Calling all bidders! On Saturday, February 24, ACCESS® will host the 20th annual Starry Starry Night, “Written in the Stars,” at the Little Rock Marriott. This year’s landmark event will celebrate the past, present and future of the organization while honoring those who have helped to chart its course. Guests can expect a stellar lineup of food, drinks, silent and live auctions, and an after party with live music! Contact Krysten Levin, ACCESS Marketing and Special Events Manager, at 501-217-8600 or Krysten.Levin@thewrightfoundry.com for ticket information.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind evening, featuring a spectacular mix of unique auction items! Check out the details below and discover some of the highlights…then call up your friends and family to develop a winning strategy!
Instant Wine Cellar
You will be the toast of the town with this instant wine cellar! Take home 36 bottles, hand-selected as “wines every home should have,” for all occasions. This distinct collection includes a wide range of highly acclaimed premium reds from California, Oregon and Italy in addition to whites from California and France. This package is guaranteed to impress your friends and bring joy to your palette as you savor the flavors of some of the best wines from around the globe. Salute!
Donated by: Anonymous
Escape for a Week to Carmel Valley Ranch, California
Enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year and nestled in the heart of the Santa Lucia Mountains lies your Carmel Valley Ranch escape. This California abode overlooks the Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course (an 18-hole, par-7 course) on hole #15 and features three bedrooms (with an additional sleeper sofa in the sunroom), four baths. Amenities include a full kitchen, laundry room, and living room with wood burning fireplace, in addition to an in-ground Jacuzzi spa. This vacation getaway offers many dining options, entertainment, and recreational activities nearby. Not just for golf enthusiasts, guests can plan a day at the spa, hike the breathtaking trails of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, tour local wineries, or venture to the ocean—there’s something for everyone! Golf, tennis, and workout facilities are available at an additional cost. Your seven-night stay is to be used on mutually agreed upon dates between the winning bidder and owner. The home is not available July or August.
Donated By: Anonymous
ACCESS Greenhouse Dinner Party for Twenty
1500 North Mississippi Street
We’re bringing Starry Starry Night back to its roots with a fabulous garden party for you and 19 guests! The spacious 96’ x 34’ aeroponic/hydroponic greenhouse has become a new favorite setting for cozy gatherings beneath festooned lights, with soft music from a live trio. Dine by candlelight, on an inspired four-course meal that Chef Scott Rains of Table 28 (in the Burgundy Hotel) creates using micro-greens and herbs grown by ACCESS students. Each course is paired with exceptional wines from Presqu’ile Winery. Please book from September through December.
Donated By: ACCESS, Chef Scott Rains and Table 28, Presqu’ile Winery and Suzanne & Madison Murphy
Week-long Escape to Luxury Villa in Puerto Vallarta Paradise
An elegant vacation villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Casa del Quetzal is named after the country’s recognized bird of royalty. Perched on a hillside with magnificent views of the ocean, jungle, and mountains, this serene villa offers travelers quiet repose in the semitropical location of Conchas Chinas.
Casa del Quetzal is 3 levels and consists of 5 bedroom suites and 5½ baths. The villa offers 11,000 square feet of architectural inspiration, complete with a dramatic 35-foot heated infinity pool and extensive stone terrace upon which you may, with drink in hand, breathe in the salty air, soak up the sun, and revel in the panoramic views of Banderas Bay. The villa is so relaxing you may not want to move…and you don’t have to! Casa del Quetzal’s personal chef provides scrumptious edibles made from farm-to-table ingredients. When you aren’t enjoying the comforts of Casa del Quetzal, discover the charm of Puerto Vallarta with its terra cotta rooftops, overflowing bougainvillea, and invigorating culture. Walk the sandy shoreline; sample the many restaurants, cantinas, and cafés; and shop the charming boutiques of one of the friendliest (and most romantic) cities in the world!
Your luxury villa awaits you and your companions, September 15-22, 2018. Dates are non-negotiable.
Donated By: Casa del Quetzcal
Trophy White Tail Buck Hunt
Enjoy the hunt of a lifetime at G3 Whitetail’s NE Oklahoma high-fence game preserve, located only 4 hours from Little Rock. This 3-day hunt includes a fair chase experience for an up to 160” class whitetail and the following: Meals, lodging, one-on-one guide service, ground transportation to and from the hunting blind, game retrieval, meat processing, and permits. From hunting to accommodations, the family-owned G3 Whitetails team thoughtfully tailors everything to you, guaranteeing a magnificent hunt and fond, lasting memories. An exclusive bonus includes sharing this hunt with an accompanying, non-hunting family member at no additional charge. (For a fee, the winning bidder has the option to upgrade hunt to a larger class deer). Learn more about G3 Whitetails.
Donated By: G3 WhiteTails
Hot Springs Escape with THV 11’s Craig O’Neill
Experience Oaklawn Racing and Gaming like never before! You and three guests will join THV 11’s Craig O’Neill for one of the following experiences: 1) A Saturday of luxury (hanging out in the jockey club with the horse owners). Or, 2) a Sunday full of special surprises to let everyone on the track know you’re there. After your ‘celebrity’ experience, your party will retire with Craig to a private box where, through skillful equine investment, you’ll make all the money back that you spend on this auction (plus interest)! While in Hot Springs, you and your three guests can relax with 25-minute massages at the historic Quapaw bathhouse and enjoy accommodations for two nights at Hot Springs’ newest hot spot, the Waters Hotel. With a $50 gift card in hand, complete your Hot Springs experience with a visit to the infamous McClard’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant.
Hotel includes two city rooms for two nights. Choice of weekends include March 23-25, 2018 or March 30 – April 1, 2018. Winner to choose preferred dates for hotel and Oaklawn attendance by March 1, 2018. Massages may be upgraded for a minimal fee.
Donated By: Craig O’Neill, The Waters Hotel, Quapaw Bath House
Meet Our Super Sweet, Super Silent ACCESS Star
Part of our Super Silent Auction, the littlest ACCESS Star at this year’s event is an 8-week-old purebred Labrador puppy looking for a loving family to call her own!
When local news anchor Matt Mosler and his wife Camille’s dog Griff went missing in September of last year, the whole community went on a search for their beloved boy. But Griff was gone. Locals Shane and Mandy Ferguson heard the news, and they were heartbroken for the Moslers. They knew they had to help. With a white Labrador of their own (Berklie), they located one of Griff’s brothers from the same litter (Baylor), and decided that a new puppy from Berklie and Baylor’s litter would be a great gift to the Moslers. On December 18th, Berklie and Baylor’s puppies were born – seven of Griff’s nieces and nephews. The Moslers chose a new puppy to love but six puppies remained. So how were we lucky enough to get a member of this meaningful litter?
Shane and Mandy have a 13-year-old son, Cohen, who kicked off his early childhood education with ACCESS. Cohen was born with childhood apraxia of speech, and received early intervention services for three years to help him build the brighter future he has today. As former ACCESS parents, Shane and Mandy wanted to give back to the mission that helped their family so much and they graciously allowed one of their female puppies to become the “Littlest Star” of the 20th Annual Starry Starry Night. Take her home today as the newest addition to your family. Spend countless hours rolling around the grass in the backyard, walking around the neighborhood, or becoming inseparable hunting companions. The Littlest Star is AKC registered and goes home with her own kennel.
Donated By: Mandy and Shane Ferguson, Owners of SWaNK Hair Studio