2017 Anniversary Gala Live Auction Items
From Your Backyard Bar to the Wineries of Napa
Imagine your new backyard bar beginning construction while you enjoy some VIP vineyard time in Napa! David Wilkes Builders has covered all the bases and will build and install your new backyard bar designed to impress. Your new outdoor living will include this structure measuring approximately 128 square feet (outdoor 80 sqft [8′ x 10′] – indoor 48 sqft [~8’x6′]), complete with:
- hardwood barn door and hardware
- custom paint choice
- ice or beverage sink from Moore Supply
- Wolf Gourmet blender from Wilson Appliance
- 2 ceiling fans
- bluetooth music system and Control4 EA-1 controller (high end remote that can control multiple devices) from Next Electronics
- $1000 gift certificate that can be used toward furniture, TV or other items
- YETI Tundra 65 cooler (which is adept at storing the drinks and food for your backyard barbecue, this ice chest is plenty roomy, holding a limit of redfish or your prized brisket. It has over 3 inches of PermaFrost™ Insulation and the ColdLock™ Gasket)
- 2 beautiful glass light sconces custom made by Kathleen Ash of Studio K
- Twin Liquors has you covered with a high-end starter bar to stock up
- 4 Bottles of Ferrari-Carano Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and 4 Bottles of Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay 2013
When you are ready for your grand opening – P. Terry’s will arrive to serve up their famous burgers and fries for your 30 guests. Plus, Austin’s own Kathryn Legendre, a rising Texas country artist, will entertain your guests. Her tastes are rooted in traditional country and folk music, yet progressive in both form and substance.
All this will be underway for you while you prepare to be treated to a full Napa experience! You can start with your private tour and interactive wine experience at St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery in the heart of Napa Valley. We invite you and three guests to join for a relaxing day in Rutherford Estate Vineyard and the experience begins with a tour of the cellar led by one of their wine educators. After your private tour, sit down for the Five Bordeaux Varietals and your Five Senses, an interactive wine experience featuring their single vineyard estate wines paired with an assortment of delectable accompaniments. Also plan for your VIP Tasting for four people at Merryvale Vineyards that includes a cheese plate to share, paired with the wines being tasted, plus a 750ml bottle of current release Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon to take home from your visit. The Napa experience continues with ZD Wines un-wined tasting for four. A tour and tasting for four guests at Silver Oaks Cellars including gallery, production area, cellar, and concludes in their Glass House for a library tasting. Thinking you will need to stay for several nights? Not to worry – we have an exclusive Moone Tsai Wine Country Escape planned for two guests. This includes a private/VIP wine paired lunch, plus a two nights-stay in the winery’s private guest cottage atop historic Howell Mountain.
Donated by: David Wilkes Builders, Studio K, P. Terry’s. Twin Liquors, Kathryn Legendre, Moore Supply, Wilson Appliance, Next Electronics, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery, Merryvale Vineyards, Silver Oak | Twomey, Howell Mountain, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Moone Tsai, ZD Wines Napa Valley, & YETI
Ten Day African Safari
Walk in the footsteps of Jane Goodall and David Livingstone. Fair Trade Safaris is a socially-responsible luxury travel company taking you on a journey to witness real Africa. Keep in mind this package is completely customizable, but let us whet your imagination with two suggested trips that are true African Safari perfection.
Option #1: Ten Days In Tanzania – Make your way to Tanzania and Zanzibar Island, including the Great Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti National Park, a visit to a traditional Maasai village, and a few days on the beautiful beaches found on the exotic island of Zanzibar (often called “The Spice Island”). Tanzania has everything: mountains, beaches, Swahili culture and cuisine, and of course, wildlife. Enjoy the snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the sun-kissed beaches of Zanzibar. The Serengeti National Park is one of the most celebrated in the world – it is the backdrop for the largest overland migration in the world.
Option #2: Plan Your South African Trip – including wildlife safaris in the famous Kruger National Park, a visit to Cape Town, and the South African Wine Country. With outstanding scenic beauty and wonderful climate, South Africa is a unique eco-tour destination filled with an intriguing blend of Eastern, Western and African cultures. You’ll find superb hospitality in luxury hotels, small guest houses, rustic camps and game lodges. This perfect South African itinerary includes big game safari, cultural encounters and a visit to beautiful Cape Town. Throw in some adventure activities and gourmet food and wine and you’ve sewn up the best of South Africa in one vacation.
