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Our Silent Auction contains over 90 special items, packages, and experiences.  This year Silent Auction categories will be closing at staggered times.  Categories will begin closing at 7:10 pm and finish by 7:30 pm.

Silent Auction categories and staggered closing times for each category are listed below:

Closing at 7:10 pmAmenities and Services, Home and Garden

Closing at 7:20 pmEntertainment and Travel, Sports and Fitness

Closing at 7:30 pmOne of a Kind Experiences, Restaurants and Specialty Foods, Unique Gifts, Wine and Vineyards

New This Year:


Each Silent Auction bid sheet will have a Magic Line!  Place your bid on the Magic Line to automatically be entered into a special drawing.  The drawing will take place during the presentations in the Studio Theater after dinner.  There will be a number of prizes in the drawing including a grand prize of Two Tickets to Any Show at BlackRock Center for the Arts during our 2016-2017 Season.  Bidding on the Magic Line is just a bid and does not guarantee that you won that item.  In order to win an item you must have the highest bid at the time the auction closes or have bid at the Guaranteed Price.


The Guaranteed Bid is the final bid available on each bid sheet.  Bid at this price to win a Silent Auction item outright.  This is the highest possible bid and guarantees that you are the winner of this item.  Handwritten bid amounts above the guaranteed price will not be accepted.  If you place your bid on the Guaranteed Price, please notify an auction staff member or volunteer.




Silent Auction Catalogue

Silent Auction Donors

Amenities & Services | Home & Garden | Entertainment & Travel
Sports & Fitness  | 
One of a Kind Experiences| Restaurants & Specialty Foods
Unique Gifts | Wine & Vineyards

 * Just In: Voucher for Four Washington Nationals Tickets – Available in tonight’s Silent Auction

Amenities and Services – Closing at 7:10pm

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 Aurelia Salon and Spa: $50 Gift Certificate

Voted the 2016 Best Salon in Gaithersburg by Bethesda Magazine, this European-inspired salon and spa is committed to providing the highest quality of service to their customers while using all-natural products.  Whether you receive a stylish haircut or experience one of their many calming and soothing spa services, you will leave Aurelia’s feeling relaxed, confident, and fabulous.  Gift certificate expires on 2/16/2017 and is not redeemable for cash.

Donated by: Margaret McHale and Aurelia Salon and Spa

 Dirty Dog Wash: $50 Dog Grooming Certificate

Since 1996, Dirty Dog Wash has been tailoring every groom to meet the specific needs of their clients and dogs by treating each dog as if it were their own.  They have been successful, generating an almost all word-of-mouth clientele, by staying true to the belief that good grooming is a key component in caring for canine family members, and it shouldn’t be scary or stressful to you or your pet.  Use this gift certificate to experience their top notch service firsthand.

Donated by: Barbi Richardson and Dirty Dog Wash

 Karate Birthday at Kicks Karate

Have your child become a “Black Belt for a Day” when you let Kicks Karate host your child’s next birthday party.  Receive a 75- minute fun filled karate party for up to 30 guests.  Package includes special invitations, goody bags filled with gifts, exciting karate games, and a very special gift package for the birthday child.  All parties are held on Saturday afternoons between 1:00-3:00pm at all Kicks Karate locations.  Certificate expires on 7/6/2017.

Donated by: Kicks Karate

 Oil Change and Car Wash: Gift Cards for The Lube Center and The Auto Spa

Show your car some love with this package.  An oil change (up to $50) at The Lube Center and car wash (up to $25) at The Auto Spa will be sure to leave your car running smooth and looking great!  Cards can be used at any Auto Spa or Lube Center location.  Treat yourself and your car to this fantastic package.

Donated by: WLR Automotive Group

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 One Hour Portrait Photography Session with Irene Abdou Photography

Memories don’t have to fade with time.  Irene Abdou Photography, LLC. provides portrait photography in unique locations that are meaningful to you, creating beautiful works of art that become family heirlooms.  Your session will take place either at their studio or a chosen venue with up to 5 people or pets.  After your session your photographs will be revealed and you can choose your favorite photograph for a complimentary 11×14 luster art print.  Certificate expires on 11/15/2016.

Donated by: Irene Abdou Photography, LLC.

 Spring Cleaning:  Two Hours of Home or Office Cleaning from Maid Brigade

What better way to get a jump on your spring cleaning than with this gift certificate for two hours of home or office cleaning from the Green Clean Certified, Maid Brigade.  Let a member of Maid Brigade’s highly trained team come clean and freshen your space, using cleaning solutions and methods certified by Green Seal. This certificate expires on 10/30/2016 and the area to be cleaned must be in Montgomery County.  This is the perfect item for anyone who is ready for a fresh clean home or office.  Please call to make your appointment.

Donated by: Maid Brigade and Mercy Garcia

Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Birthday Party at One Kick Martial Arts

Do you have a mini Bruce Lee at home getting ready to celebrate a birthday?  If so, win this package to help them celebrate their special day.  This hour and a half birthday party is for 15 participants and includes an introduction to martial arts, fun physical activities, demonstrations, and pizza!  This package must be redeemed in a full single use and is for new members only.  Located in Kingsview Village here in Germantown, this party is sure to bring out the Jackie Chan in your favorite little one.

Donated by: One Kick Martial Arts of Germantown

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Home and Garden – Closing at 7:10pm

 Chinese Dogwood Tree from Dogwood Hill Farm

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn… we mean BlackRock.  Spring is here which means it’s time to enjoy all of the foliage outside.  Wouldn’t this beautiful tree be lovely in your yard?  Enjoy this Chinese Dogwood ‘Cornus Kousa’ Greensleeves. This is a new variety that blooms one or two weeks after the other local dogwoods and the blooms last for a couple of weeks.

Donated by: Sharon and Hap Bauer and Dogwood Hill Farm

 Gardening Package: $50 Gift Card to Potomac Garden Center and Plant

Since 1967, Potomac Garden Center is committed to providing knowledge, selection, and quality while featuring a full array of nursery plants, trees, shrubs, houseplants, annuals, and perennials.  In addition to the wide varieties of plants, shrubs, flowers, and trees, Potomac Garden Center also has a selection of unique seasonal gifts, decorations, outdoor furniture, and supplies for all of your landscaping needs.  Paired with a lovely plant.

Donated by: Potomac Garden Center

 Handmade Ceramic Pie Pan and Treats from the Lancaster County Dutch Market

You can almost smell a warm pie coming out of the oven when you look at this beautiful stoneware pie pan.  Wheel thrown by Kathie Grove, who is known for her use of fun textures and colors, this mid-range pan is made with food-safe glaze and is oven safe.  To get you inspired to bake, this beautiful pie pan comes with a delicious pie and $10 worth of gift certificates to the Lancaster County Dutch Market in Germantown.

