2018 OPERA BALL AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
DRS. ELIZABETH GRIMM AND JACK ROTH, OPERA BALL CHAIRMEN
JET-SETTING JEWELRY ART AND HOME FASHION ARTS AND CULTURE EXPERIENCE HOUSTON KIDS AND FAMILY OPERA LOVERS PHOTOGRAPHY
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NYC STAR STATUS EXPERIENCE New York City: VIP Broadway, Renée Fleming, and Madison Avenue Experience DATES: May 23–25, 2018 It’s a New York-lover’s behind the scenes experience of a lifetime! Jet off to NYC with Houston Grand Opera’s Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and Tenenbaum Jewelers proprietors Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black, where they will take you behind the scenes of each of their professional worlds—classical music, musical theater, and the exquisite jewelry of David Webb.
Presented By: Tenenbaum Jewelers, David Webb, Frosch Travel, Houston Grand Opera, and United Airlines
NYC STAR STATUS EXPERIENCE New York City: VIP Broadway, Renée Fleming, and Madison Avenue Experience DATES: May 23–25, 2018 DAY 1 - May 23: Fly first class to New York City on United Airlines. After settling into your luxury hotel suite, join Patrick, Tony, and Kevin for a fine tasting menu dinner at one of the city’s great restaurants. Indulge in incomparable cuisine, fantastic company, and spirited conversation about the special days ahead. DAY 2 - May 24: Patrick Summers will lead you on a musical journey into the past with a visit to the Lincoln Center Library & Museum and the Rodgers & Hammerstein agency. That evening enjoy a fabulous pre-theater dinner prior to taking in Carousel at the Imperial Theater as special guests of star Renée Fleming in her first-ever appearance in a Broadway musical. Following the performance, head backstage to meet Renée and other members of the cast. Day 3 - May 25: The glitz doesn’t end with the stars of Broadway. Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black will host your final day with a visit to the iconic American jewelry house of David Webb at their Madison Avenue Boutique and headquarters. Enjoy a private lunch in the boutique’s salon plus a VIP tour of the boutique, workshop, and archives to see up-close how the jewelry is designed and produced. To top it off, receive a $15,000 shopping credit at Tenenbaum Jewelers, the exclusive David Webb retailer in Houston, to use towards the purchase of the David Webb piece of your choice. After the star-treatment at David Webb, return to Houston (or your home city) with first class accommodations on United Airlines.
FROZEN FAMILY FUN ON BROADWAY Disney’s FROZEN the Musical on Broadway for Four This is the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it. Directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford (both HGO Alumni), this new production brings the mega-hit film alive on Broadway through exquisite stagecraft and deepens the beloved story with twice as many songs as the original film. “Let it Go” and get to FROZEN— the hottest new show on the Great White Way! Four VIP tickets to Disney’s Frozen the Musical at the St. James Theatre, opening March 22, 2018 VIP meet-and-greet with select cast members. Lunch or dinner with Tony Award® winning director Rob Ashford (pending availability based on chosen show date) VIP lunch for 4 at the iconic Serendipity featuring their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate Two nights luxury hotel accommodations in the heart of the city.
PARADISE ISLE Three Night Luxury Stay at Las Terrazas Resort & Residences in Belize
Imagine relaxing in your own seaside refuge, watching the sun rise over the emerald Caribbean Sea with a tropical breeze to soothe the soul. At Las Terrazas Belize Luxury Resort, you're immersed in the tranquility and natural beauty of the island while enjoying luxury living. Let your cares float away on the islandâ€™s largest private beachfront during a three night stay for two in a one bedroom, two bathroom luxury resort view residence. *Valid April 18, 2018 through December 15, 2018. Black out dates may apply. Donated by: Las Terrazas Resort & Residences Value: $1200
LET YOUR DREAMS SET SAIL European River Cruise for Two Experience the world’s most celebrated rivers with a luxury European River Cruise Vacation for two, courtesy of FROSCH Travel. From charming villages to renowned castles, you’ll sail through the heart of Europe, with time to explore and enjoy each city along the way! More details coming soon.
