Ask-A-Thon to Support Wine Country

Like the rest of the Bay Area, we have been horrified by the devastation the fires have wrought in the wine country. Our members have been doing their own things individually to help. We are pleased, too, that the Bella Vista League will assist those affected by the fires by donating 10% of the proceeds from the Ask-A-Thon. So, this year especially, we are asking you to give generously during the Ask-a-Thon to help our neighbors in the north.Napa Fires Page

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

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Candy Men and the Opportunity Drawing

They’re baaaaaack. And once again, the Candy Men will be carrying platters of gold boxes of sweet, scrumptious, delectable artisan chocolates from the Chocolate Dream Box, a local chocolatier that offered their chocolates to last year’s event as well.

Looking quite debonair in their black tuxedos and bow ties, the Candy Men will be doing the heavy lifting (it’s amazing how hefty those chocolates can be…OK maybe it’s the silver platters) carrying the platters around the floor. And no, it’s not just about the chocolates. Each box includes a ticket for the opportunity drawing to win a unique piece of beautiful jewelry designed just for the Wonderful Witchy Women luncheon by Joe Escobar Diamonds. They have been sponsoring this drawing for many years, creating a piece exclusively for this fundraiser. Each box is a donation of $25. But if you decide you would like more than one box, it becomes $20/box. And guess what – there’s no limit to the number of boxes you could get! Yay!

This year, the winner will enjoy a stunning pair of 3-piece diamond drop earrings including 24 marquise cut diamonds, 8 princess cut diamonds, and 136 round brilliant cut diamonds for a total weight of 1.90 carats set in 18K white gold, valued at $6,500. You can’t miss the beautiful sparkle these earrings bring.

The winner of the drawing will be announced toward the end of the program. So, make sure you stick around for all of the fun because you must be present to win.

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]

Behind the Scenes – Basket Day

As it so happens this time each year, BVL members are all focused on pulling off yet another successful Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause event. Everyone is on one committee or another helping to get things done. There are tasks, though, that require a lot more hands than are already part of that specific committee. So, dates are scheduled in the calendar for everyone in BVL to know about, come join in, and help. One of these dates is “Basket Day.”

“Basket Day” is when we create all of those fabulous display items for the silent auction like you see below:

A lot of thought has already gone into the contents of the packages. And quite a bit of planning has gone into the types of containers and sizes needed, the filler, the organization, the bows, and more, much more.

On Basket Day, we gather at a member’s home where production lines have been organized and start packaging everything. Does it sound tedious? Sure, this kind of thing can be, but <smile> this group knows how to make things fun. It’s kind of like a mini party before the big event. It’s one of the things that’s special about this group – the camaraderie, the desire to help out wherever it’s needed, the gratitude for everyone’s efforts, and the fact that every member embraces the purpose for which this work was created – helping the less fortunate in our area.

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Purchase your tickets now and join us!]

Signature Events – Glam It Up and Casino Night

There are so many great auction packages, imagine how well some of these could go together. Because if one idea is great, another together must be awesome!

Grab 4 of your girlfriends and have some FUN! How does 3 professional hair and makeup artists, 2 professional photographers, champagne, and appetizers sound for a fabulous ladies afternoon IN…then OUT on the town? OR what about making this a special gift to your teenage daughter and four of her girlfriends? Get four of HER girlfriends together to have their hair and makeup professionally done then professionally photographed before…prom? This nice little package has so many possibilities.

Glam It Up Page

Here’s a great way to spend the evening after getting all fancied up:

Casino M8trix Page

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Purchase your tickets now and join us!]

Signature Events: Getaways Near and Far

Depending on the time of the year, you may have time to travel a ways for a nice vacation. Other times, a short weekend is all you can spare to get a little R&R. Whatever or whenever, here are several auction items to meet those needs.

Noodling on vacation this year? Explore the beautiful environs of Tuscany.Tuscany Culinary Escape Page

Or maybe stay a little closer to home and head south to Cabo San Lucas.

Cabo San Lucas Villa Carolina

Do you only have a couple of days but still need to get away? How about a visit to San Juan Bautista just down Hwy. 101?

Hacienda de Leal Page

Of course, let’s not forget the beach. We are in California, after all.

Capitola Getaway Venetian Page

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Purchase your tickets now and join us!]