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Auction & Raffle Packages

Get ready for a special evening filled with Amazing Items up for bid

The 21st Annual Marklund Top Hat,  The Gatsby Ball, will feature an exciting live auction, silent auction and drawings with unique and popular prizes. Proceeds from these auctions go to support the care of children and adults with profound developmental disabilities.

 

The Golden Paddle Drawing

Purchase one or more tickets and you are entered into a drawing to win THE Golden Paddle!
What is the Golden Paddle?
The winner of the Golden Paddle will have an instant $10,000 to bid on any live auction package! If the winner of the Golden Paddle is outbid on all of the live auction packages they bid on, they can redeem the Golden Paddle for $1,000 cash and the balance will be donated to Marklund in their name.

Restrictions
Once you have won a live auction package using the Golden Paddle, the paddle can no longer be used, regardless of the package selling price. (So use it for all it’s worth!) The drawing will take place right before the Live Auction, and the winner must be present to win.

$200 per ticket – a maximum of 100 tickets will be sold!

LIVE AUCTION

Lot 101: Secrets Riviera Maya
Two of you will fly round trip on United Airlines to Mexico where you’ll enjoy seven nights at Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya.  Ideally located in the heart of the Riviera Maya along the famed white-sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal, this Secrets resort fuses elegant and original design with nature’s elements. Rated as one of the "Top 10 Beaches in Mexico" by TripAdvisor, and with a name meaning “place of the turtle” in Mayan, Akumal is renowned for its beautiful beaches and green sea turtle population making this oasis a premium snorkeling location.

This stunning new resort offers adults a charming, picturesque escape complete with an exceptional Unlimited-Luxury experience, redefining the all-inclusive experience by fulfilling your every wish and exceeding your expectations at every turn. Each private sanctuary is appointed with a fresh interpretation of Mexico and is fully equipped with a king-size or two double beds, a private terrace or balcony, and in-suite whirlpool for two. It includes every amenity you’d expect from a world-class destination and so much more including limitless access to gourmet meals without reservations required, unlimited top-shelf spirits, unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks, 24-hour room and concierge services, pool and beach wait service, daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer, endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment, theme parties, oceanfront bars and entertainment venues, plus all taxes and gratuities included.

Choose from six gourmet á la carte restaurants, a grill, a buffet and a café where reservations are never required. Take a culinary adventure that includes regional favorites from around the world, all with a fresh interpretation served in restaurants uniquely decorated to reflect their cuisine. Enjoy each location throughout the property that offers a distinctive ambiance from ocean breezes and entertaining atmospheres to intimate setting and elegant dining.

From the moment you wake in your sun-soaked suite, your days and nights are filled with nearly endless opportunities. Akumal is famous for its phenomenal green sea turtle population so be sure to grab a pair of goggles, hop into the ocean, swim just a few meters out and you’ll be swimming among these beautiful animals. Golf anyone? Perhaps deep sea fishing? Or simply enjoy the live nightly entertainment. The choices are all yours.

(Please note: Accommodations are for two adults, in the lead in room category. Includes roundtrip airfare for two plus resort taxes. Winner can choose to upgrade to a higher room category upon check in, at an additional cost. Winner can also bring additional guests for additional charge. Black-out dates include, but are not limited to, Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, New Years and Presidents Day. Stay is valid for one year from the date of drawing and is based on availability. You must make a reservation to guarantee space as availability changes daily. Reservations must be made a minimum of 120 days prior to arrival for travel January-April and 30 days prior to travel for May-December. Reservations are subject to complimentary allotment and may not be available even if rooms are available on the brand specific website or through another travel provider. Certificate is non-transferable, holds no cash value and cannot be extended. Ground transportation, room charges incurred, spa treatments, telephone calls, incidentals and all other additional expenses are not included. Travel must be completed February 4, 2018. The resort will attempt to accommodate winner’s preferred itinerary, but all specifics thereof will be at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.)

Lot 102: Klondike Adventure Crystal Cruise
Two of you will fly round trip to Vancouver on United Airlines for this luxurious all-inclusive 10-day cruise sailing on July 29, 2017 aboard Crystal Serenity. Starting in Vancouver, BC, Canada, your cruise includes visits to Ketchikan, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; Prince Rupert, BC, Canada; Victoria, BC, Canada and concludes on August 8, 2017 back in Vancouver.