Donated By: Frosch Travel
TIES FOR ALL SEASONS Four Bow Tie and Pocket Square Sets Every leading man needs a proper bow tie for his close up. Why not have one for each season? Four bow tie and pocket square sets from Miles David, each hand-made in Houston in one of a kind prints and textiles. *Expires June 31, 2019 Value: $1200
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP Lunch and $1000 Shopping Spree with Designer, David Peck Meet fashion designer David Peck for lunch, then adjourn to the Miles David studio for a private fashion consultation. When you’ve found some new pieces to add to your wardrobe, apply a complimentary $1,000 toward any full-priced or unique made-to-order fashion! *Expires June 31, 2019; Lunch to be coordinated with David Peck’s schedule. Valid on full price merchandise and special orders. Exceptions may apply. Value: $1500 Both Packages Donated by: Miles David • David Peck
GET WILD! Houston Zoo Family Membership and Hermann Park Train Engineer for a Day. It’s time to let your wild side show with a year-long Family Membership to the Houston Zoo! With exclusive use of the Members Express Entrance, discount on animal encounters, early entrance on monthly member mornings, and so much more you will enjoy every bit of the 55-acre park like the VIP that you are.* The fun doesn’t stop there! Get a behind-the-scenes experience as you join the Hermann Park Railroad staff as Engineer for the Day. You will work alongside the team on safety checks, train test runs, greeting visitors, blowing the train whistle and more. Bring along 10 of your friends to ride the train with you while you show off your engineer skills! *Must redeem by October 31, 2018 Donated by: • The Houston Zoo • Hermann Park Conservancy Value: $320
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! All Access Passes to Houston Cinema Arts Festival Enjoy four All Access Passes to the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2018. Your All Access Pass includes access into all screenings, panels and workshops, live performances, and selected special events. A complete festival schedule with the list of film selections will be made available at www.hcaf18.org in October 2018. *Certificates must be exchanged for passes prior to the festival, no later than October 15, 2018 Donated by: Houston Cinema Arts Society Value: $2400
HOUSTON BALLET PREMIUM PACKAGE Enjoy two premium orchestra tickets to Houston Ballet’s Play with valet parking, green room access during intermission, and access into the exclusive Opening Night Cast Party for two.
For the second “Unconventional Ballet at the Convention Center,” Global Movements has been completely reimagined by Artistic Director Stanton Welch as Play with memorable ballets created just for this unique space. Welch’s beloved Play and Bolero return but both re-worked and re-choreographed. Additional new works to be announced including a World Premiere ballet by Welch celebrating Houston’s resilience. With a stage that extends into the audience on three sides, this theatre creates an immersive experience, bringing you closer to the dancers than ever before. It’s an event not likely to be repeated! Valid June 8, June 9 or June 10, 2018 *If you would like to attend the Opening Night Cast Party post-performance, you must choose to attend the June 8 performance. Donated by: Houston Ballet Value: $430
â€œWE ARE ALL OF US STARS, AND WE DESERVE TO TWINKLE!â€? - MARILYN MONROE Original Margot McKinney Cookie Earrings 18KT Yellow Gold and Multicolor Gemstone Earrings with Detachable Baroque South Sea Pearl Drops
A showstopper on any red carpet, these fabulous diamonds, sapphires, tsavorite, tourmaline, amethyst, and peridot earrings with delicious detachable South Sea pearl drops are starlet worthy and wonderfully versatile! Cookie earrings in 18 kt yellow gold set with 42 Diamonds 0.61 cts., 93 Yellow Sapphires 1.96 cts., 82 Pink Sapphires weighing 1.58 cts., 77 Orange Sapphires weighing 1.67 cts., 55 Tsavorite Garnets weighing 1.28 cts., 45 Peridots weighing 1.29 cts., 2 oval Amethyst weighing 3.32 cts., 2 oval Orange Sapphires weighing 0.92 cts., 2 oval Peridots weighing 2.18 cts., and 4 oval Pink Tourmalines weighing 1.39 cts., with a pair of 15 mm baroque South Sea Pearl detachable drops.
*No returns or exchanges Donated by: Neiman Marcus Precious Jewels Value: $22,500
OOH LA LA ZAZA STAYCATION One Night Stay in a Magnificent 7 Suite and 50-Minute Spa Treatment at Hotel ZaZa Indulge in the epitome of opulence during a one-night stay in one of the luxurious Magnificent 7 suites where you truly will feel like Hollywood royalty. From decadent furnishings in the Rock Star Suite to Italian opulence in the Bella Vita Suite, the unique touches in each Houston hotel suite at ZaZa ensure a phenomenal experience! As if that wasnâ€™t enough, pamper yourself with a bottle of champagne and a 50-minute spa treatment at the ZASPA. Donated by: Hotel ZaZa Value: $3000
HOWDY HOUSTON! $500 Gift Certificate Towards Custom Boots Made By Tejas Custom Boots The many decades and locations have changed, but the brick and mortar of the staff, and quality work, has always had customers following Jose Gonzales. Use your $500 credit towards a pair of custom boots fit for a king. This Houston institution has been outfitting business men, oilmen, professional athletes, dignitaries, Presidents, Governors, cowboys and cowgirls alike for decades of western chic. Donated by: Tejas Custom Boots Value: $500
TAKING CENTER STAGE Opening Night Alley Theatre VIP For Four Experience the Alley Theatre's CenterStage Package to see Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. Includes valet parking, CenterStage dinner before the performance, four premium theatre tickets, access to the Connie and Roger Plank Family Green Room with a complimentary bar at intermission.
