Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

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A Villa in Bordeaux, France

A Villa in Bordeaux, France

An amazing villa, incredible wine tasting,
and more for eight in Bordeaux, France!

If you’ve dreamed of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to France, where you can stay in an absolutely luxurious villa within walking distance to the finest restaurants and most beautiful chateaus in all of France, the stars have truly aligned for you tonight!

Your dream begins in the RARECAT Villa, nestled in the heart of St. Emilion. The accommodations match the quality and experience afforded by a five-star hotel, but it’s so much better because the entire beautiful villa is yours to enjoy! Each of the four custom-designed bedrooms features an en suite bathroom and the finest in luxury accouterments. As you walk through the villa, you will find yourself surrounded by 18th and 19th century antiques and beautiful original artwork.

When you do choose to leave, you will find you are within a ten minute walk to any of three Michelin starred restaurants, numerous wine shops, and more than 50 absolutely beautiful chateaux.

The Villa stay includes an English-speaking concierge who will meet you at arrival and provide a list of recommended regional points of interest and help with restaurant reservations.

For the wine lover, the most incredible experience of the trip will be the VIP wine tours. Over two or three days as you choose, you will have a private tour guide provide the following wine encounters as only the Bordeaux region can provide:  a visit to one first growth (Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Lafitte Rothschild, Latour, Yquem, Haut Brion) and two or three visits to second through fourth growth such as Pichon Logueville, Pichon Comtesse, Ducru Beaucaillou, Cos d’Estournel, Leoville Barton, Rauzan Segla, Kirwan, Langoa Barton, Palmer, La Laguna, Pontet Canet, Calon Segur, Gisours, d’Issan and classified growths in Medoc or Grave. Also included is a barrel tasting and lunch with the family and chateaux heads of the Brotherhood of Hospitaliers of Pomerol; a vertical tasting at Troplong Mondot, premiere grande cru; a cellar tasting with top St Emilion sommelier and a guided tour of one of St Emilion’s most historic chateaux, the Couvent de Jacobin.

St. Emilion is 40km east of Bordeaux and central to Bordeaux’s world-class wine region. St. Emilion is considered one of France’s most cherished villages with a history dating back to pre-Roman times. It was the first UNESCO village in France due to its historic importance, buildings and wine production. Don’t miss this opportunity!

For a nominal additional fee, the staff will also help you arrange for a private chef, private cooking lessons, walking tours and chateaux visits.

Restrictions: Dates based on availability.

Package Particulars:

Four bedrooms with en suite bathroom and king or queen bed with luxury bed linens

Professional-grade kitchen

Pool and BBQ

Air-conditioning and sub-floor heating

Two-sided fireplace


Donated by Sharon Kazan Harris, RARECAT Wines & Villa.

Sharon not only has she graciously offered her Villa to the Cosmosphere, but she will also be collaborating with the Cosmosphere on its next wine label!

Bali – The Tropical Trip of a Lifetime!

Bali – The Tropical Trip of a Lifetime!

Private Boutique Villa Experience for up to 12 people in Cepaka, Bali

From its immaculate, elegant interior to the extraordinary service, this award-winning boutique villa takes the 5-star hotel experience to the next level. The villa offers everything you would expect from the world’s finest hotels, with the added bonus of privacy and exclusivity.  It’s perfect for families or friends on holiday together.

Your group of 12 will be accommodated in five King pool-side suites and the sixth in an outdoor leisure pavilion. There are seven en-suite bathrooms, complete with tropical open-air showers.

The staff-to-guest ratio is amazing and the customer service philosophy is benchmarked against the most exclusive boutique chains in the world.  The accommodations are lavish, the cuisine is decadent and the service is exceptional.  This is truly an escape of distinction -- exclusive, sophisticated and nothing short of magical.

