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6th Annual




Blue Grass Green Acres

A fundraiser for:

At Black Swamp Conservancy... We take direct action to permanently preserve northwest Ohio’s natural habitats and family farms for the benefit of future generations. By protecting our valuable land and water resources we are supporting healthy communities with strong, sustainable economies. Our work ensures that the diverse lands of our region will be retained for future generations and that our children and their children will have spaces to learn, work, relax and play. As a nonprofit organization we rely on the support of landowners, donors and partnerships with other conservation organizations. We strive to be a wise investment for our supporters, whether they are giving us their land, time or money. Please consider supporting our land conservation efforts by making a gift to Black Swamp Conservancy. All donations are tax-deductible and stay right here in northwest Ohio.

Thank you for being here tonight to celebrate land conservation. We hope you enjoy the evening! BLACK SWAMP CONSERVANCY P.O. Box 332 Perrysburg, Ohio 43552 419.833.1025

Schedule of Events 6:30 pm Registration Live Auction Items on Display Silent Auction Opens Raffles Open

7:00 pm Anderlik, Otto & Church Perform (Set 1)

8:00 pm Live Auction (check out opens in the front family room 10 minutes after conclusion of live auction)

9:15 pm Silent Auction & Raffles Close Anderlik, Otto & Church Perform (Set 2)

10:00 pm Check Out Closes

For your convenience tonight, Black Swamp Conservancy will accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa for all auction and raffle purchases. Cash and checks also accepted.


2017 Sponsors FIDDLE LEVEL


MANDOLIN LEVEL Conservation Realty Group

Ohio Farmers Union

DuPont Pioneer

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.

Eastman & Smith

The Collaborative

Envirocare Lawn and Landscape

The Nature Conservancy

JDI Group

Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority

Mannik & Smith Group

Waterford Bank

Ohio Environmental Council


PLEASE VISIT the merchandise table to view our

special raffle items. just $10 per ticket

Black Swamp Conservancy is PROUD TO PROTECT MORE THAN 16,070 ACRES of natural habitats and family farms across Northwest Ohio.

Live Auction 1 2 Memberships, 3 Courses, Unlimited Fun Win this auction and you are guaranteed to spend a lot of time on the golf course this season! You and a friend will each receive an annual membership to River Cliff Golf Course in Fremont, Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde and Woussickett Golf Course in Sandusky. Team up with your favorite golf buddy and take these memberships home today!

DONATED BY: River Cliff Golf Course and Adam Crockett

2 Be the first to stay at Metroparks’ Newest Rental Our friends at Toledo Metroparks have been working on a new project. Pine Ridge Ski Hut is currently under construction at Oak Openings Metropark and will be available for reservations starting in May. But, the winner of this auction will have the opportunity to make their reservation before it is made available to the public. Whether you’d like to be the first guest or lock in a stay for a special weekend, this is your chance. Pine Ridge will accommodate parties of up to five people. Amenities include kitchen facilities, indoor restroom with shower, and a fire pit in the back yard (wood included). Parking on site.

DONATED BY: Toledo Metroparks

Live Auction

Meadowbrook Marsh Print


This stunning Art Weber print, on canvas, – of a coastal marsh protected by the Conservancy – is part of “The Great Black Swamp” exhibit that Black Swamp Conservancy and Toledo Metroparks are currently working on together. The exhibit will debut at The National Center For Nature Photography this fall.

DONATED BY: Art Weber and Karen Pugh

Frederic Duclos Freshwater Pearl Set


Up for bid is this beautiful freshwater pearl necklace and earrings set by award winning French designer Frederic Duclos. Take this wonderful set home with you tonight!

DONATED BY: David Fairclough Fine Jewelers

Live Auction 5 En Plein Air Dinner Winning bidder will enjoy an upscale dinner for 8, elegantly served en plein air at Sugar Ridge Prairie. Chef Rob Rousseau of The Gathering in Findlay brings his new American cuisine and seafood to the great outdoors. This unique experience promises to be one of your most memorable evenings of 2017.

DONATED BY: Chef Rob Rousseau

6 A golf outing for 16 Gather fifteen of your closest friends for a day on the links. Winning bidder will enjoy a golf outing for 16 at River Cliff Golf Course in Fremont, including cart rental, food and beverages. This season is your last opportunity to golf at River Cliff – the Conservancy is in the process of buying the property and will be working with Sandusky Park District to develop it into a public park.

DONATED BY: River Cliff Golf Course, Adam Crockett, and Maumee Bay Brewery

Live Auction Brunch, Naturally


Enjoy a walk in the spring woods of the Black Swamp Conservancy’s homestead or through the adjacent prairie in late summer (depending on whether you select a May or September day) led by Executive Director Rob Krain, and then enjoy a brunch feast at the beautiful, manicured and private historic Luckey quarry. This special day is for up to 8 guests.

DONATED BY: Karen and Bob Lucas and Steve and Virginia Keller

Home Ranch, Colorado!


Enjoy a winter weekend for two at the stunning all-inclusive, Relais & Chateaux property, The Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado! Nestled in the beautiful Elk River Valley, The Home Ranch offers a perfect winter get away with cozy private cabins, each with its own hot tub, three gourmet meals a day and all winter sports on-site included, including gear. There are endless groomed trails for X country, skate and Telemark skiing, snow shoeing, and of course, tubing on our sledding hill. Travel is easy - with flights direct to Steamboat Springs and airport pick up service as well as shuttles to the downhill mountain in Steamboat Springs. Come to The Home Ranch and experience a Rocky Mountain Winter - feet of snow, sunny, blue skies, loads of fun in the great outdoors plus luxury accommodations. This 3 night package is based on availability and can be used between midDecember 2017 and mid-March 2018. You will also be given a $300 gift certificate for airline expenses.

