Live and Silent Auction
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
Calling All Cool Cats and Kitties!
Donated by: John and Jill Fosselman
Feast your ears on live jazz at the Hollywood Bowl in a four-person terrace box seat at not one but two concerts in the Jazz at the Bowl series. Arrive in style in a limo and enhance the evening with wine and a scrumptious dinner catered by The Spot! Kick off the first concert on July 28th with the smooth jazz of Big Band Night. Its big band music with a modern twist from the Dave Holland and Dave Douglas bands, with the swinging sounds of the Count Basie Orchestra. Then on to your second concert on August 25th, “Gershwin Across America.” Gershwin’s beloved melodies take on a new twist with pop and jazz interpretations, including an all-star big band comprised of surprise soloists and the Shelly Berg Trio. Artists include Jason Mraz, Monica Mancini, BeBe Winans, Nancy Wilson, Gordon Goodwin, Tom Scott, Arturo Sandoval and more.
Start Your Engines!
Donated by: Tina Daley
Step aside, Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick—your competition is in training! Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced racer, you’ll get chills and thrills doing 100-mph laps in your 500-horsepower NASCAR racecar. Live your dream during this two-day racing series with the Drivetech Racing School at the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA. Choose either September 18 & 19 or October 16 & 17. NASCAR license and pit passes not included.
Fall in Love with Old Cape Cod
Donated by: Chandra King
“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there” you’ll love beautiful Chatham, Massachusetts. With sandy beaches, a mainstreet full of quaint shops, two lighthouses and easy access to Hyannis Port, home of the Kennedys and Provincetown, Chatham is ideally situated for relaxing or exploring. Up to six people can enjoy seven nights in this cute, fully equipped cottage in a quiet, residential Chatham Village neighborhood. Reservations must be made in advance; expires June 30, 2011.
The Ultimate Summer Evening
Donated by: John and Jill Fosselman & Andrew Crowell
Gather 12 of your closest friends for a sumptuous dinner from the famed Rhone Valley in France – set in beautiful the Altadena Town & County Club. This exquisite wine-inspired five-course French dinner will be masterfully prepared by Executive Chef Gonzalo Herrera. Each course will be artfully paired with fantastic wines representing distinctive regions throughout the Rhone Valley, as well as some additional vintage gems. The Altadena Town & Country Club is set against the stunning natural backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains adding to the luxurious ambiance. Do you have an anniversary coming up... Special birthday? How about a graduate coming home for the summer? Whatever the occasion, this is the perfect wine-lover’s experience.
Starter Wine Cellar
Donated by: Five Acres board & committees
Do you long for a wine cellar with a variety of wines appropriate for any occasion, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Five Acres wine connoisseurs can help! They have selected an assortment of their favorite mid-range to high-end wines for your enjoyment. All you’ll need to do is find the perfect location for your 32-bottle Vinotemp wine refrigerator. This stainless steel wine refrigerator features a digital temperature display, interior light and can be built-in or free standing.
Up, Up and Away!
Donated by: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Would you like to ride in my beautiful…blimp? The Fifth Dimension may have had a different type of lighter-than-air experience in mind when they sang about floating among the stars together. But you and a guest can fly in one of the most well-known corporate images in the world, giving you a view of the landscape from a unique perspective 1500 feet above the ground. Since 1925 Goodyear Tire & Rubber has adorned the skies with its iconic blimp. Only four Goodyear blimps fly today, three in the U.S. and one in China. Because of the limited number of airships and small passenger space (only six per flight) blimp rides are not offered to the public. This is a rare chance for Five Acres’ friends to join an elite club of aerial travelers on a 30-minute flight on the Goodyear Blimp Spirit of America based in Carson, CA. Flight must be claimed before May 1, 2011. See certificate for further guidelines and restrictions.
