The 2013 Storybook Ball Live Auction
Take a sneak peek at these one-of-a-kind Storybook Ball Live Auction packages — each created exclusively to benefit MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Pick out your favorite and come ready to place your bid at the Storybook Ball on Saturday, October 19, at the Museum of Fine Arts!
Red Carpet Club
Head to LA with a date for the September 2014 HBO Emmy After Party, where you’ll dazzle on the red carpet wearing a made-to-order Michael De Paulo ball gown from his SPRING 14 Collection. After you return to Boston, continue your star turn by flying to New York in a private NetJets flight, with complimentary food, beverages and spirits onboard. Once you land, you’ll be whisked to Us Weekly for a boardroom lunch with a celebrity or athlete of your choice from the magazine’s star-studded roster of scheduled visits. Before you leave, take an exclusive tour of the memorabilia-filled Us Weekly and Rolling Stone offices. You may be tempted to tuck a memento of your own into your Ralph Lauren purple Soft Ricky Bag, perhaps the latest issue autographed by your celebrity lunch date?
(Must be 18 years of age or older for Us Weekly visit and 21 years or older for Emmy After Party; NetJets black-out dates will apply.)
Courtesy of Michael De Paulo, HBO, NetJets, Ralph Lauren, and Us Weekly.
With four VIP parking passes, you and nine guests will be ushered directly to the premium Putnam Club parking area, the first of several exclusive amenities you’ll enjoy at the November 3 New England Patriots game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. At your parking spot, you’ll be greeted by the expert staff of taste-setting caterer, MAX Ultimate Food, who will lay out and serve a tailgate spread fit for Super Bowl champions. Before opening kick-off, take your first and second row Putnam Club seats on the 50-yard line. Then, relax in your plush, padded seats and watch Tom and Bill play to win—as always. At half-time, you can warm up inside the club and restore yourself with its many delectable food and beverage options.
(Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tailgate.)
Courtesy of Katherine and Ian O’Keeffe and MAX Ultimate Food.
Delight in a sparkling evening that begins with sipping champagne and ends with falling asleep high above Central Park. The CEO of Sotheby’s Wine and Dom Pérignon’s US Brand Director will be your hosts for a champagne-tasting dinner for 12 in Sotheby’s New York City Boardroom. Surrounded by master artworks, you’ll dine on an elegant seasonal menu, each course prepared by Sotheby’s executive chef to complement the wines presented for your discerning pleasure: Dom Pérignon Rosé Jeff Koons Label 2003, Dom Pérignon Jeff Koons Label 2004 and Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1982 and 1996. You and your guests will also be treated to a private tour of Sotheby’s hidden treasures, and, at the end of the evening, you will retire for the night at the plush Mandarin Oriental.
(Available Monday through Thursday evenings, based on a mutually-agreeable date and boardroom availability. Expires March 31, 2014. Mandarin Hotel New York is a one-night stay for two which includes continental breakfast)
Courtesy of Dom Pérignon, Mandarin Oriental and Sotheby’s Wine Merchants and Auctioneers.
Attend three premier shows during New York Fashion Week in February 2014 and become a true fashion insider. Courtesy of Neiman Marcus, you and your guest will be among the first to view the fall/winter collections of J. Mendel, luxury couturier to five generations of the haut monde whose signature feminine looks have been worn on the red carpet by nearly every A-list celebrity from Taylor Swift to Olivia Wilde, and Naeem Khan, known for his incredible gowns and wide range of celebrity fans from Sarah Jessica Parker to Beyonce. We’ve also arranged for you to be present when the queen of classic chic, Carolina Herrera, unveils her latest line of prêt-a-porter. With your passes to the invitation-only VIP Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge, you’ll rub shoulders and share cocktails with the glitterati. After the Fashion Week whirlwind is over, you’ll be invited to a private lunch with cosmetics scion Aerin Lauder.
(New York Fashion Week, February 6-13, 2014; exact show dates to be announced, Aerin Lauder lunch March 2014 or later.)
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus, Gerard Vallecello and Aerin Lauder.
