We are pleased to confirm that we will auction off 6 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 - 7 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
A Dream Holiday in South West France with Accommodations for 8-16 Guests for Two Weeks
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!
AUCTION ITEM #2
It's Yachting Not Cruising. Enjoy a Luxury SeaDream Yacht Club 7-Night Mediterranean Mega-Yacht Voyage for Two PLUS, if you sail from Nice or Monte Carlo, 3 nights at Fairmont Monte Carlo!
VALUE: $17,800 + $2,128 (Hotel) = $19,928
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 2017.
Chose voyages departing from Athens, Barcelona, Cannes, Dubrovnik, Monte Carlo, Nice, Rome and Venice. .
What folks are saying about Sea Dream Yacht Club!
"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 & Golf Heaven
Our thanks to:
Two Round-Trip Business Class Tickets on Aer Lingus from San Francisco to Dublin, RBS | Ulster Bank Hospitality for Two at RBS Six Nations Rugby Match between Ireland vs England on March 18th* PLUS a meet and Greet with legendary former British and Irish Lions player, Paul Wallace and thanks to Paul, an Ireland Jersey signed by the Ireland Rugby Team (will be presented on the day of the match). Package also includes one night at The Marker Hotel in Dublin.
Then, onward to Scotland for a three night stay at the Fairmont St. Andrews and two rounds of golf for two people - ONE OF THEM WITH SCOTTISH RUGBY LEGEND, GAVIN HASTINGS. Your choice of the superb Torrance or Kittocks courses at the Fairmont PLUS, a traditional round of Scottish links golf - course to be confirmed - at any of the 8 St. Andrews Links courses, including the Old Course.
Package also includes a framed Giclee* of the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews by Graeme Baxter, world-renowned artist to the British Open.
Framed Giclee* of The Swilcan Bridge, St. Andrews - Official Painting of the British Open by World-renowned Artist Graeme Baxter
About The Artist - Graeme Baxter:
Graeme Baxter, Official Artist to some of the World's most important golf tournaments, such as The Ryder Cup, The Open Championship, The Presidents Cup, The Kraft Nabisco Championship and ANA Inspiration as well as Artist to the PGA Tour and European Tour. With his work displayed in clubhouses at St. Andrews, Augusta, Pebble Beach, Dubai, Mission Hills and Pine Valley in China, Graeme possesses a unique ability to historically record golf landscapes and portraits that capture his passion for the game. Graeme's paintings, giclees (prints produced on Artist Quality Canvas, using pigmented based light fast inks) and lithographs, are displayed in almost 40 countries. The low-volume editions, individual signings and celebrity collaborations add value, prestige and worldwide collect ability to his work.
* AIR TICKETS WILL NEED TO BE BOOKED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LUNCHEON TO GUARANTEE BUSINESS CLASS AVAILABILITY. BLACK OUT DATES FOR TRAVEL ARE STATED AS MARCH 10TH - MARCH 20TH, HOWEVER, IF YOU BOOK IMMEDIATELY, AER LINGUS WILL WORK WITH YOU TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS.
** a technology for fine art or photograph reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer to make individual copies.
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 3-5, 2017) PLUS a round of golf for 4 at the USA Sevens Charity Classic Golf Tournament, playing with an International Rugby Legend, a Play Rugby USA Rugby Ball signed by 8 of the Harlequins Rugby Team, including Captain Danny Care and former England Captain Chris Robshaw, AND 2 nights at The Monte Carlo Hotel, where the teams will be staying.
- Airfare for two people to Las Vegas
- 2 tickets to the Premier Hospitality Lounge at the USA Sevens Friday March 3rd, Saturday March 4thand Sunday March 5th.
- A Foursome of Golf with an International Rugby Legend (player to be confirmed) at the USA Sevens Charity Golf Classic on Friday March 3rd. Includes breakfast, Golf, Cart and 4 tickets to the Awards Luncheon immediately following the Golf - Mix and Mingle with Rugby Legends galore.
- A Meet and Greet with Jason Leonard,President of the RFU and most capped player (114) for the England Rugby Team - SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
- A Play Rugby USA Rugby Ball signed by 7 of the Harlequins Rugby Team, including captain Danny Care and former England captain Chris Robshaw
- 2 nights at the Monte Carlo Hotel, where the teams stay, Friday March 3rd and Saturday 4th
- An England Rugby Shirt Signed by Jason Leonard
- 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
A Very British Breakfast at the Residence of H.M Consul
Mr. Andrew Whittaker
A Very British Breakfast 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 gourmet treat at the elegant Presidio Terrace Residence.
May be used on a weekday morning of your choice between 8 and 10am, subject
to the availability of HM Consul General. This item is
non-transferable and expires on 12/31/2017.
Our thanks to Andrew Whittaker, HM Consul General to San Francisco and the British Consulate General
AUCTION ITEM # 6
Car Week and Concours d'Elegance for Two
This incredible package includes:
- Two Tickets to the McCall's Revival at the Monterey Jet Center on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 - the official kick-off Gala to the World Famous Monetery Car Week. This special 26th Anniversary Culinary Celebration features celebrated chefs pairing gourmet selections with California Wines;
- Access to the PanAtlantique Estate for the VIP Dinner;
- A private meeting with Matt Rimac, the inventor of the Concept-One Rimac electric hypercar and
- Two tickets to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday August 20th, 2017 PLUS
- Dinner for two at Restaurant 1833