Golden Hour – Art for Conservation Fundraiser

The Golden Hour dinner fundraiser at the Webster is officially sold out! You can still show your support for local conservation by placing bids in our online auction.

Two new items were recently added that are more than generous donations to benefit our mission, they are symbols of continued support for Bur Oak from two of the families that worked with us to protect our first preserve.

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve was donated in 1981 by Webster and Gloria Gelman, John Greenleaf and Barbara Greenleaf Buckley, Gerald and Sarah Howe, and Mauricio and Emilia Lasansky. Permanently protecting the 107-acre property wasn’t the original plan, but once the families started spending time in the prairie, woods and creek, they fell in love. They passed that feeling down to their children and grandchildren who have special memories of Turkey Creek. 

Iowa City artist Diego Lasansky has donated a limited edition color intaglio print for the auction.

In his painting, drawing and printmaking, Diego features subjects based on significant people in his life. He first learned these skills from his uncle Tomas Lasansky and his grandfather Mauricio Lasansky, who established the school of printmaking at the University of Iowa.

As a special bonus, you will be able to meet Diego at his studio to pick up the print.


Chef Sam Gelman and Riene Gelman of the Webster are presenting sponsors and hosts for Golden Hour this year! They have also donated a dinner for two at the restaurant’s chef’s counter.

This unique dining experience will put you and a guest right near the action of the Webster kitchen. The evening will feature a curated, multi-course menu tailored to your tastes along with face time with the chef.

The Webster was also recently featured on the New York Times’ America’s Best Restaurants list for 2023.


Other auction items include fine art, unique gifts and exclusive experiences such as private tours of Bur Oak preserves and high-diversity blends of native plant seeds.

Bidders will need to open an account with their name, email and phone number to place a bid. Check the Bidding Owl FAQ page for more information. Bidding closes at 8 a.m. Oct. 20. Bur Oak Development Director Ashlee Hopkins will contact auction winners to claim their prizes. 

For questions, contact Ashlee at 319-338-7030 or by email.

Golden Hour is presented by Dr. Suzanne Stock, Orthodontist and the Webster, and sponsored by Gay & Ciha, Okoboji Wines, Rot’s Bounty and Edward Jones: Wade J Nash.

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