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Spring Gala & Fundraiser

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 AOV Spring Gala & Fundraiser 

to benefit the village of Yaw Tenkorang, Ghana

Special Guest MC/Auctioneer
Emmy award winning SportsNet New York analyst
and former New York Jets QB
Ray Lucas

June 1st, 2012
7:00 PM
Short Hills Club
9-37 Lake Shore Drive
Short Hills, New Jersey


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Auction Offerings

1.      Coffee Lovers

Value: $120

Get your caffeine fix with this package.  First, enjoy a variety of coffee from Green Mountain Coffee in you new mugs.  When you are on the go, you can fill up your new Starbucks cold cup with your gift cards to Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.  You know you need this!

2.      Laughs and Drinks

Value:  $300

Need a cocktail and a good laugh?  Double date or bring 3 friends to Manhattan for a fun night out.  Start the night at Copia Lounge on E53rd Street for a drink or two and then head to Dangerfield’s Comedy club on 1st Avenue for a night of laughter and fun.  This package includes gift a certificate to Copia Lounge and admission for four.

3.      A Royal Feast for the Family

Value $240

Step back in time and enjoy a family outing to Medieval Times Dinner Theater in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.   You will not need to remind your kids about table manners here!  Enjoy watching knights battle and wenches serving you authentic medieval food.  This package includes admission and dinner for four.

4.      Romance is in the Air

Value: $400

Enjoy as staycation with a weekend night stay at the Hotel Westminster in Livingston, NJ and begin your night with a lovely bottle of champagne.  Head out on the town and enjoy an intimate dinner with wonderful views at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ.  You don’t have to travel too far to have a romantic night with your loved one.

5.      Sweetheart Adventure

Value:  $200

Why go on the same old date when you could explore your wild side on the Lehigh River Gorge.  Pack up your blanket, a couple bottles of wine in your neoprene wine tote and some gourmet snacks.  Head to the whitewater and then enjoy a lovely picnic with your sweetheart. This package includes whitewater rafting for two.

6.      Step Out in Style

Value: $500

Spring is here and that means it is time for new accessories.  The Coach CHT Tatrsal Shopper has it all, great colors, a bright pink interior and all of the room you need to run your errands in style.  Also included is a beautiful Coach copper envelope wallet that will make a statement with any bag and in any season.

7.      Nothing but Prada

Value: $730

Wear Prada every chance you get with these wonderful accessories.  Classic style is yours with this Prada Portafoglio Portamon black zipper wallet.  Then complete any look with these Prada “Timeless Heritage” oval sunglasses.  Ciao Bella!

8.      Put your Feet Up in Style

Value: $550

This unique and richly colored ottoman will be the focal point of any room.  Enjoy this lovely addition to the décor of your home donated by Shala in Millburn, NJ.

9.      Entertain in Style

Value:  $325

Need to make a statement at your next dinner party?  This platter and bowl will make any meal fun.  Donated by Shala in Millburn, NJ.

10.  Caribbean and Comedy

Value: $300

Mojitos anyone?  Laughs?   Here you get both!  Enjoy an authentic Cuban dinner at Victor’s Café on W52nd Street in NYC – a lively and delicious meal.   Then head to Chicago City Limits comedy club for some laughs.  This perfect night on the town includes dinner and tickets for four.

11.  A Touch of Gold

Value: $260

Turn heads in this collection of beautiful gold jewelry.  Mix and match two necklaces, one bracelet and a pair of earrings to accessories your favorite summer clothes.  Lia Sophia is known for their fun and affordable jewelry.  Update your wardrobe today!

12.  Silver Lining

Value: $260

Need a touch of sparkle?  Want to brighten up any outfit?  Enjoy this collection of silver jewelry from Lia Sophia.  Fun, flirty and just for you.   This collection includes a necklace, three bracelets and a pair of earrings.

13.  Serve.

Value: $2500

If you have ever dreamed about making a difference in the world, then journey with AOV to the beautiful country of Ghana.  Join us on our next serving trip on January 18 – 27, 2013.  This offering includes airfare, lodging, meals and local transportation.  More importantly it includes the opportunity to change lives.

14.  Salsa with Style

Value: $175

Who doesn’t want to shake it across the dance floor?  Here is your opportunity.  Enjoy 3 two hour private Salsa lessons with Jonathon Maldonado a dancer with Ballet Hispanico.

15.  MMA – The Basics (Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu)

Value: $130

Learn the physical principles of self-defense pioneered by MMA Master Renzo Gracie. All Stars’ unique training program will teach you everything from the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu to self-defense and advanced techniques used by the pros.  Train free for 30 days at All Star Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / Mixed Martial Arts in Kenilworth NJ.

