Frogapalooza to honor Sam Schwartz October 22


Get ready for an evening of fun and fundraising at LRWP’s Frogapalooza 2016, presented by Phillips Financial Services, at 6PM on Saturday, October 22 at the Fort Wayne Country Club. You’ll help us honor LRWP co-founder and long-time environmentalist Sam Schwartz as a Hidden Hero of Conservation.

Sip a glass of wine, chat with your friends, and plan your bidding on auction items from hard-to-get sports tickets to nature outings and entertainment packages (see auction list below). The evening will begin with drinks (cash bar), hors d’oeuvres, and a great silent auction. Then your choice of dinner entrées will be served at your table. During dessert, enjoy a live auction featuring getaways, a unique visit to our honoree’s farm restored to wildlife habitat, and more. A brief presentation on Sam’s many contributions to nature in Indiana and beyond will follow. Dress for the event is business casual.

Tickets are $100 each, $800 for a table of eight, or $1,000 for a table of ten. Mail your check to LRWP, 7209 Engle Road, Suite 200, Fort Wayne IN 46804, or call 260-478-2515 to pay by credit card. Be sure to indicate dinner preferences for yourselves and your guests: Chicken Chardonnay, pan-seared Atlantic salmon, or wild mushroom Napoleon (vegetarian option). (All entrees can be ordered gluten-free.)

All funds raised at Frogapalooza help LRWP to care for its wetland nature preserves and offer its free nature programs serving thousands of children and adults every year.

See you there!


Many thanks to our generous Frogapalooza sponsors:

Chaffee Family Foundation

Dan and Vicki Churchward

Bill and Linda Etzler

Norm and Ronnie Greenberg

Tom and Linda Irmscher

The Wilkin family

Dan and Beth Zweig

Live Auction

  1. Join Frogapalooza honoree Sam Schwartz for a walk on the wild side. You and up to seven others will enjoy beautiful wildflowers and fabulous birds while exploring what our area was like in early settlement days. First, take a guided tour of Sam’s 17-acre farm near Leo, owned by his family for more than 200 years and now restored to native prairie and forest habitat. You’ll view birds and other wildlife aplenty there and at neighbor Conrad Getz’ extensive bird sanctuary, complete with bird blind. (Golf cart available for those who don’t want to walk). Other neighbors will take you on a tour of the 100+-year-old farmhouse they’ve restored to its original simple beauty. Hungry yet? You’ll finish up with lunch at the Grabill Inn, locally famous for its delicious homemade pies. Donated by Sam Schwartz, Conrad Getz, and William and Cynthia Gravatt

  2. A Lake Erie fishing experience you’ll never forget. Spring is the season for walleye and smallmouth bass in western Lake Erie—bring home a cooler full when you escape with up to five friends for exceptional fishing with your own professional guides. Your trip begins the day before, when you travel to Oak Harbor, Ohio (about 100 miles) to visit nearby Magee Marsh Wildlife Preserve for fabulous birding. Then check into your comfortable two-bedroom cabin (sleeps six) before dining at the historic Mon Ami Restaurant & Winery with a $100 gift card. Rise early the next morning to board a 30’ sport craft for a guided fishing experience second to none—rods, reels, and bait and tackle provided. Use between April 15 and June 7, 2017. Fishing experience donated by Captains Jeff Spesia and Darcy Andrews of Summer Break Charters & Lodging; fuel, lodging, and dinner gift card donated by Bill and Linda Etzler 

  3. Cosmopolitan, international Toronto beckons. This beautiful and exciting city will spread out before you for your week-long stay in a luxurious two-bedroom, two-bath condo at the top of the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto. Take in the theaters, entertainment district and all downtown sights, then park in your own space and explore the hotel’s many amenities, including three world-class restaurants. Donated by Jerry and Diane Mackel

  4. An unforgettable dinner party, from the setting to the cuisine. - Join John and Cindy McMillen in their lovely home near Roanoke for a delicious dinner for eight prepared to your tastes by Chef Laura Wilson of La Dolce Vita--with wine provided by Joseph Decuis. Once all have agreed on a date, you’ll confer with Chef Laura, who holds a Diplome de Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, about whether your meal will stress European elegance or America’s very best cuisine. In either case, the menu will be expertly prepared using only the finest ingredients, with exquisite wine matched to every course. Donated by John and Cindy McMillen, La Dolce Vita, and Joseph Decuis

