Annual Banquet/Auction 2019

McMinnville, Oregon

November 2nd, 2019

Saturday from 6 to 9 PM

Church on the Hill
700 NW Hill Road 
McMinnville, Oregon 97128


Registration is sold out

Auction Items

4. Black Walnut
Coffee Table

This gorgeous table is made my local wood worker and Arena Man, Eddie Wood. He’s is an artist in his own right. It would be an insult to call this work of art a piece of furniture. It’s an heirloom crafted with love for the Men in the Arena. It will be in your family for generations to come. It’s made of solid Pacific Northwest grown Black Walnut. Notice the gorgeous live edge top and the gorgeous grains in the wood. We were speechless when we saw it for the first time. This is a one of a kind piece for the person who wants to capture the true heart of the PNW in his or her home!

5. Men in the Arena Quilt

Marsha Venable is an award winning master quilter who has finished exquisite quilt designs including the famous Dear Jane Quilt from the Civil War. Some say (okay, her son, Jim Ramos) that she is the greatest quilter to ever live.

Marsha describes this quilt, “This is a scrappy quilt because of the many different fabrics.  The gladiator helmets were appliquéd and embroidered, as was the center target block. The remaining blocks were pieced using the log cabin pattern.  After the top was appliquéd, embroidered, and pieced it was assembled and machine quilted. This quilt measures 45“ x 68“ and has three tabs or loops on top so it can be hung if desired.”
It is personally signed and named by Marsha Venable. This is a family heirloom for anyone whose life has been impacted by The Great Hunt for God/Men in the Arena.

Maker and Donor: Masha Venable

6. One Quarter 'Split Side' of Beef 

Grown in Carlton by Larry Pekkola and Casey Aschim.  If you’re looking for PNW free range beef then you’ve come to the right place! We are pretty sure Casey even named this one and took a few selfies with it! Just kidding Casey.

Pastured for two years on grass, then finished for two months on locally grown and milled feed on their ranch.  They will supply the beef and you pay cutting and wrapping ($100) when picking up at the local butcher. 

Donor: Tip and Ramona Pekkola/Casey and Jacki Ashim

7. Couples Beach House Weekend in Pacific City

That’s not a typo gang. There’s no apostrophe “S” because it’s a weekend for up to TWO couples literally on the beach in beautiful Pacific City, Oregon. This is truly a weekend to remember. Guys, make your bride smile and get your paddles up for this romantic weekend on the coast of Oregon.

If you look carefully at the provided picture you can even see Haystack Rock through the living room window! Is there any better way to exhale than with a quiet weekend with your spouse and one other couple (or not)!

Donor: Jeff and Julie Dyck

8. Salmon Fishing for TWO at Buoy 10 (Mid August)

Share and intimate day fishing the Mighty Columbia River for the world renowned “Upper River Bright” Fall Chinook with your wife or best bro. Join your guide and local fish slayer, Ray Benski on his gorgeous fishing sled for this memory- making trip! If the timing is right you may catch a famous “Purple Back” Chinook that’s been in the river less than twenty-four hours. Ray wants to give you his personal touch and undivided attention, which is why we are limiting the trip to only two. You also have a shot at Coho Salmon if they’re in the river. Ray has been fishing the Astoria area for over a decade and he specializes in Salmon and Steelhead. The best fishing is from mid to late August. Contact Ray in early August to set your day.
Meals are not included and a modest tip is appreciated.

Donor: Ray Benski

9. Farmhouse inspired Dinning Table

This is another work of art that will be in your family for generations to come. Sourced and hand built here in the Yamhill area by Arena Man, Les Richardson, who worked tirelessly after long work days to bring it to you. The tabletop is made of two book-matched slabs of cedar harvested from a farm up in Banks, Oregon. The aprons are 2 x 6 foot cedar cut and milled from the same log as the top. The burn patterns on the tabletop are known as “Lichtenberg” or fractal burns. These have been filled with a copper tinted non-voc epoxy resin. To help protect and preserve the table it has been finished with the same epoxy, which is also right here in Oregon. Les hopes, and so do we, that this table has captured the uniqueness of Oregon and the ruggedness of the men, women, and terrain of the PNW.

