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Auction Guidelines:

The auction will open for bidding at 7:00PM the evening of The Grand Marquee Gala and will close in three phases at 10:00PM, 10:15PM, and 10:30PM. You must be a ticketed patron of the Grand Marquee Gala to bid on silent auction items, but you do not have to be present at the auction close time to win. Please note that some packages are subject to The Paramount Theater and/or other vendor availability.

The 2019 Gala Silent Auction and Raffle Items


  • Series 4 Apple Watch: Win a brand new, series 4 stainless steel Apple watch with a white sports band.
  • Basketball signed by UVA Men’s Basketball Coach, Tony Bennett: Win a basketball signed by the legendary UVA Men’s Basketball coach, Tony Bennett.
  • Red Pump Tasting Dinner: Win dinner for four at Red Pump Kitchen! Dine from their 5-course seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings while enjoying the views of the Downtown Mall from their beautiful restaurant.

Silent Auction Items

Experience Virginia Wine Country in Style: Enjoy the vast and rich Virginia wine country in style with a four-hour sedan tour visiting three of our area’s finest vineyards. Savor the time with friends or family as you enjoy the scenery at the Grace Estate Winery, Whitehall Vineyard, and King Family Vineyards.

One Week Summer Stay in London: Imagine your summer 2019 getaway in a penthouse studio flat with grand views of London! Only 100-steps walk to the Hampstead Village Tube stop, a 10-minute metro ride to the West End, Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Galleries, Piccadilly Circus, and Regent & Oxford Street shopping. Enjoy some of London’s finest restaurants or dine in beside grand full-length windows overlooking the “rooftops of London” as you plan your next day adventures. This contemporary flat is only a stone’s throw from the Heath – a 1,700 acre informal park for healthy fresh air walking on ancient paths – formerly King Henry VIII’s hunting grounds – now a haven for kite flying on a warm weekend day. Modern furnishings and original international art enhance your quality London retreat. Offer valid June, July, August 2019. Subject to a mutually agreed upon date.

Stage Left Event Rental: Host a private dinner party for 12 or cocktails for 30 in The Paramount’s intimate new event space on Third Street, our very own Stage Left! Subject to Theater’s availability.

Enjoy the Virginia Landscape with a Horseback Riding Package: Embrace horse country with a one hour horseback riding lesson taught by a Dappir Ridge Instructor at one of the Premier Dappir Ridge facilities in Western Albemarle County. The lessons can be on one’s own mount or a Dappir Ridge mount determined by one’s riding level. To accompany the riding lesson is a gift basket from Dover Saddlery.

Private Movie Screening on The Paramount’s Historic Big Screen: The Paramount Theater is yours alone for a private movie screening of your choice. You pick the movie title and invite 1 to 500 of your closest friends. Perfect for a 10th, 30th, or 50th birthday party or simply the best date night EVER! Subject to Theater’s availability.

Photo Session with Jennie Breheny: Have some fun on a photo session with local photographer Jennie Breheny. Includes a two hour photo shoot and 25+ proofs. Subject to Photographer’s availability.

Stunning Artwork Featuring Paris’ Eiffel Tower by Gincy Carrington Plummer: From the comfort of your own home, visit the city of lights and view the Eiffel Tower, featured in stunning artwork by local artist, Gincy Carrington Plummer. This piece is mixed media including paint, oil pastel, and silver leaf on canvas.

Sip in Style at Scarpa: You and seven friends will enjoy an after-hours shopping party complete with drinks and hors d’oeuvres on a Monday-Thursday from 6PM to 9PM. Each shopping party guest will receive a $100 gift card for use at Scarpa during the party. Subject to a mutually agreed upon date in 2019.

Mind, Body, Soul: Improve your mind, body, and soul in the New Year with language lessons, fitness options, and some new accessories.

