Quarantine Kentucky Derby Super Fundraiser Auction Items

Quarantine Kentucky Derby Online Fundraiser



The Janesville Woman’s Club will hold a virtual fundraiser from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, to help it cover operating expenses.

The club is using a grant it won from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to complete work on its building. However, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented it from holding a key spring fundraiser, leaving it short of operating funds, according to a news release.

Titled “Quarantine Kentucky Derby—Where Masks are the New Hats,” the June 10 fundraiser will feature auction items such as gift certificates, baskets and original artwork by local artists Dava Dahlgran, Connie Glowacki and Nancy McKinnon, according to the release.

The club will set up a watch party with a projector and screen for drive-in viewing, weather permitting. Everyone attending is required to wear masks. Facebook users can view the livestream via their app, and non-Facebook users can tune in via a URL the club will release June 10, according to the release.

Residents can learn more about the event by visiting the Quarantine Kentucky Derby Fundraiser Facebook page.


Three talented and generous artists from the Janesville Art League donated original artwork for the Quarantine Kentucky Derby fundraiser on Wednesday, June 10. Bidding will begin online at 11 a.m.! Winners of the artwork will be announced at 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit the operating budget for the Foundation for the Preservation of 108 S. Jackson.


Artist Feature:

Dava Dalhgran began her artistic adventure as a commercial artist. Initially, in her free time, she started out with watercolor. Then after seeing an ad offering an inexpensive set of colored pencils, she began experimenting with the pencils and watercolors. One thing led to another, and she submitted a pure pencil piece to the Colored Pencil Society of America and she’s been an active member since—having earned her CPSA and CPX signature status. Her work is nationally and internationally known and has won numerous awards. During this pandemic, she has found comfort in experimenting with new surfaces such as wood and pastel board.

Yes, she still has remnants of her first pencil set. As an artist and a “cheerleader” Dava says this, “ People know way more than they think they do. Be patient about selling your art and don’t sit on the sidelines. Join an arts organization.”



Artist Feature:


Nancy McKinnon attended her first watercolor workshop in 1998 in Maui. Since then, she has painted and traveled with her instructor and friend, Barbara Mathews. Nancy favors abstract backgrounds with a realistic subject matter. Spontaneity is a huge part of Nancy’s character and it shows in her recent endeavors which feature acrylic pouring. “Layering paints in a cup and watching them explode into a contemporary piece of art is both exciting and amazing.” Her art has won numerous awards and is on display at local and state venues. Nancy has conducted art therapy classes, as well as classes for young artists (or soon to be artists). Her philosophy on art is quite simple, “To each one, teach one.”



Artist Feature


As a former kindergarten teacher, Connie’s two passions, teaching and painting merged. After she left teaching, Connie pursued her art, which led to many awards including the chance to submit nine paintings to hang in the US Embassy in Prague. Connie and her husband, Mike, own a gallery in Door County where visitors are encouraged to stay, sit and visit awhile. Connie says, ”Sometimes the beauty at hand shouts to us for recognition, more often it is subtle, waiting to be recognized. Other times, it is we who must create the beauty from within ourselves, enlivening a white sheet of paper, by following the colors, tone, and design of the media as the creation leads us to its completion.

I am a vessel, distilling the composition through my personality, and pouring it out on a surface for other people to reflect upon." One of Connie’s favorite subject sources is Janesville’s very own Rotary Gardens.




Below is a sneak peek at some of our items for auction including 3 original pieces of art, assorted baskets and some fantastic gift certificates from local businesses. Not pictured are the mystery bags—a little like betting on a horse, you will have a chance to buy a bag of gift cards for just $25! You will definitely get your money’s worth, but you may get more!


1. Waiting for You- Watercolor by Connie Glowacki, 24” x 30” framed

2. The Bike at Dublin Bay- Colored Pencil by Dava Dahlgran,

15” x 15” framed

3. Rainbow Glow – Contemporary Acrylic Pour by Nancy McKinnon 20” x 20”

4. Green Bay Packer spirit basket includes a Packer on the Shelf doll.

5. Glen Erin Golf Course

6. Simple Scissors

7. Raven’s Wish plus bracelet

8. Nerf Fun! Batteries included for the RC Car-- you supply the players

9. Book Basket- Three books about heroic women and handmade note cards.

10. Wine Basket from Northleaf Winery – includes wine pourers, corkscrew and you supply the guests

11. Hand sewn fabric bag—good for the market or a fun day out

12. Golf Basket with St. Andrew’s hat, balls and club brush. Includes issue of Golf Magazine

13. Single Malt Scotch Whisky—lovely gift or just for yourself- 2 glasses included.

14. Wine basket with Gift Certificate from Northleaf Winery. Corkscrew included!

15. Janesville Country Club Golf Shop

16. Floral Expressions

17. Bellasazi Salon and Spa

18. Planter from K&W Greenery- beautiful summer blooms in a cheery green planter.

19. DNA Ancestry kit

20. RCHS Membership Certificate plus tour

21. Laz Bistro Gift Certificate

22. Prairie Woods Golf Course

23. Indira Salon

24. Summer Kid Basket with Bubbles and Books

25. Jumpsuit, shoes and jacket ensemble from our very own Velvet and Tulle Boutique in downtown Janesville

26. Table top quilt- hand made

27. Live Love Wine and glasses plus gift certificate from Northleaf Winery

28. Urban Boutique Gift Certificate and Wine

29. Sewing Basket—you will be ready to tackle any project

30. Hand sewn Bucky Badger masks- washable and made with care by Karla Nitz

31. Tupperware—perfect for summer picnics with Festival Foods Gift Cards

32. From our very own Classy Rascals Boutique—Giraffe, Board Book and a Gift Card

33. Golf basket with all of the necessities

34. A taste of Scotland basket- plan your trip while snacking on some treats.

35. Bears Fan? Black and White framed signed poster of Brian Urlacher

36. Fun summer basket from Red Rooster includes scarf, glass, and napkins

37. Handcrafted bird house with recycled license plate—your birds will have their own Wisconsin residence.

Thank you to all who collected and donated gift cards and gift certificates. We couldn’t do this without you.

Stay tuned for a bidding schedule. Please invite your friends and networks to participate.

July 2020