With our Spotlight Gala coming up on Saturday, take a look at some of the updated packages we will be auctioning off!
The live auction is just part of the fun of the evening! There will also be a hosted cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, and the 2015 Spotlight Gala awards ceremony, where we shine a light on those making a difference for Nebraska’s kids.
Live Auction Preview
These packages are a sneak peak for what we will be auctioning on September 19. More items may be added!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
This amazing package is great for your little slugger or a fun getaway weekend. Package includes: four (4) field box tickets to a Chicago Cubs game.
*Blackout dates apply. Choose an available home game excluding: Marquee games, St. Louis series and all Interleague games.
Be Adventurous, Be Relaxed, Be Both
Buganvilias Resort Vacation Club, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Come enjoy the ambiance and the atmosphere of rest and relaxation found inside and outside each of Buganvilias Resort’s restaurants and bars, surrounded by beautiful gardens and the unparalleled views of Banderas Bay and the town of Puerto Vallarta.
Famous for its beaches, fishing and excellent restaurants, Puerto Vallarta offers a paradise. You can enjoy horseback riding, paragliding, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing, mountain biking, sailing and kayaking. For those with a passion for eco-adventures, there are many companies offering zipline and rappel in the middle of the lush jungle, splashing in the natural waterfalls, exploring amazing rock formations, dolphin and whale watching and swimming with stingrays. It’s a great place to enjoy fabulous scenery beautiful weather any day of the year.
All rooms feature AC, wireless high-speed Internet, cable TV, room service, mini bar, safety box, direct-dial telephone, iron and ironing board.
Check-in-March 5th | Check-out-March 12th 1 bedroom/1 bathroom (sleeps up to 4) with a partial kitchen.
*All inclusive package is optional for an additional cost.*
Lions, Leopards & Rhinos…Oh My!
Two (2) Nights at the Maritime Bushveld Estates
Guests will be picked up after the long journey from the US at the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport and brought to the suburban Maritime retreat on the northwestern border of Johannesburg, South Africa. This unique nature reserve combines the indigenous flora and wildlife with gracious charm, offering an elegant, tranquil ‘Out of Africa’ setting. Enjoy your first evening in South Africa being treated to authentic African Braai (BBQ) and wines from local South African wineries, a continental breakfast each morning and help with planning your day of adventure in Johannesburg.
Five (5) Night Ezulwini Safari
Luxury Ezulwini Game Lodges are situated in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Enjoy the Ultra Luxury Suites comprised of a two (2) night stay at Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge and a three (3) night stay at Ezulwini River Lodge. Inclusive of all delicious South African meals, including house wines & local beer and two (2) BIG FIVE (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) photo safari game drives per day with highly skilled game rangers and trackers. Relax between safari drives with a cocktail poolside. Chances are you’ll get a visit from a monkey or two by the pool! *Additional nights, accompanying guests and upgrades are always available for additional fees.*
Starting Bid: $3,850
Discover “The Good Life” at Lake McConaughy
Explore what western Nebraska has to offer! Enjoy four (4) nights in a four (4) bedroom lakefront home (sleeps 12) with a deck overlooking the majestic Lake McConaughy. Relax on the white, sandy beach during half of your vacation and spend the other half golfing at the beautiful Bayside Golf Course. Includes four (4) rounds of golf with a cart. Cap off the nights by stargazing on the deck and listening to the sounds of nature.
Available dates: Check-in: Monday | Check-out: Friday AM
Week of May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Week of June 6, 13, 20, 27
Donated by: Senator Ken and Deb Schilz & Bayside Golf Club
Join Master Hunting guide Jason Christensen for a once-in-a-lifetime coyote hunt in the majestic Nebraska Sandhills. The trip includes a one-day guided hunt for two (2) hunters, transportation, lodging and meals included. Your guide has 12+ years of experience guiding on some of the best hunting grounds in the upper Midwest. While most of your needs will be taken care of by Jason and his staff, you will need to provide a Nebraska hunting license, gun, ammunition, sales tax and gratuity.
