The below items were offered up for auction and raffle at this year’s Top Hat Ball.
LOT 101: Disney VIP Vacation
Your family of FOUR will start with United Club access and enjoy all the amenities of a private lounge with complimentary food and beverage at your disposal. You’ll then fly round-trip on United Airlines to Orlando, FL 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’ve made arrangements for all four of you to be true VIPs FOR THE DAY for some of Disney’s best once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Incredibly, Marklund has made special arrangements for you to experience the day at the park of your choice with your very own private Tour Guide for your Disney vacation of a lifetime. Your guide will first help you plan the most efficient, enjoyable way for your group 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, your guide will 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 the fastest attractions and experience exhilarating moments, 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! You can even live your Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away at Disney’s newest attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney Hollywood Studios.
(Please note: Your package includes a two-bedroom villa for seven nights that expires March 31, 2022, and can accommodate up to eight people, so four additional guests can be added at the winner’s expense. There are NO blackout dates for villa stay. Also included are four One-Day Park 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 experience. Private VIP tour guide for up to 15 hours total, split between two days at the park of your choice. This package also includes four round-trip airline tickets on United Airlines that will expire in one year, and includes four United Club passes for one leg of the trip. 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. 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.)
LOT 102: CMA Awards with Private Plane to Nashville
TWO of you will take a private king air turbo plane from DuPage Airport to Nashville on November 4, 2020, and fly in like celebrities to see the 54th Annual Country Music Awards live and up close at Bridgestone Arena! You’ll spend an unforgettable night listening to America’s most well-loved genre. Celebrate your favorite artists like Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan. You’ll stay at the posh Thompson Hotel for two nights with breakfast both mornings, plus enjoy a $100 food and beverage allowance. Compliments of Planemasters, Luke Slawek, the Thompson Hotel and Kessler Global Travel Services, Inc. (Please note: Hotel is for two nights on November 4, 2020 and departure on November 6, 2020 in a King Guestroom. Tickets are level 200, and valid only for the 2020 CMA show.)
LOT 103: 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 to one of United Airlines’ European destinations. You’ll get luxurious United Club access before you board to enjoy private lounge, amenities, food and beverages all at your disposal. The journey continues when two of you set sail on 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. This odyssey of Northern Italy’s best begins and ends in Venice, but 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.
Your lavishly appointed, finest riverview 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 onboard culinary experiences, as well as spa and boutique 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 and four United Club passes 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 2020, 7-night Europe departure only between February 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Offer is subject to availability, and excludes travel during the following blackout periods: May, June, and September 1st – October 15th. This cruise certificate is non-transferrable. Included in the cruise are all meals and unlimited alcoholic non-premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages onboard the ship, 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 port taxes or pre/post-extensions. This offer excludes suite or junior suite accommodations and cabin is assigned at time of booking based on inventory management and at the sole discretion of Uniworld. Details are subject to change.)
LOT 104: Saturday Night Live
Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night! TWO of you will see television’s #1 comedy show Saturday Night Live! Now in its 45th season, the show is best known for its political dialogue, recurring characters, pop-culture references, and surprise guest appearances. You will attend a live taping at the famed Studio 8H in NYC’s Rockefeller Center. The experience will have you up close and personal with our favorite celebrities, and offers a Saturday night full of energy, laughs, surprises, and great performances not to be forgotten. You’ll also get two nights in a premier New York hotel, and take in all that the Big Apple has to offer. (Please note: Includes two tickets to SNL for the 2020 season for a mutually agreed upon show, and a two-night hotel stay for Friday and Saturday. Must be 18 years or older. SNL date can only be confirmed 4-6 weeks in advance of taping.)
LOT 105: Iwamanzi African Safari
Your group of FOUR will experience Iwamanzi in the North West province of South Africa for a taste of all Africa has to offer. The reserve is a paradise of 12,000 acres of unspoiled bush, with savanna grasslands and riverbed areas, 18 natural dams fed by underground springs, with the Selons River running through it.
You will stay in the beautifully designed high thatched roofed chalets and enjoy the outstanding cuisine, including three meals a day, while being pampered by the staff, who will to cater to all your needs.
Each chalet has a big bedroom, large bathroom with endless amenities, and private view-deck overlooking the gorge, where you can spot game during the day, and at night, the dark African sky reveals a milky way of stars.
The lodge will be your living-room, with modern accommodations including bar, dining tables, lounge with comfortable leather couches, library, TV, dvd-player, docking station, fire place, staff-kitchen, and several view-decks.
The wooden staircase down to the river leads to a thatched half open cabin furnished with lounges and chairs where you can retreat and relax, and enjoy the open fireplace and bush bar for evening campfires. Behind the chalets is a wooden deck, with plunge pool and pool lounges, deck furniture under the old wild olive tree, and game roams freely between the chalets.