Donated by: Kathie Grove, Kathie Grove Pottery and The Bake Shop at the Lancaster County Dutch Market of Germantown

 KitchenAid Hand Blender and $25 Gift Card to Whole Foods

Step up your kitchen skills with the help of this Kitchen Aid five-speed Hand Blender that comes with five attachments. This striking black and silver set easily blends smoothies, chops nuts, froths cappuccinos, shreds vegetables, and more.  Three stainless steel bell blade assemblies interchange with no hassle or tools.  The removable pan guard attaches simply to prevent scratching on your cookware, and dishwasher safe attachments and accessories make clean up a breeze. Whenever you need to blend, puree, chop, shred, mince, whisks, and more turn to this hand held blender. Use the accompanying Whole Foods gift card for $25 to get you started on your culinary adventure.

Donated by: Jean Casey

Pfaltzgraff Perennials Tea Rose Collection Dinnerware

One of Pfaltzgraff’s most popular patterns since 1985, Tea Rose dinnerware offers traditional romance with a touch of the English countryside.  Scalloped edges and the delicate beauty of watercolor roses add grace to every dining occasion.  This classic set includes two five-piece place settings of a dinner plate, desert plate, cup and saucer, and bowl.  It also includes a butter dish, salt and pepper set, and a sugar and creamer set.  Add a touch of elegance to any occasion with this delightful set.

Donated by: Vivian Chi

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Entertainment and Travel – Closes at 7:20pm

 American Visionary Art Museum: Four Admission Passes

What do you get when you mix a Giant WhirliGig, a family of robots, Cosmic Galaxy Eggs, and a larger-than-life statue of famous performer Divine?  The American Visionary Museum in Baltimore.  This very special place was founded in 1984 when Rebecca Alban Hoffberger had the idea to create a unique new museum and education center that emphasized intuitive creative invention and grassroots genius.  With its wild and imaginative exterior, quirky exhibits, and playful and creative pieces, the American Visionary Art Museum does not disappoint!  This package includes four admission passes and a copy of Visions Magazine.

Donated by: American Visionary Art Museum

 Annapolis Harbor and US Naval Academy Cruise: Two Tickets

Step aboard the Harbor Queen in Annapolis for a 40 minute narrated tour of the Annapolis Harbor and US Naval Academy.  Hear about the history of the Naval Academy, Annapolis’ role as a historic seaport, the region’s waterways, and even catch a glimpse of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Passes expire on 10/2/2016.

Donated by: Watermark

 Children’s Theater Package: Four Tickets to a BlackRock Center for the Art’s Family Show, Two Tickets to Imagination Stage, and Two Tickets to Adventure Theatre MTC.

With this package of tickets, introduce the little ones in your life to the joys of live theater. For the 2015-2016 season, enjoy two tickets to Imagination Stage and two tickets to Adventure Theatre MTC.  Then to continue with the family fun, pick a show from BlackRock’s 2016-2017 season.  Imagination Stage ticket voucher expires on August 14, 2016, Adventure Theatre MTC tickets expire on August 31, 2016, and BlackRock’s tickets expire on May 31, 2017.  Please contact each theatre’s box office to make a reservation at least two weeks prior the desired show.  Tickets are subject to availability.

Donated by: Adventure Theatre MTC, BlackRock Center for the Arts, and Imagination Stage

 Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships: $100 Certificate towards a Four-Course Dinner for Two

Board Nina’s Dandy in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia for a memory making time, experiencing excellent food and service in an elegant atmosphere.  As you enjoy your meal, take in the views of the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, the Kennedy Center, Washington Nationals Park, and the National Harbor all from the boat.  Certificate is valid towards a dinner package and will not cover the entire price.  Certificate, which expires on May 1, 2017, is not valid with other discounts or offers, has date restrictions, and does not include beverages, taxes, gratuity, or fuel surcharge.  Step aboard your dinner cruise and enjoy an unforgettable time.

Donated by: Nina Wilson, Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships

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 Four Historic Ships in Baltimore: Four Passes

Where else can you climb aboard the last all-sail ship built by the US Navy that is still afloat?  This pack of four passes allows you to explore four different vessels, all of which played very important roles in our history.  Tour and experience the USS Constellation, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, the US Submarine Torsk, and the Lightship Chesapeake.  Also get a chance to see the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.  Certificate expires on 5/6/2017.

Donated by: Historic Ships in Baltimore

 George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Four Admission Tickets

Come see the home and gardens that George and Martha Washington loved so much.  Have the opportunity to see many sites including The Mansion, which features original furnishings and is depicted as it was in 1799, historic gardens, and Washington’s tomb.   With four tickets, you will be able to transport your family back in time while visiting this fascinating and beautiful historic site.  Expires on 12/31/2016.

Donated by: The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union

 Luray Caverns: Two Admissions

Take a trip to Luray Caverns, largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America.  Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Luray Caverns is a truly spectacular natural wonder, 4,000,000 centuries in the making.  Tickets expire on 11/30/2016 and also include admission to the Car and Carriage Caravan exhibit and the Luray Valley Museum.

Donated by: Luray Caverns

 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum: Four Passes

Spend the day meeting all 44 presidents and brush shoulders with your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds, Washington D.C.  This famous Washington, D.C. destination is an exciting place to “visit with” important cultural icons, US presidents, and even A-list celebrities.  With figures of Taylor Swift, Martin Luther King Jr., Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Nelson Mandela, Babe Ruth, Beyonce, and many more on display, you will find yourself and your friends and family with countless “selfie” worthy moments.  Passes expire on 12/31/2016.

Donated by: Madame Tussauds of Washington, D.C.

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Montgomery County Agricultural Fair 2017 – Four One-Day Admissions

Whether it is to see all of the amazing animals and livestock, grab a funnel cake or one of the delicious fair snacks, listen to a local band, play one of the fair games, ride a thrilling carnival ride, or take in a good ole’ tractor pull, the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair is not to be missed!  Now in its 68th year, your summer is not complete without a visit to the fair.  This year’s fair is August 12-20th.

Donated by:  The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

Museums for Two:  Two Tickets to the International Spy Museum and the Newseum

Your mission, should you choose to accept it… is to explore the worlds of espionage and news-makers with this package for two.  Conveniently located within 10 minutes of each of other, visit the International Spy Museum (featuring a new 007 exhibit) and the Newseum.  The International Spy Museum boasts the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display, while the Newseum’s interactive exhibits allow visitors to experience history through the eyes of the media.  Also receive a 20% off discount at the Spy Store.  International Spy Museum tickets expire on 12/24/2016.  Newseum tickets expire on 5/6/2017.

Donated by: International Spy Museum and Newseum

National Aquarium: Two Admission Passes

Gear up for the summer release of Finding Dory, the sequel to the beloved Pixar movie, Finding Nemo by visiting the National Aquarium.  This national treasure in Baltimore features a living collection of more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.  Visit coral reefs, rain forests, shark alley, and Blacktip Reef, a breathtaking exhibit featuring more than 700 animals, including a school of blacktip reef sharks.  Passes expire on 6/28/2017.

Donated by: National Aquarium

National Building Museum: Six “Member for a Day” Passes

Visit America’s leading cultural institution devoted to architecture, engineering, and building design. Conveniently located a few blocks away from the National Mall, the National Building Museum is full of engaging exhibits, models, photographs, toys, and collections.  The museum itself features a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75 foot tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200 foot terra cotta frieze.  Bring your family and friends to this awe-inspiring national treasure.

