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

The 22nd Annual Marklund Top Hat 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.



Lot 101: Seabourn Caribbean Cruise
Seabourn’s intimate ships will carry two of you to the unspoiled, uncommon Caribbean for a seven-day cruise in a Verandah Suite. Hidden gems await you among the islands of the Caribbean Sea, where you will always find an easy-going greeting and a warm welcome. These precious remnants of a world we call the Uncommon Caribbean are off the beaten track, but Seabourn’s intimate ships can take you there.

Spend a day with their chefs in local markets or take the crew’s advice on which beach has the most vibrant underwater life, and which bar blends the most tantalizing daiquiri. Their captains know the best places to anchor and deploy the marina, treating you to an unforgettable afternoon of watersports or a beach barbecue with lobsters on the grill and caviar served in the waist-deep surf. Come along and let Seabourn share their favorite Caribbean secrets with you.

(Please Note: Winner will choose their specific cruise date and itinerary. Does not include required government fees and taxes, fuel supplement airfare, transfers, land extensions, shore excursions or surcharges. The accommodations will be in a Category V1 Verandah Suite. Space is subject to availability. Some restrictions apply. Please refer to program guidelines for terms and conditions. Once winners are booked, they are on a must-sail basis, like any other guest. Winners who wish to upgrade accommodations may do so, based on availability 30 days in advance of departure, by paying the difference between the fare for their category and the upgraded category. The cruise award does not have an expiration date.)

Lot 102: Romance, Wine & Dine
Your March 3 & 4 weekend of romance begins with your two-night stay here at the brand-new Marriott Marquis Chicago where you will get VIP treatment and enjoy exclusive club lounge access with breakfast, snacks, late-night eats and bar service throughout your stay. She will then “don” her gorgeous new diamond necklace for your night on the town on Sunday where the two of you will experience dining at its ultimate finest. A limo will whisk the two of you to Grant Achatz’s Next Restaurant in downtown Chicago for their French Cuisine Classique dinner experience. Voted World’s 50 Best, “Next” constantly explores the world of cuisine, changing their prix fixe menus and dining experience every four months. Founded by chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas and under the direction of Executive Chef Jenner Tomaska, Next has received an unprecedented twelve 4-star reviews from the Chicago Tribune and won a James Beard Award as Best New Restaurant in America.
Your menu will focus on the evolution of French cuisine and technique. Drawing inspiration from the myriad local traditions and preparations, the menu will highlight classical dishes with hearty ingredients and presentations. Perfect comfort food for the cold Chicago winter, it will form the historical basis of the evening’s French study.
Your dinner experience includes Next’s Ultra Reserve Wine Pairing, plus Executive Chef Jenner Tomaska himself will give you a private tour of the kitchen to see the “Wow” that makes Next Restaurant THE Chicago dining experience. And that’s not all—you will have reservations waiting for you at Aviary after dinner, the adjacent hot-spot, where cocktails are on us the rest of the night. You’ll enjoy a NO CHECK DROP at both restaurants, which means you’ll never see a check and can wine and dine to your heart’s content. Your private limo will take you safely back to Marriott Marquis. Romance, food and wine at its very best!

(Please Note: Two-night stay at Marriott Marquis includes club lounge access and valet parking. Dinner is for two guests on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. with Ultra Wine Pairing.)

Lot 103: Disney VIP Vacation for SIX
Your family of six will fly round-trip on United Airlines to Orlando, Florida where you’ll enjoy seven nights and eight days in a two-bedroom deluxe villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge with Savannah View. Considered one of the most exclusive places to stay in all of Disney, the accommodations are just the beginning of your magical stay. The best part is that we made arrangements for all six of you to be true VIPs FOR THE DAY for some of Disney and Universal’s best once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Incredibly, Marklund has made very special arrangements for you to have a day at the park of your choice with an exclusive Disney-arranged VIP Tour Guide for your Disney vacation of a lifetime. It starts with you meeting your private, VIP Tour Guide, who will first help you plan the most efficient, enjoyable way for your group of eight to maximize the day and see and do all that’s on your list. Just tell your Tour Guide what you’d like to see and you’ll get a day customized to your desire! Then, you’ll get a private escort to join you every step of the way during your personally planned adventure.
That’s right, you’ll experience park attractions with front of the line access, premier seating for a Character lunch or special seating for the ultimate Disney shows of your choice. The older kids will ride aboard the fastest attractions and experience exhilarating moment after moment, across multiple parks. They’ll feel like rock stars jumping to the front of the lines and getting exclusive access with their own personal Disney escort—this is the stuff that only a Disney insider can provide!