DONATED BY: The Stranahan Family & Ottawa Hills Travel Group

Live Auction 9 Farm to Table Dinner We’re pairing a gourmet dinner with the great outdoors. Winning bidder will enjoy an upscale dinner for 8, prepared and served on a picturesque Conservancy property. Chef Ian Regent will use locally-sourced ingredients to prepare a four-course meal, complete with wine pairings for your group. This unique experience promises to be one of your more memorable evenings of 2017.

DONATED BY: Chef Ian Regent and Rob Krain

10 Experience Castalia Trout Club Enjoy a fly fishing trip for up to three people at the Castalia Trout Club in Castalia, Ohio. The Castalia Trout Club was founded in 1887 and is located 1 hour from Toledo. Your host, Deke Welles, will provide all fishing tackle. The day will start with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., mint juleps at 4:00 p.m., and dinner at 4:30 p.m. You will be fishing 5 miles of stream from Ohio’s famous “Blue Hole”. Dates for this day-long excursion will be scheduled with your host for May 17 or 19, or June 9 or 10.

DONATED BY: Deke Welles

Live Auction Deer Hunting at Water’s Edge Preserve


Bag a buck at Black Swamp Conservancy’s own Water’s Edge Preserve! You and a friend will have exclusive hunting rights to this 60+ acre preserve on the Sandusky River just south of Fremont for the entire 2017 season (or until tags are filled).

DONATED BY: Black Swamp Conservancy

Behind the Scenes at the Toledo Zoo


Whether you want to feed a penguin, observe a polar bear’s training session, or touch an octopus’ tentacles -- here is your chance. A Toledo Zoo keeper will take your group of six behind-the-scenes with an animal of your choice for a unique and personal experience. You’ll learn about the species, its care and the personality of our Zoo’s residents. Includes Zoo admission and parking for your group.

DONATED BY: Toledo Zoo

The funds raised at Blue Grass & Green Acres stay right here in Northwest Ohio supporting our work protecting the woods, wetlands, waterways and farmland in our community.

Thank You Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who donated auction and raffle items to Blue Grass & Green Acres 2017! 5th Street Pub Adams Street Café The Ark Art Weber Black Diamond Garden Center The Blarney Irish Pub Bleak House Coffee Bourbon Affair Casa Barron Chef Rob Rousseau Cleland’s Outdoor World Copper Moon Studios Adam Crockett Dale’s Bar and Grill David Fairclough Fine Jewelers Deke Welles Eagles Landing Golf Course Dave FitzSimmons Garden Smiles Kengos Sushi & Yakitori Bob and Karen Lucas Manhattans Pub & Cheer Marathon Classic

Mary Krueger Maumee Indoor Theatre Motawi Tileworks Ottawa Hills Travel Group Packer Creek Pottery Pop It Paint It Karen Pugh Red Fern Inn Chef Ian Regent River Cliff Golf Course Sauder Village Scotts Miracle-Gro Social Gastropub Steve and Virginia Keller Stranahan Family Toledo Ballet Toledo Botanical Gardens Toledo Metroparks Toledo Mud Hens Toledo Museum of Art Toledo Zoo White Pines Golf Course Ye Olde Dirty Bird

4.20.2017 HABITAT



invite you

to a complimentary screening of

HOMETOWN HABITAT with special guest, documentary filmmaker



4.20.17 5:30 pm reception

6:30 pm

film screeening

8:15 pm

question & answer

Acres Protected By County

Acres Protected By Year

Conservation Work

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. ~ Aldo Leopold

We proudly support the

Black Swamp Conservancy.

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EXCELLENCE IN ANY ENVIRONMENT We’ve built our reputation one project at a time through the use of technically sound scientific protocols, understanding current regulatory climates, drafting accurate and detailed reports, providing superior client service, and presenting cost-conscious solutions. NATIONAL EXPERTS IN:

Ecological Restoration

Wetland & Stream Permitting

Stormwater & Environmental Inspection

Emergency Response

Endangered Species Assessments

Aquatic Survey


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THE INK DRIED OVER 25 YEARS AGO. OUR EXPERIENCE SPANS GENERATIONS. THE MISSION ENDURES. On December 4, 1990, our founding directors, Duane Stranahan, Jr., H. David White, Sr., and Maynard Sauder, incorporated a national trust bank and made a vow to the community. They promised to reinstate the tenets under which old-line financial institutions once conducted business: recognize community relationships, understand the local environment and provide an unwavering commitment to clients. This promise is the cornerstone upon which we were built and guides us to this day. Today, the company remains independent and privately held. Founding families continue as owners and clients. And every client enjoys an atmosphere of integrity, honesty and trust, that is sadly lacking elsewhere. We believe that so long as our mission endures, the wealth of our clients will grow along with it. That’s why our clients rarely leave, and why many have been with us from the beginning. It’s not old-fashioned thinking. Just old-fashioned values. You know us. Or you should. To learn more, call our President and CEO, Julie Brotje Higgins, 419.865.8090. Minimum relationship $1 million.

thank you for your generous sponsorship of

Blue Grass & Green Acres 2017

Black Swamp Conservancy BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2016-2017 OFFICERS Mary Krueger President

TRUSTEES Steve Bowe Paul Croy

Karen Wood Vice President

Mary Fedderke Sally Gladwell

Brian Kennedy Treasurer

Julie Brotje Higgins

Alec Vogelpohl Secretary

Virginia Keller Tim Minning Tom Reed Katie Rousseau Tim Schetter Laurie VonSeggern Anne Yager IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Eric Kraus ADVISORY COUNCIL Sara Jane DeHoff Don Leary Clint Mauk Steve Pollick Stephen Stranahan Deke Welles

Our Land. Our Water. Our Future.


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Blue Grass & Green Acres 2017 Program