Catch a Boston Bruins game with legendary player Ray Bourque in the Celebrities for Charity Foundation’s 18-person executive suite, with food and beverages on the house. After the game, you’ll meet up with Bruins Dennis Seidenberg, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and a few of their teammates. Don’t be shy about asking for their autographs for your children! You’ll also take home a signed photo of Ray Bourque wearing his retired #77 uniform. Don’t be surprised if you become an honorary Hockey Hall of Famer to the patients at MassGeneral Hospital for Children when you show up with Dennis and his fellow Bruins in tow at a later date. There’ll be cheers all around!
(18-person box includes 12 seats and six standing-room spaces.)
Courtesy of Ray Bourque, Celebrities for Charity Foundation, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Dennis Seidenberg.
Host an elegant dinner party at your home—but don’t lift a finger! Ken Oringer, one of the most world-renowned names in innovative cuisine and owner of Clio, Toro, Coppa, Uni, La Verdad and Earth, will be on hand to prepare an amazing meal in your kitchen. You’ll collaborate closely with him and celebrity party planners, Rafanelli Events, to create an evening that perfectly reflects you—from menu to mood. Trust the gurus at Be Our Guest to fulfill your wishes for the perfect place setting, and leave it to acclaimed Winston Flowers to fashion exquisite arrangements to grace your table and your home. It will be an unforgettable fête for 12 at your place.
(Alcohol and service not included. Not valid Saturday evenings; mutually-agreeable date no later than June 2014. Must be within 30 miles of Boston.)
Courtesy of Be Our Guest, Inc., Ken Oringer, Rafanelli Events Management Inc. and Winston Flowers.
Einstein in Switzerland
Learn about Einstein’s theories on the perfect trip for a family, or science lovers. You’ll fly to Geneva with business-class tickets for two, courtesy of Swissair. Once there, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of CERN, home of the world’s largest particle accelerator. CERN is where the Higgs-boson GOD particle was discovered last year. Dr. Peter Higgs and Dr. Francois Englert, who first theorized the particle’s existence, were just awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for elucidating the divine elegance of the cosmos. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it all--on your return to Boston we’ve arranged dinner for you with British science writer and best-selling Einstein biographer, Roger Highfield. Before you leave Geneva though, you’ll also visit the museum of world-famous watchmaker Patek Philippe, which is headquartered in this sophisticated city. You’ll spend three nights at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental and, as a memento of your trip, we’ve included a Patek Philippe Ladies Twenty~4® diamond-encased timepiece, courtesy of Dorfman Jewelers. Even Einstein wore a Patek.
Courtesy of Dorfman Jewelers, Roger Highfield, Mandarin Oriental Geneva, Swiss International Air Lines.
Field of (Birthday) Dreams
Celebrate the birthday of your special child at Fenway Park and give the same fantasy experience to a patient at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. You’ll hit it out of the park for two young members of Red Sox Nation with birthday bashes at Fenway Park. Each birthday boy or girl can invite nine of their BFFs (and 10 adult chaperones) to celebrate their special day where Boston’s bearded band has played league-leading baseball all season. Imagine a child’s excitement seeing birthday wishes for him or her lit up on the center field scoreboard and having his or her picture taken alongside the 2004 and 2007 World Series Trophies. Wally the Green Monster will drop the luxury suite for both parties, which will include food and refreshment and cake and ice cream. When it’s time to blow out the candles, both these young Red Sox fans may have a hard time coming up with a birthday wish to beat the one you’ve already made come true for each of them.
(Each party will be held on a separate non-game day during the 2014 regular season.)
Courtesy Linda and John Henry and the Boston Red Sox
Justin Timberlake at the TD Garden
Justin Timberlake must really love the Hub! The “Take Back the Night” singer just announced new “20/20 Experience World Tour” dates, including a show in Boston on February 27, 2014 at the TD Garden. You and your friends will start the evening dining at the elegant Bristol Lounge—one of Justin’s favorite local spots—courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel. At show time, you’ll enjoy your own private venue—a 12-person, TD Bank Garden suite, where you can sing and dance to JT hits all night long. Get ready to put on your best “Suit and Tie” and get your “SexyBack”!
(Food and beverage not included with the TD Bank Garden Suite.)
Courtesy of Anonymous, Four Seasons Hotel. Value: $3,600
If you would like to submit a proxy bid for a live auction item, please call Allison London at 617.724.6087 by 3 pm on Friday, October 18, 2013.
Can’t Make It to the Storybook Ball?
If you can’t make it to Storybook Ball this year, but would still like to support MassGeneral Hospital for Children, please make a donation online.