The Miriam Hospital Gala and Auction

The Miriam Hospital Gala & Auction 2019 Grease is the Word

NEW THIS YEAR…ONLINE SUPER SILENT AUCTION!!!

The online super silent auction will open for bidding on Monday, April 8 and will close on Friday, May 10 at noon! Online bidding will reopen for further bidding for guests at our live event only on Saturday, May 11, 2019. New auction items will be added regularly, so be sure to check here often!

From travel to culinary experiences, the super silent auction is always an exciting part of The Miriam Hospital Gala & Auction. Many of these experiences can be shared with friends, so consider putting together a group bid to maximize your bidding power. We are truly grateful to our committee for securing, and our donors for providing, such amazing items for the auction, including:

Old Cape Cod at its Best!
An Idyllic Week for Eight, June 8-15, 2019

Provincetown is unquestionably Cape Cod’s most popular vacation destination! From June 8 to 15, experience why everyone wants to visit Provincetown, and do it in style at an elegant four-bedroom home on the west end overlooking the harbor. The historic, circa 1807 home has been beautifully restored with pine floors and custom amenities throughout, making it the perfect venue for seven days of rest, relaxation, and fun.

The first floor includes a large, comfortable living room; combination library/TV room; and spacious dining room—each featuring a gas fireplace. Double doors open from the dining area to a private patio with a fully equipped kitchen just beyond. There is also a bedroom on the first floor with an attached bath and small kitchen, offering extra privacy for guests or as a suite for an au pair. Upstairs, you’ll find three more bedrooms, all with en suite baths and individual climate controls. A private driveway leads to three assigned parking spaces at the rear of the home.

This breathtaking property is located directly across from the West End Boat Launch and harbor beach with stunning views of the lighthouses across the water at land’s end. Stroll into town where boutiques and restaurants await, and explore the many galleries and studios of America’s oldest art colony.

With so much to do in Provincetown, you and your guests can fill your days and evenings with activities or take it easy and soak up the atmosphere from a rocker on the front stoop, dine al fresco on the patio, or ensconce yourself in an over-stuffed chair while enjoying the beauty that surrounds you. No matter how you spend your days—family, friends, location, accommodations, and the perfect time of year are the ingredients that will make this the best vacation you’ll ever take!

Courtesy of Paul Carter and Nicklas Oldenburg

Seven Nights at the Grand Summit Hotel in Park City, Utah
(July 19 – July 26, 2019)

Named one of the 20 prettiest towns in the United States by Forbes Traveler Magazine, Park City, Utah, is an ideal vacation destination at any time of the year. Lying 7,000 feet above sea level, Park City weather in July is perfect – sunny and warm – but never hot and humid. Newly renovated, the Four-Diamond Grand Summit Hotel is located at the center of the Canyons Resort Village and offers only the most elegant accommodations. The one-bedroom luxury condo suite sleeps up to five people comfortably.

During the summer months, several area ski resorts convert their runs into miles of breathtaking hiking and biking trails, and fly-fishing enthusiasts will find an abundance of crystal-clear rivers and streams. After your outdoor excursions, relax and enjoy the many amenities offered at the Grand Summit, including a heated pool, hot tubs, full-service spa, health club, and outstanding restaurants. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the Deer Valley Music Festival, which is the summer home of the Utah Symphony. On July 20, you can sit back under the stars and enjoy an unforgettable evening of music with Hamilton’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning star Renée Elise Goldsberry. Her spiritually uplifting set includes music from Rent and The Lion King, in addition to tributes to some of the strongest ladies to ever grace a stage such as Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, and Sarah Vaughan. It’s time to start packing! Bedroom includes a queen bed, and the living room offers two daybeds and a sleeper sofa. Housekeeping fees included.

Courtesy of Dr. Richard L. Gold

Island Oasis in Las Vegas for 7 days

Tahiti Village Resort and Spa offers a tranquil island-inspired escape just a short distance from all the action on The Strip. The family-friendly, all-suite resort provides the comforts of home plus first-class amenities including concierge, an activities center, hot tub, spa, and fitness center. Experience the resort’s renowned Lazy River with cascading waterfall or relax by the Tahitian-themed pool area with sand beach entry.

