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Silent Auction

We are pleased to present the following items to be auctioned during the Fundraiser dinner on April 13th at the University of Denver.  Each of these unique items or experiences was donated by a local business, a member of our board, or one of our generous supporters.  We may continue adding items up to the day of the event so make sure to check back!  Dinner tickets are not required to bid at the auction; attendees of our Annual Meeting, which is free and open to the public, are welcome to participate.  The proceeds from the auction will go toward our programs and services!

Sun Blossom clipped earrings and bolo from the Thomas Charlie Collection

Thomas Charlie Collection

Thomas Charlie is a member of the Navajo nation and was born and raised in Conon City, New Mexico, a small town 30 miles outside of Albuquerque. Charlie learned the craft of silversmithing from both of his parents, who were jewelers, as a young child. Today Charlie and his wife and children work with him in the business, carrying on the Charlie family tradition of high-end silversmithing.
Charlie expresses himself through his jewelry, which he considers to be both an art and a craft. His large collection represents his unique and accessible individual designs.
No pierced ears required!
Donated by the American Indian College Fund

 Armadillo earrings and Spiral Dome bracelet from the Orville Tsinnie Collection

Orville Tsinnie Collection

Navajo artist Orville Tsinnie discovered his talent for metal work in 1973, and has been making jewelry ever since. Tsinnie is an award-winning gold and silversmith. His designs are rooted in Navajo traditional design, yet bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary themes.
Born and raised in Tuba City, Arizona, Tsinnie now make his home in Shiprock, New Mexico.
Donated by the American Indian College Fund


“Bridge over Mill Creek” by Don Woodard

"Bridge over Mill Creek" by Don Woodard

Denver artist Don Woodard creates a variety of Western-themed art, including 3-Dimensional Paintings, wood carvings, and metal prints. His artwork is inspired events and places he has experienced firsthand during his time in the Rocky Mountains and South Dakota. This print, entitled “Bridge Over Mill Creek”, represents an area located in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Donated by Don Woodard


 Family portrait session with a professional photographer

One-hour Family Portrait Session by Becca Ann Photographer

Becca Fogg is a Denver photographer specializing in wedding and portrait photography. She is energetic, outgoing and excited to get to know you and your family. With this one hour family portraits session, you can be sure to capture and preserve many special moments.  Donated by Becca Ann Photography

Bundle of works by Red Feather Woman

The ancient legends of the dream catchers hold a special healing energy for those who believe. Red Feather Woman’s dream catchers blend the old with the new.  This fine art dream catcher is handmade by Rose Red Elk. Rose Red Elk, also known by her Native American traditional and stage name Red Feather Woman, is an international performing arts entertainer and accomplished storyteller, singer, songwriter and author. She is from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana and an enrolled member of the Sioux/Assiniboine Tribes.  Donated by Red Feather Woman

 Coffee Lover Basket

Corvus Coffee Roasters

Corvus Coffee Co. is a Specialty Coffee Roaster in Denver which works directly with single estate and privately owned farms across the world. This package includes two bags of coffee in a membership box, a membership info card, four free drink cards, and three bottles of cold brew concentrate. Enjoy the highest quality coffee while helping coffee farmers around the world build sustainable livelihoods. Donated by Corvus Coffee Roasters


Denver Broncos fan package

True fans will love this!  It contains several items of Broncos merchandise, including Denver Broncos autograph package with certified autographs of Trevor Siemian, Devontae Booker, Benny Fowler, Brandon McManus, and Andy Janovich. It also contains a Shannon Sharpe replica jersey!

 Weekend night stay at Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

Whether you are visiting Denver for the first time or just looking for to do something different for the weekend, Holiday Inn Denver East- Stapleton is the hotel for you. Delivering gorgeous views of the Rockies, Holiday Inn is minutes away from downtown and within walking distance of many shops and restaurants in Stapleton. With one complimentary weekend night stay and breakfast for two, there is no better way to enjoy all Denver has to offer. Donated by Holiday Inn Denver East Stapleton

 Coffee-of-the-Month Card

Pablo's Coffee

Pablo’s Coffee was one of Denver’s first craft coffee roasters and has been serving the city for nearly two decades. This Coffee of the Month Card entitles you to one free pound of coffee per month for a year. Get your monthly coffee fix at either of Pablo’s Coffee’s two Central Denver locations: 6th and Washington or 13th and Penn. Donated by Pablo’s Coffee

Tickets to the Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo

As the weather gets warmer, now is a great time to pay a visit to our furry, scaled and feathery friends at the Denver Zoo. Whether you want to meet Dobby the baby giraffe or get closer than ever to the Amur tigers at the zoo’s newest exhibit, The Edge, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy with this family four-pack of daytime admission tickets. Donated by the Denver Zoo

Gift card to The Way Back

The Way Back

The Way Back partners with local farmers, foragers, and purveyors, we create a constantly changing menu focused around seasonal availability, responsible husbandry, and organic, perennial agriculture. This $60 gift card will give you the opportunity to check out one of Denver’s hottest new restaurants. Donated by The Way Back

