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Vermejo – a Ted Turner Reserve – in Casa Grande, New Mexico

Donated by: Ted Turner Reserves

a black and white photo of Ted Turner, who stands on a wide plain with bison and mountains in the distance.

This package entitles four (4) people to a six (6) night stay at Ted Turner’s magnificent Vermejo property. Guests will experience unparalleled accommodations in this part of the world and enjoy adventure activities.

With snowcapped alpine tundra, 19 fishable lakes, and over 550,000 stunning acres of picturesque lands, Vermejo is the jewel of northern New Mexico. Its diverse landscape is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, bison, black bears, and mountain lions. Whether riding horseback through open fields, exploring turn-of-the-century charcoal kilns, or fly fishing for Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Vermejo has something for everyone.

The package includes:

  • Accommodations for 4 people in two rooms (double occupancy) for 6 nights
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages for 4 guests
  • 2 full-day Guided Excursions (4 guests, includes ranch transportation and private guide)
  • All non-guided activities (e.g., hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, skeet shooting, 5-stand, sporting clays, and 3-D archery)
  • Guests can schedule additional guided tours and spa services at an extra cost
  • Package value: $25,000
  • NOTE: Subject to availability and must be finalized at least two months ahead of travel; Subject to Blackout dates. Airfare or transportation IS NOT INCLUDED. Purchaser is responsible for securing fishing licenses.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Best of Belize

Donated by: The Coppola Family

Don’t miss out on this A-list 7 Day Luxury Rainforest and Reef Adventure for two (2) with all the bells and whistles! Begin your eco-holiday with a
3-night stay at Blancaneaux Lodge, the original private home of Francis Ford Coppola in Belize – bordering Chiquibul National Park – a global biodiversity hotspot teaming with unique plant and wildlife species, including jaguars and Scarlet Macaws. It is here that you can also explore Caracol, among the largest ancient Mayan cities, which rises above the jungle floor. From your riverside cabana, set out on a guided horse ride to a hidden waterfall and return in time for a sunset massage.

Next, a scenic drive along Belize’s famed Hummingbird Highway takes you to Turtle Inn, a Family Coppola Hideaway on the beach in the small fishing village of Placencia. The coast of Belize comprises an outstanding natural ecosystem representing the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. For the next 4 days, enjoy snorkeling amid a rainbow of corals and marine life, let stress melt away with a massage for two at the Turtle Inn Spa, set out on a sunset wine cruise followed by a fresh seafood dinner under the stars at the resort’s Gauguin Grill before retiring to your seafront cottage. All this and more!

Expires January 17, 2025

Value: $8,500

French Riviera Adventure

Donated by: Robert Moenks

Enjoy a 6-night stay in the Cote D’azur, the Gold Coast, the French Riviera! Situated near Grasse (perfume capital of the world) and recently declared a World heritage site.

This gorgeous villa will accommodate up to twelve (12) guests: 6 renovate double-occupancy bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Out of a fairy tale, the magical hamlet like property sits atop a south facing terraced hillside of olive trees and a landscaped garden. The main building is a 19th-century masterpiece consisting of a living room with a fireplace, and an eat-in kitchen. Next to it is a two story farm cottage that has been fully renovated to its original stone. In addition, there is a guest cottage and a breathtaking pool house with a professional kitchen, lounge, and shower. Steps from the back door, in a gorgeous natural setting, is a basin-style pool surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the town of Cabris. This will be your best holiday ever!

No matter where you are on the property, it is designed to bring you serenity and calm. Due to the southern exposure, the rooms are awash in sunlight all day. The garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Jean Mus, is a true spectacle for all the senses.

Expires October 2025. Black out dates are July/August.

Islas Secas – Private Panama Archipelago

Donated By: Islas Secas Reserve & Islas Secas Foundation

Voted the #1 Resort in Central America by Condé Nast Traveler, Islas Secas is the ultimate hidden treasure located on a remote island off Panama’s Pacific Coast.

Its 14 breathtaking islands – 13 of which remain untouched – have a total of four individually designed Casitas and three Tented Casitas, hosting a maximum of just 24 guests at a time.

The privately-owned archipelago in the Gulf of Chiriquí pairs luxury with sustainability, in addition to unmatched, bespoke gastronomy offerings and activities for adventurers of all kinds in its wild, spectacular setting.

Item includes:

  • Four-day, Three-night stay at a Two-Bedroom Casita (sleeps four)
  • Private RT flight from Panama City to Islas Secas (Guests flying into Panama City are met upon arrival
    and escorted through immigration and customs to board our Twin Otter aircraft for a short-hour flight
    direct to the resort.)
  • Daily made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beach picnics and barbecues
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling trips within the Islas Secas archipelago (1 trip per day)
  • Non-motorized water sports activities including stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking
  • One half day fishing trip within the Islas Secas archipelago per stay
  • One 60-minute spa treatment per guest (18 years & above) per stay, plus daily yoga classes

    Travel Dates between June 1 – September 25, 2024. Subject to availability. Other Airfare not included.

