‘Wings to Fly’ gala expands theme

‘Wings to Fly’ gala expands theme


Rockford—What do a birdbath, a watercolor seascape, and a classic 2003 Springfield Edition Indian motorcycle have in common? The answer is they all have “Wings to Fly” and are some of the items to be auctioned off at the second annual Wings to Fly Gala, a fund-raiser for Northern Illinois Hospice. The black-tie-optional dinner dance will be held Saturday, May 3, at Giovanni’s.

At the first gala, held last year, area artists were invited to create birdhouses, which resulted in a wide array of both traditional and extraordinarily inventive homes for birds of all kinds. This year, the “Wings to Fly” theme is being expanded and artists are encouraged to submit works of any kind, as long as they somehow express the theme. Some of the various creations are on display at The Frame Shoppe in Edgebrook Center, including a ceramic tiled birdbath by Anne Olson, a Rockford native and Boylan graduate who now lives in Milwaukee where she has her own business called, “The Beaded Spoon.” Other artists who will be donating work to the Gala include Ray Schulz, Dick Novak, Maggie Thienemann, Rebecca Heflin, Lisa Lindman, and Steve Pitkin.

A special feature of this year’s Gala is the “Springfield Special Edition” Indian motorcycle, by Michael Ranger for live auction. Michael Ranger, LRC Financial Services, recently purchased the Indian motorcycle franchise from Milbury Cadillac & Oldsmobile. The Springfield Edition Motorcycle celebrates the heritage of American’s Original Motorcycle, manufactured in Springfield, Mass. in 1901 (two years before Harley-Davidson in 1903). Opening bid on the motorcycle is set at $17,500.

Tickets for the “Wings to Fly” Gala are $75 per person and are available from the Northern Illinois Hospice office, 4215 Newburg Rd., Rockford, IL 61108. Information: Kathy Jensen, 398-0500.

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