Donated by: National Building Museum

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 Tarara’s Summer Concert Series at Tarara Winery: Eight Tickets

Enjoy Saturday evenings by Shadow Lake at Tarara’s Summer Concert Series.  Under a slice of starry Virginia sky, sip the finest Virginia wines while an eclectic mix of award-winning artists create a soundtrack for the season.  Concerts run every Saturday evening from June 4th through September 24th.  Concerts feature bands that play both original songs and songs from your favorite artists and groups including The Beatles, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Bon Jovi, and even a night dedicated to Michael Jackson.  Each ticket may be redeemed at any one concert.

Donated by: Tarara Winery

 The Who and the What at Round House Theatre: Two Tickets

“Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, comes this thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.”  This show runs from May 25th – June 19th.  Tickets are not valid for Saturday evenings or Sunday matinees and expire on 6/19/2016.

Donated by: Round House Theatre

 Washington Monuments Cruise from the Potomac Riverboat Company: Four VIP Vouchers

Take in the sights of Washington, D.C. from the water.  Depart from the quaint and historic seaport of Old Town Alexandria with its cobblestone streets or from world-famous Georgetown with its upscale shops, pubs, and restaurants.  Cruise highlights include Washington’s majestic monuments, landmarks, buildings, and bridges , the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts to name a few.  Vouchers, which expire on 10/30/2016, are not tickets and must be exchanged to redeem tickets.

Donated by: Potomac Riverboat Company

Weinberg Center for the Arts: Four Live! Series Event Vouchers

Located in Frederick, the Weinberg Center for the Arts is a showcase for dramatic, musical, artistic, and educational programs.  For their Live! Series, the Weinberg Center host events for world-class entertainers.  You and three guests will be able to enjoy any Live! Series event. Reservations are required and some exceptions do apply, however these vouchers never expire!  Past Live! Series events have included Joan Baez, 2Cellos, Straight No Chaser a cappella group, Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio, 1964, acclaimed Beatles tribute band, and many other renowned acts.

Donated by: Weinberg Center for the Arts

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Sports and Fitness – Closing at 7:20pm

 Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School: Two Special Guest Tickets

Let loose your inner Tarzan at the largest man-made outdoor climbing adventure in the world!  Adventure Park, located here in Maryland, has over 13 trails, 29 zip lines, 6 difficulty levels, and almost 200 challenge bridges.  This aerial park offers fun for kids, teens, and adults.  It is great exercise and builds confidence, all while you enjoy the beautiful outdoors.  These all ages, general admission tickets are good for unreserved climbing during normal business hours during the 2016 season.

Donated by: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School

 Autographed and Authenticated Baltimore Ravens Cap: Sam Koch #4, Punter

Do you or someone you know eat, sleep, and breathe the Baltimore Ravens?  Do you bleed purple, white, and black?  Are you Sam Koch’s biggest fan?  This cap is for you!  Sent directly to BlackRock from the Baltimore Ravens, this cap is signed by star Raven’s punter, #4, Sam Koch.  For a total of 35,324 yards punted for the Ravens, Sam Koch became one of the highest paid punters in the NFL in 2015.  This cap comes with an official letter from the Baltimore Ravens authenticating the autograph and is a must have for any Ravens fan!

Donated by: Baltimore Ravens

 Autographed and Authenticated Washington Capitals Official Game Puck: Philipp Grubauer #31, Goalie

Let’s Go Caps!  Are you or someone in your life a diehard Caps or hockey fan?  Directly from the Washington Capitals, bid on a chance to win an official game puck signed by star Capitals goalie, #31, Philipp Grubauer.  This official game puck comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Washington Capitals.  This incredible item would be an exciting addition to any hockey fan’s collection.

Donated by: Washington Capitals

Autographed and Authenticated Washington Redskins Football: Trent Murphy #93, Defensive End

Hail to the Redskins, hail victory!  Now you don’t have to be in FedEx Field to get Redskin’s spirit, if you take home this prized piece of memorabilia.  This full size, officially licensed Redskin’s panel football is signed by #93, Trent Murphy.  Formerly an outside linebacker, 6’6” Trent Murphy is a force to be reckoned with as a defensive end.  Directly from the Washington Redskins, this football comes with an autograph pen and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Donated by: Washington Redskins

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Bowl America Bowling Party for Six

Score a strike during your own bowling party for six at Bowl America Gaithersburg!  Enjoy two games of bowling and shoe rentals for each person, along with two pitchers of any non-alcoholic beverage.  Certificate is good for one year and cannot be combined with any other packages or discounts.  Advance reservations are required.

Donated by: Bowl America Gaithersburg

Fleet Feet Sports: $25 in Fleet Feet Bucks towards a Training Program

Committed to helping the community live healthier lives, Fleet Feet Sports, located in Gaithersburg, is your one-stop shop for running and fitness products.  Besides carrying the latest running shoes, fitness gadgets, and nutritional snacks, Fleet Feet is known for their training programs.  Use this certificate for $25 towards any of their programs which range from WalkFit and No Boundaries 5k programs all the way up to Full Marathon programs.  Certificate is not valid towards product purchases and must be used at their Gaithersburg location.  Expires on 11/1/2016.

Donated by: Fleet Feet Sports of Gaithersburg

Horseback Riding: One Private Lesson at Potomac Horse Center

Located in a beautiful wooded lot in North Potomac and founded in the late 1950’s, Potomac Horse Center is a renowned international equestrian center.  Either you or your favorite lover of horses can enjoy a private 30 minute horseback riding lesson with this certificate.  Potomac Horse Center does offer therapeutic evaluations and lessons, which this certificate can also be applied to as well.  A liability waiver is required for the rider and appointments are arranged based on times available.  Certificate expires 11/6/2016.

Donated by: Potomac Horse Center

Horseback Riding: One Month of Group Lessons at Reddemeade Equestrian Center

Has learning to ride a horse always been on your list of things to do?  Do you have a little one who dreams of riding?  This is the opportunity for you or someone you know to finally get into the saddle.  Located on over 40 acres of farmland in Silver Spring, MD, Reddemeade Equestrian Center provides English riding lessons for people of all ages and riding abilities.  Certificate expires on May 16, 2017.  Rider must be at least 7 years old.  Along with this, also receive a $20 discount towards any one week session, or $50 discount off any two week session of Reddemeade Farm’s summer camp.

Donated by: Reddemeade Equestrian Center

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Liberty Mountain Resort: Two Learn to Ski or Snowboard Packages

Hit the slopes with a guest at Liberty Mountain Resort when you win two 1st Class Learn to Ski or Snowboard packages.  These packages include restricted lift tickets to the beginning ski area, complete ski or snowboard equipment rentals, and a 90 minute class lesson.  Lift tickets cannot be upgraded.  Valid Sunday through Friday or any evening from 5pm-10pm, non-holiday, during the 2016-2017 season.  Ages 8 and up.  Make reservations prior to visit.

