Live Auction Items
Please check back for 2020 auction items. Past auction items have included:
1. Experience New Zealand
All Inclusive Trip for Two to New Zealand
Enjoy ten (10) days at Tuscan Villa B&B in Tauranga. Tauranga is a beautiful scenic harbour located in the seaside resort of Mount Maunganui. It is one of NZ’s best kept secret destinations! This area offers an extensive mix of sights and attractions: pristine white sandy beaches, walks, history, culture, fine food and wines. And the surrounding areas can offer even more – a dip in the geothermal spas, a venture into glowworm caves, or an encounter with Maori culture. Over the past few years the Hobbiton Movie Set has also proved to become another one of those iconic “Must See New Zealand” attractions which is accessible from Port of Tauranga.
- Two (2) round-trip airfares from anywhere in the United States to Auckland, New Zealand*
- 10 days accomodation at Tuscan Villa B&B
- Optional guided day-trip hike up or around Mount Maunganui
- 10 day car rental (four-person car)
- 1 hour travel planning session with a “Kiwi”
*Restrictions: excludes Christmas 2019-2020, and subject to United Airlines Award Travel availability
Estimated Value: $5,500
2. Surf, Sun, and Sand – Dewey Beach Vacation
Enjoy spending your vacation relaxing in Dewey Beach, Delaware, with friends and family in this beautiful townhouse – located only two short blocks away from the beach. Savor family time in this home that boasts three bedrooms (six beds), a newly renovated kitchen, and spacious living room. It is a short walking distance to restaurants, unique shops, and outdoor sports; take a ride on the Jolly Trolley into Rehoboth to the Tanger Outlets.
A great house to make your family beach memories come true!
One (1) week rental available until June 27, 2020, subject to scheduling.
Bedroom 1: 2 Twins / Full Size
Bedroom 2: Queen
Bedroom 3: Twin/ Full size
2 full baths / 1 half bath
Estimated Value: $2,000
3. New Orleans French Quarter Getaway
Enjoy a week at The Quarter House, located in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans! Amongst a collection of beautiful old buildings on a city block, the timeshare is a two bedroom, one bath apartment with full kitchen, including cookware, dishwater and utensils, and sleeper sofa. It can sleep six. The Quarter House is a short stroll to New Orleans’s most famous sites, including the Café du Monde, French Market, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and top restaurants, such as Galatoire’s and Bayona. Timeshare begins on Friday afternoon and ends the following Friday. Available from October 2019 to August 31, 2020; early reservations recommended to ensure your desired dates are available. Donated by Chryss and Felix Hernandez.
“We won this trip five years ago — New Orleans immediately became our favorite U.S. city. From the exquisite European architecture, intriguing history and horse-drawn city tours, to delicious food, excellent shopping, free music concerts and last…but not least…fascinating people-watching, it was a vacation we’ll never forget!” Steve & Wendy Lee
Estimated Value: $1,925
4. Pastured Meat for a Year
Nourish your family and fill your freezer with this amazing meat package raised by some of Chelsea’s very own!
Aisling Hill Farm is a local family-run farm that has been producing delicious, fresh products since 2015. They strive to make the most of everything the great outdoors has to offer.
This pastured meat package includes:
- one 18-20 lb. organic, non-GMO, pasture-raised whole turkey;
- twelve whole, pasture- raised, organic, non-gmo chickens (one for each month of the year);
- four dozen eggs; and
- one non-GMO, pasture-raised lamb
No antibiotics and no hormones administered. Delivery of turkey and chickens must be received by December 31, 2019.
Estimated Value: $1,500
5. Spring Break in Williamsburg
Located in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, Greensprings Vacation Resort features the essential amenities you need for an unforgettable vacation. Step back in time as you stroll Williamsburg’s cobblestone streets and learn about the nation’s history at one of the city’s many museums. Dine in one of Williamsburg’s many fine restaurants, or browse at one of the town’s unique stores.
