The 13th Annual Girls on the Run – Chicago Sparkle & Shine Gala will feature an exciting silent & live auction, including donations from dozens of local and nationwide supporters. Take a peek below for a preview of what to expect on November 16!
Live Auction Items
GET AWAY IN CHICAGO
Spend a weekend in luxury without leaving beautiful Chicago!
This unforgettable, romantic weekend begins when you pick up your Porsche Panamera for a complimentary Friday to Monday rental. After cruising The Windy City in style, you and your one-and-only will check into the acclaimed Princess Diana Suite at Chicago's historic Drake Hotel. Graced by dignitaries from around the world including Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, these royal accommodations are among the most decadent of all Chicago hotel suites.
Before settling down for the evening, enjoy dinner for two at Top Chef Stephanie Izard's award-winning restaurant, Girl & the Goat.
Donated by: Porsche, The Drake Hotel, Girl & the Goat
*Driver must be at least 25 years of age and have a valid driver's license. The vehicle must remain in the state of Illinois and adhere to a 500-mile limit. The rental is from a Friday to Monday.
MEET & GREET WITH KATIE COURIC
From JFK Jr. to J.K. Rowling, Katie Couric has interviewed the most famous and iconic figures of our time. She was the country's first solo female evening news anchor and most recently launched her own daytime talk show.
You and a very lucky friend will enjoy two VIP tickets to be a part of the live studio audience of Katie - Couric's top-rated new show, taping at ABC studios in New York City. While at the show you will enjoy a private meet and greet with Katie followed by a behind-the-scenes studio tour. Airfare for two courtesy of Southwest Airlines is included.
Donated by: Katie, Southwest Airlines
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO
Don't miss this rare opportunity to secure four reserved tickets to a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Burbank, California! The Tonight Show - one of America's most popular late-night talk shows - has aired on NBC since 1954. It is currently the longest running program in the United States and third longest running show ever on NBC. Round-trip airfare for two is included.
Donated by: NBC Universal, Aleks Buterman
WARBIRD PILOT FOR A DAY
For the aviation enthusiast, this is the flight of your life. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly a two-seater World War II military aircraft under the guidance of an expert instructor. You will fly in a North American SNJ-5, the Navy version of the T-6, which trained almost every allied fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War.
Upon arrival at the Gauntlet Warbirds facility at the Aurora Airport, you will be greeted by your lead pilot. Fully briefed and properly attired in a flight suit, helmet, and parachute, you will strap in for an electrifying experience.
The mission will begin with advanced handling and warm-ups, then progress through basic and advanced aerobatic manuevers. Your instructor will demonstrate how to fly each maneuver and then you take the controls to try the skills for yourself. Returning to the airport, you will fly the overhead approach favored by fighter pilots. It will be an unforgettable day!
Donated by: Gauntlet Warbirds
*The pilot must be at least 18-years-old, under 250 pounds, and sign a liability waiver. Gauntlet Warbirds is an aerobatic and warbird training center located just west of Chicago at the Aurora Airport. Their fleet consists of two Decathlons, an Extra 300, a 1944 North American T-6, and an L-39 Albatros jet.
Silent Auction Items
- In-home pastry chef experience
- Tickets to Windy City Live
- Handmade Girls on the Run - Chicago t-shirt quilt
- Caroline Abbott doll package from American Girl Place
- A dream day with the Chicago Cubs
- A round of golf for four at any TPC course
- Tickets to The Jeff Probst Show
- A KYMCO Sting 50CC scooter
- Flowers for a year from Flor del Monte
- Two tickets to a Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance
- A Dagger Axiom 8.5 kayak from Subaru
- Dinner for two at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
- A family membership to Chicago History Museum
- Drinks and appetizers for two at Revolution Brewing
- Fresh produce from Door-to-Door Organics
- A behind-the-scenes French Pastry Experience with the French Pastry School
- Seasonal tasting menu for two at MK
- Passes to Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and Museum of Science & Industry
- Golf foursome and lunch at Olympia Fields Country Club
- Tickets to The Ricki Lake Show
- Bread for a year from Panera Bread
- Spa experiences with Siren Salon and Salon Blue
- NASCAR tickets
- 1-year CARA membership and marathon training program
- Drinks at Revolution Brewing
- Tickets to a Writers' Theatre performance
- Two dozen freshly baked cupcakes from Sprinkles
- Chicago Sky and Chicago Wolves tickets
- Gift basket from REI Lincoln Park
- Dinner for two at Tavernita
- Tickets to The Wendy Williams Show
- 1-year all-access membership to Chicago Athletic Clubs
- Northwestern basketball tickets
- Yoga from Truharmony Yoga and Yoga Now
- Bulls, Bears, Sox, and Cubs tickets
- Autographed sports memorabilia
- 5-class package from Flywheel
- Gift basket from WTTW Chicago
- Cooking class from The Kids' Table
- Closet consultation and $500 Container Store shopping spree
- Private portrait session with Nilofar Hashmy Photography
- And much, much more!
If your business would like to contribute an item or experience to be featured in the auction please email us or call 773-342-1250.