Mongolia: A Journey of a Lifetime

Donated By: Nomadic Expeditions

Embark on a transformative 11-day/10-night Mongolian quest for two (2) with Nomadic Expeditions, a journey that marries the discovery of Mongolia’s sprawling vistas and rich traditions with environmental stewardship. Begin in Ulaanbaatar, where ancient customs coalesce with the modern pulse. Explore the Chinggis Khan Museum, receive blessings at Gandan Monastery, and view exclusive dinosaur exhibits at the Mongolian Paleontological Center.

This curated expedition showcases Nomadic Expeditions’ dedication to conserving Mongolia’s natural wonders, including a unique encounter with Dr. Nyambayar Batbayar at the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center, a biologist working on golden eagle conservation effort.

Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Western Mongolia, experiencing authentic Kazakh culture, engaging with skilled eagle falconers, and enjoying the luxury of a ger camp. Spend three nights amidst nature, observing majestic raptors and delving into the Kazakh way of life, complete with its cultural heritage and falconry.

Continue to the Gobi Desert’s award-winning Three Camel Lodge, exploring its enigmatic landscape, the Flaming Cliffs’ paleontological wonders, and the thrill of camel trekking.

This exclusive Nomadic Expeditions package is valid from May through September in 2024 or 2025, excluding July, and includes accommodations, flights within Mongolia, private transfers, meals, and expert guidance for two.

NOTE: Auction package does not include other airfare.

This trip is for 2 travelers, double occupancy.

Value: $25,000

Land of the Ice Bears: An In Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Donated by Lindblad Expeditions

An 10-day / 9-night expedition exploring the Arctic with Lindblad Expeditions aboard the National Geographic Resolution. This trip includes a cabin for two-persons and must be taken during the June 17, 2025 excursion week.

Lindblad Expeditions pioneered expedition travel more than 50 years ago; and this best in class, new ship offers more space and amenities than ever before.

Exclusions:  Donation is valid one Category 1 cabin for two persons on Land of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard Aboard National Geographic Resolution departing June 17, 2025. Donation does not include air transportation; baggage, accident, or cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature, such as gift shop, certain premium brands of alcohol, etc.; passport expenses; extension.     

Package Value: $30,500

Keep Checking this site – other trips and unique opportunities will be announced weekly leading up to Gala!

An opportunity for your own private Chef’s table experience for up to 10 guests which will include 4 courses with wine pairings from some of Atlanta’s most treasured Chefs.

Featured Chefs

Chef Josue Peña – Chef’s Table for Eight at Iberian Pig

With a menu of delicious, shareable Spanish-inspired tapas, this is a Chef’s Table not to be missed.

Enjoy a 4-course Chef’s dinner with wine pairings for eight (8) at Iberian Pig.

Chef Josue Peña has years of experience working in Forbes 5-Star establishments.

Chef Matthew Basford – Chef’s Table for Eight at Canoe

Enjoy an enchanting evening at Canoe with this four course, seasonal Chef’s Tasting menu in the private wine room – with your meal perfectly paired by sommelier and wine director, Kevin Cornish.

Canoe is one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants, one that has garnered numerous accolades, like being inducted into Nation’s Restaurant News 2005 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, you’ll be offered a rich, flavorful experience for all your senses.

Chef Clint Johnston – Chef’s Table for Eight at Montaluce Winery + Restaurant

Chef Clint Johnston will create a 4-course menu with wine pairings for eight (8) guests in the beautiful setting of Montaluce Winery & Restaurant in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Montaluce is proud of their farm focused, 100% scratch made, locally-sourced offerings & local farms providers. This Chef’s Table will provide farm-focused menus & carefully hand-crafted wines. Join them for a dining experience you won’t forget.

Chef Pano Karatassos – Chef’s Table for Eight at Kyma

Kyma is a contemporary seafood tavern with an inventive yet approachable menu that is true to its Mediterranean origins. Kyma proudly presents a seven-course Mykonos Tasting with Wine Pairings for eight (8) guests.

Chef Gerry Klaskala – Chef’s Table for Eight at Aria

Named one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine, Aria doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to dining. Memorable meals can happen any day of the week thanks to real ingredients and simple preparations.

This Chef’s Table experience includes a 7-course Chef’s Tasting Menu with wine pairings for eight (8) created by Chef Gerry Klaskala at Aria.

Chef Jon Metz – Chef’s Table for Eight at Woodall

Serving contemporary takes on classic fare, fresh from Chef John Metz’s kitchen and bar at The Woodall, this Chef’s Table will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere while you experience a sophisticated southern luxury that is made for everyone.

Chef’s VIP table for eight (8) includes a four-course dinner with wine pairings at The Woodall. 

Chef Cheikh Ndiaye of Teranga Catering Without Borders – Chef’s Table for Eight in your private home

At the helm of Teranga is Chef Cheikh Ndiaye, a native of Senegal, the land of Teranga. He grew up on the very notion of taking care of others. Teranga has been entrusted by many companies and individuals to deliver great food and service experiences.

