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2016 Spotlight Gala: Live Auction Preview

Browse through some of our live auction packages! These and much more will be available at the Spotlight Gala next Saturday, September 24.

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 2016 Spotlight Gala awards ceremony, where we shine a light on those making a difference for Nebraska’s kids.

Your Slice of Paradise


Get away from it all at La Marina Tennis and Yacht Club in sunny Mazatlan, Mexico! Wake up to sweeping views of the sea from your ocean front balcony as you unwind over a week’s stay in this privately owned condo. The unit has two queen size beds, a living room with cable TV, and a full size kitchen and bathroom. Take advantage of the facility’s private pool, hot tub, and beach access. Stroll across the sand to the marina where sport fishing boats leave daily, then savor the delicious food available at the facility’s restaurant or market, or let the facility staff call you a taxi to head into Mazatlan for great eats and a night on the town.

Availability: any week in December 2016, any week from March 5-19th, 2017, or any week from May 5th-31st, 2017.


The Most Magical Week on Earth!


Take a dream family vacation to Disney World with a week at a private Florida condo and four one-day Park Hopper passes to explore all that Walt Disney World has to offer. The passes* offer admission to a magical experience at each of Disney’s four theme parks: the Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

*Please note: Park hopper passes expire in two years and cannot be replaced if lost, or upgraded or applied toward a different admission package.


Dinner Party with the First Family


Spend an evening with Nebraska’s first family in the historic Governor’s Mansion! Talk politics, business, or baseball over a private catered dinner for eight guests with Nebraska’s Governor and First Lady, Pete Ricketts and Susanne Shore, then explore the mansion with them on a private tour. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Availability: The Governor’s executive assistant will contact the winner and offer three dates to choose between.


Carpe Vinum (Seize the Wine)


You won’t have to go a day without wine when you stay for a week in world-famous Napa wine country!  The 5-star Vino Bello resort is perfectly situated at the southern entrance to Napa Valley and features luxurious Old World Tuscan design. You and up to five friends can enjoy all that California’s northern wine region has to offer from the comfort of your unit with two king beds, a queen size sofa sleeper, two bathrooms and fully furnished kitchen. Hop on board the Napa wine train in the morning or spend your day biking through lush, rolling vineyards. Find your favorite bottle at one of over 600 wineries in the region before heading back to enjoy the resort’s swimming pool, whirlpool, or full service spa.

Availability: March 11-18, 2017

Blown Away


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.

Availability: Good for any weekend or weekday evening (three (3) hours) during January, February or March.


Unforgettable Golf Getaway

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 “style golf at its finest,” this is the perfect chance for a memorable weekend or family trip.

This experience includes two days of unlimited golf for four and one night in double rooms for four people at the Prairie Club.  A delicious breakfast buffet is included in the morning.

Check-in availability: Sunday through Wednesday

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