Suds & Duds for a Special Dude: Surprise your Valentine with a fashionable cashmere grey scarf and gift certificate to the new men’s outfitter, Quattro Tizi. Then, enjoy a beer together at Three Notch’d Brewing Company and Blue Mountain Brewery.

Ladies Bridge Night with a Flair! Freshen your home with gifts of your choice from Pour La Maison and a gorgeous Parisian themed pillow from Yves Delorme. Decorate your table, bring out your bridge set and glasses, and invite 3 of your friends over for a bridge lesson with Nan Massie.

Family Portrait on Top of the Beloved Paramount Marquee: Capture a special memory with a picture on top of the iconic Paramount Marquee. You choose the message to be captured in lights. Use the photo for engagements, wedding announcements, baby announcements, holiday cards, party invitations, and more. Take home the full digital collection of professional images for personal use. Then, choose a photo and The Paramount will print 50 note cards & envelopes for distribution. Subject to Theater and Photographer’s availability.

Sail Away on a Viking Cruise: Discover the most convenient way to see the world on an 8-day 2019/20 Rhine or Danube River Cruise for two people. Meander along the world’s great waterways, gliding past magnificent vistas, and pausing to explore riverside ports, all while unpacking your suitcase only once! Valid on available 2019 & 2020 embarkations only; blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. (Airfare, transfers, and land extensions are not included.)

Sweep Them Away with Dinners and Shows: Be your friends’ “Bestie” when you invite them to join you for dinner and a show. Package includes gift certificates for dinner plus four tickets to eight shows of your choice! All Paramount Presents shows eligible; some restrictions apply on rental events.

“Prime’d” for Laughs: Enjoy a dinner for four at the newest hot spot, Prime 109. Then, join us for an evening of hilarious comedy live on The Paramount’s stage with comedians from the hit television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? in “Whose Live Anyway?” on February 10, 2019 starring Greg Proops, Chip Esten, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray. Plan to join the event festivities pre-show and during intermission in The Paramount’s premiere Suzanne Jessup Brooks Founders Suite.

Private Sports Broadcast on the Big Screen: The Paramount Theater is yours alone to view your favorite sporting event on the big screen, whether it’s the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, the US Open, or The Masters! You pick the event and invite 1 to 500 of your fellow fans for a night to remember. Subject to Theater’s availability.

Rotunda Watercolor by Lucy Clare Spooner: Take home a memento of one of Jefferson’s historic landmarks, an original watercolor by artist Lucy Clare Spooner. This piece captures the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Gift this artistic treasure to a friend, an upcoming graduate, or even yourself!

“Peonies in Ming” by Katherine Holland Easterly: Drawing inspiration from the scenery of the beautiful mountains of Albemarle County and her travels abroad, Katherine Holland Easterly creates beautiful lasting imagery for your home.

Private Wine Tasting at Common House: Enjoy an exclusive private wine tasting for you and nine of your friends at Common House, the premiere private club in Downtown Charlottesville. Choose from several themed tasting options with Sommelier, Erin Scala of In Vino Veritas, leading the tasting. Enjoy a delicious cheese platter with the wine tasting. Subject to a mutually agreed upon date in 2019; Club membership not required.

An Exquisite Getaway at The Clifton Inn: Savor the modern relaxation of a night away in the town we love at the Clifton Inn. The Clifton’s fabulous staff will host you and a guest for a one night stay, which includes dinner for two at The Clifton’s 1799 Restaurant. Not valid during the months of May, June, September & October.

Private Polo Picnic at King Family Vineyards: Host your friends Railside in a VIP spot at a King Family Vineyards Polo match! Enjoy the match from the comfort of a 10’x10’ tent provided for you, a charcuterie board, four souvenir vineyard wine glasses, and three bottles of King Family Vineyards wine.

Exclusive Sunset Tour at James Madison’s Historic Montpelier: Enjoy a private tour for ten at James Madison’s Montpelier followed by wine, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres on the front portico. Toast your friends while looking at the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains, the same view James and Dolley Madison would have experienced! Visit the award-winning Mere Distinction of Colour Exhibit and hike the nine miles of trails, including the largest landmark forest in the Piedmont.

