Take a moment to read through the full list of auction items that you can bid on at the 2018 Neuberger Gala and Fundraiser!
WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES TO EXPLORE
PONZI VINEYARDS – Winery tour and tasting for 4 with charcuterie plate, and a magnum of 2015 Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir. The fabulous new tasting room at Ponzi Vineyards with sweeping views of the valley and Chehalem Mountain region includes a private tour of the winery, a wine tasting for 4, and a delightful charcuterie plate to nibble on as you sample the world-famous Ponzi wines. Go home tonight with a magnum, too! Many thanks to Ponzi Vineyards from the Democratic Party of Washington Co.!
WORLD CLASS WINES – World class wine tasting for 12 with cheese plate and a magnum of 2017 Grand Bertrand Cote de Roses. This family-owned Lake Oswego wine venue has a broad selection of wines in a warm setting with welcoming hospitality. This wine tasting for 12 includes a cheese plate and would be the perfect setting for that get-together you’ve been needing to plan. Don’t forget to take home tonight your very own magnum of wine, too! Our very sincere appreciation to World Class Wines!
BLIZZARD WINES – VIP wine tasting and tour for up to 12 guests, includes hors d’oeuvres. Noted as Washington County’s 2018 Best New Attraction by Tualatin Valley’s People’s Choice Award and located in Hillsboro’s backyard, Blizzard Winery is offering a delightful tour of the Estate Vineyard and the Barrel Room. Relax in the Estate Room for a tasting flight paired with scrumptious cheese & charcuterie for 12. The Democratic Party of Washington County extends our grateful thanks to Blizzard Wines!
PROTEUS WINES – Wine tasting and tour for 10, appetizers and a magnum of 2016 Estate Pinot Noir. The vineyard tour includes a lecture on viticultural techniques and a tasting of rated Proteus wines and appetizers for 10. Take in a game of bocce, tennis, or simply savor the glimpses of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams from the Pavilion. And take home tonight a magnum of 2016 Estate Pinot Noir! Our deep appreciation to Proteus Wines from the Democratic Party of Washington County!
ELK COVE VINEYARDS – Tasting and tour for 6 and a magnum of 2015 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir. Elk Cove Vineyards, a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, is one of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wine vintners, producing estate-grown wines that rival the best in the world. You will enjoy a first-rate grand tasting and tour for 6 and plan to take home this evening a magnum of 2015 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir! Our sincere thanks to Elk Cove Vineyards from the Washington County Dems!
MONTINORE ESTATE – Wine tasting and tour for 10 guests, and includes a magnum of 2009 Private Reserve Pinot Noir. Established in 1982, Montinore Estate is the largest producer in the country of certified estate wines made from Biodynamic® grapes. Experience the pleasure of this wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres for 10 people, a winery tour, and take home tonight your own delicious magnum of wine, as well! Our deep gratitude to Montinore Estate, a long-time supporter of Democratic candidates!
DINNERS WITH OUR EXTRAORDINARY ELECTEDS
*The dates for these dinners will be coordinated and mutually agreed upon by the hosts, elected officials and successful bidders.
Bienvenido a la Cucina de Rodriguez with Representative Margaret Doherty – If you enjoy auténtica comida Mexicana, then this dinner for six is perfect! You begin with Jalapeno poppers, chips, guacamole and salsa while savoring several tastings of Tequila, Cerveza and Margaritas, of course! During your dinner of salad, Chicken Mole, Tamales, rice and beans, enjoy a stimulating conversation with Margaret Doherty, the Oregon State Representative for District 35 (Tigard, Metzger, and parts of Portland and Beaverton). Margaret was a former high school teacher for 10 years and spent 22 years as a consultant with the Oregon Education Association. The finale is Mojito Cake, and your engaging hosts are Velma Rodriguez, who works for Providence Health and Services and her husband, Jaime, a former candidate to the Hillsboro School Board, currently works at Portland Community College and has been the Vice President of Political Action for the American Federation of Teachers, Oregon, for 5 years. Muchas gracias to Representative Doherty, Velma and Jaime Rodriguez!
