50th Anniversary Gala Live Auction Info
Two Nights at Cibolo Creek Ranch
Two couples will enjoy two nights and three days at the fabulous 30,000 acre Cibolo Creek Ranch, a Texas legacy established in 1857 and located about 30 miles southwest of Marfa in the beautiful Chinati Mountains of West Texas. You can enjoy a variety of activities, including ATV and Humvee guided mountain tours of the vast ranch, rifle and shotgun ranges, sporting clays and/or limited hunting excursions, horseback riding, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, a refreshing swim or relaxing on the lake in a paddle boat. Mountain Vistas with breathtaking sunsets await you.
In addition, you can enjoy campfires and cocktails under the stars, "South Texas TV". Nearby attractions include the McDonald Observatory, Big Bend National Park, the Fort Davis National Monument, and of course, the famous Marfa Lights!
Package includes accommodations and world class meals. Must be reserved between Sunday through Thursday.
Expires November 3rd, 2020. Taxes, alcoholic beverages, transportation to and from the ranch, and additional services are not included and are the responsibility of the guests.
Courtesy of John Poindexter
Seven Nights at Villa Santa Margherita
Mention the word Tuscany, and vivid images of extraordinary countryside views with rolling hills, Italian villas, Italian Cypress trees, vinyards, medieval architecture, and gourmet food with world class wines appear. Imagine yourself, friends, and family exploring this unique region of the world from your Italian Villa just an hour south of Florence, home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Uffizi Gallery.
Located in the heart of the region, within driving distance of the mountaintop Tuscan villages of Sienna, Cortona, and Arezzo, this lovely villa has six bedrooms on three levels, sleeps twelve, and overlooks an olive orchard. Choose any open week, Saturday to Friday - October through March (per availability on the Villa website - www.tuscanluxuryvilla.com). Use the Villa as your home base on your seven day stay, to explore frescos painted by Renaissance artists, tour Cortona where Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed, or just sit in a sun-drenched piazza enjoying a glass of wine or cup of espresso.
A driver is available (at buyer's cost) for pickup at Florence airport and daytime excursions.
Airfare not included.
Rentals are Saturday (check-in at 4:00pm) through Saturday (check-out at 9:00am).
Available October through March.
Courtesy of Lori Ramirez and Elite Surgical Affiliates
Five Nights at the Naval and Military Club
One lucky couple will enjoy an exciting five nights in beautiful London, England as guests at the exclusive, members-only private club, the Naval and Military Club. Founded in 1862, it is informally known as the In and Out, a nickname that originated from the carriage gates at the old clubhouse at Piccadilly, which has been carried forward to the magnificent clubhouse at No. 4 St. James Square, in the heart of Mayfair's shopping and restaurant district.
The Clubhouse boasts a fascinating history. Built in 1679 for Anthony Grey, 11th Earl of Kent, it was severely damaged by fire in 1725, where it was recorded that the Prince of Wales hurriedly arrived at the scene in order to restrain a growing mob from looting the building. The home was rebuilt in 1728, in the neo-classical Palladian splendor that it is today. In the early 1900s the second Viscount Waldorf Astor and his wife, Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit in Parliament, occupied the home. The Club purchased the home in 1996. Prince Philip has been an honorary life member of the club since 1947 and served as its President in 1979. Notable members include Ian Fleming and Lawrence of Arabia.
In addition, dinner for two, one evening at London's oldest and most celebrated restaurant, Rules, located in the theater district, is included in the package. Rules, founded over 200 years ago, serves traditional British food at its best. Alcohol and wine excluded.
Your five night stay will include Club accommodations (one room, taxes included) and breakfast daily.
Incidentals and additional services and/or meals at the club are the responsibility of the guest. Reservations must be made at least 60 days in advance and are based upon availability.
Airfare not included. Expires November 2nd, 2020.
Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. J. Downey Bridgwater
Private Tour of the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute and Dinner for Ten at Third Coast Restaurant
Bill McKeon, President and CEO of the Texas Medical Center, has graciously agreed to lead a private tour of the TMC Innovation Institute, followed by dinner for ten people in an exclusive, private environment at the Third Coast Restaurant.
The Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, is at the forefront of advancing life sciences. Home to the brightest minds in medicine, TMC hosts 10 million patient encounters annually, performs over 180,000 annual surgeries, is home to the world's largest hospital (Texas Children's) and the world's largest cancer hospital (MD Anderson Cancer Center), encompasses over 50 million developed square feet, with $3 billion in construction projects underway, and over 100,000 employees. With 1,345 total acres and $25 million in GDP, TMC is the 8th largest business district in the United States. In short, TMC is a force with which to be reckoned.
Your tour will begin at the TMC Innovation Institute, housed within a 300,000 square foot state of the art facility located in the medical center on Holcolme Blvd. The TMC Innovation Institute is a unique learning environment aimed at impacting the health care industry through the collaboration of medicine and cutting-edge technology from around the world. By supporting entrepreneurs as they broaden their vision and network, the Innovation Institute helps companies take their products from bench to bed. The TMC Innovation Institute is shaping the future of healthcare by uniting promising innovators with the best minds in academia, science, and medicine.
Since its inception, TMC Innovation Institute companies have experienced over 300 customer engagements, raised over $230 million in funding, and helped over 100 current and alumni companies with 7 TMC venture fund companies.
Following your tour, ten guests will enjoy a fabulous dinner at the Third Coast Restaurant, located at the top of the John P. McGovern Commons Building in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. Formerly occupied by Trevisio, Third Coast is located on the 6th floor above the TMC's famous water wall, offering a bird's eye panoramic view of the Texas Medical Center.
The entire experience is one you will not want to miss!
Courtesy of Bill McKeon