Live Auction Items from 2017


Shou Sugi Ban Bookcase          Value – $1750

The perfect blend of function and beauty! Decorate your home with this hand-crafted, console bookshelf designed and built by master craftsman and woodworker (and Chelsea parent!), Michael Miller of DuraBelle Custom Builders. Made from locally sourced ash with a “Shou Sugi Ban” finish. Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. Traditionally, Sugi wood (Japanese cedar) was used. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it. Today Shou Sugi Ban is an environmentally friendly way to preserve timber and (paradoxically) make it fire-resistant. In addition to exterior uses, the popular technique is now found in interior rooms, furniture and artwork. See how the charred exterior makes the grain of the wood POP! Pictured is the ash in the charring process; come to the gala to see the finished piece! Visit our website at


Chelsea Dinner 2017 – Laissez les bon temps rouler!  Value – $1400  

Paul and Tom Lagarde and Chelsea’s own Dr. Joe Sladky, former frommelier at the Inn at Little Washington, bring to you this six-course meal for up to eight guests. The dinner will be prepared and served at the lucky winner’s home on a mutually convenient date. In addition, Chelsea students will provide service and clean up when your meal is finished. Dinner Menu Selections to be finalized with winner. Your evening will start with a signature cocktail (make it a double) and each item will be paired with a complementary wine.



Chelsea Senior Cleanup          Value – Priceless

A Chelsea Tradition! Do you want your home clean before the holidays? Or perhaps a spring cleaning?  Chelsea seniors will spend a day to complete the indoor cleaning chore(s) of your choice at your home, a friend’s home, or Chelsea Academy, as you desire. Enjoy the services and talents of our wonderful and energetic senior class, overseen and assisted by professionally experienced Marife Sotelo. Thank you, Class of 2018! (Work to be done on a mutually agreed upon date, Mon. – Fri., during school hours before May 2018.)


Sunset Shores Vacation          Value – $3700

BUY NOW FOR $3500!

This is the must have family-friendly summer vacation! Swim, ski, fish, grill or just relax at the Sunset Shores lake house, 50 minutes south of Culpeper on Lake Anna, Virginia’s 10,000 acre, premiere recreational lake. Sunset Shores has something for everyone and is bursting with amenities: three bedrooms (sleeps 9 comfortably, up to 15 if you put the kids in sleeping bags); three acres of semi-wooded privacy, with open, fenced backyard; huge deck with 5-seat hot tub, outdoor speakers; 200 feet of prime waterfront on large cove; sandy beach, gently sloped grade into water, roped off swim area; a fabulous 40′ dock, fantastic fishing even right off the dock; sea kayak, fire circle, hammock, and brick BBQ grill; WiFi internet, DISH Network TV, free local phone; fully equipped kitchen and laundry; and two-car garage. Walk to “Anna Cabana” restaurant, a short stroll from the house, for drinks, lunch, or dinner. St. Matthew’s Catholic Church is just 20 minutes away. Kings Dominion is only 45 minutes away.

Included in the package is an 8-person, 18-foot, open-bow Sea Ray ski boat and a golf cart to help you get around the property. Check out the house’s website,, and here for more photos.

NOTE: Available June 9 to June 16. Check in after 3 p.m. Check out by 11 a.m.


Charcoal Portrait          Value – $1500

A life-size, head and shoulders charcoal portrait to be drawn by local and internationally renowned artist Henry Wingate.  Portrait will be drawn from a photograph which will be taken at his studio in picturesque Madison, VA.



Gourmet Asian Hot Pot Dinner Party for up to 20  Guests        Value – $1300

Experience an authentic, highly-coveted, Chinese Hot Pot meal, prepared by acclaimed chef and senior Sam Zhang (whose parents have famous Hot Pot restaurants in China) and other members of the Chelsea Class of 2018. The menu will include hand-made dumplings, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, shrimp, quail eggs, vegetables, and noodles among other choices that you may pre-select. One case of Rappahannock Cellars wine is included. You may choose to have your dinner party prepared and served at the historic and picturesque Mint House located in Strasburg, Virginia, or in the comfort of your own home. Our Chinese students will be available to teach your guests a fun, popular Chinese card game after dinner if you wish. The winner of this lovely meal will also receive an authentic Chinese tea set (courtesy of Cynthia Yu) with complimentary tea and instruction on how to host a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. To be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date before the end of April 2018.
Note: If you decide not to use the Mint House for this event, you can use it another time of your choosing (donated by BSM Properties).

Pastured Meat Package          Value – $1470Nourish your family and fill your freezer with this amazing meat package raised by some of Chelsea’s very own! Package includes: one 18-20 lb. organic, non-GMO, pasture-raised whole turkey and twelve whole, pasture-raised, organic, non-gmo chickens (one for each month of the year) donated by Joseph McCarthy (9th grade) of Aisling Hill Farm; and one whole pastured pig raised by Chelsea sisters, Gianna (7th grade) and Phoebe Uhlenkott (4th grade) on Clearwater Farms (Grain and grass fed. No antibiotics and no hormones administered. Standard cuts.). Also included is one case of wine from Barrel Oak Winery. Delivery of turkey and chickens must be received by December 31, 2017 and arrangements for the pork must be made before October 2018.


Big Sky Getaway          Value – $3000 

BUY NOW FOR $2700!

Make your escape to this GORGEOUS 8-bedroom home in Big Sky, Montana. Located just 15 minutes from Big Sky Ski Resort and 45 minutes to the entrance of West Yellowstone Park–the adventures are truly endless!! Also included with the home is a vast assortment of skis, boots, and snow apparel. Something in nearly every size! Great flexibility in available dates. Book your week-long stay anytime between mid-February through June 9. Also available from the last week of August through December 15. Expires December 2018.



Worldwide Traveler          Value – $2500  BUY NOW FOR $2500!

Visit Malta in May! Spend Christmas in the Caribbean! Travel to Sweden in September! Plan a trip to your favorite national or international city with this fantastic and flexible vacation package. Included is a seven-night stay in a worldwide city of your choice ranging from studio-size to 3-bedroom units. Dates and locations may be changed up to three times. Expires November 2018. Checkout for more ideas–the sky truly is your limit!


World-Renowned Ski Resort         Value – $1700 BUY NOW FOR $1700

Experience the world-renowned ski resort of Snowshoe in West Virginia.  Enjoy three nights accommodation in a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse that sleeps 10. Ski right down the mountain from the house. If you have never been to Snowshoe, you must try it. The scenery and snow conditions are unparalleled in the area. In fact, Snowshoe is called the “Little Colorado of the South.” Available for skiing in March only – please reserve early. Alternative option is  one-week stay during non-ski season. Enjoy mountain biking, hiking, golfing, lake activities, or visit the nearby Cass Scenic Railroad Park for an unforgettable family getaway in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.  Also included in this package are two midweek winter lift tickets to Snowshoe Mountain Resort.


Bust of Pope Saint John Paul II – H. Reed Armstrong          Value – Market

An original sculpted bust of beloved Pope Saint John Paul the Great, sculpted by award-winning and internationally known sculptor Hamilton Reed Armstrong, that embodies the love and strength of this saintly man.  This cold cast bronze sculpture is 7 1/2 inches tall and sits on a marble base.  On the eve of the saint’s feast day, you could go home with this beautiful and meaningful masterpiece.  Value – Market