Live Auction - Supporting the BABC & Raphael House


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.

A Dream Holiday in South West France with Accommodations for 8-16 Guests for Two Weeks

VALUE:  $10,000

Our thanks to Averil & Martin Freeth.  All proceeds from this item will directly benefit Raphael House.   

La Bastide d'Armagnac is a magical medieval village in the heart of the Gascony - beautiful, peaceful, friendly. You can hardly believe it's real when you first enter the elegant, picturesque 13th Century main square.

The traditional house and wonderfully converted barn offer, quite simply, one of the best holiday homes to stay in the region. Less than 100 metres from the central square, the views are of countryside and gardens provide complete privacy for visitors. It is a wonderful place at any season, thoughtfully-equipped with everything from a croquet set to a perfect 12 x 6 metre swimming pool.



Together, the village, home and barn provide the perfect escape for you and your friends or the ideal place for a corporate retreat. Walk to the village bakery, its friendly pizzeria, the crêperie and enjoy the best homemade ice-cream parlour in the region (peak summer only).  Nearby are cycling, tennis, golf, historic sites, local markets and exceptional restaurants – even a frog sanctuary! Once you’re in the village, you don’t need to go anywhere else!

Visit the website to learn more!

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.

VALUE: $17,800

Our thanks to Sea Dream Yacht Club

A 7-night, inclusive Mediterranean Voyage aboard one of SeaDream Yacht Club's 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 - Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 - The Ultimate Rugby Experience

Value: $6,000

VIP Hospitality for Two People, for Three Days of action-packed rugby sevens - July 20-22, 2018

Access to the Rugby World Cup Sevens VIP Reception

Access to additional VIP Rugby World Cup Sevens Experience or Event

AUCTION ITEM #4 -The Stunning Superbike World Championship 2018!

VALUE: $5,000

Item includes:

  • VIP Hospitality for Four in the Flag Suite
  • 4 Starting Grid Passes
  • Meet and Greet with British Racers Tom Sykes, Chaz Davis and Johnathan Ray

Plus, at the fabulous Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa, Monterey, you will enjoy a one night stay for four people (two deluxe king bed rooms) - includes complimentary breakfast for four, free wifi and parking.

Our thanks to Casa Munras Garden hotel and Mazda Raceway

AUCTION ITEM #5 - The Magnificent USA Sevens Package

VALUE: $3,900

Our thanks to USA Sevens/United World Sports, Alaska Airlines / Virgin America, the London Harlequins, and Play Rugby USA



Fly to Las Vegas on Alaska or Virgin America and enjoy 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)

    Item includes:

  • 2 Round Trip tickets on either Alaska or Virgin America to Airfare 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 
  • A round of Golf for two people at the USA Sevens Charity Golf Tournament
  • 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.
  • A Signed Rugby Ball courtesy of the Harlequins Rugby Union team
  • A signed USA Eagles 15’s Rugby Shirt


Value: $ Priceless

GREAT Afternoon Tea with H.M Consul General Mr. Andrew Whittaker at The Residence

A Very British Afternoon Tea for you and up to 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, 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



Sonoma County Culinary Retreat!

Enjoy a Two Night Stay for Up to 6 People at Christopher Creek Winery Estate House PLUS A VIP Wine Tasting.  Then off to Healdsburg for with Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem to enjoy dinner for 6 at the marvelous Valette Restaurant

Value:  $7,000+


Entertain your family and friends, or make this a Corporate Retreat! Up to 6 people will enjoy a two weeknight stay (Sunday - Thursday) at the spectacular Christopher Creek Vineyard Estate House plus a VIP tasting of three boutique wine brands.  Also joining you one evening will be KCBS Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem, All 6 guests will head off to the magnificent Valette Restaurant in beautiful Healdsburg.  Chef and owner, Dustin Valette will be your personal chef for the night at his Healdsburg hotspot where conviviality is the order of the day,  You'll enjoy paired wines to go with your four-course meal - and a magnum of Laurent Perrier Champagne to boot.

Our thanks to Christopher Creek Winery - Award Winning Wines.  Unforgettable Experience.  Also to Dustin Valette, Valette Restaurant and KCBS Foodie Chap and BABC Luncheon Emcee, Liam Mayclem.

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