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  1. 1. Page | 1 Annual Auction Item Guide™ “What Sold Swell in 2012!” 100+ Item Ideas for Your Next Fundraising Auction Sweetheart, get ready for a flood of compliments because you’re going to be the star at your next procurement meeting. You’ve likely received this Guide because you signed up for the Red Apple Auctions’ e-zine, “Benefit Auction Ideas™.” It’s published twice a month and includes easy suggestions to boost revenues, improve audience participation, and manage auction details. Watch your email for the next issue. But for fresh acquisition ideas, this annual Auction Item Guide is the best place to start. To compile it, I check sale records and research my 2012 auction catalogs to bring you some of the most popular, creative and top-selling auction items sold last year. You’ll see a broad range of values, from “free” to $16,000. Regardless of value, each item had a skyrocket sale, selling for more than the perceived donor’s value or its listed price. Each raised significant money for the charity. As you browse, keep in mind that the point isn’t to get the identical item, but to model each item and make it your own. Be inspired. This Guide is organized into two sections. • The first page lists snippets of items sold. • The other pages have robust descriptions. The text allows you to see how each charity showcased the item. You can review the language they used to tempt the masses into bidding. Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Page | 2 To make the most of your time, follow these three steps: 1. Grab a highlighter. Highlight any item which sounds fun to you. If you like it, chances are that someone else in your community will, too. 2. Grab a pen. If you think of someone or something while reading an item, write notes in the margins. Even short phrases like, “Talk to Barb” or “Joe’s boat” will be useful later when you need to jog your memory in an auction procurement meeting. 3. Share this document with the rest of your auction procurement team and get them to do Steps 1 & 2 above. First, it allows your team to compare notes. If several of you like “Item X,” make an effort to secure a similar donation as it resonates with your crowd. Second, for those of you new to auctions, the act of reviewing this document and comparing your notes can be part of the agenda for your first procurement meeting. You’re already on your way to a great benefit auction. And remember this time-saving tip for better auction results: Work to acquire items that offer a good rate of return, like these. When items sell close to or over value, you need fewer items to hit your financial goal. That means less work for you. ! I had fun re-living each auction as I reviewed the catalogs. I hope the excitement of each sale carries through to you. Dive in, Superstar, Sherry Truhlar, CMP, BAS, CAI Benefit Auctioneer / Auction Mentor P.S. This Guide is perfect for launching creative juices, but sometimes more help is needed, like maybe a class teaching you how to procure big ticket items, or individualized help in getting your committee to ask for items. To cover other options, schedule a complimentary consultation with me at https://my.timedriver.com/82ZBS. Together we’ll figure out the best fit for your nonprofit or school. Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. Page | 3 Annual Auction Item Guide™ “What Sold Swell in 2012!” " Headmaster for the day " Front row pew & parking spot for graduation " Nutella® for a Year " Nascar driving experience for 2 " Four VIP hockey tickets located at center ice " 4 tickets for seats behind the dugout of MLB game " In-home cooking demo " Tasting, private tour, light fare, and glasses at a local vineyard for 6 " 6 hours on classic wood boat + lunch in Annapolis " 2 box seats at the Metropolitan Opera " 1-hr live music performed by student group " Paintball Posse: 4 teachers versus 6 students " Teacher for the day " Signed hockey stick " Autographed photo of Gen. George C. Marshall " Gas for a year (52 $40 gas cards) " 7 day Alaskan cruise + 2 tickets on Southwest " 2 tickets to The View + hotel stay " Beer-paired dinner for 6 in your home " Shooting lessons at range with federal agent (MP5 & Glock 22) " Catered Texas brisket dinner for 10 " Authentic Argentina asado for 20 " Downtown Abbey Season 3 premiere dinner and viewing party for six " Authentic New Mexican dinner from scratch for 6 " Sailing lessons for 4 " The Vampire Diaries - visit the set! " Paella dinner with Headmaster " Private air flight for 3 to Nantucket for the day " 2 tickets to a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman " Custom Halloween costume made by the drama teacher " Learn to make an ice cream cake " Latin Fiesta dinner for 8 with Head of School " Museum excursion with popular teacher " VIP parking pass for all school evening events " Behind the scenes at the Nat Geo Society " 1 week at charming cottage on St. Lawrence River " Signed Mitt Romney bumper sticker " 2 nights at Stowe Mountain + Jaguar XJ for the weekend to drive there and back " 1 week in an RCI timeshare " 10 days in a rustic home in southern Vermont " Trip for 2 on the Venice Simpion Orient Express " Fast Pass (I.E. be the first to