Innovation and evolution are cornerstones of the Crystal Experience—from unparalleled choices for enrichment to flexible dining options. You’ll be treated to the award-winning Six-Star service with a European-trained crew, each selected for their genuine personality and unmatched expertise.

Spend a relaxing day cruising Glacier Bay! Characterized by high mountain peaks, glacial systems, lakes, streams, valleys and coastal landscapes, Glacier Bay is part of the world’s longest non-polar icefield, a UNECO-designated region known as the “Mountain Kingdom” of North America.

The Inside Passage is protected from the open sea by forested isles and sheltered from the windy mainland and the tallest coastal mountains in the world, this 1,000-mile waterway seems custom-built by nature for a cruise.

Juneau, however you choose to explore it, from kayaking, hiking or flightseeing, to a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, is a must.  The 12-mile river of ice is Alaska’s most accessible and most photographed glacier.

Ketchikan, accessible only by air, offers a seaplane adventure into Misty Fjords National Monument and is a breathtaking experience revealing a 2.2 million-acre wilderness of twisting fjords, crystalline lakes, cascading waterfalls and granite cliffs.

Venture into the Tongass National Forest for a birding expedition in Sitka.  Southeast Alaska is home to the largest population of bald eagles in America.  Or take off on a sea otter and wildlife quest.

Skagway, for true frontier adventure and scenery, consider a journey abroad the White Pass Scenic Railway to then embark on a snowshoe wilderness outing, keeping an eye out for bear, moose, mountain goats and caribou.

Then experience Prince Rupert, a spot of urban chic in the wilderness where you can walk in the rainforests without leaving the city, but you won’t want to miss a visit to the nearby Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary to observe one of the densest populations of grizzlies in North America.

In Vancouver, enjoy exploring the restored Gastown district or discovering the intrigue of Chinatown.  Sample delicacies from the sea, explore the North Shore and Stanley Park, the largest natural park of any city on the North American continent.

Victoria has over 50 acres of meticulously planned grounds with an English Rose Garden, Japanese Gardens and the iconic Sunken Garden, the world-famous Butchart Gardens is a feast for the eyes: enjoy a proper English Tea or take a tour behind the scenes.

Enjoy Crystal Visions Enrichment program, where world-renowned experts and celebrities hold riveting lectures on board covering topics such as world affairs, destinations and cultures, history, art and entertainment. Creative Learning Institute offers comprehensive programs featuring educational classes in many diverse subjects including art, digital filmmaking, golf, dancing, Bridge and more. Computer University @ Sea, offers professional instruction in 30 different areas from digital photofinishing to mastering your iPad, plus our Technology Concierge is on hand to assist with devices such as smartphones, tablets and eReaders. Golf pro lets you work on your swing under the expert eye of a PGA golf instructor. Only Crystal Cruises has been voted World’s Best more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history. All these on-board amenities and more await you on this Alaskan Adventure!

(Please note: This cruise includes stateroom and dining staff gratuities, premium non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and other features included in Crystal’s ultra-luxe onboard experience. Itinerary is subject to change.)

Lot 103: Hamilton in NY with Backstage Passes
You score a pair of orchestra seats to watch Hamilton, live in NYC! Famously expensive and tickets difficult to come by, this Award-Winning musical is hands-down the biggest and most popular show on Broadway, and we didn’t include just your tickets.  After the show, you’ll be greeted by a starring cast member for a meet & greet and backstage tour to uncover all the magic that goes on behind the red curtain!  You will stay two nights at the iconic and elegant Plaza Hotel New York, located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, in the most fashionable residential section of New York City. You’ll also enjoy dinner at Rue 57’s, bringing Asian air and American gusto to traditional European dishes.

(Please note: Includes Two (2) Orchestra Seats to Hamilton on Broadway and reservation and dinner for two at Rue 57 with a $200 restaurant credit. Does not include airfare.)

Lot 104: United Airlines Heads or Tails Raffle
The last man standing will receive two round-trip coach service tickets to/from US48, Alaska, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Hawaii, or Europe. Use them to plan the trip of a lifetime.  David has all the details.  Our thanks to United Airlines, the official airlines of Top Hat Ball, for sponsoring this exclusive raffle—you’ll want to get in on this one!

