Paramount Gala 2020 Auction Donations
Live Auction Preview
Explore our live auction sneak peek below so you can plan to have your bidding paddle at the ready for the thoughtfully curated, one-of-a-kind experiences and packages you’re interested in. From restorative escapes to revitalizing parties, these packages will give you a great excuse to reconnect with friends and loved ones…creating unforgettable memories that will help you make up for lost time over the past year and half.
This is just the beginning! Keep an eye out as we will add more sneak peeks in the coming days. Thank you so much for your support. We can’t wait to celebrate Austin’s beloved historic theatres with you!
A European Getaway for Two
Experience some of Europe’s best in London and Amsterdam
Jet off for a week-long European cultural adventure full of VIP access to some of the best sites with four nights in London and three nights in Amsterdam for two!
Your London base is a historic property that served as the home for the carriage horses and coach riders for nearby Kensington Palace! Located in exclusive Kensington, just minutes from the high street and Kensington Gardens, this luxury apartment will make your trip to London a truly memorable experience.
Go full-on classic British with a traditional afternoon tea at Kensington Palace Pavilion – the only place in London where you can have tea on the grounds of a royal palace that has witnessed over 300 years of history. Before your tea, enjoy a guided tour around Kensington Gardens, seeing the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria, and learn about the history of this magnificent palace, which is now home to two Princes and three Princesses.
The next day, witness the architectural majesty of the Royal Albert Hall on this guided tour of one of the most treasured and distinctive buildings in the U.K. Your guide will help you explore the iconic musical venue as it prepares for an upcoming performance. Hear anecdotes of legendary past shows, marvel at the opulent architecture and gain fascinating insights into the Royal Albert Hall’s history. Enjoy stunning stage views from the gallery and, with luck, you’ll catch a glimpse of artists rehearsing for their evening performance.
On day five, head to experience one of the most charming aspects of Amsterdam by staying in a houseboat on the famous waterways! This authentic but modern houseboat is located in a central neighborhood in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam that is in walking distance of all the major attractions; it is provided with all the luxury you might expect from a regular house but with the unique characteristic of being on the water.
While there, you have the option to pick from a Walking or Foodie Tour of Amsterdam!
• Walking Tour: Learn about the Dutch capital’s rich history from a knowledgeable tour guide. Walk along the canals and marvel at the impressive yet quaint architecture surrounding you, while learning about this beautiful city’s past. You will also be given tickets to the world-renowned Van Gogh Museum, so you can skip the line and get straight to admiring the mesmerizing works of Van Gogh and his contemporaries.
• A Foodie Tour: Fall in love with the flavorful Dutch cuisine on this delicious food tour! As you enjoy authentic local bites ranging from savory to sweet and including drinks, you’ll also discover the city and its highlights. Stop to admire street art and Museumplein and hear about their local relevance as you hop from one food spot to another. This Amsterdam food tour can be personalized to match your dietary wishes.
• London: Guided Tour of Kensington Palace including a traditional English Tea; Guided Tour of Royal Albert Hall
• Amsterdam: Your choice of a Guided Walking Tour or a Guided Foodie Tour
• London: 4-night stay in historic apartment near Kensington Palace in the heart of the city
• Amsterdam: 3-night stay on a houseboat with breathtaking views of the Dutch Capital
Thank you: Saskia Travel
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Parade, party and fais do-do with the Krewe of Okeanos
We always kick things off with a party! If you’re looking to let the good times roll after this past year, there’s no better place to be than in New Orleans, Louisiana! Head to the Crescent City to celebrate Mardi Gras like royalty with the Krewe of Okeanos by riding in their annual Mardi Gras parade. These spots are limited and by invitation only.
Your spot includes special throws like their signature crawfish tray, five different doubloons, glass beaded necklaces with a metal medallion and, of course, special theme beads and plush throws for 2022.
Friday night before the parade, join the Okeanos at King’s Party on the Avenue. This exclusive party at the House of Broel includes an open bar with top shelf spirits, Mardi Gras inspired eats, and a king cake. This party is also great for parade watching that night.
While you’re enjoying your VIP access weekend, you will spend your three nights at Hotel Saint Vincent. This brand-new and much-buzzed-about hotel in the Lower Garden District was developed in a historic building from the 1800s by Austin’s own Liz Lambert.
Plan to enjoy some of the best dining with dinner for two at San Lorenzo and Paradise Lounge. Named for the patron saint of cooks, they fuse coastal Italian cooking with regional New Orleans influences. Plus, schedule lunch or dinner at Galatoire’s – the famous French Quarter restaurant known for celebrating French-creole fare since 1905. You even get to bring their famous cookbook home with you!