Enjoy a French Dinner with Oregon’s State Treasurer, Tobias Read – Join Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read for a lovely six-course French Dinner at the Tualatin home of our own Democratic Party of Washington County Treasurer, Veronica Williams. During this delicious dinner for six, expect interesting conversation with Tobias as you begin with a French sparkling wine aperitif and assorted French cheeses, followed by French onion soup, Coq au Vin (chicken in red wine sauce), salad, and conclude with a surprise entremet (dessert). Prior to being elected to his current position in 2016, Tobias served five terms representing HD27 in the Oregon House of Representatives. Tobias enjoys sports, is an avid bike rider, and is a founding board member of Hoopla, Oregon’s largest three-on-three charity basketball tournament. Whether it is talking hoops or discussing the Oregon Saves program that Tobias sponsored, there will be plenty of good food and conversation for all. Bon Appetit! And merci beaucoup to Treasurer Read, Veronica Williams and her co-chef Rosie Stephens!
New Mexico Enchantment with Val Hoyle, Oregon’s Labor Commissioner-Elect – Start your New Mexico culinary experience for six with chips and guacamole or the yummy con queso (cheese) dip while sipping a delicious Margarita. Then continue to treat yourself with a salad de Jardin, Tamale apertivos with Red Chile Sauce, Chicken Chile Verde Enchiladas with black beans and rice. Settle into your Flan dessert with Val Hoyle, Oregon’s newly-elected Labor and Industries Commissioner, for an enjoyable conversation, sipping beer or wine. Val served in the Oregon House of Representatives for seven years where she served as the House Majority Leader. Your hostess Susan is a New Mexico aficionada who wrote and produced the television program, Cavalcade of Enchantment about New Mexico for five years. Our deep appreciation to Susan Bender Phelps and Jim Phelps and Labor Commissioner-Elect Val Hoyle!
Dutch Dinner with Dick and Sheri, A “Couple” of Our Favorite Public Servants – Dick Schouten and his new bride, Sheri Malstrom Schouten, are hosting a delightful Dutch Dinner, including: roasted apples, spiced and mulled red cabbage, smoked sausage, Dutch-style potatoes, Gouda Kaas (cheese), Dutch beer and gin, and Dutch cake and pudding with tea and/or coffee. Dick Schouten’s family migrated from the Netherlands when he was four years old, so Dick would know how lekker (yummy) Dutch cooking truly is. Dick has been the Washington County Commissioner for District 1 (including much of Beaverton, Aloha, Cooper Mountain and Reedville) since June of 2000; and Rep. Sheri Malstrom Schouten is the Oregon House Rep. for HD27 (SW Portland and Beaverton) and was a public health nurse for 30 years. Enjoy interessant gesprek (interesting conversation), lekker (yummy) food for 6, and have a fabelachtig (fabulous) time! Dank je or in other words, thank you, to Dick and Sheri!
Deliziosa Festa Italiana with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici – Plan to be treated to a 6-course Italian dinner for six guests at the beautiful Chehalem Mountain home of Steve and Karen Packer. Each course will be paired with a wine, naturally enhancing the Italiana experience, such as a sparkling Prosecco complimenting the Meat and Cheese Platter, a dry Pinot Grigio with the Sherry Vinaigrette Green Salad, a buttery Chardonnay savored with Butternut Ravioli, a palette-cleansing Blood Orange sorbet and then the scrumptious Chicken Marsala and delizioso Italian Red vino. Last but not least, savor with relish some Profiteroles with vanilla cream and chocolate sauce and a sweet dessert wine, Porto, or a coffee/tea. Come hungry for a fabulous meal and fabulous conversation with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, representing the 1st Congressional District in Oregon. Ms. Bonamici, whose last name means “good friends,” is definitely a good friend and strong supporter of the Democratic Party of Washington County. Grazia to Congresswoman Bonamici, Karen and Steve Packer, and Rosie and Craig Stephens for an esperienza grande!
ALL FOR FUN & FUN FOR ALL
This spectacular array of delicious dinners, fun experiences and exciting activities will delight everyone in your circle of family and friends. There is something special for everyone to discover in Washington County. Another great idea…all of these experiences will make wonderful gifts for holidays, anniversaries, and birthday celebrations for your favorite “what-to-get” people in your life! This bundle of fun includes ten individual items totaling over $1100 for you to do with as you wish! Thank you to all our progressive merchants and State Representative Margaret Doherty!
