(Note: Items will be presented in a different order at the Gala.)
Paint Party with Mark Nilsson
Mark Nilsson, one of Hood River’s most talented and treasured artists, will host you and 7 of your friends in a “follow along paint class”, where everyone gets to do a painting and take it home. Mark’s painting party will include wine tasting and appetizers, plus “special surprises” for everyone. This exclusive evening of paint, wine and food is sure to invoke a fun, creative spirit in all lucky enough to attend. In Mark’s words, “In our high-tech, often stressful, world, I believe that original art is attractive because it is a return to when things are created by hand, is one of a kind, and thus enhances our busy lives and makes us, quite simply, happy!” (Maximum: 8)
Your Own Tuscan Home in Cortona, Italy (for 4)
Cortona is the jewel of medieval Tuscan hill towns. It is ideally situated 2 hours north of Rome and 1 1/2 hours south of Florence. Cortona is well known as being home to the best selling book and movie, "Under the Tuscan Sun". The road up the hill winds through olive groves, vineyards, and farmhouses and arrives at the entrance of Cortona's ancient walls. The view of the valley below is one of the most spectacular in all of Italy, stretching out to Lake Trasimeno, Montepulciano and beyond. Along with museums, churches and other historical sights, Cortona offers a wealth of good restaurants, cafes, shops and entertainment. It has successfully managed to retain its local, historical character without selling out to trinket-souvenir shops that have dominated so many other Italian towns.
Your Cortona 7 night stay will be based at Casa Pontormo, an enchanting home very close to downtown. The owners have taken great care in furnishing and restoring this delightful property. The street entrance leads directly to the open plan kitchen, living and dining room, with a half bathroom on this floor, as well. The next floor has another cozy living room and the master bedroom. The last floor has a bedroom with two twin beds which may be converted into a king size bed and it’s own en suite bathroom, complete with air conditioning. Casa Pontormo embodies traditional Tuscan style to the highest degree, which creates a spacious and welcoming atmosphere for guests. The winner of this fabulous trip will get careful attention, guidance and support by the home’s owners who have created an immaculate home, with all amenities and modern comforts to ensure a wonderful experience. (Trip must be used within 2 years of purchase date.)
Wine, Dine and Blues at Hood Crest Winery (for 12)
“At Hood Crest Winery, it’s all about the reds, the whites and the blues!” With a stunning brand new tasting room at the foot of spectacular Mt. Hood, Hood Crest Winery is an absolute gem in our exquisite region. Owners and winemakers Patrik and Tess Barr will host you and your friends & loved ones for fabulous, award-winning boutique wines, gourmet hand crafted pizza dinner, and the “exciting, exhilarating, high energy” sounds of the Tess Barr Blues Band. This all-around lively evening with amazing views, wine, food and music won’t leave you with the blues, but with a joyful indulgence of all your senses!
One Week In Maui
Slow down, refresh and revive in the splendid Spirit of Aloha. Sharon and Rob Guidera are generously offering a one week stay in their beautiful Maui condo—located in North Kihei just one block from the beach and breathtaking sunsets! Centrally located to easily access Maui attractions, but in a quieter area with less bustle, North Kihei is a favorite among Hawaiian locals. Maui’s various attractions and activities cater to every interest…adventure, sport, shops, relaxation, history and island culture…whatever suits your mood! The Guidera’s two bedroom, 1.5 bath, fully furnished home is spacious, comfortable and ready for guests to enjoy. NOTE: This condo is located on the second floor with no elevator access.
Yacht Cruise aboard the “Lady Diana”
Cruise on the scenic Columbia River aboard the “Lady Diana”. She is a Meridian 341 Motor Yacht crewed by the experienced husband and wife team, Brock and Diana Gibson with the lovely Ms. Kristi Garwood as your hostess and tour guide. Your tour will feature breathtaking beauty of the Gorge from an uncommon vantage point while you enjoy sumptuous specialty tapas paired with a fine selection of Cerulean wines.
Experience a breathtaking two-hour cruise for 6 guests any week-day or evening in October (weather permitting) through the beautiful Columbia Gorge aboard this spacious, private full facility twin 330 vessel. Enjoy the autumn colors in the open air from the upper fly-bridge deck, fantail, rail-guarded bow, or from the enclosed, air conditioned lounge on the main deck. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime private cruise experience as you get spoiled with your special guests…truly an experience you will never forget!
Riverboats, jazz, Creole cuisine and Mardi Gras have given “The Big Easy” its flamboyant reputation, and that rich heritage continues today. Let your dinner jazz cruise take you back in time when life was slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi! A class at the New Orleans School of Cooking and a tour of one of America’s most colorful cities are the finishing touches on your trip to the one and only New Orleans.
Your lodging? Well, you have choices. Take a step back in time to the 19th century with a stay in the heart of the Central Business District at the St. James Hotel, which puts you within walking distance of all major attractions including the French Quarter, Superdome and all the jazz you could want! For the epitome of personal luxury, the four-star and four-diamond Windsor Court Hotel invites you to relax in its classic elegance. A historic setting, modern amenities and superb service beckon you to the Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans, which sits adjacent to Bourbon Street. And for a bit of New Orleans charm, the distinct Maison Dupuy Hotel gives you the perfect combination of luxurious relaxation and the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street.
