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Derby Day Gala Auction Items


Each year at the Derby Day Gala we offer a handful of exclusive, unique and one-of-a-kind items and experiences during the fun live auction.   The auction items this year may be the most impressive.

All proceeds from the auction, and the entire Gala, benefit the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.  To learn more about our local ACF Chapter and the great contribution their members make to the Roanoke community, see their Facebook page.

You do not have to be present to bid this year – although it’s more fun if you are!

The Gala Auction is a live auction held during the Gala on Sat. May 4, 2019.  However, this year there will be a few items that you can Buy Now, before the Gala.  Also, we if you or a friend cannot attend the Gala this year, but would still like to bid on an item (or two), we will coordinate a digital live bidding process this year. Contact us for more details on how this will work and how you can participate.

Link to the Derby Day Gala – Home Page.

⇒ Item #1

One Week stay at Casa Piazza luxury beachfront villa.

Here’s what last year’s auction high bidder had to say about their experience,

“The villa is beyond compare to anything we have been exposed to previously and the staff made our stay relaxing and comfortable. Everyone we came in contact with was warm and friendly and we felt safe at all times.”

A once in a lifetime fantasy vacation fantasy on the Mexican Riviera.

Get your group of 10 together and plan to make this vacation yours. 

Don’t want to wait?  Or risk being outbid – see Buy It Now info below.

Enjoy a beautiful blend of Mediterranean and Mexican style in the peaceful and natural setting at our luxury villa rental at La Punta in Manzanillo, Mexico.

Created by owner Scott Piazza, and Italian designer Paolo Cressini, the Casa Piazza luxury vacation rental villa is spacious and airy, designed for relaxed tropical vacationing and lively entertaining.

The villa is a stunning 8,000 square foot multi-level blending of Mexican and Italian Mediterranean architecture. This luxurious vacation home has sculpted grounds, a tiled swimming pool, two separate villa palapas (outdoor living areas), including a rooftop palapa with a kitchen, wet bar, dining area, and jacuzzi.

At every turn, you’ll find stunning views, comfort and style, balconies and large windows that admit the cooling sea breezes.

The villa will comfortably accommodate ten guests for your vacation. The outdoor dining pavilion seats 12 guests adjacent to a modern, fully equipped kitchen with luxury gourmet appliances.

The Casa Piazza luxury vacation villa is dedicated to making your vacation perfect in every respect.

  • Casa Piazza will have our full time private staff available for the winning group, which consists of our house manager, personal chef, maid, houseman/groundskeeper and offsite Administrator.
  • Chef-prepared meals to your taste included (you pay food & beverage costs only). All meals prepared on-site, your special dietary needs graciously accommodated.
  • Each bedroom has a private balcony, luxurious King size bed, air conditioning and ceiling fan.
  • Total living area 8,000 square feet.
  • Ideal for five couples or two families with children up to 12 people in total. Additional staff maybe brought in for childcare if necessary.
  • Main house & casita have total of five bedrooms and 6-1/2 bathrooms.
  • Casa Piazza is available for one (1) year from the date of our auction, based on availability. Choose your your week and book ASAP.
  • Casa Piazza is available from Saturday to Saturday.
  • Blackout dates are the week of the major holidays only. (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter/Spring Break).
  • The Manzanillo, Mexico international airport is 35-40 min. from our villa, Airport code ZLO.
  • Rooftop palapa w/kitchen, wet bar, dining area, Jacuzzi.
  • Tiled heated swimming pool 3.5 to 5 feet deep.
  • Poolside lounging area w/chaises, chairs, outdoor dining pavilion.
  • Purified water system throughout.
  • Satellite TV/VCR, DVD player, video library, internet email, direct phones, book library, games, ping pong table, croquet, darts, fishing poles, snorkel equipment and more.
  • This magnificent auction item was donated by Scott & Mary Piazza.  They will be available to the auction winners for suggestions, advice and to help you make the perfect plans for your vacation.
  • Controlled, 24 Hour Security.
  • Costs not included are food/beverages, resort fee, staff gratuity, ground transportation (local if needed and to and from airport), offsite recreation fees (e.g. golf, scuba diving, etc.)
  • Villa Retail Value – $14,500 per week.

Unusual and well-thought-out touches catch your eye everywhere in the Villa, like custom made hardwood furniture, Mexican tile work, American antiques and Malaysian chairs. Some beds are adapted from antique farmhouse doors and the floors are tile, hand-peened brick and stone.

The sprawling living and family rooms are perfect for relaxation with comfortable sofas, satellite TV’s, VCR/DVD player, a film library, games, ping pong table, books and recreational diversions galore. Up on the 1,600 square foot rooftop terrace, life is good as you watch the afternoon slip into evening and enjoy after-dinner drinks.

See Casa Piazza’a web page for addition photos and information.

Buy Now for $9,000!

That’s $300/night per couple!  Based on 5 couples jointly sharing the week.  

