Travel Extravaganza at the Casita Linda Spirit of Hope Gala
By Bere Parra
On October 10, the Casita Linda Spirit of Hope Fourth Annual Gala will be held at the magnificent Hacienda Santa Clara. At last year’s gala, there was a lot of interest in the luxury vacation package that was auctioned off. This year not one, but three fabulous luxury vacation packages are being auctioned: one to Italy, another to the Caribbean Islands, and a third one to the Riviera Maya. A professional auctioneer will be conducting the auction this year, which will add a lot of fun on top of the great deals for fabulous trips.
By taking part in the auction and bidding for these packages, you will be helping Casita Linda build homes for families living in extreme poverty in San Miguel de Allende. These houses provide a foundation of hope— a dignified, safe, and empowering environment.
The Italy package consists of an unprecedented 11-night luxury vacation for two valued at US$12,000, staying in some of the best and most gorgeous hotels in the world: the sumptuous Grand Tremezzo Hotel in Lake Como (one of the World’s Best Hotels according to Travel and Leisure); the enchanting Villa Cora Hotel in Florence (recently restored and part of the Relais and Châteaux Association); and your choice of one of the hotels of the renowned Baglioni Collection (in cities such as Milán, Venice, Rome, Florence, Punta Ala, or—if you so wish— London). This package includes a rental car for one week so that you can explore Italy in all its breathtaking glory. Bidding for the Italy package will start at US$5,500.
The Island package is a luxury vacation at St. Barth and St. Maarten: four nights in Belmond La Samanna (St. Maarten) —one of the most stunning resorts on Earth—and three nights in the exclusive Hotel Guanahani (St. Barth), with its secluded sweeping beaches and captivating landscapes. The value of the Island package is US$5,400 and the bidding will start at US$2,700 —certainly a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
The Riviera Maya package is comprised of a four-night stay in a luxury Villa Suite at the Viceroy Riviera Maya, one of the most lavish and fabulous resorts in this gorgeous region of Mexico. Your private pool, outdoor terrace, and outdoor moon shower await you! The value of this package is US$5,400 and the bidding will start at US$2,700.
A silent auction will take place during the evening as well. The item to be auctioned is a magnificent oil on canvas by famed Mexican artist Erika Harrsch, which was generously donated to Casita Linda by Joanne and Graeme Howard. The painting will be on display and up for auction during the gala. The value of this artwork is US$7,500, and the opening bid has been set at US$1,000. This includes the installation. For photos of this piece, visit our website.
Note: some restrictions apply for the travel packages. If you have any questions or cannot attend yet wish to bid on any item, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit www.casitalinda.org for information about the travel package restrictions and payment options.