The reserve is habitat to many leopards, zebras, hippos, rhinos, buffalos, antelope, warthog, black wildebeest, jackal, genet, otters, monkeys, porcupine, and more than 230 different bird species. You will enjoy daily game drives, bush walks, tracking courses, fishing clinics, camp fires, bush bars, private lunches at the waterfall, and evening dinners on the lower deck overlooking the gorge and down at the river under the thatch.
Every day you will be served three gorgeous meals and offered two game activities to experience.
On your arrival day, you’ll be picked up at the airport, and experience welcome cocktails and refreshments waiting for you at the lodge. Late afternoon, you’ll enjoy time on the deck and a four-course dinner follows, accompanied by excellent South African wines.
The next day, your game ranger will take you on a safari to show you the flora and fauna, the birds and landscape of this unique area. You will be back in the lodge for a lovely lunch under the olive tree. In the afternoon, your fly fishing guide will assist the avid fisherman or newcomer to catch bass, tilapia, trout, catfish at our many dams and river.
Day three includes the opportunity to spend time in the bush on foot with the game rangers and trackers and learn to read the ground, determine footprints and their age, how to sneak up on a rhino or giraffe, and how to survive when you’re in the wild. Your lunch will be served at the waterfall, and at night there will be campfire in the gorge under the African stars.
You’ll wake up early on day four to experience hot air ballooning over the valley of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Magaliesberg. Sunrise is spectacular and you’ll be treated to a champagne breakfast on your return. Midmorning you will arrive at the elephant sanctuary for close encounters with a small herd of elephants, and a ride on one of these gentle giants.
Day 5 is a tour of the rural areas including several charity projects in the area, and ends with a campfire and guitar music.
Africa is like a magnet. Once you have experienced this amazing trip, you will be drawn to it forever. (Please note: This trip includes: five nights at Iwamanzi Game Lodge and Reserve for four guests; all transfers; three gourmet meals daily, plus hors d’oeuvres, coffee & tea, juices; two game activities per day with game drives, bush walk, fishing; hot air ballooning; fly fishing clinic; tracking and survival course; elephant sanctuary and ride; Marimba band; tour through rural area; bush lunch; plus full-time staff in the lodge. Booking is based upon availability.)
LOT 106: Heads or Tails Raffle for a trip for four to ICELAND
$50 per person, only one chance per person allowed. The last person standing during this live “flip-of-the-coin” experience will receive a week in Gardabaer, Iceland, just outside Reykjavik in Binna and Bud Porter’s private condo. While you are there, we’ve made arrangements for the four of you to have the ultimate flying ride and virtual tour of Iceland. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen at FlyOver Iceland, while you’re whisked you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s full motion to create an unforgettable experience and true sense of flight. (Please note: Must book trip within 30 days, by March 2, 2020. Winner must travel within the year, by 2.1.21.)
LOT 107: Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany
TWO of you will be personal guests of Andrea Bocelli at his invite-only dinner and concert on July 28, 2020 at his family’s private Tuscan estate in Forte dei Marmi, Italy. Visit one of the most romantic cities by the sea for an evening filled with VIP guests, meet and greets, exquisite cuisine and vino, a private concert by Andrea Bocelli & Friends, and cavorting on the dance floor. Each summer, Andrea Bocelli hosts private events in support of his Foundation. This event is the most exclusive of them all. Past performers have included David Foster, Reba McEntire, Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Bennett, Lionel Ritchie, Steven Tyler, Elton John and of course, his son Matteo. You will even go home with piece of signed memorabilia from Maestro Bocelli!
We’ve also made arrangements for you to stay four-nights in a stunning condo in the historical center of Lucca on July 25, 2020 to July 29, 2020. Just 40 minutes from the Bocelli estate, you will have plenty of time to get to know Italy’s Tuscany region, and this quant town known for its well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling its historic city center and cobblestone streets.
LOT 108: Sunset on Mykonos
Blue domed churches, traditional white-washed buildings, and flowered pergolas. Your group of EIGHT will spend seven incredible nights in a gorgeous villa on the Greek island of Mykonos! Located in the center of the Cyclades islands, Mykonos is known for its exceptional nightlife, fabulous beaches and luxurious atmosphere.
Your four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa features typical Myconian décor and will be the focal point of your week-long stay. The villa itself is equipped with all of the modern conveniences and will be an ideal spot to relax after a full day exploring the island. Spectacular sea views from both the villa and the swimming pool will be the perfect backdrop.