Gear up for your trip with a $300 gift card to Cabela’s for your hunting apparel and you can enjoy a cold one at the end of the day with your Sportsman’s Camo Cooler and Field & Stream Camo Oversized Camp Chairs.
Donated by: Jason Christensen, Cabela’s & Patti Koraleski
Spend a cold winter’s evening staying warm at the Hot Shops Art Center learning how to make glass blown pieces and clay pottery. Artists Tim Barry and Ed Fennell will share their expertise and teach their techniques for creating amazing art. Most importantly, you will have a unique party with you and seven (7) of your best friends. Bring some wine and your imagination and take home a fantastic piece of art.
Good for any weekend or weekday evening (three (3) hours) during January, February or March.
Donated by: Tim Barry & Ed Fennell
A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Getaway in New York
Experience a New Year’s Eve like none other as you spend three (3) days and four (4) nights in the Big Apple. Check-in at the JW Marriott Essex House at Central Park on December 31st after using your $800 Southwest Airlines travel voucher. You and another will enjoy premium, front row seats to the Tony Award winning musical Fun Home. You are on your own to discover Ellis Island, the Empire State building, Times Square, Central Park, Broadway and Lady Liberty, but don’t forget to stop by a five star restaurant to enjoy dinner using your $200 Visa gift card!
Check-in date – 12/31/15 | Check-out – 1/3/16
Donated by: Anonymous, Southwest Airlines & ACCESS bank
The Ultimate Fine Arts Experience
The Wizard of Oz
This new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical Land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires.
Two Premium Seats and an Opening Night Experience (Backstage Tour!)
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall
Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
With roots dating back to 1498, the Vienna Boys Choir has delighted music lovers across the globe for over five centuries through their purity of tone, charm and crowd-pleasing repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases the voices of these child musicians in a program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and holiday favorites.
Two Premium Seats
Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Holland Center | Kiewit Hall
Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk
In Pedal Punk, experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occur when a zany bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes, repairing more than broken pieces. He creates wondrous machines that come to life and inspire the cyclist in all of us to unite with our inner Pedal Punk. The New York Times calls them, “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.”
Two Premium Seats
Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 7:00 pm | Orpheum Theater | Slosburg Hall
*Complimentary garage parking at the Orpheum Theater
*Access to the Anne Thorne Weaver Lounge prior to and during the show
*Complimentary valet parking at the Holland Center
*Access to the Gottschalk Founders Room prior to and during the show
*Dinner for two at Zinc, the Holland Performing Arts Center’s onsite restaurant
*Personalized tour of the majestic Orpheum Theater with Jeff Brown
Donated by: Omaha Performing Arts
Unforgettable Golf Getaway
Two (2) Days of Unlimited Golf for Four (4) at the Prairie Club plus Lodging
Need to unwind? Providing the opportunity to experience world class golf, there is a place deep in the heartland of America rivaling the most famous destinations and drawing in devout lovers of the game. On the edge of the Snake River Canyon, just outside of Valentine, Nebraska, is the breathtaking Prairie Club. Recognized last year by Premier Golf via PGA.com as “links-style golf at its finest,” this is the perfect chance for a memorable weekend or family trip.
Come enjoy two (2) days of unlimited golf for four (4) and a tranquil night stay at The Prairie Club. On your second night, indulge yourself with the best steak dinner in town at The Raine Motel. Featuring The Neon Bar and Grill, their on-site restaurant serving barbecue and steak house fare, this motel is located 15 minutes away from Fort Niobrara Wilderness.
Check-in: Sunday through Wednesday
Donated by: Eric Johnson, The Prairie Club, The Raine Motel & Neon Bar and Grill
The Course that Jack Built
Two (2) days of unlimited golf awaits you and three (3) friends at Dismal River Golf Club! Designed and played regularly by Jack Nicklaus, Links Magazine describes Dismal River as an “epic course” that delivers a scenic pure-golf experience in Nebraska’s Sandhills. Don’t miss the chance to play this incredible course! This fun package includes two (2) days of unlimited golf for four (4), carts and one (1) night of lodging for four (4) at Dismal River, located in Mullen, NE.
Donated by: Joel Jacob & Quantum Financial Partners, LLC