Big Board





BIG BOARD
Look for additional items in the Big Board in the Addendum on the evening of the Auction.
The Big Board items will be auctioned by electronic bidding to add to the excitement.


GOTTA HAVE IT

One-of-a-Kind Jesuit Rosary
This one-of-a-kind rosary features a patterned fine silver Crusader cross set with a gold drusy in a 22K gold setting. The beads are green Murano glass beads wrapped in 24K gold and are separated by small sterling silver, gold-filled, and vermeil beads. The rosary center is a gold-filled St. Stanislaus charm.
Created and donated by Barbara Bone

Needlepoint Nativity
You will want to keep this nativity out all year! This gorgeous fifteen-piece nativity was hand stitched by Strake Jesuit moms and volunteers and then expertly finished. This beautiful set includes the Holy Family, an angel, two shepherds, three magi, a drummer boy, two camels, an elephant, a donkey, and a sheep.
Thank you to the project coordinators Debra Hovnatanian and Courtenay Browning Butler for organizing this tremendous project.
Thank you to the stitchers: Carmen Maria de Aldecoa Baizan, Courtenay Browning Butler, Georgia Butta, Rosanne Caton, Causey Caufield, Mary Daire Delouche, Louise Duble, Carrie Fairchild, Debra Hovnatanian, Pam Lemire, Gretchen McClenny, Barbara Price, Sandy Rainey, Marilyn Taylor, and Laurie Walden.
Thank you to the project underwritters: Needle House, Courtenay and Richard Butler, Carmen Baizan, Louise Duble, Rosanne Caton, and Lori Hathon

Antique Russian Orthodox Cross
This beautiful Antique Russian Orthodox cross is from Latvia! The cross is embedded in a black rhodium lace background, surrounded by a champagne diamond bezel with 121 champagne diamonds (0.51 total weight) and a 14K gold bale.
Donated by Cynthia Ann Jewels

The Photographer
Brighten up a room with this beautiful canvas by Felipe Quijano Salazar who earned his degree in photography from the International Center of Photography in New York. Known for his black and white photographs with splashes of bright colors, Quijano is now based in Bogotá but takes every opportunity he has to travel the world with his camera. His new show, titled “Still to Life,” focuses on bringing to life static objects that are sometimes overlooked in the daily hustle and bustle.
Donated by Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi

Three-Piece Cybis Porcelain Nativity Set
Cybis is recognized by collectors and connoisseurs throughout the world for its unsurpassed beauty. Each Cybis work of art is individually handcrafted and hand decorated in America by the skilled Cybis artisans, with no two sculptures ever being exactly alike. This three piece set includes the infant Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. If the buyer wants to add to the set, other Cybis nativity pieces may be found online.
Donated by Lydia Chopin

Diamond Hoop Earrings
Beautiful diamond and white gold hoop earrings would make the perfect Mother’s Day or birthday gift!
Donated by a friend of Strake Jesuit

Cuff Bracelet
Be the envy of all the Jesuit moms as you wear this beautiful sterling silver cuff bracelet with a Crusader cross in pave imitation emeralds.
Donated by Dostal’s Designs

Spruce Up Your Home
Not sure where to begin? A one hour consultation with one of Houston’s finest decorators, Leslie Minter of Leslie’s Décor and Design, will help you develop a plan. She can help you update your entrance hall, dining room or any room in your home with gift certificates from Lighting Inc. and Bering’s! Need a room renovated? Take advantage of this gift certificate from Remodeling Max which enables the buyer to take $1,500 off of a $5,000 or more job!
Lighting Inc. certificate expires April 30, 2016
Donated by Brad Bailey, Robin Burks and Fred Ames, Sylvia and Paulo Moro, Leslie’s Décor and Design

Garnet Cross
This beautiful 14k yellow gold and garnet cross is a perfect addition to your jewelry wardrobe.
Donated by Houston Jewelry

Rose Gold
Italian rose gold necklace and bracelet set. The necklace is 36” long and is accented by pearls.
Donated by Sylvia and Paulo Moro