Donated by: Liberty Mountain Resort and Conference Center

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!  Four Tickets to a Frederick Keys Baseball Team Home Game and an Oskar Blues Brewery Gift Package

Nothing goes together like baseball and beer.  You and three guests are invited to enjoy Carolina League excitement at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, MD with the Frederick Keys, affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.  Winner of this package also gets to enjoy a gift basket from Oskar Blues Brewery.  Named Beverage World Magazine’s Craft Brewer of the Year in 2013, this Longmont, CO. brewery prides itself on creating award-winning craft beer.  The gift basket includes a number of Dale’s Pale Ale and Oskar Blues products.  Frederick Keys tickets must be redeemed through the box office and are good for best available seats during a 2016 regular season home game.

Donated by: Frederick Keys and Oskar Blues Brewery

Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts: One Month of Classes at One Kick Martial Arts

One Kick Martial Arts is a premier Tae Kwon Do school in Germantown.  Available to adults and children of all ages, One Kick’s traditional programs increase fitness, reduce stress, and promotes confidence and discipline.  Classes are fun and engaging while encouraging personal and social enrichment.  Winner of this item receives a certificate for one month of classes and a free uniform.  Certificate can be used for child, teen, or adult classes and is for new members only.

Donated by: One Kick Martial Arts of Germantown

Tubing Passes for a Half Day Standard Tubing Trip with River Riders: Two Passes

Whether you are looking for a calm, relaxing float down the river or an adventurous day on the water this tubing package is for you.  You and a guest can choose between either flat water tubing or the more physically challenging and exciting white water tubing.  Passes include a space on a standard half day tubing trip of your choice.  Flat tubing is suitable for anyone who weighs over 30 pounds.  White water tubing is suitable for those at least 12 years old and 5 feet tall.  Passes valid 5/20/2016 – 9/5/2016.  Please contact River Riders to make your reservation.

Donated by: River Riders

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Valley Mill Kayak School:  Two Passes for an Introductory Class

Feeling adventurous?  Experience the rush of whitewater kayaking on the Potomac River with Valley Mill Kayak School.  Since 1956 Valley Mill has been introducing people to kayaking.  These two gift certificates will allow you and a guest to participate in a beginner lesson of whitewater kayaking.  Gear is provided.  All participants must be at least 13 years old and able to swim.  Certificate is valid from May through September 2016 and expires on 10/1/ 2016.

Donated by: Valley Mill Kayak School

Washington Nationals: Two Infield Box Tickets to a 2016 Game

Enjoy some peanuts and crackerjacks at the game when you and a guest get to experience Nationals Park and the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team.  You will receive a voucher for two Infield Box Tickets to a 2016 regular season home game.  Some restrictions apply.  Voucher expires on 10/2/2016.  The Racing Presidents will be excited to see you there!

Donated by: Washington Nationals

Water Fitness: Six Classes with Wet yet? Water Fitness

Are you ready to take the plunge and try a new fitness activity? Water fitness provides you with a fantastic cardiovascular workout while remaining non-impact, so just about anybody can participate.  Core strengthening, cardio, and range of motion exercises in the water will help you reach your fitness goals.  Winner of this item will have the opportunity to take six sessions of one of the following classes: Aqua Boot Camp Deep Water, Aqua Boot Camp Shallow Water, Deep Water Workout, Shallow Water Workout.  Participants in the deep water classes use floatation belts and styrofoam barbells, provided by the instructor.  This is for new students only and expires on 4/30/2017.  Classes are held at the Quince Orchard Swim and Tennis Club.

Donated by: Nancy Brouillette and NB Health and Fitness LLC., Wet yet? Water Fitness

Whitetail Resort: Two Beginner Learn to Ski or Snowboard Packages

Located just 90 minutes from the beltway, Whitetail Resort offers top rated skiing and snowboarding.  These are the perfect packages to experience that.  You and a guest will participate in a group lesson and then enjoy the day on Whitetail’s many fantastic trails including the Northern Lights, Velvet, Almost Home, and Launching Pad trails.  Use of ski rental or snowboard equipment is also included.  This package has restricted lift access and is for ages 8 and up and does not include Whitetail’s Kid Mountain camp or children’s packages.  Packages can only be used during the 2016-2017 season and expire on 4/4/2017.

Donated by: Whitetail Resort

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One of a Kind Experiences – Closes at 7:30pm

Family Picnic at Hunters Trap Farm

Take in a relaxing afternoon with your family at the picturesque home of Vicki and Skip Crawford.  The Crawford’s will provide a picnic of fried chicken, hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert, and age appropriate drinks for all, to be served on the deck.  Afterwards, enjoy a hayride, canoeing on the pond, fishing…or just relax and enjoy the view.  This fun filled afternoon is for up to 15 guests.  Picnic will take place on a mutually agreeable date with donor and winner and expires on 5/6/2017.

Donated by: Vicki and Skip Crawford

Lunch with Congressman John Delaney

Elected to Maryland’s Sixth District, which includes portions of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties, Congressman John Delaney has been serving in the House of Representatives since 2012.  Before serving in Congress, Delaney was a very successful businessman and was recently ranked the 3rd wealthiest member of the House of Representatives.  This is your opportunity to sit down with him for an enjoyable and engaging lunch.  This is for one person.  Date must be mutually agreed upon.

Donated by: Congressman John Delaney

National Zoo: Private Guided Tour for Ten

“Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh Yes!”  Enjoy a private guided tour of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for up to 10 people.  This two hour tour is given on weekend mornings only and is designed for ages four through adult.  While this tour is not behind the scenes, you and your family and friends will get a chance to learn about the zoo’s 1,800 different animals from over 300 different species.  Private tour must be scheduled two months in advance.   Take home this exclusive package for the animal lover in your family.  Expires on 5/7/2017.

Donated by:  Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ)

Tea Party for Four

An elegant event for you to enjoy!  Win this tea for four at your home or here at BlackRock Center for the Arts.  This lovely time includes salad, fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, cheese and crackers, chips, cream cheese pie, wine, and coffee or tea.  This two hour tea can be held on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon of your choice on a date that is mutually agreed upon with the donors.

Donated by: Margaret Brown, Carolyn Grenier, and Margie Quelet

Wheel of Fortune: Attend a Taping with Four VIP Passes

“Would you like to buy a vowel?”  How about bidding on this excited package instead.  The winner of this package will receive four VIP passes to attend a taping of Wheel of Fortune at Sony Studios in Culver City, California.    Whether you know someone who lives in California who would be thrilled at the chance to see Pat and Vanna, or this is the perfect excuse for you to plan an escape to the West Coast, this exciting package will be sure to leave you screaming, “Wheel… of… Fortune!”  Package also includes an autographed photo of Pat Sajak and Vanna White, as well as a Wheel of Fortune swag bag.  This does not include airfare and is for passes to the taping only.

Donated by: Wheel of Fortune, Sony Pictures Television

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Restaurants and Specialty Foods – Closing at 7:30pm

 Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant: $50 Gift Voucher

Celebrating recipes handed down from generation to generation by Italian immigrants; Buca di Beppo is known for their delicious authentic dishes served family-style.  It doesn’t matter if you order the Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken, Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Saltimbocca, or the famous meatballs, everyone leaves Buca di Beppo feeling very satisfied and a little more Italian.  Voucher expires on 12/31/2016 and is good for one-time use only.