- The Oilerie in Beaverton presents a private, fun-filled opportunity for 10 Epicureans to sample Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegars and Specialty oils from Italy, valued at $150.
- Enjoy the Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton, where you will find a delightful, bright tavern offering house-made beer and a broad range of American comfort fare, valued at $100.
- Be genuinely entertained with two tickets of your choice of masterful productions at the Broadway Rose Theater in Tigard, valued at $100.
- Savor the fare at the Primrose & Tumbleweeds restaurant and wine bar in Hillsboro, showcasing Pacific Northwest wines and seasonal fare, including weekend brunch, valued at $100.
- Sit back and enjoy two tickets to the engaging performance of Bag and Baggage’s theater production of Bell, Book, and Candle, in Hillsboro from Nov. 29 – Dec. 23, 2018, valued at $70.
- Relax in the warm and quaint surroundings of the South Store Café in Hillsboro, serving soups, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items as well as a full espresso bar, valued at $50.
- Spend the day at the picturesque Smith Berry Barn Farm and Garden Market in Hillsboro, with onsite garden picking, gift/garden stores and an espresso/milkshake bar, with jam, valued at $55.
- The beautiful Tualatin Country Club is offering a round of 18 holes of golf with cart included, on their superb old-growth golf course for a friendly foursome, valued at $360.
- Enjoy the yummy fare at Max’s Fanno Creek Pub in Tigard, considered a family-friendly neighborhood watering hole with straight-up pub grub and house-brewed beers, valued at $40.
- Indulge your yen for that upmarket American fare and the local wine you crave at the Dundee Bistro in Dundee, Oregon; enjoy a subdued, elegant bistro with a sprawling patio, valued at $100.
FABULOUS ADVENTURES AND LIFETIME MEMORIES
Tranquil Seal Rock Beach House Getaway
Relish a 3-day/3-night weekend at this lovely Seal Rock beach house. Located just ten minutes south of Newport, home of the Oregon Aquarium, this beautiful modern 4 bed/3 bath home comes fully equipped and includes a spectacular ocean view. Head over to the private beach just steps away to look for ocean wildlife, or stay toasty and comfortable by the woodstove while you watch dreamy coastal clouds drift by. Non-smoking; sleeps up to 8. Well-behaved pets only. One-year expiration. Our sincere thanks from the Democratic Party of Washington County to long-time supporters, Steve and Karen Packer.
Spit-Shine Up Your Cowboy Boots for Black Butte Ranch
Black Butte Ranch is an authentic Oregon mountain experience in Central Oregon, located on the eastern side of Cascade Range, just 7 miles west of the charming western town of Sisters. This gift card is valid for lodging, golf, dining in any of their wonderful award-winning restaurants, and for merchandise in their sports shops, as well as for bike, ski or snowshoe rentals…and after a day in the field or golf course, don’t forget to pamper yourself at the Spa! The Black Butte Ranch has an exceptional staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians who will be delighted to offer you the opportunity to revive and rejuvenate so you can get back to the delightful activities you love at Black Butte Ranch. Our many thanks for this generous donation from Ann and Sean Murphy.