• 2 tickets The King’s Party on the Avenue – Feb. 25, 2022: Open Bar with top shelf spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks; hot & cold buffets with numerous NOLA & Mardi Gras inspired dishes like jambalaya, red beans & rice, vegetarian creole, cheese & fruit plates; dessert table with king cake and bread pudding; parade viewing locations
• 2 Spots to ride in 2022 Okeanos Parade – Feb. 27, 2022
• 3-night stay at Hotel Saint Vincent – Feb 25-27, 2022
• Dinner for two at San Lorenzo & Paradise Lounge, $200 gift certificate Galatoire’s and cookbook sharing their most famous recipes.
Package Notes: Package Notes: Transferrable to 2023 if any parade events are rescheduled.
Thank you: Dave & Ana Martin, St. Vincent, San Lorenzo, Galatoire’s, Kathleen Seiders
Recharge in Tulum, Mexico
Explore the Mayan monuments and beautiful beaches of this energizing city in the Yucatan Peninsula
Take a week to recharge in beautiful Tulum, one of the most vibrant and exciting towns in Mexico with your group of up to eight people! Highly prized for its beautiful beaches, ancient Mayan monuments, and amazing restaurants, the eco-chic atmosphere and jungle vibe will energize and enthrall you.
Homebase for your time in Tulum is this beautiful, brand new construction 4-bedroom, 5 bathroom 3,000 square foot villa in a luxurious and secure gated community that is a few minutes’ drive from the center of town and beach. The villa features two swimming pools, spacious living areas that open onto the verdant garden, and a stunning rooftop terrace with its own bar and kitchen – your stay will be an experience in itself!
Enjoy the town by riding around with your 4 vespas or driving with your two cars to visit the cenotes, charming stores and beach clubs that line downtown Tulum. The sand is white and fine and the vibe is fun and lively. Spend a day at one of the hippest clubs that front the ocean along the Yucatan Peninsula. Your entrance to the beach club will allow you to relax by the aquamarine waves while enjoying fabulous cocktails, delicious food and cool music.
Plus, take advantage of your concierge service for any other excursions you’d like to take in this historic city.
• 1 day for up to 8 at hip beach club on Yucatan Peninsula
• Use of 2 cars and 4 Vespa scooters for exploring
• Personalized booking and concierge service
• 6 nights / 7 days in this new 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom luxurious villa minutes from beaches and the center of town
Package Notes: Tulum trip dates must be booked by October 2023. Blackout dates: November 20 – 27 and December 15-January 15. Your trip must be booked at least 60 days in advance and reservations are subject to availability. In the event the property is not available, a substitute of equal quality will be provided.
Thank you: Saskia Travel
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Elegance and fun are BACK this New Year’s Eve with Bob Schneider at the Paramount Theatre
You will have the ultimate VIP experience with your private opera box for 10 people. Your box will be decked out with New Year’s Eve treats, high-end custom private bar, and sparkling refreshments to toast to 2022.
You are hearing it first – Bob Schneider is officially back at the Paramount Theatre for his iconic New Year’s Eve concert. If you’ve never been to this event – it’s more than just a show, it’s an unforgettable ‘ringing-in-the-new-year’ celebration!
We’ve also taken care of reservations for New Year’s Eve dinner with an early spot at Four Season’s Ciclo for your group of ten! They will make sure your group is wined and dined in time to make your show at the Paramount.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin has made it a complete downtown experience for your group of ten with a two-night stay in two suites and three rooms for the weekend. Take advantage of access to their lakeside pool, gym, lake activities, and hanging on their shaded lounges
As the host, you will have your choice between a luxurious Lake View Suite with 1-bedroom and 2-full bathrooms with gorgeous views of Ladybird Lake OR a City View Suite with 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom and stunning views of our capital city. Your guests will be able to stay in the other suite and three King Lake View Deluxe rooms for the weekend, and breakfast will be provided both days for everyone in your group.
• Private opera box for 10 on New Year’s Eve for Bob Schneider at the Paramount Theatre. Your box will be stocked with a NYE full VIP bar, treats and sparkling wine for midnight.
• A 2 night weekend stay at Four Seasons Hotel Austin –with 1 Lake View Suite (one bedroom, two bathroom suite), 1 City View Suite (one bedroom, one bathroom suite), 3 King Lake View Deluxe Rooms
• Dinner for 10 at Ciclo on New Year’s Eve and breakfast both days.
