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Community leaders on the auction block

Albuquerque’s homeless children will benefit from the CLNKids Lunch Box Silent Auction event Oct. 4. (Courtesy of CLNKids)

Albuquerque’s homeless children will benefit from the CLNKids Lunch Box Silent Auction event Oct. 4. (Courtesy of CLNKids)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Maybe you want to sit down with Central New Mexico Community College president Kathie Winograd and pick her brain about higher education.

Perhaps you’d like to ask an expert from the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History about the current exhibit, or to get some pointers on your swing from local pro golfer Todd Kersting.

WOODWARD: Head brewer to answer “any questions”

WOODWARD: Head brewer to answer “any questions”

Those are a few of more than two dozen people from around Albuquerque who’ve agreed to auction themselves off as a lunch or activity partner to the highest bidder Oct. 4, when CLNKids, a nonprofit organization serving homeless children and families, celebrates 25 years of work in Albuquerque.

Tim Woodward, head brewer at Turtle Mountain Brewing Co. in Rio Rancho, will be one of the “auctionees” at CLNKids 25 Years of Opening Doors Lunchbox Silent Auction & Cocktail Event from 6 until 9 p.m. at Las Puertas, 1512 First St. NW.

“I’m willing to answer any questions,” he said in a recent interview about what topics he might touch on when he dines with an as-yet unknown bidder at Turtle Mountain.

“I also want them to hopefully ask me questions about how I got here,” he said, “and what the community of brewing is like.”

Then, he might touch on yeast microbiology, mechanical operations – whatever the winner wants to know. “I would explain the different tools I have in the brewery: a microscope for yeast counting, a fluid heat exchange for cooling down hot liquids …”

Having an auction where the winner would receive a lunch with a community leader struck organizers as a good plan.

“We haven’t seen this approach, so we feel like it’s kind of a unique idea for a fundraiser,” said Erica Volkers, a dean at CNM and vice president of the board of CLNKids. “We had a brainstorming session (about who) we think are interesting leaders in different ways within our communities, who might be responsive, and who would be an interesting lunch person,” she said.

Other auctionees include Gary Oppedahl, the city’s director of economic development, who’ll give a personal style consultation, and Chris and Martha Carpenter, owners of Pasando Tiempo Winery and Vineyards, who’ll include a wine tasting with lunch at their vineyard.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by local eateries including Nexus Brewery, Range Café, Rebel Donuts, Standard Diner and Slate Street Café.

VOLKERS: “A unique idea for a fundraiser”

VOLKERS: “A unique idea for a fundraiser”

CLNKids (formerly Cuidando Los Ninos), provides early childhood education and care to homeless children.

The lunch theme was chosen to highlight the fact that some homeless children don’t get a lovingly packed lunch to take to school.

“Homeless children often have to go without lunches, birthday celebrations or family trips,” according to Volkers. “They may not have toys, not only because the family can’t afford them, but because they have no place to keep them.”

The minimum bid is $100, she said.


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