Next, you’ll spend a day as VIPs at Universal Studios where you’ll get front-of-the-line Express Pass access so you can skip the long lines at most of your favorite rides and attractions. And to end the perfect day with the perfect evening, we’ve made special arrangements for you all to see the Blue Man Group.

Your package includes six (6) One-Day Park Hopper passes to provide admission at the Disney theme parks of your choice: the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom® for your dream VIP day experience. Plus, six (6) Universal 1-park, 1-day passes with Express pass add-ons, six (6) Blue Man Group tickets and six (6) round-trip airline tickets on United Airlines.

(Please Note: You must book this trip by February 15, 2018 to ensure best availability. Expires March 31, 2020. Please contact Sue Wick at 630-691-8633 or for resort reservations. This villa can accommodate up to eight people, so two additional guests can be added at winner’s expense. There are NO blackout dates for Villa stay, however airfare will have blackout dates during most holidays and high seasons, please see certificate for details and restrictions. The entire trip is based upon availability. This package includes six round-trip airline tickets on United Airlines that will expire in one year on February 3, 2019. You are not obligated to use these United Airlines tickets for this trip—you can use them for any travel to/from US48. United Airlines terms and conditions apply. Please note, the Park Hopper passes cannot be upgraded or applied toward a package to meet eligibility requirements, are valid during normal operating hours and provide admission to a magical one-day experience at Disney’s unique theme parks.)

Lot 104: Secrets Cap Cana Resort
Two of you will fly United Airlines to the Dominican Republic where you will enjoy seven nights at the all-inclusive Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa. A never-ending array of cuisine, snacks, top-shelf beverages, fine wines and premium beers will be yours without reservations or gratuities, and will always be on us! Your days will include beach, pool and spa while evenings will dazzle with dance parties, shows and big screen movies under the stars. This all-inclusive vacation for two will make every moment a memory.

(Please Note: Resort taxes included, ground transportation not included. Accommodations are for two adults in the lead-in room category. Winner can choose to upgrade or bring additional guests for additional costs. Blackout dates include Thanksgivings, Easter, Christmas, New Years and Presidents Day. Valid for one year, travel must be completed by 2.3.19. Reservations must be made a minimum of 120 days prior to arrival for travel Jan-April and 30 days prior to travel for May-Dec. Reservations are subject to availability and are non-transferable.)

Lot 105: 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 2018, 7-night Europe departure only between 02/04/2018 and 12/31/2018. 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 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.)

Lot 106: Wine Lover’s Perfect Gift
The perfect gift is equal parts thoughtful, unique and desirable—custom wine is all three. The highest bidder at each table will receive one case of the finest wine of your choice from Marklund wine partner Aspen Lane Wine Company. Bottled by one of the leading providers of high-end wine, your 12 bottles will be private labeled and customized just for you. (Please Note: Winner is responsible for local Aurora pick-up or cost of delivery of wine.)

Lot 107: 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 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 12 months from the date of purchase, through 2/3/2019. Must book travel within 30 days of purchase.)

Lot 108: Heads or Tails Raffle
Purchase a $50 United Airlines blinky light as your “ticket” to enter this interactive raffle. The last guest standing during this live “flip-of-the-coin” experience at the auction will receive two round-trip airline tickets on United Airlines to Orlando for an all-inclusive cruise aboard the Norwegian Sun to visit Havana, Cuba! Two of you will cruise into Havana Harbor on board Norwegian Sun and discover larger-than-life culture, sultry rhythms and weathered beauty. Stroll the Malecón and get lost among Baroque facades and colonial cobblestone streets of Old Havana. Or enjoy a friendly game of dominoes with the locals and live jazz music. Kick back in colorful Key West and tour the home of the famed author Ernest Hemingway. From the legendary nightlife of Havana to vibrant Key West, get ready for a vacation of historic proportions on Norwegian Sun.

Lot 109: Freddy Jones Band Private Concert
You’ll be IN A DAYDREAM when The Freddy Jones Band comes to your house for a private concert just for you and your friends! Choose your own backyard or this state-of-the-art venue we’ve reserved for you for this once-in-a-lifetime party. One of America’s premiere roots rock acts, Freddy Jones Band (and no, none of the members are actually named Freddy Jones) was founded by guitarists and singer/songwriters Marty Lloyd and Wayne Healy. The band is best known for its number-one hits “In A Daydream” and “Take The Time.” Now, this long-running act is back with their new release, Never Change, helmed by Producers Justin Niebank (Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock) and label partner and Marklund-friend Timm Martin of Dustimmoff Music.