Lot 105: Bali Villa Experience for 12
Twelve of you will immerse yourselves for a whole week in an island escape in Bali where you are cocooned in peace, tranquility, local style and luxurious contemporary sophistication. From its immaculate, elegant interiors to the extraordinary service – this award winning boutique villa is the last word in spoiling and relaxation, taking the 5-star hotel experience to the next level.

The villa offers everything you expect from the world’s finest hotels, with the added bonus of privacy and exclusivity – perfect for families or friends holidaying together. Ten guests are accommodated in FIVE king pool-side suites, with the option of an outdoor leisure pavilion converted into a 6th king bedroom for two more guests. There are SEVEN en-suite bathrooms, complete with tropical open-air showers. The staff to guest ratio is amazing and the customer service philosophy is benchmarked against the most exclusive boutique chain in the world. The accommodation is lavish, the cuisine is decadent, and the service is exceptional. This is truly an escape of distinction – exclusive, sophisticated, and nothing short of magical.

Your trip includes: Pre-arrival guest preference and booking/planning service, airport transfers in 2 x 7-seater chauffeured vehicles, concierge service during stay to arrange all bookings, tours, cruises, comprehensive villa staff, including chefs, welcome signature cocktails & non-alcoholic options, evening canapés on your first night, daily full breakfasts, other meals charged at cost of ingredients only, unlimited bottled water in bedrooms and all dining areas, all-day imported teas, Nespresso and Bali’s famous local coffee, Chopard natural bathroom products, rooms serviced twice daily, including turn down during dinner, laundry and pressing service, 24 hour Butler Service and driver/tour guide for up to eight hours per day.

(Please note: Excludes airfare, recommended trip cancellation/interruption travel insurance which can be purchased by Marklund’s travel partner Viking Travel, 630.321.1664, cost of food/ingredients to prepare all non-included meals, bar service (alcoholic drinks), fuel used for chauffeured vehicles during stay, in-house yoga and spa treatments, mandatory gratuity of $550. Terms: Available for bookings year-round, except for the following premium timeframes: Week of Easter, July & August, and December 15th - January 15th. To book an available week during any of the above mentioned premium timeframes, an additional $1,300 surcharge will apply upon booking. Bookings are handled on a first come, first served basis - subject to availability. Valid for 18 months from the date of purchase. Must book travel within 30 days of purchase.)

Lot 106: Uniworld European Boutique Cruise
This journey of a lifetime starts when TWO of you fly like A-List celebrities with round-trip BUSINESS FIRST service tickets on United Airlines from the US to one of United Airlines’ European destinations. You’ll be transferred to one of Uniworld’s most intimate and gorgeous riverboats with only 130 other guests joining you. This all-inclusive SEVEN night, eight day Boutique River Cruise will take you to one of Uniworld’s European destinations of your choice.
Choose the Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux experience where you’ll discover the unparalleled riches of Aquitaine and its charming capital city, Bordeaux and sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde—on one amazing journey, all aboard your elegant floating hotel.

Or perhaps Burgundy & Provence is your choice, from Côtes du Rhône to crêpes Suzette and sun-glazed fields to Van Gogh’s Arles—this is a journey of exquisite pleasure for all your senses. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin on this unforgettable experience through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you. You’ll cruise the serene Rhône and Saône rivers on Uniworld’s striking Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to the hum and thrum of lively Lyon’s Les Halles food market—along the way.

Castles along the Rhine is another choice, where you’ll be inspired by the fairytale beauty and romantic spirit of the castle-laden, vineyard-rich Rhine. Flowers tumble from baskets lining streets of half-timbered houses, and lights glint off quiet canals. A mighty river carries ships and cargo through a landscape shaped by time and history. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides.

The Enchanting Danube is always a favorite on Uniworld, where you’ll pay tribute to the “queen” of Europe’s great rivers, the enchanting Danube. German poet Friedrich Hölderlin called the Danube “a refreshing, melodious river, sometimes foaming with high spirits, at other times dreaming serenely.” For centuries, this exquisite waterway has cast its spell on poets, musicians, and artists of all kinds. Now it’s your turn to be mesmerized!

