Friday, November 2, 2007

Take a chance

Would you like to have dinner with Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep and her husband, noted sculptor Don Gummer, at Tom Colicchio's oh-so-fab restaurant Craft? And a tour of Gummer's studio?

Or a two-night stay at Robert Rauschenberg's Florida beach house, with tours of his and Darryl Pottorf’s studios and a Rauschenberg lithograph? If that's not enough, you'll also have dinner with Rauschenberg and Pottorf.

Or how about tickets to see the Steeplecats (the North Adams, Massachusetts semi-pro baseball team) AND dinner with former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent (he was also chairman of Coca-Cola and Columbia Pictures.) Don't worry about driving home afterwards -- you'll get to spend 2 nights at the luxurious Porches Inn at MASS MoCA (the acclaimed Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts.)


How do you get in on this? Be the lucky winning bidder on these packages (and many other excellent items) during MASS MoCA's benefit auction on Wednesday (Nov. 7) in New York. The live auction event is sold out but that's OK -- they are accepting advance bids until 5 p.m. TUESDAY, NOV 6. (See note below for changes to this.) Auction items include important art, and lots of one-of-a-kind experiences donated by MASS MoCA's friends and supporters. Go to this Web site. Bid. And please, let me know if you win something good

11-05-2007 UPDATE: Just got a message from MASS MoCA that they now will be accepting absentee bids until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Anyone can place bids for the auction online by downloading an absentee bid form from

Other neat items include:

An autographed copy of the 1980 shooting script from Barry Levinson's Diner, which was the first of a series of films set in the Baltimore of Levinson's youth. Accompanying the script is an abstract print by Diana Levinson.

"Sundance Film Festival" includes tickets for two for a VIP trip to Sundance January 24-28, 2008. MASS MoCA's performing arts curator will serve as guide for the best films and package includes four nights at Sundance Resort, four breakfasts and dinners, tickets to numerous screenings, and VIP festival credentials. The winner also will receive the first public copy (signed) of the script for Academy Award winner Barry Levinson's most recent film, What Just Happened?, which stars Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, and Sean Penn, and is a likely Sundance selection.

"Whistler Ski Vacation" offers a seven-night stay in a stunning two bedroom, two bath slope-side townhome at the exclusive Cedar Creek in Whistler, British Columbia.

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