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1. A Pair of HOUSE Seats to Come From Away on Sunday July 9, 2017

When the World Stopped, Their Stories Moved Us All! Broadway’s breathtaking Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of the small town that welcomed the world on September 12th, 2001 and demonstrated that we’re all part of one global family.

Nominated for every Best Musical Award of the season, including seven Tonys!

Donated by Joe Benincasa and The Actors Fund

2. A Day Of Beauty

A personal styling journey and consultation at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia with personal shopper extraordinaire Robin Federiconi and her assistant Kelsey.

The package includes a day at Neiman Marcus with:

  • a personal styling session with Robin at the store
  • a complimentary lunch at the delicious Zodiac Cafe.
  • a luxury basket of skin care products from the exclusive Budapest line OMOROVICZA (retail value of $750)
  • a makeup/makeover session at the Neiman’s beautiful makeup counter
  • a visit to the winner’s personal closet to edit and refresh/restyle your current wardrobe

Donated by Robin Federiconi of Neiman Marcus

3. The Farm Cooking School and Back Room Pizza

Your choice, two cooking classes or a cooking class for two at The Farm Cooking School.

Donated by Shelley Wiseman and Ian Knauer of The Farm Cooking School

And… A Private Party in “THE BACK ROOM” at Liberty Hall Pizza including:

  • Up to 25 guests.
  • Includes unlimited pizza, salad, dessert pizza, and draught root beer for 2.0 hours.
  • Valid only on Tuesday–Thursday.
  • Actual date and time TBD and based on availability.
  • Offer expires September 29, 2017.
  • Email events@libertyhallpizza.com for more information and to book event.

Donated by Chris Bryan and Danny Popkin of Liberty Hall Pizza

4. Time for a Classic English Polo Picnic in a Stunning Festive Environment

It’s time to picnic with the ponies! Kristin Perry Schwarz of the The Kitchen Potager and Elizabeth England-Blair will be your “dream team” for hosting a classic British Polo Picnic for 10 of your closest mates at Tinicum Polo Park in Bucks County, PA.

Under cover of a tent charmingly decorated with fresh flowers from The Kitchen Potager, a Pimm’s Cup and Sparkling Rose bar will get the party started as you welcome and cheer the players.

An elegant menu of classic picnic fare, from savory to sweet, will be served from gleaming silver service as you experience the thrill of the action—all pounding hooves and swinging mallets racing to score!

Always a popular Summer attraction, the polo tournaments at Tinicum (tinicumpolo.org) have announcers who explain the game as the match unfolds and charming players who welcome visits with their horses during breaks.

You and your guests will be the real victors though, enjoying the excitement and grace of celebrating during this century’s old “sport of kings.” Wear your most festive hat or fascinator and prepare to picnic in style!

Available dates: July 22 (Arby Dobb Cup 4 Goal USPA Tournament), July 29, August 5, September 2

In Polo, the well-being of the horses is priority one. Matches may be cancelled in cases of bad weather, excessive heat or chance of rain. Should this occur, the Polo Picnic will be graciously executed in the host’s home.

Donated by The Kitchen Potager, Bedminster, PA and Elizabeth England Blair, Pennington, NJ

BONUS: Two Unisex Swiss-made Watches by Metal.CH

  • 1 Sports Chronometer, 44mm, retail value: $875.00
  • 1 Sports Date, 44mm, retail value $795.00
  • Large face watches are for Men or Women.

Donated by Sandra and Tom Castor of Castor Jewelry

5. A Pair of HOUSE Seats to Dear Evan Hansen on Sunday June 25, 2017

A Teenager, a Viral Lie and a Breakout Star. A “gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical” according to The New York Times, Dear Evan Hansen is both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary. With a remarkable performance by Ben Platt, the play follows Evan as he searches for the things in life that we all need.

Nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!

Donated by Joe Benincasa and The Actors Fund

6. The 6 Pack + 1

A collection of seven fine wines donated by David Rago, Danny Popkin and Jim Mastrich

Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Sporting the plushness and emphatic ripeness that have become hallmarks of Lewis Cabernets, this latest version is among the richer of the early 1998s that have graced our table. It begins with expansive, deeply filled aromas of blueberries, currants, cocoa and creamy oak and follows with broad, well-ripened flavors of a similar stripe.

Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaulorent 1er Cru 2015

Pale, bright yellow-green. Aromas of lime zest and spices. Very rich flavors of citrus fruits, white pepper and nutmeg are nicely framed by ripe acidity. Finishes broad and dry but not austere, with a piquant repeating note of nutmeg that Piuze says is a characteristic more typical of the nearby valley of Valmur. Stephen Tanzer 92 points

Casanova di Neri – Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2011

This fabulous wine is from Giacomo Neri. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a deeply layered expression with bold tones of dark fruit that are softened and enhanced by spice, leather, tobacco and balsam herb. The wine is very beautiful and polished with slightly less depth and complexity compared the outstanding (100 point) vintage that precedes it. It is generous and confident with a presentation that offers purity, intensity and persistence. Wine Advocate 95 points

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 40th Anniversary

This spectacular 40th Anniversary offering with its dense purple/black color is followed by copious quantities of crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, silky tannins, a voluptuous texture and stunning purity as well as length. This full-bodied effort is a fabulous example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a tribute to this amazing family. It is so good now, why wait? However, I’m sure that like most vintages of Caymus, it will last for 20–25 years. Amazing! Wine Advocate 96 points

Lopez Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva 1973

Shows the spice and tea aromas of fine Burgundy and is elegant on the palate, with cedar and plum notes. A fine, graceful wine to drink now.

