LOTS OF INTEREST
The silent and live auctions at NYIT’s Gold Coast Classic offer something for everybody. In addition to exclusive wine and dining experiences from some of the world’s most renowned vineyards and chefs, there are also auctions for fans of sports, entertainment, travel, and fashion, among others. Below are just a few highlights of Gold Coast auction lots from past years.
A Suite Deal. NYIT graduate Jim Geoghan (B.F.A. ’69), executive producer of the top-rated Disney shows, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, offered bidders a chance to visit a live taping as well as enjoy dinner with the crew.
Dinner with NYIT’s First Couple. In 2011, President Guiliano and his wife, Mireille, invited guests into their home for a six-course dinner prepared by renowned chef Michael Lomonaco.
A Tuscan Adventure. This seven-night vacation package in Cortona, Italy, offered bidders a chance to stay at Casa Della Nonna, a gorgeous home tucked away in the heart of the Tuscan hills and the setting of Frances Mayes’ book, Under the Tuscan Sun. The lot also included “white glove” concierge service, a tour of the local countryside, and meals prepared by a local Cortona chef.
That’s a Big Bottle. One of the traditions of the Gold Coast Classic is opening the live auction with the Methuselah six-liter, pre-chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne (above). With a wave of her numbered paddle, Board of Trustees Chair Linda Davila (B.S. ’78) jumpstarts the action as bids come pouring in. “I particularly enjoy this as I immediately share it and toast the honored guests of the evening,” she says. “Plus, it sets the tone for bidding.”
Pinstripe Dreams. One auction lot gave two lucky sports fans the opportunity to tour the new Yankee Stadium, including a walk on the field, a visit to Monument Park and the locker room, and spectacular seats to a game. Another lot offered seats to Opening Day at the first game held in the new stadium as well as tickets to the 2009 Yankees Homecoming Dinner and a signed Derek Jeter jersey.
Fashionably Great. Naeem Khan, one of the biggest names in fashion whose designer dresses are worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Kim Cattrall, offered to create a handmade, one-of-a-kind dress to the winner of this auction lot.