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Yoga Benefit + Silent Auction for Portage Brewing Company

  • Chase on the Lake Resort Walker MN (map)

A lot of people want to know how to help, me included. Portage Brewing Company suffered greatly from a fire Sunday morning. Thankfully no one was in the building at the time, however the structure is completely ruined. More than just a building and outstanding beer, this space provided a special community gathering spot for conversation, families, friends, events, music, art, crafts, and yoga.

I can only imagine how devastating and difficult it must be for these amazing small business owners to see their hard work and passion get demolished. They have a long and difficult road ahead to rebuild. I know we all want to help.

I'm Bryana Cook and I teach yoga classes at Portage nearly every weekend through my business Northern Namaste Yoga. We were scheduled to have a yoga class this Sunday Portage Brewing Co. I’d like to host a donation-based class to bring the yoga community together (beginners welcome!). Community members have stepped forward to offer to organize a silent auction as well. Steve Reiter and Lynn Mineer will donate live music, myself and local yoga teacher Pam Veilleux will co-teach the donated yoga class, Chase on the Lake Resort will donate their ballroom for the event, and we are accepting silent auction donation items. (more info below)

Dawn Hallfrisch Mahon has graciously offered to help head up the silent auction portion. We are happy to have additional volunteers help set-up Sunday afternoon. Please contact me if you'd like help set-up Sunday at 3:30pm.

Come as you are, donate what you can, and all proceeds will go to Portage Brewing Co. Also, gathering after loss is important - don’t you think?

Yoga Benefit + Silent Auction for Portage Brewing Company
1/13/19 | 5:00 - 8:00pm | Chase on the Lake Resort Ballroom

•Doors open at 5:00pm for yoga class and silent auction
•Yoga class 5:30-6:30pm
•Please kindly come at 6:30pm for silent auction if not attending yoga class
•Silent auction will close and winners will be announced 7:30-8:00pm
•Cash bar from 6-8pm

**Silent Auction items can be dropped off at Chase on the Lake Resort this Saturday, January 12th from 8am-5pm at the Front Desk. Anyone that can't make it to drop off at Chase on Saturday is welcome to drop their donation at The Piggy BBQ Wednesday-Friday 9am-9pm. The items will be delivered to the Chase on Saturday.

Let me know if you plan to donate and I will list those participating.

Participating Businesses in Silent Auction (so far):
- Pam Veilleux Yoga Class Pass
- Northern Namaste Yoga Class Pass
- Mel's Cream-Filled Fudge-Topped Chocolate Cupcakes (Melanie Rice)
- 513Mainstream Men's Kuhl Sweater
- The Piggy BBQ basket
- Green Scene Organic Market, Deli & Catering basket
- Customizable sign from Mineer Signs
- Tianna Country Club basket
- Empowered Fitness 1-week membership + yoga class pass
- Heartbeat Photography- Northern MN Lifestyle Imagery: family, maternity, & newborn photography sessions
- Jacqueline Hanson Photography: family photography session
- Sonicare Toothbrush from Pederson Family Dental

Interested in volunteering/setting-up for this event? Please message, or email Bryana Cook at or call 507-327-6303. We will arrive at 3:30pm to set-up silent auction items and the yoga and music space.

Thank you so much to all of the participating people and businesses who are donating and contributing to this benefit event. More updated information on the facebook event.

Earlier Event: January 12
Fun Vinyasa + Creative Writing
Later Event: January 19
The Passion Project