We are pleased to announce our LIVE AUCTION line-up for the 50th Anniversary benefit on Friday, June 21st at the Evanston Golf Club! Not going to be at the benefit? You can still bid on these amazing packages by proxy! Feel free to contact Audrey at email@example.com if you would like us to assist you in arranging a proxy bidder. The following descriptions are abbreviated for length. If you would like more information and all stipulations and restrictions on a given package, please feel free to contact us.
LOT #1: CHICAGO SPORTS FAN
Chicago sports fans, do we have the package for you featuring tickets to every one of Chicago’s major sports teams! Kick things off at the friendly confines with four Club Box tickets to the ChicagoCubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game on Sunday, July 14th. Next, you will head down to the South Side with four tickets to the ChicagoWhite Sox vs. Texas Rangers game on Saturday, August 24th, parking pass included. On Thursday, August 29th, you and two friends will head to Soldier Field to cheer on the Chicago Bears in their Pre-Season Game vs. the Tennessee Titans. In the 2019-2020 season, we are thrilled to also provide you with two tickets to a Chicago Bulls home game and two tickets with parking pass to a Chicago Blackhawks game, with dining options and perks exclusive to the 200 level of the United Center.
LOT #2: ORLANDO FAMILY ADVENTURE
Your family of four will spend one spectacular week in the most magical place on Earth with accommodations for seven days in close proximity to legendary theme parks such as Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando! With a seven night stay in a suite at either an RCI Resort or Interval International property, you will enjoy the comfort of family friendly amenities such as swimming pools, playgrounds, kitchens and laundry facilities, with restaurants within easy reach. Suites include two bedrooms for four guests, and arrangements can be made for an additional child. To get you started, you will have 8 one-day passes which will provide your family of four with two spellbinding days at Walt Disney World Resort! There, you will be able to explore all the Disney parks of your family’s dreams including the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, coming and going as you choose through the magical world of Disney. To make one of your Disney days even more unforgettable, we have arranged for a special experience – your family will participate in Disney’s Family Magic Tour, gathering clues and solving riddles as you make your way through a high-energy, interactive scavenger hunt! You never know who you might meet along the way as adventure magically unfolds around you! Hang on tight because for your third day, we have made arrangements for your family to go to Universal Studios Florida, home to jaw-dropping attractions and rides! With luxurious accommodations and a three-day thrill ride of attractions, this Orlando getaway will create magical memories for a lifetime!
LOT #3: SUMMER OF MUSIC
Summer in Chicago explodes with fantastic live music and you and a friend are going to enjoy the very best of the Chicago music scene this summer! Fire up your playlist with some classic rock and roll, at The Righteous Brothers concert on July 19th at Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, enjoying many of the top-of-the-charts hits that took The Righteous Brothers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then get ready for an exhilarating music marathon this August 1st – 4th at the one and only Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park. We have for you and your friend two 4-Day Passes to give you full access to the entire festival and its electrifying lineup of over 150 bands, playing day and night! Next, on September 1st, you will have two tickets to the Mark Knopfler ‘Down the Road Wherever’ Concert at the Chicago Theatre. Master musician Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is a four-time Grammy winner who continues to write new music and tour the world. ‘Down the Road Wherever’ is Mark Knopfler’s 10th solo album and this promises to be an unforgettable concert experience. As a very special addition to this package, you and a friend will have access to an exclusive, BlueCross BlueShield Performance Stage Event of your choice. Located in downtown Chicago, this invitation only venue is an intimate performance space that attracts big name artists such as Chris Cornell, The National, Vance Joy, Fitz and the Tantrums, Wild Belle, Ty Segall, The Arcs, Andrew Bird, Ben Harper and many more. Performances are scheduled and confirmed as bands come into town, with typically a two-week lead time before each show. You will be in the loop on all upcoming performances and will have the opportunity to select the performance of your choice. What would the summer of music be without some classic Chicago Blues? Wrap up this summer music marathon with four tickets and four cocktails for you and your friends at Kingston Mines Blues Club, the oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago. This fantastic package offers the ultimate summer experience for Chicago music lovers!
LOT #4: WEEKLONG STAY IN SWITZERLAND
Imagine your family of four or two couples standing on a balcony overlooking the small Alpine village of Salouf, Switzerland, a two-hour drive from Zurich. Idyllic in all seasons, this Alpine getaway transforms into a wonderland in the winter when skiing opportunities abound. This lovely Alpine apartment accommodates a family of four or two couples, has two bedrooms one of which has bunk beds, three balconies with mountain views, a working kitchen, fireplace, TV and DVD player. Breathtaking vistas await you in Salouf, a charming village located adjacent to Parc Ela, the largest natural park in Switzerland, where you may choose to go on organized excursions or independently explore the many spectacular hiking trails. This peaceful retreat is located in eastern Switzerland amid the peaks and valleys of the Alps. Just a 45 minute drive from the luxury ski resort town of St. Moritz, your alpine home in Salouf provides you with a restful and scenic jumping off point for exciting excursions throughout the region. (Airfare & transportation not included.)
