Auction Sneak Peek 2009

The 2009 Champions for Change Gala & Auction promises to be an amazing evening filled with fabulous auction items, with all proceeds going to support survivors and the free services that BARCC offers to the community.  Check out some of the items below to get thinking about what you want to win on November 4th.

Silent Auction Preview

Gourmet dinners. Beautiful jewelry. Cooking classes. A week on the Cape. Tickets to sporting events, classical music concerts and plays. Just a few of the over 80 items in the silent auction. Download the full list of Silent Auction items, share it with friends and start shopping. This is a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping while supporting a great cause.


Live Auction Preview


Magnificent Maui Golf & Beach Paradise

Enjoy a sun-kissed, one-week stay (7 nights, 8 days) at the luxurious Kaanapali Royal Resort in Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii.  Relax in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom deluxe vacation condo right on the lush Kaanapali Golf Course and a short walk from world-famous Kaanapali Beach.  Enjoy spectacular golf course and turquoise ocean views from your balconies, as well as a heated pool, jacuzzi, lighted tennis courts, and complimentary parking, all within a gated resort.  A dream vacation for a family, a couple, or a group of friends - with a tropical paradise at your doorstep! 

Oregon Mountain Adventure

Enjoy a one-week vacation in a gorgeous contemporary home in the Hood River Valley.  This idyllic home is the essence of Pacific Northwest living: refined comfort amid nature’s grandeur. Sited among towering fir trees, the house offers gorgeous mountain and valley views from its many large decks and windows.  The 5 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath home has exceptional amenities, including five fireplaces, library, billiard room, huge country kitchen, great room and 2 master bedroom suites with private baths.  Equally perfect in any season for a casual getaway with family and friends, or a corporate retreat.  Close to skiing, golf, rafting, hiking…everything!  This vacation adventure also includes a whitewater rafting excursion for two, and local brewery tour and lunch in the brewery pub for two, so you can raise a glass and toast the good life.

Canyon Ranch Luxury Getaway

The epitome of luxurious relaxation tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Berkshires.  For 3 glorious days and nights, you and a friend will delight in all that Canyon Ranch has to offer: gracious accommodations, 3 gourmet meals daily, use of the fully equipped spa complex, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis & sports courts, your choice of more than 50 complimentary fitness activities each day, daily lectures & cooking demonstrations, a personal Program Advisor to custom design your stay and a health & fitness assessment.  Relax, refresh and rejuvenate with the ultimate spa vacation - truly an experience of a lifetime!

New York, New York!

Live it up in the city that never sleeps.  First, you and your guest will be whisked to and from New York aboard the Limo Liner, the BEST way to travel to New York, with roomy leather recliner seats, on-board WiFi, beverage and snack service, and a host of other comforts and amenities.  In New York, you’ll be staying for two nights in a luxurious, spacious suite at the award-winning Grand Hyatt New York in the heart of Manhattan.  All of the excitement of New York- museums, theater, restaurants, shopping-is right at your doorstep.  During your stay, you and your guest will have the opportunity to join the live studio audiences for The Rachael Ray Show (two tickets), and Live with Regis and Kelly (four tickets-invite some friends!).  Even more is being added to this package every week-so keep checking back on our web site.

Rockport Retreat

What can compare to sipping your morning coffee on the deck as you gaze out over the Atlantic and inhale the soft, salty air?  Or maybe you’d rather sip a glass of wine while you take in the sunset? Luxuriate for a full week at a beautiful private home overlooking the ocean in Rockport’s Folly Cove, one of those rare places on the East Coast where you can watch the sun setting over the ocean.  Close to Rockport’s lively art galleries, shops and restaurants, yet removed enough for the serenity you crave.  Just an hour from Boston, this stunning three-bedroom waterfront home boasts a fireplace and a host of other thoughtful amenities.  Not valid during June, July, and August 2010.  Valid through October 2010.

Florentine Fantasy

A full week in an elegant apartment situated on one of the most beautifully ancient streets of Florence, Italy.  Just a few steps from the marvels of the Piazza Santa Croce, the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio, this exquisite home will be your gateway to everything under the Tuscan sun.  Some of the finest art, architecture, food and wine that Western Civilization has ever created will surround you.  From the masterpieces in the renowned Uffizi Gallery to the sweet perfection of a gelato at an outdoor cafe, Florence is an ageless delight for all the senses.  This two-bedroom, two-bath home-away-from-home has all the amenities to make your dream vacation in Tuscany as comfortable and relaxing as you can imagine..