Discover the stunning beauty of Belgium and Holland in the springtime, when the fairytale countryside blooms with vibrant new life. Begin your adventure in Belgium’s sophisticated capital city, Brussels, where you’ll witness a demonstration of artisanal chocolate making at renowned confectioner Planet Chocolate—with a tasting included, of course! Next, delve into the history of another Belgian treat that’s famous the world over—beer—during a brewery tour in Antwerp. You’ll then move on to a feast for the eyes at the fascinating Rubens House, where the works of famed Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens will come to life.

A Paris & Normandy cruise combines a passion for the good life with art, culture, and brilliant landscapes. Is there a more romantic city in the world than Paris? Stroll along the Seine as evening falls and the lights begin to glimmer on the water. Stop by a café in the Latin Quarter for an aperitif while an accordion plays in the background. Marvel at Notre Dame’s flying buttresses and magnificently grotesque gargoyles. Paris’s charm is without peer, and it is the perfect place to begin and end your Seine River journey.

Choosing your destination will be the hardest part of this trip when you have “Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy” as another destination to choose from, where you’ll celebrate the “Queen of the Adriatic” and uncover the hidden treasures of Northern Italy. Renaissance palazzi float mirage-like above the lagoon as singing gondoliers pole past. Such sights and sounds could occur in only one place in the world: Venice. This odyssey of Northern Italy’s best begins and ends in this iconic city. But Venice is not the only storied city in Northern Italy; Padua, Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, and Ravenna may lie slightly off the beaten path, but they offer stunning sights and amazing experiences as reward to the curious traveler.

Your lavishly appointed, finest river view stateroom will be your home away from home for the week where you’ll enjoy deluxe signature touches like your handcrafted bed with an array of pillow options, to on board culinary experiences, as well as spa and boutiques experiences throughout your stay. This trip includes unlimited GOURMET, chef-inspired meals, beverages, wine, beer, spirits, coffees, shore excursions as well as all onboard and onshore gratuities.  

(Please Note: This package includes two round-trip business first airline tickets on United Airlines that will expire in one year. You are not obligated to use these United Airlines tickets for this trip. However, winner MUST be sure that United Airlines flies to your port of call choice. United Airlines terms and conditions apply. The cruise offer is valid for any 2017, 7-night Europe departure only. Offer is subject to availability, and it excludes travel during the following blackout periods: May, June, and September 1st through October 15th. This cruise certificate is non-transferrable. Included in the cruise are all meals and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship {except premium spirits}, Riverview stateroom, all gratuities onboard and onshore, and shore excursions as described in Uniworld’s current Europe brochure or at uniworld.com. Transfers are included based on guidelines found in the Europe and Russia brochure. This offer does not include port taxes, or pre/post-extensions. This offer excludes suite or junior suite accommodations; cabin is assigned at time of booking based on inventory management and at the sole discretion of Uniworld. Details are subject to change. Offer is subject to availability, and it excludes travel during the following blackout periods: May, June, and September 1st through October 15th. Travel must take place between 02/04/2017 and 12/31/2017.)

Lot 107: ‘O Sole Mio - Amalfi Coast for Eight
Eight of you will experience the splendor of the Amalfi Coast for seven nights and seven days in a luxury waterfront villa on the Amalfi Coast with breathtaking panoramic coast line views. Your one week stay will be filled with incredible cuisine and unforgettable historical experiences.

Deemed by Unesco to be an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi
Coast is a beguiling combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea in a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns and lush forests. Among the glittering string of coastal gems, legendary Positano and Amalfi sparkle the brightest, while mountaintop Ravello has the glossy fame of its grandiose villas and Wagnerian connection.

Amalfi Coast gateway Sorrento is a handsome and venerable clifftop resort that has miraculously survived the onslaught of package tourism. Aside from its sheer beauty, the region is home to some superb restaurants and hotels, and is one of Italy’s top spots for hiking, with well-marked trails providing a great means of getting away from the coastal clamor.

The property is an extraordinary villa dating back to the eighteenth century. In ancient times, it served as a lookout tower amongst the lemon terraces. In 1875, after the abandonment of the adjacent Church of Lone, the tower was transformed into Sacred Chapel that housed the Madonna di Lone. The villa overlooks the sea and the famous naturally formed “love arch,” which for years has been testimonial of the renowned “Baci” chocolates by Perugina.