The spacious Bora, Bora luxury suite features one bedroom with a king bed, one bath, queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living room, full kitchen, and stackable washer/dryer. Enjoy casual dining and limited gaming at 17° South Booze & Bites, or make a quick stop at the Wiki Wiki market and café for food to go so you can eat on the run and get right back to the fun. Excitement and Relaxation: this vacation has it all! Suite sleeps four. Valid anytime in 2019 except December 27 – December 31.

Courtesy of Li Juan Wang, MD and Yong Ming Zhang

Four Nights of Sun, Sea, and Serenity on Sanibel Island

With two bedrooms and two baths, this oceanfront condo on Florida’s Sanibel Island is the perfect vacation getaway! The exclusive 14-unit property sits directly on the beach and is situated on the lighthouse end of the island, making you feel as if you’re in your own secluded paradise. The condo contains all the amenities of home, including a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, living room with sofa bed, air conditioning, washer/dryer, and wireless internet. The master bedroom features a king-sized bed and en suite bath, while the guest room is furnished with two twin beds. A screened-in lanai is ideal for relaxing and watching dolphins playing offshore, or to soak up the beauty and warm breezes of the Gulf of Mexico. There is also a heated pool on the property and a 26-mile bike path across the street that connects to the rest of the island.

Sanibel Island is justly famed for its pristine beaches with more than 250 types of shells, breathtaking sunsets, some of the finest fishing in the world, and one of the country’s premier nature preserves, where you can explore a rich ecosystem of unspoiled beauty. Favorite island pastimes include hunting for seashells, boating, golf, and a myriad of water-related sports. The island is also renowned for its historic lighthouse and Great Calusa Blueway, a 190-mile-long canoe and kayak trail. Visit the island’s many unique shops and galleries and dine at a variety of restaurants where fresh seafood is a specialty. Sanibel Island is only 15 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest point, so everything is easily accessible. And, since height regulations limit buildings to a maximum of three stories, you’ll have spectacular views no matter where you are on the island. Sanibel Island…a paradise so perfect, you’ll never want to leave! Condo sleeps four to six people; package subject to availability between May and December 2019.

Courtesy of Alessandro Papa, MD and Gwyneth Granton

The Glory of Greek Cuisine: Three-Course Dinner for 10 at Kleos Restaurant in Providence

Here’s your chance to host a three-course dinner party for 10 in the private dining room of Kleos Restaurant, Providence’s premier Greek restaurant. Each delectable course will be paired with Greek wine to thoroughly savor the full essence of the cuisine and dining experience. As one of Rhode Island’s culinary gems, Kleos captures the classic flavors of traditional Greek food, expertly prepared and presented with a modern twist. As a fundamental ingredient in their cooking, owners Lauren Lynch and Tom Bovis use an olive oil shipped directly from the Bovis family farm in Greece. A fabulous meal with your closest family and friends…this is one opportunity you simply can’t pass up! Dinner to be held on a mutually agreed upon date, Sunday through Thursday. Package excludes gratuity and expires on 5/11/20.

Courtesy of Kleos Greek Restaurant

A Custom-Designed Dining Extravaganza for 12 in Your Home

Host the ultimate gourmet dinner party for 12 without lifting a finger! In consultation with you, renowned New England Chef, Christopher Whirlow will put together a mouth-watering dinner menu, then prepare and serve it in the comfort of your home. For more than 30 years, Chef Whirlow has been perfecting the art of the personal dining experience. Every meal he creates features the finest locally sourced ingredients and impeccable attention to detail. You’ll relish the accolades of your guests and won’t break a sweat!

Courtesy of Christopher Whirlow

Matunuck Oyster Bar - Tour and Tasting for 25

Gather your 24 closest friends and head to South County for a firsthand look at the art of oyster farming. Perry Raso of Matunuck Oyster Farm will discuss aquaculture and fisheries on a global and a local scale. Participants then go by boat to the seven-acre shellfish farm in Potter’s Pond. Once you’re back on land, relax by the water and enjoy a Prosecco and oyster tasting. A perfect way to spend a summer day! Tours provided at scheduled times seven days a week. Must call ahead to arrange a mutually agreed upon date and time.

Courtesy of Matunuck Oyster Bar


 

A Bountiful Feast for 6 in Your Home

The Miriam Hospital Gala and AuctionFor years, Ellen Loconto has been one of Rhode Island’s top caterers. Acclaimed for her generosity as well as her delicious food, RI PBS named Ellen their 2017 Partner in Philanthropy. Ellen’s clients include many Rhode Island non-profits, and whether she is creating an event for 6 people or 400, her delectable menus are meticulously planned, executed and, of course, enjoyed. Ellen will work directly with you to design a custom meal of your favorites for a dinner party in your home that will be the talk of the town! Package includes service and food, and must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.