*Only valid for performance on May 16th. Reservations must be made by April 25, 2018. Donated by: Alley Theatre Value: $1000
READY FOR YOUR CLOSEUP? Enjoy $450 towards a family, child, individual or pet portrait session with Evin Thayer Studios. *Not valed on designated holidays or with specials. May not be applied towards business or commercial sessions. Expires October 20, 2018
Donated by: Evin Thayer Studios Value: $450
PORTRAIT OF PERFECTION Enjoy a Gittings portrait session and 8x10 Imperial Portrait. *Valid for one year
Donated by: Gittings Portraiture Value: $650
PICTURE PERFECT PETS $800 Credit with Megan Murray Photography Capture your dogâ€™s unique personality in a modern pet portrait! You will enjoy a personalized photography experience including an $800 credit to spend on artwork featuring you furry family member. No special training necessary! *Date/Location must be mutually agreed upon. Non-transferrable. Not redeemable for cash. Expires April 30, 2019. Donated by: Megan Murray Photography Value: $800
YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN PICTURES! Portrait or Event Photography with HGO’s Event Photographer: Priscilla Dickson Photography Your choice of a portrait session OR event photography session for up to two hours. Package includes all images copyright and website access. *Please contact Priscilla at least three weeks in advance of date services are needed. Expires January 1, 2019. Donated by: Priscilla Dickson Photography Value: $800
AN EXPLORER’S LIFE Family Memberships at Houston Museum of Natural Science and Children’s Museum of Houston Let your imagination run wild! You and your family can tap into your explorer side while experiencing Houston’s award winning Museum District.
With year-long family memberships to both the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Children’s Museum of Houston, the possibilities for fun are endless! Visit Ancient Egypt at HMNS or learn to code at the CMH. Whatever you choose is sure to inspire! Donated by: Houston Museum of Natural Science and Children’s Museum of Houston Value: $255
MANO A MANO Tequila Tasting for 10 with LUCHO Co-Owner, Hector Villarreal Tequila or Mezcal, which one is your favorite? Donâ€™t know the difference? This is the opportunity for 10 guests to find out. Hector Villarreal, co-owner of the LUCHO brand of menswear has been tasting, collecting, and sharing his passion for both of these spirits for more than 30 years. Mr. Villarreal has agreed to open his collection of more than 400 bottles and select 6 of his favorites especially for the Houston Grand Opera to offer at this intimate tasting. Enjoy an evening of interesting stories, intriguing tequilas, and mystical mezcals and settle once and for all which one wins! Your evening includes lite appetizers to pair with each tequila and mezcal. *Must be 21 years of age or older to participate. Each guest must agree to waiver of liability. Event to be held on mutually agreed upon date and time. Must be redeemed by October 31, 2018. Donated by: LUCHO/Hector Villareal Value: $1200
LADIES NIGHT OUT Champagne and Shoe Design Party for 10 with $100 Gift Cards by LUCHO The lucky winner will receive a champagne party for 10 guests at the LUCHO boutique in Uptown Park, including a $100 gift card for each of your guests. You will be hosted by Hector Villarreal, designer of the womenâ€™s shoe collection. You and your friends will sip bubbly while learning about the creative process that goes into designing LUCHO shoes and try your hand at designing one yourself!
