Thank you for your interest in our upcoming Sip to Save Lives beer and wine tasting event. This year's event will feature samples of both beers and wines, in addition to a silent auction, raffle and hors d'oeuvres. Live music, pet therapy, caricatures by Mike Martino and Mike Klen, a live pottery demonstration and other great attractions will also be enjoyed throughout the evening. 

All proceeds generated from Sip to Save Lives will directly benefit the many homeless animals in need at our shelter. This event truly does save lives!

Event Details

We are very excited to announce that Sip to Save Lives 2019 will be held at The Court Above Main in downtown La Crosse on Friday, October 18th.

Tickets are $35 each or $60 a pair. They can be purchased online here, in person at our shelter, or day of at the door!


Live music by The Lighthouse & Compass

The Lighthouse and Compass started when Katie Sobkowiak and Travis Becknell began writing and singing together with no other aspirations other than to create music from the deep reaches of the heart. The name and subsequently the live group was born when they began to see their early attempts at songs reaching the hearts of others and serving as a conduit to connect them.


Caricatures by Mike Martino and Mike Klen

Guests can have themselves and/or a picture of their pets drawn at this year's tasting by local artists Mike Martino and Mike Klen. Cost is $25 per drawing and includes the "head" of one person/pet. An additional $5 will be added per head; no more than three heads.

Cash and/or checks only. Proceeds benefit the homeless animal in need at the shelter. 

Mike Martino
Michael Martino was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  His father, Palmer, a commercial artist, taught him to draw and encouraged his sculpting. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1973 and went on to receive a BFA in Sculpture from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1977. He and his wife Phyllis, a talented illustrative watercolorist, were married in 1988. They have two sons, Tony born in 1990 and, Nick in 1992.

Michael shares his love of sculpture with children in various artist in residence programs and presentations in the schools. He also shares his experiences as a snow sculptor. Michael has traveled and sculpted snow with teammates Tom Queoff and Michael J. Sponholtz since 1986. They won a bronze medal in the 1998 Winter Olympic Arts Festival in Iiyama, Japan and in 2000 took third place in the World Snow Sculpture Championship in Kiruna, Sweden.

Mike Klen
Mike Klen is a graphic designer who currently lives in La Crosse. He graduated with a BFA from The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1997.  

Mike likes a challenge; an opportunity to showcase his last design as his best design. His passion includes illustration and Mike enjoys drawing caricatures on weekends. He views life as an adventure guided by his passions.

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Live Pottery Demonstrations by the La Crosse Clay Center

Potters from the La Crosse Clay Center will be doing live clay-throwing demonstrations. They’ll be making bowls, vases, and more on the spot. You can even bid to win the pottery they’re creating. They can also do customized pottery such as dog or cat bowls with your pet’s name on them!


2019 Vendors

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Thank you to our sponsors and partners!

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