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Live Auction: Monday, January 28, 2019

A Week in Provence: Le Petite Rubis, Valbonne France

Enjoy a one-week stay in this designer home in France located in the Cote Azur, in the charming village of Valbonne. It is located 20 minutes from the Nice airport, Cannes is 15 minutes away, Monte Carlo is 45 minutes and Italy is an hour. There are wonderful perched villages to visit that have been home to Renoir, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso to name only a few. There are numerous golf courses, wonderful restaurants and incredible shopping.

The house was completely gutted and remodeled in 2000. It has four bedrooms – each with a private bath room and individually controlled air conditioning. Two of the bedrooms are master bedrooms, with large bathrooms with both a large stall shower and a tub, two sinks and a separate WC and bidet room. Both have king sized beds. The other two bedrooms have two beds each which can be pushed together as king size beds or used separately. These two bedrooms each have bathrooms with stall showers. There is a large living room with a fireplace, a dining room that seats ten, a charming kitchen with a French commercial stove, two refrigerators dishwasher and microwave, and another separate sitting area. There are several eating terraces and a heated swimming pool. The views of the mountains are lovely from everywhere on this very private property. Even the driveway is pretty, as it is paved in limestone pieces. There is television, stereo, WIFI internet connection with a printer and scanner available. All the linens are included and abundant. A housekeeper comes once a week. There is a washer, commercial dryer and a gas barbeque. There is a toilet area out by the pool house, and an outdoor shower. There are extensive gardens and 15 olive trees. All the outdoor areas have appropriate furniture.

The house is situated in a private gated domain and the property is also fully fenced and gated. It is walking distance to the village where there is a beautiful square and several restaurants. Each Friday, Valbonne hosts a typical Provencal market. It is an active village but it is not a “tourist village” teaming with people. Many evenings there is music in the square. Mougins is 8 minutes away with its many award-winning restaurants as well. You will certainly never go hungry in France!

This auction item expires in 18 months (July 29, 2020) and dates are subject to availability.


A Week at the Thulani Private Villa in South Africa

A perfect South Africa Experience for 2 with a 7 Day / 6 Night Stay at the Thulani Private Villa located in the 55,000-acre Blue Canyon Conservancy. This private villa features five impeccably-appointed bedrooms and baths, a private wine chamber and a falling waters pool.  Attention to detail is apparent in how luxuriously this beautiful lodge is furnished.

Included in this package, winners will enjoy daily breakfast, lunch, & dinner exquisitely prepared by Thulani’s own personal chef; a special Welcome Dinner; 2 Game Drives a day with drinks and snacks; free Wi-Fi; two bottles of South African wine; plus housekeeping & laundry service for the duration of your stay. 

You may also wish to partake in other extra activities available nearby, such as: Hot Air Ballooning, a Microlight Flight tour, a Morning Bushwalk with Cheetahs, a Sunset Drive on a Big 5 Game Reserve, a picnic on top of Mariepskop Mountain, a Blyde River Canyon Boat Trip & Waterfall Hike, or you may just sit outside at the Villa and enjoy the picturesque views and take a swim in the pool.

Also included is an optional visit to a nearby Spring of Hope partner school to see first- hand the work this Foundation has done since 2005 improving the sanitary conditions at local schools.

While your airfare is not included, South Africa Airways will offer a discount on all available fares at the time you make your reservations.  Instructions will be provided.

Multiple couples may like to visit Thulani together.  The winning bid is the package described above for 2 people.  Each additional couple must match & donate the winning bid amount to the BallenIsles Charities Foundation in order to join together for a group vacation.  Timing is subject to availability.

Click Here for complete details on Thulani. (23-page color brochure) 

Click Here to watch a short video on Thulani. 


A Week at Snowmass in the Summer to enjoy & explore the Aspen area

Enjoy a one-week summertime stay in this charming condo located on the mountain side of Snowmass, Colorado! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath Preferred condominium, is 1860 square feet and offers 2 king bedrooms, 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds and 1 bedroom with 2 twins beds and one bunk bed. The condo has a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, fireplace, a private balcony and complimentary internet access.

Snowmass Lodging Company offers first-class services to you and your guests, including complimentary Aspen Airport and village wide transportation, front desk, bell service, concierge service, daily housekeeping and daily newspaper delivery. It is located 10 miles from downtown Aspen which has as array of upscale and casual restaurants, shopping and entertainment.
Summertime in Colorado is breathtaking – don’t miss out on this lovely vacation in the Rocky Mountains!

Limitations: one-week stays are based on availability from June 1 thru June 26, or September 6 thru October 13, 2019.



