GLADSTONE, NJ - May 22, 2008 - The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that generous donors have contributed fabulous items for the Live Auction that will highlight "One Team, One Dream - A Salute to Hong Kong," an Olympic benefit scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2008, at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The evening fundraiser will benefit the U.S. equestrian team headed for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
"One Team, One Dream - A Salute to Hong Kong," will be held during the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions. The party kicks off at 7:00 pm following the day's competition.
In addition to the live auction, guests at the fundraiser will enjoy the amazing decor designed by Hollywood's Jeffrey Beecroft, cocktails featuring a spectacular double ice bar sponsored by Ketel One Vodka, dinner with an international menu catered by BeachFire Grill, live performances by a Chinese-themed troupe arranged by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, video presentations, and dancing al fresco.
The live auction will take place after dinner. Bidding is expected to be highly competitive and great fun. Some of the wonderful items up for bid will be:
A Night of Olympic Memories with Olympic Athletes and Celebrity Chef! Enjoy a dinner prepared in your home by Sean O'Keefe, chef to the stars (Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest), with Olympic Dressage stars as your guests - Debbie McDonald, Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel, and Sue Blinks. Imagine the stories they can tell of their experiences at the Olympics! To be arranged in either Los Angeles or Del Mar at a mutually convenient date after the 2008 Olympics in August. Donated by Sean O'Keefe, Debbie McDonald, Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel, and Sue Blinks.
A Custom Bronze of Your Favorite Equine! Preserve the likeness of your favorite horse or pony forever in a custom bronze created by renowned sculptress Randee Crisman. Your finished work will be of the finest quality and workmanship, measuring approximately 20" L x 15" H x 8" W and will weigh 20 to 25 pounds, finished with a base. Donated by Randee Crisman.
Equine and Athlete Portrait Session with Elma Garcia! You saw the phenomenal and exclusive USET Athlete Portraits at the 2007 World Cup in Las Vegas! Now Elma Garcia, photographer extraordinaire, will join forces again with celebrity make-up and hair stylist David Michaud to create one more stunning portrait capturing the true essence and personality of the horse and rider! Don't miss out on this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity. Sitting to be arranged at a mutually convenient date, time, and location in Southern California. Donated by Elma Garcia and David Michaud.
Be a Character in a Tami Hoag Novel! Tami Hoag, the New York Times #1 best-selling author and Grand Prix dressage rider, offers you the opportunity to become a character in her next suspense novel, to be published in 2010. The high bidder's name will be used for a prominent secondary character in the story. You can choose to be described as yourself or Tami can make you more handsome than George Clooney or sexier than Angelina Jolie. The winner will be acknowledged in the front of the book with thanks for supporting the USET Foundation and the Olympic Dressage team and will receive five signed copies. With more than 30 million books in print in more than 20 languages worldwide, Tami is truly offering international stardom to the winning bidder. Bragging rights for years, but no editorial privileges! Donated by Tami Hoag.
Golf with Olympian and San Jose Star Hockey Player Jeremy Roenick in Las Vegas! The high bidder will win an incredible package that includes golf for four players with Jeremy at the challenging and beautiful Cascatas Golf Course, dinner for four with Jeremy and Tracy Roenick, show tickets for four (show TBD), two rooms at the fabulous Caesar's Palace, and limo pick-up to and from all events and the airport. Donated by Jeremy and Tracy Roenick and Caesar's Palace.
Dinner Party for Eight in Your Own Home Catered by BeachFire's own Chef Cathy! Cathy McKnight, chef extraordinaire for "One Team, One Dream - A Salute to Hong Kong," will prepare a fabulous dinner, including selected wines, in your home for up to eight people. Chef Cathy was recently named one of the 10 Outstanding Chefs in Orange County - this is a unique opportunity to enjoy her culinary creations. To be arranged at a mutually convenient date, time, and location in Southern California. Donated by David Donaldson.
"One Team, One Dream - A Salute to Hong Kong," will be limited to 300 guests. Reservations are a must. Guests are urged to reserve their tickets/tables as soon as possible to be assured of participating in this fabulous party and exciting evening as we help support our equestrian team headed for the 2008 Olympic Games.
"One Team, One Dream - A Salute to Hong Kong" - Tickets and Tables
Guests may reserve Gold, Silver and Bronze tables of 10 or purchase individual tickets. Guests may also underwrite an athlete's ticket for $300.
Gold Medal Table/Ten - $25,000
Silver Medal Table/Ten - $15,000
Bronze Medal Table/Ten - $5,000
Patron Single Ticket - $300
For more information or to make a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
; or write to USET Foundation, PO Box 355, Gladstone, NJ 07934; or call 908-234-1251, Ext. 208.
The non-profit United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high-performance athletes and horses in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. For more information about the USET Foundation or to make a donation, please call (908) 234-1251 or visit the USET Foundation website at http://www.uset.org
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