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Preview of Auction Items for the Wetherill Ball!

Here are a few of the items available for purchase at our annual fundraiser:


Molly Hatch, Blue Toile Vase, Porcelain, 2011

Retail: $1,400, bidding starts at $700

Sam Taylor, White Bird Bowl, 2008. Wood-fired stoneware,

Retail: $385, bidding starts at $200


Limited edition etching with hand coloring by Nancy Blum, 2011

16″ x 25″”

Retail: $250, bidding starts at $150

Jill Bonovitz Porcelain Vessel

Handbuilt porcelain platter, matte glaze and underglaze, 2011
Retail:  $800, bidding starts at $500

In addition, we are auctioning three wonderful vacations:

African Game Preserve Vacation of a Lifetime for up to 4 people!


Spend an unforgettable five days/ four nights on a safari in the exclusive Ongava Game Reserve in Namibia located next to the Elosha National Park.  The package allows the winners to choose between staying at Ongava Tented Camp or Ongava Lodge. A combination of both properties is also possible.

Both tented and lodge accommodations include the “creature” comforts of private baths, luxury suites, and a cooling unit- all with fabulous views looking out at the preserve and waterholes.  Meals are served in the main dining room under thatch with a view, or in the dining deck under the stars.

Namibia has become a most sought-after safari destination. Activities include game drives in open jeeps, guided hikes and walks giving you the unique opportunity to see resident elephants, cheetahs, lions, and the unique resident white and black rhinos. A stay at Ongava can be the keystone of a previously unimaginable vacation.

Ongava has been listed on the Conde Naste Traveler Gold Reserve List. Donated by Lisa Kabnick and John H. McFadden

Retail: $5,000

Under the Tuscan Moon: A week in an Italian Villa


Welcome to the Villa Sassella in Compignano, Lucca, Italy.  Enjoy a one-week stay for up to ten people in this restored house that dates back to the 14th century.  The villa sits in a hamlet high on the wooded slopes of Monte Quiesa midway between the ancient walled town of Lucca and the modern seaside city of Viareggio.  There are five bedrooms and five full baths. The pool, tennis court and game room entertain in American fashion while the terraces, garden and patios with views over the coastal plains overlooking the Mediterranean give you the full breadth and beauty of Tuscany.  Venture out and visit the wineries or take a short trip to Florence or a slightly longer trip to the charming ancient city of Siena.  Outstanding cook and cleaning service available. Easy access from Florence and Pisa airports.

Villa Sassella was restored in the early 1970s having been derelict since the 1940s.  Originally it was part of the neighboring church’s estate. Creation of the gardens and restoration of the surrounding land began in the Spring of 1995. There are wonderful views of the Mediterranean and the Lago di Massaciucoli. In the Fall, there are great storms to be watched, and you get the most amazing glow fly displays during early Summer.

Available in Spring 2013: April, May or June. Donated by Lisa Kabnick and John H. McFadden

Retail:  $7,500

A Visit to Glen Mhor Cottage, Glenelg, Highlands, Scotland

Enjoy a week in the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands.  Glen Mhor Cottage is a lovely highland hideaway suitable for 4/5 guests in the small coastal village of Glenelg. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty with breathtaking views. The cottage overlooks the Sound of Sleat and the Isle of Skye. There are three bedrooms and one full bathroom. Outside, you will find a small garden and the water’s edge is about 100 yards from the door. The Glenelg shop is conveniently located across from the cottage and the village is just a short walk up the hill.

Glenelg is a place of beautiful sunsets, exciting wildlife and warm and welcoming locals. Activities include golfing, pony trekking, climbing, walking, fishing, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, seal trips and photography. Explore the Eilean Donan Castle, visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre or take a walk through the Attadale Gardens. You will also be close to some of the most famous whiskey distilleries in the world, many of which are open to the public. Just a ferry ride away, on the Isle of Sky, you will find the Talisker Malt Whisky Distillery. Begin your tour with a complimentary sample and get an inside look at how distilleries operate.

Retail: $3,000

If you would like to inquire about one of these items, please contact us: 

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