2018 William & Mary Alumni Association Gala, Auction and Chicago Lights Dinner Cruise

This year’s Gala and Auction will set sail on Saturday, June 2, 2018. We will experience unparalleled sunset and nighttime views of the spectacular Chicago skyline while connecting with alumni, parents and friends of the university on a private charter cruise of Lake Michigan. We will discover the unique history of Chicago from our featured guest, Julia Bachrach, an award-winning Chicago author, historian, preservationist and urban planner. And, of course, we will bid on fabulous experiences, including luxurious vacation packages, collectible wine lots and nostalgic pieces of campus, while enjoying an elegant seated dinner. Suggested dress is cocktail attire and we will sail rain or shine.

Donate an auction lot

The Alumni Gala and Auction brings impressive people and treasures together for a thrilling evening of bidding and entertainment. Donate something unique and special to make the 2018 auction more exciting than ever.

Contact Cindy Gillman at or (757) 221-1168 to learn more about donating a live auction lot.

A glimpse of this year’s auction lots

Check back often for updates and to learn more about all the live lots that will be offered at the Alumni Gala, Auction and Chicago Lights Dinner Cruise.

Extraordinary African Temptations Safari

African Temptations specializes in the creation of custom-designed, luxury tented and/or lodge safaris and vacations to Africa. Our vision combines a passion for the bush with extensive knowledge and contacts throughout the continent to allow you to make your African dream safari come true! African Temptations Inc. is delighted to present an extraordinary safari valued at $27,000. This exciting six-day private safari for two people ventures into the Cape Floral Kingdom and the most spectacular wilderness destinations South Africa has to offer. The safari includes time spent at the amazing The Table Bay in Cape Town, the fantastic Tswalu - The Motse Lodge in the Kalahari and at the spectacular Singita Ebony Lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park, all located in South Africa. You will also be “paying it forward” at a community village at Singita.

2013 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Take home six 750 ml bottles of 2013 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 100 points by Robert Parker. The 2013 vintage is considered the greatest ever for Napa Cabs and these bottles represent the pinnacle of this classic vintage. In early 2013, the owners of legendary Chateau Latour in Bordeaux purchased the winery and vineyard from founders Bart & Daphne Araujo and the 2013 is their inaugural vintage under the renamed winery as Eisele Vineyard. Now that’s pedigree! "The wine is off-the-charts great." – Robert Parker

Experience Medinah Country Club

You and three guests will enjoy a round of golf at the world-renown Medinah Country Club. Often referred to as the “Incomparable Showplace for the Game of Golf,” Medinah’s famed Course No. 3 has played host to numerous major championships and prestigious international golf events (three US Opens, two PGA Championships and the 2012 Ryder Cup). Package includes foursome on Course No. 3, golf cart and caddy. Reservations required. Pro must accompany group for all non-member play. Must be booked through the Golf Shop. Expires June 2019.

The Curse and the Cubs

What’s better than having the opportunity for you and three of your friends to see the Cubbies from Club Infield Box Seats — six rows from the infield behind the Cubs dugout? How about also taking home a magnum of Napa red formulated by two legends: Winemaker Dave Phinney and Cub’s pitcher Jon Lester? This 1.5L of 2015 “Happy Birthday Billy” is a Napa Valley Red Blend and is signed by the winemaker with the words, “The Curse is Dead! GO CUBS!” Jon Lester gave a bottle of this rare wine to each of his teammates to commemorate their decisive victory over the Cleveland Indians in 2016. “Happy Birthday Billy” is named after William Sianis, who sent a telegram declaring a curse on the Cubs to Phillip K. Wrigley following his ejection from the 1945 World Series. On the 46th anniversary of Billy Sianis’ death, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the 2016 National League championship to win the National League Pennant. The Cubs would go on to defeat the Cleveland Indians and win the 2016 World Series, thus ending the 71-year curse put on the team by Sianis. Game date to be mutually agreed upon with donor.

Rosemary Beach Vacation

You and your friends will relax and enjoy a week of bliss in this beautiful home in Rosemary Beach, Fla. Located on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, this home features five bedrooms and six and a half baths, a private pool and spectacular views of gorgeous turquoise water. You and up to 14 people will relax in 4300 square feet of beachfront splendor. Dates will be mutually agreed upon with donors. Available from September 2018 to May 2019.

Name a Paul’s Deli Booth for Life!

You surely spent some time in Paul’s (studying, of course) during your college days, didn’t you? Shouldn’t you have a booth named after you and your friends? Become immortal for all time coming at one of William & Mary’s top college hangouts with a personalized booth! Priceless.

Grand Cayman Getaway

It doesn’t get any better than this! Enjoy a beautiful week at Grandview Condos in a fully furnished, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, ground floor unit conveniently located at the head of Seven Mile Beach and an easy 15-minute walk to Georgetown’s many shops and restaurants. Have your morning coffee on the back lanai that’s 15 paces to the Grandview pool and 25 paces to the beach. Numerous upscale hotels, bars and dining options are also within an easy walk or cab ride. It’s a getaway you’ll truly remember. Dates will be mutually agreed upon with donors. Subject to availability.

