Silent Auction: Wine for Days…Weeks…Months…it’s up to you!

The UMKC Women’s Center is supported by a dedicated group of men and women from UMKC and the surrounding community who serve on its Chancellor’s Advisory Board. This collection of wine includes some of the board members’ favorite wine choices. Enjoy a different bottle of wine every day, week, month, or however you wish to savor it!

Value:  500

Donated by: The Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Women’s Center

Silent Auction: Ladies’ ESQ Diamond Watch

This Ladies’ ESQ watch is from the very popular Verona collection. The watch has a round case in solid stainless steel and a smooth black lacquer dial beautifully detailed by diamond and Roman numeral markers. It also features sparkling diamond case accents. Find the perfect fit with the solid stainless steel bracelet with removable links. With a Swiss quartz movement and a scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire crystal (the most sought after crystal in the watch industry) this watch is elegant, yet practical, and will go with any attire for any occasion from day to night.

Value:  $750

Donated by: Meierotto Midwest Jewelry

Silent Auction: Cape Cod Vacation Home

Experience the beauty of Cape Cod while spending a week in in this lovely 2-bedroom vacation home located in close proximity to everything Orleans, MA has to offer.  This home sleeps 4 comfortably and is equipped with A/C unit, washer/dryer, outdoor shower, charcoal grill, flat screen TV, and Wi-Fi. Located in East Orleans, nearby activities include a great swimming area just down the street, a boat launch within walking distance, and Nauset Beach and Orleans Town Center an easy, 2-mile bike ride away.  This home is on a corner lot in a quaint local neighborhood and makes a great Cape Cod vacation home any time of the year!

Availability:  1-week stay (Saturday to Saturday), September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013

Restrictions: NOT AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 17 – DECEMBER 1, 2012. (Transportation to/from East Orleans, MA not included)


Value: $900.00

Donated by: Andrea Wickerham and Janet Justus

Silent Auction: Personalized Artwork by Shane Evans

Receive a custom illustration by local artist and award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Shane Evans. Evans will create a personalized pen and ink, 11” x 14” drawing for each of the top three  bidders. Each drawing will be completed after a brief consultation with the winning bidders, in Evans’ “Oluizumz” style. Drawings will be framed and ready to take home. Each winning bidder will also receive three autographed books by  Evans: Olu’s Dream, Underground, and Chocolate Me.

Shane Evans has over 30 books to his credit as author, illustrator, or both. This year, he received the Coretta Scott King Award for his book Underground and in 2011 he received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding children’s Literature for the book My Brother Charlie. Evans is also an internationally recognized artist having lectured and offered workshops worldwide, including West Africa, South America, and all over the U.S. His work has broadened the perspective of people of color throughout the US and the world and he has colored the history of a people literally with his award-winning work.

Value: $500 per drawing (3 available)

Donated by: Shane Evans

Silent Auction: An Evening with Barclay Martin, JULIAN, and Boozefish Wine Bar

At the 40th Anniversary Gala coming up on April 20, guests will have the opportunity to bid on some amazing items at the silent auction. This is one of a series of posts highlighting the items that have been donated. Be sure to check back frequently as we will update the blog as new items come in. Make a note of your favorites and be ready to bid on April 20! For a complete list of items, please see our Silent Auction webpage.

Enjoy an evening of song, storytelling, great food, and wine in your home. Singer/songwriter Barclay Martin will entertain you with music and stories, while Chef Celina Tio’s award-winning restaurant JULIAN will provide hors d’oeuvres for up to 25 people, and local wine bar Boozefish will pour the wines.

Restrictions: Must be used between May 1 – October 31, 2012. Cannot be used on the following dates: May 4-6, May 10, May 17, May 31, June 3-9, June 28-30, July 1–14, September 21, and October 3-5. Sunday–Thursday dates strongly preferred, although a Friday or Saturday with an early start time may be possible.

Value: $1,510

Donated by: Barclay Martin, Chef Celina Tio of JULIAN, and Boozefish Wine Bar

Barclay Martin: 
Kansas City-based singer/songwriter Barclay Martin has had a successful recording career highlighted by international travel since 2000. Martin’s current projects include the founding of a hygiene and sanitation project in Mali, West Africa through Medical Missions Foundation, work in Kenya through a partnership with and is the coordinator for Social Justice and Sustainability at Kansas City Academy. Martin has also invested his talent and passion in support of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. From 2007-2009, Martin traveled to the Philippines several times to work with Filipino musicians and children. There, he served as musical director for a one-day cultural festival of music and dance entitled The Gift.  Martin’s journey is the framework for the documentary film Rise and Dream, which has recently won the Audience Choice award at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton, TX.



Celina Tio of JULIAN: Now familiar as the braided powerhouse on Food Network’s hugely popular show The Next Iron Chef and most recently on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters, chef Celina Tio got an early start in the kitchen. Even at the tender age of eight, her typical day used to involve shopping lists, Julia Child re-runs, baking and cooking for family and friends. How time flies. During seven years heading the kitchen at KansasCity’s renowned American Restaurant, Celina Tio garnered both local and national accolades. These included 2005 Chef of the year by Chef magazine and the James Beard Foundation’s 2007 Best Chef: Midwest. Tio was also recently honored by KC Magazine as Chef of the Year for her first proprietary restaurant, JULIAN. At this popular Kansas City neighborhood gathering spot, she creates chef-driven “feel good food” for her guests, family and friends – just like she did in her youth.



Boozefish Wine Bar — a European Bistro. Owner Maija Diethelm-Floyd created a unique concept by opening a European Wine Bar in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, just northwest of the Country Club Plaza on Westport Road. Boozefish offers Mediterranean cuisine, an eclectic wine list, a fully-stocked bar and specialty beers on tap and bottle as well as daily specials and weekly Happy Hour specials to keep you coming back! Our extensive wine menu was designed to educate guests about wine and make wine tasting a fun experience.  We also provide unique, fully-flavored foods from all around the world. Come in to savor a glass of wine, catch up with friends, enjoy our bistro fare and relax knowing ‘The Corks Are Off At The Fish’!


Silent Auction: “Peace at Sunrise” Quilt by NedRa Bonds

At the 40th Anniversary Galacoming up on April 20, guests will have the opportunity to bid on some amazing items at the silent auction. This is one of a series of posts highlighting the items that have been donated. Be sure to check back frequently as we will update the blog as new items come in. Make a note of your favorites and be ready to bid on April 20! For a complete list of items, please see our Silent Auction webpage.

This beautiful, fine art quilt measures 34″ x 32″ and was especially made by local artist NedRa Bonds to be auctioned at the 40th Anniversary Gala. A fiber artist specializing in quilts, dolls, and soft sculpture, Bonds has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally for over three decades. Her resume includes classes taught in university settings, inclusions in national publications featuring African American quilters, and travels abroad working with organizations focusing on women’s issues.  Her works can be found in collections at the American Jazz Museum, Sprint, H&R Block and St. Luke’s Women’s Center. In 2011, she was awarded an Inspiration Grant by the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City to facilitate quilt workshops at UMKC. Bonds took the pieces made during these workshops and created the Women’s Equity Quilt, which she formally dedicated to the UMKC Women’s Center in November 2011 to commemorate its 40th Anniversary.

Value:  $750

Donated by: NedRa Bonds