Welcome to World in a Basket -- Washtenaw Literacy's 12th annual gala benefit auction.
This fun evening of good food, drinks and great baskets up for auction will be held Friday, October 1, 2010 at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building. Devin Scillian of WDIV-TV Detroit is our host for the evening. See below for the wide array of exciting live and silent auction offerings. See sidebar for ticket information.
Join us in the mission to support literacy.
Trips to Costa Rica, Africa, New York City and Cancun are just a small sample of many wonderful items up for auction. Join us at this special event October 1 to support Washtenaw Literacy -- a dynamic nonprofit that has successfully been teaching adults to read and write basic English and speak English as a second language for almost 40 years. See page links below for more details on these special 'baskets.'
More Information on Special Live Auction Offerings
Baskets Up for Auction
See "labels" below in right margin for baskets in the same category. There are several pages of postings; click on "older posts" at bottom to see entries added earlier.
Join us to celebrate 40 years of free literacy instruction to adults in Washtenaw County! We look forward to seeing you at the 2011 World in a Basket auction on Friday, October 14. Find more information and pictures of this year's baskets at this blog site.
A memorable Costa Rica beach resort vacation awaits! Enjoy a total of 6 nights at either or both of two "world's best" luxury Marriott resourts in Costa Rica.
Nestled between the warm waters of the Pacific and a 1,100 acre tropical rainforest, these resorts are considered the most beautiful in Costa Rica. Both are world class luxury oceanfront properties with on-site restaurants, spas, golf, breathtaking swimming pools and more! Glide from tree to tree on a rainforest canopy tour or lie back and enjoy paradise. See more details on this extra page.
U of M football fans will enjoy this rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour not available to the general public. The tour includes Schembechler Hall, Football Locker Rooms, Michigan Stadium and a football practice. Share this with 9 of your friends and really make their day. GO BLUE!
Perfect for holiday entertaining or any occasion when it’s time to put the best on the table. This lot includes a selection of Penfolds' finest wines. Three bottles each of Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, Bin 138 Grenache-Mourvedre Shiraz and Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon. Add a 12-bottle wine cooler to keep it at the perfect temperature and you have a red-wine-lover’s delight! Must be 21 to bid.
One of rock and roll’s greatest legends, Eric Clapton is the only guitarist inducted 3 times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: as a solo artist, as a member of rock’s first power trio Cream, and as a member of the Yardbirds. Clapton is #4 on the list of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time, behind Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and B.B. King...all of whom he has performed or recorded with. Clapton has also collaborated with everybody from Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan to The Beatles. This is an investment-quality electric guitar autographed by “Slowhand” himself, Eric Clapton. Included is a certificate of authenticity with a lifetime guarantee.
See 9-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige and Jazmine Sullivan, along with special guests El DeBarge and Miguel on Friday, October 15 at Detroit’s crown jewel, the Fox Theatre. Arrive in style by chauffered sedan after enjoying dinner for two at a fine Detroit restaurant.
Ontario’s Lake Erie North Shore is alive with the taste of wine! And it’s only 1.5 hours away! Marty Friedburg, local wine distributor and All-Canadian Wine Championships judge, and wife, Beth Dugdale, will start your group-of-four getaway with lunch at their Colchester, Ontario, cottage. Marty will then escort you on an afternoon tour of three local wineries, where you will taste wines and have private tours of the cellars. Following this, you’ll redeem your $100 gift certificate toward dinner at Foia, an upscale Windsor-area restaurant, where you will be assisted in your wine selection by Beverley Carnahan, Windsor’s star sommelier. Ms. Carnahan will provide you with a complimentary sparkling wine to begin the dinner and a complimentary dessert wine to conclude. Then it’s on to fabulous Caesars Windsor, where you can enjoy an evening of gaming and your two luxury complimentary overnight rooms. Passports required, must be 21. Date by mutual convenience, Sunday through Thursday.
Hors d'oeuvres for 25 in your home prepared by two women with a passion for food. Red Zinfandel wine will complement the selections and the t-shirt will commemorate the occasion. We've included fun cocktail napkins and a finger food cookbook. Must to 21 to bid. Valid until Oct. 1, 2011.
Expand your library with this great collection of Devin Scillian books. Titles include the popular “A is for America”, “Fibblestax”, “H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet” and “Brewster the Rooster’. There are a couple recent ones you’ll want “D is For Down Under: An Australia Alphabet” and “Memoirs of a Goldfish”. Devin’s talents also include music as demonstrated by the songs on his CD’s “Tulsa” and “A is for America.” Meet the artist at the auction.
Print your own 4- color personal memory book to share with friends and family. Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, special birthdays, or any occasion you want to capture in a memorable way. Basket includes a gift certificate from Edwards Brothers, Inc. for printing up to 50 copies of a softbound color photo book (maximum 64 pages, value $600), a best-selling book on taking those once-in-a-lifetime photos, and professional grade software for creating your special book.