3 Nights at The ROCKS Luxury Residence in Arizona plus Golf for 2 

3-Night Stay in a luxurious Three Bedroom Villa at The ROCKS Luxury Residence Club in Scottsdale, AZ. Plus 2 Golf Certificates for 2 to play 18 holes with cart. The ROCKS, managed by Troon Golf, is a secluded and secure enclave of luxurious residences with exclusive amenities and an impeccable staff. Enjoy elite amenities with the beautiful clubhouse, fitness center, and upscale-dining to make your golf trip a special vacation. While at The Rocks, 2 lucky people will play Troon North Golf Club twice! Voted Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” their two 18-hole courses stretch through the natural ravines in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Revered as Scottsdale’s crown jewel, the challenge, visual sensation, and special ambiance of Troon North sets the standard by which all other courses are measured. 2 Golf Certificates expire 4/1/20. Monday-Thursday anytime; Friday-Sunday after 12:00; space available; may call course for tee time up to 7 days in advance. 



2 Rounds of Golf for 4 at TPC Sawgrass Plus Accommodations

4 Players for 1 Round of golf on THE PLAYERS STADIUM Course at TPC Sawgrass and 1 Round of Golf on Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass including 2 rooms for 1 Night at the Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Sawgrass. These courses have won numerous accolades and Golfweek Magazine ranked the Stadium Course the No. 1 “Best Course You Can Play in the State of Florida.” With its signature island green on the par-3, 17th hole being one of the most recognized in golf, this legendary track has captured the imagination of golf fans all over the world and is consistently named among the top golf courses worldwide. Now is your chance to play this famous course! THE PLAYERS Stadium certificate includes greens fees, carts, forecaddie fees & all applicable taxes. The Dye’s Valley certificate includes greens fees and all applicable taxes. Certificates are valid: 2/1/19 to 12/31/19 (Blackout dates may apply to Dye’s Valley Course). 


Golf for 3 with Jeff Fitzherbert (Director) at High Ridge Country Club

Enjoy a round of golf with Jeff Fitzherbert at High Ridge Country Club in Lantana. This upscale private country club, built in 1979 by legendary Florida architect Joe Lee, needed a massive injection of eye appeal and challenge to attract the younger generation of low-handicap golfers. In 2001, Kipp Schulties (who redesigned our North Course) infused the necessary ingredients, transforming the short and aging layout into a modern golf course with more distance, increased playability and visual definition — all followed by immaculate conditioning by course superintendent Steve Kuhn. Since mature oaks and pines framed nearly every hole, Schulties retained much of the existing routing and emphasized strong definition around the features, such as visual bunkering, elevated greens and tees, and many new sandy waste areas. New tees were added on nearly every hole for increased length.

  • Par / Yardage: Par 72 / 6,829 Yards
  • Designer(s): Joe Lee (1979)
  • Redesign: Kipp Schulties (2001)

This round of golf is available from 4/1/2019 until 12/31/2019 and will be arranged by Jeff Fitzherbert at a convenient time for the winning group subject to availability.


Ladies Golf Trip to the Tiburon Golf Club-Ritz Carlton Resort, Naples

What a fabulous way for three lucky women to spend time together at a luxurious resort plus have our very own Golf Pro, Kimberly Healey join them to add some excitement and tips to each round! Enjoy two rounds of golf for three women at Tiburon Golf Club and two rooms for one night at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort.

With all of its exquisite amenities, Tiburón’s main attraction remains the two superb golf courses. The Gold and The Black, designed by golf legend Greg Norman. Tiburón golfers enjoy unique stacked sod wall bunkers, coquina shell waste bunkers and the absence of conventional rough. Following Norman’s philosophy of maximizing the natural allure of the land, each element has been carefully integrated to produce a pleasing atmosphere in which to appreciate the finer aspects of the game. Designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón strives to protect and enhance its natural surroundings. Tiburón is host of the LPGA CME Group Championship and PGA TOUR QBE Shootout.

The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples is one of the leading luxury golf resorts in Florida. As you drive up the winding road to the Golf Resort, a stately Italianate structure emerges from the lush green landscape. All the amenities you would expect (luxurious pool, fitness center, spa, variety of dining opportunities) are all available at the resort, but, merely three miles away is another Ritz property on their private, white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of complimentary shuttle service between the two resorts. You will never want to leave!
This package is available June-September 2019; dates are subject to availability.


A Day with Cliff Drysdale

How would you like to have a tennis lesson, a nice lunch with two guests of your choice and then adjourn to the Champion Court at BallenIsles to see if you could win a doubles game with one of your guests against Cliff Drysdale and Gary Henderson? You better start practicing now!

Both on and off the court, 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Drysdale is one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community. Drysdale has devoted over four decades of his life to promoting the advancement of the tennis culture. His contributions to the game span across an award-winning career as a professional player, leadership roles in advancing Open Tennis, the founding and presidency of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), a 30 year+ tenure as a television tennis analyst, and the ownership of his tennis management company, Cliff Drysdale Tennis. The highlight of Drysdale’s singles career was a finals showing in the 1965 U.S. Championships. Throughout his celebrated career, he netted 35 singles and 24 doubles titles. Cliff was a pioneer of the two-handed backhand which he used to great effect in the 1960s.

