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)

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