16.  Spring Skin Care

Value:  $145

Do wonders for your skin with this is the Ultimate Miracle Set from Mary Kay.  It includes a cleanser, moisturizer and a day and night solution that will exfoliate, moisturize and energize your skin.  Head off on vacation looking great and bring your products in this convenient roll up travel bag.  Everyone will love your youthful glow.

17.  Summer Style

Value: $650

Step out in style with these great designer accessories.  You will turn heads with this Kate Spade Solar Medium Raelin tote and Mikas Pond Lacey Zip wallet.  Stay cool with this chic Ralph Lauren wide rimmed sun hat and finish the look with this season’s new nail colors from Deborah Lipman and Chanel Lip Gloss.

18.  Customized for Him

Value: $565

Stylish and impeccable, custom shirts for the man in your life.  Give him the experience of choosing the style, fabric and look that works best for him and complement this look with these unique cufflinks by David Donahue.

19.  Fitness Adventure

Value:  $1295

Feeling adventurous?  Want to jumpstart your fitness routine?  Head to Costa Rica for a one week adventure of a lifetime.  Enjoy 7 nights at the luxurious Casa del las Brisas, 2 gourmet meals daily, sunrise boot camp, sunset yoga and the choice of three adventure activities.  This package does not include airfare.

20.  Texas Weekend Hunt

Value: $2,500

Call on your hidden cowboy and head to the Lone Star State for a long weekend hunt (Thursday night through Sunday).  You and a guest will fly from Newark to San Antonio and head south to a 2,000 acre ranch in Brackettville, Texas.  Bunk in a beautiful 3 bedroom ranch house, comfortable and fully equipped along with your host and guide. Enjoy two days of deer and hog hunting with an experienced guide, relax by campfire or search the acres for a variety of Texas wildlife (including rattlesnakes). Meals are provided and include a genuine Mexican feast prepared by a local cook.  Guns and hunting license provided by host.  Trip will take place on a Thursday—Sunday during mid-November 2012 to Mid-January 2013.  Date to be mutually agreed upon.

21.  Family Photos

Value: $360

Karen Alquist is the kind of photographer whose portraits capture the personalities and true essence of her clients. She is a natural light photographer and uses natural light and backgrounds to create images of spontaneous moments. This package includes a full photo session at a location of your choice as well as an 8×10 picture. Additional photos will be available for purchase if desired.

22.  Custom Necklace

Value: $100+

This 30-inch necklace is made up of sterling silver components and each section is hand wrapped.  The center piece of the necklace is a large, glass bead which was hand-made by the women living in the village of Abetifi-Kwahu .  It, along with the tube and semi-circle beads, was received as a gift from the women of Abetifi-Kwahu. Glass, wooden, and crystal beads add additional color and light to the necklace.

23.  Custom Oil Painting by Nagy entitled “Sleeping Babies”

Value: $500+

Nagy is a sculptor and (mostly figurative) painter who lives in New Jersey and whose work is collected worldwide. An artist with a distinctively unique style, Nagy captures the emotions and sometimes bizarre, comical and haunting expressions of the human condition.  Nagy’s work sells for thousands and tens of thousands of dollars worldwide.  This painting is based on a photo from one of AOV’s trips of a child from Yaw Tenkorang.

24.  Custom Oil Painting by Nagy entitled “Cutting the Coconut”

Value: $500+

Nagy is a sculptor and (mostly figurative) painter who lives in New Jersey and whose work is collected worldwide. An artist with a distinctively unique style, Nagy captures the emotions and sometimes bizarre, comical and haunting expressions of the human condition.  Nagy’s work sells for thousands and tens of thousands of dollars worldwide.  This painting is based on a photo of one of AOV’s volunteers working in Ghana.

25.  NJ Theater Night (Harvest Moon Brewery $100)

Value: TBD

26.  Golf

Value: TBD

27.  Major League Baseball


Enjoy these two tickets to see the Mets play the Orioles. The game is June 18th at 7pm at Shea Stadium.

28.  Pittsburg Steelers vs. New York Jets

Value: $600

Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery is donating two tickets from the player’s pool of tickets to the Steelers vs. Jets. The game will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2012. This game will be played at beautiful Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. An autographed football is included as well.

29.  Indulge and Relax

Value: $200

Retreat to the spa without venturing too far from home.  Head to the Short Hills Hilton for a treatment or two at Eforea Spa, enjoy lunch by the relaxing indoor pool and a well-deserved break from the normal routine.