Chateau Calon-Segur 2005

Grand Cru Classe, St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

Wine Spectator — “Has a beautiful nose of crushed berry, spices and nutmeg, with a hint of coffee. Then turns to licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long finish of vanilla, berry and cinnamon. Beautifully crafted. Best after 2014.” Robert Parker, Rated 93

The Wine Advocate — “The 2005 is a beautiful Calon Ségur, with sweet mocha, black cherry, leathery fruit, medium to full body, attractive purity, a gorgeous texture, and serious nobility, gravitas and density. Drink it over the next 20–30 years, yet it is surprisingly accessible. Rated 93

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2012

Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

One of the great names of the Médoc and a true “super-second”. Pichon Lalande is one of the most demanded wines of Bordeaux. It is especially popular in the Far East thanks to its slightly exotic, spicy character and plump ripe fruit and polished texture. The Chateau is now owned by Champagne house Louis Roederer and managed by Nicolas Glumineau, formerly of Montrose. In 2012 the blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The yield was only 32 hl/ha. This has a good deep, black colour. A very creamy nose with cassis and cherry fruit and a hint of coffee bean, smoke and white chocolate. On the palate it is sweet, succulent, plump, and fleshy. A really classic Pichon Lalande with great balance of black Pauillac fruit and seductive fleshy richness. Pichon Lalande back on form.

Score: 92—Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016

The grande dame, the 2012 Pichon Lalande represents only 50% of their harvest production. It has soft, round tannins, endearing elegance, and up-front fruit. It is not a blockbuster, but its lush, richly fruity style is charming and seductive, with raspberry, blueberry, mocha and blackcurrant fruit and a deep ruby/purple color. This medium-bodied, supple-textured wine is surprisingly precocious and forward, and therefore best drunk over the next 15 years. The final blend was 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink: 2015–2030.

Score: 90—Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015

7. Cooking Class and Dinner for 10 with the Abruzzeses at their Home & Kitchen (Designed by Jim Hamilton)

This day of cooking and entertainment is inspired by Andrew Abruzzese’s times at Jim Hamilton’s “Ruins Cooking School” many years ago when he and Jim first became good friends. The day starts at 1:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon with 5 guest cooks. After some explanation, a glass of wine and some stories (of course) the hands-on cooking class begins featuring, what else…? Andrew’s Sunday Gravy, Homemade Cheese Ravioli and Mom’s “Napolitan” Meatballs.

This menu was recently featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Emmy award-winning series, The Mind of a Chef hosted by Gabrielle Hamilton.

Some of Andrew’s fondest memories of classes at The Ruins were the things learned from the special guests. Andrew and Mary Lou still gather everything for dinner party table settings from their own, and a neighbor’s back yards. This was one of the lessons gleaned from noted floral designer Jeanne Cameron (Shanks) who created arrangements for several administrations in the White House.

The very special guest at this class will be Andrew and Mary Lou’s dear friend Jim Hamilton. They’ll share some of the memories they’ve made over the last forty years and discuss things like proper lighting, balance, scale and techniques of the three P’s; Planning, Preparation and Presentation.

At 6:00pm, a guest of each cook’s choosing will join for a dinner party featuring the comestibles prepared and presented by the esteemed chefs of the day. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Michelle Wiley Music featuring Jim Stagnitto…and the wine will be extraordinary!

Donated by Andrew and MaryLou Abbruzzese, Michelle Wiley and Jim Stagnitto

8. Down the Middle Oil on Board by Robert Beck

Painted at an early spring baseball game at Ely Park.

Robert Beck is a teacher, curator, a lecturer and the recipient of 29 significant painting awards, was a finalist for the Pew Fellowship in 2000 and in 2014 was awarded the PSC Medal for Excellence and Contribution to the Arts by the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the oldest arts club in America.

“My paintings are descriptions of an encounter. Recognition isn’t enough. I try to eliminate the detail and noise that dilute the identity, leaving visual clues to trigger a shared understanding or experience. My subjects are living moments, not solo, static entities. There is a before and after, and the viewer should sense that.”

Donated by the artist

9. A Pair of HOUSE Seats to Hamilton: An American Musical on Sunday November 19, 2017

“I am loathe to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a Broadway show. But Hamilton…might just about be worth it.”—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s universally acclaimed and blazingly inventive hip-hop tribute to one of our illustrious founding fathers is THE hottest ticket in town and has broken every Broadway box office record.

In 2016, Hamilton received a ground-breaking 16 Tony nominations, winning 11 of them, including Best Musical. It was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Donated by Joe Benincasa and The Actors Fund

10. Dinner for 8 at 8 Coryell and Canal House Cooking

Sensational supper and wonderful wine for eight prepared by Jim and Melissa Hamilton in Jim’s home. Also included are Volumes 1–8 of Canal House Cooking.

Jim’s award winning restaurant has been lauded by The James Beard Foundation and awarded a Best of Philly Award from Philadelphia Magazine. Melissa and Christopher Hirsheimer are the recipients of James Beard Foundation award in General Cooking and their cookbooks have received much acclaim.

Arrangements for dinner can be made by contacting Jim Hamilton at 609-397-3200.

Donated by Jim and Melissa Hamilton