The Pink Sands of Bermuda

Ahhh…a week in Bermuda.  Does it get any better?  Experience the postcard-perfect island life while you stay in a beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo on a gorgeous golf course that will be your home base for a week.  Kick off your shoes and dig your toes in the sand of pristine pink beaches, swim, sail or dive the turquoise waters, and explore spectacular natural sites and charming historic villages - all of that and more await you.  And don’t forget golf-Bermuda is a golfer’s paradise, with some of the world’s finest courses.  Your condo is perched high on the hillside overlooking the historic World Heritage town of St. George and its blue harbor, where 500 years of history, culture and British traditions will charm and refresh you.  You’ll only be two hours from Boston, but you will feel-and be-worlds away.  Soak up all Bermuda has to offer for the week of May 15-22, 2010..

Magical Nutcracker Evening Party

A special and unforgettable evening for you and five lucky guests.  First, a private car and driver will pick you up and whisk you all in luxury to the heart of Boston’s Theater District.  Then you and your guests will enjoy dinner at Avila, noted for its exquisitely delicious Mediterranean cuisine.  After dinner, you will then head to the Opera House, where you and your guests will have six orchestra seats to the sold-out performance of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Friday, December 18th.  The Nutcracker is more than a ballet-it’s an experience.  Following the opening of The Nutcracker last season, Karen Campbell wrote in The Boston Globe, “The Nutcracker provides a sugar rush into the holiday season. The company’s version of this beloved classic sports vivid, imaginative scenery, captivating special effects, substantive choreography and exquisite dancing.”  Quite simply, no ballet is more magical.  When at last the curtain falls, your coach (okay, the car) awaits to take you all home from your perfect evening.

A Sampling of the Silent Auction


  • Spring Garden Retreat on the Cape-a week’s stay in Beautiful Eastham (May 29-June5, 2010)
  • Relax & Renew for 2 at Kripalu
  • Waterfront Weekend Getaway-Overnight stay & breakfast for 2 at the Westin Waterfront
  • Fall Getaway Week on the Cape
  • Cooking & Cuddling in Cambridge-couple’s class at Cambridge Culinary Arts & overnight stay at Inn at Harvard Square

The Sporting Life

  • Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins-tickets & memorabilia galore!
  • College Hockey Action-BU vs. UVM
  • The Best PGA Action-4 VIP passes to the Deutsche Bank Golf Tournament 2010
  • Ride with an Olympian!-a day of cycling with US Olympian Nicole Freedman & a Specialized Dolce bike

Family Fun

  • Water Wonderland-CocoKey Water Resort passes for 4 & overnight stay
  • Run Away to the Circus-4 Ringmaster seats to the Big Apple Circus
  • Everest, Here We Come!-Rock climbing party for 6

Entertainment Extravaganza

  • Dinner & Theatre by the Beautiful Sea-tickets for 2 & dinner at Theatre by the Sea in Wakefield, RI
  • A Movie-able Feast-a year pass to the movies for 2 from Entertainment Cinemas
  • Champagne Sail-afternoon sail for 4 on Narragansett Bay
  • Bowling Bash-Lucky Strike party for 16
  • Marvelously Modern Music-2 season subscriptions to the Boston Modern Orchestra
  • Billiard’s Bash-Jillian’s Party for 20
  • Gourmet-Crafted Burgers…and Crafts for 6!-Dinner at Four Burgers & make your own card class at Paper Source
  • Superbly Special Strings-an experience with the New England String Ensemble

Delightful Delicacies

  • Sweet Treats Every Month-a year of cookies from Goodies Homemade
  • Cheese, Fruit & Wine Gift Basket from Costa Foods
  • Fine Dining of Bangkok & Paris-$100 gift certificate to Elephant Walk
  • Year of Beer-from Sam Adams
  • Taco Loco Fiesta-catered taco bar for 12 from Picante
  • Take Legal to the Next Level-$50 gift card to Legal Seafoods, signed cookbook & a White Card
  • Simply Ming-autographed cookbook & lunch for 2
  • Your Own Personal Chef-dinner prepared for you in your home by Chef Chris Anderson
  • Perfect Pasta-gift certificate to Dave’s Fresh Pasta & beautiful handmade bowl
  • Brunch on the Harbor-brunch for 2 at Meritage

Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

  • Luxury Workout-3 month all access membership to Equinox
  • Happy Feet-a pair of renowned MBT shoes
  • So Fit, So Fine!-One month membership & 2 personal training sessions at Fitness Club for Women
  • Your Shape, In Shape-One month membership to Get in Shape for Women (sessions 3x/week)

Gorgeous Gems

  • Butterfly Artistry-handmade murano butterly necklace by Christina Lamb of Strung
  • signature designed piece for BARCC by Heather Hoffman

Interesting Items

  • Thrill of the Grill-Weber gas travel/camping grill & cookbook set
  • Bundle of Joy-baby gift basket
  • One-of-a-Kind Zulu Art-handmade Zulu Beerpot
  • Treasures from India-2 handwoven ikat silk stoles

This is just a preview! Check back soon to see more exciting items!

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