Featured in the 2018 AUCTION are a dazzling array of amazing prizes and experiences! Turning Point will hold its LIVE AUCTION at the Rising to the Challenge Benefit on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois. All SILENT AUCTION packages will close at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday, June 15, 2018.
Check out this extraordinary list of packages below!
FEATURED IN THE SILENT AUCTION:
PRIVATE TOUR & MINI CONCERT WITH JEFF TWEEDY OF WILCO
An extraordinary experience for your group of 20! Your group will be welcomed into the behind-the-scenes world of Wilco with a priceless private tour of the band’s Chicago rehearsal loft / recording studio, used by Jeff Tweedy and Wilco and packed with their extensive collection of guitars and other instruments. Not only will he personally guide you through the band’s rehearsal and recording space, your tour will be followed by Jeff Tweedy performing a few songs for your group. This opportunity for a personal tour, private performance, and behind the scenes look into the creative world of Wilco is an extremely rare experience for the ultimate fan! Please note: Tour to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable date and time and subject to Mr. Tweedy’s availability. Photos and short videos may be taken for personal use but Mr. Tweedy asks that they not be posted online. Other restrictions may apply. Expires 6/15/2019. This package is now open for bidding online and bidding will close with the rest of the Silent Auction at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday, June 15, 2018. You may place your bid for this fantastic silent auction package HERE!
FEATURED IN THE LIVE AUCTION:
WEEK IN TUSCANY VILLA FOR 10 WITH A PRIVATE CHEF!
“Vacation in a renaissance painting…”
Your group of 10 will enjoy privacy, serenity and spectacular views in a 16th century home immersed in an oasis of natural beauty. This is the perfect experience for families and friends, a romantic getaway, and an ideal retreat. For one week, you will enjoy the surrounding countryside which offers stunning valley and mountain views, many walking trails, the exquisite pool, and hundreds of miles of country roads for bicycling or touring by car. Here you will get a taste of the traditions and customs, while enjoying breathtaking views over Cortona’s mountains and valley, in the utmost of privacy.
You will live like Etruscan Royalty, as you will have a private cook for the entire week prepare your breakfast each morning and spectacular dinners every evening featuring amazing dishes and the food is included! Each time you sit at the table will become a memorable experience in itself! Here you will taste the real flavors of Tuscany’s traditional food. On one of your days, we have even arranged for a cooking class, with your cook. This class is not only about executing recipes, but you will discover the authentic traditional Tuscan cooking the way that it was in the past, when families were self-sufficient thanks to their own farms.
Complete your adventure with a private wine tour in the charming countryside of Cortona where you will learn the secrets behind some of the world’s finest wines. Afterward, you will have the exclusive opportunity to join the vineyards’ owner for lunch at his winery. Once here, you will not want to leave!
Please note: Booking for this stay must be made within one month of the auction date. The stay must be completed by June 15, 2019. Booking is based on availability, the week must be reserved within one month of the auction, and the offer is good for one year from time of purchase. There is no refund for unattended or guest-canceled services and services cannot be traded or rescheduled. Package is for a one week stay, from Saturday to Saturday, for a maximum of 10 adults. The pool is open from April 1 – October 30. Arrival time must be between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Departure time is by 9:30 a.m. Package cannot be resold. Summary of Included Services: Seven days & Seven nights stay for ten people at Tuscan Villa• Arrival day welcome drink and orientation • Cook every day for breakfast and dinner (food is included) • Maid service every day • Mid-week change of linen and towels • Private wine tour experience in exclusive winery and lunch • A one-day traditional Tuscan cooking class (from learning how to choose natural ingredients to preparing, "hands on", delightful dishes) • Heating and electricity, phone, Internet and final cleaning • member of staff will always be at your disposal before and during your holiday for trip details preparation and arranging free time extra activities and services. Not Included: Airfare, ground transportation, private driver and free-time activities (such as city tours, trekking and walking tours, bicycle tours and many more) are not included but can be arranged separately as extra services. Wine and Alcohol.
CHICAGO DAY OF ADVENTURE: Enjoy a spectacular day in downtown Chicago!
Please note: Please note that the experiences contained in this package may not be able to be used consecutively or in a single day. Field Museum: These are day-of General Admission tickets and must be used the day the certificate is redeemed at the Museum. Expires 6/15/2019. Walking Tour: Tour will be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date. Expires 6/15/19. NBC5 Behind the Scenes: For a group of up to 6 people. Visit will be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date, from approximately 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Expires 12/31/2018. Booth One: Gift cards are in the amount of $200; Not applicable towards tax or gratuity. Cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or certificate. Not redeemable for cash or refund of any kind. Not valid towards Frequent Diner Club points. Not valid for private parties or any catered event. Not valid for merchandise or gift cards. Not valid for carry out, delivery or room service. Chicago Opera Theater: Must be redeemed at least 24 hours prior to the performance date. Subject to availability. Not redeemable for cash or other compensation. Seating will be assigned on what is best available at the time of the request. Expires 4/28/2019.
