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Posted on: Sep 2, 2014
Many Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) supporters return year after year to the IBF’s hallmark fundraising event, Evening Under the Stars. With an elegant dinner and silent and live auctions, this annual event has become a highly anticipated tradition.

Attendees often take home auction items that remind them of the fun evening for years to come. We reached out to some of our long-time Evening Under the Stars supporters to find out their favorite auction find or memory from the event.

Patricia L. McKinnon, Attorney at Law
I love shopping for bargains at the Evening Under the Stars.

My favorite item that I've bought is a granite cutting board supplied by Chris Hickey's husband Dan. It's been in my kitchen since the day I bought it. We use it virtually every day and love its beauty and durability.

My second favorite item was my husband's purchase of a Wii game system the first year the game system was released by the manufacturer. We were the first ones of our family and friends to have a Wii. You could not find a Wii in the stores at Christmastime that year, but we had one for our kids. They were thrilled!

Plan on finding great bargains and unusual items at Evening Under the Stars. My husband and I usually get our Christmas shopping done early each year at the event AND have a blast doing so!

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP
Each year my wife Ann and I come to Evening Under the Stars with the plan that we will make a substantial contribution to IBF through our silent auction purchases. For at least two years we bid on and won some beautiful John Hardy jewelry donated by Aronstam.

More recently, we have turned our attention to fine wines. The last 2 years, we have been the lucky bidders for some really nice Italian Brunello wines from the 1985 vintages. We have then taken the wines home and have purchased the latest release from the same winery and have had a “side-by-side” tasting of the old and the new for Christmas dinner. I cannot tell you how much fun it has been.

We attend many charity fundraisers with silent auctions. None rival Evening Under the Stars in the quality and quantity of great items to take home.

Vanessa Lopez Aguilera, Lopez Law Office PC
A few years ago I adopted our dog Sophia from the event. It was the first time the IBF had done that, and it raised about $700. My husband was not happy but we loved her- love at first sight!

Nabeela Virjee, Lewis Wagner LLP
I have attended the IBF’s Evening Under the Stars for the last three years, twice as a law student and once as an attorney. It is a fabulous event to mingle with members of the bar in a non-adversarial setting. It is also fun to see everyone dressed to the nines. Most importantly, though, is the tremendous goal of the event: to raise funds to support the organization’s mission of advancing justice through philanthropy, education and service. I’m looking forward to attending again this year because what girl doesn’t like to have a cocktail and shop (for a good cause) at the same time!

Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC
I’ve been attending Evening Under the Stars for years, and that event is the reason I presently sit on the Foundation board. At the 2011 event, Nissa (Ricafort) and I purchased a stay at a the condo in Maui donated by Lance Cline as part of the live auction. Our two families travelled to Maui in October 2012 and had the most amazing week.

The “condo” is nearly as large as my house, with three huge bedrooms and plenty of space for four adults and five kids. It’s located across the street from the beautiful and exclusive Grand Wailea Resort. Nissa and I ran on the beach each morning and spent the afternoons drinking yummy cocktails and watching our families playing in the surf. We snorkeled, ate pork cooked underground at a luau, and gorged ourselves on fresh seafood. AMAZING vacation. The kids (my three and Nissa’s two) talk about the trip all the time.

Then, at the 2012 silent auction, I purchased granite countertops donated by Dan Hickey. While not as glamorous as a week in Maui, I do love walking into my kitchen every day!

I could go on and on about the Big Girl party, the infamous “prevent divorce basket” from the Family Law Section and some of the fun baskets purchased through the years. Crane Bay provided an amazing venue with good food (which is always important to me), plenty of space and the fun outdoor patio area.

Thankfully, I’ve managed to escape the last few years without bringing home a puppy.
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Eric M. Cavanaugh, Duke Energy Corporation
My favorite thing at the IBF Silent Auction has been buying wine. We have had a couple of Fellows who over the years have donated wine out of their collections to the silent auction. I have been able to acquire a number of collectable wines that have formed the basis of my own wine collection.

The most memorable night at the IBF dinner and auction is when I bought a slab of granite for our kitchen countertops without alerting my wife, Patti, that I was bidding. She was talking to someone near the bar and heard that I was the winning bid for an amount that I had not consulted with her about. She was upset, until Dan Hickey came over and explained to her about what I had just bought. Dan and his crew were great to work with and did a fabulous job. We love our granite countertops.

Finally, for many years I have put together a basket of single malt scotch for the Silent Auction. The last few years I have gone to that same liquor store to assemble the scotches. Thanks to the helpfulness of the spirits manager at the store, the trip has become an event lasting two to three hours as the spirits manager walks me through the extensive collection of single malts his store has and even gives me a taste or two. My son served as the designated driver this year.

Martha Lehman, Krieg DeVault LLP
Several years ago, my colleagues and friends, Betsy and Joe Russell, asked my husband and me to attend the IBF’s Evening Under the Stars. We had a great time. My husband was amazed at the number of people that he knew, and we enjoyed bidding on auction items. Since then, we have made it a point to attend the event, but my favorite memory comes from the 2013 Evening Under the Stars. I had a couple of extra seats at our table, and I invited my oldest daughter and her then fiancé to attend with us. They walked in and almost immediately lost themselves among the crowd. They found high school friends who were now lawyers and met with some of their friends’ parents. While the evening is always fun and I usually bring home something great from the auction, I enjoyed watching Liz and Aidan enjoy the crowd. They also managed to bring home a few items of their own.

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