Live Auction – Item Descriptions

100+ Bottles of Wine in the Cellar

This could take years to build, but tonight you can have a premium wine cellar with just one winning bid! More than 100 bottles of wine – each of which has a special story – have been hand-selected by members of the Joliet community to provide you with an instant wine cellar and years of enjoyment. Wine cooler included. Also, a mini iPad downloaded with an electronic wine organization system helps you keep your new wine cellar at its best.
Generously donated by the University of St. Francis community, Sodexo Campus Services & Sentinus Wealth Management


144 Chances for a Hole in One

Your group of three can golf away the summer at the most prestigious golf courses in the area with this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Your threesome’s host will be a club member. Dates to be arranged with donors. These top courses are awaiting your tee-offs:

  • Butler National Golf Club – exclusive members-by-invitation-only golf club in Oak Brook has a traditional 18-hole golf course; host to the Western Open Tournament from 1974-1990. For men only.
  • Chicago Highlands Country Club – Course raters and golf professionals rave about this spectacular golf course’s massive fescue hills, sprawling bentgrass fairways and varied settings from hole to hole. Pristine golf topography giving way to sweeping skyline views, along with ever changing winds create one of the most surprising and dynamic golf experiences in the Midwest.
  • Glen Oak Country Club – With acres of trees and natural areas, this course is a supreme example of the care and maintenance exhibited by private clubs. The par-72-layout features a creek and two ponds and can be played from five tee options upward of 6,850 yards.
  • Joliet Country Club – “gem” is the term often used to describe the golf course. The course’s layout has set a standard of excellence for some of the best-designed courses in Chicago.
  • The Oak Park Country Club – “The course of the winding stream”, was designed by architect Donald J. Ross in 1914 and renovated in 2007 by architect Rick Jacobson. This private, full-service 18-hole golf and country club facility is nestled in the near western suburbs.
  • Olympia Fields Country Club – selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship, to be played Aug. 24-30. Founded in 1915, the club boasts four 18-hole courses and the largest private clubhouse in the world with an 80-foot, four-faced clock tower visible to golfers from all four first tees.
  • Onwentsia Country Club – The 18-hole Onwentsia course in Lake Forest features 6,645 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course is rated 71.9.
  • Wynstone Country Club – Established in 1989 in North Barrington, the course is surrounded by one of the most prestigious communities in Lake County.
    Generously arranged by Tyler & Stephanie Qualio


Suite Surprise

Who will be the surprise visitor to the United Center Executive Suite on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 when the Chicago Bulls take on the San Antonio Spurs? USF President Arvid Johnson and local sports legend Pat Sullivan will be your hosts and Sully has invited a very special Bulls guest! Suite is for eight people with a $250 credit for food and drink.
Generously donated by George & Regina Block


Run the Fighting Irish Tunnel

Feel the history of winning as your group of four runs through the famous Notre Dame tunnel and touches the flag before the Fighting Irish take on The Stanford Cardinal. Game is on Oct. 4, 2014, the day of Feast of St. Francis. But, first put on that gold helmet. Meet Notre Dame alumnus Ed Shea, OFM, from Joliet’s St. John the Baptist Church, for a campus tour. Then, cheer on Fr. Ed as he plays trumpet in the marching band reunion and attend the after-game Mass. Four tickets and four tunnel passes complete this once-in-a-lifetime Fighting Irish experience.
Generously donated by Fr. Ed Shea, Ed Flavin and Sr. Judith Davies


Every Sluggers’ Dream

Be a Joliet Slammer for a Day. Twenty-two of your closest friends and family can watch as you sign a Slammers’ contract. Your name on the roster, lunch with the Slammers General Manager, batting practice and gear—that’s just the beginning. Suit up in a Slammers uniform to take the mound to throw out the first pitch, stay in the dugout for the game, join the team for a post-game meal—this is heaven for a baseball fan!
Generously donated by the Joliet Slammers


H-O-R-S-E with Heat #3

Spell out a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work up a sweat taking on the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, who has been named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated and established himself as one of the best-known players in the NBA. Two can attend the Dwyane Wade Summer Camp 2014 at Lincoln-Way High Schools for ages 8-18. And, two can take on #6 in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Dwyane had the top-selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, and you will get to take a personally signed one (complete with sweat) home to keep forever.

