We are pleased to confirm that we will auction off 5 exclusive luxury items at the Christmas Luncheon, described below. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities can only be purchased at the Christmas Luncheon. All sales are final and non-transferable. Our sincere thanks to all of our generous auction item donors!
While the BABC’s Christmas Luncheon is our major fundraiser for the year, we and our guests have also long used the luncheon as an opportunity to share our good fortune with those in need. For the last several years we have made a substantial donation from the proceeds of the Luncheon to San Francisco’s Raphael House. Raphael House is dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity.
In that spirit, we are very pleased to announce that Item #1 of the Live Auction has been donated directly to Raphael House and all proceeds from this item will directly benefit Raphael House, a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. The winning bidder may be able to deduct the amount that is bid in excess of the value of this item. Please consult with your tax advisor.
Items #2 - 5 of the Live Auction are donated to the BABC Northern California, a 501c6 non-profit membership organization based in San Francisco. BABC Northern California provides a range of platforms for our members to access practical business expansion opportunities by delivering high-caliber networking and marketing events and opportunities, top-quality business intelligence, regulatory advice, and the opportunity to achieve real business from the personal relationships they develop through their membership. The Christmas Luncheon Fundraiser and Live Auction substantially support the operations of the office and help ensure our members continue to receive maximum value. Amounts bid on these items are not deductible as charitable contributions. Bidders on these items are strongly encouraged to consult their tax advisors to confirm the rules and regulations regarding donations and contributions made to a non-charitable organization.
AUCTION ITEM #1 - Proceeds Benefit Raphael House, a 501c3 non-profit.
Item to be announced.
AUCTION ITEM #2 - Proceeds Benefit BABC, a 501c6 non-profit.
It's Yachting Not Cruising. Enjoy a Luxury SeaDream Yacht Club 7-Night Mediterranean Mega-Yacht Voyage for Two.
Our thanks to Sea Dream Yacht Club
A 7-night, inclusive Mediterranean Voyage aboard one of SeaDream Yacht
award-winning twin mega-yachts in a luxury, ocean-view stateroom.
The elegant yachts feature just 56 staterooms with a maximum of 112 guests
and a 1:1 crew to guest ratio. The package includes accommodation in a
"Yacht Club" stateroom on Deck Three, all 5-star gourmet meals, wine with
lunch and dinner, open bar, gratuities, Balinese Dream-bed, starlit movie
nights, water sports equipment from the yacht's marina, mountain bikes,
in-room DC/DVD players and flat screen TVs, personalize pyjamas, Bulgari
bath amenities and fine Turkish linens.
Winner's choice of sailing date: From May - October 2018.
Chose voyages departing from Athens, Barcelona, Cannes, Dubrovnik, Monte Carlo, Nice, Rome and Venice. .
What folks are saying about Sea Dream Yacht Club!
"We just returned from our cruise on the Sea Dream and trip to the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo. No question, this was the best vacation my wife and I have ever had. First, the Sea Dream is a great ship with staff and crew showed us exceptional service, food and entertainment. With 100 guest on board, and the owner of the cruise line as well, we meet some very interesting and important people who are now friends to visit in the near future. I can’t say enough good things about Sea Dream."
- Rick Vossekuil, Vice President Regional Manager Building Services, North American Title Company
"Beyond expectations; the crew, the food, and the quality of people were spectacular. My husband has been advertising Sea Dream since we returned from our trip and several colleagues in my office are getting ready to bid for it during this year's Christmas lunch."
- Carmen Sanchez, Vice President, Senior Corporate Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank USA
"10x better than I ever could have imagined, wow oh wow. Probably the best vacation I have ever been on. The staff, the service and the yacht's cuisine was so incredible that we ate on board 6 of 7 nights. Activities galore on and off the yacht or if you prefer, do absolutely nothing but relax on a hidden deck reading your book in the sun or the shade. I cannot recommend the Sea Dream Yacht Club experience highly enough. Off the charts amazing."
- Ian Casey, CV Partners
"Elizabeth and I bought the SeaDream Cruise at last year’s Christmas lunch and it could not have been better. We had wanted to get to Croatia for years, and yachting up the coast – including to my ancestral island – on a ship with 112 passengers was the perfect way to do it. Luxury, great food and a small enough ship to get to know some of the crew and passengers, while not swamping the small towns visited with hoards from a large cruise ship (as we saw before and after the cruise, in Dubrovnik and Venice). We recommend it without hesitation and are already thinking about our next trip with SeaDream!"
- Nicholas Unkovic, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
It's Yachting, not cruising. Enjoy the difference!
Donated by SeaDream Yacht Club
AUCTION ITEM #3 - To be Announced
AUCTION ITEM #4 - The Magnificent USA Sevens Package
Access for two, for three days, to the Premier Lounge at the HSBC USA Sevens Tournament (March 2-4, 2018) PLUS 2 nights at a Hotel (to be announced)
- Airfare for two people to Las Vegas
- 2 tickets to the Premier Hospitality Lounge at the USA Sevens Friday March 2nd, Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th.
- 2 nights at a hotel to be confirmed, Friday March 3rd and Saturday 4th
- VIP viewing area for two at the Parade of Nations Thursday Night on Fremont street includes hosted cocktails and appetizers.
- VIP invite for two guests to USA Sevens VIP Wrap party location. TBD includes hosted appetizer and cocktails.
AUCTION ITEM #5
Value: $ Priceless
GREAT Afternoon Tea with H.M Consul General Mr. Andrew Whittaker at The Residence
A Very British Afternoon Tea for you and 11 guests to enjoy at the Residence of Her Majesty's Consul General. Join HM Consul General, Mr. Andrew Whittaker, for a quintessential British experience at the elegant Presidio Terrace Residence.
May be used on a weekday afternoon of your choice between 2.30 and 3pm, subject to the availability of HM Consul General.
This item is non-transferable and expires on 12/31/2018. Our thanks to Andrew Whittaker, HM Consul General to San Francisco and the British Consulate General