COME TO THE OPERA BALL – January 30 in Cary, NC

January 16, 2010


A Midwinter Night’s DreamJanuary 30

Experience the return of the Opera Company of North Carolina’s spectacular annual fundraising gala. Last year’s ball goers hailed it as “the best gala event ever” and the Opera Company said its auction conducted by Spotlight Benefit Auctions was the “best fundraising event” of 2009.

In conjunction at the Ball, A Midwinter Night’s Dream Auction is a benefit for the Opera Company of North Carolina. OCNC seeks to foster the advancement of and provide opportunities for all opera artists and patrons, and to increase community awareness, appreciation and support of opera in North Carolina.

The event starts at 6:30 with cocktails and a silent auctions. This is followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing. The live auction is being conducted by Spotlight Benefit Auctions.

Call the Opera Company today at 919.792.3850!  More info from:

Awesome Live Auction Item – Bidders Choice

Pick of the Jeweler’s Tray – This auction item offers the opportunity to own an exquisite piece of jewelry courtesy Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, Raleigh. The lucky winner will select their favorite from an array of tempting pieces each of timeless design and beauty.

Man’s WatchDavid Yurman Mens Watch – David Yurman’s gents thoroughbred watch (at right) with silver tapestry dial and black croc strap is completed with a square dial and deployment buckle. Superior quality and timeless design make this a timepiece to pass down from generation to generation. (Retail $2,100)


Earrings – Set within his signature cable design, David Yurman’s tapestry drop earrings are elegant, whimsical, and guaranteed to dazzle on any occasion. (.94 carats on fish hook wire; retail $1750)

Woman’s Watch” – A high fashion piece of jewelry that tells time,” David Yurman’s two-tone 7mm cable watch highlights a blue mother of pearl and diamond dial with blue topaz bezel and end caps — perfect for any woman’s extensive jewelry collection. (Retail $2,100)

Necklace – This exquisite handmade John Hardy 36-inch, two-toned Ayu (flower) and pearl necklace is a glamorous compliment to any wardrobe. Subtle attention to detail and sparkle makes it perfect for day or night. (Retail $2,250)

Wall of Wine  Raffle– The number of bottles continues to grow; the value already exceeds $1,200. And it could be yours! For only $25 per raffle ticket, you can purchase a chance to win your own collection of more than 30 bottles of some of the world’s most tantalizing wines.  The Wall of Wine winner will be chosen during The Opera Ball on January 30, but youdo not have to be present to win.

Purchase your Wall of Wine raffle tickets from any opera company volunteer, a member of the Opera Company Board or Opera Ball Committee, or call 919.792.3850. Buy as many tickets as you like, but act today!


Luana Winner, the Artist

Timeless Treasure – A custom portrait — She carefully gathers her inspiration in small sketches made during her travels around the globe. Her studio reveals an amazing versatility – landscapes, still life and stunning portraits. Renowned artist Luana Luconi Winner has graciously agreed to create a custom portrait for the corporation or individual who wins this bid at The Opera Ball live auction. Considered one of the East Coast’s finest portrait artists, Ms. Winner captures her subjects in remarkable detail and depth, revealing their personality, their emotions, and their character. What may take just months to create will certainly capture a moment of personal history to be enjoyed for generations. (Value $4500)

Triangle Wine Experience – February 4-6 in Raleigh, NC

January 12, 2010

February 4-6 — The Triangle Wine Experience is the Triangle and Carolina’s premier wine event encompassing wine tasting, dinners, and a Grand Gala with Fine Wine Auction over a three day period from February 4-6 in the Raleigh area. Winemakers from all over the world participate in this truly amazing event.  All proceeds from the Triangle Wine Experience go the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of children with special needs –  Here’s a look at the scheduled events over a 3 day period:

Thursday, February 4 – Wine Maker Dinners 7:00 p.m. – Hosted by winemakers and winery owners from all over the country, this evening pairs some of the Triangle’s hottest restaurants with the world’s finest wines. This year, attendees will be able to choose from 30 amazing pairings of the finest wines with cuisines designed to compliment. Cost: $125.

Friday, February 5 – Sip, Shop & Sign 5-6:30 p.m. – Local retail shops will host participating wine makers/winery owners to sample their wines to customers to can taste, buy and have their bottle signed

Saturday, February 6 Grand Gala and Auction 5:30 p.m. – Two spirited auctions, live and silent, provide you the opportunity to bid on spectacular wines, exotic trips, unique dining experiences, fine are and grand-format tastings all specifically created for The Triangle Wine Experience. The auction is followed by a grand gala with dancing, drinks and dessert. This event is black tie and tickets are $150.