Don’t want to risk being outbid on May 4th?  Want to make certain you and your group obtain this once in a lifetime vacation, then buy it now!   Contact at 540.309.1781 or email larry@tourroanoke.com.


⇒ Item #2

Two 50-Yard Line Tickets to 2019 Washington Redskins Home Game

Section 101, Row 2 Seats 1 & 2
Includes One night hotel stay.

Don’t want to wait?  Or risk being outbid – see Buy It Now info below.

Your pick of the game, but contact us early to be secure your game date.  These tickets are so close to the field and right behind the team bench.  Excludes the Dallas Cowboys game.

2019 Home Game opponents include: San Francisco 49er’s, Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles & New York Giants.

Hotel stay with this package is at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington VA.

Buy Now for $1,400!  

Don’t want to risk being outbid on May 4th?  Want to make certain you are the winner of this item, then buy it now!   Contact at 540.309.1781 or email larry@tourroanoke.com.


⇒ Item #3

Party Like a Chef – Group Experience 

Ten guests, three breweries, lots of great local beer, lots of tasty food made on-site, one big meal to finish the day.  

Lots of laughs, selfies, and memories.  

Don’t want to wait?  Or risk being outbid – see Buy It Now info below.

Up to ten guests will load up on the Roanoke Craft Beer Tours bus along with the ACF Chefs and tour three of our favorite local breweries.

At each stop, a chef will serve their favorite beer snack.

The last brewery stop on the tour will end at Chaos Mountain Brewery where you will enjoy a VIP Dinner prepared and served by the ACF chefs.

All guests must be at least 21.

Must be scheduled prior to Feb. 2020.  Date based on guest requested date and chef and bus availability.

Buy Now for $1,400!  

Don’t want to risk being outbid on May 4th?  Want to make certain you are the winner of this item, then buy it now!   Contact at 540.309.1781 or email larry@tourroanoke.com.


⇒ Item #4

“ROCKIN’ AND ROLLIN”

This one of a kind original pastel from Fine Artist Eric Fitzpatrick, captures the energy of a night on the town…from the jammin band to the cool couples lost in the beat!

A waitress weaves her way through the
action of the dance floor where some local soulmates  are strutting
their stuff…and the band plays on!

Fitzpatrick original pastels are a rarity, and this is the largest
one he has ever done…so we are talking “COLLECTOR’S ITEM!” The artist
is glad to support the SW Virginia Chapter of the American Culinary Federation once again, and urges rock
aficionados and art lovers alike……. to BID HIGH!!

Don’t want to wait?  Or risk being outbid – see Buy It Now info below.

The painting is framed by Simple Framing by Kristi.

Buy Now for $1,500!  

Don’t want to risk being outbid on May 4th?  Want to make certain you are the winner of this item, then buy it now!   Contact at 540.309.1781 or email larry@tourroanoke.com.



⇒ Item #5

Hotel Roanoke Romance Package for two.

Provided by Hotel Roanoke and the Salt Foot Sanctuary.

Don’t want to wait?  Or risk being outbid – see Buy It Now info below.

Everyone needs time to relax and renew.  This package is great for a staycation, anniversary or birthday gift.
Includes:
One night stay, dinner at the Regency Room and Sunday brunch all at the award winning Hotel Roanoke.
Plus, enjoy a blissful foot soak and massage for two at the new Salt Foot Sanctuary in the Hotel Roanoke, soon to be featured on the hit show, Salvage Dawgs.

Must be used prior to May 4, 2020.

Buy Now for $1,200!  

Don’t want to risk being outbid on May 4th?  Want to make certain you are the winner of this item, then buy it now!   Contact at 540.309.1781 or email larry@tourroanoke.com.

 


⇒ Item #6

Tailgaters Fest – for up to 20 guests at your next tailgate party.

Provided and prepared by local ACF Chefs

Don’t want to wait?  Or risk being outbid – see Buy It Now info below.

No need to prepare the food for your group’s next tailgate function. Enjoy the culinary talent of up to ten local chefs preparing the best tailgate spread you can imagine. Whether your party is at Lane Stadium, a local high school football game or a function at your home or office, your friends will have tailgate party envy.

We’ll work with you to create the perfect menu for your group.  We’ll focus on classic tailgate cuisine and items that will hold up to travel.  We’ll provide the meat dishes and sides, and the disposable service platters with Sterno for heating as needed.

It’s a takeaway tailgate fest! This means we’ll prepare all the food and prep it for travel and service.  You’ll simply pick it up at the Virginia Western Culinary School kitchen in downtown.

Must be used prior to the 2020 Superbowl.  Chefs require 30-day notice prior to the date of your event.

Buy Now for $700!  

Don’t want to risk being outbid on May 4th?  Want to make certain you are the winner of this item, then buy it now!   Contact at 540.309.1781 or email larry@tourroanoke.com.