The sunsets of Mykonos are some of the most incredible that you’ll ever experience, and viewing it from a boat makes it even more special! Your group will spend the afternoon sailing and snorkeling around the islands on a private sailing excursion with your very own captain and crew. Explore the islands of Rhenia and Delos, discover unspoiled coves and snorkel in the crystalline waters. Onboard you’ll enjoy a fantastic Mediterranean meal, with fresh drinks prepared for you while you marvel at the spectacular setting sun. The knowledgeable crew will provide history of the surrounding area and take you to special spots along the way that are only accessible by boat, allowing you to make once-in-a-lifetime memories…sailing along the way!
One evening will include a cooking class from your very own private Chef who will take you on a culinary journey, teaching you the secrets of Greek cuisine. You’ll create delicious, traditional dishes using fresh, local ingredients and then feast on your mouthwatering creations over dinner.
Every day will begin with breakfast prepared with seasonal, local ingredients, and daily maid service means you can enjoy your stay with ease and comfort. A personal concierge will also be at your disposal to design experiences to satisfy your every need and request. Opa! (Please note: Booking is based upon availability. Vacation must be reserved within ONE MONTH of the auction, by March 1, 2020, and must be used within ONE YEAR of the auction, by February 1, 2021. Bookings after the one month time frame will not be accepted and extensions to the one year window will not be granted. There is no refund for unattended or guest-canceled services. Airfare, ground transportation and additional activities and excursions not included.)
LOT 109: LEAR JET to Breckenridge
A LEAR JET awaits EIGHT of you at DuPage Airport where you’ll head to Eagle Airport in Colorado for a ski experience of a lifetime in one of the most break-taking villas in Breckenridge. Escape for four days and three nights to this gorgeous mountain home, decorated with stunning chandeliers, beautiful local artwork, modern clean lines, and an amazing view of the Breckenridge valley.
Zen inspired, professionally designed, and extraordinarily sophisticated, this spacious Breck home features every conceivable and necessary amenity for the perfect Colorado ski or summer getaway with family or friends. Enjoy family movie night on the big screen projector in the theater room. Relax in the hot tub or sauna after a day on the slopes. Have a private chef prepare an in-home gourmet meal, or dine out in one of the many excellent area restaurants a mere six minute drive in to downtown Breckenridge. The possibilities for entertainment and relaxation are endless. Includes concierge service to assist with planning and optional extras and activities during your stay.
Outdoor amenities include a 2-car garage with ski equipment storage, large upper and lower outside decks with stunning mountain views, especially from the outdoor hot tub.
Indoor amenities include heated wood floors, two gas fireplaces, two wine refrigerators, 55 inch flat screen televisions in all bedrooms, Bose sound, steam showers, sauna, tons of books and board games for all ages in the media room.
There are two king bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, and two additional double queen bedrooms with separate baths.
This home sleeps up to 12 people and is yours for a total of SIX nights, so be sure to use it for all its worth! Make it a girls trip for the first three nights, then have the guys fly out on their own for the next three nights. It’s all up to you.
(Please note: Bookings are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Must be used within one year of auction and expires on February 1, 2021, with black-out dates of Christmas, New Year’s, President’s Day, and July 4th. Winner is required to provide a refundable security deposit of $1,000 for accidental damages to the property at time of booking. Jet seats EIGHT for a duration of three nights round-trip from DuPage Airport to Breckenridge, is based upon availability and must be coordinated in conjunction with availability of both the home and pilot.)
LOT 110: Scent of Italy
The sun-soaked coastlines of Amalfi and the hill towns of Tuscany offer what many travel experts consider the quintessential Italian experience. For one week, your group of EIGHT will travel to three of Italy’s most sought-after locations – the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Tuscany. Slow down to enjoy the striking sceneries, then energize yourself with the local life and experiences you will never forget.
Your group’s first stop will be the scenic Amalfi Coast where you’ll experience the splendor of this seaside town from your charming villa for two nights. Forever known as one of the most romantic and panoramic coastlines in the world, your stay will offer incredible cuisine, unforgettable historical experiences and a boat tour to take in the breathtaking coastal views.
Then you will enjoy one night in the city of Rome in a four-star hotel, taking in a mix of culture, art and cuisine that will offer an unforgettable look at Italian life. The following day, you’ll take a walking tour with a local expert where you’ll see some of the most historic sites of Italy, including the Vatican, the Forum, and the Colosseum.
Next, your group will be escorted north to Tuscany, where you’ll visit two local gems of central Italy – Cortona and Florence. While there, you’ll stay in a charming villa for four nights overlooking the Chianti Valley and have access to a professional chef who will prepare traditional-Italian dinners. You’ll have a private driver at your disposal to discover all your new favorite destinations. This quaint and lively city will offer old-world appeal and many historical sites to visit.
Your last stop is Florence, where your group will embark on a guided foodie tour to discover vibrate flavors and the beauty of Italian cuisine. You’ll visit of two wineries with lunch and tastings in Cortona and Montepulciano to learn about the history of Tuscan wines and time-honored traditions.
