Cooper's Hawk Package$150
Enjoy a 3-month wine membership to Cooper's Hawk, a $25 gift card, and a magnum of Cooper's Hawk Meritage wine. https://www.coopershawkwinery.com/
Cake Decorating Class$100
Cake decorating class for six. Each individual will learn how to professionally decorate a cake and can take their creation home to enjoy. Piece-A-Cake is located in East Dundee. http://www.pieceacakebakery.net/
VIP CMOTF Experience$100
Four tickets to the Chamber Music on the Fox's Brass Concert on May 23, 2016 with VIP reserved seating and a special invite to an exclusive party w/brass players afterward. http://www.chambermusiconthefox.org/
Private Flute Concert$200
Enjoy an evening of flute duets for up to 12 people at the home of ESO flutist Scott Metlicka on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00pm - complete with a wine and cheese spread! ESO musicians Scott Metlicka and Jean Bishop will play a variety of selections for flute and piano, including Muczynski, Perilhou, Kuhlau, Faure, Telemann, Debussy, and Bozza. Program will last one hour, with conversation about the musical selections. Guests are welcome to stay after to socialize.
Start your family tree discovery this summer with ESO violist, Loretta Gillespie. Loretta will help you get started and avoid beginner pitfalls. Learn the ins and outs of the most popular online genealogy sites. The three one-hour sessions can take place in your home, the local library or a coffee shop with Wi-Fi! Includes tips on doing research offline and two how-to books (a $40 value). Last year's winner said, "We always wanted to learn more about our roots but were somewhat intimidated by the process. Last year we bid on the genealogy package offered by violist Loretta. We're SO GLAD our bid won! We had a great time with Loretta, who helped us immensely. Now we're hooked and the search goes on!"
Sox vs. Royals$230
Six tickets to Sox vs. Royals on May 22, 2016 behind homeplate. Parking included.
Cubs. Vs. Giants$2,600
Four tickets to Cubs vs. Giants on September 4, 2016. Fourth row behind home plate upper deck. Parking included.
Party with Animals$140
A wonderful fun birthday celebration and education tour of the HARPS farm and rescue operation for horses and other farm animals. Meet wild stallion Elko Dann rescued from the mountains of Nevada in 2003 and learn about wild horses and Elko's training. Take a pony ride on a Shetland pony or mid-sized horse. Enjoy a pizza-provided lunch in a lovely serene historic farm setting on Oak Knoll Road in Barrington Hills - a barn and homestead from the turn of the century and one of the first dairy barns to pasteurize milk. Limit 15 children (all ages), games not provided by HARPS but lots of open space to enjoy yours, adult children encouraged to attend as chaperones, decorations or cake NOT provided by HARPS, rain-date reschedule availability. http://www.harpsonline.org/
Have you always wanted to learn the violin or viola, or did you play as a kid and are thinking about wiping the dust off your old instrument? Enjoy two 1-hour lessons with ESO principal violist Matt Mantell on either violin or viola, and impress all of your friends!
"Meat" the Musician$220
Joe Malmquist, ESO violin, and his wife Marge will host a small get together for two people at their house, with grilled or smoked meat of choice from "Butcher on the Block" in Lake in the Hills!
Hang out with the Cello section at beautiful Villa Verone in Geneva! Two rounds of drinks and appetizers for six (four cellists, two winners): First round of drinks your choice, second round - LimonCELLO. Expires November 2, 2016. Not valid on Saturdays.
Music and Mimosas$215
Enjoy a home-cooked brunch and mimosas by cellist Sara Sitzer at her house on a Sunday morning. In lieu of dessert, Sara and her husband Richard will perform a selection of cello duos! For up to four people.
ESO JAZZ Package$75
ESO Presents: JAZZ with Marvin Stamm premium tickets (4) on May 19, 2016. Special invitation to the exclusive afterparty at Holiday Inn, as well as an invitation to the Tuesday rehearsal!
Lunch with Musicians$145
Enjoy a fun lunch with ESO musicians! The package includes a $100 certificate for lunch/dinner for two, plus Ross Beacraft and one other ESO musician at Al's Café in Elgin.
Evita at Marriott$205
4 tickets ($40 each) to Evita on May 25, 2016 (matinee) at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. May be exchanged for another date. http://www.marriotttheatre.com/show/evita
Two premium tickets to any 16-17 Broadway season show at the Paramount Theater in Aurora. Choose from Momma Mia, Sweeney Tood, Little Mermaid and More! http://paramountaurora.com/series/broadway/
Onstage Experience 1$100
Four seats onstage, behind the orchestra, at the Saturday, November 5, 2016 Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake concert. Concert begins at 7:30pm. A patron has said of her onstage experience, "Experiencing a concert from behind the orchestra onstage is amazing! You get to see the musicians in action. The sound is different but no less wonderful than from the auditorium. The bonus is that you get to see Andrew's expressions and his passion for the music!"
