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Zoofari 2013 Live Auction Preview

1.  Garden of Enchantment 
Perrenial Garden & Garden Party

Create a relaxing perennial oasis in your own backyard with the help of Hedstrom Design and Eastwood Landscaping. Sara Hedstrom of Hedstrom Design is our region’s premier landscape architect while Mark Smithson of Eastwood Landscaping is an equally iconic purveyor of plant life. You will benefit from the collaboration between the design team and construction team as they use their knowledge of environmental systems and new methods and technologies that will give you a gardenscape that is both sustainable as well as beautiful.

Finished Garden will measure approximately 200 square feet.

Sara Hedstrom, Hedstrom Design
Mark Smithson, Eastwood Landscaping

2.  An Alley-Oop Affair 
Dinner with the Coach and Mrs. Martin  


In two exciting seasons as the University of Tennessee's head basketball coach, Cuonzo Martin has the national hoops landscape abuzz about the Volunteers' future built upon a foundation of defense, discipline and toughness. Enjoy the company of Coach and Mrs. Martin at the stylish home of Maureen and Don Bosch, or in the comfort of your own home (winner’s choice).  The Blue Ribbon SEC co-Coach of the Year, will review game tape (coaches choice) with you and your guests.  Dead End BBQ - Metro Pulse’s “Best of Knoxville Barbeque” recipient three years’ running will cater the sporting affair.  As the recipient of this fun and relaxed evening with the University of Tennessee’s men's basketball coach, you may just have to design your own playoff to decide which of your friends will join you!

Package is for four to six (4-6).  Dates determined by mutual agreement of all parties.                                                     

Maureen and Don Bosch
George Ewart and Robert Nutt, Dead End BBQ
Roberta and Cuonzo Martin

3.  From Film to Art 
Dinner with Artist Michael Underwood and Three Large Format Museum Prints  Rainy Day People - The Paris Series  

After spending several hours photographing and interacting with Edie and Jana,
Knoxville Zoo's African elephants, award-winning director & cinematographer Michael Underwood, was inspired to create an entire series of prints based on the elephants’ fantastical journeys and adventures. In Michael’s newest work, Edie and Jana magically appear in the Paris Skyline. “Rain on Rue Scribe”, “Rain on Pont Neuf” and “Rain on Paris-Orlans” are a series of three Fine Art pigment prints and printed on the finest German archival, 100% pure cotton, photo rag paper in a very limited edition. Once you decide where to hang your prized new works of art, you will want to show them off to your friends. Michael will join you and your guests in the comfort of your own home for a lively discussion of his work while you enjoy dinner catered by Holly’s Eventful Dining - Metro Pulse’s Best of Knoxville  Caterer for 2013. The conversation is certain to be fascinating!  

Dinner is for ten (10).  Dates determined by mutual agreement of all parties.                                         

Michael Underwood, Tantrum Pictures
Holly’s Eventful Dining 

4.  The Great Gatsby Experience 
Villa Collina Wine Dinner  

You and your guests will enjoy a full-course dinner with wine pairings at this stunning estate modelled after an Italian villa.  The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres enjoyed on the veranda amid breathtaking views of the Tennessee River and Great Smoky Mountains. Northshore Brasserie will join forces with Bob’s Package Store to present a delectable meal with perfectly paired fine wines in the formal dining room.  Special guest Dave Bowling, distinguished member of the Guild of Sommeliers, will provide his expert attendance to make for an even more unforgettable evening. Situated on 12 acres on one of the highest hills of historic Lyons View, Villa Collina is elegantly designed and richly appointed. The 36,720-square-foot estate boasts 50 rooms including a massive wine cellar, indoor and outdoor heated pools, dance floor,  tri-level library, 11 fireplaces, staff quarters, and a seven-car garage.  

Package is for sixteen (16).  Dates determined by mutual agreement of all parties.

Bob’s Package Store
Scott Boruff
David Bowling
Northshore Brasserie

5.  From the Mountains to Manhattan 
Custom Made Gold and Black Diamond Layering Necklace by Diana Warner

This exquisite piece was personally handcrafted by, Diana Warner herself EXCLUSIVELY for tonight’s live auction. Artist and jewelry designer Diana Warner has been creating art since her childhood right here in Knoxville, Tennessee. She set off to establish her studio in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan after finishing her fine arts degree in 2005. Diana’s work graces celebrities on the red carpet as well as the silver screen and her line has just been picked up by Henri Bendell.   Diana’s custom work is widely recognized for her attention to detail and references to American fine arts and architecture while maintaining her southern sensibilities with an aesthetic that is ‘natural and laid back, yet polished’ and refined.  Don’t miss your chance to own this one-of-a-kind masterpiece made in honor of the artist’s hometown and its gem of zoo.

