GALA 2019 Silent Auction

SILENT AUCTION
 
Expert Piano Tuning
Raleigh Denim Jeans
Santa Fe Opera Getaway
An Umstead Retreat
The Angus Barn Captain's Table
The Fearrington House Inn 
Vintage Vietri Handpainted Pieces 
Virginia Opera Package
Gideon Ridge Retreat
The Spectacle Kieselstein Cord Sunglasses 
Kosta Boda Art 
William Branson Photography
AtelierN Necklace
Round of Golf for 4 - Prestonwood Country Club
Kendra Scott Necklace & Earrings
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Washington National Opera presents Porgy and Bess
Staycation Relaxation
Allbirds Wool Runners
A Mediterranean Dining Experience
North Carolina Symphony VIP Package & Bloomsbury Bistro
Palm Beach Opera Getaway
 

Expert Piano Tuning
  


John, of John Ruggero Piano Tuning and Service is a third generation piano technician with 15 years of professional experience. He services pianos of all types and provides complete service from tuning and voicing to rebuilding.  He has completed a factory training seminar at Schimmel Piano Company in Germany, has extensive experience servicing very fine European instruments including Bosendorfer, Bluthner, Bechstein, Fazioli, and many others, and is also experienced in Steinway tone building and concert prep.  John has served as piano tech for Fazioli at the world pedagogy conference, and served as tech on recording projects by major artists.  If it's broken, John can fix it! 


Raleigh Denim - A Pair of Jeans

      


Explore the world in your American, handmade, one-of-a-kind pair of Raleigh Denim jeans. Raleigh Denim is the art project/romantic adventure/American enterprise started by Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko. Life is more pleasurable when you choose things that are made with human passion and intention. Raleigh Denim chooses denims and fabrics that they love. Every button used has a story behind it. Every pair of jeans are signed because they are proud of their creations. Raleigh Denim makes their jeans to last and they become more beautiful as they age, fade and soften.


Santa Fe Opera Getaway

    

Escape the ordinary and enjoy the extraordinary at Santa Fe Opera. Enjoy a pair of opera tickets to any production during Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 season, including an exclusive backstage tour for two!
 
“Santa Fe Opera allows for the country’s greatest immersion into the world’s highest art form,” The Denver Post.
 
Includes dinner for two at the La Plazuela Restaurant at the La Fonda on the Plaza. Fresh and flavorful, La Plazuela takes an innovative approach to New Mexican cuisine, cooking up traditional recipes with an enticing new twist. Nestled in the heart of La Fonda on the Plaza, is the most intimate among restaurants in Santa Fe. La Plazuela will take you on a food adventure that offers an intimate dining experience, presenting guests with tantalizing New World twists on Southwestern cuisine.

An Umstead Retreat

      
What could be better than a night in the unparalleled luxury of the Umstead? Enjoy breakfast for two at Herons, walk the grounds and enjoy pristine lake views, and have a great night’s sleep in a premiere room! The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a five-star in Cary, North Carolina, featuring a variety of luxury accommodations and premium amenities. The Umstead, where nature and art collide, a truly charming hotel close enough to everything but with the feel of a retreat.
 


The Angus Bar Dinner Captain's Table



Enjoy an evening out at the Angus Barn with a gourmet dinner for 4 at the Captain’s Table located in the Wine Cellar Kitchen.   Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the operations while one of their talented chefs prepare your sumptuous five-course meal, matched with carefully selected wines.   Enjoy a tour of the renowned wine cellar, and top the evening off with a glass of port in their Meat Locker after dinner.
 
"The Angus Barn Experience goes far beyond serving meals...We are in the memory business - making and creating unforgettable memories for you - our guest. Thank you for choosing the Angus Barn to be part of the events that shape your life" – Van Eure

The Fearrington House Inn Overnight 

   

One of the loveliest and most evocative places at which to experience North Carolina culture is the Fearrington House Inn. Located 8 miles south of Chapel Hill, the Fearrington House Inn Is the epitome of southern elegance. Enjoy one night’s accommodation for two at the Fearrington House Inn, including a gourmet breakfast the next morning. Rooms feature antiques, luxurious fabrics, original Southern artwork, fresh flowers and views of extensive decorative gardens. The inn is situated in a Village Center that provides guests with access to dining options, a full service day spa, a seasonal beer garden and shopping. 

VIETRI Foglia Footed Berry Bowl and Round Platter 
    
This is a vintage Vietri 15” sculpted round platter – Foglia Fresca green leaf design, and a Foglia footed berry bowl.  Hand painted.  VIETRI uses natural earthenware clay that is indigenous to Italy.  It is the most durable earthenware of the highest quality on the market today, using the best glazes and firing at the highest temperatures.  With earthenware clay, we are able to get the variations in color and glaze, for which VIETRI is famous, that bring warmth and uniqueness to their products. 