  5. Watch one of the biggest basketball rivalries in the Big Ten play out when Purdue’s Boilermakers face the 2016 Big Ten title winner Indiana Hoosiers at the new Assembly Hall on Thursday evening (time TBA), February 9, 2017. Preseason polls rank these traditional in-state rivals #3 (Indiana) and #4 (Purdue), with Indiana looking strong with center Thomas Bryant and guards James Blackmun (a former Bishop Luers standout) and Robert Johnson plus some very promising recruits. Purdue is also fielding a solid team led by center Isaac Haas and forwards Vince Edwards and Caleb Swanigan (Homestead High School). You’ll pay for your dinner and overnight stay with this $250 Visa gift card, then witness their exciting first match with these two mid-row seats. Tickets donated by Dan and Beth Zweig, gift card by Anonymous


Silent Auction


  1. Come for the exceptional golf, stay for the delicious dinner. This outing for four at the Fort Wayne Country Club begins with your party’s challenging and rewarding golf experience on a beautiful 18-hole course shaped by a Bob Lohmann master plan. Your group will play your way through the quiet, serene surroundings of the Club with your own golf cart. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy savory dinners (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) in FWCC’s elegant yet casual Pub & Porch restaurant, with wine, beer or other alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Reservations subject to availability and club policy. Donated by the Fort Wayne Country Club

  2. Take to the waterways—together. Now you can paddle down the stream, river, pond, or lake with your loved one or best buddy in your own tandem kayak! This dark blue Native Watercraft model Marvel 14.5’ was bought new, then used sparingly in area waterways by Frogapalooza honoree Sam Schwartz and his wife. The kayak can be picked up in southwest Fort Wayne or delivered to your door (within Allen County). Donated by Sam and Jan Schwartz

  3. A sun-dappled memory of birches in autumn is captured in this exceptional oil painting by celebrated local artist Carolyn Stachera. (Her work hangs in the Indiana Statehouse and is part of the permanent collection of Parkview Hospital.) With its gold crackle frame, this beautiful 26” x 22” work will let you slip into the northern woods at a glance. Donated by Carolyn Stachera

  4. A night on the town, with dinner and a show. Use this six-ticket flex package good for six seats at any Civic Theatre production--or divide up among several shows--for the rest of the 2016-2017 season. On one of these evenings, your party can enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at our own Paula’s on Main with a $50 gift certificate. Ticket package donated by Civic Theatre, gift certificate by Paula’s on Main and Anonymous

  5. Learn the secrets of dedicated birder and master photographer Joe Geisler. Maybe you’ve seen Joe’s beautiful close-ups of birds and other wildlife on LRWP’s Facebook page. For this half-day or longer outing, you and a friend will join Joe to find and photograph the birds of Eagle Marsh and other nearby preserves. Start at dawn—the time when birds are most active—at Eagle Marsh, identified as one of the top ten birding areas in northern Indiana. Then enjoy breakfast (Joe’s treat) and trips to one or two other nearby great birding areas (Joe’s gas) before calling it a day. As a lasting souvenir, Joe will present you with a framed copy of the best photo of the day. Donated by Joe Geisler

  6. Have a pizzavore in your family? Some people could eat pizza almost every day! First Italian sausage, then veggie lover’s, and BBQ chicken after that. Now your pizza-loving family will enjoy a different large Pizza Hut pizza every month for an entire year (dine-in or carry-out). Donated by Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne

  7. A hand-crafted wooden puzzle that takes artfulness to a new level. Truly a collector’s item, this Liberty puzzle has irregular edges outlining Audubon’s delicate rendering of beautiful Carolina parakeets, now extinct but once numerous in our area. Liberty puzzles are works of sculpture in wood--each features dozens of intricate, whimsically shaped pieces laser-cut to the puzzle design, with no two alike. This ingenious puzzle could pass as sculptural art. Donated by Marc and Dana Kaminsky

  8. Garden magic without lifting a finger! Do you have garden questions or dread facing your beds with no time to do needed clean-up, planting, mulching or weeding? Judith Nastally, an expert who knows her plants--including natives--will answer your questions, consult on design, and/or work with a helper (two hours total) to get your important garden jobs done. Use in Allen County. Donated by J. Lynne Associates