Donated by:  Buca di Beppo

 Café Rio Mexican Grill: Five Free Meal Cards

Committed to quality Mexican cuisine inspired by traditional recipes and cooking methods from Northern Mexico’s Rio Grande, Southern Texas, and New Mexico, Café Rio is an excellent stop for delicious Mexican food.  Whether you order one of their over-stuffed burritos, or amazing enchiladas, salads, tacos, salads, or nachos, you will see their committed workers hand rolling tortillas, scooping out avocados, making one of their signature dressings or sauces, or at the grill.  What you won’t see is a freezer or microwave, since Café Rio is dedicated to serving everything fresh.  This package includes five free meal and drink tickets that expire on 12/1/2016.

Donated by: Café Rio Mexican Grill of Germantown

 Cheesecake Factory: $75 in Gift Cards

White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Ultimate Red Velvet, Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore, Lemon Meringue, Dutch Caramel Apple Streusel… is your mouth watering yet?  These are just a couple of Cheesecake Factory’s famous signature cheesecakes.  Pair one of these with a delicious meal in one of their upscale casual dining restaurants.  With great burgers, fantastic pastas, salads, steaks, and a never ending list of deserts, you can’t go wrong with Cheesecake Factory.  This includes a $50 and $25 gift card.

Donated by: The Cheesecake Factory locations in Tyson’s Corner and Montgomery Mall

 Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Company: Award Winning Goat Cheese Assortment – 8 Blocks

Prize winning cheese from prize winning goats!  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Following true artisan farmstead traditions, Cherry Glen makes all of their fresh, soft-ripened chesses by hand in small batches.  These delicious indulgences are 100% American Farmstead Goat Cheese.  Cheeses include two each of Monocacy Gold, Monocacy Silver, Monocacy Chipotle, and the amazing Monocacy Ash.

Donated by: Chet and Paula Anderson and Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Company

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Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant:  $100 Gift Card

This Frederick staple has been the place to go, for what the Zagat guide describes as “dependably delicious American surf ‘n’ turf.”  Whether you are going for a casual luncheon, romantic dinner for two, or part of a special dinner party, Dutch’s Daughter is a perfect upscale restaurant that provides excellent food, a comfortable atmosphere, and outstanding service in all five of their dining areas on three floors.  Whether you enjoy a meal in their genteel dining room, or venture downstairs to their more casual bar, Dutch’s Daughter does not disappoint… and neither do their crab cakes.

Donated by: Chet and Paula Anderson

Firestone’s Culinary Tavern: $100 Gift Card

Located in Frederick, this Open Table winner for Diners Choice of 2015 is a bustling, upmarket tavern that serves New American fare.  With menu items such as Shrimp and Grits, Deviled Eggs, Heritage Breed Pork Tenderloin, and Cheddar Jalapeno Sausage Sliders, you know you will leave Firestone’s Culinary Tavern totally satisfied.  Card is for $100.

Donated by: Firestone’s Culinary Tavern

HoneyBaked Ham

Savor a delicious HoneyBaked ham for that special occasion or a casual family get-together.  Their signature glaze and moist, tender ham is instantly recognizable and sure to make mouths water. Visit their Gaithersburg location to pick up an 8lb. bone-in ham with this gift certificate.

Donated by: HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Café

Lancaster County Dutch Market Package: $50 in Gift Certificates and Treats Galore!

Enjoy the taste and hospitality of Lancaster County with this package filled with homemade treats and goodies all harkening back to a more simple life where fresh ingredients and family recipes were essential.  Take home tonight some wonderful products from the Lancaster County Dutch Market, and then return one Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to explore the market with your gift cards.  This basket includes $50 in gift certificates to the market, a cake and flowers from The Bake Shop and Zook’s Cheese, and a fruit filled watermelon from ESH Produce.

Donated by: Dutch Family Market, ESH Produce, Lapp’s Candy, King’s Bar-B-Que Pit, The Bake Shop, and Zook’s Cheese from the Lancaster County Dutch Market in Germantown, along with Margie Quelet

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Monocacy Crossing: $125 (Gift Certificate and Gift Card)

Just south of Frederick, this local favorite has been a “go to” destination for incredible cuisine and delicious wine.   You and your guests are sure to have a memorable evening enjoying a causal elegant dinner.  Gift certificate is for dinner for two and excludes alcohol, gratuity, and tax.  Gift card does not have these restrictions.

Donated by: Monocacy Crossing and Chet and Paula Anderson

Nothing Bundt Cakes: Certificate for a 10” Decorated Cake and Small Balloon Bouquet

No matter the occasion or size, from birthdays and Mother’s Day to work events and holidays, Nothing Bundt Cakes offers the perfect centerpiece for your memories with their special frosted bundt cakes.  They are famous for their thick frosting petals made with velvety cream cheese and real butter, and with cake flavors like red velvet, carrot, pecan praline, lemon, chocolate chocolate chip and more, you can’t go wrong!  This certificate, which expires on 7/31/2016, includes a 10” decorated cake and small balloon bouquet.

Donated by: Nothing Bundt Cakes of Gaithersburg

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Butler’s Orchard

Come out to Butler’s Orchard one warm summer morning to pick 10lbs of plump, delicious, fresh blueberries.  Blueberries are the perfect fruit; easy to pick, easy to freeze, great in muffins, pancakes, and pies, and wonderful to eat fresh as well!  Certificate is for four people and only valid during blueberry season 2016.  Visit their website or call Butler’s Orchard for the latest crop information, picking conditions, and hours.

Donated by: Butler’s Orchard

Stanford Grill or Copper Canyon Grill: Three $50 Gift Cards

When you step inside Stanford Grill, you will find both the excitement of their bar, popular among the most esteemed locals, as well as the action of their open kitchen.  Enjoy the upscale ambiance as you are served amazing steak and seafood, or even handcrafted sushi at their Rockville location.   A live jazz trio plays nightly in the dining room.  Stanford Grill is the perfect setting for an enjoyable evening dinner, a premiere lunch, or even grabbing wine, cocktails, and appetizers with a group of friends at either their Rockville or Columbia locations.

These gift cards are also valid at Copper Canyon Grill located in Gaithersburg and Silver Spring.  Copper Canyon Grill also serves amazing seafood and steak, creative cocktails, and delicious barbeque and sandwiches.

Donated by: Phil Bowe and Stanford Grill

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Taste of Downtown Crown: $50 in Gift Cards to Coastal Flats and $50 in Gift Cards to Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

Whether you are looking for beach house fun or a Latin kitchen with flare, this is the perfect package to celebrate summer and explore Gaithersburg’s Downtown Crown.  Coastal Flats, a relaxed, contemporary restaurant that is known for great seafood, steak, and wines, celebrates all the things we love about vacation.  They also host a fantastic weekend brunch, and as their slogan says, “flip flops are optional.”  Next on your dining adventures in Downtown Crown visit Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar, a pan-Latin eatery with amazing food and a to-die-for cocktail and rum menu.  They even have a gluten free menu and are sensitive to food allergies.  Paladar’s indoor/outdoor bar is the perfect place to enjoy a mojito or margarita on a summer’s night.  Coastal Flats gift cards cannot be applied to gratuity or alcohol.  When using Paladar gift cards, please let your waiter or waitress know prior to ordering so they can go over any restrictions.

