One-of-a-Kind Experiences at Saturday’s Auction

web-page-logoRPEC’s Dinner & Auction is Saturday! It is shaping up to be a fantastic event, as usual, so get ready for a fun, exciting night supporting the Peace Center’s work for peace, nonviolence, and justice in our community.

Several items are Experiences, Conversations, and Events that already have a designated date and time. We’re listing those below, with the appropriate date & time as well, so that you can check your calendars and plan your bidding strategic Saturday!

Note that some of these items are “Fixed Price.” That just means that there are a set number of slots at a fixed, predetermined, price. Once you write your name and bidder number down on the sign up card, that item is yours.  It can be fun to organize a group of friends to bid on these items together.

Here are some of the special Experiences, Conversations and Events with pre-determined dates that will be available for guests to bid on Saturday at the Auction:

Genevieve Siegel-Hawley: Race & Schools Discussion (up to 10 people; $35 per person or $50 per couple, includes 1 copy of the book) Join Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, a nationally-recognized expert in the field, for a discussion of the history and future of racial integration in the public schools.  Includes a signed copy of Genevieve’s book, When the Fences Come Down. Light refreshments. Date: January 18th, 7:00 pm, near Byrd Park.

Vinyl Album Listening Room Tour (5 people; $25 per person) Mitch Lee for take 5 lucky bidders on a musical tour of the 40,000 plus vinyl records he has collected since he was 9 years old. His international collection includes music of all genres and his expertise is palpable. His collection includes vintage equipment which adds to the listening experience. This evening will be held on January 14, 2017 at his home near University of Richmond. Delicious Mediterranean appetizers will be served. BYOB.

Van Gogh with Cliff Edwards (12 people; $50 per person) Cliff Edwards, Professor of Religious Studies at VCU, will lead a talk about Vincent Van Gogh, the man and his spirituality, as well as his art. Wine and refreshments will be served. Date: Sunday, Dec. 4 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the home of Betsy Brinson and Gordon Davies. There will be a drawing for Cliff Edwards’ book on Van Gogh for one lucky attendee!

Jackson Ward Walking Tour from the Valentine (15 people). Two-hour Valentine Walking Tour sponsored by Lisa Miles for 15 people of Jackson Ward, historic Richmond neighborhood. Date: March 18th, 1:00 pm. (Raindate: 3/25)

Conversation with John Moeser & Thad Williamson (15 people), Don’t miss this chance to sit down and talk with two incredible Richmonders,  John Moeser and Thad Williamson! The conversation will center around “Richmond, Past, Present and Future”…with special attention paid to issues of race, poverty, and regionalism. Date: Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 2:00 PM, at the home of Amy Howard and Rob Nelson near UR; refreshments provided.

Lewis Ginter Behind the Scenes & Lunch (4 people; $50 per person) 2-hour tour of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden led by senior staff member Randee Humphrey for up to four adults.  Lunch is included. The Lewis Ginter Garden offers more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining, and shopping on historic property. Date: June 3, 2017, 10:30-2:00 PM (Rain date: June 10).

Paul di Pasquale Studio Tour + Refreshments (12 people; $50 per person) Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the studio of a sculptor?  Come to Paul DiPasquale’s studio near Rocketts Landing! Paul, who created the Arthur Ashe Monument, is a renowned sculptor who produces public sculpture about history and the people who made it. Come see where the work is done and hear from Paul at his studio on December 3, 2017, from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Introductory Lesson in Aikido (10 people; $15 per person) An introductory Aikido (The Way of Peace) with Jeff Dowdy of Sarete. Lesson for up to ten participants, held at the Sarete dojo (2310 W. Main St.).  Learn about this peaceful martial art that helps an aggressor see another way past anger and dispute.  (February 19th at 1:00 PM)

Food as Ritual (12 people; $45 per person) Food rituals are found in all cultures and major religions of the world: from the Christian Holy Communion to Native American corn festivals and Japanese tea ceremonies. The mindful, communal, and ritualized eating of food solidifies community, connects us with the divine, and establishes an intentionally around the food we eat. We will examine some of the food rituals from around the world, explore our own food rituals and create some new ones together. Learn about feeding your body and your soul. Dr. Victoria B. Saunders is a professional facilitator with a knowledge of Jungian psychology. She is currently the board president of Chrysalis, which is a co-sponsor of this event. DATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Refreshments served.

Discover Scuba Experience (4 people; $50 per person) Two hour introduction to scuba.  Explore a sport that will appeal to your sense of adventure and give you another reason to select a tropical location for your next vacation. There’s nothing like breathing underwater, although doing it for the first time may require a little adjustment to your new environment. Our Discover Scuba program helps you to get adjusted slowly to your new adventure. Classes held at the  Burkwood Swim and Racquet Club in Mechanicsville, on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 PM.

Dinner & Meditation Session (15 people; $25 per person) Come together for an evening of learning and conversation on mindfulness meditation, led by contemplative psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Mindful Meditation teacher Helen Landry. Helen will present a wonderful overview on mindfulness and meditation. Guests will enjoy vegetarian fare, engage in conversation on the topic of mindfulness, and participate in guided meditation. Helen has used mindfulness and meditation with her patients for many years and you will leave with a better understanding and simply ways to incorporate mindfulness and meditation in your everyday life. The gathering will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017 from 7:00 pm-9:30 pm.

Middle Eastern Dinner (10 people; $55 per person) Middle Eastern Dinner and Cooking Demonstration for up to 10 people. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21st, and enjoy a glass of wine. Together we will make several appetizers, discuss exotic ingredients and spices. The meal will be inspired by Jerusalem: A Cookbook. In Jerusalem, chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city. Both men were born in Jerusalem—Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. This cookbook offers recipes from their unique cross-cultural perspective. Menu will have plenty of vegetarian/gluten free options.  Recipes and tips will be available to those interested. Dinner will be held at the home of Raidah Hudson and Mitch Lee in West End near University of Richmond. Date: January 21st, 2017.

Along with these fixed price and special event items, there are many more amazing items that await your bid at the auction: dance classes, winery and brewery tours, concert tickets, gift certificates to Richmond restaurants and coffee shops, special meals, museum memberships, concerts and theater tickets, massages, an organic gardening consult, and much, much more.

Get your tickets to the auction today.

When: Saturday, November 5th from 5:30-9:00 PM

Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel at 5th and Canal Streets in Downtown Richmond

How Much: $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8 (which includes hors d’oeuvres, a free drink, and dinner)

Remember, every dollar raised from bidding goes directly to RPEC’s critical work in the community! We hope to see you there.