 Nikko Fine Tableware

Nikko Fine Tableware

This Blue Peonies Covered vegetable dish will be an excellent way to present a delicious meal or to display in your home. The beautiful watercolor-tone floral pattern will bring English country charm to your kitchen. Donated by Deborah Hunt

Three-month coffee subscription

Method Roasters

Method Roasters is a small-batch coffee roaster located in Denver, CO focused on producing quality coffee for the sake of the community. This three month coffee subscription includes one 12oz bag per month, which is enough coffee for 1-2 people for one to two weeks. Or, your heavy coffee drinker every week. Try a taste of a coffee that supports both local and origin communities.  Donated by Method Roasters

 Porcupine Quill Earrings by Cecelia Bernice Bull Bear

Porcupine Quill Earrings

Porcupine quilling is an ancient Native American art used particularly among East Coast and Plains tribes. Indian quillwork involved softening and dying stiff porcupine quills and weaving them into beautiful patterns such as the one on these earrings, made by Cecelia Bernice Bull Bear (Oglala Lakota). Donated by Deborah Hunt

Real Indians: Portraits of Contemporary Native Americans and America’s Tribal Colleges by Andrea Modica

"Real Indians"

This book combines brief first-person narratives of 37 contemporary Native Americans who have been leading prominent roles in Indian education with artistic black and white photographic portraits of each of these individuals. Donated by Deborah Hunt

 One-hour massage

Teresa Brown

Relax and enjoy a one-hour massage from Teresa Brown. Decrease your pain.  Recover from injury.  Manage your stress.  Teresa will be able to provide this service at the DIFRC office. Donated by Sacred Wellness

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – signed first edition

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.  Donated by David Weiden

 Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and A Thousand Horses Out to Sea by Erika Wurth – signed first editions

Erika T. Wurth’s published works include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and a collection of poetry, Indian Trains. Her collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine and her collection of poetry, A Thousand Horses Out to Sea are both forthcoming. A writer of both fiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Writer’s Chronicle, South Dakota Review and The Writer’s Chronicle. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.  Donated by David Weiden

 Gift Card to Little Man Ice Cream

Little Man Ice Cream has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike since it opened its doors on July 4th, 2008. Little Man serves Denver’s tastiest and freshest homemade ice cream, novelties, and other scrumptious treats from an iconic 28ft tall cream can. A scoop of vintage American nostalgia located in the heart of Denver! Donated by Little Man Ice Cream

 Unique pocket Squares
Flare & Square pocket squares

Flare&Square is a local Denver business dedicated to providing customers with high quality fashion accessories which embody each individual’s style and identity. Each of the three pocket squares provides unique two-in-one design. Flare&Square’s sophisticated simplicity encourages everyone to be confident in their look. Donated by Flare & Square

Shawl by Francis Horne Sr.

Francis (Coast Salish) was born in Mt. Vernon, Washington and raised in Duncan, B.C. He began carving in 1972 and credits the late Simon Charlie as an influential mentor. Providing instruction in all aspects of carving for the past 35 years, Francis has received international attention with collectors globally. His creative artwork can be found in Singapore, Italy, Colombia and North America. The city of Duncan, known as the “City of Totem Poles” includes five of his poles.




Annual Meeting & Fundraiser Dinner

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Joy Burns Center (University of Denver)


Silent Auction Donation Request

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC) cordially invites you or your business/agency to donate an item or an experience to support DIFRC’s Fundraiser Dinner Silent Auction on Thursday, April 13, 2017.  The events will be held at the Joy Burns Center, University of Denver, 2044 E. Evans Ave., in Denver, CO beginning at 5:30 p.m.

DIFRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides collaborative and culturally-responsive programs and services to the urban American Indian/Alaska Native population of the Denver metro area.  DIFRC was founded in 2000 in response to the overrepresentation of American Indian/Alaska Native families involved with the child welfare system.  DIFRC’s trauma-informed and culturally-responsive programs and services include intensive case management, support groups, parenting classes, youth empowerment, culture nights, and culinary education.

Your tax-deductible donation helps defray the significant costs associated with organizing our Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Dinner.  Your donation in any amount that you or your business/agency contribute is greatly appreciated.  One hundred percent of funds received through the silent auction will go towards supporting American Indian/Alaska Native children and families in Denver.

Our event is expected to draw over 150 supporters and participating individuals, businesses, and agencies will be prominently featured in our event program and on our event registration page.  Each item donated will be marked with its donor’s information so that the community will know who is supporting the event.

No gift is too large or too small in helping us achieve our fundraising goal of $15,000.  We accept art, jewelry, unique experiences, gift cards, merchandise or anything else that can be sold at our auction.  We are willing to pick up your item if needed.  On behalf of DIFRC staff, we want to thank you in advance and extend a personal invitation to you, your family, or your staff to attend this year’s Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Dinner.  If you are interested in attending, you can register at

Don’t have an item to give for the auction?  Donate to the event instead.

Should you have any questions, please contact McKenna Ganz, Development Manager, at (720) 500-1013 or

A copy of a receipt acknowledging your in-kind contribution will be mailed to you no greater than 30 days after receiving your sponsorship.  If you need a copy of your receipt sooner, please contact

Thank you for your support!

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