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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 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.  Afterwards, 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 regional dishes inspired by the famed beef of Argentina.

Package is for four (4). Dates determined by mutual agreement.

Jenny and Randy Boyd

It's Willamette Dammit!
Willamette Valley Vineyards Fine Wine Extravaganza

Oregon's famed Willamette Valley with its spectacular sweeping views can only get better when paired with the award winning wines grown in this American dale. This exclusive trip for four to Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon's premier destination winery, is an extraordinary excursion for anyone from the die-hard aficionado to the casual wine drinker.

This experience is not available to the general public. The adventure begins when you depart from McGhee Tyson Airport, with flights courtesy of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. When you arrive in the Willamette Valley, 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; you will also enjoy a private lunch prepared and hosted by the vineyard's personal chef. At the close of the day, you will join the vineyard’s founder or the head vintners for a sunset culinary adventure - a gourmand's dinner complete with wine pairings personally chosen for you. When it is time to retire your satiated selves, you will not be disappointed by your elegant accommodations in the members-only winery suites.

Package is for four (4) and includes airfare, two rooms for two nights in the winery suites, Private tour and guided tasting in the Barrel Room, private gourmet dinner and wine pairing with the vineyard’s founder or head vintner, private chef-prepared lunch.

Dates determined by mutual agreement.

Michelle & Jim Collins
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority 

Flashback Weekend in Key Largo
21st Annual Vintage Weekend at the Ocean Reef Luxury Resort & Yacht Club for 6

Journey to Key Largo where you'll travel back in time to the 21st annual Vintage Weekend” at the private Ocean Reef Club. An unparalleled celebration of classic conveyance by land, sea and air, 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 in true luxury on a private charter jet, courtesy of Grande Aviation, landing at the club’s own airstrip and arriving immediately to your luxury accommodations. While in residence, you may also choose to relax with a golf outing on one of two 18-hole golf courses or a visit to their world-class spa. A true immersion for you and your guests into the golden age of first-class travel.

Package is for six (6) and includes flight by private chartered plane and three rooms for two nights at this members-only resort. Vintage Weekend is December 4-6, 2015

Kimberly and Michael Grande, Grande Aviation
Lucy & Michael Schaad

"Endangered Species"
Sculpture Piece by Preston Farabow

Nationally renowned artist and sculptor Preston Farabow conceived and created “Endangered Species” exclusively for Zoofari 2015. This original work of art uses whimsy to shed light on a serious subject. The artist calls attention to the topic of endangered animals by placing this four-legged figment of his imagination in a precarious situation. Preston’s yellow-bellied, bucktoothed platypus with donkey ears, a prehensile tail and giraffe legs throws caution to the wind when she dons roller skates AND wings. Equally compelling are the source materials it was created from, including remnants of the Henley Street Bridge and a crashed NASCAR sprint cup car. Preston Farabow is the owner and operator of Aespyre Metal Design at Ironwood Studios. His numerous and prestigious commissions include works for NASCAR, Redbull, The State of Tennessee, Eastern Band of the Cherokee and the Tostitos® Bowl.

Donor: Preston Farabow

The Buddha of Berkshire Hathaway
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting for 2

Partake in an extremely rare opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the legendary Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting and learn from the legend himself, Warren Buffet. You and your companion will travel as the personal guests of Kevin Clayton and his executive team 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 Hathaway financial performance and anything else on his mind. Afterwards, attendees will have the invigorating opportunity for a Q&A session with Mr. Buffet. His pearls of wisdom dropped during the annual meeting have been known to move the markets the next day. You will be there 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.

Kevin Clayton

From Film to Fine Art
4 Museum Quality Prints from Rainy Day People™- The China Series" by Michael Underwood Dinner with the Artist at the DeBusk Home for 8

Michael Underwood brings his rich motion picture background and award-winning  cinematographer’s eye to the craft of fine art photography. Complex and profound, these extraordinary images transcend the bounds of expectation. These four, one-of-a kind works have been custom-framed by Bennett Galleries. Once you bring your new masterpieces home you will have the opportunity to learn about the artist and his inspirations. You and seven (7) of your guests will enjoy dinner with Michael Underwood at the home of Cindi and Pete DeBusk, a large-scale work of art in its own right. After a guided tour hosted by the DeBusks, you will enjoy a gourmet dinner catered by Chef Jeff Duke of Main Event Catering.  The conversation is certain to be fascinating!

Dinner is for eight (8).  Dates determined by mutual agreement. Winner may opt to have catered dinner with the artist in their own home.

Rick Bennett, Bennett Galleries
Cindi & Pete DeBusk
Jeff Duke, Main Event Catering
Michael Underwood

Zen Garden
Heirloom Vegetable Garden and Beehive

The ultimate “yard to table” package. Joseph Blauvelt, owner of Let it Grow will install a raised garden bed, load it with organic composted soil and plant it with your choice of rare, organic heirloom vegetable seeds.  Additionally, Mr. Blauvelt will maintain the garden for one year. If you are the hands-on type, he will share his vast knowledge and teach you to care for the garden after the first year. To sweeten the deal, local beekeeper, Doug Carnathan will deliver your own personal beehive, maintain it for one year and provide you with 20 pounds of 100% pure, raw honey.  Finally, Beardsley Community Farm will offer four, 2 hour garden workshops for you and your family – one for each season.

