Come fly with airline captain Karen Koenig* aboard her classic Piper Comanche PA24-250 four-seater. Karen will fly you and two friends up into the skies of Central Illinois to take in the beauty of the heartland. You can choose where you would like to go and what you'd like to do. Want to go to Peoria for dinner? She can do that. Want a preliminary flight lesson? She can do that too! Want a lovely scenic ride over the countryside? She's got you covered. You will plan your itinerary with Karen, and then sit back and enjoy the ride. Bonus! You will also receive a $150 Visa gift card for incidental expenses or a nice meal before or after your flight. Don't miss this chance to enjoy our little corner of the world from a bird's eye view!
Generously donated by Captain Karen Koenig and Dan & Marianne Harrington
* Karen is a long-time supporter of the Champaign County Humane Society with over 40 years of flight experience and 20,000 hours of flight time. She is an international captain and was a flight instructor in small airplanes, like hers, for 6 years. She is fully insured and ALWAYS thinks of safety first.
You and five of your favorite people will be treated to a special dining experience personally served by General Manager, Scott McIntosh, at Big Grove Tavern; Champaign's best of the Midwest! A classic tavern with a twist, Big Grove prides itself on having something for everyone while supporting its community partners. Your night will include a privately served customized five-course dinner for six with a total of 10 bottles of premier wine from the Duckhorn Vineyards of Napa Valley. And, as a nod to why we are here tonight, Big Grove Tavern will provide special doggie bags for your furry friends at home. To end the evening you don't have far to go, as there are three rooms waiting for you across the street - at Hyatt Place (a 4th if necessary).
Whether you're an old hand with a 12-gauge or have never fired a gun in your life (but secretly always wanted to) this day at Old Barn Sporting Clays will be a blast. Many people describe Sporting Clays as "golf with a shotgun," and for good reason. A sporting clays course consists of several shooting stations with different shooting scenarios at each. Clay disks are launched from different angles and each shooter takes his or her turn trying to shoot as many clays as possible.
Experienced shooter and long-time friend of CCHS, Brad Passalacqua will host up to 4 people for the day, which begins with a hearty breakfast and a pre-shoot safety lesson. Before hitting the course, you'll get some hands-on instruction from a pro at Old Barn Sporting Clays.
Participants do not need a FOID card. Ear protection, firearms, and ammo will be provided for those that need it. All you need to bring is protective eyewear, transportation, and an adventurous spirit!
Many first-time shooters get hooked on this social and competitive game. Dawn, Ginger, and Lisa (pictured here) all loved their first experience shooting clays. You will be shooting the full course of 120 targets. Beginners rest assured that you will have one-on-one assistance through the whole course. The sights and smells of fall with the fun of learning something new - all to benefit homeless animals! What could be better?
Have you always wanted to know how to slice, dice, chop and julienne like a professional chef? These skills can make a big difference in your enjoyment of cooking. Chris Alwes, Executive Chef at Destihl Restaurant in Champaign will come to your home to teach you and five of your friends how to slice and dice like a professional. The fruits of your labor will be used in the creation of a delicious appetizer which you and your guests are sure to enjoy along with a magnum of champagne, courtesy of Jim and Cheryle Turner. Proper equipment is part of the package, too! Everyone will get to take home a chef's knife and Boos Block cutting board provided by KEC Design.
Does your pet have a face that will launch a thousand smiles? You can make that happen with your winning bid to put your adorable pet on the 2018 CCHS Holiday card!! Local spunky animal-loving photographer, Lisa Shreffler, will visit your home or meet you at a local park to photograph your pet (or pets) to be featured on this year's card. Your session will also include a $150 wall art credit (a size greater than 8x10) from your collection.
CCHS staff will select the images of your pet to be featured on the 2018 holiday card and other promotional materials. There is a limit of one photo session per winner and the session must be scheduled to take place between November 1 and November 15.
Drink beer? Eat pizza? Have friends? Love animals? If the answer is "YES" to these questions, then this is the party for you! Brewmaster of Riggs Beer Company will give you and 15 of your friends a one-hour tour of the facility with plenty of tastings along the way! After the tour, enjoy food for your entire crew catered by Rosati's Pizza. Your Rosati's catering deal is available any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. . . a perfect event to get you through the work week!
