The Massey Street of Hope Preview Gala & Auction was held on Friday, September 11, and was a chance for a select few to tour the homes and celebrate the kick off to this 16-day event in style! Sponsored by Long & Foster Realtors, the event featured a live auction to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center raising $100,000. Auction items included a Tuscany Villa Getaway, a South African Photo Safari, an exclusive Montana Ranch stay, an 18-karat white gold diamond necklace from Vera’s Fine Jewelers, VCU floor tickets with a pre-game dinner and after game drinks – plus transportation, and 4 Redskins tickets at FedEx Field (game to be announced).
AUCTION ITEM DETAILS:
#1. 4 Redskins Tickets at FedEx Field – December 7th, Monday Night Game Against the Dallas Cowboys.
If you are a Redskins fan you will want to bid on these lower level tickets to the Redskins versus the Cowboys Monday Night Football game on December 7 at FedEx Field! This auction item is donated by George Mason Mortgage.
#2. Casa Luce Tuscany Villa Getaway
Accomodations for your stay in Cortona, in the Tuscany region of Italy, includes a 2 bedrooms villa, plus a loft (bedrooms feature queen beds, plus there are 2 single beds located in semi private mezzanine loft, suitable only for children under age 16.) Sleeps 4 adults and 2 children. The villa also features 2 ½ baths Kitchen, dining and living area.
Cortona is the jewel of medieval Tuscan hill towns. Ideally situated two hours north of Rome and 90 minutes south of Florence, Cortona is well known from the best-selling book and movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun.”
The road up to Cortona winds through olive groves, vineyards, and farmhouses and arrives at the entrance of the town’s ancient walls. The view of the valley below is one of the most spectacular in all of Italy, stretching out to Lake Trasimeno, Montepulciano and beyond.
Along with museums, churches and other historical sights, Cortona offers a wealth of good restaurants, cafes, shops and entertainment. The town has retained its local, historical character without selling out to trinket and souvenir shops that dominate so many other Italian towns. Cortona is an ancient, walled hill town with many stairs, steep streets and limited driving/parking with no elevators or handicap accommodations. Please be advised of this if you have mobility issues of any sort.
Months before your arrival in Italy, a consierge will assist you via email in arranging local activities such as cooking classes, wine tours, museum passes, car rentals, and more. You will be personally greeted at her office in Terontola, (a small town 10 minutes from Cortona), before arrival at your accommodations, where you will have the opportunity to fully personalize your vacation with purchasing the following activities and tours:
- Cooking classes
- Wine tours of the nearby hilltown of Montepulciano, home of the famous Vino Nobile wine. Further afield are wine tours of Montalcino (home of Brunello wine) and the Chianti region (home of Chianti Classico wine)
- Excursions to Rome, Florence, Venice and other popular destinations
- Visits to the nearby hill towns of Siena, Orvieto, Perugia, Gubbio, and Assisi
- A visit to the Giulio Gialletti ceramic factory in Deruta, the ceramic capital of Italy
- Tours of local artisan olive mills, where guests observe traditional olive-pressing techniques and taste the freshly pressed oil (late Oct. thru Nov. during the olive harvest)
- Tours of ancient castles in the Chianti region
- Bicycle tours of Tuscany and Umbria
- Saturday to Saturday booking.
Valid: Through September 11, 2017
#3. 18kt White Gold Diamond Necklace
Vera’s Fine Jewelers has donated an 18kt white gold lady’s cast pave “O” style pendant with heavy chain and a bright polish finish. The pendant is wrapped with a 16 to 18 inch adjustable 18kt white gold heavy cable chain. The Trademark is CORDOVA. This stunning necklace contains 184 pave’ set round brilliant cut diamonds, measuring 1.30 to 1.40 x .081 mm (depth estimate) for an approximate total weight of 1.90 ct. Clarity of VS-1, color of G, cut is very good. Retail value $10,000.
#4 & #5. Private Montana Ranch Excursion
The Montana Sporting Club is offering a private ranch vacation is for 6-8 guests to include an opportunity to experience the best of a private hunting lodge, dude ranch, fly fishing retreat and ski resort–in a single world and winter package to experience in the winter. Each package includes membership privileges to the resorts private sporting club, and your own personal Ranch Host to assist and attend to your group during your stay.