Music is always nearby, supplied by the tolling bells of St. Louis Cathedral and the rhythms of Dixieland Jazz. Stop for a café au lait and beignets at a sidewalk café. From Cajun to Creole, and French to fabulous, New Orleans is a city of flavors! Enjoy your lazy ride down the Mississippi in an authentic paddlewheel riverboat for your dinner jazz cruise. The entertaining classes at the New Orleans School of Cooking are held in a renovated molasses warehouse, built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. The popular lunch classes include generous samplings of the demonstrated items as well as recipes, coffee, iced tea and beer. This fabulous get-away is a must!
Trip for two includes: Round trip economy class air from the Contiguous U.S.; 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the St. James Hotel, the Windsor Court Hotel, the Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans or the Maison Dupuy Hotel; All room related taxes; Dinner Jazz Cruise including lavish Creole buffet; New Orleans Super City Tour; 3-hour class at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Blackout dates: Mardi Gras, Jazz Festival, President’s Weekend, Feb. 28-Mar. 5, Apr. 11-14, May 2-5, July 2-5, Halloween week, Dec. 30-Jan. 3. Valid 12 months from date of issue; 30 day advance reservation required, other restrictions may apply.
Dinner, Symphony & Luxury Overnight Escape to Downtown Portland
Want a romantic get-away? This is one you’ll never forget! Relish a King Suite one-night stay in the Sentinel Luxury Hotel, situated in two of Portland’s most charming and historic buildings ideally located in the heart of City Center. Stroll the halls taking in the Sentinel’s extraordinary art collection capturing and honoring the dreamers, innovators and visionaries of our time…Sentinels who changed the world. When it’s time for dinner, head to the famous El Gaucho Steakhouse and enter a world of shimmering candlelight, live flamenco guitar and attentive tableside service that is the El Gaucho hallmark ($200 dining certificate). Proceed to the exquisite Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with your vouchers for complimentary tickets to select Oregon Symphony Concerts (choose one of ten concert options). After sleeping in, enjoy late breakfast at the Industrial Café & Saloon. For your convenience, hotel valet parking is included.
Archer Mayo Piece – “Obelisk 737”
This impressive Mica-powder coated steel sculpture created by brilliant Gorge artist (and brilliant auctioneer!) Archer Mayo stands 6’ tall and 18” deep. Titled “Obelisk 737”, the striking piece is inspired by the idea of GPS waypoints. In Archer’s words, “Much like the lighthouses and navigational towers of the past, these new navigational points are fixed in space but have no physical manifestation. This work plays with idea of giving a waypoint a visible presence.”
Valued at $1500.
Sato Orchards meets Italia at its finest! Cena Toscana, Vistas, Music, Décor and Vino
In the spirit of a magical summer evening of Pacific NW meets Tuscany, you will be transported to the tranquility of the foothills, aromatic orchards and vistas at the base of Mt. Hood on the stunning Sato property, accompanied by a live private performance of violin music played by the one and only, Aaron Meyer! You will be treated to fine charcuterie and extraordinary fare with Italian flare, specially paired with Stave and Stone wines and served on a meticulously crafted table setting of floral décor from Lucy’s Flowers for a truly memorable night with 11 of your friends (total guests: up to 12).
This amazing collaboration is sure to please! The meticulously prepared “Italian-with-a-twist” inspired dinner will feature Kristi Garwood’s signature style of seasonal, fresh ingredients. Kristi’s Italian immersion and cooking classes in Firenze, Tuscany has enhanced her culinary repertoire for a must-have 5 course meal and wine pairing! Highlights from the menu will include Toscana favorites like Salumari- a variety of classic cured meats, artisan cheeses-- all to be enjoyed with the finest Stave and Stone wines. The dining courses will conclude with a rave reviews dessert, (dolci) of Tiramisu, prepared with authentic Italian Savoiardi biscuits and mascarpone in true “In Tavola” cooking school style! This wine-paired orchard extravaganza, scheduled for August 5, 2017, will leave guests with a dinner experience of a lifetime!
Billiards Party for 12 at the Simons’
Whether you’re good at pool (or not) doesn’t matter! Join David and Suny Simon in their gorgeous, newly renovated downtown Hood River home (complete with new Rec Room) for hand crafted cocktails, beer and wine, scrumptious appetizers, high spirits and good Billiards fun…no billiards skills required! The Simons’ hospitality will ensure that this festive evening will be one you and your friends will delight in. Note: Party must be scheduled in 2017, upon renovation completion.
Theater and Wine Weekend in Ashland, OR
Head south for a few days of culture, wine and theater in quaint, charming Ashland. Take in Oregon’s premier theater experience with two tickets to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival—offering a wide variety of outstanding productions for you to choose from (from Shakespeare to modern plays and musicals). After your show, top off a perfect evening with complimentary drinks at Liquid Assets Wine Bar, a locals’ favorite hot spot. Your premier downtown accommodations include a two night stay at the elegant Ashland Springs Hotel, reminiscent of European boutique hotels (listed on the National Register of Historic Places after a two year restoration).
