Black Diamond Ball Live Auction | Vail Valley Foundation

Black Diamond Ball Live Auction

Get ready to raise your paddle because you will not want to miss out on these special live auction offerings.

This is a preview only: bidding takes place during the Black Diamond Ball. If you are interested in an item but will not be present the night of the Ball, please contact: Whitney Harper at

If you haven’t done so already, pre-register your credit card online now!

By pre-authorizing your credit card for the night of the event, you are able to bid on the live auction or make a donation to the Vail Valley Foundation through the paddle raise, without having to worry about swiping your credit card at the event. Please note: your credit card will not be charged for this transaction. 

GMC Yukon Denali

Generously provided by: GMC
MSRP: $70,495 (excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees)

Live Like A Pro as the owner of this new 2018 GMC Yukon Denali, the ultimate combination of style and capability for the active mountain lifestyle. As the pinnacle expression of GMC Professional Grade, the Denali lineup has stood for stunning design, craftsmanship and capability for nearly 20 years.

GMC vehicles are built to be more than “good”: They are designed and engineered to be the best … one of a kind … undeniable. GMC’s commitment to Professional Grade makes it the perfect brand for people who want more from life and work each day to be the best they can be.

The 2018 GMC Yukon Denali sets itself apart from the crowd of utility vehicles with premium touches like the iconic Denali grille flanked by high-intensity discharge projector-beam headlamps with stunning 20″ ultra-bright, machined aluminum wheels and the standard multi-color Head-Up Display. Craftsmanship and elegance are the hallmarks of the Yukon Denali interior, with Mastique Ash real wood interior trim, soft leather appointments, and sophisticated technology that creates an environment you’ll never want to leave.

The highest standards of styling are matched only by the refinement of this vehicle’s performance. In short, it’s as capable as it is good looking. So Live Like a Pro … and bid high to win this 2018 GMC Yukon Denali!

Details: Winner must be an insured, current resident of the U.S. and 18 years or older. Must order and take delivery of a 2018 Yukon Denali at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $70,495, at a participating GMC dealer of their choice, subject to GM’s approval, before Dec. 31, 2018. Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes, including income, use and sales tax, license, insurance, maintenance, gas and other fees. Winner must pick up vehicle within 30 days of being delivered to the selected dealer. Prize is not redeemable for cash, cash back, is non-negotiable and not transferrable. Prize vehicle is not eligible for any vehicle offers or financing. GM makes no warranty other than that expressed in its new vehicle limited warranty, a printed copy of which shall be furnished with the vehicle. Winner acknowledges and agrees that installations or alterations to the original vehicle equipment or chassis as distributed by GM may void the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

GMC is pleased to provide this 2018 Yukon Denali to support the Black Diamond Ball, and proud to be the official vehicle of the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail.

Vail Resorts Evening of Luxury

Generously donated by: Vail Resorts
Value: Priceless

Bid on an unprecedented package from Vail Resorts! Your group of up to six people will be taken by a Vail Mountain snowcat driver to the legendary Game Creek Chalet, nestled 2,000 feet above Vail Village in the Game Creek Bowl on Vail Mountain. You’ll enjoy a champagne toast and the beautiful nighttime views of Vail as your driver climbs Vail Mountain. Once at Game Creek Chalet, you’ll enjoy a private dinner with special wine pairings. After the meal, you and your guests will stay the night in the luxury four bedroom, on-mountain chalet located at 10,500 feet in elevation. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub and the views from the European-style mountain house. In the morning, your chef will return to prepare breakfast for you and your group on-site. Afterward, you will be met by a professional ski instructor to take you and your guests for a day of ski lessons and exploring on Vail Mountain. This package may also be used for a summer stay that includes dinner at Game Creek Club, an overnight stay at the Game Creek Chalet and all-access passes for six guests for Adventure Ridge on Vail Mountain.

Details: Dates based on availability. Available Summer 2018 – Summer 2019. Fair market value of $3,600.

South Africa Luxury Safari

Generously donated by: Anonymous & Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg
Value: Priceless

This experience for two includes six nights and six days at the Iwamanzi Game Lodge and one night at Marataba Private Reserve in Marakele National Park, South Africa followed by two nights of relaxation at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg. Your days at Iwamanzi Game Lodge will be spent experiencing a variety of activities from game drives and angling to hot air ballooning and zip-lining. On day six, you will fly in a private charter bush plane over breathtaking views of the reserve lands from Iwamanzi to the magical Marataba Safari Lodge. Once there, you will stay one night in a private eco-lodge set in a stunning landscape next to Marakele National Park. The sumptuous private suites are set in the hills, where you will enjoy beautiful views of the park from your chalet’s lounge, deck or private fire pit. During your week you will enjoy hiking, trail walks, river tours, game tracking classes, and a visit to a local elephant sanctuary. After your safari adventures, you and your guest will head to Johannesburg where you will indulge in a luxury two-night stay at the chic Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Details: Three gourmet meals provided per day at Iwamanzi and Marataba Lodges. Airport Pick-up and drop-off provided. Stay must be booked by April 18, 2018. Fair market value of $13,550.

