Check back for items up for live auction at the 26th Annual Star Gala! See below for some items that were up for auction at last year’s Star Gala.

One Year Founding Membership to Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection

MorriesHeritage_2016Few things rival the experience of driving a well-maintained, vintage car. It’s a truly visceral experience that stimulates all the senses. The design of a classic car — its curves, stance and arresting presence keeps your eyes, and the eyes of passersby, utterly transfixed. The sonorous roar of a well-tuned engine raises the hair on the back of your neck, sending chills down your spine. Morrie’s Heritage Car Connection (MHCC) connects you with vintage and modern classics without the headaches — the financial burden, maintenance hassle, storage, insurance, etc.– associated with classic car ownership. Founding Membership includes 1,000 points to be used towards rentals from the entire MHCC fleet of 32 vehicles. Those points could get you 16 days in a Ferrari Convertible, 40 days in a 1957 Porsche Speedster, 50 days in a 1966 Ford Country Squire Wagon or 65 days in a 1974 VW Thing – and much, much more! View a breakdown of points to learn more. Points are redeemable from April through October 2016. Other perks to the Founding Membership include preferred access to vehicles, a MHCC Exclusive JW Hulme and Co. Duffle Bag, the first opportunity to purchase MHCC vehicles when they go on the market, a seat on vehicle advisory board to help select new acquisitions to the fleet, preferred access to MHCC “Dojo” for personal and business events, and at least one annual MHCC Founder’s Group Outing, such as a track day at Brainerd Raceway. Must be at least 25 years old to bid or redeem this amazing package. The 2016 Heritage Car Connection driving season ends October 31, 2016. Donor: Morrie’s Automotive Group

Manzanillo, Mexico

ManzanilloMexico_2016Spend an unforgettable week in the luxury, oceanside Villa Paraiso in Manzanillo, Mexico. This 12,000-square-foot open air private villa comfortably sleeps four couples in private suites, each with their own bathroom. The two-tier waterfall infinity pool overlooks the Pacific Ocean, so you can sit back and enjoy the waves by day and breathtaking sunset views by night. Get pampered daily by staff who prepare your meals and serve your favorite margaritas. Deep sea fishing, golf, tennis, paragliding, horseback riding and ATV rentals are available nearby. Transportation, groceries and tips are not included. The reservation is for March 18-25, 2017. More information: Donors: John and Melonie Mulligan

A wine connoisseur’s dream getaway!

Escape to France to experience the Chateau de la Cree on Burgundy’s Cote d’Or, an estate and winery that dates back to the 15th Century. You and five guests will spend up to a week immersed in the beauty and the history of the region that has been producing Pinot Noir for 1,600 years. The home, which is in the quaint town of Santenay, includes bedrooms with en suite baths and king sized beds. Enjoy the outdoors with the Chateau’s new tennis court, croquet court, pétanque and bicycles. Guests are invited to experience the history of the land, vines and wines on a special guided tour of the Château’s vineyards in the most prestigious Burgundian appellations including Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay, and Maranges. Imagine the stories these revered vineyards could tell as you feel and smell the soil and taste the grapes. Enjoy a tasting that includes wine from five of these vineyards. On the way home, stop at the Château de la Crée winery, close to the plaza in Santenay for a tour with the winemaker. Underneath the Château are four ancient caves, dating from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th centuries. One evening you will visit one of the Château’s caves for a wine reception, followed by dinner in the Evenstad’s rotisserie grill room, prepared by a local chef and paired with Domaine Serene wines. Tastings can be arranged at other Burgundy producers, which may include famous and young up-and-comers, like Alex Gambal, Dujac, Joseph Drouhin, Bruno Lorenzon and Remoissenet. Concierge service will be available to help with tastings and restaurant recommendations as well as reservations. This package includes two first/business class tickets via Delta Air Lines as well as a mixed case of wines from the Evenstads’ Chateau de la Cree wines to be enjoyed during your stay. Trip is to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates within one year of the auction. Donors: Ken & Grace Evenstad, Mark & Shannon Evenstad and Delta Air Lines

A Latin American culinary experience with chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Experience the culinary delights of Latin American cuisine with internationally recognized chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard. You and five guests will join members of Children’s Diabetes team for a five-course “small plates” meal inspired by Central American and Spanish fare with accompanying wine pairings – all in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy lively conversation and experience Amalia’s craft first-hand through culinary demonstrations. As host, you will also receive Amalia’s nine-time international award-winning and best-selling book Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen—gourmet cuisine with a cultural flair. Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning, bestselling author, chef, and seasoned entrepreneur born and raised in Guatemala City. She has taught at numerous venues including Kitchen Window and the legendary Cooks of Crocus Hill, among others. Amalia currently resides in the Twin Cities. Donor: Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard and the Diabetes Team

