Virginia Opera Gala ~ Live Auction Items

TO PLACE YOUR BID, call Lisa Sands at 757.627.9545 ext. 3319 or email your bid to


You too, can have your “Under the Tuscan Sun” experience (but without the hot younger Italian guy…darn!)  Four of you will spend a week (Saturday to Saturday) in beautiful Cortona, a jewel of a medieval walled hill town in Tuscany –only 90 minutes from Florence and two hours from Rome—and the site of the Frances Mayes novel and film.  You’ll feel like a native Toscani in a centuries-old stone house fully restored in 2015.  The two-bedroom (queen beds), 2-bath Casa Stella is in a quiet area close to one of the town’s entrance gates and public parking, and it is a leisurely walk to the town center.The three-level home includes a master bedroom with en suite full bathroom on the first level; an open-plan living area, kitchen and laundry room on the second; and the second master bedroom with en suite full bathroom and beamed ceilings on the third level.  The owner was born and grew up within its walls and has kept its architectural integrity intact, but all furnishings and amenities are modern. Amenities include free WiFi, TV, washing machine, hair dryer and heat.  AC is an extra fee, to be paid at the end of stay. Along with museums, churches and other historical sights, Cortona offers a wealth of good restaurants and cafes, shops and entertainment.  The town is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and the view of the valley below is one of the most spectacular in all of Italy.  Together in Tuscany and Umbria provides full concierge service and will assist in arranging local activities, car rentals and more.  Available – at your expense – are options for cooking classes, wine tours of the nearby hill town of Montepulciano, visits to the other nearby hill towns of Siena, Orvieto, Perugia, Gubbio and Assisi, bicycle tours of Tuscany and Umbria, and MORE!

Terms and Conditions ~ Travelers must provide their own air fare.

There is a two-year expiration on this package.        Minimum bid: $2,500


In vino veritas A Getaway for Two to Sonoma, California for Four Days & Three Nights at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in a Junior Suite, Including a Private Winery Tour in a Chauffeured Luxury Sedan

For hundreds of years, ancient thermal mineral waters have graced the site of The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. The ultimate elegant oasis, this AAA Four-Diamond resort is positioned in the gorgeous wine country of Sonoma in Northern California. Sit back and relax during your personalized five-hour wine tour as you are guided through the region by a knowledgeable and experienced chauffeur. Today, the resort is proud to be one of the only luxury Spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. Native American people came to this sacred ground from surrounding valleys and the coast to partake in healing rituals honoring the earth and the waters, and the spirit of all the elements. The spa pays homage to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations, who believed in the axiom, “Sanitas Per Aquas”, or healing through water.Your spacious junior suite provides the epitome of comfort, privacy, and a delightful ambiance. The junior suites feature a fireplace, a Jacuzzi tub for two, and a plush sitting area.

Your getaway for two includes:
• Accommodations at in a king-bedded junior suite
• Daily complimentary breakfast
• All room-related taxes
• Private 5-hour winery tour in a chauffeured luxury sedan
• Daily complimentary wine tastings in the hotel lobby
• Complimentary bottle of wine in room upon arrival

Terms and Conditions ~ Travelers must provide their own air fare. Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. A minimum 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue. Some restrictions may apply during special events. Blackout dates: June 24-25, July 15-17.

Minimum bid:  $2,500 





Do NOT throw away your shot!   Here’s your chance to see what remains the hottest show on Broadway – “Hamilton”!!

  • Two front-orchestra seats at the matinee on Wed., January 9 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre,
  • a $100 gift certificate for Russell Allen’s favorite New York Italian restaurant, Bond 45, with its famous HUGE antipasti bar, AND
  • two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Times Square, a mere two blocks from both the theatre and the restaurant. This is a 3-1/2 star hotel with an 8.6 rating.

This is your big chance to see this ground-breaking musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton written/composed by Tony, Grammy, MacArthur and Pulitzer Prize winner (and flat-out genius!) Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tickets to this show are still all but impossible to obtain unless you pay thousands for tickets on the secondary market.  And, YES, it really is a transformative experience!  Don’t miss your chance to “be in the room where it happens.”

Donated by Deborah Wyld and Allan Reynolds

Minimum bid:  $1,500