When an artist tasked with painting a rain barrel said she didn't have the time, Stephanie Rapkin said her neighbors jumped in with brushes in hand.
"You've seen those rain barrels," Rapkin said. "They're so boring and not very attractive.
"Kids, adults — they were all excited to create something unique," she said.
The rain barrel painted by residents in the 4200 block of North Ardmore Avenue will be among a host of prizes available during a silent auction at the Shorewood Foundation's Annual Dinner Nov. 3 at the Hubbard Park Lodge.
Rapkin said the annual dinner isn't some hoity-toity, black tie event, but rather a fun way to meet your neighbors and support the community.
The Foundation supports many of the organizations and events that happen in Shorewood, including improvements for the school district, the annual Ten Gardens Tour the public art events and the annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at Atwater Park.
In addition to the unique rain barrel, a silent auction and voice auction will include a tour of the Shorewood Fire Station and a ride for four on a fire truck during the Shorewood parade next July 4, among several other prizes.
Rapkin speculated Packers ticket could be on the line during the voice auction.
The price for the dinner is $100 per person, but all proceeds go to the Foundation to support the community.
The annual dinner is the Foundation's largest event-based fundraiser each year.
Cocktails and a silent auction start at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7.
The event includes gourmet dinners at a substantially discounted price, and Foundation Board members have historically purchased the wine for the dinner.
RSVP to Kristin Fraser at 414-962-2275 or Michael S. McCauley at 277-5525.