World-class skiing getaway

Enjoy a winter wonderland getaway to the renowned ski slopes of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. You and your guests will enjoy five days of skiing, breathtaking views and relaxation at a luxurious ski-in, ski-out home. This three-level, five-bedroom, six-bathroom home can sleep up to 17 people. After a day of skiing in the majestic mountains, settle in by the three-level stone fireplace or enjoy the view of the Rocky Mountains and Beaver Creek Golf Course. While you are there, check out the alpine village and its amazing restaurants, which have won numerous awards and accolades for their food and wine offerings. Included in this package is air fare for eight people via Delta Air Lines. This offer is valid until October 2017, excluding New Year’s and Presidents’ Day weekends. Donor: Maciek & Brenda Kaminiski and Delta Air Lines

Game on! Watch the Minnesota Vikings play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field

Watch the Minnesota Vikings take on the Chicago Bears at famous landmark, Soldier Field. You and three guests will travel in style in a four-seat private jet, complete with food and beverage service. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity others have claimed to be the “greatest way to watch the division rivals away from home.” Donor: Minnesota Vikings and North Central Aviation

Ryder Cup Experience

RyderCup_200pxWatch the world’s most elite golf players compete for the 2016 Ryder Cup, Sept. 27-Oct.2 at Hazeltine National Golf Course, in Chaska, Minnesota. You and three guests will enjoy access to the entire week of play, including practice rounds and the most prestigious game itself. Before the game, you and your guests are invited to play a round of golf, tour the club’s archives, and enjoy lunch accompanied by a “History of the Ryder Cup” talk led by Hazeltine’s club pro, Chandler Withington. After the Ryder Cup, Hazeltine will have hosted every premier championship offered by the USGA and PGA. For golf aficionados, this is not an opportunity you dare miss. Donor: Vidscrip and PGA

Jeep Wrangler Sport

Jeep_300pxYour new Wrangler Sport was specifically designed and custom made for Children’s Star Gala. The exterior has 17″ Mopar Beadlock wheels, a 4″ lift kit, rugged ridge front bumper, Vision X headlights, bumper lights and roof lights, Mopar satin black grille and flat style fenders, side steps, and hard top. The inside has Katzkin leather and a red interior accent kit! The package includes a 24-month lease of this one-of-a-kind vehicle. Donor: Coon Rapids Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, a member of Carousel Motor Group

Polaris ACE 570

Polaris ACE is designed to give riders a unique off-road experience. It’s industry exclusive design combines the nimble handling of an ATV with the security and comfort of a side by side. The Polaris ACE is packed with many of the same industry leading features and technology found on our Sportsman ATVs, RANGER utility vehicles and RZR sport performance side by sides. Built to tackle the toughest trails. ACE is one of the most comfortable off-road vehicles out there. The sit in, step out design makes it easier to get into and out of than any other off-road vehicle out there. Combine that with the adjustable high back bucket seat and steering wheel and it’s easy to see how ACE delivers all day comfort on the trail or at work. Donor: Polaris

The wonder of weather – a classroom visit with meteorologist Belinda Jensen

BelTheWeatherGirl_300pxKids can’t help but wonder about the weather. Dig into the details by providing a weather-focused educational experience for your child and their classmates hosted by KARE 11 meteorologist Belinda Jensen. This classroom visit, geared toward grades 1-3, is available within the 2016-2017 school year and can accommodate up to 100 students. During her visit, Belinda will do a weather-focused experiment with kids and read from one of the books in her series, Bel the Weather Girl. Your child and their classmates will receive a soft cover book from the collection provided by Lerner Publishing. In addition, Belinda will donate a hardcover set of Bel the Weather Girl books to the school’s library. Bel the Weather Girl books introduce kids to key weather phenomena including hail, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more. Young readers will enjoy following along on each of Bel’s adventures, as she and Dylan come up with playful new ways to understand some of weather’s wildest wonders. With included learning activities, a glossary, and fun facts on weather, these titles will inspire young readers to learn more about the science behind weather. The Bel the Weather Girl series includes: A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms, Raindrops on a Roller Coaster: Hail, The Sky Stirs Up Trouble: Tornadoes, A Snowstorm Shows Off: Blizzards, Spinning Wind and Water: Hurricanes, and Weather Clues in the Sky: Clouds. Donor: Belinda Jensen

Up, Up and Away to Majestic Chaticleer on Lake Superior

Blades up for three couples from Signature Flight Support in St. Paul, MN in a Bell 429 helicopter. Enjoy the spectacular aerial vista of the St. Paul/Minneapolis skyline and Northern MN wilderness. Arrive via helicopter at Lee and Penny Anderson’s home “Chanticleer” (one of the sister homes to the infamous Glensheen Mansion) for a three day and two night Duluth adventure. Enjoy dinner at Northland Country Club or Bellisios one evening and a round of golf and lunch at Northland Country Club one afternoon (weather and season permitting). Full staff on property for bed turn-down service and basic household needs. Local transportation provided. Expires March 1, 2017. Donor: Lee & Penny Anderson and Kathy Anderson Groethe & Joel Groethe