Terms: Available for bookings year-round, except for the following premium timeframes: Week of Easter, July & August, December 15-January 15. To book an available week during any of the above mentioned timeframes, an additional US $1,300 surcharge will apply. Bookings are handled on a first-come, first-served basis  subject to availability. Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Restrictions: Winning bidders are expected to reserve their week at the Villa within 30 days of purchase. Bookings work on a first come first served basis, and are subject to availability. Cost of food and ingredients to prepare all non-included meals. Fuel used for chauffeured vehicles during stay. *Fees for in-house yoga and spa treatments are not included. Mandatory gratuity of US $550.


Package Particulars:

Pre-arrival guest preference and booking/planning service

Airport transfers in two, 7-seater chauffeured vehicles

Concierge service during stay to arrange all bookings, tours, cruises, etc.

Including comprehensive villa staff of 14, includes chefs and spa therapists*

Evening canapes on your first night

Daily full breakfasts (a la carte). Other meals charged at cost of ingredients

Unlimited bottled waters in rooms and dining areas

All day imported teas and Bali’s famous local coffee

Chopard natural bathroom products

Room service twice daily including turn down during dinner

Laundry and pressing service

24-hour Butler Service

Drive/tour guide for up to 8 hours a day

Paradise in Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas!

Paradise in Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas!

Calm, turquoise waters and soft, powdery sand await your group of eight for one-week in paradise.

This breathtaking 4,000 sq ft home with 2,600 sq ft of outdoor luxury overlooks turquoise waters and surrounding cays from one of the highest elevations on Great Exuma Island. This beautiful 4 BR, 4 1/2 Bath luxury home, is so exquisite you will never want to leave.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the owners’ staff and treated to a privately guided boat excursion to acquaint you with Great Exuma’s hidden beaches and wonders. You’ll receive first-hand, local knowledge, including tips to make your island visit unforgettable. We know you can’t get enough of these turquoise waters … so, the boat (and captain!) are yours to use for the entire week enjoying all the fun these exquisite waters offer! The owners’ will also share their “insider’s guide” to the island… where to buy fish, how to find the perfect beach, the friendliest tour guides, and access to the best local music!

To ease you into island life, the owner’s private cook will prepare your first evening’s dinner, a feast of locally caught seafood and Bahamian fare. With spiny lobster in the fridge, rum in the cabinet, private concierge service and housekeeping… all that’s left to do is relax! So, slip into the infinity pool or walk down to the beach for a swim in sapphire blue waters. You’ll have plenty of time to take in the island’s world-class fishing, ocean side championship golf course, coral snorkeling and barefoot lifestyle. Welcome to Great Exuma!

Insider tip…American Airlines and Delta offer one-stop jet service to Great Exuma.

Check out all the amazing pictures here.

Restrictions: Blackout dates: December 23, 2017-January 6th, 2018. Booking is handled on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to availability at the time of booking. Check in after 3 on Saturday and checkout by 11 a.m. the following Saturday. 8 person maximum. Children must be 12 and older. Airfare not included. Gas for the boat at the expense of the purchaser. Stay must be booked within 60 days of the auction. Expires August 26, 2018.

Package Particulars:

Four bedrooms include: one king, two queens and two twin beds

Boat is a 26 foot and the Captain is included

Dinner your first night (or another night if you choose) is included and arrangements can be made to have the service of your private chef for other meals as well

Silverado Resort and Spa  in Napa Valley, California

Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California

Golf, Wine and a Luxury Resort Experience
for four in Napa

Enjoy wine country from the lap of luxury!  You will experience a day of privately guided tours and tastings at three Napa wineries with Wine Concierge David Barber as your host. David, a great friend to the Cosmosphere, has personal relationships with Napa’s boutique wineries and can provide a tasting tour unlike any other Napa has to offer! He will choose three of his favorite experiences to share with you.

Fill your other day with an unforgettable round of golf for four on one of the two championship Silverado courses designed by PGA Hall of Famer, Johnny Miller.

And after days filled with excitement like that, you’ll be ready to unwind with a spa treatment The Spa at Silverado thanks to the spa certificate included.

