2017 Wit Wisdom and Wine Raffle Items

2017 Jewelry Raffle items from Hight & Randall

The winner of the raffle will have the choice of one jewelry piece.
Tickets are $10 each and are available by reservation now with your RSVP or at the event. 

Drawing will be held at the Wit, Wisdom & Wine gala event on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Need not be present to win.

“Cascade Shimmer” Sterling Silver Chain Bracelet


So easy to wear day or night; the use of the magnetic clasp, also makes it easy to put on. This bracelet is part of the Frederic Duclos collection. Value: $355

London Blue Topaz and Diamond Enhancer Pendant


The blue of this gemstone is one of the most popular colors, especially when accented with the sparkle of a diamond and framed in 14 karat 14 karat yellow gold. Value: $625

Vintage Reproduction Sterling Silver Cigar Band Ring


This ring is created from an original late Victorian mold circa 1890 to 1920. A wide and impressive Roaring 20s look with a natural round blue sapphire is set in the center. Value: $455




What’s An Aging Brain to Do?

Aging BrainPresenter:  Angela Lunde, MA, Associate in Neurology, Mayo Clinic

Description:  Forget where you left that important document, set your morning coffee or parked your car?  Moments of forgetfulness happen to everyone—even the young. But as we get older, forgetfulness can leave us more worried and concerned, the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease may even loom in our mind. Surveys suggest that cognitive loss is among the most feared health problems of older adults. Our genes may play a role in our risk for Alzheimer’s disease, but we now have more evidence than ever that our lifestyle choices and behaviors (things we can control) make a significant difference in the health of our brain. This presentation will point out the common myths associated with the aging brain and then highlight the growing body of scientific research supporting what we can do to improve brain health and reduce risk factors that can contribute to cognitive decline.

Bio: Angela Lunde, MA, Angela Lunde is an Associate in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic. She currently holds a duo appointment as the Outreach Education Coordinator in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and is the Cognitive Health and Wellness Director at Charter House, a Mayo Clinic Retirement Community.

Angela has designed and implemented innovative programs that range from maintaining cognitive health to therapeutic interventions aimed at improving the lives of caregivers and people living with dementia. She writes content on dementia, caregiving and healthy aging for the Mayo Clinic website and has contributed to articles, books, and research publications. Angela is involved in numerous community and State partnerships focused on reducing stigma and supporting the inclusion of persons living with dementia into everyday community life.

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Tandem Biking and Riding on the Greek Isles and in Turkey

Dean-and-Julie-StenehjemPresenters: Dean and Julie Stenehjem      

Description: Dean and Julie have been tandem riding for 15 years throughout the Midwest; and recently have branched out to include trips that require a plane ride to get there. Learn how and why they started to ride a tandem bicycle, that role each of them plays while on and off the bike, some unique things about their tandem bike, how they get the bike from point A to point B (hint; the bike comes apart), and what equipment and preparation is needed for these types of trips. As time allows, they will also talk and show slides of their rides on the islands of Greece and in Turkey, the logistics of how they got from island to island, and their impressions of both countries. 

Bios:    Julie and Dean are natives of Rochester, graduates of JM, RSJC (now RCTC) and Winona State, but they weren’t high school sweethearts. That didn’t come until college. 

Julie taught Kindergarten for 35 years at number of Rochester Elementary schools, the last being at Sunset Terrace; and has been retired now for 9 years. She enjoys gardening, volunteering at their church and Samaritan Bethany, socializing, running (35+ years), reading, taking classes through LIFE, cooking, wine and tandem biking with Dean.

Dean was the executive director of the YMCA for 34 years; then was at the Rochester Senior Center for an ‘encore career’ for 7 years; and now is at Samaritan Bethany where they recruited him to lead their Foundation and Development program (fundraising!). He enjoys road biking, running a little bit, Cross-Country and Downhill Skiing, reading, wine, and tandem biking with Julie.

Julie and Dean have two grown sons and two grandchildren, in Salt Lake City and Duluth.

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Portraits of Fallen Heroes

Charlotte-WiskowPresenter: Charlotte Wiskow     

Description:  Join Rochester artist Charlotte Wiskow, for a  PowerPoint presentation , where she shares images of her Fallen Hero Portraits.  These custom oil paintings are gifts to Gold Star Families all across the United States.  The project also honors police, firefighters, border patrol and citizen heroes – all those who have given their lives so others might live and enjoy freedom.  The portraits are given free of charge to grieving families as a source of comfort and peace. Char will share her story of how these lives have changed hers.