To ensure this is the biggest celebration of 2018, we added catering for 100 and a few beer kegs from our partner Lake Brothers Beer Co.

Don’t have a big enough backyard? We have an alternative state-of-the-art professional concert venue lined up for you in Northbrook as your back-up plan!

(Please Note: Based upon availability of the band. Northbrook venue also based upon availability with maximum capacity of 40.)

Lot 110: Breathtaking Italy for Six
Your lucky group of six, that’s three couples, will experience Italian life with locals in authentic environments for seven days, and yet you’ll feel like royalty as your private driver is at your beck-and-call throughout the journey. You’ll see Italy in the most incredible way and live “la dolce vita” while driving Ferraris too!

Days 1-2 in Rome: Upon arrival at the airport, your private driver will take you to your hotel where you’ll have three rooms awaiting your group. You’ll start with a local professional guide taking you on a walking tour of Rome to see historic sites including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, and St. Peters Basilica. The following day, your driver will whisk you away to the enchanting hilltop town of Cortona, in Tuscany where you’ll start with cocktails as a precursor to your country villa four-night stay.

Days 3-5 in Tuscany: Your spectacular Tuscan villa is a beautiful home with its own swimming pool immersed in the charming countryside. Your private Italian chef will create wonderful Tuscan dinners for you each night, along with daily breakfasts prepared by your very own “Italian Momma!” With a private driver at your disposal, you can explore Tuscan cities like Florence, to experience art and culture, or Arno to admire museums and boutiques.

Day 6 in Maranello: This day will be filled with adventure and excitement! Your driver will take you to Maranello in Modena, home of the Ferrari factory and museum. Your one night stay (three rooms) will include a visit to the museum and factory where each of you will test drive a Ferrari in the Modena countryside–a once in a lifetime experience!

Days 7-8 in Venice: Off to romantic Venice! Once settled in your three hotel rooms, the night is yours to explore this enchanting town. Taste the local food, take a romantic gondola ride, or explore the quaint streets that fill this gorgeous city. The next morning after breakfast, your whirlwind trip will conclude with a professionally guided walking tour of this Italian city and all its canals.

Now that’s amore!

(Please Note: This vacation package is for eight days and seven nights for a maximum of six guests. THIS TRIP MUST BE BOOKED NO LATER THAN March 3, 2018. Bookings are based upon availably and must be used within one year of purchase. Airfare not included.)


Item 201: Celebrity Cruise for Two
Two of you will enjoy a seven-night Celebrity Cruise on Alaska’s southeastern coastline offering emerald forests, snowcapped peaks and dramatic glaciers. And that’s just what you’ll see from the ship.

Dining onboard a Celebrity Cruises ship is an experience for all the senses. The
stunning main restaurant, where dining is included, is the centerpiece of the ship and a masterpiece of design, service and fine cuisine. With specialty restaurants and an array of lounges, there is something to indulge every craving.

Exhilarating days of exploring Alaska deserve an equally wonderful place to recharge.
Unwind in luxurious accommodations where you can lounge on exquisite bedding. Revel
in stylish design. Bask in breathtaking views.

Modern luxury also means intuitive service—from the chocolate on your pillow to our attentive crew ready to assist with your every need. And with our Destination Concierges on hand to share their in-depth knowledge of the ports of call, you’ll have a rich experience when you leave the ship to explore Alaska’s unique communities.

(Please Note: Cruise for two for 7 nights in an Oceanvew room. Winner can choose Bermuda or Caribbean as an alternative cruise destination.)

Item 202: Iceland Vacation for Four
Four of you will enjoy a week in Gardabaer, Iceland just outside Reykjavik in Binna and Bud Porter’s private luxury condo. While you are there, we’ve made arrangements for the four of you to visit the world’s first indoor ice cave at Perlan Museum’s Glaciers and Ice Cave. Inside one of Perlan’s six hot water tanks, you’ll see the dangers, secrets and future of glaciers. We’ve also made it possible for you to spend the day at the must-see Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 Wonders of the World, where you will have access to their unique water and healing silica mud, as well as spa services and products. (Please Note: Must book trip within 30 days of Top Hat Ball, by March 3, 2018. Winner must travel within the year, by 2.3.19.)

