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ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction is Now Open for Bidding

ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction is Now Open!

Offering nearly 100 items—must-see choices

… for yourself or as holiday gifts for your family and friends. For example:

  • Fine Relic wines and Giant Jones craft beer sampler
  • A Jordy Nelson-autographed NFL Football
  • Many art pieces, including paintings and ceramics, by regional artists
  • A wide selection of gift baskets, handcrafts, antiques
  • A pair of new TSL snowshoes and an APEX G3 Total Gymn

Check out these items and many more now at

Also, don’t forget …

To bid on items in the auction, you will need to create an account on the auction site.

Go to Auction

Bidding closes at 3:00 pm this coming Sunday, November 7.

Note: The auction supports ESTHER‘s ongoing work of building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in the Fox Valley.

ESTHER 2021 Auction Preview Begins Today

Bidding in the 2021 ESTHER Auction doesn’t start until Thursday, but you can check out the items on offer starting right now!

For example,

2021 ESTHER Auction QR CodeThese are just a few of the offerings. The complete auction includes nearly 100 unique and delightful items at a range of prices.

You can check out the full auction by visiting, or scan this QR code with your smartphone.

Then mark your calendar to come back on Thursday, November 4, at 8:00 am, when the bidding starts!

Remember, proceeds from the auction support ESTHER’s ongoing work of building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in the Fox Valley.

ESTHER 2021 Online Auction

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 8:00am - Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 3:00pm

ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction

  • Preview begins Monday, November 1, 2021 at 8:00 am
  • Bidding begins Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 8:00 am
    and continues through Sunday, November 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm
  • Don’t miss it!

Handcrafts, foods, sports memorabilia, artwork and more…. Proceeds support ESTHER's work of sharing hope, building community, and standing for justice in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley.

Artwork • Handcrafts • Gift Baskets • Fine Wines • Catered Meals • Candy & Baked Goods • Gift Certificates • Travel & Recreation • Antiques • Collectibles • Jewelry • Home Decor • Sports Memorabilia • Books • More …

ESTHER 2021 Online Auction

Thursday, November 4 at 8:00 am thru Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 pm
(Preview available starting Monday, November 1, at 8:00 am)

Save the date: ESTHER’s 18th Annual Banquet Rescheduled to February 6, 2022

ESTHER — Building Community, Sharing Hope, Standing for Justice Since 2004


One Special ESTHER Leader

This year the ESTHER board nominated Steve Hirby for the Celebrating Volunteers Janet Berry Award.  While another worthy volunteer was selected, ESTHER would like to recognize Steve for everything he has done and continues to do for our organization. Steve’s dedication and his expertise in not only fundraising but also data management have been instrumental in our ability to thrive as an organization. Steve is a visionary and an organizing member of the board.  He has a standing position on the board and the executive team not just as a representative of his faith community or a task force but because he is … Steve.

As part of the nomination process, we asked people from three other organizations to write letters of support and their response was immediate and positive. Pastor Steve Savides (First Congregational United Church of Christ) wrote about there being no one more “beloved or respected” than Steve in the church, Pastor Jane Anderson wrote about ways Steve has been instrumental in helping the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ re-envision itself and position itself for the future, and Maren Peterson, Executive Director of NAMI, wrote about ways Steve has been a “lifeline of hope” for hundreds of individuals and families in the Fox Valley.  All spoke to his kindness, open mindedness, patience and keen intelligence.

Steve exemplifies the spirit of the Janet Berry Award. He truly is “A volunteer who has made great strides in his efforts to impact positive change in the Fox Valley, by creating, working for, and donating to a local community organization, and [his] efforts through time, resources, and influence – have been paramount to the success not only of [ESTHER] but also in building a just community.” We were very proud to nominate Steve Hirby for the Janet Berry Award.

Will you consider support for ESTHER on GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday

Will you consider supporting ESTHER on GivingTuesday? In doing so, you’ll become part of a world-wide movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Your support will directly help ESTHER continue our 17-year commitment to building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley.

GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe. ESTHER’s mission is to work toward these same goals right here in the the Fox Valley.

Your support of ESTHER on GivingTuesday 2020 makes this possible!

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2020 Auction Bidding Begins

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 8:00am

ESTHER’s always-outstanding silent auction has gone online this year!

You’ll find an amazing selection of beautiful and useful items and services at all price levels.

Plus, for the first time, there are some special offerings (especially in art and travel) that are sure to capture your interest.

A thought:

Like everything else these days, shopping for the up-coming holidays will be complicated. You may find the perfect gifts you're looking for at the auction. And remember, your auction purchase keeps ESTHER strong to continue its important work of building community, sharing hope, and standing for justice.

The auction is available for preview now at

While you’re browsing, why not take a few minutes to set up an account on the auction site, so when the bidding opens at 8 am on October 29, you’ll be ready.

2020 Auction Preview Begins

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 8:00am

2020 Online Auction preview …

  • Review the items available for bids
  • Create an account on the auction site so you can bid when the auction opens on October 29


2019 Challenge Campaign a Great Success - Thank You!

Note: This story has been revised to correct an error in the amount received in response to the challenge.

Challenge Succeeds--Thank You!Wow! THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2019 ESTHER challenge match campaign, which ended on December 31.

When everything was counted, during the last quarter of 2019, 60 people either made new contributions or increased their support 2019 ESTHER Challenge results bar graph: Goal $5,000; Received: $7,028during 2019 over 2018, for a total of $7,028—40 percent more than the goal!—in response to the $5,000 challenge pool!

We are so grateful for such an amazing response to this campaign during these challenging times. Your support helps ensure we can have even greater impact as we work to share hope, build community, and stand for justice.

Make Holiday Giving Easy for Your Loved Ones

package with red bowWould you like to make holiday giving really easy for your loved ones?

When they ask you what you’d like, instead of saying…, “Oh, I'd love a Christmas tie!”…how about saying, “Would you donate to ESTHER? It’s an organization I love, and the contribution will help us continue working to make our community a more just place for all!”

It’s a win-win-win: Your family members don’t have to leave their homes to shop; you have the satisfaction of sparking a contribution to an organization that you love; and ESTHER receives funds that will support our work to bring the beloved community closer.

We would love to be the recipient of holiday gifts in your honor from your friends, family, co-workers. Would you consider suggesting that they contribute in your honor to ESTHER at holiday time? Just send them to

Donate Now

Help ESTHER Double Its Impact

Help ESTHER Double Its Impact!

Prison Reform Sidewalk OutreachThere are only a few days left in 2019 for ESTHER to claim the full $5,000 challenge grant we have been awarded. The grant will double the amount for new contributions we receive in the remainder of 2019, but we can only do it with your support.

In these times, when there are so many negative challenges, it’s wonderful to have this positive challenge—an opportunity to help make ESTHER stronger for the work of the future.

Through this challenge grant, we want to build our financial strength as an organization so that we can train more leaders, partner with more non-profits, build stronger relationships with elected officials and policy makers, communicate better with the people of the Fox Valley and beyond, bring about more positive change.

Now beginning its 16th year, ESTHER has an impact far out of proportion to its modest finances. Within our $90,000 annual budget, we support a full-time organizer and part-time office assistant, train members to work for systemic change on issues that matter to them, host public events on topics of common concern, and collaborate with other Wisconsin organizations focused on positive change.

Will you help us do more, by responding by December 31 to this challenge grant opportunity?

Yes, I'll Help!

See our progress here.

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