Value: $3,944
Donor: Diana Warner

6.  The Spirits are Calling 
Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Chauffereured Tour  

Imagine being chauffeured to three legendary Kentucky Bourbon distilleries in a 14-foot-long luxury vehicle provided by Premier Transportation. Tours of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, and Heaven Hill Distillery in Louisville will include the barrel filling, dumping, warehousing and bottling operations as well as informative tastings and special memorabilia from each distillery to take home. You will stay overnight at the opulent 108-year-old Seelbach Historic Hilton Hotel in Louisville, with no shortage of haunted mysteries within its walls. (F. Scott Fitzgerald was a frequent guest, and it even contains secret passageways used by Al Capone!) 

Package is for six (6); Three (3) rooms are provided for one (1) evening. Dates determined by mutual agreement of all parties.                                                          

Nick Cazana, Premier Transportation
Farragut Wine and Spirits
Knoxville Beverage Company

7.  NFL Football - as Though You are An Owner 
Cleveland Browns Football Game hosted by Dee and Jimmy Haslam  

Head to “The Rock and Roll Capital of the World” for a VIP NFL football experience.  As the special guests of Dee and Jimmy Haslam, you will fly aboard their private jet to Cleveland, Ohio, for a Browns home game. Stand on the field and watch from the sidelines as the players warm up. Then enjoy the game in the luxury of the owner’s box; a view shared only by a privileged few FirstEnergy Stadium located on the original site of the Cleveland Brown Stadium holds 50 years of football tradition but with every modern, 21st century amenity. An unbelievable experience for any NFL fan!
Package is for two (2).  Game date decided upon mutual agreement.

Donors:  Dee and Jimmy Haslam 

8.  In Celebration of the Grape
Twelve bottles of rare and fine wine:  11 Bordeaux and 1 Burgundy

“Zoofari attendees are fortunate indeed as tonight an amazing lot of highly revered red wine is part of the live auction.   Fully aged wines of this caliber are almost never found at retail and can be only be accessed in wine and estate auctions.  To find First Growth Bordeaux at a charity auction is a rarity in the world and should not be passed on by any serious investor or wine collector.” 

Among these wines are three bottles at the highest level of classification in this amazing wine region.  This grading system was originated in 1855 and is still held in high regard. Beyond this strict classification, the vintage is always of importance as the climate can fluctuate greatly in this part of France. In this lot are wines at the top of both vintage and classification. The majority of critics agree rating two of the wines at the highest score possible of 100 points.   

Please note that one of the bottles is from Burgundy rather than Bordeaux.  This wine is produced by the legendary house Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, more commonly abbreviated as DRC.  This bottle is 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir.  Grand Cru is the highest rating a Burgundy vineyard can have and the rarity of this wine is reflected in the auction value of $1,975:  the highest valued wine on the list.

The collection has been in the care of one avid collector and the bottles have been treated with care and in climate controlled storage since they were purchased. The listing below details this lot by vintage, house, estimated value, rating and my personal comments.  The estimated values were based on past, but recent auctions in the United States and England.

David Bowling, Independent Wine Consultant
Member Guild of Sommeliers, American Chapter

Value $6,705

Donors: Adrian and Larsen Jay



9.  Journey to See the Oracle of Omaha 
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting  

You and a companion will enter the world of Warren Buffet on this extraordinary trip to the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder MeetingAs the very special guests of Kevin Clayton, winners will travel on the Clayton Citation Jet to Omaha, NE and enjoy an elegant evening of gourmet dining and AAA rated four-diamond accommodations. The following day, witness
Mr. Buffet discuss the economy, Berkshire financial performance and everything else under the sun as questions are asked by the audience.  You will also enjoy the exhibit hall where dozens of Buffett companies display everything from See's Candies®, Clayton Homes®, and GEICO Insurance® to Justin Boots® and Fruit of the Loom. The next evening, jet back to Knoxville forever changed by this once-in-a-lifetime expedition. 

Package is for two (2).  May 3, 2014                                                                            

Donor:  Kevin Clayton

10.  "Gorilla" Marketing
Media Blitz Package

Get the word out about your business with this unbelievable offering of advertising options. Radio, television, billboard, and even mobile advertising await you in this package offering immeasurable exposure whether your business is a fledgling or a fixture in Knoxville and surrounding areas.

WATE: $1,000 worth of advertising on WATE.com including 50,000 impressions to air on WATE.com in a month, WATE mobile and on all Android, iphone and ipad apps. Web ad production is included.  Ads must air on WATE.com by 3/31/14. WBIR: $2,000 schedule can air on either 10News2 or ME-TV.  Must be used by 12/31/2014. CW 20 (WBXX): $1,000 advertising schedule Monday-Sunday; 6 am to Midnight.  For use from 6/01/13 to 9/15/13. WTNZ Fox 43: $1,000 gift certificate redeemable as inventory permits. 

MYVLT: $1,000 schedule, includes 34 commercials at 30 seconds each to run between 9 am and midnight.  For use from 9/01/13 to 6/30/14. Comcast: $1,000 advertising schedule good through March 14, 2014. WNOX 93.1 FM: $1,000 advertising schedule in Quarter 1 of 2014. 

B97.5/95.7 Power FM or 103.5 WIMZ/94.3 The X - Winners Choice: advertising package with B97.5 and 05.7 Power FM consisting of 20 – 30 second or 60 second commercials over a seven day period on B97.5 and 20 commercials on 95.7 Power FM or  advertising package with 103.5 WIMZ/94.3 The X consisting of 20 - 30 second or 60 second commercials over a seven day period on 103.5 and 20 commercials on 94.3 The X. Spots will air during best available time slots between 6 am and midnight. Quarter 1 of 2014.   Retail value - $3,000. 

Value: $11,000

Thank you to our media partners for their support of Knoxville Zoo!

Restrictions: The winning bidder may not use the certificates as credit toward existing contracts but may apply certificates to any new and renewal contracts.

11.  Nostalgia in Key Largo 
19th Annual Vintage Weekend at the Ocean Reef Luxury Resort & Yacht Club  

Take wing for the private Ocean Reef Luxury Resort & Yacht Club in Key Largo on your own private charter flight, courtesy of Grande AviationEach year on the first weekend in December, Ocean Reef Club hosts Vintage Weekend, a four-day celebration of antique and classic planes, automobiles and yachts.  Activities include a road rally, yacht viewing, vintage aircraft aerobatic show, shopping, dining and much more.  The club is in a league of its own boasting a 36-hole golf course, salon and spa, more than a dozen restaurants, a 175-slip marina and private airport. Your stay at this members-only luxury resort is being generously sponsored by club members in support of Knoxville Zoo.

Package is for six (6).  December 6-8, 2013                                    

Kimberly and Michael Grande, Grande Aviation
Lucy & Michael Schaad

12.  Floating Football Festivities 
Vol Navy Yacht Tailgate Party & Football Game Sideline Passes  


The University of Tennessee is one of only two collegiate schools nationwide offering a floating tailgate experience. You and up to five guests will enjoy a Vol Navy celebration like no other at a tailgate party on the 56’ Sea Ray luxury yacht, Lady D, prior to the Tennessee vs. South Carolina football game. An appetizing spread will be provided by Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen, Knoxville’s gourmet soul food source since 1996. The fun continues on land with sideline passes during the team warm-up, and seats to enjoy the game within the largest football arena in the Southeastern Conference: the legendary Neyland Stadium.

Package is for six (6).  Tennessee vs. South Carolina is October 19, 2013

Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen
University Of Tennessee Athletics

13.  Pool-a-palooza 
Poolside BBQ Party  

Host a 50-person bash at one of the most beautiful poolside, party venues in town. The home of Stephanie and Dugan McLaughlin offers an atmosphere of effortless elegance with lush landscaping, an outdoor kitchen, built-in fireplace, hot tub, plenty of space for lounging or dancing and of course, the pool.  Succulent barbeque will be provided by The Dirty Ol' Butt Slappers BBQ (esteemed members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society), and you will be entertained with Country, Classic Rock and Blues by Knoxville’s favorite party band - the Chillbillies. So pull out those itsy bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polka dot bikinis and let’s party!

Package is for fifty (50). 

Dates determined by mutual agreement of all parties.                                 

Dirty Ol’ Butt Slappers BBQ
Stephanie & Dugan McLaughlin

14.  Merry-Go-Rilla 
Knoxville Zoo


Your name will be engraved in gold next to your very own Gorilla seat on Knoxville Zoo's celebrated carousel, Fuzzy-Go-Round. Sam Furrow named the "Fuzzy-Go-Round" in honor of his father J.H. "Fuzzy" Furrow. Each carousel critter has a gold nameplate beneath it, engraved for the person or company who purchased that seat for Knoxville Zoo. This is your chance to join some of the zoo's greatest friends as they bring joy to hundreds of thousands of children each year on the Fuzzy-Go-Round!