TRRS New Visions Gala

Embracing the Future

Friday, October 23, 2015
7:00 to 10:00pm

Renaissance Hotel Raleigh North Hills
4100 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

Get Ready!!  Get Set!!!  Bidding Begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Gala!!


Live Auction Items



The Best of Local Art:  

Enjoy the arts scene at some of the areas favorite venues with a broad array of experiences.  You'll be able to appreciate the breadth and depth of the NC Symphonies repertoire with tickets for two (2) for the entire season, which you can pair some evening with a trip to a Raleigh institution, the Irregardless Cafe with a $50 Gift Card, take in the visual arts with a one-year family membership to the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh as well as four (4) combined tickets to simultaneous upcoming exhibitions at the NC Museum of ART (the world of M. C. Escher and Leonardo DaVinci Codex Leicster, both of which run through January 17, 2016.  Add some personal flair to your look thanks to Kendra Scott Jewelry Basket.



Mother's Day Treat: 

Just in time for Mother's Day or just to enjoy the beautiful spring weather-

Treat someone you love (or yourself) to a delightful weekend.  You'll have a memorable evening at the DPAC in Durham with two tickets to 42nd Street       on Saturday, May 7, 2016 where you will enjoy the VIP Package including a parking pass and drink tickets.  Dinner can be at the Parizade Mediterranean Restaurant in Durham with a $50 Gift Card.  You and your date will be looking lovely with a new pearl necklace and earring set by Galetea, and be specially relaxed and rejuvenated after a spa treatment at LeNu Spa in Cary that includes a massage, facial and mani / pedi.


45 Silent Auction Items:


1.  An Elegant Evening

Look forward to dinner for 2 in the Fairview Dining Room at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham

Value: $125


2.  Basketball Opportunity of a Lifetime!

You couldn’t buy this much fun!  Imagine you and 3 friends in 4 courtside seats right behind the coaches and players’ bench for the NC State-Wake Forest game on Saturday, February 13, 2016, plus a basketball signed by NCSU players.

Value: $500


3.  Lunch with Barry Saunders  

Learn how a columnist does his work with humor and heart when you have lunch with the News and Observer’s Barry Saunders.  You and Barry will eat at the Raleigh Times restaurant (one of Barry’s favorites) with a $50 gift card, and you’ll also receive a copy of Barry’s book And The Horse You Rode In  On, which he'll autograph for you at  your lunch!


4.  Foodie Outing!

You and a friend will have a great time with a gift certificate for the 2 of you to enjoy any Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, or Wilmington.  The only hard part will be deciding which one to choose!

Value: $110



5.  Amazon Echo

Anyone – including those with vision or physical impairments – will love the new Amazon Echo, a hands-free, voice-controlled device that connects to a cloud-based voice service to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news and audiobooks, check sports scores, current events, or the weather – instantly. 

Value: $180


6.  Kids’ Day Out

Think how popular you’ll be with your favorite children when you propose a day (or days!) of fun with 4 admission vouchers for Marbles Museum in Raleigh, $15 worth of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream gift cards (valid at North Hills location only; expires July 1, 2016), and $50 worth of gift certificates to Kanki Japanese Steakhouse where they (and you!) can enjoy the lively chefs and show, and a delicious meal (expires April 30, 2016).

Value: $85

7.  Sporting Opportunities

Your sports package includes multiple opportunities for fun and fitness with a Carolina Panthers team lithograph football, a $75 Bass Pro Shops gift certificate, a tennis bag, and a 3-month membership to Fitness Connection at North Hills.

Value: $300; minimum $100 bid per NFL restrictions


8.  A Taste of Italy

Treat yourself and a few friends to an evening at Bella Monica Italian Restaurant with a gift certificate for a 4-course dinner for 4.

Value: $200 (does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity)


9.  Biltmore House

Make time for a trip to Asheville with 2 tickets for a daytime visit to Biltmore Estate and fondly reminisce about your visit with 3 bottles of Biltmore Wine.

Value: $165


10.  Delightful Downtown Raleigh

Have fun exploring downtown Raleigh with a one-year family membership to the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, a gift basket from Videri Chocolate Factory, and a $25 gift card from one of Raleigh’s favorite downtown restaurants that wished to remain anonymous during tonight’s bidding – but you won’t be disappointed! 

Value: $150


11.  Make Plans for Memorial Day!

Enjoy a 1-week stay at a fully-equipped 3-bedroom, 3-bath ocean view house with 2 master suites that sleeps 12 and is only a 200-yard walk from the beach at Emerald Isle, NC (no smoking, no pets).  The vacation is good for the week of Memorial Day, Saturday May 28 – Saturday June 4, 2016.  Bring along some provisions to get your week started with a $75 Publix gift card.

Value: $1,200???


12.  Golf Outing

You and some friends will have fun traveling to the Sandhills for 18 holes of golf for 4 on either the Pines or River Course at Whispering Pines Country Club in Whispering Pines, NC. 