The resort is a quiet retreat from the bustling city and is set adjacent to a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Greensprings offers plenty of family fun without your ever having to leave the property. Go fishing. Swim in the heated indoor pool. Enjoy access to the Fitness Center and tennis courts.
Accommodations feature a garden tub, fireplace, and full kitchen. 4 Bedrooms, sleeps 10.
Note: You are bidding on a stay for Chelsea’s Spring Break: March 7-14, 2020 (7 nights)
Estimated Value: $3,000
6. Senior Workday
A Chelsea Tradition! Do you have leaves that need raking? Or perhaps a wood pile that needs to be moved? Mulch that needs to be spread? Fence rails that need repair? Or do you want your home clean before the holidays? Perhaps a spring cleaning, a pantry organized, or clothing sorted? Chelsea seniors will spend a day to complete the indoor or outdoor chore(s) 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 an experienced parent supervisor.
Thank you, Class of 2020!
Work is to be done on a mutually agreed upon date, Mon. – Fri., during school hours before May 2020.
7. Big Sky Montana Luxury Stay
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 from the entrance of West Yellowstone Park—the adventures are truly endless! Included with the home is a vast assortment of skis, boots, and snow apparel (something in nearly every size), which will really help you out since Big Sky is home to the biggest skiing in America, with over 5,800 acres of skiable terrain. Whether you like hiking, fly fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, ziplining, hunting, or golf, you will find it all in Big Sky, Montana. This is truly an outdoor recreationist’s dream come true. When you get all tuckered out from all of those adventures, come back to the warmth of a large fireplace, gourmet kitchen, exquisite decor, and all the amenities you could possibly want while on your dream vacation.
Great flexibility in available dates. The home will be available starting November 1, 2019 through June 1, 2020 and again starting August 13, 2020, until December 2020.
Expires December 2020.
Estimated Value: $8,000
8. Al Fresco Evening with Fathers Fasano and Lundberg
Come and enjoy a lively yet intimate dining experience with Father Jerome Fasano and Father Bjorn Lundberg. Two lucky couples can sit back, relax, and get ready for an evening filled with conversation, laughter, good wine, tantalizing aromas, delicious food, and most importantly, excellent company! Watch as Father Fasano whips up one of his tasty creations in the comfy setting of the Rectory at Saint John the Baptist in Front Royal.
The winner of this event will need to contact Fr. Fasano to coordinate a date and time that works for all parties involved.
9. 2nd Annual Chelsea Shrimp Fest at Starfield Barn
Shrimp Fest is back and it’s better than ever. Our pro-life shrimp mamas have been busy all summer making sure that you have enough healthy, delicious shrimp for the Chelsea Shrimp Fest in April of next year.
The Fest: Shrimp Fest 2020 will take place on April 18, 2020 at in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at Starfield Barn. A big thanks to Rob and Colleen Henken for donating the use of their barn for our event. You and up to 149 Chelsea-supporting friends will enjoy a Louisiana Fais Do-Do with music, adult beverages, boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, fried fish jambalaya, and smoked Boston Butt – with all the fixings. In a nod to our dexterity-challenged Northern friends (A gentleman always peels shrimp faster than a Yankee!), this Shrimp Fest will include less peel and eat shrimp and more of the easy to eat victuals. As a lagniappe, Candice Lee van Schaick will provide some of her world famous key lime and peanut butter pies for dessert.
We are pleased to announce a fun innovation this year: VIP access. Up to 30 guests are invited to attend a pre-Shrimp Fest gathering to sample additional tasty artisan foodie creations and fancy pants whiskey and scotch provided by Doug McCarthy.
Come pass an evening with great food, great music, and great friends.
The shrimp cooks: Tom and Paul Lagarde, both raised on the bayou, learned how to catch, cook, peel, and eat shrimp before they went to school.
Cost: Single – $75
Add VIP – $50
All proceeds benefit Chelsea Academy.
10. Handcrafted Walnut and Steel Coffee Table – Tom Blicharz and Tom Zepeda
Live edge, walnut top coffee table with a fabricated steel base. Handcrafted by welder Tom Blicharz and woodworker Tom Zepeda.