Your group will take a day-long boat tour that leaves from the coast and explores the marvels of the many quiet inlets and grottos of the deep blue-green Mediterranean Sea. Along the way, swim in the crystal clear waters, explore Capri and Anacapri from the sea, and visit their romantic village walkways and enchanting sea views.

You will also enjoy an incredible day trip discovering the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. Your private driver and an English speaking guide will accompany you and help you explore one of the most famous archeological sites in the world.

A professional Italian Chef will be at your service in the villa to prepare two 3-course dinners for your entire group during your week-long stay. You’ll discover the Mediterranean flavors and specialties that only local chefs can provide. Plus enjoy daily breakfast and maid service in your villa to fully enjoy your stay with ease and comfort and get the most of that outdoor space and panoramic sea-view terrace.  

(Please note: Includes seven nights and seven days in a luxury waterfront villa, daily breakfast prepared and served in villa with maid service, one boat tour to Capri, one day trip to Pompeii with private driver and English-speaking guide, and two dinners prepared by a local Chef in your villa.  A member of our staff will always be at your disposal before and during your stay for trip preparation and arranging free-time activities and experiences. Must book travel within one month of auction.  Bookings are based upon availability of accommodations and must be used within one year from date of purchase. NO summer or holiday exclusions in 2017 apply if available. There is no refund for unattended or guest-canceled services.  Airfare and ground transportation not included.)


SILENT AUCTION

Item 201: Chicago Art
Chicago is the world capital of drawbridges, did you know? Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 202: San Francisco Art
The morning fog, and an iconic cable car, roll across the City by the Bay. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 203: NYC Art
NOO YAWK CITY … our fierce and proud Lady Liberty. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 204: Los Angeles Art
Serious LA stargazing. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 205: Albuquerque Art
Balloons flying over the Rio Grande at the International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s most photographed annual event. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 206: Dallas Art
Dallas and Ft. Worth are like mirror images of Texas: tradition and modernity side by side. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 207: DC Art
The Capitol is the real reason for DC’s being. And then there are those cherry blossoms! Perfect backdrop for parties, picnics and parades. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 208: Boston Art
“Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution, watches fireworks of freedom. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 209: St Louis Art
Eero Saarinen’s iconic Gateway Arch and a good ole’ paddlewheel steamboat. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 210: New Orleans Art
Food, music and festivals. And a magnolia, of course. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 211: Detroit Art
Oh yeah, gimme those ’59 Caddy tail fins, baby. Barrington native, Eva Sandor, was commissioned by Amtrak to make a series of art pieces illustrating their city destinations in celebration of Union Station’s 100 year anniversary. Today, you can see all the originals mounted on light poles in downtown Chicago! This canvas print replica is 36x24, artist signed, and stretched on 1-½” deep, hand-glued wooden bars with the art wrapping, and includes a hanging bracket. Made in the USA.

Item 212: Atlantis Bahamas
Atlantis Bahamas is a destination of extraordinary wonder and legend—so much more than a resort.  It’s a world all its own.  And two of you get to enjoy five days and four nights there, in the iconic Royal Towers in the heart of Atlantis where you will stay in high-end luxury in a water view room.  With its ever-changing landscape, Atlantis offers a wide range of activities suited to fit any lifestyle, from sea lion and dolphin experiences and deep water swims, to golfing, outdoor dining and spa, you’ll get ultimate recreation and relaxation. Your trip includes roundtrip airport ground transportation, plus Shallow Water Dolphin Swims for two!
(Please Note: Does not include airfare. Taxes, gratuities and surcharges on accommodations are included. Expires 9.28.17)
Item 213: Disney for Four
Four of you fly round trip on United Airlines to Orlando where you will enjoy five nights in a Deluxe Savannah View room at Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World on Saturday, May 27, 2017 thru June 1, 2017. You can enjoy all Disney has to offer with your four One-Day Park Hopper tickets- choose Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios or Epcot for a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation!  

(Please note: If you would like to change the date of this vacation to the summer of 2017, availability is not guaranteed at this resort, but accommodations may be available if you contact us within a week of the Top Hat Ball, by February 15, 2017.  If you want to change to a date to the fall or winter months, please contact us no later than April 17, 2017. This vacation expires March 24, 2018 with NO exceptions. Park hopper passes are valid during normal operating hours and provide admission to a magical one-day experience at our unique theme parks. They may not be used for admission from December 25-31 of any year, through their expiration date.  The Disney park passes will expire within two years from the date issued and cannot be replaced if lost, stolen, used or expired. The United Airlines vouchers are subject to availability so book these travel dates immediately.  If they are not used with this Disney package, they do expire within one year of the auction.)