Table for 12 with Chef Steve Munday

Team up with Chef Steve Munday, owner and creative force behind Creative Cuisines to create the perfect dinner party for 12. Dinner will be served in a charming 1940s setting in the heart of Williamsburg, Virginia. Dinner includes wines carefully chosen to complement the meal. Date and time will be mutually agreed upon with donor.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Welcome to the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Here’s your passport to the world’s greatest bourbon – legendary distilleries just waiting to share their historic craft. You and a friend will have the time of your life touring world-famous distilleries such as Jim Beam, Stitzer-Weller, and the birthplaces of Pappy Van Winkle and Maker’s Mark, where you will have the opportunity to hand-dip a Maker's Mark-style keepsake bottle! Enjoy three nights at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or comparable hotel, private car service with personal driver, lunch in the quaint city of Bardstown and round-trip coach airfare service from anywhere in the continental U.S. to Louisville. Winner must contact Winspire any time prior to June 2, 2019, to begin the booking process. Minimum bid: $3,350.

Winged Foot Golf Club

Play where the pros play! You, two friends and David Kelley ’81, past president of the William & Mary Alumni Association, will complete a foursome to play a round of golf at the world-class Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, NY. Built by A. W. Tillinghast, this infamous 36-hole “Man-Sized Golf Course” has been home to five U.S. Opens. Package includes a great day of golf and lunch afterward at the club house. Date and time will be mutually agreed upon with donors. Expires June 2, 2019.

Dine with the 28th President

Enjoy dinner with 28th President of William & Mary Katherine Rowe, her spouse Bruce Jacobson, and up to eight guests in the President’s House on the campus of William & Mary. Date and time will be mutually agreed upon with donors. Valid January 2019 – December 2019.

Dinner on the 50-Yard Line

Twelve guests will have the pleasure of a “once-in-a-lifetime” dining experience on the 50-yard line of Cary Field. Four courses with hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served, under the lights in the open-air dining room of Cary Field with the Walter J. Zable Stadium as the backdrop. Guests will have the opportunity to partake in a custom menu served on the same ground that produced 12 conference championships, three bowl games, 16 playoff games, the 1993 Yankee Conference Division Champions and thousands of amazing and talented student-athletes. For Tribe fans everywhere, this is one not to be missed! Date and time will be mutually agreed upon with donors. Expires June 2, 2019.

Brew Master for a Day!

Become the head brewer at the only craft brewpub in Williamsburg, the Amber Ox Public House. The on-site brewery, Precarious Beer Project, is a seven barrel artisan brewery focused on creating top-notch, seasonally inspired beer. Work with our head brewer to design, name and brew a beer that we offer in our tasting room. From recipe concept development to final execution and pouring, you are a part of the beer making process! After your hard work ferments for 14-21 days, come back with nine of your closest friends to drink in the fruits of your labor. As the culmination of your experience, the culinary team at the Amber Ox will delight you with a six course beer dinner. Artfully crafted beers, paired with expertly cooked Southern cuisine inspired by the local markets and growing seasons, makes for a package you do not want to miss! Are you a fan of craft beer, great food and tons of fun? Let the crew at the Amber Ox and Precarious Project deliver an experience you will never forget! Date and time will be mutually agreed upon with donor. Expires June 1, 2019.

A Night at the Opera

Enjoy an evening for two at the opera with this lovely package courtesy of our friends at the Lyric! Prime tickets can be used for any Lyric Opera of Chicago opera performance in the 2018/19 season. Remember your opera experience with a Lyric memorabilia package and a set of recordings signed by today's top opera stars!

Hilton Head Vacation

Enjoy a one-week stay at this beautiful vacation home just steps away from the beach in Sea Pines. This third-row home has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and features a heated pool. Best of all, it is just a two-minute walk to the beach! For more information visit Dates will be mutually agreed upon with donors. Valid September 2018 to June 2, 2019.

Napa Wine Country VIP Insiders Tour

Experience a three-night stay in Caldwell Vineyard’s Guest House, a charming two-bedroom cottage nestled on the vineyard’s private 123-acre estate in Napa. Enjoy a tasting with founder John Caldwell or his winemaker and learn more about their pioneering work in importing rootstocks and grapevine clones from France. Also included is six consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service to your choice of Napa’s renowned wineries and a picnic lunch, courtesy of Beau Wine Tours. This package includes round-trip coach class service for two from any major airport in the continental U.S. to San Francisco or Oakland. Airfare must be booked prior to June 2, 2019. Minimum bid: $3,495.

Night at Nationals Park

Move aside, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Not only does this auction lot give you the opportunity to be a part of William & Mary Night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, it lets you be on-field where the action is. Take your family and friends out to the ballgame to watch the players warm up during the exclusive pre-game Batting Practice Experience and then enjoy all-you-can-eat food and drink at a semi-private Homeplate Tailgate Reception. Root root root for the home team alongside hundreds of fellow Tribe faithful as the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves. Don’t strike out – bid now!Package includes ten (10) of the following: passes to the pre-game Batting Practice Experience, tickets to Homeplate Tailgate (food and drink included), limited-edition New Era Washington Nationals/W&M co-branded hats and reserved outfield tickets. Game date is Tuesday, August 7, 2018.