Onstage Experience 2$100
Four seats onstage, behind the orchestra, at the Sunday, November 6, 2016 Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake concert. Concert begins at 2:30pm. A patron has said of her onstage experience, "Experiencing a concert from behind the orchestra onstage is amazing! You get to see the musicians in action. The sound is different but no less wonderful than from the auditorium. The bonus is that you get to see Andrew's expressions and his passion for the music!"
Get the Basses Loaded!$175
It's all about the bass! Enjoy a night out with 3-4 members of the world famous ESO bass section! Casual drinks and pizza at Danny's on Douglas. For 6-8 people (including 3-4 bass players). http://www.dannyspizzaelgin.com/
Brass Quintet Concert$940
Enjoy a thrilling brass quintet performance with a thirty-minute concert by the ESO Brass Quintet. Let these world class musicians take you on an unforgettable musical journey! Blackout dates may apply.
Chicago Condo Weekend$440
Use of a beautiful downtown condo for a weekend (two bed, two bath) right next to Trump Tower. Fabulous view of the river and skyline. Includes a parking spot. Winner and condo owner will work together to find a mutually agreeable weekend for the stay. Use of the condo will depend on the condo owner's travel schedule.
Los Cabos Trip$425
Enjoy an all-inclusive 3 night, 4 day vacation at the Posada Real Los Cabos Hotel in San José del Cabo, Mexico for two adults, including food and unlimited domestic drinks from 7am-11pm. Expires on December 15th, 2016. Blackout dates include October 27-30, 2016. Reservations are based on availability, excluding holidays, Christmas season, special events, and blackout dates. Additional nights may be reserved by the winner at a special rate of $65 per person per night. http://www.posadareal-hotels.com/loscabos/
Private Sitar Concert$950
Enjoy a sitar and tabla concert at your home or private party! Dr. Savitha Susarla will delight you and your guests with beautiful Indian sitar music, with tabla accompaniment. This traditional Indian music is the perfect addition to any party!
ESO musicians Wendy Evans, violin and Betsy Start, cello will play one hour of classy background music at your party! Indoor only, within 20-mile radius of Elgin. Must be used within one year.
Brewing with Mark Fry$140
ESO musician Mark Fry, bass trombone will walk you through all of the steps of brewing one beer of your choice at his home in Elgin. After a fermentation period of two to four weeks, Mark will deliver the finished beer in bottles ready to consume! Note: beer is limited to ales only, i.e. Stout, IPA, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, various Belgian beers, etc.
Cocktails with Andrew$510
Enjoy a cocktail party with Andrew Grams and ten of your friends at Libby Hoeft's home, complete with delicious appetizers, cocktails of your choice, and great conversation!
Fishing at McGraw$170
Enjoy a 1/2 day of guided fishing (boat/motor included, rental rods additional) for two people, and lunch for two people at Max McGraw (includes tax and gratuities) at the beautiful and exclusive McGraw Wildlife Foundation! Reservations required.
Opening Weekend CymbalLive Item
Play the cymbals on-stage during the Star Spangled Banner on Opening Night! Get a personal percussion lesson and be part of Opening Weekend on September 17-18, 2016.
First in Line ValetLive Item
After each concert throughout the 2016-2017 season, the valet drivers will pull your car up first!
Special Chef's DinnerLive Item
Enjoy a special "Chef's Dinner" for six people, plus Andrew Grams, at The Anvil Club! Chef Eric will make a special menu and help introduce and serve each course. Seating can be in the Lincoln room or a special table of your choice!
Tea with Betty GramsLive Item
Enjoy a tea date for eight people and Betty Grams, hosted by Murna Hanseman in her beautiful Elgin home.
Conduct the ESO!Live Item
Take the baton from Stephen Squires during one of the ESO's Magical Holiday Concerts on December 10, 2016 and conduct Sleigh Ride! Only TWO available this year for the Saturday concerts at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
Golf at Boulder RidgeLive Item
Enjoy a golf outing two people at the beautiful Boulder Ridge Country Club with Maestro Andrew Grams and Steve or Shari Kathe. Afterwards you will enjoy a delicious lunch in the clubhouse!
Cello CompositionLive Item
Original Composition & Concert by Elizabeth Start, ESO cellist. ESO cellist, Elizabeth Start, will write an original five minute composition for solo cello or electric cello (with wah, flayer, digital delay & distortion) created after consultation with the winner, to get the "feel" of the person or event it will be dedicated to. Elizabeth will personally perform it at a mutually agreeable time and location and the winner will also receive a copy of the sheet music and recording. Elizabeth will hold creative rights and right to perform elsewhere, but will always list the dedication with the composition wherever it appears or is otherwise performed.