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Rock Chalk Jayhawk Basketball!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk Basketball!

Six tickets and a parking pass for a Jayhawk Conference game.

These tickets are three rows up from the floor across from the KU bench! Before the game, enjoy dinner for six, then head to the legendary Allen Fieldhouse for college basketball at its finest. Spend the night in deluxe rooms at the Oread Hotel and wake up to enjoy breakfast for six at the Levee Café before heading home.

Package Particulars

Six single game tickets to KU vs. West Virginia on January 4, 2020

One parking pass

$200 Certificate for dinner at The Oread

Three rooms—two Deluxe King and one Premiere King—at The Oread

$80 Certificate for breakfast at The Levee Café

Thank you to Fee Insurance for providing this experience!

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience for Four

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience for Four

This is for you, Bourbon Lovers!

Welcome to the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Here’s your passport for four to the world’s greatest Bourbon--legendary distilleries just waiting to share their historic craft, timeless secrets and proud traditions of Kentucky’s signature spirit.

During your eight-hour excursion you will enjoy a sampling of iconic distillery tours and tastings on what’s known as the “South Route” of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Your personal tour leader will share interesting history and knowledge as you sit back and enjoy the ride and the beautiful scenery.

Stitzel-Weller Private Tour & Tasting—Your tour starts when your tour leader arrives at the hotel with a luxury SUV to take your party of four in style to your first stop. Originally opened on Derby Day in 1935, Stitzel-Weller is home to Bulleit Bourbon, a Diageo brand of KY Straight Bourbon Whiskey that is characterized by its high rye content and aged for at least six years.

Maker's Mark Tour & Tasting--Maker's Mark is a beautiful distillery, nestled along Whisky Creek. The tour explores the distillery and warehouses and ends in a well-appointed tasting room. Each of you will receive a bottle of Maker’s Mark to hand-dip in their iconic red wax. Maker’s Mark has one of the most recognizable package designs in the liquor industry. If you place two bottles side by side, you will notice that the wax seal is never the same. That’s because each bottle is hand dipped by distillery staff to create the trademark tendrils of wax that drip down the sides. Bring your bottle home to show your friends!

Lunch for four--Enjoy lunch in historic Bardstown, listed as one of the 100 Best Small Towns in America and known for its southern charm.

Jim Beam Tour & Tasting—Jim Beam is one of the largest distilleries in the world and the #1 bourbon in the world. They claim if they stopped production today, they have enough bourbon aging in their warehouses to meet demand for the next twenty years. Brands include Jim Beam Straight Bourbon, Booker's, Baker's, Basil Hayden, Knob Creek, Devil's Cut, Old Tub, Red Stag, Jim Beam Honey and Knob Creek Smoked Maple. Enjoy a tour of the distillery, warehouse, bottling line, and a small museum of commemorative decanters. Enjoy your ride back to the hotel after a full day on The Bourbon Trail.

Should you prefer to customize your day’s itinerary, the driver and vehicle are at your disposal for eight consecutive hours. Driver’s gratuity included. You must be 21 to participate in the tastings but guests of all ages are welcome on the tours.


Package Particulars

Airfare is not included.

A travel concierge is provided to plan all the details

Stitzel-Weller Distillery Exclusive Before Hours Tour and Tasting of Bulleit Bourbon for 4

Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour, Tasting for 4 and Bottles to Dip in Wax

Lunch for 4 in Bardstown

Jim Beam Distillery Tour and Tasting for 4

Private Custom Experience in a Luxury SUV

3-night stay in 2 standard guest rooms at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, or comparable in Louisville

Blackouts: Derby Week and Bourbon Festival

Private Dinner for Eight  at Clayworks

Private Dinner for Eight at Clayworks

Combine a five-star food experience with fine wine, live music, and an art experience in Hutchinson’s most beautiful new venue and you truly will have an evening like no other.

You’ve likely heard of Elderslie Farm, the amazing Farm to Table dining experience in Kechi, KS. This package brings Elderslie Farm Chef, Katharine Elder, to Hutchinson, to create the perfect meal for you and seven of your friends. Picture yourself seated at the chef’s station in the beautiful Clayworks kitchen where you’ll watch Katharine prepare the perfect appetizer course while you enjoy expertly paired wine. For dinner, move to the intimate setting at the beautiful dining table—also an Elderslie Farm creation of hand crafted inlayed black walnut. With dinner—more wine and live music provide by the Ken White Trio.

Following dinner, you’ll move into the CosmoWorks room for a pre-dessert activity as Clayworks artists teach you how to make a clay creation of your very own to commemorate the evening. The evening will conclude with one of Katharine’s signature desserts, but not until after you’ve had a chance to spend time in the galleries and enjoy more music and conversation.