check-out tonight) " Behind-the-scenes tour of Comcast SportsNet " Year of desserts donated by a popular teacher " Year's supply of pastured free-range chicken eggs " 4 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tickets " 1 nt stay at Hershey Lodge + 2 tickets to Hershey Park " Fully decorated Christmas tree with wired ornaments " Uniform collared shirt from Jerusalem hotel printed with “Lifeguard” in English in one side and Hebrew on reverse " kamado grills (Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe, etc) " “Single Men of the Church” calendar Ready for the next step in procurement help? Check out these audio .mp3 recordings where you’ll be talked through strategies like when to ask and when to pass on items … how to package items for better sales …how to sell dinners for more money … better ways to write descriptions … and more. Details at www.AuctionItemIdeas.com Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. Page | 4 DESCRIPTIONS Knight on the Couch. One lucky student will win the Knight On the Couch along with three of their friends. The winners will have the best seat in the end zone of the new turf field for the opening home football game of the SCHOOL’s 2012-2013 season. The winner will get to flip the official coin toss and keep the commemorative collectable coin. To top it off, the Royalettes will serve concessions to them in their comfortable game seats. Inshore Sport Fishing Trip. The winning bidder of this lot will enjoy a half day charter with Naples most sought-after backwater guide, John Smith. Two anglers will explore the in-shore waters of Naples and Marco Island in pursuit of snook, redfish and tarpon. Subject to availability; not available on weekends. Value: $600 A tour of a lifetime -- complete with a “Steamy Finnish.” The Embassy of Finland will open its doors to you for this private tour guided by a cultural officer. But wait! There's more! The Embassy is also offering up its sauna for a very special Mom's night out. (Females only; up to six.) Private Oyster Riot for 10 at Clyde's at Mark Center. The Riot is the celebration of the winners of the International Wines for Oysters Competition. Each year a field of up to 400 wines is narrowed through several rounds of blind tastings, with the top 10 gold medal winners being announced and poured at The Riot. Now you and nine friends can experience your own private Oyster Riot hosted by Clyde’s at Mark Center, enjoying a variety of oysters and award-winning wines from the 2011 competition. Enjoy oysters, wine and beer for 2.5 hours on a mutually agreeable day and time, Sunday – Wednesday. Gratuity not included. Value: $1000 You be the conductor. NONPROFIT’s conductor will give you a one hour conducting lesson so that you can conduct the Choruses and audience in "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" at the NONPROFIT’s Holiday Concert in December 2012. Personal bed & breakfast in Bratislava, Slovakia. Planning a trip to Europe some day? Get the insider's view of Bratislava, Slovakia (formerly part of Czechoslovakia), with a weekend at the Deputy Chief of Mission's house, courtesy of a NONPROFIT family. You’ll receive: • Roundtrip ground transportation to the Vienna, Austria, airport from Bratislava • A two-night, three-day stay for a family of up to five people (two bedrooms) • A driving/walking tour of old-town Bratislava and the US embassy • The ability to do laundry and leave luggage while traveling on your own to nearby Prague (3.5 hours by train), Budapest (2 hours by train), and Vienna (45 minutes by train) Must give donor at least three weeks' notice. May be used at an agreed upon date between September 2012 and June 1, 2015. Value: $300 State Department tour & lunch. Your group of four will enjoy an organized tour of the State Department with lunch in the historic Diplomatic Dining Room before or afterwards. Must provide one month advance notice to arrange, and sorry, no children under 12 years of age. Value: $100 Pastor for the day! On Friday, May 11, your child will have the special honor of being recognized and speaking at chapel on Friday, May 11th. He or she will visit the classrooms with Pastor John and lead the classes in prayer. Your child will also enjoy a special faculty lunch in the Youth Room. Coach for the day! Your child will get to lead PE with Coach John on Thursday, May 10th. It includes leading all PE classes, attending a faculty meeting, and having lunch with Coach! Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. Page | 5 Catered dinner for eight from CATERER. Enjoy a meal you won't forget! You and seven friends will love this meal personally prepared by SCHOOL parent and CATERER Executive Chef, John Smith. A delicious experience from the first bite of the first course to the last sip of coffee after dessert. You won't lift a finger, but will enjoy a meal prepared to your specifications including wine recommendations (wine not included). Choose from six different menus or work with the chef to create your own. This item is highly recommended by the SCHOOL families who've enjoyed it in the past. Restrictions: Mutually agreed upon date. Expires February 4, 2013. Value: $800 Front row seats at 2012-2013 performances. You'll never need to worry about saving your seats in the Chapel with this item. Imagine unobstructed views of your little darlings during every performance of the 2012-2013 school year! Valid during the 2012-2013 school year only.   