(Please note: Booking is based upon availability. Vacation must be reserved within ONE MONTH of the auction, by March 1, 2020, and must be used within ONE YEAR of the auction, by February 1, 2021. Bookings after the one month time frame will not be accepted and extensions to the one year window will not be granted. There is no refund for unattended or guest-canceled services. Airfare, ground transportation and additional activities and excursions not included.)
LOT 201: Holland America 7-day Cruise
When the TWO of you step on board one of the five-star ships of Holland America Line, you will experience a voyage unlike any other. You can choose any Holland American Cruise for two for up to seven days to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England in an ocean view stateroom. Your journey will include extraordinary dining, spacious stateroom, elegant surroundings, and days filled with new discoveries and gracious pampering by an award-winning crew. You can choose to partake in as many or as few activities as you wish, from the renowned Greenhouse Spa, to cooking demonstrations and wine tasting in the Culinary Arts Center and much more. Or simply relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery from the beautiful wrap-around teak deck. (Please note: Airfare, taxes, onboard charges, shore excursion and hotel service charges not included. No expiration date; some restrictions apply.)
LOT 202: Los Establos, Panama
Enjoy seven nights in Boquete, Panama for a five-star all-inclusive adventure. You get plantation estate accommodations with panoramic views of the Baru Volcano in your private suite at the award winning 5-star Los Establos Boutique Inn nestled 4,000 feet above sea level. Your quiet hideaway with magnificent gardens, adventure, and breathtaking views will be your home away from home. You get up to three rooms for SIX of you, with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner with your choice of up to SIX adventures each. One activity per day is yours to choose, including spa treatments, coffee plantation tour, rainforest safari, bird watching at Paradise Gardens, Cangilones River tour, honey bee tour, river rafting on the Chiriqui River, zip-lining, or hiking to the Lost Waterfalls! Your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Panama is completely all-inclusive and the week full of adventure is all yours to customize. (Please note: All reservations are subject to a required supplement charge of $125 plus tax/service per person, per night for up to three rooms total which provides all-inclusive dining, beverages, gratuities, AND your choice of one daily activity per person. Does not include airfare or government taxes. Guests choosing to upgrade to a suite category may do so for $30 per night plus tax per room. Reservations subject to availability, some restrictions apply. Daily activities not available on arrival and departure days. Expires December 20, 2021.)
LOT 203: Hammock Cove, Antigua
Located adjacent to Devil’s Bridge National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Hammock Cove Resort & Spa provides a truly indulgent, adults-only and customizable holiday for discerning travelers. All 42 private single-story villages are equipped with king beds, “infinity edge” plunge pool, large scenic veranda overlooking stunning turquoise waters, 24-hour dining, and personal cocktail lounge. You get seven nights of luxury waterfront resort accommodations for up to TWO villas. (Please note: Winner responsible for airfare and all-inclusive supplement of $250 per person/per night plus tax, which includes all dining, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges & gratuities. Government tax/service is additional. Reservations are subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Resort black-out dates do not apply, however, air fare must be purchased prior to final confirmation of stays December 21-January 3 and February 1-24. Reservations are subject to availability. Expires December 20, 2021.)
LOT 204: St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay
Set amid 25 acres of lush hillside gardens tucked into a private cove on the northern coast of St. Lucia, this beachfront resort offer stunning ocean and tropical garden views. You will enjoy 7 – 10 nights experiencing all St. Lucia has to offer, including an array of water sports, land activities, beachfront relaxation and the ambiance of deluxe ocean view accommodations. (Please note: Winner responsible for airfare and all-inclusive supplement of $115 per person/per night plus tax, which includes all dining, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges & gratuities. Government tax/service is additional. Guests choosing to upgrade to a suite category may do so for $42 per night plus tax. Reservations are subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Resort black-out dates do not apply, however, additional peak season surcharge of $50 per person/per night applies December 21-Janurary 3 & February 1-24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays during peak season only. Expires December 20, 2021.)
LOT 205: St. James’s Club Antigua
Experience a private 100-acre peninsula on Antigua’s southeastern coast where clear turquoise waters surround your own private oasis where you will enjoy 7 – 9 nights of premium accommodations in up to three rooms for SIX guests. The resort features two magnificent white-sand beaches, six pools, four distinct restaurants, non-motorized water sports, tennis and fitness center, supervised kids’ activities, spa and nightly entertainment. St. James’s Club will leave you with amazing island memories to last a lifetime. (Please note: Winner responsible for airfare and all-inclusive supplement of $125 per person/per night plus tax, which includes all dining, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges & gratuities. Government tax/service is additional. Guests choosing to upgrade to a suite category may do so for $50 per night plus tax. Reservations are subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Resort black-out dates do not apply, however, additional peak season surcharge of $50 per person/per night applies December 21-Janurary 3 & February 1-24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays during peak season only. Expires December 20, 2021.)