LOT #5: LAND, SEA & AIR
An extraordinary adventure awaits you and a friend on land, soaring high in the clouds, and out on beautiful Lake Michigan! On land, get ready to start your engines! A truly thrilling Autobahn Experience awaits you at the Autobahn Country Club of Joliet. There, you will experience a half day of exhilarating, breathtaking high-performance track time! You will learn the limits driving an Autobahn Performance Fleet car at speeds of over 100 mph. Learn the basic dynamics of high speed driving from an expert instructor and then fly full speed ahead, putting your new skills to the test on an exclusive Grand Prix style racetrack. Get behind the wheel of a high-performance sports car from an extensive fleet. The activities begin with a classroom chalk talk where everyone learns the basic dynamics of high speed driving techniques from one of the Autobahn Country Club’s skilled and professional instructors. This is the perfect way for drivers of every skill level to experience the excitement of high speed performance driving on a formula one style racing circuit. This experience combines a challenging Autocross program with an equal portion of on track racing. After the driving portion, you can relax and enjoy lunch in the clubhouse featuring the culinary skills of Executive Chef Peggy Gerdes. Autobahn Experience is scheduled every month during the 2019 Racing Season. Continue your ‘Land Air Sea’ experience up in the clouds from the breathtaking vantage point of a hot air balloon! We have arranged an experience of a lifetime for you and a friend as you float skyward in one of Nostalia Ballooning’s gorgeous hot air balloons. You will be briefed by your pilot, you will receive a tour of the many unique aircraft in the hanger, and you will even be invited to help inflate the balloon! And then it’s up, up and away to travel where the wind takes you during this approximately 60 minute flight in a 5-person shared balloon basket. Once your flight is over, you will be greeted at your landing site with a Champagne toast. No other experience offers this unique combination of exhilaration and serenity as you drift gently across Chicagoland’s mix of rural and urban landscapes at anything up to 5,000 feet – truly a never to be forgotten experience! Finally, have two more friends join you for a relaxing cruise out on Chicago’s sparkling lake. You will enjoy Chicago’s breathtaking waterfront with four tickets for Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architecture River Tour or Classic Lake Tour. From land, air or sea, this package offers an exhilarating experience you’ll never forget!
LOT #6: VINEYARD VILLA RETREAT FOR 6 IN PORTUGAL
Enjoy the lap of luxury for seven blissful days at the Vineyard Villa Retreat in the Douro Valley of Portugal. Wake up in the morning to views of the beautiful landscape and tranquil river, as it appears in front of your eyes like a painting. Explore in all directions to take in the views, history and diversity the area has to offer. Ancient terraced vineyards, world-class wines, Baroque architecture, dramatic scenery, friendly locals and good food – The Douro has it all! Or, simply enjoy the solitude by spending lazy days around the pool and dining al fresco under the stars during summer months. In the cooler months, cozy up to the fireplace with a good read, or just disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with your loved ones. This peaceful and private three bedroom villa is nestled on a sloped vineyard covered mountainside, with a large outdoor terrace, infinity pool and truly spectacular views over the Douro Valley and the river Douro. The air-conditioned traditional stone villa includes a double room with en suite shower room, two twin rooms and another shower room, living room with fireplace and satellite television, indoor/outdoor dining areas and a fully equipped kitchen. Your Portugal getaway will include seven days of exclusive use of the villa for up to six guests, your choice between a welcome diner or local area day tour, a property manager available for recommendations and assistance, and a ‘Best of the Douro’ welcome gift. Nearby attractions include scenic river cruises and jaw dropping train rides, helicopter or hot air balloon flight-seeing tours, kayaking, biking, hiking, vineyard tours and port or wine tastings, traditional grape crushing or olive harvesting, exploration of the Parque Natural Do Douro Internacional, and much more. Portugal’s Douro Valley is a great year-round destination, with a multitude of different seasonal activities just waiting to be discovered. Whatever time of year brings you here, this will definitely be an experience to remember! Please note: Airfare & other transportation not included. Bookings work on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability at the time of booking. It is recommended that winners reserve their dates within 30 days of purchase. Winning bidders can enjoy their stay during any available week from October 2019 onwards, and travel must be completed within two years from the date of purchase. All sales are final, and no refunds will be given to winning bidders who do not use their package for one reason or another.
LOT #7: PARADISE IN THE BAHAMAS FOR 8!