Bio:  Charlotte’s greatest love in art is portraiture, and now her major focus is on some very special people – Fallen heroes who laid down their lives for their fellow countrymen. 

She attributes her success in creating life and warmth in her paintings to careful observation, a feel for the subject and techniques learned by studying the Old Masters.  She is a Southeast Minnesota native who has been accepting commissions for thirty plus years.

Reaching beyond her college art classes, Charlotte found professional workshops, demonstrations, and lectures to be invaluable, often studying under Modern Masters at the Scottsdale, Arizona Artist’s School. Her works embrace a variety of subject matter and various media, including pastels, pencil, charcoal, and pen & ink.  She is now considered by many to be the foremost portrait artist in the area.

Sharing her expertise and knowledge has been a major part of Charlotte’s career.  She has taught students of all ages and skill levels including advanced adults, and has served as Artist in Residence in many area schools. She is past president of (SEMVA) Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists.  Her works are in private and corporate collections in most all fifty states and abroad.  Corporate clients include the City of Rochester, IBM, and the Mayo Clinic.

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Life Like Art, Art Like Life. 

Brandon SampsonPresenter: Brandon Sampson 

Description: Brandon Sampson, a co-founder of  Limb Lab, a Certified Prosthetist, and a musician will talk about his work that connects creativity, art, and healing, along with his life as a musician, and how these two paths feed to each other. 

Bio:  Brandon Sampson is a Certified Prosthetist born and raised in Minnesota. 

He graduated with a degree in Biology from Luther College, Decorah IA, and a Certificate in Prosthetics from Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. 

For the past 18 years Brandon has focused on providing creative solutions for both upper and lower extremity prosthetics, combining art and innovation to meet the functional goals of people with limb loss.

Last year Brandon was honored to receive the 2015 Mayor’s Medal of Honor for showing innovation in industry with his company Limb Lab in Rochester, MN. 

Brandon, a wine-loving local musical artist was also named Rochester’s 2015 Arts Person of the Year for his accomplishments with his Americana band “Six Mile Grove”.

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Sarah-OverbyMedical Cannabis in Minnesota

Presenter:  Sarah Overby, LPN

Description:  The mission of Minnesota Medical Solutions is to responsibly produce and distribute scientifically formulated medical cannabis to qualifying patients in need. We are a patient-centered group of scientists, physicians and healthcare professionals who have built a comprehensive plan for medical cannabis patients in Minnesota. Attendees will gain beneficial knowledge regarding cannabis use for medical purposes in the state of Minnesota. The presentation will include information on many important topics such as cannabis history, science, current laws, qualifying conditions, how to register and get approved, medication products available and much more!

Bio:  Sarah has been in the health care industry for over 20 years, with 10 years of service as a nurse. Her experience extends across various disciplines including geriatrics, pediatrics, family medicine, cardiology, medical surgery and women’s health. Throughout her career, Sarah has enjoyed being active in both community and charity events as well as a brand ambassador for the Minnesota Vikings. After in-depth perusal of the medical cannabis research base, she became an advocate for a medical-based model helping those patients most in need.  Joining Minnesota Medical Solutions in the spring of 2016 as the medical science liaison, Sarah is spearheading outreach and education for not only healthcare professionals, but patient and community groups as well.

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The Renovation and Historic Preservation of Mayowood 

aerial-mayowoodPresenters:  Chuck Potter, Dave Eide & Shawn Pastika

Description: Mayo Clinic staff will share the details of the recent renovation of Mayowood  by Mayo Clinic. This presentation is illustrated with photographs and plans used during the project. They will also describe the steps taken to preserve the historic legacy of the three generations of Mayo families who lived there.

Bios:    Chuck Potter manages Mayo Clinic’s Historic Properties. He has enjoyed his role, hosting events for Mayo Clinic for the past 19 years, previously owning and operating Colours Flower Market. Chuck and his wife Bonnie have 2 grown daughters.  Not surprisingly, Chuck enjoys art, decorating, entertaining and sharing Mayo Clinic’s rich heritage he is surrounded by everyday.

Dave Eide, a Minnesota Native, is a Senior Construction Manager in Facilities Project Services at Mayo Clinic.  He has enjoyed working at Mayo Clinic for the past 25 years, previously working for TSP Architects and Engineers as a Mechanical Design Engineer for 14 years. He enjoys architecture, history, distance running and building projects.  Dave and his wife Elaine have 3 grown children.  

