A Night in Black & White 2016 featured a spirited live auction with John O’Hurley ’76 & ’06 Hon. as our entertaining guest auctioneer. Here are a few of the exciting items that were up for bid:
Lip sync battles, Friday night thank you notes, and slow-jamming the news. Monologues and political jokes. Justin Timberlake. Count on the Emmy-nominated The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to deliver laughs, and you can be part of the fun with two VIP tickets to a taping of the show at Rockefeller Center in New York. After the show, enjoy dinner and drinks at a restaurant of your choice with an American Express gift card. Extend your experience and take in the sights and sounds of the city with three nights’ accommodations at a preferred Westin property.
The Tonight Show is recorded Monday through Friday and participants must be age 16 or older. The preferred Westin properties are Westin New York Times Square or Westin New York Grand Central. The successful bidder is responsible for transportation.Donated by: Jaimie Scambio ’10; The New Haven Club of Providence College; Westin Hotels & Resorts
Sangy. Sammie. Hoagie. Sub. Whatever you call it, the sandwich will never go out of style. Whether loaded with Buffalo chicken and extra hot sauce — or layered with turkey, bacon, and cheese — the classic and creative sandwiches from the food court in Alumni Hall have been curing hunger, homesickness, and hangovers for famished Friars for decades. One lucky winner will have the chance to create a "Dominican Friars French Dip" or a "Father Shanley Heavenly Caprese" to be enjoyed by the PC campus community in the coming year. This prize lets you share your favorite deli go-to — be it grilled, wrapped or open-faced — and bring the sandwich of your dreams to life with a personalized creation named by you. So come on … let your legacy live on at PC in the best form possible — as a sandwich.
The successful bidder will consult with Sodexo to create a sandwich that will be offered on the menu in Alumni Cafeteria for one year.Donated by: Sodexo
Are you a Friar for life? If so, bid on two up-close experiences with the PC men’s basketball team during the 2016-17 season with this ‘home and away’ package. Four guests will receive premium seats to a BIG EAST home game at The Dunk, and have special access to the Champions Club room for pre-game and halftime refreshments and full buffet. Post-game, you will attend the press conference, interact with the players in the locker room, and take home a team-autographed basketball. If children age 12 or under are part of your party, they can high-five members of the team as they enter the court. For the away experience, you and one guest will fly with the Friars to a BIG EAST road game. Travel with the team via charter flight, enjoy a pre-game meal with Bob Driscoll and other faithful Friars, and watch the game from behind the team bench. This is a dream package for any Friar Fanatic.
Per NCAA regulations, any children participating in this package must be age 12 or under. Up to two children may participate in the pre-game high-five. Home and away games are subject to availability.
Donated by: Providence College Athletics
Shelter Harbor Golf Club is situated on 400 acres of open space and is the first new private course built in Washington County, Rhode Island, in more than 100 years. Located in Westerly and Charlestown, R.I., the club is an outgrowth of a desire to protect and preserve the natural environment of the area. In 2014, Shelter Harbor was ranked 46th on Golfweek’s Top 100 modern courses in the U.S. With wide generous fairways and challenging approach shots, the course provides a magnificent golfing experience for golfers of all levels. This round of golf for eight guests also includes golf carts or caddies.
Play to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date with the donors and the head golf professional. Some blackout dates may apply. Gratuities for caddies are to be covered by the successful bidder and his/her guests.Donated by: The Capalbo Family: Michael ’01, Matthew ’02, and Marcus ’06
Tony Award-winning Chicago comes to The Providence Performing Arts Center in May 2017 starring John O’Hurley in the role of Billy Flynn. You and a guest will be “razzle-dazzled” by this terrific performance from two house theater seats. After the show, you’ll gain exclusive backstage access for a meet-and-greet and photo with the cast, and then continue your evening as dinner guests of John in vibrant downtown Providence. Fully relax and enjoy all the city has to offer with two nights’ accommodations at the Omni for two, also included in this package.
Show dates are May 2-7, 2017, and tickets are to be arranged on a mutually agreeable date. The successful bidder is responsible for transportation.
Donated by: John ’76, ’06 Hon. and Lisa O’Hurley; Omni Hotels & Resorts
Any season is the perfect season to visit the Mount Washington Valley. Whether you’re a skier, an outdoor adventurer, or a shopping enthusiast, there are no limits to the activities you can experience in Conway, N.H. This package features a one-week stay for up to six guests at a lovely condo in Conway. The condo features three bedrooms, two full baths, and a fully equipped kitchen. Depending on the timing of your visit, you can also take advantage of the pool and tennis court at the property. The condo is 10 minutes away from outlet shopping and great restaurants, and 25 minutes to Attitash Mountain. Storyland, hiking trails, and lakes are also nearby. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a terrific getaway with your family or with a group of friends.
This one-week stay is to be arranged on a mutually agreeable date directly with the donor and some date restrictions may apply. The successful bidder is responsible for transportation.
Donated by: Ann Gencarella ’86
Bid on a year of M.Gemi shoes! Receive a pair of expertly designed, Italian-made footwear (women’s and/or men’s shoes) from M.Gemi.com for 12 months. M.Gemi is pioneering the category of post-luxury: a movement that embraces craftsmanship, service, and artistry. Through deep relationships with family-owned factories across Italy, M.Gemi releases limited edition women’s shoes every Monday that span an assortment of on-trend and classic, dressy-to-casual styles, and are sold directly to customers online. This unique package provides:
Gift cards are good for your choice of one pair of women’s or men’s shoes, worth up to $300, to be redeemed each month for one year.
