By Karen Parrella
2012 Gala Silent Auction Chair
For the past four years, I have been privileged to Chair the Silent Auction for the Westport Country Playhouse Gala. As a volunteer, I can honestly say that spending many months and hundreds of hours working on the auction has been a joy. I've chaired auctions for many organizations, but this year stands out as memorable. From the beginning, our Gala committee, the Board, the Playhouse staff and other volunteers were enthusiastic.
My goal is to find a breadth of unique items and experiences, and being rather tenacious, as everyone at the Playhouse will attest to, I don't give up until I feel we're THERE! This year definitely meets that description! Here are some highlights:
Unbelievable jewelry from Verdura, Harry Winston, Betteridge & Cartier, Breitling, Lux Bond and Green & Robert Coin, and Oscar De la Renta.
Wonderful vacations to London (roundtrip via Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic Airways) AND a hop over to Paris with amazing hotels in both; Martha's Vineyard, Ritz-Carlton Club St. Thomas, Arizona Biltmore, a Sonoma, CA vacation, and “Ride in Style” weekend at The Mayflower Inn in a Bentley from Miller Motorcars.
Amazing fashion packages from L.K. Bennett (one of Kate Middleton's favorite designers), Worth New York Collection, Dennis Basso, Tadashi Shoji, Carole Hochman Design Group, and fabulous bags from both Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren.
A magnificent, life size Equine Sculpture by local artist Marcia Spivak is one of my favorites, along with a handmade rustic bench made of virgin growth Adirondack cherry and curly maple, created especially for the Playhouse auction by artist Wayne Ignatuk.
Wonderful theater packages include: a meet and greet with Al Pacino and two tickets to the limited-engagement Broadway run of Glengarry Glen Ross, four tickets to Annie with a meet and greet with Sandy the dog and her trainer Bill Berloni, plus tickets and experiences at Peter and the Starcatcher, Grace, and Wicked.
ElixirSpa has donated a Playhouse exclusive Xtreme Eyelashes package, iFloat offers a yearlong Harmony Membership with unlimited floats (I need that!), Terrain will provide a landscape and hardscape plan for your entire property, and House of Clement will expertly design a single room in your home.
|2010 Gala Cast Company Bows|
Photo by Kathleen O'Rourke
Talk about extraordinary, Lissy Newman will do a concert for you and 50 guests at the Sheffer Rehearsal Studio in the Lucille White Barn Center! There are GREAT kids' packages, awesome sports tickets and golf, fabulous restaurants, and MUCH more. But you have to come to the Gala to be a part of bidding on these amazing items. Check out the Auction details on the Playhouse website and then come and SHOP TIL YOU DROP to support and raise money for our amazing Westport Country Playhouse.
See you there, but DON'T BID ON WHAT I WANT! Just kidding...
Click here to see some of the amazing auction items available this year. (And check back often, because we're adding more every day!)
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