Grand Omakase Dinner by Matsuhisa

Generously donated by: Matsuhisa Vail
Value: Priceless

Gather your family and friends for an adventurous VIP culinary experience in your own home. The skilled chefs from Matsuhisa will prepare and serve your group their top selections in a curated eight-course meal. Your evening will begin with savory appetizers, and from there your party will be taken on a distinctive culinary journey of new-style Japanese cuisine. This personalized Matsuhisa experience will live on in the memories of your family and friends for years to come.

Details: 10-person maximum. Beverages are not included; pairings may be arranged. Dates to be mutually agreed upon and used during one of the following: May 1 – June 15, 2018; July 7-August 21, 2018; September 10-December 15, 2018. It is strongly recommended that this experience be scheduled as soon as possible. Fair market value of $7,500.


Big Sky Fly Fishing Adventure

Generously donated by:
Value: Priceless

Six fishermen will enjoy an incredible week of fishing, sight-seeing, and outdoor activities with luxurious accommodations in Big Sky, Montana. You will spend six nights in a comfortable chalet in the hills of Big Sky, located just one hour from Yellowstone National Park. We have made special arrangements for four full days of fly fishing with a professional guide for four people per day in the Big Sky region’s best trout waters. For one of your evenings, sit back and relax after a day on the river and enjoy an in-home meal prepared by a local chef featuring a regionally sourced four-course menu. Bring the family along for this Western adventure, or enjoy an amazing, week-long Montana getaway with your favorite fishing buddies.

Details: Six person maximum. Stay Sunday-Friday from April 23,2018 – October 31, 2018. Specific Dates may not be available. Reserve by April 1, 2018. Fair market value of $7,900.

La Pitchoune: Foodie Paradise

Generously donated by: Craig and Tina Held
Value: Priceless

Immerse yourself in the magical French countryside! Your group of six will enjoy five nights and days in beautiful Châteuneuf-Grasse, France at La Pitchoune, the former home of Julia Child. Enjoy four immersive cooking sessions with The Courageous Cook I’Ecole de Cuisine in the famous kitchen with professional instruction by French trained chefs on-site. The menu at La Pitchoune is classic French and inspired by the food of the times when the house was occupied by culinary greats. Guests will also enjoy four excursions led by the staff, which includes visits to local markets for produce, champagne tastings, lunch at a two-star Michelin restaurant and behind the scenes visits to French restaurants, perfumeries, confiseries, and fromageries. This is an all-inclusive experience. Enjoy complimentary wine and meals during your stay.

Details: All sessions begin on Sunday and end on Friday. Valid through 2019. To obtain your ideal date, book your session as soon as possible. Fair market value of $23,700.

Tuscany, Italian Home for 10 with a Private Chef

Generously donated by:  Anonymous
Value: Priceless

Vacation in a Renaissance Painting! Your group of up to 10 will enjoy privacy, serenity and spectacular views in a 16th century home steeped in the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside. This is the perfect experience for families and friends, or a romantic getaway, an ideal retreat in either regard. For one week, you will enjoy the stunning valley views, walking trails, an exquisite pool, and hundreds of miles of country roads for biking or touring by car. Here you will enjoy breathtaking views over Cortona’s Val di Chiana, in the utmost of privacy.

For the entire week, you will have a private chef prepare your group’s breakfast each morning and spectacular dinners every evening. We have also arranged for an afternoon with a cooking class for your group to learn and taste the real flavors of Tuscany’s traditional cuisine. You will complete your Tuscan adventure with a private wine tour in the charming countryside of Montepulciano where you will learn the secrets behind some of the world’s finest Italian wines. Afterward, you will have the exclusive opportunity to join the vineyards’ owner at an authentic Tuscan lunch in beautiful Montepulciano.

Details: Six person maximum. Stay Sunday-Friday from April 23, 2018 – October 31, 2018. Specific Dates may not be available. Reserve by April 1, 2018. Fair market value of $11,500.

Thank you to our 2018 Live Auction Sponsors!

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