Item 214: Architectural Cruise for 10
Critics say that if you only have a few hours in Chicago this is how to spend it, without question the best architectural tour available in our great city.  Ten of you will enjoy this breathtaking adventure on one of Chicago Line Cruises Architectural and Historical Cruises. Passage includes Starbucks coffee, soft drinks, lemonade, tea, muffins and cookies.

Item 215: Bulls Suite for 16
SIXTEEN of you will head to United Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017 as you watch the Chicago Bulls take on the L.A. CLIPPERS in an Executive Suite.  You get 16 seats plus four parking passes.

Item 216: Six Flags
You get 20, one-day admission tickets to ANY of Six Flags’ 16 parks including one here in Illinois, three in California, two in Georgia, one in Maryland, one in Massachusetts, one in Missouri, two in New Jersey, two in New York and three in Texas.  

Item 217: Roaring 20s Ultra Premium Spirit Collection
Stock your bar with some of the most exclusive libations ever bottled.  You go home with all that’s here tonight: Avion Reserva 44 Tequila, 14-year-old Whistle Pig – The Boss Hog Straight Rye Whiskey, 2015 Midelton Irish whiskey, Crown Royal XR, Johnny Walker Blue, 17-year-old bottle of Wild Turkey Master’s Keep (Limited Edition numbered bottle), 18-year-old Macallan Scotch, 2010 Newton The Puzzle Cabernet Sauvignon. Plus, a $500 Gibson’s Steakhouse gift card to celebrate your new collection, along with flask and poker sets to complete your acquisition!  

Item 218: Cubs Marriott
FOUR of you will head to see the World Champion Cubbies take on the Brewers at Wrigley on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in some of the most amazing seats in the house!  Plus you all get to stay the night of Saturday, May 20th in a newly remodeled luxury two-bedroom suite at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile to make it one-heck-of-a memorable weekend experience. (Please Note: Overnight stay includes room and tax only and does not include gratuities, incidental purchases, or parking at the hotel. Parking pass for the game is included.)

Item 219: Hardware Dinner & Tasting
TWELVE of you will enjoy a five course beer and whiskey tasting with five dinner pairings at Hardware Sustainable Gastropub and Brewery in North Aurora. The team behind the success at nearby Turf Room will provide not only an eclectic culinary experience for your party, but their standout libation is whiskey, with nearly 400 varieties, more than any establishment outside Chicago. And with their own craft brewery working with organic hops from the field just beyond their parking lot and a charcuterie cranking out many of the house-made sausages featured on the menu’s popular meat and cheese boards, you’re sure to leave happy and fulfilled!

Item 220: Polish Your Corporate Images
Photographer Chris Guillen’s studio will work with your company’s marketing team to develop a unified portfolio of business portraits to complement your website and promotional materials. This package, valued at $2800, includes up to 10 professional business portraits. If more portraits are needed, this can be credited toward extended photography services. Chris will travel to your office and capture the professional look you desire; make-up stylist is available, but additional. This is the perfect package for the business that is ready to improve its professional online presence. Visit www.chrisguillencreative.com for samples of Chris's commercial portfolio. (Please Note: Expires February 1, 2018. Location must be within 50 miles of downtown Chicago.)

RAFFLE

Item 301: Razny Jewelers His and Hers
She gets this David Yurman Hampton Cable Ring with Gray Diamonds and Blue Sapphires.  Complete with sterling silver and darkened sterling silver, pavé gray diamonds and blue sapphires, 0.39ct total carat weight, 20mm wide. He gets this Breitling timepiece, the Superocean II 44 with steel satin-finish in volcano black with professional III steel bracelet.

Item 302: Spa & Bling for Her
Start with this Alex and Ani ensemble including signature expandable endless knot in their Rafaelian series with gold finish wire bangle, a Swarovski crystal necklace and a pair of endless knot earrings. Then head downtown to The Red Door Spa for the day to pamper yourself with your choice body, face, hair, make-up, nails, wax- the decision is yours with this $250 gift card.  Have lunch or dinner at any Lettuce Entertain You restaurant with your $100 gift card.  Want more pampering? Treat yourself to more at any Massage Envy ($50 gift card included).  