WEEKLONG NEW ENGLAND GETAWAY
Your family of five will spend a rejuvenating week at the seaside in Maine! This private cottage accommodates five, with two bedrooms accommodating four upstairs, and a day bed for one downstairs. Newly completed in 2017, the cottage is ideal for summer, and cozy and comfortable for fall foliage season, with heat, a wood-burning stove, and a heated tile floor in the bathroom. The cottage is on the water of the Damariscotta River, a tidal estuary in a resources protected area of Edgecomb, about 10 minutes from Boothbay, and 70 minutes north of Portland.
From your screen porch and open deck, you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Maine shore. In this idyllic region, it is not uncommon to spot eagles, heron, and seals. Lobster boats travel the river, with buoys dotting the nearby waters. Compliments of Turning Point, you will be treated to a generous gift certificate to be used towards a Captain Fish scenic boat tour experience. A variety of specialized cruises are available including whale watching in prime whale feeding grounds, lighthouse tours, and seasonal tours to seek out the rare Atlantic Puffins that nest on Eastern Egg Rock island. Narrated by marine biologists, these cruises are fun for the entire family with food, drinks and a full bar aboard. Other attractions in the area are abundant including:
You may choose to prepare meals in your cottage, or explore the local cuisine. There are nearby oyster farms and many local restaurants where you can enjoy lobster and clams outdoors by the water. Nearby towns offer cultural and shopping opportunities with an art film movie theatre, bookstores, pottery and antique shops, and more.
Should you need anything at all, your hosts will be accessible and happy to provide insider guidance on nearby attractions. Enjoy the best of Down East Maine within this beautiful retreat, with the hospitality of your on-site hosts.
Please note: This weeklong stay is available from June through October, to be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time for guests and hosts. Airfare and other transportation not included. Captain Fish boat tour gift certificate is in the amount of $200. Package expires on October 31, 2019.
CHEF FOR A DAY
An extraordinary opportunity to learn from a celebrated chef and enjoy a spectacular dinner with friends! Courtesy of Chef Brian Huston of Evanston’s Boltwood Restaurant: Begin your culinary experience with Chef Huston as you and a friend join Chef at the Evanston farmers market. You and your friend will then continue your day in the Boltwood kitchen, learning from Chef Huston and working at his side. Later that evening, four more friends will join you (for a total of 6) to enjoy a spectacular dinner for six at Boltwood. Formerly of Spiaggia, Blackbird, and The Publican, Chef Huston has helped to define farm-to-table cooking in the Midwest and has established Boltwood as a highly acclaimed fine dining destination, right in the heart of Evanston. This package offers a priceless and hands-on learning experience for any fine dining aficionado! Please note: Expires 6/15/2019.
WEEKLONG STAY IN SALOUF, 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. 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. Please note: Airfare and other transportation not included. Specific dates to be mutually agreed upon by the winner and the donor. Expires 6/15/2019.
NAPA WINE COUNTRY EXPERIENCE
You and a lucky companion will leave Chicago and fly round trip to beautiful northern California where you will check into the luxurious Hyatt Andaz Napa Hotel, situated in the heart of wine country and ideally located for excursions throughout the area. You will enjoy three nights at the Hyatt Andaz Napa, while exploring the region by day. Boasting more than 400 wineries, Napa Valley is a wine lover’s paradise. You are sure to be impressed by the award-winning wines of the Napa Valley, set amidst the spectacular scenery of northern California. Your Napa getaway will be highlighted by a very special experience, provided for you by Cakebread Cellars:
Please note: Airfare & Lodging: Airfare includes two round-trip coach tickets from Chicago to San Francisco. Specific dates and flights are subject to availability. Lodging at the Hyatt Andaz Napa is limited to three nights and is subject to availability. Other transportation not included. Expires 6/15/2019. Cakebread Cellars: Lunch must be scheduled for a weekday, Monday to Friday at a mutually agreed upon date. Please plan ahead 6 months in advance. Expires 6/15/2019.
WINE LOVER’S COLLECTION: A spectacular package for the wine connoisseur!
Please note: Kent Certified Wine Cellar & Trust: Commencement of one year free rental to begin no later than June 15, 2019. Limit one certificate per customer. Offer is valid for first time customers only. Wine Styles: Expires 12/31/2018. PRP Wine International: Includes 8 bottles of wine and wine consultant. Participants must be 21 years or older. Tasting available in Chicagoland only. City tastings must provide parking unless discussed. One certificate per evening event. Gratuity not included.
WHAT: LIVE AUCTION at Turning Point's Annual RISING TO THE CHALLENGE Benefit
WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster St., Skokie, Illinois
BENEFIT TICKETS: $200 each; JOIN US AS A TABLE CHAMPION by purchasing 8 or more tickets! Maximum table capacity is 10. Table Champions will receive special recognition in our event program books. TABLE PRICES: $150 per person. Minimum purchase of 8 tickets required for Table Prices. (All proceeds will support Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The excess of your ticket purchase over the fair market value of $80.00 per person is a charitable contribution. All sales are final. Tickets will be held at the door.)
To purchase tickets online, please click HERE to visit our Bidpal event page. To purchase by phone, please call (847) 933-0051, ext. 442. Can't make it to the event but still want to bid in the live auction? Please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to bid by proxy.
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