High Desert Rendezvous – LIVE Auction Items
August 26, 2023
Tranquility in Central Oregon
Watch the snow fall, absorb gorgeous mountain views and relish in total
relaxation while staying in this elegant, four-bedroom home in rural Central
Oregon. Located on the Pitchfork T Ranch, this pristine, 250-acre estate
boasts vast farmland, a trout-stocked pond and unbeatable views of
the dramatic Cascade peaks. Perfectly suited for friends and family, this
spacious home sleeps 12 and includes a large main bedroom, bunk room,
separate casita, and an upstairs birds nest with a fold-out couch.
Available between January 2 and March 30, you have the chance to visit just
in time to experience the renowned skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing
this region has to offer. Or stay cozy by the home’s gorgeous stone
fireplace. Whether you’re planning a staycation or a vacation, it’s sure to be
a weekend to remember.
Restrictions: Home available on a mutually agreeable date from January 2 – March 30. Expires March 31, 2024
Wine Tour of Napa Valley
Enjoy a getaway in the culinary heart of the world-famous Napa Valley wine region with a three-night stay in a private home in Yountville accommodating four guests. This picturesque village just off Highway 29 has several Michelin-star restaurants and many boutiques and wine-tasting rooms. It is a perfect central location to explore other towns up and down the valley, take a bike tour or float away on a balloon flight. You will have exclusive use of a three-bedroom house on a quiet street just off the main tourist avenue with everything within walking distance. Use the free Yountville Trolley to get you home after a wonderful gastronomic experience! Your stay will be filled with fun activities including a tasting at Balletto Vineyards where you will be gifted one bottle of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir to take home. Your group will also have a Comfort Cruiser for two, provided by Napa Valley Bike Tours.
Restrictions: Lodging to be scheduled on mutually agreeable dates. Not available during Napa Valley Film Festival. Must be used by August 26, 2024. Must be 21 or older to purchase, pick up and consume alcohol. No cash value. Restrictions may apply. Balletto Vineyards: no cash value and advance reservation required.
DONORS: Vern Tyerman, Balletto Vineyards and Napa Valley Bike Tours
Dinner with Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey
The creator of over 25 world-class restaurants across the country over the last
15 years, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, is ready to entertain YOU! Malarkey
grew up in Tumalo and is now opening a Northwest-inspired steakhouse
complete with locally raised beef and woodfire cooking. As a part of this
unforgettable experience, Chef Malarkey will meticulously craft a meal for you
and nine guests (10 guests total) at the grand opening on January 11, 2024
of this newest restaurant located on Bend’s west side, Hawkeye & Huckleberry.
If this date doesn’t work for you, this fixture of the Bravo network and two-time
“Top Chef” finalist will instead cook dinner for you and your guests at a later,
mutually agreed upon date.
Restrictions: Mutually agreed on date with owner. Expires August 26, 2024.
DONORS: Chef Brian Malarkey, Hawkeye & Huckleberry
Rainn Wilson Cameo
You may know him from “Dark Winds,” “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,”
“Super” or “The Rocker.” But you definitely know him as beet farmer and
Assistant Regional Manager Dwight Schrute in NBC’s hit comedy, “The
Office.” Rainn Wilson is giving a unique gift—bid now for the chance to win
a cameo-style video, approximately 2 minutes long to send a personalized
message to a friend, loved one or colleague. The package also includes a
Dwight basket with some fun goodies that include personalized headshots
DONOR: Rainn Wilson
San Diego Cultural Tour
Experience San Diego and its cultural offerings! Relax in a three-bedroom,
three-bath home with a pool house, pool and jacuzzi in Point Loma for five
nights for up to eight people. You and your guests will spend a day at the
Museum of Us with a California Tower Tour and at the San Diego Natural
History Museum. You will also enjoy a $400 gift card at one of nationally
renowned chef Brian Malarkey’s restaurants including Nima Café and Herb
& Wood. Hailing from Oregon, Malarkey is one of the country’s most
successful chefs and restaurateurs—you may recognize him from Bravo’s
“Top Chef All-Stars” and Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
Restrictions: Lodging to be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date. Gift card expiration
August 26 2024.