Thank you: Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Unforgettable VIP Weekend at Austin’s Historic Commodore Perry Estate
Step back in time and relax in true elegance
Stay in true Austin elegance at the recently opened Commodore Perry Estate. This Auberge resort boasts the charms of visiting a friend in the English countryside – all nestled right here in Central Austin. Retreat and unwind while experiencing a new level of contemporary glamour and whimsical soul with a two-night stay in a mansion suite.
Your suite is designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival with charming nods to the Perry family’s original designs, including antique windows that open onto the cascading formal gardens.
While you’re there, make sure to check out their expertly curated seasonal events – like romantic fireside nights, Greenhouse dinners, or summer picnics on the lush lawn of the estate. This private resort is closed to the public, creating an intimate experience for only the guests on site.
Your stay includes breakfast for two, and a romantic dinner in the greenhouse inspired restaurant, Lutie’s. This new Austin restaurant is on the top lists of best places to eat in the city, and the typical reservation takes three months to get a table. The seasonal menu sources from local purveyors and showcases Texas meats and produce.
Just minutes from downtown, you’ll also have two prime tickets to the Paramount show of your choice. Once you pick your show, you’ll have drinks at your seats and complimentary parking for a true VIP experience. Keep the historic ambiance going from your stay to dinner and your entertainment.
• 2 prime seats to the Paramount show of your choice with drinks at your seat and complimentary parking
• 2-night stay in a Mansion Suite at Commodore Perry Estate
• Breakfast for two at Commodore Perry Estate
• Dinner for two at Lutie’s
Thank you: Commodore Perry Estate
Glamping at Wahwahtaysee Resort
Relax in luxury along the San Marcos River with a private concert, catered dinner with full bar, guided fishing and more
Head south for a scenic, idyllic stay along the San Marcos River at Wahwahtaysee Resort in luxury tents and a cabin! Your group of 20 people will relax with the beauty of nature all around and the comfort of a five-star resort during your fun-filled 3-night stay.
You’ll have the full property for your group including 2-bedroom safari tents, 1-bedroom tents and cabins. All dwellings come with air-conditioning, firepits, and gorgeous bathrooms. Each tent also has a queen sleeper sofa plus a private deck. This is truly THE way to celebrate, reconnecting with friends and nature.
While here, take off and explore more than 100 acres of Texas with your golf cart, hike the trails, kayak or tube in the stunning Central Texas outdoors. Your stay includes a half-day guided fishing experience on the river with Ryan Schaper of Go Outside Expedition Co.
Your tents come equipped with Green Eggs and gas grills, but we’ve got you covered one night with a catered dinner prepared on site by a local chef who specializes in gourmet farm-to-table style foods. Twin Liquors and Rambler Sparkling Water will ensure you have great drinks and pairings to go along with this amazing meal.
Cozy up around your private fire pit, stargaze and listen to the acoustic bluegrass music of the Marshall Hood Duo.
• Guided half-day fishing trip on the river
• Private acoustic concert by the Marshall Hood Duo
• Options for hiking, kayaking, tubing and more
• 3-night stay for up to 20 in a mix of private cabins and safari tents at Wahwahtaysee Resort.
• Amenities include walking trails, wildflowers, bocce ball, beach volleyball, teepee, 150-year pecan orchard and multiple beaches along the San Marcos River.
• Private catered dinner by a local chef with full bar
More about Marshall Hood
The son of Austin, TX music legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt’s Band, Toni Price), Marshall is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, and Alejandro Escovedo.
Package Notes: Wahwahtaysee Resort is subject availability. 3-night stay must be consecutive nights and is valid Sunday-Thursdays only. Blackout dates apply.
Thank you: Wahwahtaysee Resort, The Dillard Family, Marshall Hood Duo, Kathleen Seiders, Ryan Schaper, Twin Liquors, Rambler Sparkling Water
Private French Quarter Speakeasy
Revel in Crescent City libations, good food and great music on the historic Paramount stage
Picture yourself in iconic New Orleans in a historic speakeasy tucked behind the main streets – strong and delicious cocktails, soft lighting, jazz and big band music play in the background. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will see the historic Paramount stage transformed into your own private French Quarter Speakeasy.
Start in the Bourbon Alley through a secret entrance for Garrison Brothers cocktails inspired by the legendary French Quarter. After drinks, head inside for dinner for up to 50 people on stage.
No speakeasy is complete without some great music, so you can really feel the rush and flow. Red Young, the pianist and keyboardist, will bring live jazz to the stage to accompany your private evening.
The theme can be personalized and changed to your tastes. This party is the perfect celebration to gather with friends after many months of being apart.
