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From travel to culinary experiences, the auction is always an exciting part of The Miriam Hospital Gala and Auction. Many of these experiences can be shared with friends, so consider putting together a group bid to maximize your bidding power. Our committee and donors have secured amazing items for the auction, including:

Experience the Northern Lights: Seven Days in Iceland for Two with Airfare, January 26-February 1, 2019

Iceland is the land of natural wonders, from steaming lava fields and massive glaciers, to thundering waterfalls and being one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights (aurora borealis). November to February, the darkest months of the year, is considered the prime period for viewing the Northern Lights. And, a clear, crisp winter night outside the urban area offers the optimal condition for watching this spellbinding occurrence with a night cruise serving as the perfect venue. You will leave behind the bright lights of Reykjavik and sail into the bay to behold the aurora’s magnificent light show, with colors that vary from white, green, pink, and purple as they dance and twirl magically across the sky. The experience is nothing short of amazing—some say life-changing—and each display is entirely unique!

Iceland is a true winter wonderland and you’ll have the opportunity to explore all of it from the capital city of Reykjavik to the stunning, 100-foot double cascade of the Gullfoss waterfall, including exploring the Skogar Folk Museum that covers all aspects of the Icelandic life. You will also experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur; search for nature’s dazzling display on a Northern Lights cruise; see the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs; savor gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular restaurant; and relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon. From beginning to end, this will be a trip you’ll remember forever! Winner may select another week based on availability. The northern lights are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As the Northern Lights cruise is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed.

Courtesy of Collette

Destination Vacation:
Seven-Day Cruise for Two on Holland America Line

Step aboard one of the five-star ships of Holland America Line and experience a vacation unlike any other! Choose any cruise to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, or Canada/New England for up to seven days! Your voyage includes a spacious stateroom for two, extraordinary dining, and gracious pampering by an award-winning crew. Partake in as many—or few—activities as you like, from the renowned Greenhouse Spa and Salon, to cooking demonstrations and wine tastings in the Culinary Arts Center, and much more. Enjoy days filled with new discoveries or simply relax and absorb the spectacular scenery from the beautiful wrap-around teak deck. It’s the only way to travel! Certificate is valid for one minimum, unobstructed ocean view stateroom and does not expire. Cost of transportation to and from port of embarkation, taxes, onboard charges, shore excursions, and hotel services not included. Choice of cruise dates based on space availability.

Courtesy of Holland America Line and Hope McCulloch

Unforgettable Week at a Magnificent Home
on Martha’s Vineyard

Gather together family and friends for a one-week retreat in May, June, September, or October at this stunning architect-designed contemporary home on the island of Martha’s Vineyard near Long Point in West Tisbury.

An open-design first floor boasts a dramatic living room with vaulted ceilings and beams. Windows surround the dining area on three sides with glass doors that open to both a circular screened-in porch and large back deck. The gourmet chef's kitchen is equipped with commercial, stainless steel appliances, a wine refrigerator, center prep island, breakfast bar, and granite counters. There are three bedrooms on the first floor that share a full bath. On the second floor, you’ll find a master suite that includes a king-size bed, private bath, and deck. A loft style landing on the second floor doubles as a sitting/sleeping area, with a queen sofa bed and a half-bath. The third floor features a family room with a double-sized futon and another spacious deck. Stairs lead even higher to a rooftop deck with beautiful views across the tree tops. The home is centrally located, with convenient access to Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, a bike path, and the airport. This beautiful island awaits you! Home sleeps up to 13, and is available May, June, September, or October 2018. Dates to be mutually agreed upon by winner and owners; $1,000 refundable security deposit required.

Courtesy of The Jacobson Family

The Perfect Week-Long Mexico Vacation to Playa del Carmen

For seven glorious days and nights, revel in this beautiful upscale two-bedroom, two-bath condo situated in the heart of Playa del Carmen. The condo features a large open living space with central AC, top-of-the-line appliances, washer/dryer, Indonesian teakwood floors, imported Italian marble, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sliding doors that open to a terrace overlooking a lush garden and private pool.