Item 203: Thanksgiving in Riviera Maya
Eight of you will give thanks this year from the center of the action at the Mayan Palace in Riviera Maya. Mayan Palace stretches the length of Riviera Maya, meaning your lap of luxury for Thanksgiving 2018 is just steps away from the best that Vidanta has to offer. One of Mexico’s most recognized and visited resort hotels, families return here year after year to make memories and enjoy the beauty, tranquility, and adventure of the Mexican coast. Mayan Palace Riviera Maya is a luxurious resort hotel inside the unforgettable Vidanta Riviera Maya resort. You’ll find a casual and relaxed environment where everyone in the family can find a favorite activity and their happiness. Cozy, comfortable living spaces provide everything you need for a romantic getaway for two or a memorable family vacation with lots of little ones. And with a friendly staff who look after you like family, you’ll quickly see why Mayan Palace has helped to redefine the Mexican vacation experience. (Please Note: Vacation is reserved for November 18-25, 2018 in a two-bedroom Master Suite that sleeps eight. Suite features two bedrooms with a king-size bed and two double beds, couch, sofa bed, plus two bathrooms. It also features a balcony, kitchen and dining table, and two TVs. This date cannot be changed.)

Item 204: Herrington Inn Overnight Golf & Spa for Eight
Eight of you will stay overnight at the Herrington Inn, Geneva’s European style boutique hotel on the banks for the Fox River. Make it a couples excursion or a Girls Night Out with your four River Premier rooms with private balcony overlooking the Fox River, oversized whirlpool bath, heated marble floors, and wet bar. You’ll get $500 in Herrington cash to use for dinner at the award-winning Atwater’s fine dining restaurant, and/or spa treatments at their full-service spa. You’ll also enjoy two foursomes for 18 holes of golf at near-by Tanna Farms in Geneva. Within walking distance of over 150 boutique shops, galleries, and restaurant options, the eight of you will go home happy. (Please Note: Accommodations are weekday only.)

Item 205: Ultra Premium Bar & Gibsons
Stock your bar with some of the most exclusive libations ever bottled. You go home with all that’s here tonight including a 2015 Midelton Irish Whiskey, 1997 Christian Drouin Vintage Calvados – Brandy, Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon, Chinaco Negro, Extra Anejo Tequila, and two Johnny Walker Blues. You also get a $600 Gibson’s Steakhouse gift card to celebrate your new acquisition!

Item 206: Blackhawks Suite for 12
TWELVE of you will head to the United Center on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.. as you watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals in a Private Penthouse Level Suite. Your night includes food and beverage, and three parking passes.

Item 207: Bulls Seats Behind the Bench!
Development Solutions will be giving you four FIRST ROW seats for a Bulls game in the 2018-2019 season right behind the Bulls bench with only security between you and the players. Includes parking pass. (Please Note: Game date to be determined by donor, based upon availability.)

Item 208: 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 for samples of Chris’ commercial portfolio. (Please Note: Expires February 3, 2019. Location must be within 50 miles of downtown Chicago.)

Item 209: Custom Unilock Paver Patio
Is building the backyard of your dreams on your 2018-bucket list? Countywide Landscaping will customize and build your brand new Unilock paver patio so you can enjoy BBQs, bonfires and late-night wine with friends and family! (Please Note: Value of this patio is $6,500—can be upgraded at winner’s expense.)

Item 210: BUY IT NOW Custom Art – Only 100 Available
Marklund commissioned the world-famous Elliott From of Artbeat Live to create this masterpiece just for Marklund friends and family. Our “Angel Overlooking the City” is available to the first 100 donors at the “Buy-it-Now” price of $375.


Item 301: A Year of Dates
We’ve got something planned for you to do once a month all year long, so date nights on us! Enjoy two-nights stay at the downtown Chicago University Club with tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, In-Home Wine tastings, Lettuce Entertain you gift cards for five different nights out of your choice, dinner at Phil Stefani’s Tuscany, dinner at Bravo/Brio, Grand Geneva Resort weekend getaway, overnight at Comfort Inn Geneva with pizza delivery, and dinner for two at Amore Mio in Hoffman Estates.

Item 302: 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 303: Night at the Museum & More
Grab your sleeping bags for an overnight stay at the Field Museum! Four of you will spend the night at the Field and doze with the dinosaurs as you explore the Museum by flashlight and see science in action, dissect owl pellets, learn to illustrate specimens, and play instruments from around the world. You’ll also get six passes to the Morton Arboretum and four tickets to the Shedd Aquarium for more family fun! (Please Note: Dozin’ with the Dinos overnights are for families with children ages 6-12 years old. Adult-only parties are not permitted. This certificate is valid for FOUR General Admission Dozin’ with the Dinos overnight tickets during the 2018 overnight season. Upgrades to Premium Package and Tour Package are not available with this certificate. See for event details. Dozin’ Dates For 2018 are: February 16 and 23, March 2, 9 and 24, April 6, and May 4 . This certificate expires May 12, 2018.)