Click here for more information on the Triangle Wine Experience:

Triangle Heart Ball – February 13 in Raleigh, NC

January 11, 2010

The 25th Anniversary Triangle Heart Ball is will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 Salisbury Street on Saturday, February 13. This black tie affair is a celebration of life and benefits the American Heart Association.  Funds raised during this event enable the advancement of groundbreaking medical research and lifesaving knowledge for the Triangle community.  This year’s 2010 Heart Ball Chairman is Dr. William (Bill) Roper, Chief Executive Officer, UNC Health Care, Dean, UNC School of Medicine.

Tickets are $200 each. Call 919-463-8353 or visit this site:

Bachelor Bid for Charity – February 20 in Triangle area, NC

January 10, 2010

The 6th Annual Bachelor Auction for Charity will be held on Saturday, February 20 in the Triangle area.  The event starts at 7 pm and will continue until the wee hours of the morning.  Advance tickets are $35 and $50 if purchasing at the door.  The event will include a silent auction, raffles and a live auction of the hand-picked bachelors. The auction benefits the Women’s Center of Wake County.  Click here for more details:

Jazz Concert to benefit domestic violence – March 19 in Durham, NC

January 5, 2010

Lenora Zenzalai Helm, award winning jazz vocal musician, composer, lyricist and educator will perform a concert of songs from her new CD “Chronicles of a Butterfly” at Broad Street Cafe, Durham, NC on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7 pm. The concert is a benefit for Durham based nonprofit, T.I.E. (Transformation, Inspiration & Education) Resource Centers.

This organization founded by Executive Director Danita Davis, is a Durham based nonprofit with a mission to serve needs of survivors of domestic violence, moving them toward a productive, successful life.

Helm and Davis are collaborating in this 2nd of a 12 concert fundraising tour series, “The Butterfly Concerts”. The goal for each event is to raise funds for families and/or communities who have endured recent tragedies or traumas.

The concept for The Butterfly Concerts and the CD release is that of transformation from personal or community tragedies to triumphs, despite profound challenges. Each concert event in the series will have a portion of the proceeds donated to nonprofit organizations or families in crisis. The March 19th concert will be an initial fundraiser for T.I.E., for the purpose of purchasing a building, providing housing for the women and children served by their powerful restorative and transformative services.

This event will take place on Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham, NC.  Spotlight Benefit Auctions will be the professional auction firm organizing this fundraising event. For additional information call 919-416-9707.

A Night In Venice, A Masked Ball

January 4, 2010

Magnolia Ball

Magnolia Ball

Piedmont Opera’s 19th Annual Magnolia Ball will be an evening to remember. A Night in Venice, A Masked Ball will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Old Town Club. The festivities begin at 6pm with a silent auction and conclude with our signature opera performance and dancing to the Ron Rudkin Trio. 

If you are interested in receiving more information or an invite please contact us at 336.725.7101 x104

The Big Bad Ball benefiting Hospice of Wake County – October 2 in Raleigh, NC

January 2, 2010

The 9th annual Big Bad Ball (BBB) is a gala event to benefit Hospice of Wake County and is presented by the Young Executive Members of the Capital City Club!  The Young Executives of the club wanted to make a contribution to the community and create an event that stood out from others like it in the community.  It’s an event that brings all generations together for a good time!  You can anticipate wonderful food from hor d’oeuvres to pasta and carving stations to a late night breakfast and everyone’s favorite desserts.

The 2010 Big Bad Ball will be held Saturday, October 2rd from 7pm – 1am at the Capital City Club in Raleigh. This black tie event is open to the entire community and the cost is $125 per person. The event includes a raffle drawing for a $10,000 cash prize as well as a silent auction.

To make reservations and purchase raffle tickets, please call the Capital City Club at (919) 832-5526. Details at:

Benefit Auction Fundraiser for Methodist Home for Children – January 23 in Raleigh, NC

January 1, 2010

A Winter’s Tale

Methodist Home for Children will be hosting its 13th annual charity gala, “A Winter’s Tale,” at the Raleigh Convention Center.  An evening that benefits Methodist Home for Children, this black tie affair will honor individuals and organizations committed to children, youth and families and will feature a live and silent auction, an elegant dinner, dancing and a keynote address by celebrated sports writer, Don Yaeger.  Matt Holiday will be the auctioneer for the evening.

With 16 books to his credit, including four that made the New York Times best-seller list, Don Yeager has spent his career writing about our generation’s most celebrated athletes.  As a former Sports Illustrated associate editor, Don has witnessed the personal and professional struggles of many famous athletes, and he knows how faith and perseverance can overcome adversity and lead to greatness.

For more information, contact Jennifer Cooper at 1.888.305.4321 or  You can also find more information about the event as well as check out the auction items that will be up for bid by visiting the event’s Facebook page here:

Read more about the Methodist Home for Children here:

The auction is being conducted by Matt Holiday of