Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction
Paws for the Cause - 2014 Benefit Dinner & Auction
Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
Thursday, May 29
Thank you to all who attended our largest fundraiser of the year, Paws for the Cause. We are grateful to attendees, bidders, donors, and sponsors who made the event a success!
|Selection of Live Auction Items|
|Director's Reserve Case of Wine
A case of wine donated by the Board of Directors. A full description of each bottle of wine in this mixed case can be viewed the night of the auction.
Donated by the Board of Trustees
|Private Cocktail Party for 25 with Jazz Trio
Invite 25 of your friends into your home as you relax and enjoy this catered affair. Elegant and savory passed hors d’oeurves and three creative and delicious stationary dishes will be prepared and served by the Board of Trustees of Lucy Mackenzie humane Society. A jazz trio will add the intimacy of live music to make your event a truly unique occasion.
Donated by the the Board of Trustees at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society and Eric Bronstein $1000 value
|Private House on Oahu
Spectacular mountain views and a gorgeous beach provide the setting for our two-bedroom, one-bath, non-smoking, cedar house on the rural Windward Coast of Oahu. Sleeps 6 people. This home is on Kualoa Ranch, a beautiful working cattle ranch. The house, a pleasant country cottage with cathedral ceilings and picture windows, sits at the mouth of the magnificent Kaaawa Valley. The view from the deck includes cattle grazing beneath fluted cliffs. Egrets, mynah birds, and cardinals abound in the expansive garden area, and coconut palms frame a small ornamental pond. Only steps away, across a small, two-lane road, the beach is ideal for swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, or lazing in the sun. The magnificent Kaaawa Valley is the site of many film locations, including Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, Tears of the Sun, and Godzilla. Other activities such as horseback riding, and four-wheeler tours can also be arranged through Kualoa Ranch.This is one of the most beautiful and serene locations on the island of Oahu, yet is only a 40 minute drive to Honolulu, 20 minutes to several golf courses and 30 minutes to the famous North Shore Beaches. Learn more about this spectacular house here.
Donated by Bill & Karen McCollom $1750 value
|Mid Summer Night's Dinner Party for Eight
Local chefs, and Lucy Mac Trustees, Jeanne Matos (Culinary Institute grad and former executive chef) and Danny Kogut (former chef/owner of keeper’s Restaurant) combine their talents to offer another delectable dinner for eight, served in your home. Each year this dinner is a favorite auction item and this year’s menu will not disappoint the most discerning pallet. Click to view the sample menu in our full auction booklet.
Donated by Jeanne Matos and Danny Kogut $1500 value
|South Africa Photo Safari for Four
Zulu Nyala is a private 4500 acre private game reserve in the heart of South Africa’s most diverse conservation region. It is home to a wide variety of game from elephants to rhino, hippo, giraffe and leopard. Get up close with the big game and the smaller game in this exciting photographic opportunity and experience two game drives each day. The Zulu Nyala Country Manor is located in Northern Johannesburg and provides you with three meals a day. This trip is for 4 people. You have up to two years to schedule this amazing trip.
Donated by Trevor Shaw $5950 value
|Up, Up and Away
Enjoy the stunning views from aloft in this spectacular hot air balloon ride from Balloons Over New England. Enjoy a bottle of champagne as you soar over the green hills of Quechee, the Ottaquechee River and quintessential Woodstock. After gently landing on the Quechee Green, you will be steps away from the Parker House Inn and Bistro, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner (alcohol and gratuity not included). Known for inspired cooking from New England Farms and Sunny French Flavors, this will be a meal to remember.
Donated by the Parker House Inn and Bistro and Balloons Over New England $700 value
|Private Cooking Demo and Lunch for Eight People
A hands-on cooking demonstration featuring the essentials of Mediterranean cooking for eight in the magnificent hill-top home of LMHS Trustee, Donna VanFleet and taught by Chef, Jeanne Matos. We will travel to the regions of the Mediterranean via the fantastic ingredients of the of Southern Europe (Italy, France, Spain and Greece) as well as North Africa (Morocco), where we will incorporate the essentials - olive oil, fresh fish, local meats and cheeses; sun kissed vegetables and wholesome grains; all inherent in the cuisines of these countries. Learn how to prepare a variety of tapas, antipasti, and hearty main courses as you sip on wines of the region during the demonstration and then sit down to a Mediterranean feast (and more wine) and enjoy the fruits of the evening. You will leave with the skills, recipes, confidence and inspiration to create your own Mediterranean menu, guaranteed to impress the guests at your next dinner party. Click to view the complete menu in our full auction booklet.
Host: Donna Van Fleet, Chef Instructor: Jeanne Matos $1500 value
|Under the Tuscan Sun in Manciano, Italy for Four
This one-week stay for four, offers you the choice of 5 properties surrounded by lush gardens and a magnificent expansive view of the rolling countryside. Each property features two bedrooms with one or two baths with showers, a kitchen, and a lovely living area. The properties are situated in the ancient hill town of Manciano, approximately 1 ½ hours north of Rome in the southern edge of Tuscany, which rises on the top of a hill open to the four winds with a breathtaking view in all directions: from the Amiata to the Fiora Valley, from Talamone to the beaches of Montalto di Castro, from the Argentario to the islands of Giglio and Montecristo. Manciano extends for 37,203 square kilometers in a hilly zone situated between the valleys of Albegna and Fiora. For a complete description of the available properties, and travel planning information, click here to view the complete auction booklet.
Donated by Leone Hinzman $4550 value
|Handcrafted 13' Adirondack Guide Boat
Handcrafted Adirondack Guide Boat built at Bunker Hill Boatworks in North Pomfret, Vermont, by Captain Daniel J. Embree, USMM (ret). The length is 13', L.O.A, weight is 55 lbs., and beam is 38". This stunning blue beauty boasts spruce ribs, fir planking, cherry decks, cherry oars and wicker seats. Will deliver within 50 miles.
Donated by Captain Ron and Kim Dull in memory of Daisy, The BEST fishing dog EVER $7,250 value
Visit the newly renovated Giant Ocean Tank at the New England Aquarium and explore the many wonderful exhibits like the harbor seals, penguins and the coral reef center. Just around the corner, next to the North End, is the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel, where four of you will enjoy two Fairmont Gold Level concierge king guestrooms. Amenities include complimentary happy hour hors d’eourves, “Sweet Dreams” dessert buffet, and breakfast. The next day watch the Red Sox as they play the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on Sunday, July 20th at 1:30 in the afternoon. These box seat tickets come with valet parking.
Donated by Jack Connors and Bill & Susan Copeland $1600 value
|Selection of Silent Auction Items
Picnic in the Park
Five Days at the Beach
Taste of the Upper Valley
Brunch on Winnipesaukee
Vermont Country Sampler
Cook Like a Chef
At the Car Wash