Live Auction

 Gala 2017 Home | Corporate Sponsorship | Individual Sponsorship
 Gala Sponsors & Committee | 
Silent Auction  | Live Auction Preview | Photo Gallery 

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 – 2016

8 Days and 7 Nights’ Accommodations at the 5-star Tahiti Village Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tahiti Village Resort Las-Vegas

Tahiti Village is a 27-acre, 5-Star resort located on the famed Las Vegas Strip.  This Tahitian-themed resort suite includes a living room with balcony or patio, dining area, two bedrooms, two full baths, complete kitchen plus additional kitchenette, washing and dryer, and two pull-out sofa beds.  The suite sleeps 8.  Total square footage is 1,551.

Some of the many on-site amenities include a pool with a beach, hot tubs, lazy river, 24-hour restaurant, exercise room, outdoor barbecue pits, Wiki Wiki Stop Corner Market, Mahana Spa, scheduled daily activities, and free shuttles along the Vegas Strip.

Expires:  April 30, 2017.  Available dates exclude New Year’s Week.  Best to book dates as early as possible in advance.


Donated by: Frank and Donna Bossong

Bumble Bee Barn, 3-night stay at Deep Creek Lake House

Family Room House Kitchen
Living Room View Dock

Enjoy a 3-night stay just minutes from Deep Creek Lake during the Summer or Fall season. This unique, newly-renovated barn-style property will comfortably sleep a large family in 4 bedrooms. Very modern brand new kitchen – the house was remodeled with new furniture and kitchen in 2015. The donor is delighted to offer their wonderful home for you to use to benefit BlackRock.

You can book anytime between now and October 31, 2016. Subject to availability, please reserve early!

Restrictions: Strictly No Pets, No Smoking.  Expires: October 30, 2016.

Unavailable: Sept 9-11, 2016

Donor wishes to remain anonymous

Four One-Day Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World® in Central Florida

Magic Kingdom

The four park hopper passes provide admission to a magical experience at each of their unique theme parks: The Magical Kingdom®, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® within one day.

Passes are only valid at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida during normal operating hours.  These passes cannot be upgraded nor can they be applied towards a package to meet eligibility requirements.  These passes are subject to black-out dates and cannot be used for admission from December 25-31 of any year, through their expiration date.

Expires: March 10, 2018.

Donated by: Disney®

Four Tickets to the 10,000 Maniacs at BlackRock’s Sold-Out Show – May 20, 2016


Perhaps best known for their single “Because the Night,” 10,000 Maniacs is one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades.  Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and were among the first wave of alternative rock backs that pioneered what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.

This once in a lifetime package includes four tickets to BlackRock’s sold-out show on May 20th, signed merchandise, and a private backstage Meet and Greet with the band.

Donated by: BlackRock Center for the Arts

Road to Nowhere by BD Richardson


BD Richardson is a long-time Maryland resident whose works have won awards and been featured nationally and internationally.  This individually done film transfer to aged metal is framed in original barn wood.  Road to Nowhere is from BD Richardson’s Vanishing collection which represents several years of documenting the iconic yet vanishing rural landscapes of North America. The photos are all long exposure with the lens kept open for extended periods of 1-4 minutes or longer.  This has the effect of capturing the movement of the clouds, rendering them soft and blurred or radiating in various directions, depending on the wind and the movement as well as the cloud structure at the time the image was taken.   Pieces from this collection have been presented here at BlackRock in our own Kay Gallery.

Donated by: BD Richardson

Two JetBlue Travel Certificates


One of the top five largest airlines in the United States, JetBlue flies to over 90 destinations.  With these two travel certificates, you will be able to experience the quality and convenience that is JetBlue.  Each travel certificate is valid for one round-trip flight between any two cities with nonstop or connecting Jet-Blue operated service as published on  Service between some cities is not available on a nonstop or connecting basis, so please log on to before planning travel or redeeming the certificates.

With this prize, you will fly to your destination as you enjoy friendly, award-winning service, comfy leather seats with the most legroom in coach, 36 channels of free DIRECTV® in every seat, 100+ channels of free SiriusXM Radio®, unlimited brand-name snacks and soft drinks, your first checked bag free (weight and size limits apply), and more!

Before you pack your bags, be sure to note the following important information: ™

  • To book your flight, call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) and ask for “Crew Support.” Please specify that you’re redeeming a Travel Certificate. ™
  • The Travel Certificate can only be redeemed by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). It cannot be redeemed at any JetBlue airport service counter or on ™
  • Taxes and fees still apply.
  • Travel is valid for one (1) year from the date of date issue; black-out dates may apply, redeemed travel is subject to availability and seats may not be available on all flights.
  • Please note: a credit card is required at time of booking as taxes and fees apply.

Donated by: JetBlue Airways®

Round of Golf for Four on The Bedford Springs Old Course at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania

omni-bedford-springs-resort-day-exterior (1)

Offering breathtaking views of the Allegheny Mountains and Cumberland Valley, the remarkable golf course at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa spans the work of two of golf’s architectural masters.  The Bedford Springs Old Course has undergone a $7.8 million restoration and offers new bentgrass tees, greens, and fairways and dual-ended practice facility.  Less than a two-hour drive from Germantown, this course promises to impress even the most avid golfer.

The certificate is only valid at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort.  Golf cart fees, taxes, gratuities, alcohol and incidentals are not included and are the recipient’s responsibility.  Reservations are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Golf Pro Shop.

Donated by: Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa

Cocktail Party and Private Preview Screening of Upcoming PBS Television Event, Soundbreaking – Hosted by David Langstaff

Join David Langstaff, executive producer of Soundbreaking, at his home for an unforgettable evening.  This package, for up to 20 people total (or two parties of 10), includes cocktails, hors d’oevres and a private screening of one or two episodes from the upcoming television event.  Soundbreaking explores the impact, innovations, and technology of recording music, told primarily through the stories of the artists.  Made with legendary Beatles producer, Sir George Martin.  The eight-part series will not be appearing on PBS until November so the lucky winner or winners of this package will get an early look at this incredible documentary.

This package is for a one-night event.  If this package is split into two groups of ten people, the one event will take place on a date mutually agreed upon by both winners and the host.  At this event one to two episodes will be screened, not the entire eight-episode series.

Donated by: David Langstaff

2016 Annual Gala
An Evening of Wonder:
Celebrating the Magic of the Arts at BlackRock

May 6, 2016 | 6 PM

Everyone is Invited! Why you should attend:

Most of BlackRock’s activities are offered at greatly reduced rates, & many are free.
We count on revenue from our Annual Gala, our most important fundraising event, to close the gap.
Please join us this year to support and celebrate the arts in our community!

Single tickets $195 each | Sponsor Seats $325 each | Sponsorships start at $1,000 and up