  9. Learn to knit (or improve your skills) in time to make winter hand warmers. You’ll learn this relaxing pastime with an hour of personalized knitting lessons for two (any skill level) given by experts who’ll have you knitting and purling before you know it! Comes with a pattern to knit hand warmers (fingerless gloves), all the rage this year, and two skeins of yarn suitable for “his and hers” versions. Lesson and hand warmer pattern donated by Knitting Off Broadway, yarn by Marcia Futter

  10. Treat your car to a complete spa treatment. at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne--even if it’s not a Mercedes. This full detailing includes washing, removal of any tar or sap, buffing and waxing of exterior, degreasing and cleaning of engine bay, machine cleaning of carpets with extractor, cleaning of remainder of interior including seats, and applying leather treatment to seats/panels if applicable. Donated by Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne

  11. Add this beautiful accent bench to your garden. Spending time in your bower of flowers will be magic when you and a loved one can relax on this comfortable (and functional) powder-coated, tube-steel bench featuring a flying duck design by artist Mike Meyer. Donated by Ducks Unlimited

  12. Get your mojo moving at Mindful Movements Pilates Studio. with this $50 gift certificate toward any group classes. Top instructors, invigorating music and visualization will come together to make your classes both fun and effective whether you’re a newcomer or already fit and flexible. Then enjoy a one-hour massage (use by 8/4/16) at nearby Touchstone Center. Donated by Mindful Movements Pilates Studio and Touchstone Center

  13. Frogs frolic on this adorable baby quilt for your favorite little nature lover. This future heirloom comes with its own keepsake bag for storage and a plush toy frog for baby to love. Donated by Susie Meyer

  14. With the touch of a magic wand, your holiday gifts will all be wrapped. as our talented elves make your gift-wrapping nightmare turn into a dream come true Using your own favorite paper and ribbon, our six skilled “wrappers” will give up to three hours of their time to lighten your holiday preparations. Can be used at your home (within 20 miles of Fort Wayne Country Club) or (for extra secrecy) ours. Use by 12/15/16. Donated by Kathy Candioto, Karen Chaffee, Mary Kay Hagerman, Susie Meyer, Kathie Sessions, and Fran Williams

  15. Make your yard a neighborhood showpiece with the landscape design services of Lawn & Turf Landscaping of Fort Wayne. Includes initial meeting and exploration of the site, preliminary sketches with an initial budget, refining of concepts and details, and working drawings in color. You’ll learn how beautiful your own “habitat” can become. Donated by Lawn &Turf Landscaping of Fort Wayne

  16. An exclusive getaway for two and a Mercedes-Benz to take you there! Choose a 2016/2017 Mercedes Benz sedan, SUV or crossover for your trip to the Oakwood Inn on Lake Wawasee, now restored to impressive elegance. During your two-night stay in this picturesque inn featuring panoramic lake views, you’ll be free to enjoy fine dining, swimming or boating on the largest natural lake in Indiana, and relaxing on the inn’s 27-acre grounds. Or, just cruise around in your incredible vehicle to see the sights. (Inn certificate and car can also be used at different times.) Room donated by Oakwood Resort, car use by Mercedes-Benz of Fort Wayne

  17. Slip down the river in canoes or bike away for a half-day adventure. Bring three friends to paddle the St. Joe or Maumee Rivers, enjoying their beauty from a whole new perspective. Or if you prefer, the four of you can bike Fort Wayne’s beautiful trail system instead. Either way, stop later at nearby Don Hall's Old Gas House Restaurant for a view of the river while you dine with this $60 gift certificate for any Hall’s restaurant. Donated by Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot and Don Hall’s Restaurants

  18. Keep your family fit and active all year. Take a Zumba class, swim laps in the indoor pool or splash away outdoors, lift weights and more—there’s a fun way for everyone to exercise at the Fort Wayne YMCA. One-year household membership or renewal to any Fort Wayne YMCA; use any time before 6/27/17 for the following year. Donated by the Fort Wayne YMCA