Name the driveway. For the entire 2012-2013 school year, enjoy this special naming opportunity.... the main driveway will feature your child's or family's name or favorite phrase. At the end of the school year, you receive the named sign to hang in that special place. This is keepsake that any student will cherish! Valid during 2012-2013 school year only. Value: Priceless 2012 SCHOOL wine cellar. An extraordinary item for any wine lover! Enjoy this outstanding collection of different wines that are on the ''favorites'' list of many in the CES community! Donated by Wine Party patrons. Value: $1070 Chef John’s moveable feast. NONPROFIT’s Executive Chef John Smith honed his culinary skills under the tutelage of Chef Ben Brisk in D.C. and Chef Cindy Cilpin in Napa. At NONPROFIT, he manages a kitchen producing more than 3700 meals a day, but he equally enjoys preparing an intimate dinner party for his friends. Place the winning bid and you and 5 friends will enjoy a 5-course dinner inspired by the cafes in 1920s Paris that drew icons like Hemingway, Picasso and Fitzgerald to their tables. Only the highest quality organic ingredients will be used thanks to the generous support of Whole Foods Market. Mutually agreeable date. Value: $1500 Six wines from Wine Spectator. Top 100 from 2011. Smooth, crisp, sweet or spicy – whatever your taste in wine, these six wines will be a wonderful and tasty addition to your wine collection. All of these wines are ranked between 20 and 40 in the Top 100 and they are all 93 point wines. Seize this opportunity to enjoy some of the best wines from California, Oregon, Spain, France, and Tuscany! Bering Reserve Chardonnay 2009 (CA), Rank 40; Descendientes de J. Palacios 2009 (Spain), Rank 26; Dubueuf Morgon Descombes 2009 (France), Rank 21; Crianza Ribera del Duero 2004 (Spain), Rank 23; Rex Hill Pinot Nois 2009 (Oregon), Rank 38; Terrabianca Campaccio 2007 (Tuscany), Rank 36. All these wines are ready for the tasting. Start your bidding. Value: $200 Bald Eagle tour for six on the James River. Enjoy the beautiful and spectacular view of the bald eagle on the James River. You and your group will depart at either 7 AM or 9:30 AM: you’ll learn about the triumphant conservation success stories of these remarkable birds. Since you’ll be up early to enjoy this tour, you’ll be treated to a very scrumptious catered breakfast by Melanie’s Catering. Value: $400 Master Gardener and her helpers will plant 300 bulbs in your prepared bed/s. Jane Doe and her three helpers will plant 300 bulbs in your prepared beds on a mutually agreeable day between December 7 and 20, 2012 (weather permitting) or Fall 2013. Choose bulbs from Jane’s favorites from Colorblends, including lovely white Allium, pink tulips and daffodil varieties. Value: priceless Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. Page | 6 Afternoon Delight. You and your partner will spend the afternoon making and consuming herbal aphrodisiacs – proprietary cordials such as the “Black Stallion” and “Love Potion #9” and love bonbons with the powdered herbs that provide the power of horses and energy of “a woman of a hundred husbands.” Herbalist’s book Cordially Yours with original aphrodisiac cordial recipes will be included in this package. Held at the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine in Rappahannock County, registered herbalist (with the American Herbalist Build) and school founder, Jane Smith will happily share her secrets during a 4-hour class on an afternoon date to be determined by winning bidder and Smith. Value: $300 Top Cabernet from the U.S. and Brunello from Tuscany. Here’s your chance to have the top three ranked Cabernets from Wine Spectator’s 2011 Top 100 as well as the top two Brunellos from Tuscany. The 3rd Brunello is top notch but is thought to have been released too late to be included in the rankings. For those of you serious about fine wines, this is a perfect opportunity to acquire these top wines while helping to feed more people in our community. U.S. CABERNET: Hall Kathryn Hall 2008, Score 96 points (rank 2); Januik 2008, Score 94 points (rank 18); Mondavi Oakville 2008, Score 94 points (rank 20); TUSCANY Campogiovanni Brunello 2006, Score 96 point (rank 4), La Serena Brunello 2006, Score 97 points (rank 24); Sette Ponti Oreno 2008, Score 96 points (not rated). Value: $450 Lower school sleepover. May the force be with you! An AMAZING Lower School evening with tactical laser tag, movie time, fun games, pizza and drinks with the amazing and always entertaining teachers: Jane Doe, John Smith, Peggy Sue, and Renee Jones. 