Calm, turquoise waters and soft, powdery sand await your group of 8 for one-week in paradise. This breathtaking 4,000 square foot home with 2,600 square feet of outdoor luxury overlooks turquoise waters and surrounding cays from one of the highest elevations on Great Exuma Island. This beautiful four bedroom, four and a half bath luxury home is so exquisite you will never want to leave. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the owners’ staff and treated to a privately guided boat excursion to acquaint you with Great Exuma’s hidden beaches and wonders. You’ll receive first-hand, local knowledge, including tips to make your island visit unforgettable. You won’t be able to get enough of these turquoise waters … so the boat (and captain!) are yours to use for the entire week enjoying all the fun these exquisite waters offer! The owners will also share their “insider’s guide” to the island… where to buy fish, how to find the perfect beach, the friendliest tour guides, and access to the best local music! To ease you into island life, the owner’s private cook will prepare your first evening’s dinner, a feast of locally caught seafood and Bahamian fare. With spiny lobster in the fridge, rum in the cabinet, private concierge service and housekeeping… all that’s left to do is relax! So, slip into the infinity pool or walk down to the beach for a swim in sapphire blue waters. You’ll have plenty of time to take in the island’s world-class fishing, ocean side championship golf course, coral snorkeling and barefoot lifestyle. Welcome to Great Exuma! Please note: Four bedrooms include: King, Queen, Queen, and 2 Twins. American Airlines and Delta offer one-stop jet service to Great Exuma. Airfare is not included in this package. Expires 6/21/2020.The package is for a one week stay from Saturday to Saturday. The arrival time is after 3:00 p.m. The departure time is the following Saturday by 11:00 a.m. Black-out dates are the two week period encompassing Christmas and New Year’s. Selections are based on availability. Limited to a party of 8, and children must be older than 12. Airfare and ground transportation not included. Gas for the boat at the expense of the purchaser. The stay must be within a one year ‘window’ from the auction date and the booking for the stay must be made within two months of the auction date. After two months from the auction date, the offer is void and no longer valid. Bookings after that time will not be accepted and extensions to the one year ‘window’ will not be granted. Week selections are subject to availability. Should the owner not be able to offer at least four weeks within the window to choose from, they will extend the offer beyond the window limit until there are at least four weeks from which to choose. There are no refunds or rescheduling for cancelations of unused bookings. The vacation package cannot be resold and is not transferable.
LOT #8: WEEK IN BURGUNDY FOR 10
A Spectacular House in Burgundy, France for 10 guests with a private dinner and tasting from a local French chef. Take this trip of a lifetime with your group of family or friends to explore hidden Burgundy France, staying at this fabulous farmhouse as your base. With a vast interior living space and an outdoor heated pool and garden, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a spectacular vacation. The farmhouse is complete with bicycles for all in the party to explore the magnificent countryside surrounding this fabulous 400 year old farmhouse which was once part of the local Chateau dating back to the 12th century. This spacious property is within easy reach of famous attractions, rich in French history and tradition. La Cote D’Or - the Golden Coast, kingdom of the Dukes of Burgundy - a patchwork of landscapes, valleys, rivers, canals & vineyards await. Around the bend is Marigny le Cahouet, a charming typical sleepy French village, with a bar, bread shop, provisions shop, and post office. Just 10 minutes away is the medieval town of Semur en Auxois, uncontestedly one of the most picturesque towns in France. Also close by is Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, a gorgeous village where the famous film, ‘Chocolat,’ was filmed. Inside the home are five spacious bedrooms which all have bathrooms en suite, and with beds that are super kings and can be split into generous twins. Modernized inside, it’s complete with wifi, washer and dryer, an up-to date kitchen and duo wine cellar. Say ‘oui’ to your personalized gourmet dinner for your party of 10, prepared by Chef Katherine, which will include the very best of French seasonal cuisine sourced from the local markets and some of the finest wines in Burgundy. Chef Katherine’s own wine expert will host a private tasting in the home where he will introduce you to the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the best Domaines in Burgundy. Hidden Burgundy is situated in the middle of France in a landscape of valleys, vineyards, canals, rivers, and medieval towns with an abundance of history. Rail links with the TGV high speed trains from the Paris airports and central Paris to the local station in Montbard, only 20 minutes away, with access to rental cars. A great option for those taking the Eurostar or flying in from abroad. Please note: Airfare & other transportation not included. The package is for a one week stay from Saturday to Saturday. The arrival time is after 4:30 p.m. The departure time is the following Saturday by 10:00 a.m. Limited to a party of 10. Airfare and ground transportation not included. The stay must be within an 18 month ‘window’ from the auction date and the booking for the stay must be made within one month of the auction date. After one month from the auction date, the offer is void and no longer valid. Bookings after that time will not be accepted and extensions to the 18 month ‘window’ will not be granted. Week selections are subject to availability. Should the owner not be able to offer at least four weeks within the window to choose from, they will extend the offer beyond the window limit until there are at least four weeks from which to choose. There are no refunds or rescheduling for cancelations of unused bookings. The vacation package cannot be resold and is not transferable.