GREAT ESCAPES

‘Bama Beach Vacation
Gather the family for eight days and seven nights in a 4 bedroom / 4 bath condo at the Admiral’s Quarters in Orange Beach, Alabama. The condo is a corner unit on the eighth floor and has two balconies. The complex has all the amenities including an indoor and outdoor pool and an exercise room. The unit has a washer/dryer and 5 TVs. Two parking spaces for the week are included.
Restrictions: No smoking and no pets.
Donated by Fran and Jack Gleeson

The Inn at Dos Brisas
Relax at the Inn at Dos Brisas in the Texas hill country for a weekend escape for two. This package includes two nights in a hacienda, one night family style in-room dining, one night Chef’s Tasting Menu in the restaurant, and breakfast delivered to your accommodation each morning.
Valid Through December 2015
Restrictions: Subject to availability. Nonrefundable, nontransferable, and cannot be redeemed for cash.
Donated by Dos Brisas

Granduca Austin Package
Opening in October 2015, Hotel Granduca Austin will be the capitol city’s most luxurious boutique hotel and you could be one of its very first guests. You will be treated to a two night-stay in one of their beautiful suites and receive a $200 gift certificate towards food/beverages. There will be no blackout dates so if you are a Formula One fan, enjoy going to Austin City Limits or SXSW or need a hotel for a Longhorn football game, don’t miss this opportunity to be transported back to a world of elegance, exclusivity, and sophistication.
Restrictions: Subject to availability
Donated by Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi

Ranch in Round Top
Spend a relaxing weekend in this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath house located on 144 acres. This ranch house escape is located just over one mile from Round Top.
Restrictions: Available any weekend except Thanksgiving.
Donated by Cindy and Kendall Miller

Galveston, Oh Galveston
Leave your worries in the city and head down to Pirate’s Beach for a fall or spring weekend getaway. This beach-front house has five bedrooms and three baths and is beautifully decorated. Stop by Randalls on the way to stock the fridge with this $300 gift card.
Restrictions: Excludes holidays. No smoking, pets or unsupervised groups under the age of 25.
Donated by Leah and Steve Ragiel, Randall’s

Sun Africa Safaris
A trip of a lifetime! An all-inclusive hunting package for one that includes 8 nights and 7 days in South Africa. Animals on this hunt may include Common Springbuck, Black Springbuck, White Springbuck, Black Wildebeest and Duiker.
Restrictions : Hunt must be taken before October 2016. Hunter is allowed to upgrade on the amount of days and animals. Hunter is also allowed to bring more hunters/observers at the latest rates.
Donated by Sun Africa Safaris, Annalie and Pierre Moolman

Weekend in New Braunfels
Spend a weekend at a vacation home in New Braunfels on Comal Park Golf Course located within walking distance to the Comal River and Wurstfest. The house has 3 bedrooms including 1 king, 1 queen, and 4 twin bunks, and 2 baths. The home is two miles from Gruene Hall and walking distance to Schlitterbahn.
Buyer chooses from these weekends: July 24-26, July 31-August 2, November 13-15 (Wurstfest). Two nights and three days. Two family maximum. No unsupervised teens or young adults.
Donated by Maureen and Pat Swanson

Scenic Seacrest Beach
Escape to the beautiful Emerald Coast beaches without the crowds of summer! Stay for a week in a beautifully decorated home located along scenic 30A in charming Seacrest Beach, Florida between October 2015 and February 2016. The home sleeps 12 comfortably with 2 king bedrooms, 2 queen bedrooms, a day bed, and a set of bunk beds with terrific view of the gulf. The property boasts private porches and an outdoor dining area and grill.
Reservations are subject to availability.
Donated by Stephanie and Joe Kotarski

Casa de Pesca
Get away from it all for two nights and three days in this fantastic vacation home with lots of room for family & friends to enjoy fun and recreation on Little Bay in Rockport, TX! The home sleeps 8-10 and boasts a newly constructed downstairs suite with living area, bedroom and full bath. An interior stairway takes you up to a fully updated kitchen with new cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The great room has plenty of space for everyone to relax. The master bedroom with updated bath is also located upstairs along with two other bedrooms that share a third bath. Enjoy the patio with an outdoor kitchen and bar, new docks, fish cleaning stand, swim ladder and green lights for night time fishing.
Restrictions: Holidays excluded. No pets and no smoking.
Donated by Jeannine and Tim Dugan