18 Lower School children will enjoy this sleepover party on Friday night, May 11, 2012 through Saturday morning with a bagel breakfast. Be prepared to party! Value: $100 Private Movie Madness for up to 50 people. Who doesn’t dream of a party like this! Two choices, either a private MIDNIGHT movie package OR a private MID-MORNING weekend movie package for 50 people. Meet 49 of your friends at one of the following restaurants located in Worldgate Center in Herndon, VA for either dinner and dessert prior to the movie or lunch and dessert immediately following the movie: TGI Fridays, The American Café, Charlie Chiang’s Chinese, PHO 2000 Vietnamese, Tara Thai, or Time Out Wings & Grill. Enjoy a private movie screening at Phoenix Worldgate Theater for any first run movie of your choice, with UNLIMITED SNACK BAR access. Wait – there’s more! As you exit the theater, your party will also receive 1st class transportation in an awaiting private motor coach that seats up to 50 people, which will transport your entire party to a location of your choice That would make an extra special, unique 13th, Sweet 16 or graduation party. Movie title and dates mutually agreed upon with donor. Value: $2500 A smoker for 8 on the stone court at the Marshall House. If you’re looking for a unique way to entertain an important business client, or surprise a friend for his birthday, consider hosting an old-fashioned “Smoker” on General George C. Marshall’s private stone court. Eight of you may relax and enjoy fine cigars from Leesburg Cigar & Pipe, with brandy, cognac, or your favorite after dinner drink on the stone court at The Marshall House. Dates available for this very special occasion are March 10, 2013 through November 3, 2013 (during daylight savings time). Make arrangements with staff. Band for your next party. Enjoy tonight’s parent-member band at your next event for 2 hours. Value: $250 Wine tour, Italian dinner and arrive in style! Start your day with a pick-up from a limo who will then take you and 5 others to the LOCAL WINERY. The WINERY won best of 2011 in the Courier Times. The tasting is an informative standard wine tasting for 6 guests which focuses on the production of WINERY’S award-winning and premium wines. After your tasting, enjoy dinner in Newtown at Vecchia Osteria, a premiere Italian restaurant. Tolls and gratuity not included. Minimum gratuity $80. Value: $900 Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. Page | 7 Lunch with television personality Tim Gunn. You’ve seen him coaching, cheering and castigating on Project Runway and critiquing and crooning on the Oscars Red-Carpet. Now’s your chance to see him up close – across the lunch table with two of your friends. A lucky trio will be chauffeured to NYC where they’ll be treated to lunch by Tim Gunn. After dishing fashion and celebrity over lunch (and the de rigueur photo op), spend the rest of the day shopping or taking in the sights before returning home by Town Car. The challenge is not how much to bid. (Whatever it takes to win it.) The challenges is not whom to take as your guests. (Your sister, your best friend, anyone who knows how to “make it work.”) The only challenge in winning lunch with Tim is what to wear! Bid tonight, accessorize tomorrow. Tally-ho to the Rappahannock Hunt hounds. What is it with those people in the red coats? And what do all those dogs do out there in the field? Learn about and participate in the Mystical and Ancient Art of Foxhunting with a behind-the-scenes look at the traditions, sport, and fun of fox-chasing. Join the Rappahannock Hunt Master of Foxhounds, John Smith– one of the country’s leading horsemen – for an unforgettable day and see Rappahannock County as you’ve never seen it before. Up to 4 guests will accompany Smith in a vehicle and follow the hunt while being regaled with his commentary and legends. After the hunt, you’ll join the riders for a traditionally sumptuous Hunt Breakfast. The hunting season runs from late October until late March. Mutually agreeable date. Value: $750 Extraordinary backyard affair for twenty! Get ready to enjoy great food and be entertained and educated on the art of grilling, fine wines, and premium cigars. Host your next soiree in your backyard but leave the shopping and cooking to someone else. Invite 9 of your favorite couples or 19 of your BFFs – ideal for a Guys Night Out. You’ll be treated to the finest cuts of beef from Specialty Grocers. For those of you who have shopped at this butcher shop, you know that stepping into Specialty Grocers is like stepping into an old fashion butcher shop, where your senses are confronted with stimuli that make your mouth water and a real butcher tells you how to prepare your whole meal. Specialty Grocer’s own Jane Smith, born into the trade, will be in your backyard grilling the beef to perfection and offering invaluable tips in her entertaining and unique way. What about the rest of your meal? You won’t have to plan the rest of your menu either. Side dishes from X Caterers will be delivered to your door. Caterer X is one of the finest and most respected names in the trade. And while you’re standing around the grill, experience fine wines, compliments of Wine Shoppes, a family owned business established in 1933 with over 2000 fine wines, liqueurs, and spirits on their shelves. On this night, one member of the Wines Shoppes’ fine staff will be in your backyard conducting the wine tastings, as only one of their experts can! We’ve thought of everything. Smoke Shop is our area’s oldest tobacconist. For their contribution to your affair, they will prepare a connoisseur’s range of cigars, chosen to pair successfully with the wines on offer. As an added benefit, their