Donated by: Coastal Flats and Paladar Latin Kitchen of Gaithersburg

The South Meets The West in Gaithersburg: Two $20 Off Your Next Meal Cards to Ted’s Montana Grill and $25 Certificate to Uncle Julio’s

The American Old-West comes to Gaithersburg at Ted’s Montana Grill, a steakhouse known for its burgers, chops, and the largest selection of bison dishes you will find.  Ted’s Montana Grill believes their “food is a reflection of the great American ideal: bold and unapologetic.”  Every item they serve is prepared from scratch using the finest ingredients and is sourced locally when possible.  When you have had your taste of the West, explore the tastes of the South at Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant at Rio.  Known for their from-scratch authentic Mexican cuisine and their signature margaritas, you will not be disappointed at Uncle Julio’s.  Tax, gratuity, and alcohol are not included in the cards for Ted’s Montana Grill.  Uncle Julio’s certificate does not include gratuity and expires 60 after 5/6/2016.

Donated by: Ted’s Montana Grill and Uncle Julio’s of Gaithersburg

Tower Oaks Lodge and Clyde’s Restaurant Group: $75 Gift Certificate

Located in Rockville, Tower Oaks Lodge has the feel of the log and stone “Great Camps” of the Adirondack Mountains.  Amid the handcrafted furniture and distinguished skylights, enjoy this beautiful restaurant, showcasing massive stone fireplaces, Chesapeake Bay-inspired Boathouse Bar, and intricate sculptures.  Tower Oaks Lodge serves authentic American cuisine featuring locally grown produce, hormone-free beef, and house-made desserts.  Tower Oaks Lodge is part of the Clyde’s Restaurant Group.  Clyde’s was born from a belief that great dining begins with fresh ingredients, friendly people, and an unforgettable atmosphere.  Gift certificate excludes gratuity and expires on 5/6/2017.  Gift certificate can be used at any Clyde’s Restaurant Group location.

Donated by: Clyde’s Restaurant Group

Volt Restaurant: $100 Gift Card

Whether you have seen him on Bravo’s Top Chef or Top Chef Masters television show or read one of his renowned cookbooks, Bryan Voltaggio is a great in the culinary arts field.  Lucky for us, this James Beard Award nominee has chosen Frederick, the place he was born and bred, as the home to his restaurant, Volt.  Located in a spectacular 19th Century brownstone mansion, Volt showcases Bryan Voltaggio’s seasonal entrees with their classic flavor combinations prepared with fresh local ingredients.  Also located in Frederick is Voltaggio’s restaurant Family Meal, which focuses on delicious down-home fare.  With this gift card, you can experience Volt, Family Meal, or any of Bryan Voltaggio’s other restaurants, located in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Donated by: Chet and Paula Anderson

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Unique Gifts – Closes at 7:30pm

 As Kindred Spirits Gift Shop: $25 Gift Certificate

Known for their large selection of handmade crafts, unique gifts, designer jewelry, and art to wear clothing, As Kindred Spirits is as fun and whimsical as the products they carry.  With their locations in Congressional Plaza in Rockville, in Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, or in Reagan National Airport, you will be amazed by all of the unique, artistic, and fabulous gifts and home décor items this store has to offer.

Donated by: As Kindred Spirits

 Audubon Naturalist Society: One-Year Family Membership

Founded in 1897 the Audubon Naturalist Society is the oldest independent environmental organization in the Washington, DC region.  The Audubon Naturalist Society inspires residents to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy.  Win this one year family membership, which includes weekly reports on rare bird sightings, expert naturalist-guided tours, members-only events at their sanctuaries along the Potomac and on the Chesapeake Bay, invitations to special events, discounts at the Naturalist Store, and quarterly issues of the Naturalist Quarterly.

Donated by: Audubon Naturalist Society

Bundle of Joy Basket

Gift your new mother a bag filled with items that are both adorable and practical. Bring baby home in a newborn 3-piece layette set.  Keep baby dry with a pack of size 1 Pampers diapers. The smiling terry cloth frog puppet is ready with some bath soap to keep baby happy and clean. Put him or her in a 0-9 month sleep sack for a comfortable bedtime without the need for a blanket. Awake to a choice of a brightly-colored daytime one piece play outfit or take baby out with a cute hat and front-snapped outfit. Play time comes later with the ever popular stacking rings in bright primary colors. Here’s seven items to cover your baby’s entire day.

Donated by: Jean Casey

Carlisle Scarf

Since 1982 Carlisle has been the go-to brand for stylish and successful women.  Whether it is a sophisticated suit, gorgeous couture dress, chic separates, or modern accessories, the impeccable classic style of Carlisle is sure to “wow” at any occasion.  This is your opportunity to experience this with a beautiful Carlisle scarf.  Scarf is 100% cotton in saltwater print.

Donated by: Linda Trofast

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Children’s Book Basket

It is never too early to start reading with your child.  This basket will bring back a flood of childhood memories with its classic book titles, all while helping to create new ones with your own little one.  This delightful basket is a must have and features nine board books, a bag of blocks, and a bean-bag “Spot” toy with his own blanket, all in a fun red tub that is washable.  With titles such as Where’s Spot by Eric Hill, Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess, Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, and But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton, this basket is a delight.

Donated by: Sheila Compton

Cigar Lover’s Complete Package: Humidor and Cuatro Cinco Cigars

For a birthday, wedding present, bachelor or bachelorette party, special occasion, even just to splurge on you, enjoy “The Cordoba” humidor from Quality Importers.  The striking Spanish Cedar wood box with its inlaid cover design has SureSeal technology to guarantee humidity. The humidor holds 125 cigars.  Along with this handsome humidor come ten Cuatro Cinco cigars from Joya de Nicaragua.  These sophisticated cigars are Double Robusto, 5X56 and are sealed in a separate box for freshness.  Cigar aficionados or casual fans alike are sure to be impressed with this exquisite package.

Donated by: Danny Vazquez and the Baracoa Cigar Company

Cigars and Scotch: Why? Why Not? Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Five Diesel Cigars

Travel with your personal compact cigar case including its own humidor. You’ll find five cigars, a cutter, and a Bugatti torch lighter with built-in dual punch. The cigars are Diesel Grind “Robusto” 5 x 54 with a pungent plum and hay aroma.  Along with any great cigar you need a great bottle of Scotch.  Included with this travel case and cigars is a bottle of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Single Cask No. 77.38 Why? Why Not? Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  Capturing rarity and perfection in a glass, the Society’s single malt whisky attracts curious and discerning whisky lovers from all corners of the world.  One of only 213 bottles, this extremely special bottle comes directly from the Highland Region and has an age of 14 years.  These two items are the perfect pair and is a “can’t miss” for any cigar aficionado or whisky drinker.