Item 303: Family Portrait
Professional photographer Chris Guillen, the official photographer of Top Hat Ball, will travel to your home for a private indoor or outdoor family photo session. Your package includes one portrait session plus $300 worth of prints of your choice, bringing the entire value to $1300. Chris captures personality with a classic presentation. Be it a baby’s first picture, a 50th Anniversary portrait, or a family picture you’ve been meaning to take for years. Your finished prints will be heirlooms for the next generation! Take the time to Capture Life.  (Please Note: Certificate expires 2.1.18. Location must be within 50 miles of downtown Chicago.)

Item 304: Cheers
All the wines here are yours to take home, plus you will enjoy two unique and private in-home wine tastings from PRP Wines and Wines for Humanity, complete with wine and advisors- both are sure to be distinctly unique wine sampling experiences you’ll never forget.

Item 305: Maggiano’s Wine Party for 10
Ten of you will enjoy your private, chef-prepared five-course family style wine dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Oakbrook Center.  Includes both imported and domestic wines selected by Maggiano’s wine experts, and perfectly paired with your menu.

Item 306: All That’s Geneva
This package is jam packed with some of our favorite things to do in Geneva. Includes gift certificates and gifts from Graham’s, Bar Louie, Villa Verone, La ZaZa Trattoria, Aurelio’s, Five Guys, Starbucks, Geneva Commons, The Office, Turf Room, Annabella Salon Spa and much more!

Item 307: Paw Patrol & Family Fun
You and your little ones will sit on the main floor to see Paw Patrol Live at the Chicago Theatre for the 2:00 pm show on Saturday, February 11, 2017. You will sit in Row A, Seats 301, 303, 305 and 307. You’ll also get a family four pack to the Morton Arboretum and dinner at Rock Bottom Restaurant. (Please note: Includes $75 gift card to Rock Bottom, four tickets to the Arboretum and four seats to see Paw Patrol Live.)

Item 308: Chicago Weekend Getaway
Four of you will head to Chi-town where you will start at the Shedd Aquarium for the day (four passes included).  Then check in at The Westin Hotel for a one night stay, and afterwards, dinner at any Lettuce Entertain You restaurant with $200 in gift cards. Wake up the next morning and make it a day at the Lincoln Park Zoo with a family pack including admission, Carousel and Hamill Family play passes plus parking. Take these bottles of Grand Vins De Bordeaux with you for the perfect end to your day in the city.

Item 309: Steamboat Springs
Up to eight of you will be steps to the slopes at the base of Steamboat when you stay five nights in this two bedroom, two bathroom condo in Northwest Colorado.  This unit is in prime condition and perfect for a family vacation or couples getaway! Walk across the street and strap in at the top of the bunny hill or walk to Paramount for an amazing breakfast and hit the slopes right in front of Terry's Sports. In addition to a great location, this unit has a completely renovated kitchen, new furniture and updated bathrooms. (Based upon availability, with these blackout dates: week of Christmas/New Years and Presidents week. Children welcome, non-smoking only, pets not allowed, not wheelchair accessible. Good through the 2019 ski season.)

Item 310: Grand Geneva Getaway
Enjoy two nights at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva plus a $200 gift card to be used for skiing, golf, or restaurants while you’re there. The perfect weekend retreat.

Item 311: Goodman Theatre
Four tickets to any production of your choice during the 2017-2018 season at the Goodman Theatre, plus $200 in Lettuce Entertain You gift cards for dinner before or after the show.  

Item 312: All Chicago Sports
Four of you will head to Soldier Field for a Bears 2017/18 season game of your choice including United Club access and parking. Section 304 is known for its special benefits and amenities as part of Soldier Field Club seating. Besides offering an ideal height to watch pro football, the Club seats offer an upscale game experience including access to a lounge with eight bars and the opportunity to purchase tickets for a premium Bistro buffet. The lounges have comfortable seating, televisions and private restrooms. Actual Club seats for watching the game are outdoors, cushioned, wider & more comfortable than regular stadium seating. Included is parking in the Waldron Lot, the closest and best lot for tailgating! You also get two Chicago Blackhawks tickets for Sunday March 19th at 6pm, vs Avalanche (Section 324, Row 12).  Then SIX of you will see the Chicago Wolves play the Rockford Ice Hogs on April 9, 2017 (Section 111, Row L). Four of you will experience the World Series Champs play at Wrigley at a Cubs game of your choice in the 2017 season with prime lower level seats! Last but not least, four of you will head to the south side with your seats behind the visitor’s dugout for a Sox game of your choice in the 2017 season! Also yours to take home is a Chicago Cubs book and a bottle of Ditka wine. (Please note: Bears, Cubs and Sox games based upon availability for a mutually agreed upon date.)