• Private access for up to 50 guests on the Paramount stage and private alley
• Private concert by Red Young
• Dinner for up to 50
• Cocktails provided by Garrison Brothers and the Paramount Theatre
More about Red Young
Known for his sophisticated piano music and his ability to recreate sounds of bygone eras, you have heard his work on recordings by Joan Armatrading, Dolly Parton, Eric Burdon, Marcia Ball, Ray Benson, Kirk Fletcher, Janiva Magness and others.
Thank you: Garrison Brothers, Red Young
Hill Country Eats & Blue Skies
Take in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country with great company, Garrison Brothers and wine & dinner for 10 at Juliet
Unwind in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country as you step away from the city for two nights at the Palm Springs-inspired Blue Skies Retro Resort. Nestled between the Texas Wine Trail and Enchanted Rock, you will have the entire property for you and your 12 guests.
Your stay includes all five expertly reimagined 1961 Shasta trailers on the property, each with a cozy living space, separate bathroom suite and large outdoor shower, plus a bottle of Garrison Brothers Small Batch Texas Straight Bourbon stocked in each trailer. Explore the property by lounging at the pool, gathering around the wood-burning outdoor fireplace, or grilling as you take in the sites of the Texas landscape and night skies.
If you can pull yourself away from the retro lux resort, head to Hye, Texas – the home of the first legal Texas distillery – Garrison Brothers. We will transport you to Hye for your private guided tour of the distillery and an opportunity to bottle up bourbon and have lunch. This coveted experience is usually by waitlist only and years long.
Don’t let the fun or luxury stop when you head back to the city. Instead, head to Juliet Italian Kitchen in the Arboretum for a private chef and wine dinner for six. As you enjoy your four courses of fresh, delicious Italian fare, the chef will visit with you about each dish and your hand-selected wine pairings from Juliet’s wine expert.
• Private Tour of Garrison Brothers Distillery, including the chance to bottle, wax dip and label Garrison Brothers bourbon; enjoy a casual lunch outside while on break. Transportation to and from Blue Skies to Garrison Brothers Distillery.
• Private access 2-night full property stay for up to 13 guests at Blue Skies Retro Resort
• Private chef, four-course dinner, and wine for 6 from Juliet Italian Kitchen at their Arboretum location
Thank you: Blue Skies Retro Resort, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Juliet Italian Kitchen
Retreat to Paradise at Casa Cielo
Soak up the tranquility of stunning white sand beaches, crystal blue water, and breathtaking landscapes of St. John
Casa Cielo offers a panoramic view like no other in this magical, quiet and relaxing St. John’s East End neighborhood. Its ridgeline location provides breathtaking 270-degree views of the sea, animals, boats, and beaches from 2,000 square feet of decks, patios, and lanais.
Your spacious, private luxury villa comes with 4 romantic, well-appointed guest suites with 4-½ baths for your six-night, seven-day retreat. Plus, a rambling pool deck and hot tub complements those breathtaking views.
Stroll down to a private beach where you can snorkel in the lovely and well-populated reefs of Hansen Bay. Enjoy some real island-style relaxation and rejuvenation with a couple’s in-home massage and a chef-prepared meal for two delivered on the night of your choice.
• Couples in-home massage
• 6-night stay for up to 8 guests at Casa Cielo, St. John
• Chef-prepared meal for two
Package Notes: The villa includes 4 bedroom suites with queen beds, 4 en-suite bathrooms, 1 half bath, 4 outdoor showers, swimming pool, hot tub, A/C in bedrooms, hair dryers in each bathroom, luxury linens and towels, smart TV in great room, high-speed internet, broadband wireless, cable tv, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, full-sized sub-zero fridge and freezer, Miele gas stove and oven, Bosch dishwasher, outdoor gas grill, triple water filtration and UV water filtration throughout the house, binoculars, beach chairs, beach towels, coolers, and street parking. Rental car required. Children 5 years or older only. No smoking in the house. Package items are non-transferable, non-refundable, and may not be resold or donated to another organization. Casa Cielo dates are valid through December 2023.
Thank you: Anonymous
Donations to our live and silent auctions are crucial to the success of this annual event. We have an amazing auction committee and wonderful partners who are donating time and goods to ensure we create the best packages and raise as much support as possible for your historic, nonprofit theatres. Funds raised from this important event keep the theatres operating each year with enlightening performances, while also providing impactful education programs both at the theatres and in Central Texas classrooms.
We look for auction donations such as stays in private homes for vacation getaways, high end jewelry, original artwork, airline travel vouchers, artist performance time to pair with events, and more. Items are prominently displayed with recognition in both the auction catalogue and our season programs.