How it Works
After previewing these items in the lobby, you will have the chance to bid on these fantastic live auction items during the program in our Studio Theater.
Live Auction Items – 2017
VIP Package for Four to Joan Osborne, BlackRock’s Sold Out Season Closing Show
Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation—both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for her beloved hit song, “(What If God Was) One of Us,” as well as her live performances of “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Heat Wave” in the GRAMMY Award-winning documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time GRAMMY Award nominee, the soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, and Patti Smith to name a few.
Counting such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne is firmly rooted in R&B and soul, as evidenced by the soul covers she has recorded on her albums How Sweet It Is and Breakfast In Bed, in addition to Bring It On Home, which garnered a Best Blues Album nomination at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards. Those heartfelt performances are reflected in her Soul Revue concerts which a filled with a joyful combination of R&B, soul and Motown.
This once in a lifetime VIP package includes four tickets to BlackRock’s sold-out show on May 20th, signed merchandise, and a private backstage Meet and Greet with Joan Osborne.
Donated by: BlackRock Center for the Arts
Rainy Morning at Fells Point Framed Art by BD Richardson
BD Richardson is a long-time Maryland resident whose works have won awards and been featured nationally and internationally. This beautiful image is hand-printed on film and then individually transferred to a hand-aged metal-plate. The entire process is hand-done by the artist, and uses archival pigment inks and is UV protected. Framing of this piece is original barnwood and is custom crafted in the USA. Rainy Morning at Fells Point is from BD Richardson’s Chesapeake Bay and Beyond collection which as the artist says, “is dedicated to all the watermen and women making their lives on or around the water. It’s a hard and uncertain life, but one rich with rewards few ever experience.” This particular piece captures the quiet mystique of this historical seafaring neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Framed piece is 22”X16.” Valued at $650.00.
Donated by: BD Richardson
“Tales of Hoffmann” at the Metropolitan Opera – 5 tickets on October 28th at 12:00pm
Enjoy an afternoon of world class music at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. This package includes five tickets, in a box close to the stage, to a matinee performance of Jacques Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” sung in French with Met Title translations available at your seat. The all-star cast includes Vittorio Grigolo singing the title role of the tortured poet in Offenbach’s glittering treatment of the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Bartlett Sher’s production provides a vibrant backdrop for this operatic journey through the hero’s many love affairs. Johannes Debus conducts. It includes classic arias such as “Scintille, diamant” and the dazzling “Doll Song.” Don’t miss this rare chance to experience a performance in one of the world’s greatest opera houses! Valued at $900.00
Donated by: David and Cynthia Langstaff
Seven Days, Six Nights at the Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort in Cancún, Mexico
You are bidding on 7 days of lodging at the all-inclusive resort, Hacienda Tres Ríos, the only environmentally responsible luxury resort that offers exclusive access to the Tres Ríos Nature Park in the Riviera Maya. This resort is a “members only” resort, not a time-share. You will be treated as if you are a member. The apartment-size room sleeps 6 with 2 queen size beds and a pullout sofa bed.
There is entertainment every night as well as daily activities and dazzling experiences at the exclusive Tres Ríos Nature Park with tours through mangrove forests, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in natural rivers. All activities are free except if you want to use something that requires a motor such as a Segway or an electric boat, then there is a $25 state tax. Spa services are also available for a fee. Oh, did we mention the butler who can help you plan your daily activities and make special arrangements for dinner, reserve pool side priority seating, and send refreshments and drinks for your room, etc.
Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort is the only resort in Mexico that the President of Mexico opened and has won numerous awards including the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Traveler’s Choice. Focusing on sustainability, this resort is extremely “green” with its various practices including heating water with solar panels, and growing a majority of their own fruits, vegetables, and honey.
You must buy your own meals at an estimated $125 per day per person for food and drinks (kids are less). That includes priority seating and special options from the fine dining menus as well as your alcoholic beverages. The winner of this wonderful vacation will contact the donor to arrange their stay. No trips can be planned during holidays. This does not include airfare or transportation. If you contact the donor by the end of May, there will be a special option available. Valued at $2,000.00.
Donated by: Theresa A. Pstrak
Three Nights and Exclusive Winery Experience for Two Couples in Tuscany, Italy
Two couples traveling together will enjoy a three night stay in a winery’s guest villa located in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany. This is the opportunity of a lifetime! During your stay, you will receive VIP treatment, including one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery tours, private wine tastings, and an insider’s look at winemaking in Italy’s most famous wine region. When not on the vineyard, enjoy scenic drives to the heart of Tuscany, the city of Florence, as well as other historic cities such as Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa—all only a short distance from these guest homes. Buon viaggio!