In his third season, Wade led the Miami Heat to its first NBA championship in franchise history. He was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP as the Heat won the series 4-2 over the Dallas Mavericks. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States men’s basketball team, commonly known as the “Redeem Team”, in scoring, as they captured gold medal honors in Beijing, China. In the 2008–09 season, Wade led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title. He won his third NBA championship in 2013.
Generously donated by Tim Baldermann, Mayor of New Lenox


VIPs Only for the King of Country’s Hottest Tickets

It’s been a mission impossible for thousands of fans trying to get country music’s hottest tickets to see the King of Country, George Strait, as he says farewell in his Cowboy Rides Away tour. But, your group will have premier seats in a VIP suite for eight at the Allstate Arena. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 8 to see George Strait and Vince Gill perform. VIP parking included.

A living legend and inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Strait has earned countless awards and has sold more than 70 million albums, including 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum and 38 gold. Top 10 Strait songs: “Check Yes or No,” “Give It Away,” “All My Exes Live in Texas,” “You Look So Good in Love,” “I Cross My Heart,” “Love Without End, Amen,” “I Saw God Today,” “Write This Down,” “The Best Day” and “True.”

The King of Country is joined by fellow Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Vince Gill, who has been honored with 18 Country Music Association Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male Country music artist.
Generously donated by Trish and Bill Bellah


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Revisited

Play hooky and take on the Windy City in Ferris Bueller’s whirlwind style. Ferris and friends drive his father’s Ferrari to downtown Chicago; have lunch at a fancy restaurant; take in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field; and visit the city landmarks. Here’s what your Windy City Day(s) Off package for four will include:

  • Museum of Science & Industry Behind the Scenes Tour
  • One night, two rooms at the Swiss Hotel with complimentary breakfast.
  • Lettuce Entertain You $100 Gift Certificate
  • Gibson’s $100 Gift Certificate
  • Tour NBC Studios and view a live newscast with Mary Ann Ahern
  • Three Forks Gift Certificate
  • Autobahn Country Club Joliet Experience
  • Cubs Game
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off DVD in Blu-Ray

Generously donated by Candice & Steve Rosen, Mary Ann Ahern, Mark & Penny Basso, Cindy & Sam Panayotovich, Maryellen & Jim Klang and Prime Time Marketing


Under the Tuscan Sun O Tuscany, Italian home for 10 with Private Chef!

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“Vacation in a renaissance painting…”Your group of 10 will enjoy privacy, serenity and spectacular views in a 16th century home immersed in an oasis of natural beauty. This is the perfect experience for families and friends, a romantic getaway and an ideal retreat.

For one week, you will enjoy the surrounding countryside which offers stunning valley and mountain views, many walking trails, the exquisite pool, and hundreds of miles of country roads for bicycling or touring by car. Here you will get a taste of the traditions and customs, while enjoying breathtaking views over Cortona’s mountains and valley, in the utmost of privacy.

You will live like Etruscan Royalty, as you will have a private cook for the entire week prepare your breakfast each morning and spectacular dinners every evening featuring amazing dishes and the food is included! Each time you sit at the table will become a memorable experience in itself! Here you will taste the real flavors of Tuscany’s traditional food. On one of your days, we have even arranged for a cooking class, with your cook. This class is not only about executing recipes, but you will discover the authentic traditional Tuscan cooking the way that it was in the past, when families were self-sufficient thanks to their own farms.

Complete your adventure with a private wine tour in the charming countryside of Cortona where you will learn the secrets behind some of the world’s finest wines. Afterward, you will have the exclusive opportunity to join the vineyards’ owner for lunch at his private home.
Once here, you will not want to leave!

Travel must be booked within one month of the Auction. You may select any available week that has not already been booked during the following timeframe: from the 25th of January 2014 to the last full week of June that starts from a Saturday of the same year and again, from the first full week of September 2014 that starts on a Saturday to January the 24th 2015 (not including Christmas and New Year’s).