manager will host the cigar table, to offer individualized cigar counsel and assist with the proper cut and light of each guest’s choice. Their goal is to ensure every guest – novice or aficionado – will enjoy the event to the fullest. And to end the evening on a sweet note, pastry chef and SCHOOL Mom, Nancy Drew, will prepare a luscious chocolate mousse cake and delectable cookie and truffle assortment. Nancy previously worked at ZZ and AA restaurants in in D.C. where Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton dined and enjoyed her baking. Good food, good friends – this is an affair to remember! Value: $4200 “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!” Enjoy the city after the bustles of the holidays with a fun get-away weekend to NYC! You and a guest will receive two coveted tickets to a live taping of Saturday Night Live at Rockefeller Plaza on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Forget about the long drive to New York – you’ll ride to NYC in style on the Amtrak Acela and stay Friday and Saturday evenings at Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel, located in Midtown with breathtaking Hudson River views to the west and Times Square to the east (or at a mutually agreed nearby hotel). Enjoy! Value: $1600 Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. Page | 8 Behind the scenes at Citizens Bank Park for four! Experience a private pre-game tour of Citizen’s Bank Park. You’ll have the opportunity to be on the field for batting practice, allowing you and 3 guests to take the Phillies batting practice from behind home plate. You’ll also have a reservation in the Diamond Club area for dinner following the tour and a $100 gift certificate for dinner. Tour of U.S. Capitol in D.C. with Congressman John Smith. You and three guests will receive a private tour of The Capitol with a staff member of Congressman Smith’s Washington office. Included on your tour of Capitol Hill is to view famous historic spots – the Rotunda, Statuary Hall, the Old Senate and Old Supreme Court Chambers, and the Crypt. You’ll have the opportunity to see famous artwork throughout the building. Following the tour, Congressman Smith will join you for lunch at this historical site. Two tickets to Christian Siriano’s Spring 2013 Fashion Show and After Party. A case of perfection: For many years after Robert Parker popularized the 100-point scale for evaluating wine, no wine he tasted merited the perfection implicit in earning the full 100-points. The suspense mounted with the knowledge that he’d eventually bestow the coveted number on a bottle, which bottle would finally be deemed worthy of that elusive sobriquet? The anticipation was finally dispelled when Parker, who gained international fame for his vociferous support of the 1982 Bordeaux vintage, announced that to his palate, perfection was embodied in the 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Since then, he’s awarded his perfect score nearly 200 times, “less than 1/10th of 1% of the wines I taste,” he says. Of course, the Parker imprimatur guarantees a wine will sell out in a flash. Moreover, quite a few of the 100-point wines have been awarded in retrospective tastings of vintages long past and no longer available. The following mixed case … is simple a case of perfection! 1955 Ch La Mission Haut Brion; 1976 Cote Rotie La Mouline, Guigal; 1978 Hermitage La Chapelle, Jaboulet; 1982 Ch Latour; 1989 Ch Clinet; 1989 Ch Haut Brion; 1992 Maya; 1994 Harlan; 1998 Hommage a Jacques Perrin, Ch de Beaucastel; 2002 Colgin Tychson Hill Cabernet Sauvignon; 2003 Chave Hermitage; 2008 Kapscandy State Lane Vineyard. Value: $16,000 The Ultimate Boy’s Night. An outrageous night of fine wining and dining for 12 lucky guys, prepared by Chef Jane Smith at the Smith home, with John as the sommelier and pairing his wines with the fabulous menu for the evening. The higher the bid, the deeper John digs in the cellar. This boys-only club is one every guy will want a membership to, but only 12 top bidders will be lucky enough to gain access. Boys, bring your appetites – Jane’s reputation as a superb chef is well-deserved … and she’ll pull out all the stops for this great evening! Add spectacular wines and it promises to be an ultimate night to remember! Bidding starts at $1000 per person. Commissioned student art. Do you love the student paintings but they aren’t quite right for you or the space you have in mind to hang them? Here’s a chance to commission a large piece of student art to your specifications! You choose the canvas dimensions (up to 48” x 72”), color scheme and even inspiration – you may provide a photo or discuss the painting’s subject with SCHOOL’s art teacher. SCHOOL’s students will create the perfect piece of art for your home or office. Personalized art with that special SCHOOL’s touch! Commission must be arranged by May 1, 2013. Your own theme song. John Smith will write you your own theme song and record it for you. Value $50 Tour of the Pentagon for up to 10 people. Visit the headquarters of national defense. See people in uniform! See the best military propaganda in the nation! See the hallways in front of powerful people's offices! Explore the largest low-rise office building in the