Since 1956, the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, with the generous support of the community, has been able to provide student healthcare scholarships, dental and medical programs for children from low-income families, assessment and treatment for drug-exposed infants and children, chronic disease care and health care screenings to low-income seniors, and state-of-the-art medical equipment at hospitals and their ambulatory care clinics. Without quality health care, everyday life becomes daunting from taking care of family, to attending school or work, to being a productive member of the community.
We are asking for your help – many new items are needed for our Silent and Live Auction to make this event a continued success. Below is the Auction Item Donation Form, please fill out and return at your earliest convenience.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact VCMRF at 805 641-9800.
Download the 2017 Fainer & Tauber, MD Awards Auction Donation Form:
2017 LIVE AUCTION PACKAGES:
Live Auction Item #1 Girl’s Night Out
Slumber party for 8-10 young girls and their chaperones, including meals - gift cards to In-N-Out Burger & Snapper Jack’s Taco Shack. Enjoy a one-night stay in two rooms, next to one another, at the Ventura Beach Marriott.
Live Auction Item #2 Golf Package
Live Auction Item #3 Play, Stay and Inn-Dulge in Ventura County
Enjoy a one night stay, in an Executive King Suite with an ocean view at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, before taking a walk on the beach in front of the hotel. That evening enjoy happy hour at Paradise Pantry with a certificate for wine/cheese platter for two, then move on to fine dining and music at the Café Fiore, both located in historic downtown Ventura, using a $100 gift card. The next night’s stay is at the historic Lavender Inn, in Ojai, where you will enjoy the beautiful Provence Cottage, where French doors from both the living room and bedroom open to a private garden. The cottage includes a fireplace, king size bed, kitchenette, 2 TVs, DVD, stereo, wireless internet, and complimentary wine and cheese, as well as an organic breakfast in the whimsical garden. This stay also includes a spa day for two women at The Oaks at Ojai.
Live Auction Item #4 Escape to Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico
Escape to the southern pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, and enjoy the serenity of Huatulco which boasts 9 bays and 36 beaches and received the Earth Check Gold certified destination award. You will stay at the private, exclusive Celeste Beach Residences & Spa. Celeste is hidden in a small naturally protected bay that offers a collection of 21 luxurious beachfront residences, providing services and amenities of a 5 star hotel. Services include daily cleaning, concierge services, discounted transportation by Black Cab (bid winner only pays $150 round-trip if they choose to use their services) to and from LAX, and transportation will be provided to and from the airport in Huatulco to Celeste (suggested gratuity is $6), access to fine dining restaurants, pool and jacuzzi, snack bar, gym, yoga studio and spa, elevator access, steam room, and personal wine cellar.
Travel dates are January 5-12, 2018 – **need to have valid passport and the bid winner will need to purchase tickets**
Donated by Deirdre Frank, Esq.
Review from last year’s bid winner: Huatulco is a lovely place to visit. The employees at Celeste Residences were amazing! They were there for our every need; the front desk was always so helpful in calling a taxi for us whenever we needed to go somewhere. I have never felt safer in Mexico, then on our visit to Huatulco. Celeste Residences is gated and visitors need to go through security before they are let in. Whenever a taxi or tour guide would pick us up the security guard would take down their license plate number and company name. We took many tours in Huatulco and I would definitely recommend the tour to the waterfalls. We tried their breakfast, lunch and dinner at Celeste and everything was always so delicious. On one of our tours, the front desk had towels that they let us borrow to take with us on our trip. The rooms at Celeste are beautiful, clean and spacious. The downtown area feels safe, even at night, with many people still out shopping after the sun goes down. Huatulco’s downtown area is small, but has many local restaurants and street vendors. I don’t have one complaint about Huatulco, Celeste Residences, or our wonderful experience. --Gabby Millan
Live Auction Item #5 Music Lover's Package
Electric Guitar signed by Vince Gill
Original Vince Gill Autographed Signed Fender Squier Electric Guitar. He is an American country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist and a duet partner.
He has recorded more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 26 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. As of 2017, Gill has also earned 21 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist.
Donated by Mark & Kathy Hartley to support the InnCourage Program
Live Auction Item #6 Estancia Ranquilco, Patagonia, Argentina
Enjoy a one week stay for two adventurous travelers, seeking a first-class and unique experience at Estancia Ranquilco – a 100,000 acre, family-owned horse and cattle ranch amongst beautiful and rustic accommodations. If you are looking for solidarity and peace, as well as a plethora of activities and breath-taking views – this is the trip for you! The ranch is nestled in the high country, surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, meadows and hot springs. Dine on delicious farm to table food from organic gardens, experience Argentina beef, and sip spectacular Malbec wines. Horseback ride in the foothills of the Patagonia Andes, fish from a river overflowing with trout, take a cooking class, or spend an enchanting night around a campfire with the gauchos.
**Travel dates are available either at the end of November 2017 or the beginning of April 2018 - need to have valid passport and the bid winner will need to purchase tickets**
Donated by Ashley & T.A. Carrithers
Minimum Bid $1,000
Live Auction Item #7 Wine & Wisdom
Enjoy an evening of amazing wine and food pairings from around the world. You and your 12 guests will learn the origins of today's most popular grape varieties, while learning the components of “wine tasting,” and fun wine terminology. Your evening will be hosted by Daren Mills, “Wine Aficionado,” along with Certified Sommeliers from the Ventura community. The event will take place at the amazing estate home of Donna Sepulveda-Weber, VCMRF Board Development Chair.
Your wine journey will explore the Countries of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. Wine region of Napa Valley. Each country's predominant grape will be paired with Steak, Sushi, Chicken, Varieties of Cheese, Fresh Fruit, Dry Salami, and Chocolate Truffles. The evening will start with Champagne while learning the process of making the popular “bubbly,” and end with Port “Dessert Wine,” and the process of making fortified wine. To close the evening, a fun and friendly short quiz and blind tasting will be given, where the winner will receive an amazing gift basket which will include wine and other specialty items.
Donated by Donna Sepulveda-Weber & Daren Mills
Live Auction Item #8 Escape to Tonopalo, North Lake Tahoe
Tonopalo – A Private Residence Club – Set amidst the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The legendary Tahoe lifestyle includes world-class skiing, championship golf, mountain biking, water sports and year-round fishing.
Established in 2002 and located on a private 270-foot stretch of white sand beach, amongst breath-taking scenery. The fully furnished 3,000 sq. ft., offers an extensive living and dining area, fireplace, four bedrooms – including double master bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and outdoor patios/decks. The home is a private haven which includes amenities such as, a concierge staff, stunning clubhouse, game room, Saturday evening cocktail parties, swimming pool and spa and a Tonopalo Formula yacht, available for charters with the Tonopalo Captain.
**Guests must provide a $250 cleaning fee. Availability is for the period of 1 year following the date of the event (8/17/17) subject to prior reservations and some dates may be restricted**
Donated by Drs. Patrick & Estela Diesfeld
Live Auction Item #9 Tahitian Pearl & Turquoise Earrings
Treat yourself or a loved one to a beautiful pair of Tahitian pearl earrings hand-carved to reveal turquoise, with diamond tops in 14kt white gold.
Donated by Fox Fine Jewelry Downtown
Live Auction Item #10 Big Bear Experience
Big Bear is a dream destination whether you want to escape and relax or tackle the great outdoors! Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights in a 5,000 square foot house that sleeps up to 16 people in beautiful Big Bear Lake – Southern California’s largest recreation lake.
This fully furnished custom home includes two beautifully decorated master bedroom suites with oversized jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and walk in closets, a gourmet kitchen with cookware included, and a professional caliber pool table. The house comes with everything you need; all you need is your toothbrush!
**Guests must meet with the Management Agent to sign an agreement and get the keys and a pass code for the alarm system. Guests must provide a $1,000 security deposit via credit card and pay a $250 cleaning fee. Availability is for the period of 1 year following the date of the event (8/17/17) subject to prior reservations and some dates may be restricted**
Donated by Big Bear Pacific on behalf of Los Robles Homecare
Fire House Feast in Oxnard
Experience the fire station tour provided by the Oxnard Fire Department, at Station 1 or 8. They will host a group up to 8 for a special evening brought to you by our firefighters who will prepare a delicious home cooked meal! Donated by the Oxnard Firefighters Association
Fire House Feast in Somis
Experience the fire station tour provided by the Somis Fire Department, at Station 57. They will host a group up to 6 for a special evening brought to you by our firefighters who will prepare a delicious home cooked meal! Donated by the Ventura County Fire Department
Cafe Firenze Basket
Chef's 5-Course Tasting Menu for Two. This meal includes the freshest produce, meat, imported cheeses, seafood and homemade pastas, prepared by one of the restaurant's Executive Chef's: Fabio or John
SWAT Team Training Day
Join the Ventura Police Department SWAT Team and enjoy a day of training for two and see what it feels like to be part of the SWAT Team!