Utensils auctioned for Meals on Wheels benefit


“Everything is Better with Bacon” by David Peterman and John Deltgen. Deltgen created the fork first by reshaping it and then using a grinded metal background pattern. It is painted oriental blue with hand-laid 23K gold leaf outline. Peterman painted the bacon with airbrush. — Submitted photo “Everything is Better with Bacon” by David Peterman and John Deltgen. Deltgen created the fork first by reshaping it and then using a grinded metal background pattern. It is painted oriental blue with hand-laid 23K gold leaf outline. Peterman painted the bacon with airbrush. — Submitted photo In support of June-A-Palooza, a benefit for Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, 24 three-foot and five-foot metal forks, spoons and knives have been artfully crafted and placed in businesses throughout Sheboygan County.

These imaginative creations were painted by artists of all ages and abilities to support Meals On Wheels’ fundraising gala, being held 3-10 p.m. June 27 at Christopher Farm & Gardens, W580 Garton Rd., Sheboygan.

This year’s event theme is an equestrian extravaganza resulting in several forks and spoons being designed with a horse motif. While the majority of participating artists are from Sheboygan County, others hail from as far away as Chicago and Monroe, Wis.

Bidding on the works of art has already begun. For the first time in Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County’s history, people can bid online using their computers, tablets and smart phones at http:// mobilesmartbid.com/store/Fresh- Meals. Thanks to sponsorship from Cellcom, June-A-Palooza onsite bidding will also take place via mobile devices.

“Our staff researched the best way to let the most people have the opportunity to own some of these amazing creations, so our committee decided to give mobile bidding a try. Now people who cannot attend June-A-Palooza due to weddings or other events, can still be in on the fun. We look forward to seeing it in action,” said Kelly Heyn, Meals On Wheels CEO, who reiterated that all of the money raised stays in Sheboygan County to provide fresh and nutritious meals for homebound, elderly and disabled neighbors.

The forks and spoons will be on display until approximately June 22, when they begin to make their way to Christopher Farm and Gardens. A complete listing is below, and can be found at www.juneapalooza.com.

At the event June-A-Palooza co-chairs, Jay W. Christopher of Christopher Farm and Gardens and Ben Salzmann of Acuity, will select their favorite piece of art and award the artist the ‘Royal June- A-Palooza’ prize and $500. Last year’s winner was David Peterman of Greatlakes Airbrush.

The only place to see all the forks in on place will be at June-APalooza on June 27 when they will be displayed alongside pathways overlooking the sprawling 440 acre botanical gardens at Christopher Farm & Gardens.

June-A-Palooza is an altruistic gala like no other, filled with music, wine and beer paired with gourmet food, a barrel-aged spirits and wine tasting, and fun for adults. Wade House carriages will be on display, and its historic replica of an 1880 stagecoach will be available for rides. Other activities include a Cowboy/Kentucky Derby-themed photo booth and a ride on a private train through the gardens.

This year’s performers include DJ Dolen and the Bluesers, featuring Mississippi’s PeeWee Hayes, Sheboygan’s own GUMBO, The Grey Beards of Elkhart Lake and Milwaukee’s Front Porch Rockers.

General admission tickets are $100. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.juneapalooza.com or call 920-451- 7011.

This event is made possible thanks to its sponsors: ACUITY Charitable Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, Cellcom, Christopher Farm and Gardens, Northwoods, Sargento, Sartori, Sheboygan Chevrolet and Northwoods.


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