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, starring Under Paris Skies, 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!

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This year's event is now passed. THANK YOU to everyone who made the third annual Sip to Save Lives beer and wine tasting possible - we couldn't have done it without you! 


Live music by Under Paris Skies

Under Paris Skies plays music inspired by the sidewalk cafes and cabarets of 1930’s Paris, Gypsy camps, Argentine dance halls and Euro street music. Ron, Steven and Larry are masters of their instruments and together forge a unique blend of accordion, gypsy guitar and upright bass. This talented acoustic trio brings new sounds to the region with their danceable swing and romantic stylings.  Repertoire includes gypsy jazz, vintage swing, tangos, waltzes, boleros, bossas and more.

Under Paris Skies was voted one of the best jazz bands in La Crosse County during this year's Best of La Crosse County 2016: Arts & Entertainment!


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.


View pictures from this year's Sip to Save Lives event below! 

Portraits by Hilary Running

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