Cruise the Caribbean in Royal Style
When it comes to beautiful beaches and sparkling blue waters, the Caribbean is really in a league of its own. There are countless adventures on your 4- or 5-night cruise for two. Enjoy your ocean view stateroom (up to 190 sq. ft.), which includes two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), vanity area, private bathroom and a picture window or porthole. Your choice of a cruise to the Bahamas or the Caribbean can be packed with activities from morning ’til night or you can just spend some quality time relaxing. Go rock climbing, ice skating, or surf simulating on the Flowrider®, play mini-golf, try yoga or a gourmet cooking class, go shopping, or just relax sunbathing. Your Ocean View stateroom is inclusive of cruise fare, taxes, and gratuities and also includes all standard meals (except specialty restaurants and outlets), onboard entertainment, activities, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Shore and land excursions not included. Sailings on the following ships: Brilliance, Independence, Navigator, Allure, Freedom and Oasis. NOTE: Must be booked 60 days in advance; certificates can be upgraded or applied to different sailings at time of redemption. Travel is valid only for the time period specified in the package description (currently July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). The travel deadline may not be extended for any reason. Ports, ships, itineraries, sailing dates and availability are subject to change. Blackout dates: Last 2 weeks of December (Christmas/New Year’s sailings). Airfare not included and the expiration date is 2 years from the purchase date. Our deep appreciation to Winspire and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Explore the Good Life Under the Tuscan Sun
Enjoy a seven-night idyllic stay for 6 at the picturesque Casa Bacco in the historic medieval Tuscan hill town of Cortona, Italy. History buffs adore Cortona, which was conquered and enlarged by the ancient Etruscans in 600 BC; Rome and Florence are but a few hours away. This ancient stone home has been completely restored with modern comforts and amenities while retaining its classic Tuscan architecture. Welcoming you back from your 10-minute walk to the center of town is a relaxing private courtyard garden, perfect for savoring a glass of vino. This luminous casa has 3 upstairs bedrooms providing you with stunning views over the picturesque rooftops of Cortona and down the bucolic Val de Chiana below. This amazing Tuscan experience is subject to availability and has a two-year expiration. Airfare not included. See the information package for full terms and conditions. Thanks to Stacey Mattraw & Rob Friedman of Sojourn Ventures.
Bali Adventure and Relaxation at Villa Paradiso
Spend seven glorious nights at the paradise home of your dreams! The Villa Paradiso is an amazing, family-owned, boutique resort that sleeps 8 and is located on the tranquil eastern coast of Bali. The main house has 3 bedrooms furnished with locally made Balinese furniture/artwork and has 2 king beds, 2 single beds and 3 baths. The nearby cottage has one bedroom and one bath. The luxurious features of this villa compound include air conditioning, TV/DVD/free Wifi, a full bar, room service and offers stunning views of the lush river valley and mountains beyond. Enjoy a complimentary scuba or snorkel diving excursion, then return to lounge by Paradiso’s 60-foot stone-tiled pool or bliss out with four complimentary full-body massages at the on-site day spa. This seven-night stay is subject to availability and has a two-year expiration date. Airfare is not included. Please see the information package for full terms and conditions. Our heartfelt thanks to Stacey Mattraw & Rob Friedman of Sojourn Ventures.
Zen Moments at Golden Buddha Resort in Bali
Take a much-needed break at a cottage in paradise! Golden Buddha Resort is a beautiful, family-owned, boutique resort, located on the tranquil eastern coast of Bali. Each one-room, air-conditioned cottage is furnished with locally made Balinese furniture and artwork and contains a king-size bed along with a twin-plus bed. Luxurious features of each cottage include a private veranda, bathroom lined with Indonesian marble, and a beautiful private indoor/outdoor shower. Enjoy a complimentary scuba or snorkel diving excursion, then return to lounge by the Resort’s 60-foot stone-tiled pool or bliss out with two complimentary full-body massages at the on-site day spa. This 7-night stay is for 2-3 people and subject to availability. There is a two-year expiration, and airfare is not included. Please see the information package for full terms and conditions. Our many thanks to Stacey Mattraw & Rob Friedman of Sojourn Ventures.
Breathtaking Zulu Nyala South African Photo Safari
Experience the magic of Africa! You and your partner will spend 6 days and 6 nights at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge or Tented Safari Camp. These luxurious settings boast elegant colonial style, brimming with the finest comfort and hospitality. Cool lounges, a wide veranda, stunning views, sparkling swimming pools and attentive African hospitality make being “in the bush” a relaxing and pleasurable experience. Enjoy tastefully prepared buffet meals in the on-site restaurant or under the stars to the rhythm of Zulu dances. See abundant plains game like elephants, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, hippos, zebras, antelope and more! Includes 3 meals and 2 game drives per day on Zulu Nyala Game Reserve. Two-year expiration. Airfare, transfers, and drinks not included. Our happy thanks to Trevor Shaw of Zulu Nyala Group
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