Preview of Incredible 2015 Auction Items

The Peace Center Dinner & Auction is this Saturday.

Here’s a tantalizing preview of many of the more than 200 items that will be available at the auction for you to bid on…look for classic auction favorites & brand new exciting additions.


Paul DiPasquale

Paul DiPasquale

— Meet sculptor Paul DiPasquale (Arthur Ashe statue on Monument, among other achievements) in his Richmond studio.

— Talk over coffee with Bert Ashe, author of Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles and professor at the University of Richmond.

— Discuss civil rights history with Renee Hill and Oliver Hill, Jr., professors at Virginia State University. Oliver Hill, Jr., is the son of civil rights attorney Oliver Hill, Sr.

Emily Kimball, a noted author, adventurer (hiker, cyclist), and example for all of us.

Phil Moeller, co-author of Get What’s Yours: The Secret to Maxing Out Your Social Security. Getting smart about Social Security & Medicare can put tens of thousands of extra dollars in your pocket. Get all your questions answered, on Dec. 5.



Middle Eastern Dinner

Soup of the Month – Six times in the coming year, you will receive specially prepared soup just for you!  With bread and dessert for four.

Mediterranean Dinner & Cooking Demonstration – Inspired by the Jerusalem cookbook, for up to 12. You help to make appetizers, enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) and learn about exotic ingredients and spices. On March 5, 2016.

Vegetarian Indian Dinner for Four. Persian Dinner for Two. Thai Dinner for Four. L’Chaim Jewish dinner.  What a variety!

Five-course Gourmet Italian Dinner for four with food and wines from across Italy, from Peace Center board member Rob Gabriele.

Dinner and Wine with Steve and Wendy – Another RPEC classic – Wendy Northup cooks a marvelous dinner, and Steve brings wonderful wines from their wine cellar.  The conversation adds to the pleasure.

Vegetarian Dinner for Six – Dinner will be served by Anne-Marie McCartan and John Accordino at their home overlooking the lakes of Byrd Park. Beer and wine (of course!).

Sausage Craft – A dozen 1-pound packets of sausage to be chosen by the winner.

Plus gift certificates for top restaurants including The Roosevelt, Can Can Brasserie, Kuba Kuba, Tarrants Cafe, Mekong, and more.


Lisa Burrs Color

Lisa Edwards-Burrs

Private concert with soprano Lisa Edwards-Burr and Pianist Russell Wilson (the site must have a piano). Perfect for a dinner, reception, or special gathering.

Two Mandolin Lessons with instructor Barry Lawson (by September 2016).

Drumming lesson with Ram Bhagat – Two hours for ten people at the home of Renee Hill (Dec. 19, 2015, at 3:00PM. Refreshments will be served.)

Ten Ballroom Dance Lessons for one person or couples.

Two Tickets to Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series (February through early April, 2016) or Modlin Center.

Kohala Soprano Ukulele Beginner Pack.

Piano tuning by Goldschmidt Piano Service.


Lewis Ginter Garden Behind the Scenes — A two-hour tour of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Experience the 50 acres of spectacular gardens, and learn about the management of this unique and historic Richmond site. Lunch is included.

A Day on the Water for Four – Sail on the Mobjack Bay.  Help with the sails, read the charts, or take a nap.  A beautiful, and often unknown, part of Virginia.


Paddleboard on the James

Discover Scuba – Learn Scuba diving from one of Richmond’s most experienced instructors. There’s nothing like learning to breathe under water!

Fly Casting Lesson – Learn how to do it right with this one hour lesson!

Two Spots on Stand-Up Paddleboard Trip – This instructional trip is on a relatively easy whitewater section of the James River.  Experience a fun, challenging workout in a beautiful urban wilderness.  Expert guides will help you learn!


Wintergreen Getaway – Spacious and peaceful house. Four bedrooms, sleeps eight.  Large kitchen and dining space. Yards away from the Blue Ridge Overlook.  Three days, two nights.

