JULY 13, 2024

Simple Graphic Summer Fest 2024 (1)

Luther Crest is excited to be hosting our first Summer Fest and Auction July 13, 2024! This year, we are going bigger than ever with an online auction, a bake sale, a family festival, and a silent auction. We are also excited to be bringing back an in-person live auction all happening at Luther Crest in July 2024! See the schedule of events in the maroon box for details of when and where things are happening. We look forward to seeing all your donated quilts, crafts, events, and services as part of this great fundraising event this year!

Suggestions to help Luther Crest raise the most money for camper scholarships, programming, and building needs:

  • This year, we are collecting donations of our traditional quilts and crafted gifts but are also seeking donations of services and experiences. For ideas on what would sell well, please see the backside of your Donated Item Information Form included in this envelope.
  • Please only donate new items for this online and in-person auction. Already used or re-purposed items often do not sell well.
  • If you are donating a quilt, choose a theme for your quilt, such as The North Woods or Barbi. Actual Twin (60x86), Full (76x86), Queen (82x92) & King (98x100) sizes often sell better than quilts that do not fit on a normal mattress size. Color choices that would fit in any home or décor often sell better than overly bright colors.
  • Does your donation have a fun, historic, or funny story to accompany it? Items with personal stories about where it came from, who made it, or what happened while it was being made or collected tend to have increased bidder value.

Please send any questions you may have about donations or this event to Maureen Wieland (

Schedule of Events

Thursday July 11 at noon: Online auction bidding opens

Saturday July 13 at noon: Online auction bidding closes

Saturday July 13 from 11 am to 4 pm: Summer fest at Luther Crest including opportunities for swimming in Lake Carlos, arts and crafts, challenge course zip-lining, a mini bake sale of many Luther Crest treats, guided tours of Luther Crest facilities, lunch for purchase in the Dining Hall, and of course the silent and live auction! The live auction begins at 1 pm on site at Luther Crest!

Auction items can be picked up day of by 5 pm at Luther Crest or shipping can be requested and added to the cost of the item.



  • Have a boat or know someone that does? Offer a boat ride through the chain of lakes for a group of 2 or 4 for a few hours. Maybe throw in some snacks or drinks or a ski lesson.
  • Have a boat and fishing experience? Offer a tour of the lakes with fishing guidance and gear for 2 to 4 people for a few hours.
  • Like to cook? Prepare a meal in your home for guests to come enjoy one evening. Or make frozen family to-go meals that people can take and bake on their own time.
  • Purchase movie or theater tickets for an upcoming show. Or have season tickets to a theater or athletic facility? Offer one set of tickets for the date of the winning bidders choice.
  • Own a timeshare, guest home, or Air B and B? Offer a weekend retreat or a few weekdays at your vacation home.
  • Know how to make an awesome craft, woodworking item, food item, or other useful skills? Offer an hour or two demonstration and teaching lesson to a small group interested in learning that skill and taking home something they helped create.
  • Have a favorite restaurant? Offer a gift card to any restaurant in the Alexandria area or even the Twin Cities.


  • Do you work with financial planning or tax services? Offer an hour or two consultation to help a couple prepare for retirement, investing, or the next tax season.
  • Do you work with massage therapy, chiropractic services, or other spa or personal care services? Offer a session or two for folks to enjoy on a date of their choosing.
  • Do you work at a car service provider? Offer an oil change, tire rotation, interior detailing, or other vehicle service.
  • Can you lift heavy things, know how to fix small household issues, or have experience as a plumber, electrician, or builder? Offer an hour or two of service or a discount on your company’s services.
  • Do you know how to mow lawns, rake leaves, or do yard work? Get the whole family involved and offer a few hours of yard work to the winning bidder.
  • Do you work in marketing and graphic design? Offer a consultation to a business or individual looking to grow.
  • Are you a skilled writer? Offer a consultation, a personalized story for children, a poem, or other written works.
  • Do you work for a travel agency or airline? Offer a flight, trip planning, new luggage, or other travel services.


  • Have pottery skills or know someone that does? Donate a set of mugs, bowls, plates, etc.
  • Have woodworking skills or know someone that does? Donate bowls, charcuterie boards, and artwork.
  • Have painting skills or know someone that does? Donate a piece of local art for the highest bidder to take home.
  • Epoxy crafts are trending right now. If you have the skills and materials, epoxy tables, charcuterie boards, and other art pieces are an excellent donation idea.
  • Can you make a blanket or stuffed animal out of old T-shirts? Offer a personalized craft made from the top bidder’s old shirts or jackets for an incredible memory gift.


  • While this event is being rejuvenated, we still love and look forward to the beautiful quilts that are a strong tradition at our Luther Crest auction. Large or small, donate any new quilt, table runner, comforter, or tea towels for this online and in-person live auction! Want to teach others how to do this amazing craft? Offer a quilting package or teaching demonstration for those that want to get started on their own quilting adventure.