Value: $265


13.  Electrical Contractor Services

Take care of some projects around the house that you’ve been putting off with $250 (approximately 4 hours) of professional electrical contractor services provided by Richard Paschal Electrical Services.

Value: $250


14.  Hurricanes Fan

A devoted fan will look even better at the Carolina-Vancouver game in a new black Carolina Hurricanes jersey!   You’ll be able to invite several friends to share your 5 tickets to the game on Friday, January 15, 2016, and enjoy looking back over previous seasons with a 10th anniversary DVD and pennant.

Value: $150 plus tickets


15.  Evening at the Symphony

Put some music in your life with 2 tickets for any eligible performance in the 2015/2016 North Carolina Symphony Classical or Pops series (must be used before May 21, 2016 for Raleigh or Chapel Hill concerts), enjoy a meal on your night out with a $50 gift card to Gravy Restaurant, and plan future events with a 1-year subscription to Our State magazine.

Value: $218


16.  For a Special Girl

A favorite daughter or granddaughter would love the American Girl Julie doll dressed in period 1960s clothing, along with additional handmade clothes by Georgia McDonald that fit any American Girl doll.

Value: $160.


17.  Go Pack!

Enjoy 2 tickets to an ACC basketball game when NC State plays Georgia Tech at home on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (Section 124, Row K), then head downtown to The Pit restaurant for some great barbecue with your $50 gift card.

Value: $150


18.  Fun in Florida!

Head south for a break to use your 4 single-day passes to Disney World, Florida (good for Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios; expires in August, 2017 and not valid from December 25-31 of any year).  Travel will be much more pleasant with an elegant travel tote including 2 bottle carrier/dopp kits, 2 compression bags, a travel bottle set, inflatable neck pillow, ladies toolcard, a handmade smocked iPad case.  You’ll remember the fun you had every time you use your silver Mickey Mouse winestopper set!

Value: $820 


19.  (Over)night on the Town

Take an in-town vacation with a 1-night stay (Friday or Saturday night) at the Renaissance Hotel (North Hills) with breakfast for 2 the next morning.  While you’re in the area, drive just one exit down the Beltline and enjoy a meal at Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar at Crabtree Valley with $100 worth of gift cards.

Value: $300


20.  Trader Joe’s Bag

Try some Trader Joe’s food products with this fun-packed sampler, including a reusable grocery tote – you’ll be hooked if you weren’t already!

Value: $30 


21.  Family Night at the Movies

Take the family out for an evening with 4 movie passes to Stone Theatres/Park West Cinemas in Morrisville and a $50 gift card to Lugano Ristorante in Cary.

Value: $90


22.  La Farm Bakery

What a treat!  Your gift package includes an artisan bread basket, an autographed copy of the cookbook A Passion for Bread by owner Lionel Vatinet, and a $25 gift certificate from La Farm Bakery in Cary.

Value: $100


23.  Get All Cleaned Up!

Take advantage of multiple opportunities to tidy both your car and yourself with this package of 2 full-service car washes at any Triangle Autobell location, a 2 ½-hour in-house closet/wardrobe consultation from Scout & Molly’s Boutique of North Hills, and 10 $10 gift certificates from Brother’s Dry Cleaners (which can be used at any of the 4 Raleigh locations).

Value: $132 plus value of consultation.


24.  Instant Glamour

You (or a lucky recipient!) will be truly lovely with this 16' oil-rubbed copper necklace and earrings set adorned with glass and jeweled beads in a monochromatic theme of various brown hues with matching earrings handmade by Laura Teeple, along with a $25 gift card from Brighton Collectibles ladies’ accessories at North Hills.

Value: $75


25.  Take a Break!

Make your lunch easy for a few days!  Treat yourself with a $25 gift certificate to Relish Café and a $25 gift certificate to b. Good restaurant.  When you need to brown-bag it, keep it simple for yourself with a $10 Harris Teeter gift card!  (North Hills location only; expires February 2, 2016).

Value: $60


26.  Tracks of an Engineer

Travel to Spencer for a day of fun at the NC Transportation Museum.  While you’re there, you’ll receive engineer training and an engineer’s hat, and then get to operate a vintage diesel locomotive for an hour!  You’ll also receive a framed commemorative photo display with 3 photos taken during your outing.  On your way there or back home, stop at any Bonefish Grill for a meal with $50 worth of gift cards (expires May 22, 2016).

Value: $275


27.  ACC Basketball!

Take in a heart-of-the-season game with 2 tickets when NC State plays Wake Forest at home on Saturday, February 13, 2016 (Section 124, Row K), then stop by any of the Raleigh/Cary Hibernian Irish Pub and Restaurant locations for a snack or meal with $60 worth of gift cards

Value: $160



28.  Fun with a Young Friend

Enjoy a unique opportunity for someone young to be a Little Chef and make their own pizza with the chef at the California Pizza Kitchen at Southpoint, where they can wear and take home their own souvenir junior chef’s jacket.  You’ll also get a $15 gift certificate towards your meal there, and 5 guest passes for the Museum of Life and Science in Durham (expires October 31, 2016).

