Live Auction Preview – 2017 JDRF Hope Gala

Unable to join us for the auction, but would still like to bid on one of our amazing live auction packages? Perhaps something that might interest a friend? No problem!

To participate, simply contact Sally Langan, JDRF Senior Development Manager, at 704-625-4082 or


Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year

 Don’t miss an opportunity to buy this very rare, exquisite bourbon. It takes generations of distilling know-how to produce.  Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. This bourbon is aged 20 years and bottled at 90.4 proof for a wonderfully smooth and rich profile. It is the #1 rated bourbon whiskey in the world with a 99 out of 100 rating by the World Spirits Championship. Pappy Van Winkle was a true character and like its namesake, this bourbon whiskey is full of character.

Cathy and Bill Diel, Michele and Steve Henderson

Value: $1,500

Take Me Out To the Green Monster

Here’s your chance to sit atop the most historic wall in baseball, Fenway Park’s Green Monster, with four tickets to the Saturday, June 9th game in 2018.  Not only do you get to see your favorite team in prime home run territory, but you also have access to exclusive concessions only available on the wall. Don’t miss your chance to “catch” four of the most legendary baseball tickets in town! This also includes airfare and two hotel rooms for two nights for the game.


Donor: Bank of America, The Westin Charlotte, American Airlines

Value: $6,475

In-Home Five-Course Wine Dinner for Eight People

One of “Charlotte’s powerhouse couples in the restaurant scene” Celebrity Chef Tim Groody and Melanie Groody will come to your home where they will prepare and serve a five-course wine dinner for eight people. A pioneer in the farm-to-table movement in Charlotte, Chef Tim Groody will work with you to create a customized menu featuring locally sourced, natural, organic ingredients. Melanie Groody will pair each course with a different, small-production wine to create a unique and intimate culinary experience for you and your guests. The winning bidder will also receive dessert for their entire table, prepared and served tableside by Chef Groody this Saturday at the gala!

Restrictions: Mutually agreed upon dates.  Expires November 4, 2018.

Donor: Melanie and Tim Groody

Value: $2,500

Summer in Snowmass

There is nothing like the fresh air of the Colorado Rockies, especially in the Aspen/Snowmass area, home to seven Olympic athletes in the 2010 Games and outdoor adventure for the whole family!  Enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, white-water rafting, and many more activities while on vacation!  Or jam to free outdoor concerts on the mountain, music festivals in town or a rodeo!  Relish in seven nights at a luxurious Timbers Club residence in Snowmass, Colorado that sleeps six in three bedrooms (two master suites).  Amenities include a full exercise room, game room and lounge.  The best part of staying at the Timbers Club is the specialized service, like complimentary cappuccinos and pastries in the morning, transportation from the airport and into town, and 24-hour concierge service to help you book your daily activities and dinners.  After all, Aspen is known for its top-notch restaurants, shopping, and scenery!

Restrictions: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by owners and winning bidder.  Subject to availability.  Airfare not included.

Donor: Shauna and Pat McFeeley

Value: $7,000

Provence Luxury Gourmet Cycling for Two

Travel next July to beautiful Provence, France and discover why Travel + Leisure rated this Provence Luxury trip as “One of the Best Life-Changing Trips”! Breathe in the essence of the ancient countryside while pedaling on a leisurely bicycle ride through sleepy hillside villages and along endless fields of lavender. Enjoy delicious local cuisine and rich Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines. Your accommodations, meals, local artisanal wine at dinner, transportation, and luggage transfers are all included.

During this guided group signature trip, you’ll spend two unforgettable days riding across the Rhône River Valley, through multiple renowned wine regions, past shimmering groves of olive trees and over the lavender hills of the Luberon. On the third day, settle in with a lovely walk around the grounds before an exclusive afternoon cooking demonstration and dinner prepared by Chef Jon.

The cycling on this Provence trip is designed to accommodate both “non-cyclists” and cyclists alike with easy bicycle touring on hybrid bicycles. For the more serious cyclist, we offer the option to climb the legendary Mont Ventoux and upgrade to a carbon road bicycle with climbing gears. Slowdown from the everyday grind and find bliss on your bike in Provence.

Restrictions: Trip dates: July 1-6, 2018
 Not Included:
-Specialized Roubaix carbon fiber road bike with full Shimano Ultegra
($350 additional for full tour)
-Gratuities for your guides (we recommend 5% – 10% of the trip price)
-Transportation to and from the tour starting point (Avignon TGV train station)
-Accommodations before and after the tour
-All alcohol except a set amount of wine included with dinners
If for any reason the auction winner of this package requires separate rooms for individual occupancy for the two reservations included in this package, this is possible for an additional fee of $2,500 USD payable by April 1, 2018.

Donor: Gourmet Cycling, Julie Caperton

Value: $8,995

Dinner with a Rock Star Researcher!

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to dine with one of JDRF’s best and most sought-after researchers! Dr. Andy Stewart, with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, is doing some very exciting work with CURE research, specifically beta cell biology and immune response. The evening will include a gourmet dinner at Quail Hollow Club on March 8, 2018. Price is $1,000 per couple and is limited to 20 couples.


Restrictions: March 8, 2018

Value: $1,000 per couple

Andrea Bocelli Suite at the Spectrum Center

Andrea Bocelli is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter.  Born with poor eyesight, Bocelli became completely blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.

Bocelli has recorded fifteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 80 million records worldwide.  He has had success as a crossover performer bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts.  He has been nominated for a Grammy and an Academy award and has won a Golden Globe.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see him on February 9, 2018 at the Spectrum Center!  Included in the package are 18 suite tickets, snacks and soft drinks!

Restrictions: No alcoholic beverages are provided.  Suite is for this concert only.