A Caribbean coastal resort town along the Yucatan Peninsula’s Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is famous for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. It is one of the world’s top diving destinations, featuring vibrant sea life and dazzling underwater caverns. Playa del Carmen is also the region’s top destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Stroll along the Quinta Avenida (New York’s Fifth Avenue, Mexican-style!) and browse in quaint shops and boutiques. At night, strolling musicians entertain diners at the many restaurants and bars, where you’ll find everything from street tacos to five-star establishments. And, Playa del Carmen is the ideal base for exploring the rest of Riviera Maya with ferry service to Cozumel and day trips to ancient archaeological sites and ecological parks. Leave your cares behind and embrace the good life! Condo sleeps five; package good for a one-week stay (Saturday to Saturday) to be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon time, up to one year from date of auction. This package is non-transferable, and holidays are excluded.

Courtesy of Robin and Marcus Ansell

Rebuilding & Relaxing:
Seven-Day Humanitarian trip to St. Thomas for Two


Getting involved and giving back are characteristics shared by everyone who supports The Miriam Hospital. This is an incredible opportunity to supply on-site humanitarian aid to people of St. Thomas following last year’s devastating hurricanes. The package includes roundtrip airfare for two, an apartment for a week, and the chance to work side-by-side with My Brother’s Workshop to assist hurricane victims with repairs, construction, painting, and more. My Brother’s Workshop is a nonprofit, charitable organization that offers hope and purpose to underprivileged youth through mentoring, counseling, paid job-training, education, and job placement. Your participation will help rebuild the lives of residents and provide a future for disadvantaged youth on the island. And when your work is done, take a day or two to relax by the pool or on the beautiful beaches of St. Thomas – there’s nothing better to rejuvenate your body and soul! To be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon time, up to one year from date of auction. Christmas excluded.

Courtesy of Jane and Don Stanford, and IGT

Boston Bruins Bash for 12

If you’re a Boston Bruins fan, you know there’s no experience quite like being at a game, especially when you’re in a private luxury box at TD Garden with your closest family and friends! Citizens Bank is offering this exclusive opportunity to the high bidder—12 tickets to their Executive Suite for a Bruins game during the 2018-19 regular season. Watching the game from the luxury box, you’ll feel as if you’re in the thick of the action and, at the same time, secluded from the crowds. Revel in your private world of upscale ambiance, comfort, and service—complete with food, beverages, HD televisions, and a private bathroom. This Boston Bruins experience is a hat trick above the rest and simply cannot be missed. Game to be determined.

Courtesy of Citizens Bank

Jimmy Kimmel Live! An Exclusive Hollywood Experience!

One of television’s most popular hosts, Jimmy Kimmel serves up his unique brand of comedy on ABC’s longest running late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! And now is your chance to be part of the fun with two VIP Green Room Passes to a live taping! Upon arrival, you won’t wait in line or sit with the regular studio audience; instead, you’ll be whisked away to the Green Room to watch the action from there. Adjacent to guest dressing rooms, the Green Room provides a bird’s-eye view of all the stars coming on to the show, while its lounge features an open wine and beer bar, delicious food, and a photo booth to commemorate your experience. Three nights in a four-star hotel in Hollywood is included as part of this package. Please be at least 21 years old. Winner will book the show online from a range of available dates.

Courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Anchor Travel, Inc.

Lunch or Dinner at La Masseria in NYC
with The Mighty Casey (Webb)

Man v. Food host, Casey Webb, along with fellow actor/agent A.C. Roe, will join you and your guest for lunch or dinner at renowned La Masseria, where Casey will share his wild adventures as star of the Travel Channel’s hit reality series. In Man v. Food, Casey travels the country in search of crazy food challenges at the most unique eateries. There is nothing he won’t try, and no eating challenge he won’t take on – making your time together a fun (and delicious) meal that you’ll never forget.

But above all, Casey is a food connoisseur, and La Masseria is one of New York’s finest Italian restaurants. With a $400 gift certificate, you’ll have your pick of La Masseria’s classic cuisine. Located in the theater district, La Masseria exudes old-world charm, making it the perfect setting for great food and company. Included in this package is a two-night weekend stay for two at the Hilton New York Grand Central, a historic landmark hotel in the heart of midtown Manhattan with easy access to everything! Dinner with Casey Webb to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable time and valid for one year from date of gala. Hilton stay based on availability and excludes Thanksgiving and Christmas through New Year’s.

Courtesy of Casey Webb, La Masseria, and Procaccianti Companies

An Exceptional Evening at the Opera!