Along with your African Safari, we will also equip you with a $1,000 gift certificate at Whole Earth Provisions and a YETI Rambler 36 oz. Bottle and The Hopper™ Two (leakproof, portable, ultra-durable, soft-sided cooler). And, to bring the arts into your safari, you will receive four prime tickets to Jack Hanna at the Paramount in fall of 2017. We will bring you backstage to meet him and the animals before the show.
Donated by: Fair Trade Safaris | Saurabh Khatrapal & Dr. Kavita Gajjar and YETI
Week in Belize & Jerry Jeff Walker’s Birthday Bash
First, plan to spend a week at Susan and Jerry Jeff Walker’s Belize home, Casa Gonzo, on Ambergris Caye. Enjoy the ocean breezes in this Dick Clark-designed four-bedroom home on the beach just south of San Pedro. Your stay includes a cook, a stocked kitchen for two meals a day for 2 people for a week, a budget for a starter bar, and housekeeping services from the on-property staff to make you feel truly cared for. While you are there, we will arrange for you to take a sunset cruise around the bay and stop in some of the best snorkeling waters in the world. Package also includes: private golf cart, transportation to and from the airport, and connecting flight to Ambergris Caye.
Back in Austin, get ten prime seats to the annual Jerry Jeff Walker birthday concert at the historic Paramount Theatre in April 2018. Before heading to the show, enjoy a catered dinner at your home for ten people. Kurant Events will provide passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-course plated dinner. You will also be the proud owner of an autographed Jerry Jeff Walker guitar.
Blackout dates for Casa Gonzo are December 16, 2017 through February 4, 2018. Package items all expire in May 2018, are non-transferable and non-refundable, and may not be resold.
Donated by: Susan & Jerry Jeff Walker, and Kurant Events
Take Me to the Marfa Lights
The beauty of Far West Texas lies not in its lushness, but in its isolation. More than 400 miles west of San Antonio, the small, handsome town of Marfa sits in the rocky Chihuahuan Desert, backlit by two mountain ranges and a panorama of ocotillo-speckled shrub land. Spend a full week in this modular modern oasis setting with full views of the Texas scape. You can stay in the main house with 1 bedroom and 1 ½ bath, and host up to four more in the quaint 2 bedroom, 1 bath guest house. While you are there, we have it all covered for you – membership and access to The Chinati Foundation, dinners at Marfa’s finest restaurants: Stellina & LaVenture Restaurant at Hotel Saint George, tickets to the McDonald Observatory Star Party, and tours of Ballroom Marfa and KRTS Studio. Also included are Marfa Book Company & Whole Foods gift cards, and a YETI Tundra 35 cooler.
Plus, when you return from your West Texas trek, you will be treated to a dinner paired with wines under the starry sky of Austin for ten people at Trio!
More about the Shafer’s Marfa Home: It’s exactly the view Don and Linda Shafer wanted. “We just had that need to live in the high desert,” says Don. After years of housing woes, the couple was drawn to the idea of having their home built in a controlled factory. Krager’s design called for building four prefab volumes: Two units would be combined to make the living room, while the other two would form the master bedroom and a detached guesthouse, creating a three-sided courtyard, and a retreat from West Texas winds. At 2,475 square feet, the home carries little evidence of prefab, save for a single steel rail—the “marriage line,” as Krager calls it—that runs the length of the two modules that make up the main living area. Heavy doors “looked too confining in the guesthouse,” says Linda, so the couple opted for wooden sliding doors with translucent glass. They then outfitted the space with furnishings from Design Within Reach and bright watercolors by local Texan artists as warm counterpoints to the industrial surfaces. “When we lived in Santa Fe, we thought remodeling that 200-year-old adobe was the longest, most horrible process imaginable,” recalls Linda. Three designs and several years later, she’s now convinced it doesn’t compare to the challenges of building in Marfa. “But you just have to be here,” she says. “You want to endure.”
Donated by: Don and Linda Shafer, YETI, KRTS, Jim & Donna Byerlotzer, Trio at Four Seasons, Chinati Foundation, Stellina, LaVenture Restaurant at Hotel Saint George, Marfa Book Co., Capri, and McDonald Observatory
Aspen Dreams Do Come True
Summer or Winter Package
Breathe in the clean air of Aspen, Colorado while you spend the week in this one-of-a-kind 5,100 square foot home nestled in the mountains and a short walk to the center of town. Pick your season ‘cause we’ve created the ultimate getaway package for you and your friends or family.
