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Gayle Kinnison Memorial Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Gayle Kinnison Memorial Wreath
This beautiful wreath was created as a memorial to Gayle McMurry Kinnison, an avid supporter of the Museum. It received the highest bid at the auction, $1500 by Shell Oil. They plan to donate this wreath (re-made up each year) to the auction every year.

Sage & Snow Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
Sage & Snow Wreath
This wreath by the Sage & Snow Garden Club was one of the winners for People's Choice.

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Wreath & Chocolate Auction
Fundraiser for the Museum of the Mountain Man
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
December 10, 2007

The Museum of the Mountain Man held their 14th annual Wreath and Chocolate Auction on Friday, December 8, at Rendezvous Pointe in Pinedale.

There were over 50 beautiful wreaths, decorations and decorative items donated for the cause. The largest amount paid was for the Gayle Kinnison Memorial Wreath, which went for $1500. Gayle McMurry Kinnison was a long-time supporter of the Museum.

The public choice favorite wreath award was shared by the Sage & Snow Garden Club for their beautiful star wreath and by Three Peaks Ranch-NOLS (Nikki Mann and Jeff Wohl) for their unique driftwood and antler wreath.

Sublette County Historical Society Board Member Jay Fear served as auctioneer. All money raised goes to support the efforts and programs of the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale.

This year's Wreath Auction was generously sponsored by First Bank of Pinedale.

The auction raised over $10,000 for the Museum.

Photos by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
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The Sublette County Historical Society/ Museum of the Mountain Man would like to thank everyone for a successful Wreath and Chocolate Auction

Sponsor: First Bank
Host: Rendezvous Pointe
Auctioneer: Jay Fear


Wreath Donors:
Allen Agency, Ann Fear Appraisal, Artistic Finishes, The Barn Door, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Bottoms Up Brewery, Dianne Brokling, Childrenís Discovery Center, Crisis Pregnancy Center, DeGrazios, Falerís, GrandMaws, Green River Land Trust, Green River Valley Museum, High Country Counseling, High Mountain Real Estate, Julieís Childcare, Bud & Betty Kerback, LaMere Concrete, Log Cabin Motel, The McKenzie Foundation, Kay Malkowski Tree & Lawn Care, Noble Construction, NOLS Three Peaks Ranch, Annette Pape, Millie Pape, Patio Grill, Pinedale Learning Center, Pinedale Properties, Rendezvous Travel, Rio Verde Engineering, Nancy Ritschel, Rocky Mountain Bank, Sage & Snow Garden Club, Linda Schumacher, Sublette Center Seniors, Tegeler & Associates, Ultra Petroleum, The Gayle Kinnison Memorial

Buyers:
Shell RMP, Ultra Petroleum, Tiger and Melba Jaskolski, Sam Lowham and DeeAnn Marshall, Jo Crandall, Sam Drucker, Amy Maxam, Laurie Hartwig, Sue Briggs, Ann Noble, Luke Morgan, Richard Strom, Dawn Ballou, Janet Montgomery, Chris White, Patricia Ellis, Dixie Bredthauer, Barbara Pape, Dan Quirk, Linda Schumacher, Jackie Slogowski, Lil Penton, Craig Ritschel, Bottoms Up Brewery, Joel Bousman, Lana Ryan, Patricia Washburn, Kevin Jaquez, Steve Laster, Sherrie Thomas, Sue Eversull, Forest Wakefield, Geoff Sell, Paul Hagenstein, Retta Hudlow, Leonard Roehl

Elves:
Dawn Ballou, Dianne Boroff, Dixie Bredthauer, Ray Bredthauer, Matt Brunette, Sam Drucker, Clint Gilchrist, Laurie Hartwig, Ken Hartwig, Pat Jackson, Charlie Lopeman, Janet Montgomery, Annette Pape, Billy Pape, Fred Pape, Michelle Pape, Millie Pape, Ray Pape, Leonard Roehl



Related Links
  • www.MuseumoftheMountainMan.com - Museum of the Mountain Man
  • Trading Post - To find books published by the Museum of the Mountain Man
  • Membership information - Join the Sublette County Historical Society and help support the Museum

  • NOLS wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    NOLS wreath
    This wreath, made by Nikki Mann and Jeff Wohl for NOLS/Three Forks Ranch (National Outdoor Leadership School), won the co-prize for People's Favorite. It combines driftwood and antlers into a very creative and unique wreath.

    Silent Auction for Chocolate. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Silent Auction for Chocolate
    There was a silent auction for chocolate goodies.

    Gayle's Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Gayle's Wreath
    Honis Luther and Richie Strom, from Bottom's Up Brewery, specifically asked to hold the Gayle McMurry Kinnison wreath during the auction. This wreath went for the most money, $1500. Shell Oil bought it, and will bring the wreath back each year as a memorial wreath in Gayle's memory.