This Chef’s table is for eight (8) and will take place in the auction winner’s home. The custom four-course menu will be provided after a phone consultation, but will NOT include wine pairings.

Chef Kevin Rathbun – Chef’s Table for Eight at KR Steakbar

This four-course dinner by celebrity Chef, Kevin Rathbun, will be served with wine pairings and will be offered for eight (8) diners at KR Steakbar tucked in the Peachtree Hills design district. The restaurant features a convivial bar, curated wine cellar, covered outdoor garden dining, and a sleek, spacious dining room.

Chef Chris Hall – Chef’s Table for Eight at Local Three

The team at Local Three invite you to enjoy a culinary adventure in the signature wine room known as the Knights of Revelry Room for eight total guests!

Your dinner will feature a six-course menu prepared by our team of chefs just for you based on the bounty of the season. Each course will be paired with a special wine, beer, or libation specially selected for your menu!

Provided by Unsukay Restaurant Group

Chef Ford Fry – Chef’s Table for Ten in your private home

It is with great pleasure that Chef Ford Fry (of St. Cecilia / The Optimist / Rocket Farm Restaurants) offers a custom dinner menu with wine pairings for ten (10) guests in the auction winner’s home.

Chef Brandon Chavannes – Chef’s Table for Eight at Ecco

Ecco explores the depth and diversity of bold European flavors from the comfort of our contemporary, upscale Buckhead restaurant. Impeccable old-world styling, fine dining standards of service, and an unparalleled wine list will keep you coming back for more.

This is a four-course Chef’s Table Experience, paired with wines, prepared by Executive Chef, Brandon Chavannes, at Ecco Buckhead for eight (8) total guests.

Chef Peter Kaiser – Chef’s Table for Eight at Kaiser’s Chophouse

Chef Peter Kaiser has been a part of the Atlanta dining scene for over 30 years, working at some of the top-rated restaurant groups and with the best chefs in the city. His impressive history of success and outstanding reviews has made Peter Kaiser one of the most respected and sought-after chefs in Atlanta. 

This experience entitles you to a Chef’s Table Experience                                      with Executive Chef Peter Kaiser at Kaiser’s Chophouse with up to 8 guests for a (4) Four Course Chef’s Tasting Menu Paired with Wines. 

Chef Kevin Gillespie – Chef’s Table for Eight at Nàdair

Gunshow and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie plans to open Nàdair (nuh-DARE from the Scots Gaelic phrase “dòigh nàdair” or “the way of nature”) in 2024, a restaurant he considers “the next chapter” of Woodfire Grill and its cooking. Woodfire Grill closed in 2015, but helped boost Gillespie’s profile as a chef and promote seasonal, farm-to-table and wood-fired cooking in Atlanta.

This experience entitles you to a Chef’s Table Experience with Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie at Nàdair with up to 8 guests for a (4) Four-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu Paired with Wines.

Chef Steven Satterfield – Chef’s Table for Six at Miller Union

Satterfield cooks in an organic way by reacting to the ever-changing harvest of the seasons. The restaurant embodies an authentic approach to farmstead-inspired cooking, in which ingredients drive the menu. Satterfield’s style is simple, but creative and refined, with a lean on Southern history. McCarthy’s acclaimed wine program complements the style of Satterfield’s cooking with a dynamic wine list that focuses on small producers with sustainable farming practices.

This Chef’s Table Experience will include up to six (6) total guests for a four-course dinner paired with wines at Miller Union.

Chef Gary Donlick –  Chef’s Table for Six at Bistro Niko

Bistro Niko is a nod to Paris with its classic French fare. Voted one of the top 25 restaurants in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, you do not want to miss this Chef’s Table.

The menus offer French cuisine classics with an innovative twist. Come feast your senses on Executive Chef Gary Donlick’s exquisite French inspired dinner and wines.

You and five (5) guests are invited to a four course dinner and wine pairings selected by Chef Gary and the Bisto Niko sommelier!

Chef Cody Chassar –  Chef’s Table for Eight at Gunshow

Chef Kevin Gillespie’s restaurant Gunshow offers a bold, interactive take on the traditional dining experience. Dishes are presented to guests, at their tables, by the chef that prepared the dish. Cocktails are prepared table side on a rolling cart. Dishes are brought out to guests by the chef that prepared it. 

This offering is for a party of eight (8) to enjoy dinner and wine pairings at Gunshow in Glenwood Park.

Chef Justin Anthony –  Chef’s Table for Eight at Yebbo

Yebo is part of True Story Brands, a hospitality group headed up by restaurateur and native South African Justin Anthony. Yebo Beach Haus is a chic neighborhood restaurant offering New American Coastal Cuisine that was first opened in 2012. Open Mondays through Saturdays, guests can dine outside on the serene courtyard featuring a fountain and lush greenery or inside Yebo’s main dining room surrounded by clean white walls, textured pillows and hanging woven drum light fixtures; all designed to transport guests to a chic beach bungalow.

This offering is for a party of eight (8) to enjoy dinner and wine pairings at Yebo.