Virginia Opera and Tesla

      

Virginia Opera Association, Inc., in its 45th year of operation, is known and respected nationwide for the identification and presentation of the finest young artists, for the musical and dramatic integrity of its productions, and for the ingenuity and variety of its education and outreach programs.  Enjoy two tickets to your choice of any mainstage performance during their 2019-2020 Season!
 
Arrive in style driving a Tesla Model S for the weekend. The Model S sets an industry standard for performance and safety. Tesla’s all-electric powertrain delivers unparalleled performance in all weather conditions – with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, adaptive air suspension and ludicrous acceleration. 
 
Gideon Ridge Retreat 

      
 
Retreat into the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a one-night stay and dinner for two at the luxurious Gideon Ridge Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Gideon Ridge Inn has ten luxury guest rooms and a fine dining restaurant. Blowing Rock is a historic mountain community and is home to world-class outdoor recreation, a vibrant downtown shopping district, and breathtaking mountain views. Let Gideon Ridge Inn be your secluded hideaway nestled in the center of it all.  

The Spectacle Kieselstein Cord Sunglasses 

At The Spectacle, we carry only the finest brands of designer sunglasses, to shade your eyes in fine style.  Our customers get a pair of sunglass frames that are at the top echelon in style and fashion but also are made from such quality materials that they also keep their value over the years.  We’re always keeping up with the latest fashion must-have glasses, and bring them to Raleigh, NC for you. We feature the absolute top names in luxury frames and fashionable eyewear such as Kieselstein Cord. Keep your eyes shaded and looking great while doing it.  There will be no name written down the side of your frame, but there will always be an item from Barry Kieselstein's jewelry collection or his handbag collection that is incorporated in the frame. Using only solid sterling silver these pieces are hand carved, mounted on the frame and truly are little works of art. You’ll see the Angry Dragon on this pair of fashion sunglasses.  When you see a Kieselstein Cord designed piece of eyewear you will quickly see why it is one of the finest and most artistically beautiful eyeglass frames out there.

Vintage Kosta Boda Art 
                  

Following the journey of glass from a syrupy, molten state to glittering crystal is a spectacular sight that takes place in the Kosta Boda hot shops every day. Designers, glassblowers, cutters, painters and engravers play their part daily in this skilled work, and each glass from Kosta Boda is a unique and sophisticated piece of craftsmanship. By the time the finished glass leaves the glassworks, no fewer than 15 different people have contributed to the production process. Since 1898, art and crystal glass for everyday use has been produced under the brand of Orrefors. At our glassworks in Kosta, our skilled glassworkers are joined by several of Sweden’s most prestigious designers in developing the design, craftsmanship and new techniques. 

 


William Branson Photography


Have William Branson III help you hold onto precious time with his personalized art for the walls of your home.  William will write your story . . . it is a story that begins with your family.  He will create a world around you, one that is beyond a photograph.  It will be a portrait that will become your most treasured possession.  It will endure when your other material property has been discarded and forgotten.  A portrait by Branson helps confirm in the heart of your family - no matter how old or young - that they are valuable, they are deeply loved and they are part of a larger story . . . your family legacy.  This package entitles you to a design consultation, studio portrait session and beautiful 10” color photographic portrait; a complete gift.


AtelierN Necklace
         
In 1992 Meraal Sartekin and Halil Sartek founded Kelim, a boutique specializing in handmade goods from their native Turkey.   Meral and Halil began designing jewelry inspired by the beautiful patterns in the traditional Turkish carpets and the natural beauty of their adopted country, Switzerland.

The sleek styling of the Circles necklace has a fine sterling silver finish and is from their contemporary and handmade collection.


Round of Golf for 4 at Prestonwood
     
Have 3 golfing pals who want to go in with you on this amazing package?  Play one of the most challenging golf courses in North Carolina.  Prestonwood Country Club is the only private club in the Triangle to boast 54-holes of championship golf. All three  courses, Highlands (#29), Meadows (#72), and Fairways (#91), are featured in the rankings of the top 100 golf courses in North Carolina by the Golf Panel.