Package Particulars

Dining Experience for 8 at Claywork —12th & Main in Hutchinson

Wine pairings with each course

Live music provided by the Ken White Trio

A set of Riedel wine glasses to take home

Art experience and a commemorative creation of your own

Thank you to Rick Staab, Jim and Barbara Nunns and Bob and Kris Peel for providing this experience!

Group Getaway to Red Lodge, Montana — Big Sky Country!

Group Getaway to Red Lodge, Montana — Big Sky Country!

Gather your group of 12 family members or friends to experience a week in a pristine wilderness setting in the comfort of a beautiful log home.

This home is just one and a half hours away from Yellowstone National Park. It is adjacent to the Custer National Forest where a short hike takes you to a secluded creek that tumbles down Mt. Maurice. The Beartooth Highway, dubbed by Charles Kuralt as “the most beautiful highway in America,” runs just down the mountain from the cabin. Follow the highway through some of the most spectacular views imaginable to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone and experience everything from the famous Artist’s Point to Old Faithful in an easy day trip.

The home’s five bedrooms and three baths easily accommodate 12 guests, but the availability of an additional futon, sleeper sofas and a daybed enable it to sleep 18. (Additional charges apply.)

As part of your experience, you are invited to enjoy a chef-prepared three to four-course meal (you choose the menu) delivered to the cabin’s kitchen so you can have one evening at home without the burden of even lighting the grill. (Red Lodge has more great restaurants per capita than any other town in Montana, so you won’t be at a loss for dining opportunities if you want to eat out!) You can also choose one more experience for your group—either whitewater rafting or horseback riding for 12 is included in the package.

The owner will help you plan the details and can offer recommendations that will help ensure this is the trip of a lifetime.

Package Particulars

Six nights for 12 guests ($70 per person for each additional guest up to a maximum of 18 people.)

Owner concierge service for trip planning

Chef prepared meal scheduled for one evening and delivered to cabin

Choice of either horseback riding or whitewater rafting excursion

Check in at 3 p.m. Sunday. Check out at 11 a.m. Saturday

Restrictions: Airfare is not included. The cabin is open from early May to late October.  Booking dates are subject to availability and must be selected within 90 days of purchase. A property use agreement must be signed prior to stay.

Costa Rica Escape

Costa Rica Escape

Escape for a week with your closest friends or family to a luxurious villa nestled in the tropical mountains of the beautiful Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica.

This exquisite villa offers breath-taking panoramic views of Playa Hermosa’s nearby beach and surrounding tropical canopy. The 6500 sq. ft main villa features three king bedrooms, and a fourth bedroom with two queen-sized beds. Each air-conditioned bedroom has a private en suite bathroom, and the master bathroom features a four-person infra-red sauna.

Inside the villa, you’ll find a chef’s kitchen, a gym, and beautifully appointed gathering areas. You won’t stay inside for long when outdoor amenities include a covered terrace with a fire pit, a 30 ft. salt mineral infinity pool with a swim up bar, an elevated sun deck with loungers and a full outdoor kitchen.

Guanacaste’s Playa Hermosa offers one of the best maintained beaches in the country, snatching up the prestigious “Blue Flag” award (given to beaches that exceed standards in environmental safety, and management policies). The beach itself is over two kilometers long.

But Playa Hermosa is more than just crystal blue waters on a relaxed beach cove. For those individuals looking for adventure, area tourist companies offer various rentals such as kayaks, canoes, catamarans, windsurfing, jet skis, and water bikes.


Package Particulars

7 days exclusive use of private villa for up to 10 guests. (See details below for larger groups.)

Exclulsive use of all available villa amenities (wifi, 80” LED Smart TV, XBOX and more)

Chef service for six days (Cost of food and gratuity extra)

Concierge for pre-arrival assistance and planning for entire stay

Sleeping arrangements in Main Villa: Four bedrooms (each with en-suite bathroom). Three king bedrooms; one bedroom with two queen beds. Extra daybed in main villa can sleep two children.


Optional Extras (available at an additional cost)

Airport transfers from Liberia Airport (LIR)

Private chauffeur & transportation during stay

Food & Beverage provisioning service

Daily Housekeeping

Private massages

Group yoga on terrace

Variety of day trips and activities such as golf, rainforest canopy zipline tours, surfing & private surfing lessons, hiking, kayaking, river rafting, saltwater fishing, whale watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding and more.


Option for additional guests:

The rate per additional guest above the 10 included, is $75 per night per guest plus 13% CR sales tax

If there are more than 10 guests, a chef’s assistant fee of $250 is required.

Extra guests can stay in a separate two-bedroom guest house, which has two bedrooms with queen beds and private bathrooms.


