When the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina had to cancel its spring fundraiser, Bourbon & Bubbles, the nonprofit's primary fundraiser for the year, a new plan was created.
Patrons are now able to bid online for the one-of-a-kind items that would have been available at the original event. The auction, found at artshhi.com/auction, is open through April 10, ending at 5 p.m.
Items include a bottle of the rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, a private flight to Charleston with lunch, a BMW Driving Experience on the track in Greenville, a private wine tasting for 10, and a Lowcountry yachting experience for six to Palmetto Bluff.
An auction highlight is a Redskins weekend in D.C. with seating in the NFL Players Associates' luxury suite for a Redskins regular season game plus an accommodations gift card at the Willard Intercontinental. Other items include jewelry, champagnes, fine wines, bourbons, and many more.
Arts Center experiences include an onstage cameo appearance in the musical "Footloose" (June 17-July 26), and tickets, with dinner certificates, to see a trio of performances: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute (Aug. 5-6); Elton John tribute (Aug. 20-22); and the Purple Xperience, a tribute to Prince and the Revolution (Sept. 4-6).
"Bidding began as soon as we sent out the email alerting our patrons of the online auction," said Andrea Gannon, vice president of marketing for the Arts Center. "I think it's a combination of some wonderful people wanting to support us, mixed with the chance to bid on a fabulous or rare item or experience. The entire auction list can be seen by visiting artshhi.com/auction.