Estimated Value: $1700
11. Headmaster For A Day!
If you’ve ever dreamed of standing in the headmaster’s shoes, here’s your chance—but just for a day! Would you like donuts for you and your advisory group served by Mr. Hernandez? An ice cream social or a pizza party for youand your classmates? No homework or no tests and quizzes for a day? Capture-the-flag or a basketball tournament? The winning student will work with the Dean of Students, or Associate Dean, for an appropriate, fun activity and will get to add a unique (vetted) message to the morning announcements for the day. At break, lunch,and study hall, you will have use of Mr. Hernandez’s office, and lunch will be provided for you and a friend! You will gain invaluable lessons in executive decision-making while becoming the most popular student at school. Last but not least, Mr. Hernandez will chauffeur the winner in a 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III roadster from the winner’s home to breakfast and to Chelsea. Mr. Hernandez will also provide the winner with some Chelsea spirit wear to commemorate his or her special day!
Estimated Value: $300
12. Cigar Aficionados Dream
As we all know, one of the highlights of the Chelsea Gala each year is the assortment of fine cigars that magically appear and are enjoyed by Gala attendees at the end of the evening. This year brings forth a special tribute to this tradition, with Chelsea’s own cigar and scotch masterminds sharing their aficionado tastes in a personally-selected compilation of their favorites. An expertise developed by over 50 combined years of cigar smoking and scotch drinking informs this premier selection. Our Headmaster Felix Hernandez has artfully assembled the cigar offering, while our Chairman of the Board Doug McCarthy has selected the perfectly handsome Humidor to house your priceless collection. Two of our newest board members, Jim Kelly and Suzanne Stanmeyer, have stepped up to the plate with a Scotch selection reserved for the best.
A variety of premium cigars for a distinguished palate abound in this amazing package. The recipient of this dream will enjoy a variety of sophisticated flavors and aromas, and have plenty of space to store them in their professional-grade, 300 count Cigar Cooler/Humidor, which is seasoned and ready for use. Sort your vast array of smokes while sipping a glass of 18 year single malt Glenmorangie Scotch and reading your new copy of A Field Guide to Whisky, which is sure to make a whisky expert out of anyone!
Cigar Cooler/ Humidor – 300 count – keeps cigars at a constant temperature and humidity. This Humidor features Spanish Cedar drawers and shelves as well as closed loop air circulation.
Included with this Humidor are four boxes of premium cigars rated by Cigar Aficionado magazine:
- CAO America Potomac, box of 20. This blend boldly showcases a four country long-filler mix of Dominican, Nicaraguan, Italian, and American tobaccos. CAO America is a robust, medium to full-bodied cigar that earned an impressive 92-rating.
- H.Upmann 1844 Robusto, box of 20. The H. Upmann 1844 Reserve features a dark, reddish-brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and all-Dominican long-filler blend. The result is a smooth, medium-bodied cigar. H. Upmann 1844 Reserve earned a spot in the Top 25 cigars of the Year and received a stellar, 93-point rating.
- La Aroma de Cuba Robusto, box of 24. Made by Jose ‘Don Pepin’ Garcia in Nicaragua, La Aroma de Cuba is a bold blend of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long fillers inside a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Medium to full in body, La Aroma de Cuba received a 93-point rating
- Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano Robusto, box of 18. This medium bodied cigar, handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, received a 91-point rating in 2017. Draped in an oily wrapper, this fat cigar has a lush draw that offers big notes of roasted nuts, coffee bean and caramel. The finish is toasty and leathery. (Take that, wine reviewers!)
Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Extremely Rare Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Part of Glenmorangies’s Prestige Range, this 18 year old Scotch spent its first 15 years in American white oak bourbon casks. Afterward, 30% was transferred to, and finished in, Spanish Oloroso sherry casks for three years. The whisky was then reunited and bottled at 43% ABV. The result is a thick, creamy, and fruity single malt presented in an elegant bottle. This single malt Scotch earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2010.
Estimated Value: $1,000