Restrictions: Airfare is not included. Valid for two years from date of purchase. Winning bidders can book any available week during this timeframe except the following blackout periods: 2nd week in January; 2nd week in February; weeks of Christmas, New Years and Easter. Bookings are handled on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability at time of booking.

Sunset on Mykonos

Sunset on Mykonos

A seven-night escape to Greece for eight.

Blue domed churches, traditional whitewashed buildings and flowered pergolas...the island of Mykonos, located in the center of the Cyclades islands, has one of the most cosmopolitan and energetic atmospheres of Greece.

You’ll be awe struck by the exceptional sunsets, get lost in the narrow stone paved streets and enjoy the spectacular view from Little Venice. Shop at the many elegant boutiques and experience the nightlife in full Greek style popping in and out of the typical bars and cafes. Last, but not least, soak up the warm rays on beautiful beaches and swim in the crystalline waters that define Mykonos as a “must” vacation destination.

Spend seven nights at a gorgeous villa for up to 8 people. Every day will begin with breakfast and maid service, and you will have one dinner in the privacy of your villa, following a fun cooking class where you will make and sample traditional Greek dishes!

Your 4-bedroom, 4 bathroom villa features typical Myconian décor and will be the focal point of your weeklong stay. The villa itself is equipped with all the modern conveniences and will be an ideal spot to relax after a full day exploring the island. Spectacular sea views from both the villa and the swimming pool will be the perfect backdrop.

One evening will include a cooking class from your very own private Chef who will take you on a culinary journey, teaching you the secrets of Greek cuisine. You’ll create delicious, traditional dishes using fresh, local ingredients and then feast on your creations!

Each day will begin with breakfast prepared with seasonal, local ingredients and daily maid service means you can enjoy your stay with ease and comfort. A personal concierge will also be at your disposal to design experiences to satisfy your every need and request. Opa!


Package Particulars

Seven (7) nights stay (from Saturday to Saturday) for eight (8) people in a Greek Villa in Mykonos

Daily maid service

Chef prepared breakfast in villa each morning

One cooking class with Greek dinner

Private sunset boat tour with dinner on board

A staff member to help with planning before and during your stay


Restrictions: Airfare and ground transportation not included. The stay must be reserved by 11/26/19 at the latest or the package is no longer valid. The stay must be within a one-year window from the event date.

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 Cosmosphere 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.

Review the list of wines included and see them for yourself on the observation deck prior to the live auction.

Please note: During the event, the Instant Wine Cellar will be on display on the Observation Deck (Upper Level) where a complete listing of all the wines is available.


Package Particulars:

100 bottles of a variety of top-rated wine

Cosmosphere will deliver the wine to your home

Donated by Cosmosphere Members

Tuscany home for 10 with a Private Chef!

Tuscany home for 10 with a Private Chef!

Tuscany home for 10 with a Private Chef!

“Vacation in a renaissance painting…”

Your group of 10 will enjoy privacy, serenity and spectacular views in a 16th century home immersed in an oasis of natural beauty.  This is the perfect experience for families and friends, a romantic getaway, and an ideal retreat.

For one week, you will enjoy the surrounding countryside which offers stunning valley and mountain views, many walking trails, an exquisite pool, and hundreds of miles of country roads for bicycling or touring by car. Here you will get a taste of the traditions and customs, while enjoying breathtaking views over Cortona’s mountains and valley, in the utmost of privacy.

You will live like Etruscan Royalty, as you will have a private cook for the entire week prepare your breakfast each morning and spectacular dinners every evening featuring amazing dishes and the food is included!  Each time you sit at the table will become a memorable experience in itself!  Here you will taste the real flavors of Tuscany’s traditional food.  On one of your days, we have even arranged for a cooking class, with your cook.  This class is not only about executing recipes, but you will discover the authentic traditional Tuscan cooking the way that it was in the past, when families were self-sufficient thanks to their own farms.

Complete your adventure with a private wine tour in the charming countryside of Cortona where you will learn the secrets behind some of the world’s finest wines.  Afterward, you will have the exclusive opportunity to join the vineyards’ owner for lunch at his private home. 

Once here, you will not want to leave!

Restrictions: Airfare not included. Travel must be booked within one month of the Auction and must be completed by 10/26/20. Booking is based on availability, the week must be reserved within one month of the auction and the months of July and August are not available for booking. The offer is good for one year from time of purchase. There is no refund for unattended or guest-canceled services.


Package Particulars:

Seven days and seven nights accommodations for 10 people near Cortona, Italy

Breakfasts and dinners provided daily by a private chef (food included)

A cooking class in the art of authentic Tuscan cooking

Exclusive private wine tour in Montpulciano

Daily Maid Service

Concierge Service and Travel Assistant