Cliff will be spending the day here at BallenIsles on March 17th and this special tennis package carves out some time for the winning bidder to learn from one of the best in tennis and you will also get to play some ‘champion tennis’. The package includes a signed picture of Cliff and a signed new racket, plus the following:

11:00 AM -12:00 PM Private Lesson with Cliff. Spectators can listen to Cliff deliver the lesson over a microphone.
12:15 PM -1:15 PM Lunch with Cliff along with 2 guests of your choice
1:30 PM -2:15 PM ‘Champion Doubles set’ with Cliff and Gary Henderson with a guest of your choice

All your BallenIsles friends and tennis partners will be cheering from the stands! 


2018 World Series Champions Red Sox Tickets 

4 Box Seats: “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. 4 Field Box Tier 1 Seats 4 Rows up behind 1st base allow you to see everything & almost touch the field (Right Field Box 8 Row D Seats 9-12). Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Plus see the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches overlooking left field. Arrangements can be made in advance for the winner to sit on the green Monster and watch Batting Practice before a game (usually a few hours before the scheduled game). Winner must notify donor by 3/1/19 in order to get a choice of game for 2019 season (No Yankee or Dodgers games; Opening Day; Marathon Monday). Tickets can be delivered digitally if desired. 



Sheriff For A Day

Just think how interesting it would be to spend a day at the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and have a unique lifetime experience. Ric Bradshaw, our Palm Beach County Sheriff will be here at our LIVE Auction to tell you all about a typical day in his world! Your group would consist of a total of 3 persons (children must be a minimum of 10 years of age and must be accompanied by an adult). What a great gift for any children or young adults interested in a career in law enforcement! A Deputy will accompany you on a tour of Communications, Crime Scene and the Fingerprint Labs. Among other high points, you will meet Ric Bradshaw again and have an opportunity to take a ride on a 31’ Contender Marine Boat. You will see firsthand the state-of-the-art equipment used by law enforcement to patrol our waterways in order to keep our community safe, including advanced thermal imaging technology. And, depending on the day, your visit may include some more interesting experiences!


Very Special Dinner for 10 in the Private Dining Room at The Cooper

Create the perfect party for you & 4 other couples or family members (total of 10) to celebrate a special event, or reciprocate and say Thank You to others, or just have a great evening out on the town! A specially-designed menu will be created by Executive Chef Adam Brown with wine pairings to complement each course. Founded by noted restaurateur & BallenIsles resident, Richard Rosenthal, The Cooper provides a warm, upscale dining experience, mixing sustainable seasonal dishes with an innovative take on classic American cuisine. Advance reservation must be made for this event. Not valid Friday or Saturday evenings or holidays. Tax and gratuity are not included.

Cooking With Chef Gregory

Many kitchens at BallenIsles are dying of boredom…..but not Executive Chef Gregory’s kitchens! They delivered over 2000 meals in one day over the Christmas holidays. This year Chef would like to support the BallenIsles Charities Foundation in a very special way by providing the winner of this item to invite 11 other people to dinner …..with a little catch to the evening. You will have to work for your fabulous four course, wine-paired dinner! Chef and some of his experienced team will provide all your guests with an opportunity to learn and engage in the preparation of some delicious and beautifully presented dinner courses. Where will you eat and enjoy the fruits of your labors? In the new Evolution Dining Room where all can eat, drink and enjoy this very special auction item. This dinner will be scheduled on a Monday evening at a mutually convenient time June 1-October 1 in 2019 or 2020. Chef will discuss details of the menu in advance with the host.


Palm Beach Yacht Club Membership

Join the finest Restaurant in the entire Palm Beaches for 1 year! The Palm Beach Yacht Club is the recipient of the “Epicurean International Award”, limited to 100 restaurants world-wide; the prestigious “Distinguished GOLD Club of the World Award”, enjoying the distinction with just 160 other Private Clubs internationally; and, most recently they were named to the Top 20 Yacht Clubs by “Platinum Clubs of America, 5-Star Private Clubs.” The Palm Beach Yacht Club dining room caters in the grand style to its members and their guests. The Club is known for its fabulous local fresh Fish and Shellfish and naturally-raised Certified Black Angus steaks. The ambiance of the dining room is pleasing with its intimate atmosphere and stunning views of Palm Beach and the Intra-Coastal Waterway. The night view is spectacular, and you MUST be there for a new, full moon rising over Palm Beach. New membership only. Successful bidder must join between 1/29/19 and 1/29/20. 


Paella Dinner

Treat your friends and family to a wonderful dinner & as the host and/or hostess enjoy the entire evening yourself! Your Paella Party will be prepared & served by Gianni, the very talented owner/chef at A Taste of Spain and More. Gianni will discuss the menu items & choices of Paella options with the winner to assure a perfect evening. The Hosts will supply all alcohol & use a $100 Total Wine Gift Certificate to purchase Spanish wines to accompany the paella feast. The dinner will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time except for major holidays. 

The dinner includes: 

  • Paella mixta 
  • Mediterranean Salad with homemade Citrus Vinaigrette 
  • Fresh artisan bread 
  • Total Wine $100 Gift Certificate for Spanish Wines

Chef services include: prepping, cooking and serving of Paella, salad and bread.