Dinner and an Evening of Laughter: Dine at one of Charlottesville’s favorite restaurants, The Ivy Inn. Following dinner, join us for a night of laughs with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood – Scared Scriptless! Plan to join the event festivities pre-show and during intermission in The Paramount’s premiere Suzanne Jessup Brooks Founders Suite.

Host the Iconic Party of 2019 at The Paramount: Host your next special occasion at The Paramount in one of our private rooms for up to 100 guests. Everything from a holiday party, graduation party, corporate event, wedding, baby shower, or birthday party is perfect for this breathtaking venue. Subject to Theater’s availability.

Private Gourmet Dinner for Ten in Your Home by Harvest Moon: Treat yourself to a private dinner in your home for you and nine guests. The Harvest Moon head chef will put your kitchen to work and take you on a culinary adventure in your own home. See what is on the horizon in high-end gastronomy with a custom meal designed exclusively for you and your friends. Date and time to be mutually agreed upon.

The Ultimate in Taste! Bourbon and Cuffs: Enjoy the ultimate gentlemen’s night out on the Downtown Mall in Alton Lane’s posh 2nd story store front. Invite seven of your friends to join you for a custom shirt sizing evening while enjoying a bourbon tasting. Each attendee will select the cut, fabric, and custom tailoring of their shirt of choice, from casual wear to a more formal fit.

 “Simple Flowers” by local artist Sarah Trundle: Gaze adoringly for years to come at local artist Sarah Trundle’s original “Simple Flowers.” This piece is a 20”x16”x1.5” acrylic on canvas framed in a natural floater frame.

Natural Retreats Vacation of Your Dreams in Palm Springs, CA: Enjoy a relaxing four night stay at “Contemporary Dreams,” an elegant vacation villa in the desert oasis of Palm Springs, California. Surrounded by the Indian Canyons and the sixth fairway of a premier golf course, “Contemporary Dreams” seamlessly blends luxury indoor and outdoor spaces, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large outdoor living area with a private pool, spa, and manicured grounds. Subject to a mutually agreed upon date in 2019.

Family Day Out in Downtown Charlottesville: Introduce the littles in your life to the incredible experiences on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall! On March 3, “travel” to Paris as the Richmond Symphony Orchestra takes The Paramount’s audience on a trip into the fantastic wonderland of the classic Story of Babar. Enjoy a full day of fun with a pre-show lunch at The Nook, and a post-show ice cream at Chaps!

Stock Your Wine Cellar: Complete your personal wine cellar with a collection of fine wines! Each bottle is valued at $75 or more, including a bottle of Chateau, Canon-la-Garreliere Premier Grand Cru Classe, 2014; La Reine Des Bois, Domain de la Mardoree, 2016; and a three liter bottle of Malbec Reserva of ReNacer Top New World Wines.

Be a Star in the Star City: Enjoy two weekend nights in a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment on the top floor of the Boxley Building in Downtown Roanoke. With all the sights Roanoke has to offer, it will be hard to choose how to spend your time! Package includes tickets to The Director’s Box for a show at Mill Mountain Theatre and passes to Center in the Square. Grab lunch or dinner only a few blocks away at Alexander’s, Newab Indian, or Hotel Roanoke. Valid for one year and subject to mutually agreeable dates.

“Live your best” with a one-year full gym membership from ACAC: Kick-off the New Year with a great fitness experience. Enjoy the state-of-the-art equipment and numerous fitness and wellness classes at any one of ACAC’s locations throughout Charlottesville.

Staycation Amidst the Vines at Ben-Coolyn Farm in Keswick: Idyllic escape for a couple or a group of friends. This beautiful restored farm estate is surrounded by lush gardens. Breathtakingly beautiful!