Silverado Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in the heart of the Napa Valley Wine Country. Located just an hour north of San Francisco, it’s tucked away from the city while still in close proximity to all the excitement the Bay area has to offer. The two guest rooms in this package will be exquisite, but as you can tell by the other benefits of this package, you may not get to spend much time in your room!

Restrictions: Does not include airfare or ground transportation. Must be booked by August 26, 2018.

Package Particulars:

Two Rooms for two nights at the Silverado Resort and Spa

One day of touring three wineries with your personal wine guide and concierge, David Barber

One Round of golf for four at the Silverado Resort

Spa Certificate for $300 in services (will be made available when booking dates are chosen)

Donated by: John Evans, Silverado Resort & Spa

Facilitated by: David Barber, Raising for a Purpose

Soar to New Heights  in Albuquerque!

Soar to New Heights in Albuquerque!

This weekend trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and Unser Racing Museum for four guests promises to satisfy your adventuresome spirit!

Start your weekend as day breaks and thousands of hot air balloons cast a glow as they rise into the New Mexico sky.  You won’t just enjoy that beauty from below. Your experience will defy gravity as you become part of the incredible airborne spectacle. You’ll have to decide what is more amazing—the view of the incredible balloons as you ascend, or the landscape below. Your VIP treatment continues with access to the hospitality tents for food and refreshments and more! But your fabulous weekend isn’t limited to the Fiesta!

After taking in the balloons, get moving a bit faster at the Unser Racing Museum.  Enjoy a private tour of the museum with Al Unser Sr.—winner of four Indianapolis 500-Mile Races and three National Championships. Enjoy a private lunch with the Unser family and the gift of autographed memorabilia…we’re guessing this is a great photo opportunity as well!

During the weekend you’ll be staying at the amazing Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm—one of the finest accommodations in the Albuquerque area! On your last evening, with the 25-acre organic farm and lavender fields as a backdrop, your group will experience a personalized gourmet meal prepared by a James Beard nominated chef in the brand new Los Poblanos restaurant.

Restrictions: Only available on dates provided and airfare and ground transportation are not included.

Package Particulars:

Friday, October 6–Sunday, October 8

Four All Session hospitality passes

Four parking passes

16 All-session Balloon Fiesta passes

Dates and times of balloon rides to be determined via Cosmosphere

Unser Museum tour to be arranged through Cosmosphere

Accommodations include two king rooms for two nights. Check-in at Inn on Oct. 6, check-out on Oct. 8. Any dietary restrictions/preferences should be clearly communicated to Cosmosphere for Los Poblanos dinner on Oct.7.

Donated by the members of the Cosmosphere Governing Board and Cosmosphere Foundation Board

Beaver Creek Mountain, Colorado Escape

Beaver Creek Mountain, Colorado Escape

Two couples, or a family of six, will experience Rocky Mountain Renewal at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa nestled at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain for four unbelievable nights this ski season!

Grab your skis from the ski valet and jump on the Riverfront Express Gondola to experience the fun of Beaver Creek. From the gentle, manicured slopes of Bachelor Gulch, to the open intermediate trails of Larkspur and Rose Bowl and the steep bumps of Grouse Mountain, skiers and riders of all abilities will feel at home at Beaver Creek.

Home for your incredible stay is a two-bedroom, two-bath residence with views of the mountain and amenities including a full kitchen and living room with a fireplace. One king size room and one double queen, along with a sleeper sofa in the living room make this package an appealing getaway for couples or a family.

When not on the slopes, relax your tired muscles in the elegant comfort of what Condé Nast Traveler ranks as one of the “Top 25 Resort Spas” in the U.S.  We’ve arranged for you to take advantage of the Spa Anjali’s amazing treatments such as a Riverstone or Abhyanga massage.

And on one night during your stay, we’ve made special arrangements for you to indulge in the culinary delights of Mirabelle, a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star restaurant. This is what the Forbes overview of this delightful French Restaurant said about the Mirabelle in Beaver Creek,

“…The food at Mirabelle is just as magical. The kitchen offers sophisticated French food prepared with a modern sensibility. Signature dishes include Colorado lamb chops and roasted elk medallions with fruit compote. The house made ice cream is the perfect finish.”