Shawn Pastika is Section Head of Facilities Information Systems for Mayo Clinic.  Shawn has nearly 30 years of construction related experience.  Starting his career as a laborer and eventually moving up the ranks to a superintendent.  After graduating with a civil engineering degree from NDSU, he began a career as a Project Manager and has been managing projects for a Mayo Clinic for the last 15 years.  Shawn has 4 adult children and one grandchild and his favorite pastime is spending time with his family. 

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How to Laugh at Your Life

catherineFriendPresenter:  Catherine Friend

Description:  Despite our best efforts, many things go wrong in our lives. Some of these events are just little blips on the radar, but some can take on more impressive dimensions. So how do we survive? Memoirist Catherine Friend shares her tips for finding the funny in your life, no matter what happens

Bio: Catherine Friend is the author of fourteen books, including memoirs Hit by a Farm and Sheepish. After twenty years of being a city girl raising sheep, she has learned to find the funny in her own life. Her nonfiction book, The Compassionate Carnivore, won a Minnesota Book Award in General Nonfiction. Her memoir, Hit by a Farm, was selected by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as one of the best books of 2006. Her children’s picture book, The Perfect Nest, was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of five best “read alouds,” and was nominated for numerous state reading awards. She was awarded a Loft/McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, and her adult adventure novels have won awards from the Golden Crown Literary Society and the Independent Book Publishers Association

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Wine Comparisons from Lower End to Top Shelf

winePresenters:  Robert Riggs and Ari Kolas of Apollo Liquor

Description:   Looking for lovely bottle of Chardonnay for a perfect dinner party? Or how about a case of a quality cheaper brand for sipping on the deck when the weather gets warm? Apollo wine aficionados Robert Riggs and Ari Kolas will walk you through a comparison of value priced wines versus their more expensive counterpart. You will sip, enjoy and learn, when to splurge and when to settle for the twist top.

Bios:   Ari Kolas has been in the Alcohol Beverage business his entire life!  From a 5 year old working in the stores and cleaning the bottom shelves to now, where he is involved in all parts of the family business.  Ari loves all liquor/beer/wine but really loves Bourbon and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!

Robert Riggs began his love affair with wine while on a trip to New Orleans. It was there that he met his first love, Pinot Noir. Robert has managed at several liquor stores and now is happy to call Apollo home. He enjoys all well-crafted wine/beer and spirits. Robert is often known to enjoy a fine Scotch in the evening.

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From Grain to Glass: The Art of Making Craft Beer 

Steve-FinniePresenter:  Steve Finnie

Description:  In this presentation Steve will provide a detailed description of the brewing process, discuss basic brewing ingredients, and will identify the brewing equipment used in a brewery. Steve will also provide a brief overview of some of the most common beer styles that are prevalent in the United States today.

Bio:  Steven (Steve) Finnie is the Head Brewer and part owner at Grand Rounds Brewing Company in Rochester, Minnesota. ‘Grand Rounds’ is a Brew Pub and as such operates as a Brewery with hand crafted beer made on site and is a full service restaurant. Steve has been home brewing for over 16 years. He attended the Colorado Boy Brewing Immersion Class in Denver, Colorado in December 2014, and completed the Siebel Institute’s Concise Course in Brewing Technology in the Summer of 2016. Steve holds a Doctoral Degree In Physical Therapy from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and worked at Mayo Clinic for 15 years in the areas of Physical Therapy and Physical Medicine Research, Education, and Practice.

Steve is an avid traveler, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, America, and South Africa. He loves to meet people, learn new things and loves all things beer. He is married to Dawn and they have two young boys, Duncan (10) and Ewan (8). Steve is originally from Scotland.

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Wainwright’s Coast to Coast: A Long-Distance Walk Across the Whole of England

RosenerPresenters: Dick and Joanne Rosener

Description:   One of the best ways to experience the varied landscape of England and an ideal way to meet the people, is to go walking. In fall of 2016, Dick and Joanne Rosener, along with Bill Wiktor and Elaine Case, completed the Coast to Coast walk over a span of 20 days.  Dick and Joanne will share highlights (and lowlights) of their walk across the country.

Bios:  Rochester residents Dick and Joanne Rosener share a love for adventure travel that has taken them near and far. Since retiring from Mayo Clinic in 2012, they often extend their one-two week vacations to one-two months. Favorite quote: "Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

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