Item 313: Prohibition Bar Package
It isn’t Prohibition anymore!  Enjoy the sweet freedom of drinking all these favorites. Cyrus 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Daou 2010 Chemin De Fleurs White Wine, Frei Brothers 2013 Pinot Noir, Chinaco Reposado tequila, Maurin dry vermouth, Pisco Portion, Breckenridge Bitters, Copper and Kings Absinth, Crusoe Organic white rum, Glenlivet 12 single malt scotch whisky, Old Grand Dad 114 proof, Wild Turkey 101 bourbon whiskey, American Born Moonshine Original 103 proof, Early Times Kentucky Whiskey, Beefeater 24 London dry gin, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Cherries, AK 47 Figurine Vodka plus snacks, two-DVD set of The Great Gatsby and Prohibition coffee table book.

Item 314: Six Flags
You get 20, one-day admission tickets to ANY of Six Flags’ 16 parks including one here in Illinois, three in California, two in Georgia, one in Maryland, one in Massachusetts, one in Missouri, two in New Jersey, two in New York and three in Texas.  

Item 315: Kohler Getaway & Culinary Adventure
Two of you will enjoy a weekend to remember at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.  You’ll enjoy a Friday and Saturday night stay, daily breakfast including Sunday brunch in The Wisconsin Room, a five-course dinner in The Immigrant Restaurant, one 50-minute custom massage for both of you, plus 20% discount on additional services at Kohler Water Spa, bottle of champagne, Kohler original recipe Chocolates Mixed Terrapins, and rose petal turndown! This year we’ve added a private tour with Josh Johnson, Head Pastry Chef at American Club. This one-hour tour will expose to you to all the “behind-the-scenes” action, otherwise restricted to resort guests. With a combination of history, culture and some special treats from the bread and pastry kitchen – you’ll see first-hand how the complex food-service network runs efficiently at a five-star resort, while managing multiple kitchens and restaurants.  With Josh’s years of culinary experience and numerous championship awards, your time with him will be an experience to remember while at Kohler. Gratuity is even included on your meals to make this a truly all-inclusive getaway. (Please Note: Trip is valid through April 30, 2017. Advanced reservations are required for brunch, dinner, and all spa and golf services. Five-course dinner one night at The Immigrant Restaurant, Friday and Saturdays only November- April, gratuity included. One 50-minute custom massage per person, Friday or Sunday only, gratuity included. 20% discount at Kohler Waters Spa excludes Saturdays or seasonal treatments. Based upon availability.)

Item 316: Fox River Distillery Party for 100
Up to one hundred of you will head to Fox River Distillery for the party of the year!  Distillery owners Mike and Amy Orlando have opened their Geneva distillery for your private party which includes full tasting of all their offerings, plus a cash bar available for all your guests to enjoy. The St. Charles East Ensemble will also provide musical entertainment to make the party complete. (Please note: Based upon availability and mutually agreed upon date. Expires in one year. Can bring in your own catering and food, no sternos allowed. Two hour party max.)

Item 317: Party in a Box
Planning a graduation party in May or have an upcoming anniversary or milestone birthday? Buona Catering will deliver beef, sausage, pasta and salad to your Chicagoland home or venue, plus we’ve arranged for your entertainment as well.  You get two hours with a DJ, and your choice of balloon artist or face painter to keep kids of all sizes busy!

Item 318: Polo Club Art
These five illustrations were used as game program covers at the Kalaway-LeCompte Trail Owners Cup. The “Kalaway Cup,” as it is sometimes known, is the big event of the season for the Barrington Hills Polo Club. The posters are 24 x 36, printed on acid-free Epson matte paper. Perfect for any theater room, office or family room! Created and signed by Barrington native, Eva Sandor.

 

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