So Close Yet So Far Away
Donated by: Bill and Louise Clark & the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Easy to get to and worlds apart, the charming seaside community of Solano Beach is just the right distance from LA for a relaxing get-away. Your week-long stay begins and ends on Saturday avoiding Friday and Sunday traffic! This lovely two-bedroom townhouse sits on a bluff overlooking the beach and has an access stairway from the complex to the water. Walk to numerous restaurants, shops and galleries of the Cedros Avenue Design District, visit the Sunday afternoon Farmers Market or maybe take in a show at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. San Diego with its myriad attractions is just a short drive away. This package includes entry for four to the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, July 31, 2010, with valet parking and a table in the private Turf Club with a $100 gift card for food & beverage. Use these offers separately or together. Association rules allow no more than five people in the unit. Refundable $500 deposit will be required prior to use of the townhouse. Cleaning included in donation. Week must be reserved in advance and occur before June 30, 2011.
Donated by: Kate Kaneko
There is a story that Queen Lili`uokalani wrote this haunting verse while imprisoned and awaiting the end of the Hawaii she knew. Another story says she wrote it at the end of a stay on the ranch of a dear friend. Whichever is true you too will feel a tug of regret at the end of your six-night seven-day stay in the stunning Ka’anapali area of the island of Maui. Just north of the old whaling town of Lahaina, your luxurious two-bedroom two-bath ocean front condo is the perfect base for casual exploring or relaxing on your private lanai, by the ocean or by the pool. If you prefer more activity you can play tennis, snorkel, scuba, wind surf, outrigger canoe, sail, explore the tide pools, or golf at one of four nearby championship courses. A bit further away are ziplines, hiking paths and the always breathtaking Haleakala National Park with its glorious sunrise and downhill biking. Reservation must be made in advance and your vacation completed by June 30, 2011.
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Donated by: James Taylor and Ellyn Kusmin
Relive or imagine the 70s and 80s when James Taylor ruled the radio with songs like Fire and Rain, Steamroller, Sweet Baby James and You’ve Got a Friend. Brooding, intense and joyful, JT’s music shines on all levels. Whether you’re a long-time fan or collector of music memorabilia, this signed sheet music for Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight is a must. It doesn’t end there also included, an autographed photo of James Taylor, t-shirt, program book and two tickets for the Carole King and James Taylor “Troubadour Reunion Tour 2010” at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Ko Olina Place of Joy
Donated by: Rob Floe
You’ll want to go back, but it’s definitely not a little grass shack. It is an exclusive private ocean-front condominium for six on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu. Far enough from downtown Honolulu and the famous attractions of Waikiki to calm down and feel the true Hawaiian spirit yet close enough to indulge in the cultural, entertainment and world-class international shopping opportunities in those same locales! After relaxing at one of the two pools, three hot tubs or lagoon, guests can walk to a golf course, marina, several restaurants and bars, and a spa. This beautifully furnished and decorated 2,000-square-foot oceanfront condo includes a full designer kitchen, dining room, living room, three bedrooms and three balconies, all with different ocean views. This seven-day six-night offer will go faster than you can say “Humuhumunukunukuapuaa!” Please, no pets and no smoking allowed. Your sumptuous vacation must be reserved in advance and completed by June 6, 2011.
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
Donated by: Sandra Dale
Sandra Dale is well known for her vibrant, dramatic floral paintings. This 40” high and 60” wide custom flower painting will brighten any room in the house!
Custom Silk Dress
Donated by: Ayami Hiroshige
Sweet Like Honie is a Los Angeles design line of contemporary silk dresses featuring vibrant prints with flowing, feminine lines. This is the style of dress Carrie Bradshaw and friends would want for a warm, sunny day or hot, steamy evening. Your custom silk dress from the 2010 Fall line will cement your reputation as a savvy, forward-looking fashionista and it will fit like a glove! Select your design and fabric and send your measurements to Ayami Hiroshige. About three weeks later, your dress will be ready to show off!