The Summer Package includes horseback riding for 4 people, whitewater rafting for 4, and bike rentals for 6 people for 4 days. Your meals are covered with $600 at Jimmy’s, $600 at Ellina, $600 at Rustique Bistro, $400 at Element 47, and $400 at Ajax Tavern. Also, enjoy a night of entertainment with 4 tickets to a show at Belly Up Aspen. For the night when you stay in and enjoy the home, Chef Megan Rainnie will prepare dinner at the house for 8. After a full day of hiking, relax and unwind with your four 1-hour foot massages from A-1 Foot Massage! No matter the season, you can toast to your amazing vacation with your 2 YETI 36 oz. bottles and Aspen swag bags for 8 people.
The Winter Package includes ski passes for 4 people for 5 days & discount on ski rentals, snowmobiling tour for 4 people, and four 1-hour foot massages A-1 Foot Massage. Your meals are covered with $600 at Jimmy’s, $600 at Ellina, $600 at Rustique Bistro, $400 at Element 47, and $400 at Ajax Tavern. Also, enjoy a night of entertainment with 4 tickets to a show at Belly Up Aspen. For the night when you stay in and enjoy the home, Chef Megan Rainnie will prepare dinner at the house for 8. No matter the season, you can toast to your amazing vacation with your 2 YETI 36 oz. bottles and Aspen swag bags for 8 people.
More about this stunning home: This elegant 4-bedroom East Aspen home is located just a short walk from Aspen’s center yet private enough to enjoy the true meaning of quiet mountain living. This contemporary masterpiece boasts sophistication and attention to detail around every corner. From the moment you enter the pivoting glass door, you are greeted with picturesque views and unparalleled sunsets. The open floor plan is spacious with an easy flow from the living room to the kitchen. The professional kitchen comes equipped with Sub Zero appliances, custom cabinetry and vast counter space. Enjoy amenities such as wine cooler, Miele Coffee maker and five burner gas stove.
Entertain on the outdoor patio with the large barbecue grill and dining for 8. The oversized sliding glass doors make the seemliness transition of bringing the outdoors in. The master bedroom is privately tucked away on the main floor and encompasses spectacular views from the floor to ceiling windows on two sides of the room. The large master bathroom is smartly designed with large walk-in steam shower and jacuzzi style tub. Head downstairs and find three additional bedrooms with in-suite bathrooms, family/media room and access to the outdoor hot tub and wooded yard. Each bedroom has private access to the backyard where you can enjoy the fresh mountain air by the gas fire pit and rippling water from the creek below. The 4th bedroom can be used with two twin beds or one king to provide ultimate flexibility for the winner. The residence includes a two-car garage, humidifying system and elevator.
Donated by: Tracey Sharples, Ellina, Jimmy’s, Rustique Bistro, Element 47, Ajax Tavern, Chef Megan Rainnie, Belly Up Aspen, A-1 Foot Massage, and YETI
A Week At Casa Rosy & A Week on Sandy Beaches
With Delbert McClinton & Friends
Spend one full week at Wendy & Delbert McClinton’s San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, home: Casa Rosy, a beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom hidden oasis located minutes away from the historic city center, only 5 blocks from El Jardin, and one block from the Artisan Market.
Casa Rosy has been lovingly furnished in comfortable San Miguel style and equipped with all the modern amenities. It is 1200 square feet of living space, plus a patio and roof terrace for maximum enjoyment of San Miguel’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The home comes with: sitting area with fireplace, living room and dining room for six, fully equipped kitchen, master suite with a king bed, lovely courtyard which separates the main living area, and second bedroom with a queen bed and full bathroom. Upstairs is a covered roof terrace for outdoor lounging and table for dining al fresco. High speed internet, cable TV, a Vonage phone for making calls to the U.S. or Canada, and a purified water system are all included. Your stay includes housekeeping services and a gardener 3 days a week who will make you feel truly pampered. While you are there, we can help you arrange for a hot air balloon ride, a walking tour of the town, horseback riding, and mountain bike tours. Excellent restaurants and shopping are abundant.