Kendra Scott Necklace and Earring Set
   
Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer. As a creative mind with a love of natural gemstones, Kendra designed her first collection of jewelry in 2002.   Make a lightweight statement with the Airella Silver Choker Necklace in Lilac Mix. With our signature oval shape in multiple sizes and crystal accents, this choker necklace will quickly become a favorite in your jewelry box. The Airella Silver Choker Necklace also features a dual function closure that makes it easy to layer and customize your look - all you need to do is hook and then slide to find your perfect length.  Finish the look with the delicate and playful matching Rhoan Silver Hoop Earrings in Lilac Mix. These hoop earrings feature eclectic crystal accents that sparkle at all the right angles, sure to turn heads.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
    
You and 3 friends can head out to the ball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and enjoy full access to the PNC Triangle Club.  Located directly behind home plate, it provides full-glass views of the field and easy access into the seating bowl. The premium space features a private bar, high-quality sound system and 17 HDTVs.  Enjoy a unique dining experience that features an all-you-can-eat carving station, main course selection, and salad and dessert bar that changes nightly.  You will also enjoy snacks, and drinks.

Washington National Opera presents Porgy and Bess



It’s “summertime, and the livin’ is easy” in Catfish Row, a working-class fishing town in South Carolina. Francesca Zambello’s adaptation of Gershwin’s beloved “folk opera” returns after playing to critical acclaim across renowned opera stages. Often considered the first great American opera, Porgy and Bess soars with original music melding jazz, gospel, and folk styles, from the gentle duet “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” to the instantly recognizable “Summertime” lullaby. Themes of community resilience, acceptance, and redemption weave through this poignant story, ultimately asking if even the most unwavering of loves can conquer the force of personal addiction.  You and a guest will enjoy orchestra seats at Washington National Opera’s Kennedy Center season closer of Porgy and Bess.  Package includes a two night stay at either a Marriott or Hilton property.  Performance dates available are May 10, 2020 – May 23, 2020

Staycation Relaxation
   
Discover the power of art and the abundant beauty of the outdoors at the beautifully renovated Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. Our whimsical design ushers the inside/out and work/play concept into one beautifully chic, highly functional, truly Raleigh experience which mirrors its ideal location centered within Midtown and the bustling North Hills neighborhood.  This fabulous staycation package includes an overnight stay with dinner for two.  Unwind and enjoy a dinner for two at 41Hundred restaurant.   Step outside of the hotel and you will be fully immersed in the Triangle area’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination of Midtown!

Allbirds Wool Runners

  
Look fashionable in a pair of Allbirds super comfortable shoes! After years of researching and tinkering, Tim Brown and Joey Zwilinger crafted a revolutionary wool fabric made specifically for footwear. The outcome? An entirely new category of shoes inspired by natural materials, and an ongoing mantra to create better things in a better way.  Their superfine merino wool is breathable, temperature-regulating, and moisture-wicking, all without that irritating scratchiness. These shoes are machine washable!  And to boot, Allbirds will be carbon neutral this year, their commitment to the planet!


A Mediterranean Dining Experience

26 years after being founded by nationally- known restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias, Parizade’s unique approach to serving Mediterranean fare has surpassed guests’ expectations for more than two decades.  Parizade is a Mediterranean dining experience crafted to surprise and delight our guests. You’ll find dishes prepared with a flair and attention-to-detail that’s second to none in an atmosphere that’s as stimulating as it is innovative. Parizade is a timeless celebration of life, food, family and friends that’s always fresh, yet familiar every time. Come experience our impeccable service personally and enjoy dinner for four with wine pairings.

North Carolina Symphony VIP Package & Bloomsbury Bistro

This great package incudes 4 tickets to your choice of either a classical or pops concert in the 2019-20 NC Symphony Season.  It all starts with VIP Parking!  Then enjoy refreshments in the Martin Suite for pre-concert and intermission receptions, and a post concert meet & greet backstage with the conductor or artist.  Before or after the symphony, enjoy a 3 course dinner at Bloomsbury Bistro.  Located in the heart of Raleigh at Five Points, Bloomsbury Bistro has served nationally renowned cuisine in a comfortable neighborhood setting.

Palm Beach Opera Getaway



Head south this winter to the sunshine state to see Palm Beach Opera’s production of Turnadot!  Receive the VIP treatment with two premium seats, a backstage tour on January 25th at 7:30pm, admission to the exclusive intermission reception, and a glass of champagne for both guests. This getaway also includes two nights at any Hilton or Marriott property in Palm Beach!

The icy Princess Turandot reigns in a fantastical ancient China, where her beauty mesmerizes those who seek her love. Having deemed all men unworthy of her hand, the austere princess proposes a simple but deadly challenge to her smitten wooers. Answer three riddles and win her hand. Fail, and face beheading. But when one gallant suitor shows promise, will the princess honor her decree and open her heart to a mysterious man?  Featuring an adventurous musical score and one of the most iconic opera arias of all time, “Nessun Dorma,” Giacomo Puccini’s final masterpiece presents a sweeping story of passion, perseverance, and peril.