Airfare and transportation not included. Lodging is available Monday-Friday, September through June (excluding the Christmas and Easter holidays). Three months advance notice required. All travelers must be 21 or older. Valued at $5,000.00
Donated by: Total Wine & More
Five Days, Four Nights in Cancún, Mexico Vacation Gift Certificate
Experience the tropical weather, rich history, lush beaches, electric nightlife and everything Cancún, Mexico has to offer with this vacation gift certificate. The winner will select either the Laguna Suites Golf or Spa or the Ocean Spa Hotel for accommodations. Both resorts will provide you with beautiful pools, a variety of activities, and have refreshing spa services available. This certificate also includes the “Stay at One, Play at Four” benefit. What this means is that although you will be staying at either the Ocean Spa Hotel or the Laguna Suites Golf and Spa, you will be able to enjoy the amenities at all four of Sunset World’s Cancún resorts: Sunset Royal, Sunset Marina Resort and Yacht Club (www.sunsetworld.net) Laguna Suites Golf and Spa and the Ocean Spa Hotel. There is a free shuttle that runs all day, every day, between all four of the resorts.
The vacation is valid for travel by two adults between the ages of 30-70 and two children under the age of 12. Reservations are based upon availability; however, there are no blackout dates and no expiration date. Although our resorts do offer vacation owner memberships, the recipients of the vacations are under absolutely no obligation to attend a presentation during their stay.
The vacation certificate is valid for accommodations only, however, the recipients can upgrade the vacation certificate to include all of their meals and beverages, should they so desire. Additional details about the all-inclusive upgrade, as well as about additional nights and other benefits and promotions will be provided to the Recipients upon contacting the Reservations Department. Complete terms and conditions related to the use of the certificate are printed on the front of the certificate itself. This does not include airfare or transportation. Valued at $600.00.
- Your vacation certificate is valid for 5 days and 4 nights of hotel accommodations, standard hotel room, in Cancún, México. Your vacation travel dates must be booked within 6 months of the registration date. Certificate valid for travel within 12 months of the registration date.2. This vacation certificate is valid for travel by two adults, between the ages of 30 and 70, and two children under the age of 12. Adults must present a valid ID and two major credit cards for identification at time of check-in. Married travelers must travel with their spouse. Cohabitating couples who have lived together for two years or more must travel together. Retirees are welcome to travel. This offer is not valid for travel by adults who are full time students without gainful employment or by adults whose profession is in the travel, hotel, cruise line or airline industries. A Reservation fee in the amount of $89 USD and Mexican daily government taxes must be paid at time of reservation.3. All reservations are subject to availability. Reserving with 60- 90 days is recommended for a low season, 90- 120 days for a high season, may be requested via telephone to 1 800 871 7915 from USA/CAN, 0 800 883 0761 from the UK, or +52 (998) 287 4111 from all other countries or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations for holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Passover, President’s Week and New Year’s require the payment of an additional $199 USD. Requests for an additional room, nights, or any other modifications to this vacation certificate are subject to availability and additional charges. Rates may vary during high peak seasons.5. This vacation certificate is not valid for travel by Sunset Club, Pura Vida Club or Blue Strawberry Club members.6. This vacation certificate is not valid for travel by groups. A group is considered to be two or more vacation certificate holders traveling together and/or two or more couples, families or friends traveling during the same vacation period even if the reservations are booked separately. Not valid for use by residents of Quintana Roo.7. While you are in Cancún, we will invite you to an optional guided tour to discover the beauty and benefits our resort has to offer. If you decide to attend, our concierges can offer you additional benefits, such as special promotions, discounts, fine dining, tour tickets, nightclub passes or return airport transportation. We suggest that you attend this VIP BREAKFAST, where you will be introduced to our vacation ownership club and learn the advantages of being a member. In exchange for your time, you will receive these great additional benefits. See your concierge upon arrival to schedule your breakfast; remember you are under no obligation to buy, just keep an open mind and have fun8. This vacation certificate may not be used for back to back travel or in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.9. This vacation certificate may not be used for travel by guests who have previously traveled under the same promotional offer.10. The fulfiller of this vacation certificate is not responsible for any expenses caused by accident, delays or acts of God.11. The fulfiller of this vacation certificate offers travel insurance protection which can be purchased by contacting customer service at 1.800.961.8354.12. The fulfiller of this vacation certificate is not responsible for airline tickets or any other kind of transportation or expense associated with it. This vacation certificate does not cover incidental expenses such as phone calls, taxes, food and beverages and/or any other personal expense or purchase. All-inclusive upgrades are available with your reservation specialist.13. This vacation certificate is nonrefundable; however it is 100% transferable, provided the transferees meet the terms and conditions outlined herein.14. I authorize Yucatán Holidays, SA de CV, doing business as Cancún cards, to contact me at the telephone number listed, regardless if this number is a cell phone, residential line and/or is listed on the National or State Do Not Call Registry. I understand that Yucatán Holidays, SA de CV, doing business as Cancún cards, who may be calling on their behalf, who may use prerecorded calls, Avatar, text message, MMS, or other methods of automatic dialer technology, will contact me in order to provide with information related to my vacation certificate. 15. These terms and conditions are final and cannot be changed or altered by any statement, merchant or representation by any individual.16. This vacation certificate is being fulfilled by CANCUNCARDS, an affiliated company of CANCUN TRAVEL UNLIMITED which is registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel.
Donated by: Sunset World