Martini Madness!
2014 Big Board Auction Preview

To make an early bid on an item, call Suzanne Sippel at 713.529.4848 x202 by January 28, 2014. Click here to learn more about Martini Madness!

Two Pairs of Business First Class Airline Tickets
Donated by: United Airlines
Value: $6,000/pair
Minimum bid: $2,500/pair


Travel in luxury to Hawaii, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Alaska, and anywhere in the U.S. on United Airlines. Travel must be complete by December 31, 2014.  Each pair good for two first-class or three business-class round-trip tickets.

Garcia Street Santa Fe Casita Stay + Patina Gallery Tour
Donated by: Fabené Welch / Patina Gallery
Value: $2,250
Minimum Bid: $900

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Enjoy a seven-day/six-night stay in the heart of Santa Fe’s historic East End district.  This beautiful 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath contemporary adobe home is just steps away from famed Canyon Road and many of the city’s best art galleries, restaurants and shops.  This Garcia Street location is easy walking distance to the plaza, farmers market, shopping, galleries, museums and more! The home is recently constructed and completely private with gorgeous maple hardwood floors and high-beamed ceilings, providing all of the Santa Fe feeling with contemporary amenities. Two fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the master, make cool nights romantic and relaxing. Outside in the gardens, watch snowflakes fall, spring bloom, summer birds sing, and fall leaves turn golden. The use of the home must occur prior to March 1, 2015, and is subject to availability (confirm with the owner prior to scheduling the trip).

Please enjoy dinner one night at nearby Rio Chama Restaurant, just a short walk from your casita, and take advantage of the $150 gift card that is also part of this package.

During your stay in Santa Fe, stop by Patina Gallery for a private tour and receive a 10% discount on any piece of art jewelry. (Contact Patina Gallery one day in advance to arrange your tour.)

Tossini Gift Certificate + Shirt & Tie
Donated by: Tossini
Value: $1920
Minimum Bid: $800

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Tossini, a luxury clothing boutique in Highland Village, was established in 1992 by a family with 25 years’ experience in the fashion industry. The Tossini collection offers an incredible blend of Italian and French brands for men and women, curated with very distinct point of view. The store carries several brands found nowhere else in Houston and also offers custom-made men’s clothing.

Enjoy a $1500 gift certificate, plus a grey herringbone, no-wrinkle Eton men’s shirt (made in Sweden) and a burgundy/grey tie from Tino Cosma (made in Italy).  Gift certificate applies to full-price items only.

Wine Basket
Donated by: HCCC Board of Directors
Value: $1175
Minimum Bid: $500

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Take home a deluxe wine basket donated by HCCC’s Board of Directors from their private collections.  Wine selections include a 1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend, a 2009 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2004 Ladera Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay, among others. Seven distinct bottles in all.

Powell Farm in Washington County, Texas
Donated by: Betsy & Chuck Powell
Value: $900
Minimum Bid: $400




Perfect for Round Top Antique Week!

Enjoy a three-night stay at the Powell Farm in Washington County, between Brenham and Burton Texas, 68 miles from Houston. Numerous, short day trips of 20 miles or less are available to nearby towns, including Round Top, Chappell Hill, Independence, and Washington on the Brazos. Guests may also choose to stay at the farm and relax on porches, pitch horseshoes under live oaks, play croquet, or cool off in the water tank fed by a windmill-driven well.

The farm house is an historic structure built by combining and restoring two circa-1900 one-room school houses. (Washington County is the birthplace of Texas, originally settled by members of the Austin Colony in 1823 and later by German immigrants in the 1830s.) The house is 3200 square feet, with three bedrooms and three baths. Featuring a master suite (queen bed), second bedroom (double bed), and third bedroom (twin beds). Subject to availability; must schedule at least two weeks in advance.  Expires September 30, 2014.

Two Boxes of Luxury Organic Cigars
Donated by:  Plasencia Reserva Orgánica
Value:  $900
Opening Bid: $400

One box of organic, luxury, handmade, organically grown signature “Toro” 6 x 50 cigars.
One box of organic, luxury, handmade, organically grown signature “Corona” 6 ¼  x 44 cigars.

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Plasencia Reserva Orgánica is the first and only organic cigar in the world, made of 100% organic Nicaraguan tobacco, with the sole purpose of offering the discerning smoker the same taste that enchanted the Europeans when they arrived to the New World more than five centuries ago. You are invited to taste the purest cigar in the world, containing only Mother Nature’s ingredients: sun, water and the most fertile of soil. “Enjoy the Taste of the Discovery.”