  19. From Samba to Sinatra, two fun musical evenings—and dinner at Chop’s, too. On Saturday, March 4 (7:30PM), you and a guest will enjoy a Philharmonic Pops concert by Pink Martini, a group offering a unique blend of Latin, jazz, cabaret, and samba music. Then on Saturday, April 8 (7:30PM) mega-talented singer, pianist, and award-winning composer Tony DeSare stars in Sinatra and Beyond, a tribute to the legendary artist whose songs exemplify the golden age of American popular music. Before or after one of the concerts (or on a different date), grab a bite or a sip with this $50 gift card from Chop’s Restaurant or Wine Bar. Two tickets to each concert donated by Anonymous, gift certificate by Chop’s

  20. A garden bright with flowers and butterflies—and artfully placed, too. Monarchs, tiger swallowtails, and red admirals will adorn the flowers they love in your sunny butterfly garden made up of 13 varieties of native plants (49 plants). Pick up the 3.75" plugs at Heartland Restoration’s native plant nursery next spring or fall, get some advice from landscape designer Laura Stine on where they would look best in your garden, and plant them soon after. Then sit back to welcome a colorful succession of butterfly visitors. Plants donated by Heartland Restoration Services, landscaping advice by Laura Stine

  21. Gather your girlfriends for a crafty jewelry-making party. Your group of 8 (ages 12 or older) will meet at the Trove barn in Roanoke for this celebrate-anything jewelry-making party. With age-appropriate drinks (alcohol for adults) and refreshments, all materials and helpful instruction provided, you and your guests will create and take home individually designed freshwater pearl and leather hand-knotted necklaces—beautifully casual yet elegant. Donated by Trove

  22. Host a pizza party for ten for your next big occasion, from a birthday to a celebration of your team winning the Super Bowl! Your group will enjoy eight wood-fired artisan pizzas from the incredible menus at 800º Three Fires Restaurant on Illinois Road or 800° Wood Fired Pizza on Lima Road--plus salad, soft drinks and two appetizers to serve ten guests in all. Donated by 800° Wood Fired Pizza

  23. A “go-everywhere” jacket with custom-tailored fit…This classic Paul Betenly Super 120’s all-wool navy men’s blazer from Christopher James Menswear of Fort Wayne takes you from the office to casual outings in elegant style any time of the year. Your own finely made jacket will be sized and tailored just for you for a perfect fit. Redeem certificate by March 30, 2017. Donated by Christopher James Menswear

  24. Deepen your yoga practice with a mindful workout. With this pass for any ten regular classes at the Pranayoga Institute of Yoga and Holistic Health in southwest Fort Wayne, you’ll learn the skills of this ancient practice as well as mindfulness in a nurturing setting, whether you’re at a beginning level or ready for more expert or specialized instruction. Donated by the Pranayoga Institute of Yoga and Holistic Health

  25. Is your little princess having a birthday soon? This party set for eight includes a tiara, pink headband, flower hairpins and princess drape for the birthday girl as well as invitations, treat bags, two sizes of birthday napkins, two sizes of paper plates, feather boas, flavored lip glosses, children’s nail polishes, flower-shaped rings, and pink bead necklaces. And, there’s a $25 gift certificate from Kroger’s to pay for the cake! Party set donated by Susie Meyer, gift card by Kroger Marketplace

  26. Catch your family in a fun or serious moment Professional photographer Sue Todia will spend an hour at your home, Eagle Marsh, or any other appealing nearby setting to capture you and your significant others on film. You’ll receive a CD of the photos about two weeks later--be ready to show off the results! Donated by Sue Todia of Simply Photography

  27. Capturing the essence of an old farm kitchen, this autumn still life is painted by celebrated local artist Carolyn Stachera, whose work is displayed in the Indiana Statehouse, at Parkview Hospital and other local venues. As framed, this richly colored oil painting measures 20” x 16”, a size that makes it ideal for display either on its own or as part of a curated grouping. Donated by Carolyn Stachera

  28. This attractive canvas tote holds a cornucopia of all-natural beauty. You’ll use the tote again and again and indulge yourself with its contents—it’s filled with natural soaps, oils, bath salts, face steams, and lip balm to make you feel pampered all over. Donated by The Find

  29. Coming in for a landing, an American bald eagle finds its perfect perch in your living room or den. This spectacular wall plaque, a hand-carved sculpture, is hand-crafted of three different kinds of wood. If you’re one of those who thrill to the sight of the bald eagles that have returned to this area—or know someone who does—this sculpture would be a stunning gift. Donated by the Bird Seedery

