Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, we have a thrilling variety of both live and silent auction items for our upcoming annual fundraiser. Here are some of the items you will see Feb. 26 at "Diamonds or Denim" at the Coralville Marriott, with proceeds going directly to supporting professional theatre in Iowa City.
Soiree at Hands Jewelers for 10 Value = $2,000
It’s an occasion for opulence: a private, after hours party at Hands Jewelers. Your group of 10 will adorn themselves in dazzling jewels from the cases and vaults at Hands Jewelers, and then enjoy celebratory beverages and delectable finger food. If you bring your own jewels, the helpful Hands staff will also meticulously clean each piece and check every stone for safety, too. The marvelous food and wine will be selected and provided by Christian Prochaska of The Bread Garden Catering in association with the hosts, with attention paid to your party's dietary needs. This elegant evening will be arranged with hosts Betsy Boyd and Bill Nusser for a mutually agreed upon date. It’s sure to be a party you’ll never forget!
Wine Tasting Party for 8 on Saturday March 19 or Sunday April 3 Value = $400
Swirl. Sip. Savor. And, repeat. Cultivate your personal appreciation for the pleasures of the vine at a fun wine tasting party with your friends. Paul Weller and Sara Rynes-Weller will be the gracious hosts for your group of 8 at their Coralville home on either Saturday March 19 or Sunday April 3, 2016. Iowa City’s own Wally “wine guy” will guide you through an expertly selected flight of wines and hors d’oeuvres will accompany your sensory adventure.
Pizza Instruction from a New-Pi Master Value = $200
Learn how to make the best pizza ever! Invite pizza master and New Pi Baker Chad Clark to prepare pizza at your house, beginning with the dough and ending with a dazzling array of toppings. Chad will show your group how to prepare the dough, share his opinions on the best mix of cheese, and discuss how to season the sauce. Party may be held anytime March 2016 through March 2017.
Week at SaddleBrook Ranch House, near Tucson Value = $1,500
Escape for a week to Dale and Jef Farland’s home in a resort community near Tucson AZ. Activities include golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, the Tortolita and Catalina Mountains, Sonora Desert, museums, shopping, restaurants—whew! The 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath house sleeps 8 and provides all the comforts of home. Dates to be arranged with your hosts.
Date Night in the Northside Neighborhood Value = $199
Everyone needs a little time away...take this opportunity to treat your sweetheart, a pair of visiting friends or deserving family members. This item includes gift certificates to Motley Cow Café, where you’ll select from a menu of locally-sourced dishes, and a night’s stay at The Brown St. Inn, a fashionable, turn-of-the-century B&B. The lodging voucher explains some restrictions—graduation and game days are not possible.
Ballroom Dance Classes at Dance New York Value = $351
Some people do it because they love the music. Others appreciate it as a social outing. And it counts as a fitness activity, too. But everyone knows, nothing feels better than looking good on the dance floor. This package is offered by Dance New York in Coralville—Iowa’s premier ballroom and Latin dance studio—and is good for 2 group classes to get you started, and 3 private lessons to improve your moves!
Your Dog Can Be Riverside Theatre’s 16-17 Riverdog Value = priceless
You know your dog has that certain “something.” Here’s your chance to make him or her the face of our 2016-17 season pass. Your pet’s photo shoot will include the portraits we’ll use for promotional purposes, and if you’d like, a few posed shots with family members. You’ll also receive two matted 8 x 10 prints and digital files to use as you wish. To be arranged for a mutually agreeable date and location with photographer Jeff Nesheim.
Paddleboard Outing for 8 Value = $350
Gather a group of 8 and head over to the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area for a stand-up paddle board adventure on Sand Lake! Our friends at Fin & Feather H2O will set you up with equipment and expert instruction so that even beginners feel confident out on the water. You can choose to sit, lay, kneel or stand on a paddle board—any way you approach it, it’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings with family or friends. And, if your group includes yoga fans, here’s another option: certified yoga instructor Meredith Caskey will conduct a private class on the stand up boards for you!
Swiss Fondue and Wine for 8 at Après Value= $350
Here’s your chance to check out the unique atmosphere of Apres, a new wine bar located in the heart of Iowa City’s Peninsula neighborhood. Your party of 8 will be served traditional Swiss fondue and 4 reserve bottles of wine (Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape & Rombauer Chardonnay). Schedule for a night when there’s live jazz or other music for an extra-special out. Must be used in 2016.
Home Spruce Up Value = $275
Need inspiration to make your house a home? Feeling like you want to mix things up a bit? Do you have un-done painting and patching projects—because you don’t want to take them on yourself? This package includes the time and services of the experts you need—a one-hour consultation with interior designer Trudy Russell, four hours of painting from Blue Buffalo painting---plus, two gallons of Sherwin-Williams paint!