Note: Garden will measure 3’x6’x10”. Winner may choose to purchase beehive after one year or have it removed.

Joseph Blauvelt, Let it Grow
Doug Carnathan, Carnathan Apiaries
Beardsley Community Farm

Sunset Shangri La
Sunset Cruise Aboard the 112’ “Sensation” Yacht for 20  



Create your own mythical destination on a sunset cruise with 20 friends aboard the yacht of Dr. Bill Smith and Nyda Brook. Bill and Nyda will be your gracious hosts as you set sail from Fort Loudoun Yacht Club.  As you and your ensemble relax on “Sensation”, a well-appointed Westport 112, you will also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres compliments of Knoxville Catering and a discerning selection of wine and craft beer.  The evening will be no less than a floating utopia.


Nyda Brook & Dr. Bill Smith
Shawn Hines, Knoxville Catering


Mountain Bliss

Blackberry Farm: Four Day, Three Night Stay for 2
Including Balanced Life and Body Fall or Winter Events

Two guests will be over-the moon in the Smoky Mountains, with four days and three nights at the iconic, award-winning Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Named the “#1 Hotel for Food Lovers” by Bon Appetit Magazine, Blackberry Farm consistently earns rave reviews, including being rated the “#1 Resort in North America” by Travel + Leisure.  During this four-day, three-night visit you and your guest will enjoy your choice of one of Blackberry’s exclusive Balanced Life and Body Events. Select from Balanced Life and Body: Fall into Yoga on September 13-16, 2015, or Balanced Life and Body: Winter (date to be determined). The Balanced Life and Body events will revive your body, mind and soul through yoga and fitness including a mix of high energy activities, balance, restoration and education so that you return to your daily life rejuvenated. Gastronomic enlightenment will also be yours as you relish energy boosting menus and juices. Group meals are inspired by the Wellhouse and focus on farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and the wisdom of a varied diet. Blackberry Farm offers distinctly haute-meets-homespun cuisine you won’t find anywhere else in America. Combine this with abundant room to roam around the resort’s 4,200 pastoral acres.

  • Four days, three nights lodging for two people in an Estate Room
  • Complimentary event tuition for two to either Balanced Life and Body: Fall into Yoga or Balanced Life and Body: Winter Series (date to be determined)
  • Three meals per day including breakfast and lunch and a multi-course dinner
    Blackberry Farm

    Happy Baby
    Name the Baby Gorillas

    This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the legacy of the first endangered Western lowland gorilla ever born at Knoxville Zoo.  The winning bidder of this auction item will have the honor of choosing the name of the baby gorilla born to mother, Hope and silverback father, Bantu.  Not only is this a monumental moment for Knoxville, but also for the entire state of Tennessee, since it’s been more than 30 years since the last gorilla was born in Memphis.  This  gorilla will be an important ambassador for their species and a beloved icon for Knoxville.  You and Knoxville Zoo will work together to mutually christen this important gorilla with a name that honors their birthright as part of the future of gorilla conservation worldwide.   

    Patriotic Panda
    Washington D.C. for 4

    A family edu-vaction like no other! Your excursion begins with two room and two nights at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. This spectacular resort anchors the 300 acre National Harbor waterfront entertainment district and includes 19-story glass atrium welcoming you with sweeping views of the Potomac River, Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria. While in our nation’s capital you will enjoy the following activities:

    • Lunch for 4 with U.S. Congressman Jimmy Duncan in the “Member’s Only” dining room at the U.S. Capital Building 
    • White House tour
    • Private tours of the United States Capital Building, Library of Congress and Bureau of Engraving 
    • Tickets to the International Spy Museum 
    • A private, behind-the scenes tour of Giant Pandas at the National Zoo
    • Our winning bidder will be rewarded with an American flag that has been raised and flown over the U.S. Capital Building.
    Note: Winner must schedule private tours 3 months prior to trip.

    Congressman Jimmy Duncan
    Avis and Ted Phillips, World Travel Service, Inc. 

    Aha! Advertising

    Media Blitz

    • Enlighten potential customers with this impressive advertising array that includes radio, internet and television advertising.  Package includes:  

      WIMZ  103.5 and 95.7 DUKE FM
      An advertising package on 103.5/WIMZ consisting of twenty: 30 or: 60 second commercials over a seven day period and 20 commercials on 95.7 DUKE –FM.    Spots will air best available times slots between 5a-Mid.  Retail Value $2,500. Must run Q1 2016.