Should skiing not be your thing, rest assured every season is spectacular in Beaver Creek! Golf the prestigious Beaver Creek golf course, bike or stroll along the Eagle River, cast a fly to wild trout, horseback ride or hike among the aspen trees surrounded by magnificent views.

Restrictions: No holidays. Reservations must be verified by the Owner Services department at Westin Riverfront in order to insure availability.

Package Particulars:

Four nights in a mountain view,
two-bedroom residence
overlooking the pool.

Accommodations: 1 king room;
1 double queen; 2 baths,
kitchen and living room

One $200 Spa Anjali certificate

One $400 Mirabelle Restaurant Certificate

Donated by Sharon Kimbell

Kansas’ Best Golf Experiences

Kansas’ Best Golf Experiences

Flint Hills National Golf Club and
Prairie Dunes Country Club for three guests!

Bob Peel will pick you up and take you to golf—twice!—at two of the country’s most amazing golf courses! You and your threesome will play Flint Hills National Golf Club one day, and Bob will return another day of your choosing to take you to Prairie Dunes Country Club. These coveted courses each are ranked in the top 20 courses in the United States by Golf Digest.

Prairie Dunes, designed by Perry Maxwell, was molded from the Kansas land using 18 horses and mules, Fresno scrapers and wheelbarrows. The first nine holes were opened on September 13, 1937. Twenty years later in 1957, The Dunes opened the second nine holes, designed by Perry Maxwell’s son. It has become a world renowned course and has been home to several major events including: the 2006 U.S. Senior Open, the 2014 Men’s NCAA Championship, and more! In 2013, Golf Digest ranked it #17 in the list of Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and #26 in the World.

Flint Hills National Golf Club is a private golf club unlike any other. Designed by Tom Fazio, Flint Hills has the mature, established look of a hundred year old course. And the service provided is that of a bygone era. Members and their guests experience a world of exceptional quality, beauty and privacy. Flint Hills National Golf Club has been ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s Top 100 Courses, as well as its Top 50 Golf Retreats. Most recently, Flint Hills National was selected as the 10th best golf resort in the United States.

Both these golf experiences can be yours, thanks to the generosity of a great host—Bob Peel, who will provide transportation, will be your escort for both rounds and provide lunch both days.

Restrictions: Dates subject to courses availability; golf dates must be booked by August 26th, 2018.

Package Particulars:

Green Fees for three players at Prairie Dunes and Flint Hills National

Professional caddie at Flint Hills

Both rounds escorted by Bob Peel

Pick up and transportation by Bob Peel

Lunch provided both days

Donated by Bob and Kris Peel

Celebrate American Wine and American Heroes

Celebrate American Wine and American Heroes

Exclusive Cosmosphere Moonwalker wine

The stars align tonight to bring you great wine with a label signed by great men—Alan Bean, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt—three of the Apollo Astronauts who walked on the Moon.

This package includes a three, six and nine liter bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, each of which is etched with the signatures of the three astronauts; and one Magnum bottle, which features a paper label with the actual signatures of Alan Bean and Charlie Duke!

As for the wine, it is a 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley—a barrel donated by Holman Cellars exclusively to the Cosmosphere. 

Jason Holman, of Holman Cellars says this about the vintage,

“While many Napa Cabs are juicy and ripe, this Cab was intentionally picked and vinified to last the test of time. High acid and lean, this cabernet boasts with red and black currants adorned with white pepper and a spicy long finish. Best to open these bottles in 51 years for the 100th anniversary!”

And this is what Trip Advisor says about Holman Cellars, a family run micro winery in Napa Valley,

“If you are looking for unique, exquisite wines in Napa, look no further than Holman Cellars…An enormous amount of knowledge, thought and creativity goes into each wine, and it shows.”

Don’t miss the chance to own the package that combines the best of wine with a celebration one of the finest achievements in our nation’s history!

