Wednesday, December 1, 2021
@ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Held @ NYM City Hall Ballroom
During NYM Tree Festival

Our annual Winter Fundraiser is BACK!  After taking 2020 off, we are excited to return to the City Hall Ballroom during the Community Christmas Tree Festival for our annual Winter Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.! This event is free to attend and open to ALL.

This FUN fundraiser will include:

  • Winter Gifts — Unique grab & go gifts for teachers, co-workers, care providers & more!
    • Simply & beautifully wrapped and ready to give
    • Curated gifts include a wide variety of MN artists and makers
    • Featuring something for everyone, from food to lotions to jewelry to fishing lures!
    • Perfect for friends, family, service providers, gift exchanges & more
    • Gifts priced from $10 – $50
  • Let’s Get CREATIVE — Pay-to-play creative activities to bring out the artist in you!
    • CREATE holiday floral door swag $15
      • Led by Christina Kickhafer, Red Barn Greenhouse
      • Create your own holiday-themed door swag using simple organic materials that will beautify your front door for the season! You’ll learn new skills to take home with you too.
    • CREATE holiday cocktails $20
      • Led by Mixologist Cassie Hahn, Great Plains Hospitality
      • Learn to make 2 holiday-themed cocktails: Hot Bourbon Float & Winter White Russian! Price includes one of each drink plus recipes to take home. The hot drink base is a simple and delicious non-alcoholic batter which can be used throughout the holiday season in many ways including as a waffle drizzle, coffee creamer, fun warm-up drinks for the kids, & more!
    • CREATE zero waste gift wrapping $5
      • Led by Cedar Walters, Otter Tail Co. Solid Waste
      • Walk away with a hand-stamped fabric piece and a basic knowledge of using it to wrap a variety of gifts including a book, box, wine bottle, or round tin. It’s amazing what can be done with a simple square of fabric!
    • CREATE Precious Plastics ornament $10
      • Led by Erik & Barb Peterson, Artists/Makers/Designers
      • Create your own one-of-a-kind ornament designed by Erik Peterson using the Lakes Area Precious Plastic Lab equipment! Re-use discarded plastics and make something beautiful and unique. Thanks to Otter Tail County for the use of their equipment!
    • OR, CREATE THEM ALL FOR $45! (SAVE $5!)

We invite you to sign up now for these creative activities to hold your spot, as activities do have limited availability. There will likely be a chance to sign up at the event too.

Click to sign up for Creative Activities now!


  • Live Auction — by Perala Bros. Auctioneers. Treasures for friends, family, or YOU!
      • Hand Painted Bench
        One-of-a-kind telephone bench painted by Pam Robinson
      • Authentic NYM Liberty Theater Chairs
        Set of 3 vintage chairs from the NYM Liberty Theater
      • Holiday Centerpieces + $75 Cultural Center gift certificate
        Holiday floral centerpiece made to order for your holiday gathering by Kellie Smith Floral ($150 value); $75 Cultural Center gift certificate; PLUS floral centerpiece ($50 value) to take home from the event!
      • “Italian Made Easy” Home Cooking Experience
        Experience an authentic Italian dinner for up to 12 people, cooked fresh for you in your own home! Includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, and homemade bread… all made from scratch!
      • Two Succulent Planters
        Two succulent planters created by local green thumb Denise Peltier
      • Framed Leaf River Photograph by Jamie Robertson
        From “Leaf River Inscapes” exhibit featured in Cultural Center Gallery in 2021
      • Adult Chocolate Basket
        Enjoy hot chocolate with a kick this holiday season! Basket of chocolate, candy, booze & fun. Perfect for holiday entertaining or to enjoy yourself while getting ready for the holidays!
      • Fat Bike
        Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike, ready for adventure! Gently used.
      • Thumper Pond Stay & Waterpark Package
        One night stay in a King or QQ suite with 6 waterpark passes to be used during your stay!
  • Raffle — Win a beautiful handmade quilt made by Mellie Peach! Tickets $5.
    • 2021 Minnesota Quilt designed and created by Mellie Peach.
    • Tickets are available now at the Cultural Center for $5! Only 200 tickets sold.
    • Drawing December 1st; need not be present to win.
  • Wine Tasting — Sponsored by Mills Liquors.
    • Taste regionally-produced Minnesota wines!
    • Just $5 for three tastes.
    • Special discounts during event only if you decide to buy the bottle!
  • Online (Silent) Auction Kick-Off — Our FIRST EVER online auction! — LIVE NOW through December 10th!
    • Featuring artist made goods, vintage treasures, children’s items, and more!
    • Kicks off at this event December 1st, with selected items on-hand for viewing.
    • Get more info and scan the QR code with your phone to log on at the event.
    • Bid online from the comfort of your home December 1st – 10th.
    • Pick up your “winnings” at the Center Saturday, December 11th.
    • We are “going virtual” as the impact of the pandemic continues. We hope to increase our reach and access for all supporters, even those who can’t attend our events in person, or aren’t comfortable doing so yet.
Online Auction Live December 1-10, 2021 >


Light refreshments also provided. Event held at the NYM City Hall Ballroom during the week-long annual Christmas Tree Festival, so you’ll have a chance to view all the community displays while you’re there too (many of which are available to bid on, with proceeds benefitting NYM Santa Anonymous).

We hope you’ll join us for a night of CONNECTIONS & conversation, CREATING some holiday cocktails, floral arrangements, ornaments and/or gift wrap, tasting some WINE, buying some HOLIDAY GIFTS, experiencing some good-natured badgering by Mickey & Peanuts Perala in our LIVE AUCTION, getting all the details on our first ever ONLINE (silent) AUCTION, maybe winning an awesome MN QUILT, and more!

Whatever works for you, we’re here to provide an opportunity for you to connect with your neighbors and take care of your holiday shopping needs…all while supporting creativity, arts, and culture in YOUR community!

Call us with questions at 218-385-3339.  See you on December 1st!


Have a donation for our live auction or online (silent) auction? 

Call us at 218-385-3339, email, or drop off at the Cultural Center during our Open Hours. THANKS for your support!