LOT 206: Palm Island, Grenadines
A once in a lifetime exclusive private island experience, you will enjoy seven nights of beachfront resort accommodations at St. Vincent & The Grenadines. This 135-acre private island hideaway situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Palm Island Resort & Spa offers five dazzling white-sand beaches, sumptuous dining, non-motorized water sports, nature trails, tennis courts, fitness center, freeform swimming pool with waterfall, and a beachfront spa. This award-winning, world-class resort is set in pure paradise where tranquility reigns and an unforgettable experience of a lifetime is inevitable. Winner of Trip Advisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice and Conde Nast Johansens 2017 luxury hotel awards. (Please note: Winner responsible for airfare and all-inclusive supplement of $140 per person/per night plus tax, which includes all dining, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges & gratuities. Government tax/service is additional. Guests choosing to upgrade to a suite category may do so for $50 per night plus tax. Reservations are subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Resort black-out dates do not apply, however, additional peak season surcharge of $100 per person/per night applies December 21-April 15. Also, ONE 7-night stay is valid for peak season dates and up to TWO 7-night stays are valid April 16- December 20. Flight must be purchased at the time of booking for stays December 21-January 3 & February 1-24. Expires December 20, 2021.)
LOT 207: Ringling Sarasota Weekend
FOUR of you will spend the weekend in Sarasota, FL, for a warm weather getaway. Start with two nights at the swanky downtown Westin where you can walk to restaurants, attractions, and all there is to see in this great city. You’ll have four tickets to the Ringling Brother’s Museum to see where the Circus got its roots. You’ll also enjoy tickets to the Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium where you’ll experience everything in the sea and all living things that depend upon it. We’ve also arranged for you to have dinner at Selva Grill and Fish Camp to top it all off.
LOT 208: Epcot Food & Wine Festival
TWO of you will enjoy Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and take a trip around the world tasting each country’s food! You’ll enjoy four nights in a one bedroom villa at your choice of Saratoga Springs Resort or Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World for the festival anytime between September 1, 2020 and November 20, 2020. You will get a $500 Disney gift card to get you in the park to eat and drink your way around the world! PLUS two bottles of wine and chocolates to get your taste buds started. (Please note: Expires March 31, 2022)
LOT 209: Next Dinner Experience
TWO of you will be whisked away from your downtown Chicago hotel via private limo on Thursday, June 25, 2020, and escorted to Grant Achatz’s world renowned Next Restaurant for their Mexico City 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, 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. This dinner experience is an eclectic representation of cultures, ingredients, and techniques celebrating Mexico’s history and providing a glimpse into the future.
Your private limo will take you safely back to your hotel where you’ll stay two nights to enjoy all the city has to offer. Chicago, food, limo and drinks at their very best! (Please note: Your reservation at Next is scheduled for June 25, 2020 at 5:45 pm. Your hotel is for two nights on June 25 and 26, 2020. Limo will take you to/from the hotel/restaurant.)
LOT 210: FGL at Soldier Field
FOUR of you will be up close in the front five rows to see Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, and Old Dominion at Soldier Field on Sat, July 25, 2020. Kelly and Tom Roule have arranged a private limo to take you all to and from your Chicagoland home to Soldier Field.
LOT 211: Eagles Tour Tickets
The city choice is yours for FOUR Eagles tickets in the front five rows. Choose one date from these cities on the tour: February 14, 15, 18 in NYC at Madison Square Garden; February 29 or Mar 1 in Dallas; March 26, 28 in Denver; April 3, 4 in St Paul; April 11, 12 in San Francisco; April 17, 18 in LA; or April 26 in Phoenix for their tour closer.
LOT 212: Sebastian and a Chopper
TWO of you will be whisked away via private helicopter from DuPage Airport, or from your own backyard if it fits, and head to Milwaukee where you will meet comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and see him perform live on Friday, April 10, 2020, for his 9:30 pm show at The Riverside Theater. We’ve made special arrangements for a private meet and greet with him after the show. The chopper will take you back home that night. (Please note: Winner is responsible for transportation to/from Timmerman Airport and the Theater in Milwaukee.)
