REEL to ROGUE: Live Auction Preview


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A Preview of our REEL to ROGUE Live Auction Destination Packages

Get ready to travel! Feast your eyes on a sampling of travel packages near and far that will be offered during our live auction at REEL to ROGUE, Thursday. October 2nd from 5:30 – 8:30p at the Peerless Restaurant in Ashland. This event helps us kick off the 25th Annual Varsity World Film Week, where AIFF brings you the world through independent film. Tickets to REEL to ROGUE are available now at Information regarding Varsity World Film Week is available now!

Our thanks to the many generous supporters who have donated these amazing retreats! We look forward to seeing you at REEL to ROGUE.

Oahu, Hawaii

Your very own tropical paradise awaits! Nestled at the base of famous Diamond Head Crater, this five bedroom, four-bath family friendly house is only steps away from sunny beaches, Tongs surfing area, the expansive Kapiolani Park, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Honolulu Zoo, the exclusive Outrigger Canoe Club and the Elks Club.  One-week rental sleeps nine.  Dates by arrangement with owner and subject to availability. $400 cleaning fee required. Available January- May 2015.   Donated by Amelia Arapoff.

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Moroccan Dinner for 8-10

Renowned Moroccan chef, Tiazza Rose, grew up in the Berber villages of southern Morocco before she moved to Casablanca.  As the second oldest of ten children, Tiazza started cooking at a young age to help her mother, and eventually took over the task of cooking meals for her family. A personal trainer, fitness instructor, belly dance teacher and sports nutritionist, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for her Moroccan cooking classes as well as scrumptious feasts.  Spend the evening with 8-10 of your favorite guests and enjoy the mysterious flavors of exotic Africa, a signature cocktail and wine pairings.  And for the truly adventurous, Tiazza will welcome you as her sous chef(s)!

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Portland, Oregon

Start your 2 night Portland getaway in a luxurious Pearl District Loft. Take a stroll through the beautiful Japanese Gardens and then head to Pairings Portland for a wine class. Top off your stay with dinner and an evening of theater at Portland Center Stage. Your accommodations are a lovingly decorated, privately owned 1,200 sq. ft. loft:  great room concept, with 1 bedroom, 1 bath, fully equipped kitchen, 40-feet of windows, and patio. A great place to relax or venture out to enjoy the many great restaurants and entertainment. Accommodations and experiences for 2 adults with parking. Arrangements for available dates to be made through the owners.  This is their private, second home and is not used as a rental. Donated by Barbara Allen and Jim Batzer, Portland Center Stage, Jeffrey Weissler and the Japanese Gardens.

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Sayulita, Mexico Getaway

This is your one-week dream vacation!  Perched on the south end of the Sayulita Bay, about 25 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta, Villa Poema de Amor features stunning 360-degree views of Playa los Muertos, Sayulita, and ocean as far as the eye can see. Accommodates two. Spring, summer, or fall based on availability. Donated by Zan Nix and Lloyd Haines.






Bandon, Oregon

Relax while watching waves crash and the whales spout at  the Quintessential Beach Cottage, your getaway on scenic Beach Loop Drive , a 5-minute walk from the beach. This privately owned home can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests (no smoking or pets). Availability by arrangement with owner. Valid through September 2015. Package Features:

  • 4 days and 3 nights lodging for 4
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully equipped kitchen
  • 5 minute walk to public beach access
  • 15 minute drive to Bandon Dunes world class golf.

Donated by Katharine Mahoney and Ted Loftus.

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Washington, DC Weekend Adventure

Your weekend in the Nation’s Capital includes two nights for two at the exclusive Cosmos Club on Embassy Row in the DuPont Circle neighborhood.  Your Ashland hosts, Dan Decena and Morgan Sammons, who have lived in the Washington,D.C. area for 25 years, will also treat you to a gourmet meal at their second home in the historic art-deco Kennedy Warren apartments in Cleveland Park. The Kennedy Warren has been the home to such Washington notables as Harry and Bess Truman and Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. In addition, you will be treated to a pass for two at the fabulous Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern and contemporary art established in 1921. Finally, Dan and/or Morgan will provide a guided tour of both the Cosmos Club and the Kennedy Warren and a list of not-to-miss sights and restaurants in the Capital area. Dates by mutual agreement. Airfare not included.

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Lucky “Ducks”

Are you or is someone you love DUCKS obsessed? Do you like to wear green and yellow? Then this U of O football weekend package for 4 will be a winner with 4 tickets to a game of your choice and accommodations for 2 nights at a sweet cottage within walking distance of Autzen Stadium. Start the day by choosing t-shirts or a stadium blanket with your University of Oregon Store gift certificate, then grabbing a beer and bite at McMenamins Restaurant .  After the game, you can enjoy Neapolitan Pizza prepared in a wood-burning oven at La Perla Pizzeria. Subject to availability. $60 cleaning fee required. Donated by Kalona Kierstede, Maylee Oddo and Helen Rosen, McMenamins, U of O Store, La Perla Pizzeria.