Mr. Villarreal will consider your design to be put into his next collection and named after you. The LUCHO womenâ€™s shoe line is made in Brazil and features more than 150 styles including heels, stilettos, wedges, and flats. Your party includes champagne, lite hors d'oeuvres and groovy Brazilian music. Each of your guests will also receive a $100 gift certificate good toward any pair of shoes in the boutique. *To be held on mutually agreed upon date and time. Must be redeemed by October 31, 2018. Donated by: LUCHO/Hector Villareal Value: $1500
THE CLOTHES MAKE THE GENTLEMAN One Year of Neck Ties and Wardrobe Consultation by LUCHO Dress your best throughout the year with LUCHO, designers and makers of fine clothing for men. LUCHO will provide one neck tie per month for an entire year. Choose one tie from the current inventory at LUCHO every month featuring a variety of patterns and colors. Whether you dress business, casual or ultra-hip you'll find the tie to complete your wardrobe. To be sure you are always dressed in style you will also receive a monthly wardrobe consultation session. *Must be redeemed by October 31, 2018. Tie selection from current inventory only. One tie per month only may be redeemed. The monthâ€™s tie is forfeited if not redeemed in corresponding month. Donated by: LUCHO/Hector Villareal Value: $1980
TEE TIME Golf For Four at Golf Club of Houston
It’s time to tee off and show off your skills on the Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston! You and three guests will enjoy four golf vouchers to play on the course that is home to the Houston Open, where the world's top players vie for excellence! *Expires April 30, 2019. Can be used singly, for (2) twosomes or as one foursome. Donated by: Golf Club of Houston Value: $700
SURF ‘N’ TURF
Dinner for Eight at Steak 48 Not just another steakhouse, Steak 48 is a contemporary steakhouse featuring responsibly farmed steaks, fresh seafood and raw bar, unique appetizers, and impressive side dishes. *Expires April 30, 2019. Donated by: Steak48 Value: $1000
“RECLINING NUDE” BY OLGA PORTER 18”x24” Oil Painting
"Reclining Nude" is a framed 18"x24" oil painting on linen painted from a live model. Russian-born painter and Houston resident Olga Porter is inspired by living, moving scenes. She thrives on capturing an experience, a state of mind, rather than a mere likeness. Donated by: Olga Porter Studio, LLC Value: $1800
MAKING MEMORIES Newborn Photography Package with Robin Jackson Photography Capture all those precious moments with your little one with Robin Jackson Photography. This package will include a photo session and one 11x14 print per session, for four sessions. Mark the milestones of babyâ€™s first year with a 3-month, 6-month, 9-month and 12-month portrait! *No cash value. Does not expire. Donated by: Robin Jackson Photography Value: $2000
TENENBAUM JEWELERS Multi-Strand Seed Pearl Necklace with 18k Yellow Gold, Jade and Diamond Clasp; 3.5cts Value: $11,780
18k Yellow Gold and PavÃ© Diamond Stud Earrings; .50cts Value: $3350
TENENBAUM JEWELERS Platinum, Carved Rock Crystal and Diamond Day-to-Evening Earrings; 2.0cts Value: $7850
18k Yellow Gold ‘Bamboo’ Bracelet Value: $6900
TENENBAUM JEWELERS 18k Yellow Gold Hammered Hoop Earrings Value: $2250
Deakin & Francis Sterling Silver ‘Nodding Donkey’ Cufflinks Value: $415
TENENBAUM JEWELERS 18k Rose Gold Diamond Dangle Earrings Featuring Black and White Diamonds; 4.20cts Value: $6750
18k Yellow Gold Earrings Featuring Cabochon Chrysoprase and Chalcedony Gemstones with Peridot and Diamond Accents Value: $4250
Hayden Lasher “Ashley” Evening Bag
Hayden Lasher “Ashley” evening bag with champagne brocade with signature bow detail in gold. Bag includes: credit card holder, zipper pocket, and gold chain removable shoulder strap. Value: $1300
Hayden Lasher “Josephine” Bag
Hayden Lasher “Josephine” top-handle bag. Black crocodile embossed Italian leather bag with signature black patent piping and bow detail and red suede interior. Bag includes: credit card holder, zipper pocket, removable shoulder strap, keychain and keyring, and flat pocket. Value: $1500 Both Items Donated by: Hayden Lasher
“KUNGA YUNTI” (WOMEN TRAVELING) 35.5”X39.5” Acrylic Painting By Anmanari Napanangka
Original painting, acrylic on linen by leading Australian Aboriginal artist Anmanari Napanangka. “Kunga Yunti” (Women Travelling) tells the story of young women dancing going to women’s law initiation with the artist’s favorite food, mushrooms, represented by the center circles. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity. Dimensions: 35.5x39.5 Donated by: Booker-Lowe Gallery / Nana Booker AM & M. David Lowe Value: $3350
Published on Mar 7, 2018