The Lake Leelanau Lake Association's 2023 spring virtual auction graphic.

The 2023 Spring Virtual Auction Bidding Begins April 17

The Lake Leelanau Lake Association's (LLLA) 2023 Spring Virtual Auction kicks off on April 17 with unique and unforgettable experiences up for bid! Registered bidders can explore exclusive Lake Leelanau experiences—like fishing charters, sailing cruises, a week-long cottage stay, and more—all while supporting the preservation of our lake's beauty.

Thanks to the generosity of dozens of area businesses and individuals, more than 140 packages—with an approximate total value of $50,000—will be open to bidding through 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Participants can bid on items via the LLLA's auction website—you must register online to place bids.

What’s Up for Bid?

Among the items up for auction are a six-hour Lake Leelanau fishing charter, pontoon boat rentals, hosted wine tastings, a golf package for two, a Lake Michigan sailing cruise, a two-hour guitar concert, a new stand-up paddle board, tree stump removal, artwork, jewelry and gift cards to many area establishments. Items range in value from $25 dining gift certificates to a one-week stay for eight at a North Lake Leelanau cottage worth $9,500. 

Leelanau County businesses and residents donated most items, but some came from outside the region, such as autographed memorabilia from Detroit professional sports teams.

“The quality and variety of items available to bidders this year is truly outstanding,” said Diane Pelak, auction committee co-chairperson. “There is generally an item or a package to suit every interest and budget. This makes it enticing and fun for bidders and speaks to the range of talents and unique experiences that make Leelanau County so special.”

Spring auction item #49, Perkins Cottage in northern Michigan.
The Perkins Cottage rental is one of many items up for auction during the 2023 Spring Virtual Auction.

How Online Bidding Works

This year’s auction will use Greater Giving Online Bidding, allowing for a paperless bidding system. Participants will bid using their smartphone or tablet on silent auction items. They can also easily track Packages by “following” their activity without continuously returning to a table or bid sheet.

Once registered, you have several options for bidding.

  1. Select the Package you wish to bid on.
  2. Select either the bid option to bid the next increment or select Bid More to choose your increment.
  3. Or, if available, select Buy Now to purchase the Package for the price listed.
  4. Click the star icon to save the Package to your Favorites.
  5. To donate, click the Donate button on the home page and enter your amount.
  6. Use the menu in the top left to view Packages you have bid on, favorited, or to browse by Category.
  7. When the auction closes, the high bidder can find Packages they have won in the bids area of the menu.

Other Ways to Support the LLLA’s Auction

Apart from bidding, there are several ways to support the 2023 Spring Virtual Auction.

  1. Become a sponsor:
    1. Gold Level Sponsorship - $2,500
    2. Silver Level Sponsorship - $1,000
    3. Bronze Level Sponsorship - $250
  2. Consider donating an auction item.
  3. Make a cash contribution—all cash donations are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $29,500.

“We are accepting sponsorships and auction items right up until the start of the event and donations throughout,” said Laura Paine, who co-chairs the auction with Pelak and Carol Rademacher. “The support of our sponsors and donors has been fantastic,” she added. “It demonstrates the passion and commitment of people in this community to ensure this precious Lake Leelanau resource can be enjoyed by current and future generations.”

Two young boys enjoy a swim in North Lake Leelanau in Lake Leelanau, Michigan.

Supporting LLLA’s Mission

By participating in the auction, area residents will be helping preserve and protect the 89,000-acre Lake Leelanau watershed, which has become more vulnerable to invasive species and other threats in recent years. 2023 Spring Virtual Auction proceeds will enable the LLLA to:

  1. Install a third high-pressure boat-cleaning station at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources West boat launch on Lake Leelanau; 
  2. Purchase improved water quality monitoring technology; and 
  3. Create signage at all public lake access points outlining the fragile ecosystem on which protection efforts are focused.

We appreciate your support and wish bidders the best of luck!

2023 Spring Virtual Auction Sponsors

We also want to thank all our sponsors for supporting this year's auction!

Gold Sponsors

Jennie & Darren Keller

James & Kathy Ganley

Annie & Bill Hostetler

Don Wilson - Lake Leelanau RV Park

The Laura Paine Family


Silver Sponsors

Biggs Construction, Inc.

Joshua Deering - Deering Tree Service

Matthew & Jane Zimmerman - Zimmerman Landscaping

Tom & Diane Pelak - FlexChecks

Tim Schaub - Schaub Premier Realty

Tom & Norah Hiatt

Ron Reimink - Freshwater Solutions and LLC


Bronze Sponsors

9 Bean Rows

Ann Adams

Darlene Doorlag

Lois Bahle & Larry Mawby

Susan Rauser - State Farm Insurance

Marty Easling - Easling Construction Co.

Francie Gits

Nick Wierzba - Suttons Bay Bikes

Steve & Ann Fisher

Stander Marine, Inc.

Patricia Shea

Michael J. Bill

Shane Boland Harrison - Leelanau Veterinary Care

Joel Voss - Kal Excavating

Jerry & Nancy Crawford - Inn the Pines Bed and Breakfast

Hayward & Kathy Draper

Andy Jamieson - Dream Kitchen & Bath, Inc.

Dan & Kay White

Doug & Judy VanDyke

Christine & Tom Pfennig

Cory Beuerle & Steve Zinger - Century 21 Northland

Stanley & Bo Reahard

Jeff & Susan Green

Hansen Foods of Suttons Bay

Leslie Maclin

Susan Gentile & Mike Zellner

Kathryn W. Scherer

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