Courtesy of Ellen Loconto

Jimmy Kimmel Live! A One-of-a-Kind Hollywood Experience!

Join the fun as Emmy-winner Jimmy Kimmel delivers his unique brand of comedy on ABC’s longest running late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! with two VIP Green Room passes to a live taping! You won’t wait in line or sit with the regular studio audience – instead, you’ll be escorted directly to the Green Room lounge adjacent to the guest dressing rooms to watch the show and see the stars make their entrances. The lounge has an open wine and beer bar, delicious food, flat screen TVs, and a photo booth to immortalize your experience. Green Room ticket holders are also invited to attend the show concerts. Three nights in Hollywood in a four-star hotel is included with this package. Participants must be at least 21 years old, and the winner will book the show online from a range of available dates.

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

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan – Be a VIP in NYC!

Be a part of all the action as you and 3 friends head to New York City with four VIP tickets to a taping of LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. Your VIP passes allow entry into the studio waiting area, bypassing the crowds outside! Then, you’re allowed first entry into the audience to select the best seats available, providing an up close and personal experience with the hosts, who’ve been known to interact with the audience during commercial breaks. And, you never know who their guest might be! Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult; under 10 not permitted.

Courtesy of Disney/ABC TV on behalf of WJAR

Reach for the Stars: Private Dinner and
Stargazing at Brown’s Ladd Observatory!

Explore the universe during an evening of stargazing at Brown University’s Ladd Observatory in Providence. Four guests will be treated to a private tour of the historic observatory – now a working museum – and its collection of antique scientific equipment. You’ll discover what it was like to practice astronomy a century ago before having the opportunity to view the stars, moon, and planets of our solar system through the lens of Ladd Observatory’s powerful refracting telescope. Weather conditions determine when the Observatory is open, so flexibility is required when scheduling your evening and should include a rain date.

Prior to gazing into space, you and your guests will partake in a very special, down to earth, private dinner prepared by Chef Mark Garofalo of Fire Works Catering. With your input, Chef Mark will create a six-course tasting menu to serve in the Ladd Observatory. This is one experience guaranteed to be out of this world! Dinner to be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date in 2019.

Courtesy of Ladd Observatory - Brown University Physics and Fire Works Catering

 

Aaannnnnnd ACTION!

The Miriam Hospital Gala and AuctionHave you ever felt that you missed your calling as an actor? Well, here’s your chance at stardom! The Rhode Island Film & TV Office will provide the high bidder with a day as a non-speaking extra on the set of a movie or television series being filmed here in Little Rhody! Enjoy watching the filmmaking process and, who knows, maybe even spot yourself in the movie or TV show once it airs! Film schedule to be mutually agreed upon by RI Film & TV Office and the winner. No expiration date. Must be 18 years old.

Courtesy of RI Film & TV Office

Front and Center: The Ultimate Boston Celtics Experience for Two

With this package, you and a guest will join Celtics’ co-owner Stephen Lewinstein for a pre-game dinner at TD Garden, where you can swap Celtics stories and learn about your favorite team from his unique perspective. Afterwards, you’ll attend a 2019-20 regular season game with sixth row, center court seats and experience exhilarating Celtics basketball action as close as it gets! And during halftime, you’ll mingle with owners, Celtics legends, and other VIPs at the exclusive Putnam Club. It’s time to elevate your game because it doesn’t get any better than this. Choice of game to be mutually agreed upon.

Courtesy of Stephen and Diana Lewinstein

Batter Up!

What better way to get over “hump day” than with 4 tickets to watch the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox take on the Colorado Rockies at historic Fenway Park Wednesday, May 15 at 7:10 p.m. These fantastic seats are in the second row of the Grandstand behind home plate. It’s the perfect cure for the mid-week blues!

Courtesy of Robert and Janice Mecca

 

 

 

 

The Art of Giving: Lenore Leach Hand-Knit Afghan

This one-of-a-kind, 48” x 60” afghan in your choice of color and pattern will be infused with the love and care that makes Lenore Leach so special to The Miriam. For more than 50 years, she has been a volunteer in the cancer center and at the hospital’s front reception desk. A former gala chair and longtime committee member, Lenore embodies the spirit of philanthropy and its impact on the patients and families who rely on The Miriam. More than beautiful, your afghan will be truly meaningful!