#4. – Montana Summer Escape
Your Montana Summer Escape includes a 5 day/4 night stay in your choice of a:
a) 3 bedroom luxury log home at the Ranches at Belt Creek
b) 2 luxury 2 bedroom cabin retreats
Membership privileges to our private sporting club. Your accommodations will be a blend of rustic luxury, beautifully appointed in classic Western style and with panoramic views of the Highwood and Little Belt Mountains. Enjoy many of the on-site activities such as horseback riding, four wheeling, clay shooting, fly fishing, hiking and much more by allowing our Ranch Concierge to assist you in customizing a western vacation you will never forget!
Valid: May – October 2016 Meals and activities are prices a la carte. Non-transferable.
#5. – Montana Winter Escape
Your Montana Winter Escape includes a 6 day/5 night stay in your choice of a:
a) 3 bedroom luxury log home at the Ranches at Belt Creek
b) 2 luxury 2 bedroom cabin retreats
Membership privileges to our private sporting club; and a personal ranch host who will assist and attend to your group during your stay. Your accommodations will be a blend of rustic luxury, beautifully appointed in classic Western style and with panoramic views of the Highwood and Little Belt Mountains. Enjoy many of our fall, winter, spring activities such as, horseback riding, hiking, hunting, clay shooting, ATV’s, snowmobiling, hay rides & sleigh rides, downhill & cross country skiing, skijoring, dog sledding, and much more by allowing our Ranch Concierge to assist you in customizing a western vacation you will never forget!
Valid: November – April, 2016 or November – April, 2017. Meals and activities are prices a la carte. Non-transferable.
For either Summer or Winner package above, the winner will have a choice of accommodations (based on availability at time of booking):
Luxury Cabin Retreat is appointed in classic western style and includes 1,300 square feet of indoor/outdoor space, two bedrooms, deluxe bath, great room, Wi-Fi Internet, Plasma TV and DVD/CD, gourmet day bar, and private porch with water or ridge views. Accommodates 4 guests.
Angler’s Perch is a luxurious three bedroom log home (2,250 square feet) with plush queen size beds in each room, a loft with two additional queen beds, a full dining room and living room, and gourmet kitchen. Accommodates 6-8 guests.
#6. VCU Basketball VIP Experience (floor tickets, dinner & transportation)
Sit court side– right on the floor – and experience the VCU Rams wreak HAVOC up close with 4 tickets to see VCU play Liberty University on Sunday, December 27. This VIP experience includes transportation to and from the game, your pregame meal in the Board of Visitors room and post game happy hour at the Pig and Pearl restaurant located just blocks away. This auction item is donated by George Mason Mortgage.
#7. South Africa Photo Safari Country Manor Home
This package is a 6 Days/6 Nights all inclusive with 3 meals, 2 Daily Photo Safari Game Drives, winner choice between 3 different types of accommodations and 2 years to book trip from date of event!
Take big city glamour, mix in some country escape, add a twist of the bushveld, warm hospitality, excellent food – and you’ll have Zulu Nyala Country Manor. Situated in gracious Chartwell on the outskirts of Northern Johannesburg on 13 beautifully landscaped acres, Country Manor is ideal for overnight stays, conferencing, business trips, functions and weddings.
The Manor is home to some wild African residents. Take a stroll around the lush grounds and you’ll encounter Zebra, Blesbok, Springbok, Nyala and other creatures that provide a delightful taste of the bush. Despite this, you’ll be just five minutes away from Johannesburg’s premier nightlife, restaurants and shopping areas; home to the magnificent Montecasino with its world-class theatres, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and exotic bird garden, as well as upmarket shopping centres such as Cedar Square, Fourways Mall, Fourways Crossing and the Design Quarter.
A selection of golf courses and the must see Lion Park are also in close proximity, as is the Cradle of Humankind, a world heritage site. With easy access to Sandton, Rivonia, Pretoria, and the Coca-Cola Dome. The Lanseria and Tambo International airports are conveniently located to the Country Manor. There is secure parking for both coaches and private vehicles. Guests are encouraged to make use of the swimming pools.
#8. VCU Rams Basketball Box For 25 Fans!
Enjoy the luxury of watching the VCU Rams from a private box at the Siegel Center with complimentary food and drinks for 25 people on Wednesday, December 30, against North Florida. Get caught up in the HAVOC at the VCU Siegel Center with your friends in great comfort and with a fabulous view of the action on the court. If you are a VCU alumni or just a fan – don’t miss this opportunity to see the game in style! This auction item is donated by Joe Dunn with George Mason Mortgage, Shane Burnett with Perkinson Homes, and Mike Cullather.