Larry Chase, brewer at Sioux City's 4th Street Brewing Company, and his wife, Ginger Johnson, have donated the size XL jacket, which is emblazoned with the defunct brewery's logo. He believes only four such jackets were produced.
Chase is now brewmaster at Standing Stone Brewing Company in Ashland, Oregon, and is a member of the board of directors of the Brewers Association. Ginger Johnson is the owner of Women Enjoying Beer, an educational consulting business that helps companies market beer to women. She is the author of How to Market Beer to Women: Don't Sell Me a Pink Hammer.
4th Street Brewing operated in Sioux City's Historic 4th Street district, 1107 4th St., from 1998 to 2002.
Chase's donation holds special significance to Dawn Snyder, the nature center's education programs director, as the first planning meeting for the inaugural Nature Calls event was held at the brewery.
"It was where we came up with the name 'Nature Calls,'" Snyder said. "I hope someone recognizes the significance of the jacket, and wants to add it to their collection, or even just wear it."
The jacket is listed with an auction value of $200.
The Nature Calls fundraiser is Saturday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center.
Nature Calls is a blue jeans casual event featuring sampling of over 40 beers, including Oktoberfests, IPAs, ciders, lagers, beer alternatives and some wines. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and food will also be available throughout the evening.
“This event is extremely popular. People look forward to it every year because of the relaxed atmosphere and unique combination of artists, beers, and auction items," Snyder said in a statement
“Our goal is to raise funds for conservation education programs and exhibits,” she said.
Money raised from past Nature Calls events has funded the center’s indoor exhibits, its raptor house, and the Discovery Forest Nature Playscape.
In addition to the 4th Street Brewing Company jacket, items to be sold at live auction include: a one week stay and fly-in fishing trip for six people to Ara Lake Camp in Ontario, Canada; Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills football tickets; fine jewelry; a custom made knife; original artwork; and overnight cabin stays.
More than 60 silent auction items have also been donated for the event.
Two gun raffles will be featured, with proceeds to go toward summer youth programs. The guns include a Kimber Micro 9 two-tone 9mm handgun and a Mossberg .243 caliber Patriot Rifle with a scope.
Eleven area artisans and nature-themed vendors will exhibit and sell their items at the event, including Julia Licht from Artery of Sioux City; Justin & Tori Engelhardt from Wild Hill Honey of Sioux City; J. Mark Lary from Second Chance Woods of Sioux City; Lynn Jarvis from Snowflake Woodcrafts of Hornick; Susan McCulley from Sioux City; Doug Johnson from Johnson’s Mill of Sioux City; Jana Peterson from Autumn Prairie Designs Jewelry of Anthon; Chaeli Kohn from Shady Grove Pottery of Sioux City; Norma Lash from Birds of a Feather of Sioux City; Diane Culver from YLime Beads of Dakota Dunes; and Logan Heissel from Buck Creek Custom Calls of Spencer.
Advance tickets for Nature Calls are available for $30 by calling the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at 712-258-0838 or online at http://www.woodburyparks.org.
Beginning Sept. 22 and at the door, the tickets increase to $35 each.