Donor: Novant Health

Value: $5,000

Chocolate Goldendoodle Puppy

This chocolate male Standard F1b Goldendoodle is from a F1 Goldendoodle (Poodle x Golden Retriever) bred to a Standard Poodle.  This cross is the least likely to shed and is a good breed for those with pet allergies.

Since 2005, Goldendoodles have been used as pets, guide dogs, therapy dogs, search dogs and rescue dogs, as they have inherited the poodle’s intelligence and the golden retriever’s ease of training.  Goldendoodles are known for their affection toward families, as well as their friendliness and patience with children and strangers.

Both of his parents have had their hips tested and he should mature to be around 45-50 lbs.

This adorable puppy was bred and raised by Hummingbird Hill Farm, Liberty, NC.  They are a small family farm that has been raising Goldendoodles for over 10 years.

Donor: Hummingbird Hill Farm

Value: $1,500

Best Impressions Caterers Presents… An Evening of Spectacular Food & Wine

Gather 40 guests in your home for a sophisticated array of culinary tastes, each paired with a fine selection of Napa Valley and French wines.

Four highly skilled chefs from Best Impressions Caterers under the direction of Executive Chef James Fox will prepare small plates table side.  In collaboration with Sommelier, Mark Orsini of Orsini Wines, each course will be accompanied by a wine selection. This event is set up in a “progressive” fashion.  A sparkling wine and light bites will be served as guests arrive. Then, guests will proceed to each of four “stations” in succession and staff will describe the components of each dish and the wine selection.  The event concludes with a variety of sweets from Pastry Chef Jennifer Cubillos.

Restrictions: Date for event to be determined between Caterer and certificate holder at least four weeks prior to event.  Subject to availability and potential black-out dates.  Certificate expires November 3, 2018.

Donor: Best Impressions Caterers

Value: $10,750

Art by Anne Neilson

 Charlotte-based artist, Anne Neilson, has built a phenomenal national following for her signature ethereal style and message of hope portrayed through images of angels. While her work can be found in collectors’ homes world-wide and with the likes of Kathie Lee Gifford, Roma Downey, Maria Schriver, Steven Curtis Chapman, and more, she does not paint for the acclaim.  Anne brings her brush to the canvas and is inspired by many, including those living with type 1 diabetes. Anne has generously donated one of her creative masterpieces for the Live Auction that will be on display at the JDRF Hope Gala.  Her pieces continue to rise in value and are available exclusively through Anne Neilson Fine Art gallery, located in SouthPark.
Restrictions: This painting only

Donor: Anne Neilson Fine Art

Value: $6,500

Seven-Night Stay at Diamante Resort, Cabo San Lucas

The ultimate getaway to Cabo San Lucas! Enjoy seven nights at Diamante Resort in a four bedroom residence, with roundtrip private transportation to and from the airport.  Diamante’s four master bedroom residences are between 3,500 and 4,000 square feet of interior condo or villa space and include a full living room, dining room, kitchen, terrace, outdoor living areas, amazing views, and much more. Some but not all available villa, bungalow, and penthouse units include an outdoor pool area, jacuzzi, bbq lounge, fire pit, and media room. During your stay, treat your taste buds to two delicious in-residence dinners prepared right before your eyes.

For all the golf lovers, take advantage of 16 rounds of golf included with this package at Diamante’s world class courses! The Dunes Course, designed by Davis Love III, is the only Cabo San Lucas course located on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula and ranked by GOLF Magazine as one of the best in the world. El Cardonal, designed by Tiger Woods, is a fun challenge for golfers of every level.

Winning bidder will also receive $1,500 to The Spa at Diamante, roundtrip transportation to and from the airport in Cabo, and two in-residence chef-prepared dinners.  With a gorgeous coastline, state-of-the-art fitness and spa facility and 10 acres of sparkling lagoon — each with its own ahh-inspiring attention to detail and service — what will you do first?

Restrictions: Does not include airfare.  Exact accommodations are based on availability and final decision on room/villa type will stand with the Diamante resort.  There is limited availability through Spring 2018 while construction is ongoing but because of this, the expiration is extended to March 2019. Does not include daily food, beverage or gratuity.

Donor: Diamante Resort, Wally Joyner

Value: $25,000

Park City Mountain Home

Whisk your family away to this four bedroom, four bath mountain house with the best sweeping views in Park City for five nights!  Newly remodeled, this property is only a 10 minute walk into Old Town shopping, restaurants, lifts for mountain biking, hiking, ski lifts and more. Enjoy one of the wonderful outdoor summer concerts four minutes away at Deer Valley, or stay in and have fun at the house with an outdoor Jacuzzi spa!  Avoid the late night partying noise of Old Town by staying here during your vacation.

Five night stay between April 1 and December 10, 2018, based on availability.  Does not include airfare.

Donor: Norman Holmes

Value: $10,000

100-Point Wine Dinner for Twelve

Invite your friends to dine like the stars at The Fig Tree, the premier restaurant establishment in Charlotte’s fine dining scene. Located in the historic Lucas House, this restaurant provides an exceptional dining experience complete with a seasonal French and Italian inspired menu. Be prepared to be amazed as their award winning Chef Greg Zanitsch creates a six-course tasting menu just for you of seasonal and local selections that are sure to impress and delight. You will enjoy exclusive wine pairings chosen for each course from the incredible private collection of Charlotte collector, Pat Phillips. Be in rare company when you host this 100-point wine dinner as all 6 of the 2013 California wines received 100-points from Robert Parker. (Less than 0.1% of California wines produced that year, we’re so honored.)

Restrictions: Must be used at a mutually convenient time to Fig Tree and winning bidder.  Expires October 31, 2018.

Donor: The Fig Tree Restaurant, Debbie and Pat Phillips

Value: Priceless