Beach House in Ocean Sands, NC – Relax and enjoy a week on the Outer Banks! Four bedrooms, screened porch and open deck. Only ¼ mile from the beach.

The Clearing – A retreat in Amelia County run by the Richmond Quakers.  Two days and one night, fine for your family or for a larger meeting of 25 or so people.  Ample lodging, beautiful trails, fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms, and showers.


Adirondacks Lake Stay

Stay on Lake in the Adirondacks -Right on the lake in northern New York state, away from the hustle and bustle.  Spend a week with four bedrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and boats.Great hiking trails.  What more could you want?

Beach Home in Duck, NC – Three-bedroom cottage available for three nights in Spring or Fall. Only 300 yards from the ocean. Good kitchen and deck with grill.

Condo in Senedo Springs, Virginia – One week only: April 16-23.  One bedroom, one loft bedroom, and a sleeper sofa. In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, four hours from Richmond.


Luxury Alpine Home in Wintergreen

Luxury Alpine Home in Wintergreen – Three-night stay in a luxury home.  Hot tub, home theater, gourmet kitchen. Three weekend nights. With beautiful views. Sleeps 10.

Chincoteague Retreat – A house just off Main St. on Chincoteague Island.  Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, plus a beautiful water view.  One week in September 2016. All the utilities and amenities.

A Day in Yogaville — Two can participate in morning activities, noon meditation at the famous LOTUS shrine, a vegetarian lunch, and afternoon Hatha Yoga (at your level!). See sacred sites and conclude with a lovely vegetarian dinner.  Less than 2 hours from Richmond.

Two Nights at a Virginia State Park Cabin — Park and dates both negotiable.  Simple and beautiful.



Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts annual family membership (access to exhibitions, discounts, plus a $50 gift card)

VMFA Tour – Beth O’Leary, a former Curator at VMFA, will take up to six people on a personalized tour of the American Art and History galleries.

Elegant Night Out Package with Symphony tickets & a $100 gift certificate at Lemaire restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel.

Children’s Museum – Enjoy a one-year annual pass to the Museum.

One annual membership to the Shepherd Center plus a Term at the Open University (take as many courses as you’d like during the 8-week class term).

Assorted tickets to theater productions including at Cadence Theatre, 5th Wall Theatre, and Richmond Triangle Players.


Local Craft Beer Gift Basket – A collection of locally brewed Richmond beers with accompaniments. Richmond is well-known for fine beers, and is becoming even more famous.

Three Hours Moving Services from Mitchell’s Movers.

A Straw Bale Gardening consultation…or an Organic Gardening/Edible Landscaping consultation.

Petanque Lessons and Game with Refreshments Petanque is a French game like Italian Bocce.  Come to Chimbarazo Park on Church Hill to learn and enjoy.  Eight people maximum.

stained glass

Stained Glass

Sunset on a Fan Roof Wine and savories on the roof…plus a tour of the special ecologically-designed Fan home which boasts a vertical garden wall and solar heat.

Stained Glass Art – Created by superb artist Dave Depp, this piece will bestow beauty wherever you choose to display it.

Tax Preparation One federal and one state tax return.  

Plus…financial advice from Financial Planner Christian Dundas or a website design consultation with digital media guru Greg Hofbauer.


Integral Yoga & Phoenix Rising Yoga Explore your body and mind in a non-competitive and safe setting.  Do what you can; Gentle Yoga is an option. From Nora Pozzi, a well-known and respected guide and instructor.

Accupuncture Treatment by Elizabeth Mastropierro, LAc.

Relaxing massage treatments, beauty treatments, and more.

Pottery Class – in four sessions you will learn three basic handbuilding skills and how to apply glaze.


Plus … textiles, clothing, and totes from around the world…exquisite paintings, ceramics by well-known artists, jewelry, home decorations, fair trade crafts, and more…

We still have a few tickets left. Click here to join us Saturday!