    Ann Fear Appraisal. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Ann Fear Appraisal
    Ann Fear Appraisal created this unique wreath that integrates a mirror into a horse collar.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    SCHS Board member Fred Pape holds the Big Brothers/Big Sisters wreath during the auction.

    Diana Brokling Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Diana Brokling Wreath
    Diana Brokling made this western theme wreath.

    Silent Wreath auction. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Silent Wreath auction
    There was also a silent auction for smaller wreaths and holiday decorations.

    Museum Books. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Museum Books
    The Museum has an impressive collection of books they have published. These were available for sale at the Wreath Auction. Books are available for order at the Trading Post on the Museum's website.

    Ann Noble. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Ann Noble
    The Museum hired historian Ann Noble to research Pinedale history and write the Pinedale book. She autographed books people bought at the auction.

    People's Choice. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    People's Choice
    Everyone who bid got a star to put on their choice for favorite wreath.

    Bidding. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Bidding
    Museum Director Laurie Hartwig takes a turn holding up a wreath during the bidding. Jay Fear was auctioneer. Richie Strom is in the background.

    Two wreaths. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Two wreaths
    The wreath on the left was created by Kay Malkowski Tree & Lawn Service. The wreath on the right was created in memory of Gayle Kinnison by her dear friend Linda. The roses used in the wreath were part of Gayle's flowers.

    Rocky Mountain Bank Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Rocky Mountain Bank Wreath
    This wreath, covered with chocolates, was donated by Rocky Mountain Bank.

    Two traps. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Two traps
    The McKenzie Meningitis Foundation donated this table garland that features two small metal traps which hold the red and green candles.

    50-Year Old Burbon Whiskey. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    50-Year Old Burbon Whiskey
    Two bottles of 50-year old burbon whiskey were donated to be auctioned off.

    Chocolate Tribute. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Chocolate Tribute
    The Green River Valley Land Trust contributed a "chocolate tribute" to the Green River Valley Drift. Chocolate cows are in a wood corral.

    Beverage Dispenser. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Beverage Dispenser
    This beautiful beverage dispenser was donated by the Sublette County Historical Society.

    Faler's Rose Ball. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Faler's Rose Ball
    Faler's Floral donated this beautiful rose and greenery "ball" to the auction. The roses smelled beautiful!

    LaMere Concrete Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    LaMere Concrete Wreath
    LaMere Concrete donated this lovely traditional wreath.

    Bottoms Up Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Bottoms Up Wreath
    Honis Luther and Richie Strom hold up the Bottoms Up Brewery wreath during the auction. The wreath features beer bottles, wheat, and little pigs on a wagon wheel.

    Pinedale Properties Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Pinedale Properties Wreath
    This wreath by Pinedale Properties had many gift certificates for treats from Rock Rabbit.

    Ultra Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Ultra Wreath
    Ultra Resources donated this western rope and cowbell wreath.

    Mary Allen Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Mary Allen Wreath
    Mary Allen donated this beautiful wreath. She used Wyoming materials as much as possible in making it.

    Betty Kerback Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Betty Kerback Wreath
    This wreath was donated by Betty Kerback.

    Shell Oil contribution. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Shell Oil contribution
    Geoff Sell, representing Shell Oil, comes up to the Museum Board members and tells them they want to re-donate several of the wreaths they bought and put them back up for auction. They paid the full price for the first bidding, then let other people bid on them again to take home, so the museum made money twice on the same wreath. Thank you Shell!!

    Jay Fear - Craig Ritschel. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Jay Fear - Craig Ritschel
    Craig Ritschel (right) pitches in and helps hold one of the wreaths Shell donated back to be re-auctioned to raise more money for the museum.

    Green River Valley Museum wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Green River Valley Museum wreath
    The Green River Valley Museum donated this garland and rope wreath.

    Children's Discovery Center. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Children's Discovery Center
    The kids at the Children's Discovery Center helped with making this wreath.

    High Country Counseling Wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    High Country Counseling Wreath
    High Country Counseling donated this lovely wreath.

    Pinedale Learning Center. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Pinedale Learning Center
    The Pinedale Learning Center donated this wreath.

    Grand Maws wreath. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Grand Maws wreath
    New Pinedale floral shop "Grand Maws" donated this pretty traditional wreath.

    Refreshments. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Refreshments
    There were plenty of goodies to munch on at the Wreath Auction.

    Museum Board Members. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Museum Board Members
    The Sublette County Historical Society is the parent organization over the Museum of the Mountain Man. Board members shown here are (L to R) Sam Drucker, Fred Pape, Dianne Boroff, Clint Gilchrist and Janet Montgomery. Not shown are Jay Fear, Matt Brunette, Charlie Lopeman and James Rogers.
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