  30. Cookie-baking wizardry of the most delicious variety. This assortment of a dozen scrumptious beauties from the Cookie Cottage can go home with you tonight, along with a certificate for another dozen--for each of the next six months--of what may really be the world’s greatest gourmet cookies. How about chocolate lovers’ cookies or personalized cookies for your next party? Or treat your coworkers to something truly special the next time a celebration is in order? Donated by the Cookie Cottage

  31. Silk-screened by hand, this Debbie Brooks wristlet bag is art to wear. The versatile bag features a water lily scene, including a frog adorned with genuine Swarovski crystals. Its interior features a zippered pocket, credit card slots and removable ID holder that clips into bag. The wrist strap can be removed completely, or use an additional longer adjustable strap to wear the bag over the shoulder. And, look inside for a special treat--a $100 coin good toward any Bradley Gough purchase! Donated by Bradley Gough

  32. Color her world with a cute new outfit. This $100 gift certificate from Matilda Jane Clothing will let you dress your favorite girl—or yourself—in a playful new style. Matilda Jane Clothing’s approach to texture, pattern and color results in designs that capture the spirit and imagination of childhood. The certificate comes in a soft bag, great for carrying gear, toys, or other small necessities. Matilda Jane’s clothes are made for little girls, tweens and adults who want to feel twirly, happy and very stylish! Donated by Matilda Jane Clothing

  33. Two of the top teams in the Big Ten go head to head—and you’ll be there with these two mid-row tickets to the IU Hoosiers game versus Michigan State at Assembly Hall on Saturday, January 21, time TBA. Both teams were in top form last year, and indications are good that they’ll continue their roll to victory in 2016-2017. Much of the excitement is due to the combination of experience, returning contributors, and incoming talent for Michigan State this year, preparing it to give Indiana’s 2016 top Big Ten finishers a very real run for their money. Donated by Dan and Beth Zweig

  34. As reclusive as they are beautiful, American avocets are rarely seen. When they are, their elegant profile and striking coloration make them among birders’ most memorable sightings. Take home master photographer Brian Wood’s photo of these six avocets finding refuge at Eagle Marsh to serve as a compelling reminder why it’s important to protect precious wetlands. Signed and donated by Brian Wood

  35. A carved bone dragonfly is the focal point of this exquisite nature-themed necklace created just for us by artist Ronia Marie Krieg, whose work is displayed in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art gift shop. Find a dainty owl, bee, leaf and flowers among its whimsical shapes made of sterling silver, wood, pearl, amber, jade and other natural materials—there’s even a vintage African trade bead. This fascinating piece can be worn with both casual and elegant attire. Donated by Ronia Kreig

  36. A great blue heron lifts gracefully into the air. For a moment, he almost appears to walk on water, an image that reminds us of the everyday magic we see in nature. This stunning framed photo was taken at Eagle Marsh by Brian Wood, and is signed by the photographer himself. Donated by Brian Wood

  37. A great cook serves food geared to the season… How about having five delicious, home-made seasonal items from tested recipes delivered right to you? With each selection feeding at least four, you and your family can enjoy pear cobbler in autumn, classic American coffee cake during the holiday season, pea soup in the winter, spring strawberry rhubarb pie, and summer blueberry pie. Substitute blueberry buckle for any item not to your taste. Organic ingredients used whenever possible. (Delivery must be within 20 miles of the Fort Wayne Country Club, arrangements made at least two weeks in advance.) Donated by Marcia Futter

  38. Sweet dreams await, with forest creatures offering a welcome. It’s hard to decide whether this is a child’s quilt, whimsical throw, or wall art. But for sure it will tickle the fancy of nature lovers with its foxes, beavers, deer, rabbits and more. Donated by Mary Banks

  39. Hop to it! Add this charming rabbit print to your decor. Featuring a wide-eyed rabbit and other meadow wildlife, this print will add a touch of nature to any room. Indiana artist Carrie Wild’s love of the outdoors shows in her paintings that depict nature in both realistic and whimsical ways, as in this lovely framed giclée (reproduction) limited edition print. Print donated by Carrie Wild, frame by Marcia Futter

  40. Add a touch of serene nature to your home with this artful stained-glass lamp featuring a pond scene with frog and lily pad. On an oak base, the lamp is sized perfectly for a desk, bedside table or child’s dresser. Donated by Great Panes Glass Company


Still to come: