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An Evening Under the Sea - Auction Preview

 
From luxury safaris to captivating artwork,
WildAid's live and silent auctions promise to be a highlight of the 2016 gala at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
 

 

LIVE AUCTION


An Elegant Adventure in Costa Rica 

Experience the magic and beauty of Costa Rica with this eight-day adventure travel package for two from Pure Costa Rica Travel. Your journey begins with a two-night stay at The Peace Lodge Hotel & Wildlife Refuge, a unique luxury rainforest mountain lodge, located on the fabulous grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. You’ll then travel on to four luxurious nights at The Springs Resort & Spa. Voted by CNN as one of the top seven resorts in the world, The Springs Resort & Spa features picture-perfect views of the famous Arenal Volcano from every room, an impressive full service spa and five unique dining experiences. 

The Springs Resort & Spa is situated on 165 acres of rainforest and offers healing hot and cool thermal water pools, river tubing, fishing, horseback tours and other memorable activities. Included in this package is a private waterfall rappelling tour below Arenal Volcano by Pure Trek Canyoning, and a private tropical cooking class by Chef Scott Allen at his gourmet kitchen under Arenal's gaze. Finally, a private helicopter will whisk you back to San Jose for one night at the the five-star Intercontinental Hotel. 

 
Fair market value:

$12,500

Generously donated by:

Pure Costa Rica Travel, The Springs Resort & Spa, and The Peace Lodge & Wild Animal Refuge

Restrictions:

Valid for one year from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Blackout dates may apply. Does not include international air travel.


10-Day Botswana Safari Adventure 

Offering unparalleled game viewing and stunning biodiversity, a safari in the southern African nation of Botswana is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Botswana is one of the first African safari destinations to truly grasp the link between conservation and economic success, and remains a leader in protecting its natural resources and promoting sustainable tourism. 

From the glistening waterways of the Okavango Delta to mesmerizing Victoria Falls, this 10-day safari with Ker & Downey offers guests a variety of topography and diversity of wildlife. Enjoy completely unique wildlife adventures in small, exclusive, and unforgettable camps and lodges known for their tailor-made accommodations and experiences.

Ker & Downey is an award-winning luxury tour operator with over five decades of success in the industry. Each Ker & Downey experience is flawlessly arranged to provide the traveler a worry-free experience. VIP assistance, incredible private guides and fabulous properties all combine on every itinerary.


Fair market value:

$23,450

Generously donated by:

Saxon Collection, Safari Air, Southern Africa Ker & Downey, Great Plains, Royal Chundu and Personal Africa

Restrictions:

Not included in package: international and regional air travel, porterage, gratuities, entrance fees and all expenses of a personal nature.


A Presidential Villa in Seychelles

Wilderness Safaris has created an unforgettable adventure on the private North Island of Seychelles, where luxury, personalized service and an array of ocean activities ensure an unforgettable experience in the middle of the Indian Ocean. North Island has embarked on an ambitious initiative to restore habitat and protect endangered species on the island, all while offering an authentic and romantic experience from the moment you step onto the sand. 

This three-night package includes all meals, alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks (excluding premium wines and champagnes), PADI-approved scuba diving courses, scuba diving activities, and snorkeling in and around the North Island and Silhouette dive sites. Additional covered activities include sea kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, bicycling, sunset cruises, guided walks, shore-based fishing on North Island, half-day deep sea fishing trips, and use of one "North Island Buggy" for your remarkable stay.

 
Fair market value:

$19,100

Generously donated by:

North Island in Association with Wilderness Safaris 

Restrictions:

Valid from December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017. Subject to availability at the time of booking. Not transferable or redeemable for cash. Blackout dates include peak periods such as Christmas, New Years and Easter. Prize may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion. Does not include international and regional air travel. Prize winner letter must be presented upon claiming trip. 


Luxury Island-Hopping in Fiji

Enjoy seven days in the heart of the South Pacific at two of Fiji's most spectacular five-star resorts. Curated by Blue Marble Private, a luxury travel company in London crafting extraordinary experiences around the world, your journey begins with three nights at Nanuku, a stunning beachfront resort and Polynesian paradise. Immerse yourself in island life with traditional Fijian dancing and activities while staying in a luxury beachfront spa suite complete with your own butler. 

Continue onwards to enjoy three nights in a one-bedroom villa on Laucala Island, owned by Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz. Laucala is the ultimate private island escape, featuring resplendent beaches and crystal blue waters. Your stay includes use of an 18-hole golf course, tennis, watersports, horse-riding, yoga, spa and more. Flights on arrival from Fiji’s Nadi International Airport to Nanuku and Laucala Island are included.

 
Fair market value:

$31,000

Generously donated by:

Blue Marble Private 

Restrictions:

The prize is for two guests and is valid until August 31, 2017. Dates are subject to availability.  


Galapagos Odyssey Aboard WildAid's Passion of the Seas 

The voyage of a lifetime: Set sail aboard WildAid's Passion of the Seas for an eight-day journey through the unique ecosystems of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. At 48.5 meters (159 feet) and spread over four decks, the Passion of the Seas boasts exceptional space for up to 12 passengers. This private yacht has all the modern comforts, such as ample social areas, a panoramic sky lounge and bar, separate dining room, and wonderfully spacious open decks, as well as a secluded sun deck complete with a hot tub. The four staterooms are fully air-conditioned with private bathrooms. Additionally, two beautifully appointed suites feature private lounge areas. 

The Galapagos Islands offer a vast array of wildlife, from blue-footed boobies to ancient giant tortoises. You’ll enjoy diverse experiences on your journey: swimming with playful sea lion cubs, unparalleled diving and world-class birdwatching are just some of the adventures awaiting you. Package includes all accommodations onboard, a full crew, an itinerary set by Galapagos National Park and a private naturalist guide. Choose from one of two custom itinerary options. 

 
Fair market value:

$98,700

Generously donated by:

Angermeyer Cruises

Restrictions: 

Prize valid until August 31, 2017. Dates are subject to availability. Does not include international air travel.  


1 Week with Bespoke Second-Home Club

Solstice is the two-time Robb Report Best of the Best award winner for boutique destination club, providing its exclusive, invitation-only members unfettered private access to a collection of artisanal second homes in the world’s best locations, without the restrictions and financial obligations of outright ownership.

You will enjoy a lavish stay in your choice of these pristine, home-away-from-home Solstice properties: St. Barts, London, Paris, Florence, New York, Aspen, Napa Valley or Cabo San Lucas. A Solstice lifestyle specialist will help arrange restaurant reservations, in-home chefs, masseurs, shows and housekeeping (included daily). You may arrange your stay in a Solstice property for seven consecutive nights at one Solstice home, or you may divide into three and four days at two properties of your choice. 

 

Fair market value:

$25,000

Generously donated by:

Solstice Collection

Restrictions: 

Seven nights can be used consecutively or may be reserved in three- and four-day increments. Must be reserved within five months. Valid through December 31, 2017. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, July 4th and Christmas/New Years.


16-Day Kenyan Safari Adventure 

This 16-day, classic Kenyan safari for two explores the famous Massai Mara game park, the Kenyan central highlands and the gorgeous southern coast. Enjoy viewing African wildlife in day and night safari, as well as water adventures in the Ewaso Nyiro River and Indian Ocean. Arriving in Nairobi, you'll spend your first evening at Hemingways near Nairobi National Park before embarking on a two-night stay at The Sabuk Lodge, a unique property on private grounds that boasts exemplary walking and driving safaris. You’ll then depart for three treasured nights at The Segera Retreat, nestled between glorious Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. 

Fly to Mara Ol Seki for three nights at the lovely Rekero Naboisho Camp, a traditional East African camp that evokes the romance of safaris from a bygone era, followed by three nights in a tented suite at Angama Mara, an exquisite, recently opened safari lodge high above the Great Rift Valley. Finish your journey at Kinondo Kwetu on the breathtaking southern coast of Kenya on the Indian Ocean, where you’ll enjoy mountain biking, canoes and snorkeling before returning to Nairobi for a final night stay at Hemingways. Bon voyage!

 


Fair market value:

$33,500

Generously donated by:

Africa Travel Resource/Jay Hanson, Hemingways, Segera Retreat, Rekero Naboisho Camp, Angama Mara Lodge, and Kinondo Kwetu Resort

Restrictions:  

Blackout dates: December 19, 2016 to January 5, 2017;  July, August and September 2017; and December 18, 2017 to January 5, 2018. Does not include international air travel.


 

12-Night Luxury Tour of India

India offers rich history, color and charm to all who sojourn within her borders. From royal palaces to holy shrines, explorers are never disappointed. Visit bustling cities, picturesque beaches, majestic mountains, or the circuit of iconic palaces at the heart of India’s cultural stories. Walk in the footsteps of saints and princes as you explore a land bursting with life, both sacred and terrestrial.

This package for two includes accommodations in Jaipur at Rambagh Palace, Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, Taj Palace in Delhi, Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp in Kanha, and the world-famous Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. 

 

Fair market value:

$19,520

Generously donated by:

Ker & Downey, Taj Hotels and Eastbound 

Restrictions: 

Valid for travel April 1-October 31, 2017, and December 1-20, 2017 only. Based on two people traveling. International and regional airfare not included.


12-Day Cultural Journey Through Thailand and Vietnam  

Contemporary luxury meets centuries-old tradition during your unforgettable 12-day journey through Thailand and Vietnam with Ker & Downey. 

Travel from the bustling hub of Bangkok to Chiang Mai for up-close encounters with Thailand’s local culture and natural beauty. Then, uncover the best of Vietnam from north to south. Cruise Ha Long Bay, bike along the Mekong, and visit a lantern-making studio with local guides. 

During your visit you'll stay at some of the nest accommodations in Southeast Asia, including a Siam Suite at the Siam Hotel Bangkok, a deluxe room at Anantara Chiang Mai, a premium room at So tel Legend Metropole Hanoi, a superior cabin on the Halong Jasmine Cruise, a deluxe room at the Hotel Royal Hoi An in Hoi An, and a Park Room at the Park Hyatt Saigon. 

 

Fair market value:

$10,440

Generously donated by:

Ker & Downey

Restrictions: 

Not included in package: international air travel, flight from Bangkok to Hanoi, gratuities and all expenses of a personal nature.


7 Nights in Your Dream Vacation Home  

Join Exclusive Resorts for a seven-night luxury vacation you’ll never forget, at any of their five sought-after destinations: Grand Cayman, Los Cabos, Costa Rica's Peninsula Papagayo, Real del Mar in Baja California, and Sea Island, Georgia. 

Exclusive Resorts is a leading luxury vacation and travel club, offering travelers exclusive destinations, experiences and services. All properties are ideal for reconnecting with family and boast exquisite service, dream amenities and immersive excursions. 

Most locations can accommodate six guests and some can accommodate up to eight. Capacity and room numbers vary by location. 

 

Fair market value:

$14,000

Generously donated by:

Vishal Grover

Restrictions: 

Vacation must be booked within 90 days of the desired checkout date (subject to availability and select blackout dates). Travel must be redeemed by November 30, 2017.


 

SUPER SILENT AUCTION

 

 

"Ascension" by David Brookover  

Photogravure print, 58" x 35" 


Fair market value:

$6,231

Generously donated by:

The Brookover Gallery


 

"Manta" by Shawn Heinrichs  

Fine art metal print, 40" x 60"


Fair market value:

$14,500

Generously donated by:

Blue Sphere Media/Shawn Heinrichs 

 

 

"Belismo" by Karel Zijlstra  

 Bronze sculpture, 66" height

 
 

Fair market value:

$10,000

Generously donated by:

Karel Zijlstra

 
 

 

"Crouching Octopus" by Paul Harder  

Bronze sculpture, 15”h x 18’’w and 17”d 

  

Fair market value:

$7,700

Generously donated by:

Paul Harder/Harder Bronzeworks


"Hollowed Marble Shark" by John Bizas  

Marble, stainless steel and olive wood sculpture

  

Fair market value:

$16,830

Generously donated by:

John Bizas


Private Dinner for 8 in San Francisco by James Beard Award Winner Chef Martin Yan  

Dinner for 8 guests at M.Y. China Restaurant, San Francisco

  

Fair market value:

$5,000

Generously donated by:

Yan Can Cook, Inc.



Manta Ray Pendant by Alexander Jewell  

18k yellow gold, 36mm x 35mm with gold chain  

  

Fair market value:

$1,685

Generously donated by:

Alexander Jewell

 

 



Goyard Handbag with Hand-Painted Sharks 

Goyardine coated canvas  

  

Fair market value:

$2,800

Generously donated by:

Graciela Cors


 

Michael Muller SHARKS Collector's Edition Book 

Signed copy in metal shark cage   


Fair market value:

$1,500

Generously donated by:

TASCHEN Gallery

 
 
 

One-of-a-Kind Backgammon Game Designed for WildAid  

Macassar ebony, turquoise, brass  

  

Fair market value:

$7,500

Generously donated by:

Alexandra Llewellyn


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Mrs. Jaws.  

Exclusive dinner party hosted by shark conservation hero Wendy Benchley at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Wendy will entertain with vintage footage from the Jaws movie set and tell tales of her life and adventures with Peter.   

 

Fair market value:

Priceless

Generously donated by:

Wendy Benchley

 

... And many more fantastic silent auction items!