Value: $100


29.  Road Trip to the Beach!

Take a quick drive to Myrtle Beach where you can enjoy 2 tickets to the Carolina Opry or Good Vibrations show by Gilmore Entertainment anytime between January 31 and June 30, 2016, and make a stop for lunch or dinner with $50 worth of gift cards valid at any Maggiano’s restaurant.

Value: $150


30.  Carolina Hurricanes Package

Get the new year off to a great start as you and 4 friends attend the Hurricanes-Vancouver game on Friday, January 15, 2016.  The 5 tickets come with a hockey stick signed by the current Hurricanes players.



31.  Evening at the Theater

Have an enjoyable night out with 2 tickets to Raleigh Little Theatre’s Stickfly (running from January 15-31, 2016), and complete the evening with a meal at Piola Italian restaurant in North Hills with $50 in gift cards.  Look ahead for interesting activities in the future with a 1-year subscription to Our State magazine.

Value: $120


32.  For the Birds

Everything you need to house and feed your backyard guests, including a handmade birdhouse and a $50 gift certificate to the Cary location of Wild Birds Unlimited.  You get a treat, too, with your colorful coffee mug and a lovely set of 10 butterfly notecards.

Value: $175


33.  Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Shade your eyes stylishly with this new pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from Dr. Don Cloninger at the Eye Care Center.

Value: $89


34.  Take Me Out…

Enjoy the 2016 Carolina Mudcats baseball season with 4 box seats for any one home game (excluding July 2-4, playoff, and exhibition games), along with $40 worth of gift cards at any McAlister’s Deli location (just in case the peanuts and Cracker Jacks didn’t fill you up!).

Value: $80


35.  Golf Outing for Four

Treat your party of 4 to a round of golf, including cart rental, at Wildwood Green Golf Club (expires October 31, 2016).  And improve your own game with a Legend Series driver and a box of Calloway golf balls.

Value: $685


36.  Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

Look your best for $150 worth of photography services from Rising Phoenix Photography, which includes 1 sitting session and an 8x10” photo of your choice.  To prepare, you can select from among your new jewelry, which includes a sterling silver Celtic love knot necklace, a gold heart key pendant and chain, and coordinating sterling silver hoop earrings with removable gold heart keys.

Value: $300  


37.  Goal!!!

A group of 5 can cheer on the Carolina Hurricanes as they play Vancouver on Friday, January 15, 2016, and enjoy a bite to eat with a dinner for 2 (excluding alcohol and tax) at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant.

Value: $50 plus tickets


38.  The Best of Cary

Discover some of the great shops and restaurants in Cary with a gift basket from Waverly Place including a necklace and earring set from Gigi’s Boutique, $30 worth of fun at Color Me Mine ceramics, a $10 gift card from Violet’s Boutique, a $25 gift card from Elegant Stitches, a $5 gift card from Vom Fass Oils, Vinegars, and Spices, and flour sack cloths from Whisk.  There’s also a basket filled with tasty items from Whole Foods and a $50 Lugano Ristorante gift card!

Value: $190


39.  Get Fit, Stay Fit!

Use your 6-month membership to Fitness Connection at North Hills to get (or stay) in shape, and keep yourself healthy with some of the great foods from Fresh Market with your $25 gift card (good at any location)

Value: $225


40.  A Not-to-be-Missed Opportunity

Just in time for mid-season ACC action, invite 3 friends to enjoy 4 courtside seats right behind the coaches and players’ bench for the NC State-Clemson basketball game on Saturday, February 20, 2016, plus a basketball signed by NCSU players.

Value: $500


41.  Bejeweled

Make a beautiful statement with a bold and contemporary 9'oil-rubbed gold chain adorned with metal clockwork medallions and matching earrings made for you by Laura Teeple.

Value: $50


42.  Gardener’s Delight

Beautify your yard with a $50 gift certificate from Garden Supply Company, and beautify your correspondence with a set of 10 butterfly notecards.

Value: $55


43.  A Dog’s Delight

Doesn’t your beloved pet deserve a basket of goodies from Woof Gang Bakery for Dogs?  And wouldn’t you like a treat yourself, with a $10 gift card from Harris Teeter?  (North Hills location only; expires February 2, 2016.)

Value: $60


44.  An Evening at the Ballet

Have an enjoyable night out with 2 tickets to the Carolina Ballet’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (November 19-22, 2015), and stop by for a pre- or post-performance meal with a $50 gift card to Sitti Restaurant

Value: $150



45.  Several Ways to Relax

Just in time for fall, this Relaxed Reader gift basket includes a copy of On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a clip-on book light, candles and bath salts and soaps.  You'll feel cozy as you read under a handmade quilt and will be completely relaxed after a one-hour Level1 massage at Bella Trio Salon and Day Spa at either Durham location. 

Value $160