To further experience the gentility and charm of the beautiful Rogue Valley, enjoy two VIP tastings at the Belle Fiore Estate & Winery, located just a few miles from Ashland. You’ll be delighted with the expansive grounds, enchanting gardens, breathtaking Rogue Valley views and natural seclusion, while enjoying specialty wines from small varietal lots that reflect the genuine diversity of the vineyard.
Note: Lodging 2-night stay certificate expires May 31, 2017, excludes Sept. – October and holidays or local festival weekends.
Instant Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement (or Any Occasion!) Party at Columbia Cliff Villas for up to 25
Celebrate any special occasion, or just CELEBRATE LIFE, at this amazing collaborative cocktail party experience that brings together many of the area’s finest. All the details are handled; you simply invite your guests, show up and have a ball. Venue: a stunning suite at Columbia Cliff Villas (donated by Steve and Patti Tessmer); Food: delectable appetizers prepared by renowned restaurateur, chef and owner of Celilo, Ben Stenn; Beverages: Bartending services with wine, beer and a cocktail special by Perfect Pour (donated by Mari-Beth Guenther); Music: live performance by piano player, arranger and composer Tim Mayer-- one of the region’s most talented and beloved entertainers. And to “top it off”, a one-night stay in the Villas suite is included for the host(s)! Sleeping in=highly recommended!
Restrictions: Valid Monday - Thursday nights, September through May
Timberline’s Silcox Hut
One of the most incredible, unique mountain lodging experiences for skiers and snowboarders in the entire world, the Silcox Hut offers a lucky group of 12 an absolutely unforgettable overnight excursion. Located above the main Timberline lodge at 7000 feet, this Silcox experience includes delicious comfort food dinner, charming one-night lodging for 12, cozy breakfast and round-trip transportation from Timberline lodge—and all the magical moments only a remote, rustic mountain private lodge built in 1939 can offer. Here are the particulars:
One large room serves as the living area and features a fireplace, hand-carved wooden tables and chairs, and a kitchen/bar area. This room is the centerpiece of Silcox Hut and provides cozy accommodation for conversation, meetings, games, and other activities. The next level of Silcox offers three restrooms, one with a shower. The first floor of Silcox has six small rooms. Five of the rooms have two stacked single bunks (for a total of four beds each); the sixth room offers a stacked queen-sized bunk (a total of two beds). The rooms are all adjacent and have three walls with a curtain that serves as the door. Timberline staff will make up the bunks for you with sheets, pillows and blankets. While rustic in a traditional sense, Silcox Hut does offer modern conveniences including running water, heat, light, and indoor plumbing.
Silcox guests enjoy the hospitality of a host who is with you for the entire stay. The host maintains communication via radio and telephone and is trained in CPR and other first aid functions. Transportation is provided via SUV, snowcat, or on the Magic Mile Chairlift, weather permitting. When the Magic Mile is open, guests may ski directly to Silcox for the night and then ski down to the main runs in the morning. Upon arrival, luggage is stored at the main lodge and then transported with the group. (One round-trip is included.)
Warm, comfort food is prepared by your host and served family-style. A typical dinner is lasagna, salad, vegetables, rolls and butter, fruit, coffee or tea, and dessert. Breakfast includes old-fashioned oatmeal, fruit, juice, pastries, and coffee/tea. Check-in time for Silcox is 4:00 p.m. and checkout is 10:00 a.m.
Barone’s Margarita Garden Party (for up to 100)
Original Southern Seafood Boil for 12 at the Morrow’s
Peter Marbach “Photographing the Gorge” 1/2 Day Class
Pool Party for 12 on Strawberry Mtn. (with Riverside Grill)
Sakura Ridge Tasting and Treats (with Phelps Creek) for 8
Wine Tasting Shuttle Service to 3 wineries for 12
Gorge-Us Photography Metal Art Piece (by Jennifer Gulizia)
Aaron Meyer Holiday Concert (Portland) with Hilton stay
Laurel Bushman Original Painting
Cathleen Rehfeld Original Painting
Making Pasta Class with Lucia
Portland Center Stage tickets + Deschutes Brewery gift card
2 Club Level Blazers Seats with Food and Parking
Trudy Klinger Pottery Bowl
“The Oregon Pint” Hand blown Glass Mugs + Full Sail Beer Case
Penner-Ash Cellars VIP Tasting & Tour for 10 (Willamette Valley)
Teacup Nordic Family Season Passes
Hood River Supply Patio Set (loveseat and 2 chairs)
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Adult Day Passes
Four Course French Dinner with Tastings (with Chef Mary Gumm)
Seattle Seahawks football
Sheppard’s Equipment Children’s Tractor
Salon Visio Certificate
Christi Thayer Photography Sessions
Aaron Meyer Holiday Concert Tickets (Preferred & GA)
Wine, wine and more wonderful wine
& Other Surprises!