Nothing renews the mind, body and spirit more than communing with nature!
The winning bidder will choose a trip for 2 or 4 people:
For two, this package includes a fun, friendly, expertly-guided four-day whitewater rafting trip on the wild and scenic Rogue River in southern Oregon. The Rogue River is a preserved wild river boasting of more than 35 rapids along forested canyon walls. The river banks are rich with wildlife and history of miners, Native Americans and outlaws. (As it stands now, the trip beginning dates in 2019 will be: May 26, July 25, August 4 and September 2. Trip schedules are subject to change.)
The trip for four consists of a three-day adventure on the Grande Ronde in NE Oregon. This hidden gem of clear waters and deep canyons offers stunning views of scenery and wildlife. It's a great family trip (minimum age for children is six). Grande Ronde trips will be scheduled in early to mid-June.
These are world-class river journeys hosted by Oregon River Experiences (ORE), a five-star rafting company operated out of Portland, Oregon, since 1978. The flexible staff of ORE will work with you to make sure you are able to schedule a trip that fits your needs!
No matter what you choose, your trip will be fully outfitted for a safe and super-fun time including all safety gear, tents, and sleep kits.
This package includes 2 round-trip coach tickets to Portland on American Airlines.
Get ready to bleed orange and blue and cheer on the Fighting Illini as they take on the Purdue Boilermakers at the 151st Illinois Homecoming game on October 13, 2:30 p.m. Your group of four Illini fans will enjoy a parking pass close to the stadium and if you choose to tailgate, we've got you covered with $125 gift certificate* from Li'l Porgy's and beer provided by Triptych Brewing. As game time approaches, you'll meet your "field escort" at Gate 16 to experience BIG 10 football from the same sideline view as the players and coaches with your four on-the-field passes for the entire 1st quarter! Then you'll move on up to the premium Colonnades Club where you and your friends can relax and enjoy yourselves before, during, and after the game in the spacious lounge area and your box seats. A $150 Visa card will come in handy for food, drink and more at the stadium, and a $100 Illini Union Bookstore gift card will help you get your orange and blue before the game. Not many Illini fans can say they have experienced Illini football like this. Hail Alma Mater!
*Li'l Porgy's gift certificate can be used on game day or any other time.
As the saying goes, the trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you'll be hungry again! Prepare to be hungry! Enjoy a private in-home customized Sicilian dinner for eight to ten people prepared by Chef Jordan Baldarotta, Executive Chef and Owner of Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage. Of course, there will be wine!
No need to worry about getting ready to entertain because house cleaning will be included! This night will be a perfect time to celebrate good times, good friends, and good food.
Chicago is everyone's kind of town! This package for four includes lots of things to do and see. Enjoy them all in one trip or spread them out over a few visits to the Windy City. However you do it, you'll have a grand time in Chicago!
* Chicago Cubs tickets for a 2019 home game at Wrigley Field (4 tickets)
* Chicago Architectural Tour (4 tickets)
* Dinner for 4 at Nando Milano (yes, there's one in Chicago!)
* Four tickets to Comedy Sportz Theatre comedy club
* $250 to spend on lodging of your choice with a Hotels.com gift card
Visit San Diego and sail with the crew on the famous America's Cup yacht, the Stars and Stripes USA 11. This package for two offers a truly unique experience - a ride on one of the fastest sailing vessels in the world. You can pitch in and be a part of the sailing crew-manning the wheel or grinding the winches-or just relax and marvel at the 11-story-high mast of this magnificent high-tech racing machine.
Your trip will include a three-hour sailing experience for two, but your adventure won't end there. You will be guests for a three-night stay at the resort-style, luxurious Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa while you explore beautiful San Diego. You will have your own travel professional and concierge service to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch. Your agent will set up your round-trip airfare for two (included).
Stars and Stripes USA 11 sailings are on weekends (often Thursday - Sundays). Blackout dates for the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa are May 9-10, June 15-16, July 19-21, and October 2-4, 2019. Airfare blackout dates are the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.
Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime treat!