LOT 213: The Classics Baseball Tour
Diamond Baseball Tours will take TWO of you on the baseball experience of a lifetime touring stadiums and seeing games at six Major League Baseball fields from June 25-July 3, 2020. You’ll get yourselves to Newark, NJ to launch the trip and end in Chicago at Wrigley Field. Includes deluxe motor coach to each city, private tour guide and hotels with daily breakfast included. You’ll start your tour on Friday, June 26, 2020, with Chicago Cubs at New York Yankees, then off to Boston the next day to see St. Louis take on the Red Sox. You’ll spend the next day in Cooperstown, then off to Philly to see the Diamondbacks vs Phillies on June 29. Next stop is Pittsburgh to see the Rockies vs Pirates and then off to Cleveland for Indians vs Astros. You’ll head back home to see the Milwaukee Brewers take on our Cubbies on July 2. Hotel check out is July 3rd so enjoy all the after parties in Wrigley to end it all with a bang! (Please note: Tour includes game tickets, hotel, deluxe motor coach travel, plus admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Depending on MLB scheduling, a stadium tour will be included at several stops.)
LOT 214: White Sox On-Field Experience
FOUR of you will go on the field at Guaranteed Rate Field for pre-game photos with players and coaches, and then enjoy gold box tickets with parking to see the Chicago White Sox on a mutually agreeable weekday game date in April or May of 2020, excludes opening day.
LOT 215: Cubs Marriott
FOUR of you will head to see the World Champion Cubbies take on the Phillies for a day game on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Wrigley Field in some of the most amazing seats in the house—right behind the 3rd base line and the Cubs’ dugout! You’ll also get to stay that night in a newly remodeled luxury two-bedroom suite (complete with pool table!) at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile, plus a $250 gift certificate at Morton’s Steakhouse for dinner to complete your weekend experience. (Please note: Includes one complimentary luxury two-bedroom suite on Saturday, April 25, 2020, for a one-night stay, room & tax only, does not include gratuities, incidental purchases, or parking at the hotel. Parking pass for the game is included. Hotel check- in is at 4:00 pm. Check-out is at noon.)
LOT 216: Wine Nebuchadnezzar
This Goliath bottle of the wine of your choice will hold 36 bottles worth of spirits and will be custom labeled for you by our partners at Aspen Lane Wine Company.
LOT 217: Chicago PD
Autographed vest from the cast/crew of Chicago PD.
LOT 218: Kid’s Circus
Take these cuties home to your cuties and build your very own circus! Includes giant stuffed giraffe and zebra plus a circus tent, games and more. You’ll also get six all-inclusive passes plus parking to see the real-life giraffes and zebras up close and personal at the Brookfield Zoo!
LOT 219: 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 $2,800, 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 2021. Location must be within 50 miles of downtown Chicago.)
LOT 220: Bar Bling
The perfect additions to your bar, includes Petite Petit Sirah, Louis Roederer Cristal 2009, Casamigos Tequila, and Napoleon Brandy XO.
LOT 301: Costello Bling
To the mothers and wives, entrepreneurs, leaders, late-night doers and all the women who embody strength, determination and perseverance: Freida Rothman’s jewelry is for you. Costello Jewelry Company will make you sparkle with this incredible Freida Rothman ensemble, complete with stackable rings, bracelet, earrings and layered necklaces. Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you.
LOT 302: Dumbo
This giant Dumbo stuffed elephant is the perfect addition to any nursery or play room, and is the ultimate snuggle gift to take home for your little one. You’ll keep the happiness going at the Morton Arboretum with six general admission passes for some family fun!
LOT 303: American Girl Doll
Since its founding, American Girl believes that creating fun experiences is a serious endeavor. That education and entertainment can be one and the same. That lessons learned today can put every girl on a powerful path toward a promising future. Take “Mary Ellen” home to your little lady so she can play with purpose. Let her fly high, defy limits, and discover the little girl inside!
LOT 304: Oh Christmas Tree
You’ll be ready for Christmas 2020 with all these vintage decorations and trees. Oh Come Let Us Adore Him!
LOT 305: 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 May, 2021. If not used before expiration date, 50% of value can be applied to a future session. Location must be within 50 miles of downtown Chicago.)
LOT 306: Get Fit
New Year’s Resolution gone astray? Get the kick-start you need to get in the best shape of your life with this 30-day pass with four Personal Training Sessions at Chicago’s premier CrossTown Fitness.
LOT 307: Fit Body Boot Camp
You’ll get a 12-month membership at PLAINFIELD FIT BODY BOOT CAMP, valued at $1,500! This gym specializes in 30-minute personal trainer guided workouts that combine high intensity interval training as well as strength training to create workouts that are fun, high energy, and burn twice the amount of calories in half the time. Check them out at www.PlainfieldFBBC.com.
LOT 308: Crane Operator for the Day
Is driving heavy machinery on your bucket list? We’ve made arrangements for you to be a crane operator for the day with IUOE Local 150 in Wilmington, IL. Courtesy of Stacey and Zach Prentis of Atlas Aerial and Atlas Crane.
LOT 309: Date Nights
Enjoy dinner out at all these restaurants for date nights all year long: Pappadeuaux $50; Seasons 52 $50; Wild Tuna $30; Lettuce Entertain You $250; Brio/Bravo $50; Rosebud $50; Lawry’s The Prime Rib $250; Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse $300; RPM Italian $250; and a wine tasting and dinner for four at the Turf Room.