Maker and donor: Les Richardson

10. Custom Made Pursuing God Passionately Knife

This is the third of five in our Man Card Series of knives crafted by Yamhill County’s Troy Heath (knives #1 and #2) and Jarrod Wirth (knife #3). Jerrod is the 25-year-old founder of Bellator Knives. This, “The Corvus” is the newest of Jerrod’s designs. This knife is made of forged Damascus steel and the handle is made of textured carbon fiber and copper pins. Similar to the previous two knives “Pursuing God Passionately” is engraved into the blade as the third installment of the Man Card Series knives.

Maker and donor: Bellator Knives/Jarrod Wirth

11. San Luis Style Tri-Tip BBQ (8 people) cooked by the Ramos Family

Invite your friends over to your favorite place and The Ramos family will bring the BBQ for up to eight (8) people. Enjoy this amazing meal from Jim’s hometown on California’s Central Coast. You’ll savor beef Tri-tip seasoned with Jim’s homemade Ramos Family Rub, and cooked over oak wood. Their seasoning is provided on every table for those who made this years banquet a success through serving, donating, and either hosting or sponsoring a table. Enjoy and THANK YOU! Make sure you try out our “Portugee sandwich” by dipping the sourdough (NO FRENCH BREAD) bread grilled with garlic, Parmesan cheese, and butter into the savory meat juices. Top it all off with a slice of beef! Is your mouth watering? We’ll fill your plate with Santa Maria Ranch Style beans and salad. Dessert? We call it seconds! Drinks not provided.

Donor: Ramos Family (Jim, Shanna, James, Darby, Libbie, Colton, and Naomi)

12. Seven Day Alaska Fishing Trip for Five

This is either an adventure trip or and relaxing vacation in a new cabin on the small Loren Lake, located 135 miles from Anchorage, Alaska, and 2 miles from the famous Kenai River. A Honda Pilot will be provided at the cabin BUT YOU WILL NEED OT FIND A WAY FROM THE AIRPORT (Owner Jeff Borges will help you figure it out) for you to make the two-hour drive to the cabin (you pay for gas and wash the car at the end o f the week).

A “finish” carpenter built the cabin for his personal vacations, and sleeps five. A full day of fishing is included. You pay for gas and bait paid. They will provide the salmon, halibut and rock cod. Spend most of your week fishing the world famous Kenai River as you battle the grizzlies for salmon. Just kidding. Not really! This is an adventure only a true outdoor enthusiast can truly appreciate.  

Donor: Jeff and Michelle Borges
Available dates are: June 7-13, 2020 and August 9-15, 2020

13. “Go Wild” Ruger .300 Win Mag w/Leupold Vari X 3i 4 x 14x50 scope with
Boone and Crocket reticle.

Jim personally researched his ultimate affordable big game “do it all” wilderness hunting rifle. Weighing in at only 7 pounds, this is not drive-in-your-rig-praying- for-a miracle gun. No, this is for the hunter who is committed to making something happen the hard way—the manly way.

The camo dipped, ergonomic, lightweight synthetic stock designed for quick, easy handling blends a classic look with modern fore-end contouring and grip serrations. Ruger’s Marksman Adjustable™ trigger offers a crisp release with a pull weight that is user adjustable between 3 and 5 pounds, allowing shooters to make that perfect shot. Threaded 24” bronze cerakoted barrel with factory-installed muzzle brake is cold hammer-forged, resulting in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy and longevity.

The one-piece, three-lug bolt with 70° throw provides ample scope clearance and utilizes a full diameter bolt body and dual cocking cams for smooth, easy cycling from the shoulder. Patented Power Bedding®, integral bedding block system positively locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel for outstanding accuracy.

The Leupold scope is mounted on a factory-installed, one-piece Picatinny scope base with Warn rings—arguably the best out there. Ruger offers minute-of-angle accuracy that can make every hunt a success. Also includes: one magazine; sling swivel studs.

14. Oahu Trip for Two

This is an amazing trip with options. You don’t have to go to Hawaii. In fact, you can go anywhere with Marriott resorts. This is for a two-bedroom villa that sleeps up to 8 for 7 days/6 nights. It has a full size kitchen on Oahu’s west shore, three swimming pools, and wonderful swimming lagoon with beach. 

Ask Jim and Shanna about the time they spent there. It was amazing!

The luau every Tuesday is arguably the best on the island. There are tworestaurants on site plus multiple other options available via shuttle service. Visit Pearl Harbor. Hike up Diamond Head. Take a trip to Waikiki. Deepsea fishing. Snorkeling. It’s paradise.
Make reservations up to 13 months out to insure
best availability. 

Donor: Jesse and Judy James