Donated by: Erika Oller
Until the early 90s, renowned Pasadena artist and author of the book “Purr More…Hiss Less,” Erika Oller specialized in detailed pen-and-ink drawings of human anatomy and botanical specimens. Fortunately for Five Acres, she found her true calling creating witty watercolor paintings featuring cats and their pet people. This adorable original watercolor painting is sure to bring a smile and nod of recognition to you or your favorite cat lover!
New Year’s Day… Pasadena-Style
Donated by: Sindee Riboli, Sharp Seating & Leslie Lyons
Don’t let this parade pass you by! Experience first hand the magic of the Rose Parade then follow up with the first football game of 2011. Snap up these two tickets to the January 1, 2011, Rose Bowl Game, two tickets for preferred seating at the Rose Parade plus parking for one car.
Donated by: Koi
Strut your stuff with this gift basket of international goodies. Slip on a bracelet and earrings from famed U.S. jeweler Sarah Coventry, tuck your wallet into a purse by Spencer and Rutherford Australia (a brand seen on the arms of Cate Blanchett and Tyra Banks) and top it all with a scarf from India. Individually or together, these glamorous accessories will make you feel like “Queen for a Day”!
Art, Fashion and Beauty
Donated by: Patricia Crosby
Take home this unique stone and sterling silver, handmade Patricia Crosby necklace and feel the energy and power of the earth. Patricia carefully selects the stone and designs her jewelry to help the wearer achieve the healing, happiness and abundance that she deserves in this life!
Donated by: Marilyn Mehlmauer, MD
Smooth the passage of time and lift your spirits with this facial treatment package from Dr. Mehlmauer of Congress Cosmetic Medical Group. Included are one IPL Photo Rejuvenation treatment and one Botox treatment with up to 25 units.
Escape to Tranquility
Donated by: Amadeus Spa & Salon, Flutter and Happy Trails Catering & Garden Cafe
Plan your escape with this day of pampering and shopping. The 30-minute massage, refresh facial, spa manicure, and a haircut and style from Amadeus Spa and Salon will have you glowing. Next, head to Flutter in Old Pasadena where you will find the latest and most wearable clothing in the marketplace from designers including Nanette Lepore, Millie and Trina Turk with your $250 gift certificate. Show off your new look to your friends or family with a lunch for four in the charming Old Pasadena garden at Happy Trails Catering & Garden. Please note that the Amadeus Spa certificate must be used within six months and the Happy Trails Café is open Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Oh, Sweet Mystery of Life!
Donated by: Karen Ryan & Patina Group
Join “Eye-gor” and “Dr. Fronkensteen” as they use Abby Normal’s brain to animate their undead experiment. They are scientists…there is nothing to fear! Enjoy the double entendres and bad puns in Mel Brooks’ latest musical Young Frankenstein at the historic Pantages Theater on Friday July 30, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. from one of the front rows in the mezzanine. After the show dine at one of Patina Group’s scrumptious restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area with a dining certificate for two. Listen to the original cast recording beforehand and try not to sing along.
Where Do You Belong?
Donated by: Karen Ryan and Kate Mantilini
The Tony-award winning musical In the Heights brings to life the universal story of people struggling with change, hopes, dreams and pressures as they learn where they belong, where they’re going and which traditions they will preserve or leave behind. On Friday, June 25, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. join the residents of this vibrant Manhattan community where “the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.” Relive the experience with your copy of the original Broadway cast recording. This uplifting package includes two tickets in one of the first four rows of the mezzanine. Before the show, head to Kate Mantilini for American cuisine in the heart of Beverly Hills with a gift certificate for $75.
Candide at the Hollywood Bowl
Donated by: Michael & Anita Yagjian and Julienne Fine Foods & Celebrations
Experience the music of Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer, pianist, lecturer, broadcaster, and writer. His style mixed established Old World tradition with irrepressible New World optimism and resulted in music teeming with sheer physical energy and a mellifluous melodic gift. Enjoy the sparkling and witty music of this delightful operetta conducted by Bramwell Tovey in a garden box at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, September 2, 2010. Four tickets and two parking passes are included. Use your gift certificate for $100 to bring along a gourmet picnic from Julienne Fine Foods & Celebrations in San Marino.