Donated by: Danny Vazquez and the Baracoa Cigar Company and BlackRock Center for the Arts

Doggie Gift Basket

Goodies Galore!  Every dog should have his day and this basket is just the thing for your pampered pup.  Your furry, four-legged friend will love his or her new Cesar Millan leash, dog bowls, shampoo, Oral Care Kit, wipes, chew sticks, treats, and an abundance of toys.

Donated by: Jennifer Russel

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Handmade Natural Stone Necklace

Be the one to take home this gorgeous handmade necklace tonight.  Whether is it a splurge for yourself or a gift for that special someone, this 21” necklace features natural stones and an easy to use pewter toggle clasp.  The non-tarnishing pewter beads add elements of sophistication and style.  Patricia Bacon, of Dragonfly Design, created this one of a kind necklace to compliment any outfit or look.

Donated by: Patricia Bacon, Dragonfly Design

Hidden Ridge Farm Flower Bouquet Subscription

Treat yourself, your sweetheart, your mom, a client, your office, or a different friend every month to the gift of fresh flowers!  This flower subscription offers large, beautiful bouquets—prepared and ready for you to pick up on Friday afternoons from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, June through October 2016.  Enjoy locally-grown flowers, cut fresh in the morning just for you, bundled into bright, festive, natural bouquets with blossoms available by their normal bloom time. You’ll receive varied combinations of flowers in season. Be amazed at how long they stay beautiful—the main advantage of buying fresh and local!  You can pick up your bouquets at Novel Books in historic Clarksburg, Kingsbury’s Orchard in Dickerson, or at Hidden Ridge Farm on Peach Tree Road in Clarksburg.  LOCAL.  FRESH.  CHEMICAL FREE.  Pick up one beautiful bouquet a month for six months (June-October 2016).

Donated by: Melane Kinney Hoffmann and Tom Hoffmann

Horse or Pony Ride at Potomac Horse Center

Located in a beautiful wooded lot in North Potomac and founded in the late 1950’s, Potomac Horse Center is a renowned international equestrian center.  With this gift your favorite little one will light up with joy while they experience their own horse or pony ride.  A liability waiver is required for the rider and appointments are arranged based on times available.  Certificate expires 11/6/2016.

Donated by: Potomac Horse Center

Local Wine and Cheese Basket: 2014 Pinot Grigio from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard and Four Personally Selected Goat Cheeses from Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Company

Nothing is better than finding quality, fresh, delicious goods while supporting renowned local businesses.  This is true of this very special basket containing a bottle of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s 2014 Pinot Grigio and four cheeses from the award winning Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Company.  Take pride in knowing that everything in this amazing basket is made less than 15 miles away.  Cherry Glen Goat Cheeses include Monocacy Gold, Chipotle, Silver and Ash.

Donated by: David and Priscilla Borchardt and Chet and Paula Anderson

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New Baby Basket

From the day your new mom walks out of the hospital, she will be ready to show her new little one to friends and family in style. Start with a newborn set, complete with terry jacket to keep baby comfortable. You always have a 3 month one piece play outfit to make a change later. A pack of diapers is ready and the first keys will keep baby alert. Night time is for snuggling with a blanket sack, keeping baby covered from head to toe. As your baby grows a 6 month easy-to-change navy outfit is ready along with Baby’s First Blocks for playtime. A great variety of seven gifts to please the new baby and mom.

Donated by Jean Casey

Stars and Stripes: An American Flag Flown Over the United States Capitol Special for You

A high quality 3’X5’ American Flag will be flown over the United States Capitol in honor of a person or organization of your choice.  You may select the date on which the flag will be flown and may write a personal message that will be included in a letter from Congressman Chris Van Hollen to the designated recipient.  Once flown, the flag will be mailed to the recipient along with a personalized certificate of authenticity from the Architect of the Capitol.  Winning bidder can contact Congressman Van Hollen’s flag coordinator to make arrangements.

Donated by: Congressman Chris Van Hollen

Tea for Two: Complete Tea Set for Two from Dollies Tea Room

Whether you are gifting this charming set or keeping it to pamper yourself, this elegant tea set is sure to bring many smiles abound.  This lovely set includes the basket, teapot, cups and saucers, plates, silverware, napkins, insulated cooler, and a thermos, and was donated by Dollies Tea Room.  Located in Clear Spring, Maryland in a former general store and post office built in 1830, Dollies Tea Room and their extremely knowledgeable staff, offers sophisticated teas Thursday through Saturday.  Take home this beautiful set for you or someone you love.

Donated by: Amy Myers and Dollies Tea Room

Vera Bradley Campus Backpack from Artisans Gallery

Wow everyone at your job with this stylish backpack or win it for someone so they can be the envy at school.  For over 20 years, Vera Bradley has had a loyal following of customers who not only look forward to their lovely new fabrics and styles, but also appreciate the function and quality that is synonymous with their name.  This backpack is no different.  Created in the Ziggy Zinnia pattern, this campus backpack features a main compartment with two front compartments, two side pockets and padded straps.  It is the perfect blend of function and style.

Donated by: Artisans Gallery and Ginger Armstrong

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Wine and Vineyards – Closes at 7:30pm

Arista Winery of Northern California: Three Bottles

Treat yourself, and maybe friends too, to some really excellent wine not available on the East Coast!  Arista Winery is a small family-estate winery specializing in Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the heart of the Russian River Valley wine-growing region of Northern California.  Arista Winery has received numerous accolades for their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.  Retail outside the winery is extremely limited and then only the few ‘higher’ volume offerings.  This package includes a 2013 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (94 points, Wine Spector), 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (92 points, Wine Spector), and a 2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (91 point, Wine Spector).

Donated by: John Compton

Darioush Wines, Selected from David Langstaff’s Private Collection: Three Bottles

Darioush is one of the quintessential Napa Valley vineyards, making full bodied wines.  Dedicated to making wines that reflects the character of the people behind them, the Darioush estate spans over 120 acres.  This selection features a bottle of their 2013 Pinot Noir, 20112 Cabernet Franc, and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Donated by:  David Langstaff

Ingleside Vineyards VIP Tour and Tasting for Six

Located about 35 miles from Fredericksburg, Ingleside Vineyards is one of the largest vineyards in Virginia.  With this package you could win a VIP Tour and Tasting, where you and up to five guests can experience Ingleside’s history and winemaking on a private, guided tour of the winery.  Following the tour you will enjoy a wine and cheese reception featuring a full array of Ingleside’s award-winning wines from whites to reds, dry to sweet.  This experience will allow you to learn more about how wine is made and will help you in choosing your own wine preferences.  All guests must be 21 years old or over.  This expires on 5/6/2017.  Reservations are required and must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

Donated by: Ingleside Vineyard

Linganore Winecellars: Wine Festival Admission for Two

Established in 1972 in Mt. Airy, Maryland this winery is known for great wines, fun times!  Now you can experience this first-hand at the Linganore Winecellars Vine Rewind: Music, Wine, and Beer Fest!  Taking place on June 18th and 19th this fun festival includes beer, wine, music from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, and over 30 art, craft, and food vendors.  Your one-day festival admission includes a souvenir wine glass, tastings, guided winery tour, and a full day of live music.  Guests must be 21 years old or over.  Festival admission is for one day to be used on June 18 or 19, 2016.