Package Particulars:

One 1.5 liter bottle with a label featuring authentic signatures of Alan Bean and Charlie Duke

One 3 liter bottle with etched label

One 6 liter bottle with etched label

One 9 liter bottle with etched label


Special thanks to Jason Holman, David Barber and Bob Peel for making this incredible project possible.

A Dinner Party Like Nothing Else Under the Stars!

A Dinner Party Like Nothing Else Under the Stars!

Gather 30 of your friends and get together to enjoy cocktails and conversation in the presence of flown spacecraft, and a spectacular gourmet dinner beneath an SR-71 Blackbird with a dessert experience that will blow you away!

The Cosmosphere will provide an unforgettable evening for all. Start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beside the Apollo XIII Odyssey as Cosmosphere COO and President, Jim Remar shares stories of the museum’s artifacts. Then take your cocktails with you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cosmosphere. Dinner will be served under the SR-71 . And for dessert—a private show in the newly remodeled Dr. Goddard’s Lab!

Plan everything from the invitations to the menu with the Cosmosphere.

Restrictions: Date must be selected by December 31, 2017. Event must take place prior to August 26, 2018.

Package Particulars:

Food and fun for 30 adults

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails—including the signature
Cosmotinis and CosmoRitas!

Dinner under the fastest
plane on Earth

Dessert in Dr. Goddard’s Lab

All beverages and food provided by a professional caterer, and wait-staff is included in the package

Donated by
Commerce Bank, Hutchinson
Commerce Bank, Manhattan

Your hosts, Tom Giller of Commerce Bank Manhattan, and Dell Swearer of Commerce Bank Hutchinson, are members of the Cosmosphere Foundation Board.

Instant Wine Cellar

Instant Wine Cellar

Take home 100 bottles of wine, hand selected by Cosmosphere members.

A wine collection unlike any other has been created through the generosity of the members. This is a perfect way to expand your exposure to really great wine! Each bottle in this unique collection has earned a rating of 90 or above from Wine Spectator or a similar rating system, insuring each brings you a great taste experience.

At the centerpiece of this collection are a three-bottle set of 2013 Lewis Cellars Cuvee L Napa Valley Red (Wine Spectator Wine of the Year 2016, rated 95) and a three-bottle set of Darioush Darius II 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (92 points from Wine Enthusiast). These two sets alone are conservatively valued at just under $1,000!

The collection also includes a wide range of highly acclaimed reds and whites, including Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection 2013 (95); Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Margaret River 2012 (94); and Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Red Wine Walla Walla Valley 2013 (93). A complete listing of all the wines is available.

And to be sure your wine is always ready to serve at the perfect temperature we’ve included a 21 bottle wine cooler!

The winner of this package will surely want to share the bounty, so the package includes a wine tasting for 20 guests in your own home. The Town Club will provide hors d’oeuvres that are the perfect accompaniment to the wines you’d like to serve and the design divas at the Cosmosphere will help you stage the perfect party with just the right centerpieces and buffet design.

Restrictions: Wine tasting party must be scheduled by December 31, 2017

Please note: The Instant Wine Cellar is on display on the Observation Deck (Upper Level) around the Apollo Command Module Model.

Package Particulars:

100 bottles of a variety of
top-rated wine

NewAir 21-Bottle Dual Zone Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

Hors d’ oeuvres for 20 people provided by the Town Club
(menu to be determined with the package winner)

Party décor design by the Cosmosphere staff. Included will be the loan of lighting and centerpieces as needed.

Cosmosphere will deliver the wine and the cooler to your home

Donated by
Cosmosphere Members
and The Town Club

Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!

Great Basketball AND a Parking Pass
all Season Long!

You KU fans are going to be very happy to learn you have the chance to bid on four season tickets to KU basketball and the experience one can only have seated in Allen Fieldhouse. These four great seats are in section 8—a perfect view of great college basketball action!

Package Particulars:

Season tickets for four


Donated by
Marcia and Dick Cooper