THEN, plan to take that special someone and set sail on one of the best cruises out there: Sandy Beaches 24. On January 6, 2018, you’ll embark from Ft. Lauderdale on the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam to St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda, then Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Relax and enjoy your own signature suite.
First-time cruisers aboard Nieuw Amsterdam will quickly recognize that the ship celebrates the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, with its inspired interior design and art collection valued at over $3 million, ranging from antiques by traditional Dutch masters to creations by renowned contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Richard Estes, and Roy Lichtenstein.
We are thrilled to announce the cruise’s world-famous headliners: Wayne Toups, Marc Broussard, The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, Danny Flowers, Kree Harrison, Gary Nicholson, Jaston Williams, Seth Walker, Band of Heathens, the McCrary Sisters, Delbert McClinton, and many more to be announced.
While on board, choose from an array of activities that allow you to pursue new interests or relax and rejuvenate. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers spa treatments, a thermal pool and lounge and a variety of salon services. The fully equipped Fitness Center includes state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, as well as classes in yoga, pilates, indoor cycling and more. On deck, enjoy two outdoor pools, along with basketball and volleyball courts.
Bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable, and may not be resold. Air & ground transportation are not included. Port taxes are not included ($250/pp). Gratuities (currently $12/pp/day), onboard expenses and incidentals are not included. Blackout dates for Casa Rosy are December 17, 2017 through February 5, 2018 and all dates are subject to availability. Expiration for booking is May 2018.
Donated by: Wendy & Delbert McClinton
Paramount Private Studio Event for 50
With One of These Musicians or our New Comedy Club
Create the memories of a lifetime when you experience any of these musicians for an up close, intimate, and acoustic concert for you and 49 of your closest friends on the historic Paramount stage. Choose from: Jack Ingram, Bob Schneider, Sarah Sharp, Tameca Jones, or Ruthie Foster. This year, you may also choose our newly created Paramount Comedy Club option and we will convert the stage to an authentic comedy lounge. We will specially curate a showcase of top tier Moontower comics for a one-of-a-kind night of hilarious entertainment.
You and your guests will enjoy catered hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and open bar for 50. We will add in complimentary parking at One American Center for all your guests. Yes – we have it all covered for you to experience the theatre from the artists’ vantage point as you enjoy being in the most intimate and historic private club in Texas.
When the show is over, head to the Four Seasons Hotel for your one-night stay for two people with breakfast included.
Package available on mutually agreeable dates, Sunday–Thursday. Expires May 2018. Package items are non-transferable and non-refundable, and may not be resold or donated to another organization.
Donated by: Jack Ingram, Bob Schneider, Sarah Sharp, Tameca Jones, Ruthie Foster, Moontower Comedians, Four Seasons Hotel Austin, and Premier Events
Heaven on Earth Package
A Week at Casa Cielo, Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Spend a full week perched high on ridgetop offering unobstructed 270 degree views of distant islands, tranquil waters and endlessly entertaining sunsets. Casa Cielo offers a panoramic like no other within Saint John’s magical East End neighborhood. The property comes with 4 romantic guest suites and 4 ½ baths, a rambling pool deck with hot tub, high end appliances, and access to the waterfront on Round Bay just a short walk away. The villa’s thoughtful design and tastefully chosen finishes provide a comfortably casual feel while offering all the requisite trappings one expects from an island home of this stature.
Relax and unwind with a massage or other treatment for two at Caneel Bay Resort, and then witness a breathtaking sunset over dinner for two on the beach at ZoZo’s at the Sugar Mill.
We will take care of your choice of scuba or snorkel gear for two so you can enjoy all the magic this island has to offer. And – we’ll help you coordinate some excursions like a power boat charter for a day trip to various islands, an exploration to Starfish Market or a private chef to prepare meals at the Villa.
When you’re back in Austin, reminisce about the bliss of your Saint John trip with dinner, cocktails, and wine for 10 people at Juliet Ristorante on Barton Springs.
Restrictions: All offers expire June 2018; must be booked on mutually agreeable dates.