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Rogue Valley Wine Tour

Bravo Outings presents: A Taste of The Rogue Valley – Enjoy a custom wine tasting tour followed by a private dinner for 8 showcasing the best of the Rogue Valley. Your afternoon will begin by visiting wineries and tasting the finest wines produced in southern Oregon.  Also included will be visits to both the Rogue Creamery and Lille Belle Farms Chocolates.  Conclude the day with a catered dinner by James Daw, chef/owner of Bacchanal, specializing in private catering and on-premise personal chef services. Wines for the dinner provided by Ledger David Cellars.

donated by Tracy Rice and James Daw

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Wine Connoisseur’s Private Collection

Indulge in a rare 5-liter etched bottle of Abacela 1999 Syrah from Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. This beautiful bottle, from the private cellar of Michael Donovan, is perfect for entertaining a large group or dinner party. Enjoy the abundant aromas of red and black fruit with hints of earthy spice lifted by flavors of plum and raspberry, and complemented by savory oak. A lively acidity makes it a wonderful accompaniment to a variety of foods. This Syrah is well structured and complex, and has a long finish.

Also included in this wine lovers delight is a trio of Bordeaux ready for your enjoyment:

1996 Baronne Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon from Pauillac, France. This deep red opens with an intense nose of black cherry, redcurrant and flowers. It becomes more complex with airing, revealing a succession of notes of graphite, cold smoke and a touch of licorice. Refined and elegant, it’s beautifully balanced between brisk and refreshing acidity, a succulent reminder of wild berry fruit and solid though not boisterous tannins. A very full length on the palate, distinguished by a hint of bitter chocolate, it is at its peak with the ability to continue for several more years.

1998 Château Sanctus, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, France. A lovely, old-fashioned Saint-Émilion, fully mature, leathery and earthy, with a note of limestone.

1996 Château La Gaffelière, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, France. Full-bodied, rich and spicy, this grand cru was made from one of the garagistes of Saint-Émilion, known for their concentration of production within tiny “garage-sized” lots and for their singular flavors.

Donated by Michael Donovan and Dave Margulies.

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Ashland Stay-cation

Be a tourist in your own hometown.  The Ashland Stay-cation package is chock full of amazing opportunities, things you’ve always wanted to do, but could never get around to doing.  Consider for your Ashland experience—brunch at the scrumptious Loft Brasserie and Bar; two tickets to an Oregon Shakespeare Festival play of your choice, an extended shopping spree with gift certificates from some of our finest local merchants (Nimbus, Prize, Bloomsbury, and Paddington Station), and for coffee lovers, Noble Coffee will provide classes for two in their terrific coffee series during the month of November. Salinity Salts will provide an exquisite set of finishing salts.  But wait!  Just when you thought there couldn’t be anymore, there is.  What else could possibly be included in your Stay-cation package?  How about the Blue Giraffe Day Spa and Salon experience?   Your specially prepared Spa-Cation package includes: overnight stay for two at the beautiful Plaza Inn & Suites, massage for two at the adjoining Blue Giraffe Spa and an incredible dinner for two at your choice of Kobe or Thai Pepper restaurants.

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Dinner with the Dean at SOU’s Hannon Library

Enjoy a “behind-the-scenes” tour and formal dinner for six at SOU’s Hannon Library, hosted by Emeritus Library Dean Paul Adalian and his  wife, Rosemary, and catered by A’viands. A book truck laden with regional wine and hors d’oeuvres will accompany your group on a private tour of the Library’s major art collections, featuring a cuneiform, hieroglyphic tablets, an eight-foot Coptic scroll and medieval manuscripts; the digitizing projects lab and the Digital Media Gallery; Special Collections and Archives, including Shakespeare’s 2nd folio published in 1632 and his 4th folio published in 1685, and other areas upon request. Following the tour, guests will savor a gourmet meal on the third floor of the Library with spectacular views of the Valley. The package will also include two tickets to each of the five productions presented by the Oregon Center fort he Arts at Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Arts Program for the 2014-2015 season.   Donated by Paul and Rosemary Adalian.

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Elaine and Dick Sweet Dinner

A private gourmet dinner with wines for 8 can be yours from the renowned kitchen of Elaine and Dick Sweet.  The meal will be cooked and served by the Sweets for you and your favorite guests. The date and menu will be determined by mutual agreement.  Dick and Elaine have a cook’s kitchen and often donate wonderful dinners to local non-profits. This is the first time that they are providing a dinner to AIFF.  It’s sure to be a memorable event.

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International Gourmet Dinner

The palates of eight lucky people are sure to be tantalized by this four-course, international dinner in a lovely West Valley (Central Point) home.  Cuisines from Spain, Italy, France, and Germany will be paired with the perfect wine for each course. Calleen Tinonga (retired owner of On Occasion Catering, Bay Area) with her sous chefs Pam Leandro Notch, Ulla Nash, and sommelier, Doug Nash will host and prepare this sumptuous meal. To ensure the ultimate dining experience, guests will be served on the deck of Calleen’s home with a view of the valley below. Date by mutual agreement, 30-day advance notice valid through October 2015.

Donors: Doug & Ulla Nash, Pam & Gerald Notch, Calleen & Luigi Tinonga,  Abiqua Wind Wines.