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"Don't Cry for Me-I'm in Argentina"
Vines of Mendoza Excursion

A once-in-a-lifetime wine experience in the foothills of the Andes Mountains involves a journey to the luxurious retreat of Jenny and Randy Boyd.  Nestled in Mendoza's Uco Valley, their home in The Vines Resort and Spa is the pinnacle of relaxed elegance.  A retreat for wine lovers and outdoor adventurers alike, The Vines was recently named to Conde Nast's 2014 Hot List of the best new hotels in the world. With breathtaking views of the Andes, you may find yourself exploring the rugged countryside by horseback, on a fly-fishing excursion on the Rio Mendoza or rejuvenating your mind and body at their world-class spa.  During your stay, experience the legendary vintages created by renowned winemaker Santiago Achaval from the resort's own vineyards paired with the culinary artistry of internationally-acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann's inspired regional dishes showcasing Argentina's famous beef.

Package is for four (4).

Donors:  Jenny and Randy Boyd

It's Willamette Dammit!

Willamette Valley Vineyards Fine Wine Extravaganza

Your destination is Oregon's famed Willamette Valley with its spectacular sweeping views can only get better when paired with award winning wines, grown on American soil. This exclusive trip for four starts at Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon's premier destination Winery. This is sure to be an extraordinary excursion for anyone from the die-hard aficionado to the casual wine drinker. Note that this experience is not available to the general public. Your VIP treatment begins with a private tour of the vineyard, culminating with an intimate guided tasting in the Barrel Room. Wine will not be the only indulgence enjoyed by your party. The vineyard's personal chef will prepare and host your private lunch. And with a sunset as your backdrop, you will join the vineyard's founder or head vinter for a culinary adventure - a gourmand's dinner complete with wine pairings they have personally chosen for you. Further exploration abounds as your personal driver whisks you through Oregon's Promised Land as you enjoy touring other local vineyards. When it is time to retire your satiated selves, you will not be disappointed by your elegant accommodations in the members-only Estate House.

Packages is for four (4) and includes two rooms for two nights. Date determined by mutual agreement.

Michelle and Jim Collins
Willamette Valley Vineyards

Flashback Weekend in Key Largo
21st Annual Vintage Weekend at the Ocean Reef Luxury Resort & Yacht Club

Journey to Key Largo where you'll travel back in time at the private Ocean Reed Luxury Resort & Yacht Club's 21st annual Vintage Weekend. An unparalleled celebration of classic automobiles, planes and yachts, the weekend's events include waterside tours, vintage aircraft aerobatic shows and road rallies. As fitting for this exclusive weekend, you and five companions will travel by private charter flight, courtesy of Grande Aviation to your luxury accommodations at the Ocean Reef Club where you may choose to relax with a golf outing on their two 18-hole golf courses and a visit to their world-class salon and spa. A true immersion for you and your guests into the golden age of first-class travel.

Package is for six (6). December 4-6, 2015

Kimberly and Michael Grande, Grande Aviation
Lucy & Michael Schaad

"Endangered Species"
Sculpture Piece by Preston Farabow

Born in 1965 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Preston Farabow has called Tennessee home for nearly 20 years. Owner and operator at Aespyre, a design house and metal fabrication shop that specialized in custom furniture, prototyping, architectural and ornamental ironwork, this original work of art is his whimsical take of an endangered species.

Donor: Preston Farabow


The Wolf of Wall Street
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting

An extremely rare opportunity to travel to the legendary Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting to learn from the legend himself, Warren Buffet. You and your companion will travel as the personal guests of Kevin Clayton on the Clayton Citation jet to Omaha Nebraska. After settling in with an evening of fine dining and impeccably appointed accommodations, you'll spend the following day in the world of Mr. Buffet as he discusses the economy, Berkshire financial performance and anything else on his mind. Afterwards, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity for a Q & A session with Mr. Buffet. These pearls of wisdom have been known to move the markets following the annual meeting and you will bet here to hear them from the Oracle of Omaha firsthand. This package also includes passes to the exhibit hall where you will find exclusive offerings from many Berkshire Hathaway Holdings such as Justin Boots, See's Candies and Helzberg Diamonds. This is a journey sure to take you far beyond Omaha.

Package is for two (2). May 7-8, 2016.

Donor: Kevin Clayton

They Say It's Your Birthday (...Or Other Special Celebration)
Knoxville Zoo Party

The only event venue in town that can guarantee some real party animals is Knoxville Zoo! Whether you're a kid or a kid-at-heart, this packages promises to make your occasion the best day ever. Choose to celebrate your special day in lots of ways, from the 5,000 square foot Clayton Safari Splash water play area, eye-to-eye with a giraffe at Williams Family Giraffe Encounter or by seeing what happens at the zoo after dark with a Night Safari. The zoo's ambassadors will be mingling and there will be a special appearance by Einstein, the famous African grey parrot, who's the life of the party! Of course, this fete is suited to fun-seekers of any age, because who wouldn't love unlimited rides on the Fuzzy-Go-Round carousel for everyone, eats and treats for the kids or refreshments for grown-ups 21 and over. 

Packages is for twenty (20)


Rainy Day People
"China Series" by Michael Underwood

Award-winning director and cinematographer, Michael Underwood has created breathtaking original works of art exclusively for Zoofari 2015. Michael brings his rich motion picture background and trained cinematographer’s eye to the world of fine art photography. His new art form is a novel, hybrid print delicately balanced between photography and painting with shrewdly focused placement and painterly lighting. Complex and profound, these extraordinary images transcend the bounds of expectation, simultaneously perplexing and pleasing viewers eager for the freshness of new experience. These 4 one of a kind works of art are a must have for any art enthusiast.

Donor: Michael Underwood