Donated by: Anonymous Donor and Juliet Ristorante
Earth Wind and Fire Retreat Package
AWAKEN ALL OF YOUR SENSES
Earth – Start off your greatest hits package with a full week in Park City, Utah in this beautiful privately owned condo. You can pick your time of the year and decide to ski the slopes or hike the mountains and enjoy the summer air at 6100 feet. It sleeps up to 10 people, with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a gourmet kitchen, hot tub, wifi, and home theater. You can walk to Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift and downtown Park City where you’ll find wonderful dining and shopping. You can also access free Bus service to Deere Valley and The Canyons. To be booked on a mutually agreeable date.
Wind – Yes, we plan for you to be blown away by your Private Party for 30 people at the 6th street historic Graeber House residence. Your event will come with themed appetizers from Fete Accompli, a fully stocked bourbon bar and guided tasting from Garrison Brothers, and live music by tonight’s opener Jackie Venson. Once you have closed down your event, you and up to nine guests can stay the night at the Graeber house.
Fire – This is where we bring on the heat with a full week at this beautiful Angel Fire, NM retreat – Casarada. The home can be booked for a snow-filled ski trip or a warm summer getaway. This home comes equipped with 4 bedrooms, a bunk room, 3 bath and can sleep 6-8 adults and 2- 4 kids. It has a spacious kitchen, dining & living room with fireplace and flat screen TV, backdropped by wonderful mountain views. There is a deck off the living room – wonderful on cool but sunny summer days! Upstairs master has king bed, guest room 1 has queen, and guest room 2 has two twins. Downstairs a huge gathering area with pool table and another TV. Also downstairs are two bedrooms and 1 bathroom – a room with a queen bed and a ‘bunk’ room designed for kids. There is a fantastic ‘Mud Room’ which is accessible and great for entering after a day on the slopes or mountain biking. Dates subject to availability and expires 6/30/2018.
Also, receive an autographed guitar from Earth, Wind & Fire!
Donated by: Randy & Lynn Atchison, Duff & Liz Stewart, Fete Accompli, Garrison Brothers, and Top Trip Rentals
A True UT Longhorn Fan’s Dream Package
Private UT Suite / 2 Prime Seats at the Cotton Bowl / Screening of My All American
Let’s begin as you pick any home game from the 2017 Season, and you will receive 10 VIP tickets in a Private UT Suite:
- Saturday, Sept. 2 vs Maryland Terrapins
- Saturday, Sept. 9 vs San Jose State Spartans
- Saturday, Oct. 7 vs Kansas State Wildcats
- Saturday, Oct. 21 vs Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Saturday, Nov. 11 vs Kansas Jayhawks
- Friday, Nov. 24 vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
The suite comes stocked with the very best hosts you could ever ask for, all the food and beverages you can handle and two VIP parking passes.
Plan now to invite a friend to experience the Red River Showdown the right way on Saturday, Oct. 14 with your 2 prime seats at the Cotton Bowl and cheer the UT Longhorns on to victory over OU. These tickets come with access to pre-game, halftime and post-game hospitality tailgate parties in an air-conditioned tent just outside the Cotton Bowl.
We know you can’t get enough of the Horns, so you will also get to host a screening of My All American on a mutually agreeable date at the Paramount or State Theatre. You will get 50 prime reserved seats for the movie, and we will arrange all the details for your pre-film reception including cocktails, refreshments, parking, and popcorn for all of your guests. HOOK ‘EM HORNS!!
Donated by: Judy & Patrick Cantilo, Longhorn IMG Sports Marketing, and Kell Cahoon
Salt Lick BBQ & Live Show Package
With Your Choice of Live Show
You and 249 of your closest friends will enjoy the best BBQ in Texas at the Salt Lick Pecan Grove. The Pecan Grove will be rockin’ as you are treated to a performance by one of the following beloved Austin musicians: Dale Watson and His Lone Stars, Ruby Jane, The Peterson Brothers, or Kevin Russell of Shinyribs. The menu includes: chips & salsa and brisket stuffed mushrooms to start the night, followed by a family style buffet dinner of brisket, pork ribs, sausage served with classic side dishes of potato salad, coleslaw, beans and all the fixins! Top off the dinner with peach and blackberry cobbler served with ice cream.
Must be booked Sunday-Thursday with a 90-day notice on a mutually agreeable date with Salt Lick and artist during the next calendar year. All package items expire in May 2018, are non-transferable and non-refundable, and may not be resold.
Donated by: Salt Lick BBQ, Dale Watson and His Lone Stars, Ruby Jane, The Peterson Brothers, and Kevin Russell of Shinyribs