Next week, tune in to WPT to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses and individuals during the 42nd annual WPT Auction. Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages and more … all in support of Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!
This year, Wisconsin Public Television celebrates our 42nd year of fantastic fun at Auction – May 31 through June 4, 2017! Help support WPT as you bid on an array of goods and services donated by businesses and individuals from around Wisconsin and beyond. Preview and pre-bid on items and watch our live stream from anywhere at auction.wpt.org. To bid by phone, dial 800-236-3636.
WPT Auction catering partners fuel hardworking volunteers and WPT employees throughout Auction with delicious, local meals. This year, longtime Auction catering partner Gaylord Catering Service, of Madison, has once again signed up to volunteer time — and, of course, food. We sat down with Dave Chamberlain, Gaylord Catering Service’s owner, president, and general manager (and even one of the chefs!) to learn more about the business and its commitment to Auction.
How has your role with Gaylord Catering Service evolved over the years? I started in 1968 as a high school student washing dishes. I kept that job part-time, washing dishes throughout college until I graduated from Madison Business College in 1974 with an accounting degree. After graduation, Gaylord Catering offered a full-time job, which I accepted. Shortly thereafter, I was offered a position of ownership in the company — you know, one of those enticements to make sure that you stay and don’t run away [laughs]! In 1983, I purchased the company from Gaylord Matti, the original owner. I purchased with a partner; in 1997 my partner left to pursue other interests. Since then, it’s just been my wife [Pat] and I.
What about Auction motivated Gaylord Catering to donate meals and valuable time? My kids and my wife and I — and now my grandkids —watch public television a lot. In the early years, WPT carried Badger hockey and basketball, which we loved to watch. [Donating to Auction] just seemed like a way for me to give back. You can always donate money, but this was an opportunity for me and my business to give something back.
What’s your favorite part about being an Auction catering partner?From a business standpoint, you get exposure to a lot of people. If I provide them with good food that they like, maybe they’ll remember that I donated. They’ll take the time to call me and give me an opportunity to provide that food for them. It doesn’t “seal the deal,” but they’re more likely to give me a chance. It’s a way for the community to realize that we’re giving back. And I’m sure the volunteers enjoy it!
Since you’re one of the chefs, we have to ask: What’s the most popular dish? We do a number of weddings every year, and in the wedding business, chicken is a popular item. We do a Wisconsin Cranberry Chicken, which is chicken breast filled with a dried cranberry, walnut and herb dressing and garnished with a white wine cream sauce. That’s probably one of the most popular items we serve.
This year’s Auction to benefit Wisconsin Public Television could feature you at the microphone!
WPT is holding auditions for volunteer auctioneers for our annual Auction, which will broadcast live on television May 31 through June 4. We’re looking for both adult and youth auctioneers!
Auditions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WPT studios on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5. To register for an auctioneer training and audition session, please complete the online form.
At Auction, the auctioneer’s job is to introduce items and encourage high bids by reading copy on-air and announcing winning bids. During the auditions, we will provide you with examples of auctioneers in action and give you the opportunity to practice reading scripts with help from our friendly, expert coaches. No advance preparation is required — just bring your enthusiasm for public broadcasting and your best speaking voice!
Wisconsin Public Television studios are located at 821 University Avenue in Vilas Hall, on the corner of Park Street, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
If auctioneering isn’t your forte, we can still use your help to make this year’s Auction a success. Visit our volunteer page for more information. And thank you!
Wisconsin Public Television’s 2016 Auction is in full swing! The event is full of excitement, and the hustle-and-bustle of the Auction set is infectious. Get an exclusive glimpse at the energy below, then tune in on-air or online today through Sunday (statewide!) to get in on the fun and snag some amazing deals.
Auction is WPT’s largest fundraising event, and all the proceeds support WPT programs and outreach initiatives. Use #WPTAuction to show how you’re participating!
Support Wisconsin Public Television — Watch the WPT Auction!
Lights, camera, Auction! Join in on the fun as Wisconsin Public Television’s largest fundraising event kicks off another year of bidding fun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1! Now in its 41st year, the WPT Auction invites viewers to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses during a live TV broadcast. There are great deals available, and all the proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!
Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to Badgers games, jewelry, art, vacation packages to Cancun, Boston and Door County, and more. Each night there is a different theme, and big ticket items valued at $1,500 or more will be auctioned off during the Auction Showcase Sunday, June 5.
Art items created by artists from around the state will be available throughout Auction, May 27-31, including the work of Ann Fischer Athas, the 2015 Auction Commemorative Artist.
Ask Ann Fischer Athas to name her proudest artistic achievement and she won’t boast, even though her creations are remarkable. Instead she’ll cite the fact that she keeps producing. “Just when you think you’ve found something you like to do in printmaking, you find a million more things to explore,” she says.