world! Value: $200 Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. Page | 9 All day four-wheeling in Loudoun County for 6 people. All day access to 4 ATVs (two people can fit on each) to explore 70+ acres of trails, open fields, and scenic views in Virginia's most beautiful county. Value: $500 Spirit rock. The chance to paint your version of school spirit on the large rock located on the SCHOOL corner entrance can be yours for one year! Buy it yourself, or go in on the bidding with others! Dedicate the rock to your kids, their class(es), a SCHOOL faculty member, a SCHOOL team or activity, a SCHOOL milestone event, or whatever is notable to you! The winner of the rock will paint the rock prior to the 2012-2013 school year! John Smith, President & CEO of The National NONPROFIT, visits your program or hosts a dinner for 10 at a local restaurant. Receive an exclusive visit from John Smith, the leader and visionary of The National NONPROFIT. He’ll give a presentation, meet with staff, donors, volunteers, patients and families, attend events, speak, act as an emcee … use your imagination! Or, he’ll host a dinner for ten at a mutually agreed upon local establishment in our headquartered city. Expires March 30, 2013. Mutually agreed upon date. Friends, fun, food & table-gating. Big sporting event? House a mess? Company coming to town? Don’t worry, be happy that you have this one-of-a-kind RESTAURANT reservation. RESTAURANT is known as the home of table-gating, where there’s a party at every table. However, RESTAURANT doesn’t take reservations. We were able to persuade them to offer a one-time table reservation for up to 8 people for any event between now and December 31, 2013. That gives you more than a year to use it to watch the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, World Series, NFL Playoffs, and more. Since you can only use it once, choose wisely. Once your choice has been made, all you need to do is call RESTAURANT with a 24-hour notice to reserve your table. Your reservation needs to begin at least one hour prior to the beginning of the event. During pregame, the game or anytime use your $300 worth of RESTAURANT’s give certificates to wet your whistle or fill your belly. Value: priceless Chilly Dogs sled dog trip. You’ll have the time of your life as you journey through the picturesque north country of Ely, MN pulled by a team of hearty Alaskan Husky sled dogs! Harness the dogs, hook-up the teams, and head out on the trail for an exciting, family friendly journey through a winter wonderland. Guides will teach you all you need to know to have fun and be safe on your dog sledding adventure. When you return, warm up by the fire with hot chocolate and homemade goodies. This is for 2 adults and 2-3 children (16 years and under). Plan to spend about 2.5 hours, start-to-finish (one full hour on the trail). Every trip is unique, and the opportunities for a venture are endless – traveling at the speed of dog! Value: $550 Maine lobster dinner for 8. You don’t really need a special occasion for a lobster dinner; it’s a special occasion in itself. Feast on the treasures of the North Atlantic … plump, fresh and tender lobsters delivered fresh to your door. (Read to eat or still active … you decide.) If you want lobsters any fresher, you’ll need your own boat. Dinner includes Caesar salad, baby reds, seasoned vegetables, cornbread and key lime pie. And just in case this isn’t enough of a celebration – also included is a bottle of “Dom Perignon” champagne. Value: $750 Live the bartending dream. The popular ABC RESTAURANT & BAR will give you some onsite training with “infamous John Smith - Bartender Extraordinaire” to learn the ins and outs of making people happy! Then you get to be the star at the bar by mixing up drinks for the clients at this popular “in” spot. Invite your friends and family to see you spread cheer throughout the bar, you can even name the special cocktail for the night. This promises to be a memorable night for you and for every patron at ABC RESTAURANT & BAR. And you will want to spread the word to your family and friends because we will be publicizing your featured Tuesday night appearance because ABC RESTAURANT & BAR has agreed to give SCHOOL a percentage of the proceeds from your night at the bar! It’s an item that just keeps on giving and all because of YOU. When your shift has ended enjoy a dinner for two at this delicious restaurant to reward you for a job well done. Value: $1000 Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10. Page | 10 Enjoy four seasons In beautiful Lewes, DE. What could be better than knowing you have FOUR relaxing retreats to look forward to in the next 12 months? Lewes, DE is a historic seaport town nestled on the Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The downtown is teeming with restaurants, bars, quaint shops, and interesting historical sites. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter all offer extraordinary opportunities to relax, walk, and just take in the views! The house sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and has 2.5 baths. This package includes: • 4 days, 3 nights for each stay • A tour of Marine Education, Research, & Rehabilitation’s operation • Ice cream coupons • $50 gift certificates to four of Lewes best restaurants: Fish On, Italian Store, Cafe Azafran, and The Buttery Restrictions: Not available holidays or holiday weekends. No smoking. Advance reservations, based on availability. All stays must be used by May 31, 2013. Children and one dog welcome; no cats allowed. The seasons are: May/June 2012; Oct/Nov 2012; Jan/Feb 2013; March/April 2013. Value: $2700 Wine & Cheese of the Month Club. Take home 12 bottles of lovely wines tonight which you can pair with three amazing cheeses each month totaling an entire pound of deliciousness. Value: $420 A whole day of lobstering… off the New Hampshire Coast aboard the Works Well ‘Nuf with Captain John Smith. Catch your own lobsters! Leave from Portsmouth Fish Pier. How New England. Value: $250 Cocktail party. Enjoy a truly unique and festive cocktail party planned by AWESOME CATERING in your home for 20 guests. Your event will include signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres for a two-hour celebration at your location. Value: $500 Private beer brewing session with Dr. John Smith. Learn to brew with one of the country’s top home brewers. John is a full-time beer software developer, author and host of a popular interest radio show about home brewing. He helps thousands of people each year become better brewers and he can help you brew your first batch of beer at home! You’ll also receive a copy of John’s book, “Beer Brewing with BeerSmith,” and BeerSmith Software. Here’s your chance to learn from the best! Date to be arranged and mutually agreed. Private shooting lessons for two. Learn how to shoot like a pro! Three private shooting lessons for two from a former Marine Corps Primary Marksmanship and Close Quarters Combat Instructor. Lessons will cover pistol, assault rifle, and long rifle techniques. Lessons will be given at the National Rifle Association headquarters range in Fairfax, VA. All equipment provided. Dates to be arranged and mutually agreed. Expires October 2013. Art Car Parade. With PRINCIPAL as the driver, your child and five of his or her friends can have an unforgettable experience riding in the 25th Anniversary of the Houston Art Car Parade! This will be the 3rd year that SCHOOL has participated in this Houston tradition. The Art Car Parade attracts more than 250 vehicles and other entries from 23 states, along with Canada and Mexico. Restrictions: Parade to be held on Saturday, May 12th. Lunch and snacks provided. Girls night out at Georgetown Cupcakes! What a perfect night for the girls to get out. Gather your favorite nine friends and head on over to Georgetown Cupcakes in Bethesda with your 4 bottles of Oregon Pinor Noir to decorate cupcakes. Cake, chocolate and wine - what could be better? Well, maybe if you're lucky you'll get to meet TLC stars and sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne. Prior arrangements must be made. Value: $250 Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  11. 11. Page | 11 Exclusive shark tagging expedition for two! Help researchers protect our oceans’ sharks by catching, tagging and releasing bull and hammerhead sharks. Not open to the public! Expires April 13, 2013. Value: $1000. 17 weeks of meals delivered – third-grade basket. Enjoy a no-cook night once a week until the end of the school year without having to leave home! Third-grade parents will cook and deliver 17 weeks of full meals to the high bidder. It’s like having your own personal chef! Highlights will include paella, the traditional slow- cooked rice dish of Valencia, Spain, made by Juanita & Jose Guiterrez; the quintessential and delicious Japanese hot pot meal, sukiyaki, made by Ayami Atsushi; a traditional hearty Danish meatball-and-potatoes dinner made by Kirsty McColl, spicy Cajun classics by Jane and Walt Doe; and the all-American “faithful chicken dinner,” a mushroom chicken bake with creamy broccoli casserole and honey-kissed carrots, made by Nancy Drew. Hungry? It’s yours for the high bid. Value: $1200 Occupy Wall Street weekend. NYC Extravaganza! You’re off to the Big Apple for an insider’s view of the financial district and beyond with a personal guided tour of the New York Stock Exchange floor, a VIP tour of CNBC studios with on-air talent, a $350 gift card to Wall Street’s famous Harry’s Steakhouse, and a 2-night weekend stay for four at two of Wall Street’s luxury hotels – the Gild Hall and Andaz. The NYSE floor has been closed to public tours since 2001, so this is an experience not to be missed. Trip must be made by February 11, 2013. Value: $1550 Gourmet dinner for 8 with Father Burn and Father Sulli. A holy feast for the ages! Eight people will enjoy an evening of captivating company and fine dining with PARISH Pastor Burn and Parochial Vicar Sulli. Get to know our two favorite clergymen while partaking of a gourmet extravaganza prepared by PARISH SCHOOL mom and chef extraordinaire Jane Doe, in the serene and historical PARISH Rectory. Dinner will be planned for a mutually agreed-upon date. Deluxe monster truck experience. This super loud experience includes a monster truck birthday party at your house, plus tickets to a monster truck show at the Montgomery County Fair. Birthday party includes one REAL monster truck parked on your