DONORS: Lesley Day, Brian Malarkey, Museum of Us and the San Diego
Natural History Museum
Learn about our Indigenous Collections with Indigenous Partners
Connect one-on-one with Prof. Michael Holloman and Phil Cash Cash, Ph.D., – two
of our trusted Indigenous advisors and knowledge holders – over dinner at
the Museum! While visiting with Michael and Phil, you will have the unique
and exciting opportunity to gain valuable insight into the High Desert
Museum’s partnerships with local Indigenous communities. Absorb their
wealth of knowledge, ask insightful questions about the cultural items they
will share with you, and begin to look forward to the future of the Museum’s
Indigenous collections and partnerships. This experience includes a catered
dinner for up to 10 people at the Museum. The event will occur on a mutually
agreed upon date.
Restrictions: Must be held on a mutually agreed upon date with Prof Michael Holloman, Phil Cash Cash, Ph.D. and High Desert Museum staff.
DONOR: Prof. Michael Holloman, Phil Cash Cash, Ph.D, High Desert Museum
Name the Baby Beaver!
We’re welcoming a baby beaver to our High Desert family, and we want YOU
to have the honor of naming her! While you consider what that special name
might be, enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with our wildlife team
that includes a special encounter with the baby beaver.
Restrictions: Must be held on a mutually agreed upon date with wildlife staff. Please schedule
at least two weeks prior to visit.
DONOR: High Desert Museum
New Zealand Adventure
Launch your luxury New Zealand getaway off the gorgeous Matakana
Coast, just one hour north of Auckland!
This one-of-a-kind package includes a six-night stay for four couples
(eight guests total) at the stunning Koru Hideaway. With meticulously
handcrafted furniture, fine art and spectacular 360-degree views of
the vineyards below, the Hideaway offers guests complete privacy and
tranquility. Expansive lawns overlook the Kawau Bay, and your secluded
guest deck (with a wood-burning fireplace and spa bath) faces Mt.
Tamahunga. The lodge also includes a fully equipped kitchen, heated
pool with landscaped gardens, wood-fired pizza ovens, big screen TVs
Bill McCormick, the former Ambassador to New Zealand, and his wife,
Gail, will treat the winning bidder to dinner at The Pine Tavern in Bend
prior to their trip to help with planning. With this incredible package,
your long-awaited trip to New Zealand is sure to be an unforgettable
Restrictions: Airfare not included. Booking subject to availability.
DONORS: Vern Tyerman and Gail and Bill McCormick
Trustee Wine Cellar
This 40-plus-bottle collection of unique and premium wines will either
form an instant classic wine cellar or add great depth and flavor to your
current one. Relish these rare and exclusive vintages. Cheers, from our
Board of Trustees to you!
Restrictions: Must be 21 or older.
DONORS: High Desert Museum Board of Trustees
Oregon Coast Escape
Savor a weekend in Pacific City at the Oregon Coast. Relax and unwind with sunset views over the little Nestucca River. This private home features three bedrooms, a bunk room with two bunkbeds and three bathrooms. Enjoy unparalleled access to one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the country. Take a walk along the beach, climb up magical Cape Kiwanda, enjoy a drink at award-winning Pelican Brewing and stroll through a town full of great shops and restaurants. Whether you crab, clam, fish, cycle, hike, surf, hang glide, jet ski the waves of Tierra Del Mar, or four-wheel the dunes of Sand Lake, we know it will be a vacation to remember. This package includes a Nestucca Adventures kayaking for 4, free flights at PC Pour for 4, and a surf lesson with 24-hour rental and lunch from Moment Surf Company!
Restrictions: Mutually agreed on date for June-August 2024 with owner. Surf lesson, rental and lunch are for one. It’s not redeemable for cash and expires August 26, 2024.
DONORS: Anonymous, PC Pour, Nestucca Adventures, and Moment Surf Company