LOT 310: In-Home Private Chef Dining Experience
Host one amazing gathering in your home with your own private chef. Executive Chef Jim Chapman and his team will create a custom gourmet menu for up to eight guests in your home.
Chef Chapman’s engaging personality and trend forward culinary skills will make for a fabulous evening with your friends and family. This special evening includes all the shopping, preparation, service, clean up and a custom table set. (Please note: Valid on Saturdays only. Expires January 31, 2021. Not Valid November/December. Beverages not included.)
LOT 311: Head Bangers Night Out
It all happens on Friday, March 27, 2020. TWO of you will start out at Lettuce Entertain You’s trendy M Burger, your neighborhood, handmade burger joint at the Outlet Mall in Aurora, to satisfy your burger cravings. You’ll then head up the street to St. Charles where you’ll bang your heads at the Arcada Theater with two tickets to see Dokken/Lynch for their 8 pm Banger Ball! Seats are in Section 101, Row J, Seats 5 & 6.
LOT 312: Maggiano’s Wine Party for 10
TEN of you will enjoy a chef-prepared five-course family style dinner and wine pairing in a private party room 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.
LOT 313: All That’s Geneva & Beyond
You’ll start with two nights at The Herrington Inn & Spa plus $200 to use at Atwater’s Restaurant or the Spa. During your stay, you can wander the local towns and use all your gift cards including Preservation Bread & Wine, Pal Joey’s, Bar Evolution, Townhouse Books, Foxfire, McNally’s, Deane’s Deli, Del Barrio, Fire Water BBQ, Bar Louie, $200 to spend at Geneva Commons, and more! And when it’s all over, you’ll need this one-month membership at Delnor Fitness Center to get yourself back together! (Please note: Herrington certificate is for two weekday overnight stays that do not have to be used at the same time.)
LOT 314: Chicago Marriott Getaway
FOUR of you will stay in a luxury suite at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile plus breakfast for up to EIGHT guests with mimosas the next morning. You can continue your day at the new Starbucks on Michigan Avenue, the namesake’s largest store in the world, with the gift cards we’re providing. We’ve also made arrangements for four of you to visit the Shedd Aquarium while you’re down there, plus Skydeck Chicago has you covered as well. (Please note: Based upon availability and good through 2020.)
LOT 315: Hockey Lover
You get all these sets of Hawks and Wolves tickets, and all these bobble heads and gear are yours to take home too. Hawks tickets include: four tickets for March 5, 2020 vs Edmonton Oilers; two tickets for March 8, 2020 vs St. Louis Blues in Section 307, Row 12, Seat 9 and 10; two tickets for March 13, 2020 vs. Ottawa Senators in Section 120, Row 19, Seats 3 and 4; two tickets for March 22, 2020 vs Nashville Predators in Section 324, Row 12, Seat 21 and 22; two tickets for March 29, 2020 vs. Los Angeles Kings in Section 120, Row 19 Seat 3 and 4. Plus, four Chicago Wolves tickets to the February 23, 2020 game vs Rockford Icehogs at Allstate Arena in Section 111, Row A, Seats 11-14.
LOT 316: Billy Joel at Notre Dame Stadium
FOUR of you will head to Indiana to see Billy Joel live in concert at Notre Dame Stadium on June 20, 2020, Section 104, Row 23, Seats 1B-4B. A singer and songwriter like no other, and a venue like no other. Priceless!
LOT 317: Scottsdale Getaway
TWO of you will escape to Spanish-inspired luxury with your two-night stay at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia at the base of Camelback Mountain. You’ll get a king view room at this premier destination for luxury and romance, relaxation and recreation. Take a climb on Camelback Mountain, relax at Joya Spa, kick back at the pool, or tempt your taste buds with culinary delights inspired by Spain and Mexico. (Please note: Based upon availability. Expires on February 28, 2021. Blackout dates may apply. Taxes not included.)
LOT 318: Kohler Custom Spa Retreat
Five-Star. First Class. And All Kinds of Fun! Your destination is Kohler, and the world-class world is all yours when you create your very own spa or golf getaway at either The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, or the Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge. A century ago, Walter Kohler built The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, to accommodate the hundreds of immigrants who came to work at the factory. Today, the namesake resort nestled in this cozy garden community welcomes guests with its storybook charm, old-world elegance, and unforgettable five-star experiences. Choose the five-star accommodations of The American Club or the more contemporary Inn on Woodlake. Play the four Pete Dye-designed, championship courses of Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Relax and rejuvenate at Koher Waters Spa- one of the new spas worldwide to earn the five-star distinction. Explore acres of wilderness, world-class cuisine, exciting shops, events, activities, and more with your $2,000 Kohler gift card. (Please note: Gift certificate can be used at any Kohler location. Reservations are required and based upon availability. Good for one year.)