And They’re Off!
Donated by: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Enjoy a day at the races at the Del Mar watching the Bing Crosby Stakes on Sunday, August 1, 2010. Gates open at noon and if you have the time, take a newcomers’ seminar to learn racing basics, strategies, horse selection and more. Then take your place at a table for four in the private Turf Club (dress code enforced) and place your bets—real or fantasy! — when the races begin at 2 p.m. This package includes four single-day adult admissions and valet parking. This package includes four single-day adult admissions, valet parking and $100 gift card for food & beverage.
Donated by: Jay Leno
Can’t believe the answers on Jaywalking? Are those headlines for real? Indulge in an afternoon of laughter with Jay Leno and his newsworthy guests with four reserved VIP seats at a live taping of the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Date of taping subject to availability. All guests must be over 16 years of age.
Attention, Red Sox Nation!
Donated by: Boston Red Sox
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, baseball in Boston doesn’t get better than this! Only 310 feet from home plate, that famous wall known as the Green Monster has been the bane of many right-handed batters, turning countless home runs into doubles. With this certificate four fans can get an incomparable view of the game from coveted Green Monster seats for three innings before rejoining the crowd in the infield grandstand. Arrangements must be made prior to July 15, 2010 and are not valid for New York Yankees or Inter-League games.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame!
Donated by: Los Angeles Dodgers
Pick your favorite opponent and urge the Dodgers on! Wear the authentic LA Dodgers Road Jersey autographed by infielder Casey Blake or keep it at home to remain in mint condition. Request for four MVP field-level seats must be submitted to the Dodgers prior to July 30, 2010. Some blackout dates apply, see certificate for details.
Cocktails to Classics
Donated by: Robert and Denise Zeilstra & Kathy Link
Swing on over to the LA Arboretum on Saturday, August 7 for an evening with the California Philharmonic led by Maestro Victor Vener for Cocktails to Classics featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Treat your friends with this table for ten on the beautiful lawn of the Arboretum with prime seats in the Conductor’s Circle including dinner and wine catered by Rhea’s Catering.
Independence Day, Galaxy-Style
Donated by: Coca Cola Enterprises
You, your family and friends can celebrate Independence Day with the LA Galaxy courtesy of Coca Cola Enterprises. These six VIP Club seats offer prime viewing as the Galaxy compete with the Seattle Sounders. Running from 6:00 p.m. to game time at 7:30 p.m. the exciting Soccer Fest has food, music, sponsor booths and fun for everyone. This package includes three parking passes in Lot 10, access to the private VIP entrance and in-seat service so you don’t miss a minute of the game by standing in concession lines. Tickets apply to Sunday, July 4, 2010 only.
Wine Connoisseur’s Dream!
Donated by: redwhite+bluezz
Certified sommelier Russ Meek of redwhite + bluezz definitely knows his way around wines and wineries. Just for Five Acres, Russ has selected his five favorite Napa Valley wineries for this Red Carpet VIP Tour for six people on the date of your choice. Destinations include Regusci Winery (one of the few “Ghost Wineries” left in the state), Peju Province Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Dunn Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder. Don’t miss the chance for a professional to arrange your tour and tasting at the best spots Napa Valley has to offer! Russ will create the perfect itinerary for your group and roll out the red carpet for this perfect day of tasting in Napa.
Decorating Ideas Galore!
Donated by: John and Marti Farley
Ready to renovate, but not quite sure what you want? The annual Pasadena Showcase House can give you more ideas than you ever imagined. This exclusive package includes a private tour of the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design as well as lunch or dinner for 8 people. From opulent to elegant to extremely comfortable, everyone will find something to admire and perhaps try in their own home. After the tour, stop by the Shops at Showcase that are comprised of carefully selected merchants from all over the country.