The Metropolitan Opera House at New York City’s Lincoln Center is home to some of the world’s greatest operatic productions. And considered one of the finest operas ever composed, Mozart’s classic, Don Giovanni, is a must see for any opera lover! With two front row seats to the Saturday evening, February 9, 2019, performance, you are sure to be in opera heaven!

Your first-class evening begins with a $250 gift certificate for pre-theater dinner at the Met’s Grand Tier Restaurant, where the ambiance is pure artistry and elegance, highlighted by Austrian chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall. Make your reservation for up to two hours before the curtain rises so you can relax and fully enjoy outstanding contemporary American cuisine with the option to return at intermission for dessert. Completing this extraordinary package is a weekend stay for two at the beautiful Hilton New York Grand Central in the heart of New York City.

Courtesy of Dr. Norman Medow, Julie and Brett Gerstenblatt, and Procaccianti Companies

A “Just Right” Dinner with Wine for 10

This special evening begins the moment you arrive at Just Right Farm, a picturesque 300-year-old farmstead surrounded by generations-old ash trees and acres of lush woodlands. Arriving early to Just Right Farm is a must so you and your guests can enjoy cocktails while soaking up the atmosphere and strolling through the bucolic grounds as your cares fall by the wayside. The signature five-course, prix-fixe dinner menu is inspired by produce grown in the farm’s own organic vegetable garden and features only the freshest ingredients. Whatever is not grown on the property is locally sourced, while Brickyard Wine & Spirits will provide six bottles of fine wine to complement your pastoral feast. The farm’s restaurant is softly lit by antique oil lamps with floor-to-ceiling screen walls that seem to disappear as the evening deepens, creating an enchanting rural tableau that is a true farm-to-table dining experience! From beginning to end, everything about this evening will be…just right! This package is available on a Friday or Saturday evening through July 13, 2018, and must be used for a party of ten.

Courtesy of Just Right Farm and Brickyard Wine & Spirits

Authentic Steelyard Barbecue for 50 with Live Entertainment

Enjoy this celebration as a traditional graduation or birthday party, or seize your inner cowboy/girl and make it a power packed, toe tapping, finger snapping good time! Your feast will be prepared by 2016 Ocean State BBQ Festival state champion pit-master, Nat Harris, and will feature authentic barbecued chicken, ribs, and brisket with mouth-watering sides. A variety of local craft beers and wines are included to complement this occasion, and a live country music band will ensure your guests kick up their heels and feel like they are in Nashville! Barbecue to be served between 4-6 p.m. at the high bidder’s home on a mutually agreed upon date.

Courtesy of Dan Levinson and Nat Harris

A “Cocktail Supper” for 25 in Your Home OR on the WaterFire Arts Center Roof

Known for exceptional food, flawless presentation, and impeccable service, acclaimed caterer Russell Morin introduces its unique take on the traditional cocktail party—a cocktail supper for 25 in your own home OR on the WaterFire Arts Center’s rooftop patio!

Sure to satisfy every appetite and even the most discriminating palates, this is an exclusive opportunity to experience Russell Morin’s renowned cuisine and bar in a venue as intimate as the comfort of your home or as excitingly new as the roof of the WaterFire Arts Center. At the end of this special evening, you will have provided your guests with the perfect mix of food, drink, and memories without lifting a finger to make it happen! Package includes complete service, food, drink, linens, plates, and silverware and must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date. Use of WaterFire venue is subject to seasonal restrictions.

Courtesy of Russell Morin Catering & Events

Wined and Dined at Home for 12: A Perennial Favorite!

Whirlow Auction ItemHost the consummate dinner party for 12 in the comfort of your home without having to lift a finger! Renowned New England Chef Christopher Whirlow will custom design a gourmet dinner, and then prepare and serve his culinary masterpiece right in your home. For 30 years, Chef Whirlow has been perfecting the art of the personal dining experience. Every meal he creates features only the finest locally sourced ingredients and, of course, his impeccable attention to detail. From their private collection, Al and Suzanne Hall have selected 12 bottles of fine, top vintage French, Italian, and California wines from some of the world’s most outstanding producers that can be paired with the meal or savored separately. This combination of great food, great wine, and great friends are the perfect ingredients for an exceptional evening! Dinner to be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date.

Courtesy of Christopher Whirlow and Almon and Suzanne Hall

 

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