love this woman.

Liz has a brain tumor. We want to help.

Why are you doing this? Our dear, brilliant friend Lizbeth Wawrzonek has a brain tumor. When the surgery that removed 90% of her tumor left her unable to speak or walk or remember certain words or our names, she found her way back. As she continues to kick this tumor’s ass and amaze us all with her open mind and boundless strength, we want to find a way to help. Raising money for Liz is the way. We plan to raise at least $10,000 for Liz, to help cover some of the cost of lost income over these many months of her recovery and chemotherapy treatments. Chances are many of us have experienced Liz’s generosity of spirit. It’s time we beam some of that warmth back to her.

Who is organizing it? We are a group of Liz's close friends in Minneapolis with help from Liz's family.

How is Liz doing? It will be a long road to recovery, but Liz is taking each step with strength and determination. She's in the middle of chemo right now, and will start radiation treatments later this year.

Will every penny go to Liz? Not every penny, but almost. Credit card donations will have the standard 2.75% fee. The fundraiser itself will have minor costs. But everything else goes to Liz.

The Live Auction

One of the organizers (Hannah) just happens to be an auctioneer. So let's have an auction! Thanks to generous donations, we've assembled the packages below. (We are still in the planning stages and changing and adding items.)

LakePWR! Package - Spend a week at a cabin on sparkling Big McKenzie. The newly renovated cabin sleeps 10 and is the perfect place to relax and get away from it all.

FoodPWR! Package - Want a veggie CSA this summer? Well, Turnip Rock Farm donated their last available share of weekly vegetables delivered through Mid-October. You'll also receive a healthy cooking meal-plan from co-founder of Minneapolis Wellness, Jesse Haas.

NomPWR! Package - Six course, high-end dining experience for two. Unique tasting menu complete with wine pairings. Personally prepared by Chef Don at The Kenwood. Boom.

MusicPWR! Package - Vinyl lovers, this is the package for you. A hand-crafted, oak record storage case, 10 records from Vinyl Me, Please, and gift certificates from Electric Fetus and Barely Bros.

CyclePWR! Package - Ever wanted to build a custom bike? Here's your chance. We have an All-City Space Horse frameset donated by Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop and a wheelset and tires donated by One On One Bike Studio. The auction winner will be fit for the right frame size. Angry Catfish has also offered $200 of labor and 30% off parts to build out the rest of the bike.

SelfPWR! Package - Treat yourself to a haircut and product gift set from Stephanie Kelson at Mezzanine Salon, signature facial from Maggie Miley at Complexions on Carter, bodywork sessions from Mammal Bodywork and Emanata Chiropractic and a gift bag from Pure Point Acupuncture.

WellnessPWR! Package - Go deep with a Feldenkrais session from Galen David, an intuitive reading from Emily Hall, a private Alexander session from Erin Thompson, two private pilates sessions at Loring Pilates, and a one hour spirituality coaching session with CeremonI Power Practices

FitnessPWR! Package - Break a sweat with yoga from Sarah Baumert, a 20 class punch card from Solcana Wellness, 5 classes with Barre Bliss, and 1 hour pilates class with Amy Jones.

AlePWR! Package - Stock your fridge with this pile of local Minnesota and Wisconsin beers, including East Lake Brewery, Northbound Brewery, Lakes and Legends Brewery, Sisyphus, Dangerous Man, Freehouse, Summit, and Town Hall.

CiderPWR! Package - a private tour and tasting for 10 at Sociable Cider Werks.

DancePWR! Package - Experience the best of the local dance scene with a set of tickets to upcoming shows. Tickets include TU Dance, Zenon, Shapiro and Smith, Young Dance, Arena Dance, and two ARTshare memberships at the Southern.

The Silent Auction

We have a fab selection of silent auction items including a handmade wool rug from Art Andes, a retro-tastic martini set, a bike, a helmet, a skateboard, a shopping trip to Subtext Books, a handmade quilt, and more!

Lori Barbero is DJing

Lori Barbero is a musician in Minneapolis, MN. She has been involved in the Twin Cities music scene since the 1980s, serving as the drummer of the legendary Babes In Toyland and Koalas, co-owner of Spanish Fly Records, and life-long music fanatic. In 2006, Lori was awarded with an Artist of Distinction award by Sound Unseen for her continuous contribution to the Minneapolis Rock and Roll scene.

Contact us and keep in touch

How can I keep informed? We've set up an email newsletter. Please sign up below for periodic updates about Liz and information about the fundraiser as we nail down the details.

I have a question. Please email Randy Karels (randykarels@gmail.com), or hit us up on our facebook event page.