Donated by: The Five Acres Children & Lupe Lascano-Morales
Rising out of their difficult pasts, the children of Five Acres delight in making permanent expressions of the hope and joy each one has for the future. Colorful ceramic pieces of the sun and butterflies define summer in Southern California through the eyes of children. With Lupe’s encouragement and supervision, the children of Five Acres worked as a team to design the image, paint and fire the tiles, and assemble the picture. A light-weight but sturdy 21 inches tall and 16 inches in diameter, you can proudly display this whimsical mosaic and iron table outside in your yard, on a balcony or inside a sun room.
Weekend of Classics
Donated by: Kathy Link
Indulge in a deluxe weekend with this spectacular offer! You and a guest start with a Saturday night stay in a deluxe room at the recently renovated (and now open to non-members) L.A. Athletic Club with a welcome basket, full use of the facilities and a breakfast buffet on Sunday morning. Then head to Disney Hall to enjoy one of the LA. Philharmonic’s Sunday afternoon classic series concerts in some of the best seats in the house, row EE seats in the front orchestra. Pick one of three concerts: 10/17/2010, 12/12/2010 or 4/3/2011. Saturday night stay at LA Athletic Club is subject to availability and may be used for one of these three weekends or another of your choice.
Meet and Greet with Jackson Browne
Donated by: Jackson Browne
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne after watching him live at the Greek Theatre! This package includes two tickets to the Jackson Browne concert at the Greek Theatre on July 23, 2010 with a meet and greet opportunity. Also included are three signed albums including Love is Strange, The Very Best of Jackson Browne and Solo Acoustic Volumes 1 & 2.
The Best Design of the 20th Century!
Donated by: Herman Miller Inc.
Time Magazine heralded the Eames Plywood Dining Chair as “The Best Design of the 20th Century” because it is “elegant, light and comfortable, much copied but never bettered.” Charles and Ray Eames introduced this gently curved, molded plywood chair through Herman Miller Inc. in 1946, and its popularity continues due to its aesthetic integrity and enduring charm as well as its comfort. This durable, inviting bent wood chair will fit perfectly in just about any home.
Donated by: The Americana at Brand
Enjoy a sweet escape just miles away from home but seemingly worlds away. Your one-night stay at the Americana at Brand in one of the lavish guest suites includes access to their world-class concierge services, and pristine poolside amenities with a reserved cabana and two movie passes for their state of the art movie theatre. This package doesn’t end after just one night— also included is an Annual Valet Pass valid for 365 days worth of complimentary valet to The Americana at Brand.
Backstage Meet and Greet with Jimmy Kimmel
Donated by: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
He hangs out with huge stars. His green room is the hottest VIP ticket in town. And still we get the impression that Jimmy Kimmel is the kinda guy who’d share a cab with us. Now you can find out for yourself with this exclusive package! Treat your friends with four VIP seats on a date of your choice to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to receive a backstage tour given by one of the show’s cast members and document the day with a photo-op with Jimmy Kimmel.
Donated by: The Langham Huntington Hotel
Luxuriate in an elegant guestroom during your two-night stay in Pasadena’s own Langham Hotel! Treat yourself to a massage, facial or body treatment in the Huntington Spa, voted one of the finest spas in North America. Celebrate an occasion or life itself with dinner in The Dining Room, the only Los Angeles area hotel dining room to earn a Michelin Star. Chef de Cuisine Michael Voltaggio and a team of chefs passionately prepare extraordinary dishes with creativity and culinary flair. Or enjoy the vast array of choices at the Sunday Champagne Brunch in The Terrace served against a background of live jazz. The Langham Hotel embraces the legendary traditions of service and luxury of the original Langham grand hotel of 1865 and sits on 23 lush acres overlooking San Marino. This spectacular weekend package includes two nights at the Langham Hotel, $200 credit toward dinner in the Dining Room or Sunday brunch and $200 spa credit.