LOT 319: The Verandah, Antigua
Go home with a 7- to 9-night luxury all-suite tropical retreat in your villa-style beachfront accommodations for up to three rooms, double occupancy at the Verandah Resort & Spa, 4-star Caribbean resort. The Verandah is an eco-friendly, beachfront spa resort with two spectacular white sand beaches, four pools, nature trails to historic Devil’s Bridge, four restaurants, tennis & fitness center, non-motorized water sports, kids club, mini golf, mini cinema, and the world-class Tranquility Body & Soul Spa. Perfect for those seeking a romantic hideaway, family vacation, or just looking to escape and explore a new destination. (Please note: Winner responsible for airfare and all-inclusive supplement of $125 per person/per night, plus tax for up to three rooms and SIX people, and up to nine total nights. Government tax and nightly supplement of $125 per person/per night is additional and required. Guests choosing to upgrade to a higher room category may do so for as little as $50 per night plus tax. Reservations are subject to availability, some restrictions apply. Airfare and taxes NOT included. Resort black-out dates do not apply, however, additional peak season surcharge of $50 per person/per night applies December 21-January 3 & February 1-24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays during peak season only. Expires December 20, 2021.)
LOT 320: The Club Barbados All-Inclusive
You will enjoy 7 – 10 nights in a one-bedroom suite at the adults-only all-inclusive Club Barbados Resort & Spa, located on the prestigious platinum west coast of the island. There is plenty to enjoy with spacious accommodations, three freshwater swimming pools, water sports, two dining options, tennis, fitness center, spa, piano bar, and lounges. The Club exudes intimacy with its romantic oceanfront setting, tropical gardens, cozy walkways, and friendly social atmosphere. Everything is covered, from food and alcohol to service charges and gratuities for a truly all-inclusive experience in paradise. (Please note: This package includes all-inclusive stay for up to three one-bedroom suites for up to 10 nights for a total of SIX people. Your stay includes all dining, all beverages, including alcohol, resort facilities, activities, service charges and gratuities for up to three rooms and six people. Government tax and nightly supplement of $125 per person/per night is additional and required. Guests choosing to upgrade to a higher room category may do so for as little as $50 per night plus tax. Reservations are subject to availability, some restrictions apply. Airfare and taxes NOT included. Resort black-out dates do not apply, however, additional peak season surcharge of $50 per person/per night applies December 21-January 3 & February 1-24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays during peak season only. Expires December 20, 2021.)
LOT 321: Pineapple Beach Club, Antigua
The simple, unadorned pleasures of the Caribbean await you when you stay your choice of 7 to 9 nights in an ocean view beachfront room at this all-inclusive, adults-only 4-star Caribbean resort. Located on 30 acres of tropical paradise and overlooking one of Antigua’s best white sand beaches, this resort is perfect for couples or friends seeking laidback fun in the sun, wonderful dining, signature cocktails, and relaxed island atmosphere. (Please note: Winner responsible for airfare and all-inclusive supplement of $125 per person/per night, plus tax, which includes all dining, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges & gratuities for up to nine nights in two rooms and FOUR people. Government tax/service is additional. Guests choosing to upgrade to a suite category may do so for $42 per night plus tax. Reservations are subject to availability and some restrictions apply. Resort black-out dates do not apply, however, additional peak season surcharge of $50 per person/per night applies December 21-Janurary 3 & February 1-24. Air must be purchased at the time of booking for stays during peak season only. Expires December 20, 2021.)
• Heads or Tails Interactive Raffle for a Week in Iceland
$50 per ticket. Only one chance per person. Sold during cocktail hour only.
The last person standing during this live “flip-of-the-coin” experience during the auction will receive a week for four in Gardabaer, Iceland, just outside Reykjavik in Binna and Bud Porter’s private condo. While you are there, we’ve made arrangements for you to have the ultimate flying ride and virtual tour of Iceland. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen at FlyOver Iceland, while you’re whisked you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s full motion to create an unforgettable experience and true sense of flight. (Please Note: Must book trip within 30 days, by March 2, 2020. Winner must travel within the year, by 2.1.21.)
• The Golden Paddle Drawing
$200 per ticket. Only 100 sold. Sold during cocktail hour only.
One winner will have $10,000 to bid on any ONE live auction package. Money is forfeited if you don’t win any of the items. Cannot be split among multiple packages. If your winning bid is less than $10,000, you forfeit the balance to Marklund. The drawing will take place right before the Live Auction, and the winner must be present.
• Last Paddle Raise
Every paddle raised at the $100 level will be entered in for a chance to win a four/five night Celebrity Cruise for two guests.