Donated by: Ted ’86 and Kim ’86 McNamara; M.Gemi.com
Enjoy a beautiful — traditional yet modern — Nantucket home, for a week or long weekend of your choice, during the fall 2016 or spring and summer 2017 seasons. The home accommodates four to six people and includes four bedrooms; three full bathrooms; a gourmet kitchen; and is beautifully landscaped with two patios for outdoor dining and enjoyment. This lovely home is just a 10-minute walk to downtown Nantucket and a short walk to other area shops, restaurants, and the Surfside bike path. During your stay, you will also hit the links at Nantucket Golf Club for a round of golf for three people. Designed by Rees Jones, this award-winning course integrates a high quality golf experience within a diverse natural environment. This package also includes a $500 American Express gift card to be used for a variety of activities, including a picnic lunch, dinner at Brotherhood of Thieves, baked goods at Petticoat Row Bakery, an Endeavor Cruise, or lunch/dinner at the Wauwinet.
This weekend or one-week stay, and round of golf, is subject to a mutually agreeable date. Please note the home is unavailable for Memorial Day 2017 weekend. The successful bidder is responsible for transportation.
Donated by: Bill and Bonnie Baldassano ’15P; Steve Burbage ’83
Discover the beauty and magnificence of Tuscany during your one-week stay at Casa San Francesco in Cortona, Italy. Along with incredible physical beauty and views of the valley and lake Trasimeno below, Cortona offers an array of fine restaurants and shops. The town also boasts two museums, numerous churches, and historical sights. It truly is a magical place to explore! Your stay at Casa San Francesco accommodates six guests, in a lovingly restored villa consisting of three floors of living space, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a modern kitchen. The villa is just five to 10 minutes from the main piazza downtown. Tuscany is also known as a culinary and wine destination, and you will be immersed in both as this package includes a cooking class and a tour of a local winery. Your in-home cooking class will be taught by Casa San Francesco’s owner, Ivan, who will teach you how to prepare a delicious, multi-course, traditional Tuscan meal, paired local wines. You will also take a guided historical tour to the center of Montepulciano, via a scenic walk to the Piazza Grande, before entering the oldest winery in town, located in underground cellars. You will be amazed by the enormous casks that preserve the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Cortona is also central to several historic cities, and a day trip to Rome can be part of your itinerary. Choose between two personalized experiences: a VIP tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, where a seminarian who graduated from Providence College will provide the Dominican perspective to this symbolic and historic center of Rome; or visit the headquarters of the Dominican order — Santa Sabina Basilica — and explore the grounds and the residence. The tour of the basilica, built in the fifth century, is an integral part of the PC in Rome travel abroad program for current students.
This trip is available for one week, from Saturday to Saturday. A concierge service will contact you directly to assist in coordinating your trip and noted activities. Your chosen activity in Rome will be coordinated by the PC Office of College Events; accommodations in Rome are not included. The successful bidder is responsible for transportation. Two-year expiration.Donated by: John Cervione ’87, Annual Fund Chairman
Old Head Golf Links of Kinsale is home to a world-class golf course in County Cork on the southwest coast of Ireland. The club has developed into one of the most recognized and sought-after golf experiences anywhere and is sure to be on the bucket list of any avid golfer. Old Head prides itself in offering the ultimate experience in golf with a seamless blend of Irish hospitality that you and three guests will be sure to savor. The course is designed as a walking course, and members and guests are encouraged to walk the links with a caddie. Included in this golf package is two nights’ accommodation, so your group can also tour Kinsale, one of the oldest resort towns in Ireland, which also happens to be a “twin city” to Newport, R.I. Your round of golf for four and visit to Kinsale are sure to be unforgettable.
Play to be scheduled on an agreeable date directly with the donor. Caddies and/or carts are included in this package. Some blackout dates may apply. Gratuities for caddies are to be covered by the successful bidder and his/her guests. Successful bidder to arrange for own transportation. Two-year expiration.Donated by: Anonymous
This package is perfect for the amateur brewmaster! Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, located in Westerly, R.I., will host a group of four to consult with a member of the brewing staff to create a beer of the successful bidder's choice. Your custom blend will be produced on their commercial three-barrel pilot brewing system. To commemorate Providence College’s centennial year, you might want to call your creation “1917 Ale” or use centennial hops in your recipe. Once the brewing process is complete, your finished product will be properly packaged and each member of your group will receive two cases of the fruits of your labor to enjoy at home.Consult with the head brewer, and brewing process, to be scheduled on mutually agreeable date.
Donated by: Chuck ’71 and Leslie Borkoski ’12P; Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
If this describes you, then bid to win this Boston sports package, which includes premium tickets, experiences and memorabilia to the Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins.
All games featured in this package are subject to availability and some blackout dates may apply. Donated by: Noel Acciari ’15, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony W. Ravosa ’17P
A savory dinner, paired with exquisite wines, awaits you! Father Shanley and Father Sicard will host eight guests at a special dinner at Dominic House. Delight your palate with a locally sourced menu prepared by the evening’s chef, Father Sicard, who continues to hone his culinary prowess by attending cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, N.Y., and at award-winning Al Forno Restaurant in Providence. Mark Gasbarro ’97 will curate wines that pair perfectly with each course.
Donated by: College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80; Executive Vice President / Treasurer Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G; Mark Gasbarro ’97