissa Burback
  • Patrick T. Horne
  • L’eft Bank Wines…Kim Fisher
  • Lemberg Electric…Tim McGrath
  • Mark Neumann
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • The Printery…Gene Eberhardy
  • True Course Medical Data Analysis & Claim Service…Glen Boyle
  • Don Tyler
  • Whyte & Hirschboeck S.C….Phil Halley

*Ray’s Liquor donated 10% of all wine sales for the evening AND continues to give a 10% discount at their store when the brochure (which was created for this special evening) is presented.

Auction Items Donated by:

Sheila Anderson Sara Albert
John Ash A Bit of Whimsy
Pam and Rich Blattner All That Glitters
Paul Borowski Ben Franklin
Melissa Burback Beverly Designs – Oconomowoc
Patrick Cannon Bombay Company
Jennifer Carrasco Chicos
Dan Croak Cooking Store
Margaret Czarnowski Country Springs Hotel – Waukesha
Ione Dropp Designer Consignor
Ted Duggan Discount Liquor
Paula Garcia Ebberts Greenhouse
Dan Hoppe Estheer’s Pearls
Pat and Melissa Horne Grand Geneva
Christle and Sean Jensen Joanne Fabrics
Sandy and Herman Kroll Migun Thermal Acupressure
Lynn Marris Milwaukee Bucks
Mark Neumann Pampered Chef
Sherman On Peticlicious
Pete Russell Pier One Imports
Steve Saber Pottery Barn
George and DeDe Shaw Ray’s Liquor
Michael Sheppard Stein Mart
Tim Sprasy The Doll House – Door County
Lynn Steinle The Printery
Superchiefs Band Tickled Pink
Rita and Rich Zipperer Tuesday Morning
Tobins Pharmacy – Oconomowoc

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