      B97.5 Radio: $2,000 advertising package on WJXB/B97.5 consisting of twenty: 30 or: 60 second commercials over a seven day period.  Spots will air best available times slots between 5a.m.- midnight. Must run Q1 2016.

      WBIR/10 NEWS 2: $2,000 advertising schedule on 10News2 to run by 12/30/15 on weeks agreeable to both parties.  Credit must be used by an advertiser who has not been on any WBIR station or website. Does not include production.

      WVLT: $2,000 advertising schedule on WVLT-TV.  Schedule may run anytime between 7/01/15 and 12/31/15.  Rates will be determined by available inventory.

      WATE: $1,000 worth of advertising on WATE and $500 worth of advertising on LIVEWELL.  Commercial to air over one month’s time based on availability. Production is not included.  Some dates excluded.  Expires 3/27/16. 

      WBXX: $1,000 advertising schedule to run Monday – Sunday, 6 a.m. - midnight.  The schedule may be used from 6/29/15-9/30/15.

      WTNZ: $1000 advertising schedule on Fox43.  Availability dates week of 12/27/15, 1/03/16, 2/28/16, 3/27/16, and 5/29/16.

      COMCAST CABLE TELEVISION: $1000 custom advertising schedule, excludes UT sports.  Must be incremental to any current advertising contract.  Good through 3/31/2016.

      SCRIPPS RADIO – Star 1O2.1, 93.1 WNOX, HOT 104.5, Q100.3 COUNTRY: $1000 advertising schedule on any Scripps Knoxville Station.   New orders only.  All spots will run 6 a.m. – midnight, Monday - Sunday.  Spot rate determined by inventory.      Notes: No advertising agency commission will be paid.
    • Certificates do not include creative production, are non-transferrable and may not be:

      • Used toward current or previous cash balances

      • Used toward a political or issue-based advertising campaign

      • Substituted for existing placed advertising schedule


      • Nirvana Garden

        Custom Designed and Installed Butterfly Garden

        A spectacular perennial pollinator garden will be designed and installed by the best landscape artists this side of the Himalayas. Your original design will be created by Sara Hedstrom Pinnell and her team at Hedstrom Design, our region’s premier landscape architects. Mark Smithson of Eastwood Landscaping, an equally iconic purveyor of plant life, will expertly install your new garden.  Your new oasis is specially designed to attract desirable wildlife such as humming birds and butterflies. For a hands-on experience, Knoxville Zoo’s curator of education, Steve McGaffin will host a very special butterfly tagging workshop for up to ten people when your garden is in full bloom. Butterfly tagging collects data used by scientists to better understand butterfly migration, the impacts of climate change and inspire the creation of habitats critical to pollinators. 

        Note: Finished garden will measure approximately 200 square feet


        Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, Hedstrom Design

        Mark Smithson, Eastwood Landscaping
        Knoxville Zoo



        Hilarity in the Hills

        Mountain Getaway for 6 with Guest Appearance by Leanne Morgan



        You are headed for historic hospitality and hilarity with this unique getaway package.  It all starts with Old Mill Mountain Homes who are providing your six-bedroom luxury cabin in Pigeon Forge.  And then it's off to  Old Mill Square  which has formed around a historic grist mill built in 1830 and is still in operation today.  The mill produces freshly ground grains used throughout Old Mill Square from the artisan breads, cakes and pies served at the Old Mill Restaurants to the hand-forged spirits crafted at the Old Forge Distillery. You will get to experience it all with a private tour of the mill which is not available to the public, dinner at one of the Old Mill Restaurants and, of course, a moonshine tasting. If you’re feeling inspired, the fine folks at Old Mill Pottery will let you take your turn at the wheel with a private pottery class where you can create your own work of art to take home. When you retire to your mountain home, you can relax with your own moonshine collection from Old Forge Distillery. To top it all off in grand fashion, none other than nationally celebrated comedienne Leann Morgan will join you to be your guide for a hilarious evening of Southern insensibilities. She may even share her culinary specialty – delivery!

        Old Mill
        Leanne Morgan



        Car Lover’s Paradise

        Spend the next year jetting around town in style. Go from a luxurious convertible in the summer to deluxe SUV during the winter months. Each of the participating dealers will provide you with a luxury car (or cars) for three months at a time.

        Cadillac of Knoxville
        Cadillac XTS or CTS

        Harper Auto Square

        Choose one car for three months or three cars for one month each
        Porsche – Panamera and Cayenne
        Infinity – QX50, QX60, and QX80
        Audi – A3, A4, A6, Q5, and Q7

        Lexus of Knoxville
        Choice of
        Lexus GX 460
        Lexus LS 460

        Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville
        Choice of
        Mercedes Benz Convertible E550 Cabriolet
        Mercedes Benz GL450 SUV

        Normal leasing requirements apply, mileage limited to 1,000 miles per month, driver must be insured.

        Tom Hodges, Cadillac of Knoxville
        Shannon Harper, Harper Auto Square
        Doug White, Lexus of Knoxville
        Sam Furrow, Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville