Under the Tuscan Sun
7 nights for 4 guests
Situated at the top of two ancient Tuscan hills are the Etruscan towns of Pitigliano and Manciano, both with breathtaking views in all directions. This package includes seven nights of accommodations for four people in Manciano or Pitigliano, Italy, located 1.5 hours north of Rome on the southern edge of Tuscany. You may choose from among more than 10 different villas. Wondering how much fun this is or need pointers on the area? Ask any of the four couples who won this before and gave rave reviews!
Details: There is no expiration date on this gift and the winner may postpone travel until any year in the future. Dates are subject to availability.
Minimum bid: $2,500
From the Cellar of Michael Mondello…
From the cellar of Sofia Sees Hope’s former Board Director, and principle of Mystic Financial Group, Mike Mondello, comes another year of exceptional bottles. Wow.
2007 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($529)
2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($289)
2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne ($269)
2013 Castello dei Rampolla “Vigna d’Alceo” Toscana ($229)
2016 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon ($225)
2005 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac ($179)
2009 Domaine Louis Latour Corton Champagne ($159)
2011 Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge, Lebanon ($39)
2010 Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge, Lebanon ($39)
Aubrey Champagne ($39)
Mike and Wade, homemade & priceless!
Value: $2,000 +
Donor: Michael Mondello
President & Founder of Mystic Financial Group LLC
Former Board Director of Sofia Sees Hope
La Jolla Getaway
7 nights for 4 guests
Yes, it is always sunny in Southern California! Donated by the homeowners, this centrally located La Jolla condo is just minutes from The Cove, La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines, and La Jolla Village. It’s the perfect spot to relax, and enjoy all that sunny Southern California has to offer. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is located in a quiet complex within a short driving distance from downtown La Jolla. For those nights you want to spend at home, you can sip a glass of wine on the outdoor patio, eat dinner in the open kitchen and bar, and enjoy access to the club pool, hot tub and gym.
Details: Dates are subject to availability, and must be booked in advance directly with the owner. Expires September 30, 2020.
Donors: Pamela & Robert Burton
From the Studio of Jeffrey P’an
Bring home a little bit of Mystic and a little bit of Murano with this beautiful hand blown original piece created by American glassblowing artist Jeffrey P’an. This stunning Origami Vase was created in 2019, and designed exclusively for Sofia Sees Hope. The Origami Vase was created using a combination of traditional glassblowing techniques combined with Jeffrey’s modern twist. Jeffrey P’an studied in Murano, Italy, and founded Prescient Studios in 1994 upon his return to Mystic.
In addition to Jeffrey’s one-of-a-kind sculptural work, all manner of glass-related work is performed—from jewelry making, to cut crystal, to glassware and repairs of historical pieces by an expanded team of apprentices and specialists.
Details: The winner may take this gift home with them from the event, or Studio Jeffrey P’an will ship this piece to the winner, free of charge.
Donor: Jeffrey P’an
Escape to Antigua
7 nights for 4 guests
Enjoy this getaway to Antigua in the British Virgin Islands, where crystal waters lap more than 360 white sand beaches and ocean breezes carry the scent of jasmine and hibiscus. This getaway is for up to four people in a beautifully decorated two-level waterfront villetta in Jolly Harbor. It’s an easy stroll from your home for the week to all the exceptional restaurants, nightlife, beaches, weekly sailing regattas and access to land and water sports.
The villetta is newly renovated and features two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, open floor plan on the main level with a fully equipped kitchen, and a large terracotta patio overlooking the water and boat docks. Perfect for outdoor dining and watching the sunset.
Details: There is no expiration date on this gift. The winner may postpone travel until any year in the future. Reservations are subject to availability.
Minimum bid: $2,000
The Sun Wine & Food Fest
January 24-26, 2020
Indulge all weekend long at the Mohegan Sun Wine & Food Fest! This is your chance to sip and sample your way through endless vintages and signature dishes, incredible showcases and tastings during a three-day affair beginning Friday, January 24, 2020.
- 2 Tickets to the Bourbon Tasting on 1/24: Get your weekend started early and warm your palate during the Bourbon Tasting! Mix and mingle while getting a taste of the finest bourbon from Jim Beam, along with tasty selections from Bear’s Restaurant Group and a cigar from Boutique Cigar.
- 2 Tickets to the Grand Tasting on 1/25: Sample over 1,000 varieties of wine, beer, and spirits during the Grand Tasting! Foodies can purchase signature dishes from some of the region’s most highly-rated restaurants and the main culinary stage features a day full of celebrity chef demonstrations.
- 2 Tickets to the Celebrity Chef Dine Around on 1/25: Walk-around and watch the masters at work when over 20 celebrity chefs personally dish out a signature food item paired with a wine, beer or spirit.
- 2 Tickets to the Celebrity Hosted Brunch on 1/26: Top off your indulgent weekend with a delicious spread of food and beverages at our exclusive Sunday Brunch hosted by top names in the industry.
- Overnight stay for two nights: One standard room for 2 guests on January 24 to January 25.
Value: Approximately $2,000
Donor: Mohegan Sun
Cruisin’ on Mamie, Our Favorite Lobster Yacht
Your private cruise on board Mamie begins from the dock at scenic Mystic Seaport Museum. From there, the boat cruises down river to Noank and Fishers Island Sound. Once in the Sound, why not have a picnic lunch anchored off a secluded beach followed by a swim? Or, you could tie up alongside a restaurant and get a traditional New England lobster lunch followed by shoreside explorations. You choose the adventure.
The cruise is available to a group of six or fewer guests, and you get the whole boat to yourself for four hours. BYOB food and drink is encouraged! The boat provides a cooler with ice and water to keep drinks and food cold. They also have all the eating and drinking utensils you may need including bottle openers and wine coolers. Mamie has a below-deck area that includes a head (bathroom).
Details: Charters available June 1, 2020, through Columbus Day 2020 and may be booked directly with Mystic Seaport Museum. Dates and times based on availability.
Donor: Mystic Seaport Museum
Chef ’s Table
Dinner for 8 at Octagon
You’ve seen him on TV and now your party of up to 8 can join Chef Mark Vecchitto at Octagon for a dinner prepared especially for the winner of this auction item. This unique gift includes a 4-course gourmet meal with wine pairings.
Details: Event to take place at Octagon restaurant at the Mystic Marriott. No other alcohol included. 3 weeks advance notice requested. Expires December 1, 2020.
Donor: Mystic Marriott and Octagon Restaurant
by Adele Manfre
Bring this beautiful, colorful landscape home with you. This award-winning piece is 16” x 20” plus frame, and was donated by artist Leda Manfre, Sofia’s great aunt.
Donor: Leda Manfre