Kanza Group’s Silent Auction Most Successful Yet

The Kanza Group’s 2012 Silent Auction set new records in attendance and revenue.  More than 120 members and guests attended this year’s event, which netted over $8,300 in proceeds.

This year’s gathering took place at the Lenexa Conference Center on May 5th.  The event featured a wealth of auction items, generously donated by members and regional businesses.  Artwork, jewelry, concert tickets, camping equipment, food items, rare books, and much more were all up for bid during the silent auction.

Dr. Wes Jackson, founder and President of The Land Institute in Salina, was the keynote speaker for the program.  He addressed the subject of “WhyAgriculture Must Takethe Lead Toward aSustainable Future.”In this election year, Jackson further urged members to set aside differences within the environmental community in order to support President Obama.

The Kanza Group also recognized Johnson County Commissioner Ed Peterson with the Sierra Club’s Eco-Advocacy Award.  (See related article on


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Throughout the evening, well-known artist Jim Hamil painted a watercolor artwork, later won at the live auction by Dr.Margaret and Frank Drinkwine.  Other live auction items included three vacation cabins, generously donated by Sheila Shockey, Jill Dewitt and Charles Wurrey, and Kanza ExCom member Bob Fritsch, and a full season of Community Supported Agriculture groceries from Hen House and Good Natured Family Farms.

All evening auction patrons enjoyed live music by Soular, featuring Craig Wolfe and Randy Deutch.  The duo’s repertoire featured original songs by Craig Wolfe that evoked a sense of urgency about environmental activism.  The pair kicked off the live program with the song “Solar Prayer,” a powerful musical invocation, which they followed with “Stand Up!”, an engaging musical and visual experience that rallied the gathering to its feet.

Without doubt, this year’s Silent Auction was in every sense the Kanza Group’s most successful event ever.

By Bob Sommer, Chair, Kanza Group


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