front lawn (or other suitable location), professional driver, T-shirts, and autographed pictures. These trucks are loud! Tickets for Monster Truck Show at the Montgomery County Fair in Gaithersburg, MD will be on August 15 or 16. Includes parking pass and 4 entries passes with four All-You-Can-Ride Wrist Bands, as well as an opportunity to go backstage and meet the monster truck drivers. Party to be at mutually agreed upon time and location. Many weekend dates available throughout spring/summer/fall. Specific truck TBD. Event location must be suitable for tractor-trailer to park and unload. Loud engine must also be allowed. Value: $1000 Fox 5 weather kid. Appear on the FOX 5 morning news and co-anchor the weather with Tony Perkins and Tucker Barnes. Receive a DVD of the weathercast, tour the TV station studios, and take pictures with the News anchors. Fantastic and fun opportunity for a child (age 8-12) to appear on live TV as a “junior meteorologist.” Morning news only. Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 10 AM. Up to five guests may join the child in the studio to view the broadcast. Expires 12/28/12. Value: priceless Training day. Spend the afternoon and evening with the CITY Police Department. The lucky winner will have the opportunity to shoot with the range officer on his police combat course. You’ll then go on a ride-along with a second shift office and find out what really happens when the sun goes down in our CITY! You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in both of these activities and hand gun will be provided by the range officer. Date of range shooting and ride-along will be mutually scheduled with winner and Police Chief. Value: Priceless. Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.
  12. 12. Page | 12 Drive a tank. A hands-on military vehicle historical experience (4-5 hours) includes introduction to armored vehicles and safety, hands-on driver’s training and then you take the controls and test your tank driving skills. Drive the Abbot FV 433 tank convoy style through a scenic wooded course located in southern Minnesota. Also included in your adventure is the chance to test fire a historic machine gun! Round out the day with some awesome rounds of ammunition. You may choose to bring one friend or family member to accompany you. No children under the age of 11 allowed on the premises. Safety is #1. Value: $450 A “must” for the movie enthusiast. This movie premiere package includes two passes to pre-release screenings of 10-12 Twentieth Century Fox movies (“Family Passes” will be made available for family-themed movies). Package includes pre-screening cocktail receptions and a meal (through passed heavy hors d’oeuvres and food stations or sit-down buffets) and private parking at the event. Most screenings take place at the elegant, newly- renovated Motion Picture Association of America 3-D theatre; a few will take place at other private venues in Washington, D.C. Value: $2000 Ride in “Marine Corps Fighter.” Fly like a Top Gun pilot in this two-seat “Marine Corps Fighter,” piloted by Marine aviator Jim Smith. Experience air combat maneuvering, “yanking and banking,” and the G-forces depicted in the movie “Top Gun.” The Van’s RV-8A is a two-seat, low wing, acrobatic bird capable of 6 Gs positive, 3 Gs negative, and 212 miles per hour. It is as close to a military fighter’s performance as can be found in civilian general aviation. This 30-minute flight will be from Winchester Airport on a mutually agreed upon date. Smith is a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, flight instructor, and acrobatic pilot with over 40 years of flying in 22 different types of aircraft. Flight travel must be completed by November 2012. Value: $500 Golf with the Headmaster. You and two guests will join Headmaster John Smith for a day of golf during this year’s SCHOOL Golf Tournament, our annual golf outing which benefits SCHOOL’s athletics. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at beautiful XYZ Golf Course in Front Royal and includes a round of golf, lunch, and awards dinner. A guaranteed good day of golf with not only John but other Wakefield faculty, parents, and alumni as well! Value: $500 Cooking up fun with SCHOOL’s Chef Jeff! You've enjoyed Chef Jeff’s wonderful cooking at the gala, now bring him home! You and up to seven other guests will cook and enjoy a meal with Chef Jeff at the location of your choice (home, picnic, school kitchen). All food items will be supplied. Jeff was trained at the world-famous Culinary Institute of America and he brings years of experience to his cooking. Jeff is also a gifted teacher, so you and your guests are in for a special treat! Also includes four bottles of assorted fine wines. One month notice required. Value: $700 Ready for the next step in procurement help? Check out these audio .mp3 recordings where you’ll be talked through strategies like when to ask and when to pass on items … how to package items for better sales …how to sell dinners for more money … better ways to write descriptions … and more. Details at www.AuctionItemIdeas.com Red Apple Auctions Co. | www.RedAppleAuctions.com | #1-888-474-0838 | info@RedAppleAuctions.com © 2013 Red Apple Auctions Co. All Rights Reserved.