Experience the Magic of Africa! A tantalizing taste of the wild in the heart of Africa’s richest conservation region. Zulu Nyala Game Lodge offers several luxury facilities for you to choose from in Zululand, South Africa. Package includes six days and nights, three meals/day prepared by international chefs, two daily land rover trips into the wild with experienced game rangers. One traveller said, “We’ve been around the world and I’m glad we took this trip last, as everything else paled in comparison!” You have a two-year window to book. Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime! (Does not include airfare.) See extra page for details.
A worldly collection of Old and New World white wines: 2009 Vicomte Bernard de Romanet (Saint-Jean-d'Ardieres), Chardonnay; 2006 Beretzenheimer Kronenberg (Spatlese-Nahe), Silvaner; 2009 Sartirano Figli (Piemonte-Novello), Moscato d'Asti; 2007 14 Hands (Columbia River), Reisling; 2002 Bowers Harbor Vineyards (Old Mission Peninsula), unwooded Chardonnay; Cuvee, Bowers Harbor Vineyards (Paw Paw), "Otis" White.
Head up north to a lively city nestled on the largest freshwater lake in the world. Stay at the historic and elegant Landmark Hotel, where former guests include everybody from Amelia Earhardt to The Rolling Stones. Tool around for the day on your bikes, or explore the area by cross-country skis if coming up visiting in the winter. (Thanks to Downwind Sports.) After all that exercise you can fill up on the best Cornish pasties in the UP from Jean Kay's Pasties. Later take in dinner and entertainment at famed Upfront & Company. The next day you’ll be ready to lunch at the historic Vierling Brewpub, one of Michigan’s first. As your UP guide, take along your signed copies of The Superior Peninsula and Going Back to Central, signed by author Lon Emerick, Ph.D.
Heisman football signed by 21 Heisman Trophy winners including Howard ‘Hopalong’ Cassady ’55, Dick Kazmaier ’51, (two of the oldest) to Danny Wuerffel ’96 and Troy Smith ’06 (two of the youngest). Review the list of signatures to see if your favorite college player is included.
Martin Friedburg and Beth Dugdale welcome you to their home for a sumptuous gourmet dinner prepared by Professional Chef Barry Gair. Chef Barry spent 20 years in some of the best kitchens in Florida and Michigan, including a five-year appointment as Private Chef to Mr. A. Alfred Taubman. Having earned his juris doctorate in 2006, access to Barry’s cuisine is now limited annually to only a handful of special occasions. Barry welcomes your questions and observations as he prepares your dinner and looks forward to a special evening with supporters of Washtenaw Literacy! See menu in live auction display area. Date by mutual convenience. Must be 21 to bid on this item. Valid until Oct. 1, 2011.
You’re on your way to enjoying an upcoming Los Angeles taping of the Ellen DeGeneres show! These VIP tickets are not available to the general public. Tickets are valid until November 30, 2010 Monday through Thursday. See certificate for details. Airfare on AirTran airways is included (3 flights daily DTW-LAX via Atlanta). Also enjoy two nights at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport hotel -- a contemporary masterpiece of luxury located in the heart of the entertainment and media capital of the world, pivotal to many of the world's most famous visitor attractions!
These 96 bottles of some of Michigan’s finest beers come from four top Michigan microbreweries. Find a variety pack from Arcadia Brewing in Battle Creek; Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing Company; Cerise, made from Michigan tart cherries, from Founders Brewing of Grand Rapids; and Hobo’s Breath Brown Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing. Share with friends and enjoy! Must be 21 to bid.
Our area is home to some of Michigan’s finest restaurants, and here are 12 of the best! Italian, French, German, Asian fusion, American... they’re all here! Go crazy and have a 12-day marathon or treat yourself to a night out once a month for the next year. Featured restaurants include Mercy’s, Pacific Rim, The Earle, Quarter Bistro, Paesano’s, Zingerman’s Road- house, Red Hawk, Metzger’s, West End Grill, Arbor Brewing Company, Weber’s Inn, and Gratzi. Gift certificates range in value from $25 to $100. Bon appetit!
Arcadia Brewing Company, located in Battle Creek, invites you to enjoy lunch or dinner in their restaurant and a private tour of the brewery. Specializing in British-style ales, you'll see firsthand how some of Michigan's finest ales are produced. Must be 21 to bid.
This basket is essentially the stuff you'd love to have but don't get for yourself. A set of essential cookbooks, beautiful red bowls, cutting board, and a set of spreaders might not make you a better cook - but they certainly are fun! Even clean up will be fun with your own personal flower power scrubber!
Explore the world through sumptuous red wines in a variety of vintages, from the classic Old World vineyards of France and Spain, to the New World fruit of your backyard. Reds from Chile, South Africa, and Australia round out your world tour! 2002 Chateau Les Barrades; 2003 Oligitum (Navarra), Reserve; 2009 (PAARL) Cabernet Sauvignon; 2007 Golden Grape; 2005 Casa Nueva (Central Valley), Family Reserve, Limited Edition; Cuvee, Bowers Harbor Winery (Paw Paw), 45th Parallel Red
You provide the performers and music, we provide the recording lab! Four hours in the Washtenaw Community College Recording Lab and you'll have your digitized disc!! Books on mixing and sheet music will get you ready for your session.