Donated by: Linganore Winecellars

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Loew Vineyards: Two Tasting and Tour for Four Certificates

Renewing a European family tradition of fine wine-making, Loew Vineyards was established in 1982.  The rolling hills of the Maryland countryside in Mt. Airy provide an ideal setting for growing both vinifera and French-American grapes.  Now you and your guests can enjoy a stroll through the vineyard and sample their estate-bottled wines.  This package contains two certificates, each for four guests and includes a wine tasting and tour as well as an additional gift.  Reservations must be made in advance.

Donated by: Loew Vineyards

 Nicholson Ranch Wine: 2010 Nicholson Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and 2013 Nicholson Ranch Cuvée Natalie Chardonnay

Nestled in the southern foothills of the Sonoma, the vineyards of Nicholson Ranch are planted in one of the world’s most prized grape-growing regions.  Nicholson Ranch enjoys a combination of soils, sloping hills, and climate that is ideal for producing premium grapes for their handcrafted wines.  Their Nicholson Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir won two Double-Golds and two Gold medals at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition.  Take home their 2010 Nicholson Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and their Nicholson Ranch Cuvée Natalie Chardonnay today.  This package comes with complete wine notes and a recipe for Roasted Pork Tenderloin to be paired with the Pinot Noir.  These wines have been personally selected by Tina E. Patterson, who has earned a level 2 certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

Donated by: Tina E. Patterson, WSET Level 2, and Jade Solutions, LLC.

Philip Carter Winery of Virginia: Tour, Tasting, and Picnic for Two

Spend a glorious summer day with a tour, tasting, and picnic for two at this gorgeous winery located in Hume, Virginia.  Whether you are taking in this winery’s rich history which dates back to 1762 or sampling some of their award winning wines, this package from Philip Carter Winery is sure to be a treat for you and your guest.  Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.  Certificate expires on 11/30/2016.

Donated by: Philip Carter Winery of Virginia

Stone Tower Winery: 2013 Wild Boar Cellars Merlot and 2014 Wild Boar Cellars Chardonnay

Nestled atop Hogback Mountain on 206 exquisite acres, Stone Tower Winery enjoys a terroir consisting of underlying rocky soils, undulating terrain, and a unique microclimate.  Their talented team is dedicated to producing world class wines that are true representations of the land from which they are produced.  This package includes two bottles from Stone Tower Winery’s Wild Board Cellars label; a 2013 Merlot and a 2014 Chardonnay.  These wines have been personally selected by Tina E. Patterson, who has earned a level 2 certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

Donated by: Tina E. Patterson, WSET Level 2, and Jade Solutions, LLC.

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Taste of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard: Vineyard Tour and Tasting for Four with a Bottle of 2014 Circe Reserve Red Wine

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is one of Montgomery County’s premiere wineries, situated in picturesque Dickerson, Maryland.  Now with this inclusive package you will be able to take home some of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s renowned wines and plan your own visit to the winery!  This package includes a bottle of their 2014 Circe along with a certificate that entitles you and three guests to tour Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s fermentation and barrel rooms and experience a tasting.  You will also receive 10% off purchases made the day of your visit.  Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard certificate expires on 5/6/2017.  You must make your reservations in advance and all guests must be at least 21 years old.

Donated by: David and Priscilla Borchardt and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Tony Soter’s North Valley Wine from David Langstaff’s Private Collection: Three Bottles

After 30 years, Tony Soter, legendary Napa Valley wine maker moved to Willamette Valley in Oregon and established Soter Vineyards, which has become one of the premier Oregon wineries.  Personally selected by David Langstaff, these three bottles of wine are from Soter’s North Valley label.  They include a 2014 Pinot Noir, 2013 Chardonnay, and a 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé.

Donated by:  David Langstaff

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Thank You to Our 2016 Silent Auction Donors!

As of April 30, 2016

Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School

Adventure Theatre

American Visionary Art Museum


Artisans Gallery

As Kindred Spirits

Audubon Naturalist Society

Aurelia Salon and Spa and Margaret McHale

Baltimore Ravens

BD Richardson

Beth Daly

BlackRock Center for the Arts

BlackRock Center for the Arts Board of Trustees

Bowl America

Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

Butler’s Orchard

Café Rio

Carolyn Grenier

Cheesecake Factory

Chet and Paula Anderson

Clyde’s Restaurants

Coastal Flats

Congressman Chris Van Hollen

Congressman John Delaney

Dandy Restaurant Cruise Ships

Danny Vazquez, Baracoa Cigar Company

David and Priscilla Borchardt

David Langstaff

Deborah Preston and Ben Nicholson


Dollies Tea Room

Edwin and Susan Chidakel

ESH Produce at the Lancaster County Dutch Market

Firestone’s Culinary Tavern

Fleet Feet Sports

Frank and Donna Bossong

Frederick Keys

Friends of the National Zoo

George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate

Historic Ships in Baltimore

Honeybaked Ham Co and Café of Gaithersburg and Jeff Wahlbrink

Imagination Stage

Ingleside Vineyard

International Spy Museum

Irene Abdou Photography, LLC

Jade Solutions, LLC.

Jean Casey

Jennifer Russel

JetBlue Airways

John and Sheila Compton

Kathie Grove, Kathie Grove Pottery

Kicks Karate

King’s Bar-B-Que Pit at the Lancaster County Dutch Market

Liberty Mountain Resort and Conference Center

Linda Trofast, Carlisle

Linganore Wine Cellars

Loew Vineyards

Luray Caverns

Madame Tussauds – Washington, D.C.

Maid Brigade

Margaret Brown

Marilyn Balcombe

Mom’s Pantry at the Lancaster County Dutch Market

Monocacy Crossing

Montgomery County Agricultural Center Inc.

National Aquarium

National Building Museum

NB Health and Fitness LLC., Wet yet? Water Fitness


Nothing Bundt Cakes

Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa

One Kick Martial Arts

Organize4hire LLC

Oskar Blues Brewery


Patricia Bacon

Peter Driscoll, Dogwood Hill Farm

Philip Carter Winery

Potomac Garden Center

Potomac Horse Center

Potomac Riverboat Company

Reddemeade Equestrian Center

Ricciutis Restaurant

River Riders

Round House Theatre

Sharon and Hap Bauer

Stanford Grill

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Susan and Neil Burkinshaw

Tarara Winery

Ted’s Montana Grill

The Bake Shop at the Lancaster County Dutch Market

The Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union

The Wine Kitchen on the Creek

Tina E. Patterson, WSET Level II

Tom and Margie Quelet

Tom and Melane Kinney Hoffmann

Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café

Valley Mill Kayak School

Vicki and Skip Crawford

Vivian Chi

Washington Capitals

Washington Nationals

Washington Redskins


Weinberg Center for the Arts

Wheel of Fortune and Sony Pictures Television

Whitetail Resort

WLR Automotive Group

Zook’s Cheese at the Lancaster County Dutch Market

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