Courtesy of Lenore Leach

 

 

 

Elegant Freshwater Pearls – Perfect for Enchanting Evenings

Perfect for those special occasions or just when you want to feel special, this beautiful 18” graduated freshwater pearl necklace features 10-14mm pearls with a 5mm pearl between each large pearl, and a 14kt gold filigree clasp.

Simple, stylish and oh so sexy, this gorgeous necklace will be the perfect complement to any evening ensemble.

Courtesy of Imperial Pearl

 

 

 

 

 

Star Power!

Grace Duggan EarringsFeel like a princess when you wear these beautiful white quartz star earrings with detachable freshwater pearl enhancers. Queen Elizabeth chose a similar style for the earrings she gave Meghan Markle. Simple, elegant, and fit for a queen!

Courtesy of Dugan Custom Jewelers

 

 

 

 

 

The Healing Power of Beautiful Jewelry

This 18-karat white gold designer pendant on an 18", 14 karat, box style chain is set with white and black genuine onyx stones, round diamond melee accents and one larger round bezel-set diamond. Onyx is a powerful protection stone that absorbs and transforms negative energy while soothing the stress of everyday life by bringing harmony to the work-life balance. All that in an elegant and classic design so you look and feel beautiful both inside and out!

Courtesy of M.R.T Jewelers

 

 

 

 

All Dressed Up and the Best Place to Go!

Mel & Me $350 Gift Certificate: Splurge on yourself at the foremost designer clothing store in Rhode Island. At Mel & Me, you’ll find the first names in fashion from Paris, Milan, and New York and their expert consultants will help you choose the perfect outfit and accessories for your special evening at Circe.

Courtesy of Mel & Me, Ltd. – Brenda Bedrick

Circe Restaurant and Bar $150 Gift Certificate: Like the goddess herself, Circe the restaurant enchants guests with amazing food and drink. Savor delicious, expertly prepared American/Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic nuevo classico setting. Circe’s staff is dedicated to making your dining experience unforgettable!

Courtesy of Circe Restaurant & Bar

Destination Wayland Square!

Dorothy Williams $250 gift certificate: Owner, Jenna Williams will help you find your perfect look at her high-end, multi-generational boutique offering an excellent mix of timeless classic and contemporary women’s clothing and accessories.

Courtesy of Dorothy Williams

Wendy Brown Home $250 gift certificate: A wide selection of the finest quality linens and home goods as well as custom monogramming, embroidery, and sizing. Wendy Brown Home is also a treasure trove of unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else!

Courtesy of Wendy Brown Home

You Deserve the Best! Designer Italian Cashmere Sweater

Synonymous with class, quality and cache, cashmere is the epitome of luxury, with the most beautiful cashmere garments made in Italy. This three-quarter length sleeve, free-form black cashmere sweater with back velvet zipper goes with everything and can be dressed up, or dressed down. So soft, so comfortable…and so effortlessly elegant!

Courtesy of Fjall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masterpiece Portrait Package in NYC

Capture your favorite family moment with this unframed 16” x 20” masterpiece wall portrait on canvas with hand-painted detailing. Your portrait session will take place at the prestigious Pierre Hotel in New York City, and the package also includes a one room, one-night stay at the Pierre Hotel for the night of your portrait session. The 2019 portrait session dates are as follows: June 22 & 23, August 17 & 18, September 7 & 8, October 5 & 6, and November 9 & 10. Transportation, food, beverages, and gratuities are not included. Non-transferable and expires 5/11/20.

Courtesy of Kramer Portraits

 

 

 

Real is Beautiful! Family Portrait Session for Up to Five People

Bethany O Photography specializes in capturing your natural moments and the essence of who you are. Her focus is as much on the experience as the photograph itself, allowing her clients to “relax, have fun, and let the magic happen!” This package includes an on-location, weekday portrait session for up to five people, a one-on-one planning, viewing, and ordering session, and a 10”x15” lustre-coated, matboard-mounted fine-art print. Bethany’s mantra: “You shine. Let me show you!” Offer expires 7/11/19. No cash value. May not be used towards past sessions. Cannot be substituted or transferred. No purchase necessary. Session to take place within ten miles of photographer's studio in East Greenwich.

Courtesy of Bethany O Photography

 

For more information, please call (401) 793-2062.

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