Fischer Athas consistently turns her concepts into realities by producing one-of-a-kind prints often inspired by nature. Printmaking is a technical, step-intensive art form that has deep roots. Many printmaking techniques date back to the 1600s. The commemorative piece Fischer Athas has donated to Auction, titled “Winter on the Farm, February, 2015,” was created using the intaglio method, which is the exact opposite of a relief print. For this piece, the image was incised into the surface of the plate using acid, and the etched area held the ink prior to transfer.
Like the origins of printmaking, Fischer Athas’ love of printmaking runs deep. She first experimented with printmaking while working on her B.A. at Knox College. After graduating with a degree in art, she worked as a graphic designer in marketing for years, until a move to Wisconsin brought printmaking back into her life.
After relocating, Fischer Athas heard about a printmaking class offered by UW-Extension and decided she wanted to try the medium again. So the then stay-at-home mom hired a babysitter for her daughters and headed back to the studio for the first time in years.
“I thought, ‘do it now or you’re never going to do it,’” she reflects. Looking back, she recognizes that decision as a pivotal moment in her life. She has now been making prints for more than 20 years.
“One of the things that’s interesting about the printmaking tradition is the collaboration between artists and printers,” she explains.
That rapport is showcased by the donated piece, which was created through collaboration between Fischer Athas and Master Printer Andrew Balkin, with Balkin serving as the printer for the edition.
Be sure to join us for this year’s Auction, May 27-31 as we celebrate our 40th year of fantastic fun! Help support Wisconsin Public Television as you bid on an array of goods and services donated by businesses and individuals from around Wisconsin and beyond. For details, visit auction.wpt.org.
We’re pleased to share that earlier this week, Wisconsin Public Television volunteer Andrew Silver received a Youth Service Award at United Way’s 2014 Community Volunteer Awards ceremony. Andrew, who volunteers at several WPT events and has served WPT for nearly 10 years, received one of 13 awards presented by United Way.
Andrew began volunteering with WPT at the age of 8 when his mother, Danielle, a long-time volunteer herself, began Andrew’s volunteering habit by bringing him to help as a bid runner during the annual WPT Auction.
As Andrew grew up his volunteer roles with WPT expanded greatly. When he turned 16, Andrew began volunteering at all of our volunteer events. As a WPT Auction volunteer Andrew has held the following roles: bid runner, café server, bid sorter, phone bank, pickup and pay cashier, and board captain. He has also helped at Garden Expo, Quilt Expo and has answered phones as part of our Membership Drive phone bank.
Now, as a 17-year-old high school student with a part-time job, Andrew still makes time for volunteering and helps recruit his friends when we are in need of additional people. When volunteering he is very conscience of making new volunteers feel welcome and helping them feel comfortable in their new volunteer role.
In his years of volunteering with WPT Andrew has given over 300 hours of his time. We are beyond grateful to Andrew for the variety of jobs he has undertaken and his willingness to put in long hours to support the mission of WPT.
To find out how you can join Andrew and become a Wisconsin Public Television volunteer, go to wpt.org/volunteer. Our upcoming volunteer events include the August Membership Drive (Aug. 9-18) and our Quilt Expo (Sept. 3-6).
Tune in starting at 7 tonight to bid on an exciting array of products and services and support the programs you love all year long on Wisconsin Public Television. Auction starts Wednesday in the WHA-TV Madison viewing area – or watch online anywhere at auction.wpt.org. The statewide WPT Auction broadcast starts Friday night!
Over the course of five days, the WPT Auction offers great deals on sports memorabilia, event tickets (including the Badgers, Packers, Madison Mallards and others!), art, antiques, travel packages, home and garden products and much more!
The phones started ringing last night and the bidding was fast-paced and fun! If you didn’t get a chance to find some great deals on the first night of the WPT Auction, you’re in luck – there are four more days of deals all in support of the programs you love on Wisconsin Public Television!
Tune in starting at 7 p.m. each night through Sunday to bid on an exciting array of products and services. Auction airs in the Madison viewing area on WHA-TV tonight. The statewide WPT Auction broadcast begins Friday night!
You’ll find great deals on sports memorabilia, event tickets (including the Badgers, Packers, Madison Mallards, Chicago Bears and others!), art, antiques, travel packages, home and garden products and much more!
Watch the annual WPT Auction May 30 – June 3 on Wisconsin Public Television.
So many items to choose from and so little time! It’s that time of year again and we’ve got over 4,000 items for you to bid on. Get a head start on your bidding and take a look at some of the great items available this year. You can also browse a larger selection of items by category on the Auction website.
Between electronics, vacations, art and items for home and garden, you’re sure to find something you like… chances are you’ll find a dozen. So don’t miss your chance to get a great deal on some amazing items. You can start bidding online now, but don’t forget to tune in Wednesday night for the first night of live auctions on WPT!