Item 304: Treasure Island Vegas
You win three nights at the Treasure Island Resort in Las Vegas. Plus, you go home with a $100 AmExp card for good luck! The perfect weekend get-away.

Item 305: Steamboat Vacation for Six
Up to six 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.

(Please Note: 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 306: Kohler Spa Retreat
You get to create your very own spa or golf getaway at either The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin or the Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge. Choose a weekend in Kohler, Wisconsin with dinner at The Immigrant Restaurant, golf or enjoy a spa day at their Forbes Five-Star spa—one of only 56 worldwide. Maybe you prefer a day at the Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge to receive similar amenities and signature treatments, including the Circle of Tranquility, a self-guided water journey that includes a 25-foot whirlpool with a cascading waterfall, steam room & sauna, and three distinctive shower experiences. Other Kohler Waters Spas are located in St. Andrews, Scotland and Green Bay, Wisconsin if you choose to travel further with your gift certificate.
(Please Note: Gift certificate is worth $1,500 and can be used at any Kohler location listed above. Reservations are required and based upon availability. Good for one year.)

Item 307: Maggiano’s Wine Party for 10
Ten of you will enjoy your private, chef-prepared five-course family style dinner and wine pairing 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 308: The Finery for Six
Six of you will enjoy dinner and wine tasting at The Finery and Blacksmith Bar in St Charles. The Finery is an ode to the American table with its diversity and global influences. Owners and head chefs David and Juliette will personally champion your experience with bold, flavourful and sincere cooking while sourcing the finest ingredients the region has to offer—all paired with the perfect wines. One of the best regional American kitchens in the Midwest, you’ll enjoy an eating and drinking experience from Mexico and the South of France. (Please Note: Based upon availability, good for one year.)

Item 309: 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 Claddagh Irish Pub, Graham’s Chocolates, The Geneva Commons,
Villa Verone, overnight stay at the Herrington Inn & Spa, The Turf Room, Francesca’s, Town House Books & Cafe and more!

Item 310: Instant Bar
This chest of spirits and wines is yours to take home and includes this rare blend of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch, and $100 in Lettuce Entertain you cards for dinner on us. From red and whites to bourbon and scotch to Caribbean rum and Captain Morgan, your bar is now complete. You also get this rare coin collection that Jack Sparrow found on the Black Pearl. Argh, Matey.

Item 311: Blackhawks Fan
Two of you will head to the United Center to watch the Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, February 15, 2018. You will also go home with this Bobby Hull signed and framed photo and team-autographed and GAME USED hockey stick. The Hawks had Hall-of-Fame goalie Dominic Hasek’s name imprinted on the handle, and signed by the entire Hawks team. (Please Note: Tickets are section 324, Row 12, Seats 17 & 18.)

Item 312: Cubs Marriott
FOUR of you will head to see the World Champion Cubbies take on the Atlanta Braves on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Wrigley Field in some of the most amazing seats in the house—fifth row behind home plate! Plus you all get to stay the night 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 is reserved for Friday, April 13, 2018 and 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 313: Coach Classic
Beautiful leather Coach wallet and $200 Coach gift card to get yourself some more!

Item 314: Home Makeover
Building a new house or remodeling the kitchen? Just want a living room makeover? Design Essentials in Geneva is giving you a $500 gift certificate for design consultation to make it all new! You go home with this table lamp and artwork.

Item 315: Kindle Paperwhite
Built-in adjustable light evenly illuminates the screen on this Kindle reader with 300 PPI display for perfect reading anytime, anywhere. You’ll get crisp, laser quality text that reads like real paper without glare, even in sunlight. With exclusive Kindle features you only get from Amazon: Goodreads, X-Ray, Vocabulary Builder and Word Wise. Lighter than a paperback, holds thousands of books.

Item 316: Personal Assistant
You get 10 hours of PS Lehman, Inc., Services including one-hour consultation and nine hours of services that can include personal shopping, errands, event planning, home organizing, wardrobe consultation, home staging, moving, or holiday decorating. Get some R&R and let Lori do the work! (Please Note: Good for one year, through February 2019.)

Item 317: 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 $1,300. 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 Feb. 3, 2019. Location must be within 50 miles of downtown Chicago.)


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.

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!