Las Verandas Hotel & Villas
Las Verandas is located on the beautiful island of Roatan, Honduras. Enjoy a four night stay in a two bedroom villa with a private infinity edge pool with stunning views of the azure Caribbean. Accommodations are for up to four people with full breakfast daily.
Restrictions: Subject to availability. Expires May 1, 2016.
Donated by Las Verandas & Villas

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
A winter or summer Colorado getaway awaits you at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. This trip is for three nights and includes breakfast for four individuals each day. One day of private ski instruction for up to six people is included.
Please make reservations in advance.
Exceptions: Not valid during holidays and not valid December 20, 2015 to January 2, 2016. Offer expires January 15, 2016. Gratuities not included.
Donors: Martha and Dan Rutledge, Diane Neste - Beaver Creek Ski School

Argentina Big Game Hunt
If you want to hunt Big Game Species, then TGB Outfitters has a hunt for you! Buyer and a guest will arrive at Santa Rosa Airport in La Pampa, Argentina and will hunt multiple big game species. They will spend seven days/seven nights in a first class hunting lodge complete with meals. The donor has provided $500 credit toward the first 5 trophies taken by each hunter. Maximum credit per trophy is $500 that will be deducted from trophy fee according to current price list. Trophy prep, field prep and transportation of trophy to buyer are included. Hunting license required and costs $250-$650 depending on species. Weapons permits to be obtained upon arrival in Argentina. Hunting season is March 1 through July 30.
Restrictions: Trip expires July 30, 2016. Hunter provides rifles and ammunition. Additional hunters and/or observers may be added at buyer’s expense. Does not include travel to Santa Rosa Airport, La Pampa.
Donated by TGB Outfitters

Weekend at Sargent Bay
Relax with a four-night stay at this beautiful bay house that accommodates 18 guests and is located on Caney Creek. The home has 4 bedrooms (3 queen, 2 double, 2 twin trundle beds and 2 futons), 3 1/2 baths, fully equipped kitchen, central air and heat, electric fireplace, covered porch, and a covered deck near the water. There is an above ground pool with deck. The pier is lighted at night for fishing and has a lighted fish cleaning station, room to tie off your boat and Jet Skis. You can fish and crab off the pier but no swimming due to the shallow shell bottom. The Intercoastal Canal and beach area is a two minute boat ride away and 2.5 miles by car. Sargent, Texas is located about 85 miles from Houston.
Donated by Tama and John Dorman

Weekend Hunt at Chili Canyon Ranch
Enjoy a weekend hunt at Chili Canyon Ranch in Tarpley, Texas. A maximum of four hunters will enjoy hunting exotics, whitetail, and feral hogs.
Buyer to provide Texas hunting license, guns and ammo
Donated by Pearl Summers Garza and Art Garza III

Exotic St. Lucia
Enjoy seven nights (double occupancy) for up to two rooms at St. James Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia. Set amid 25 acres of lush hillside gardens tucked into a private cove on the northern coast of St. Lucia, this all-inclusive, beachfront resort features well-appointed guest rooms and suites offering stunning ocean and tropical garden views.
Requires supplement of $110 per person, per night and provides dining, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges and gratuities. Government tax not included.
Donated by Lisa and Steve Watson

Disneyland California
A magical experience awaits your family at Disneyland! Package includes four Disneyland Resort one-day Park Hopper tickets. These tickets are valid during normal operating hours and provide admission at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park for one day. These tickets may not be upgraded and expire on February 16, 2017.
Donated by Disneyland Resorts Community Relations

Galveston Getaway
Leave your worries in the city and head to Pirate’s Beach for a one-week stay. You and your family will love this beautiful three-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a pool and just a short walk to the beach. Get your beach trip food essentials with a $300 Central Market gift card!
Donated by Sarah Duckers and Mark Davidson, Central Market

Gone Fishing – Polebenders
Cast out a line for this father/son trip to Polebenders Fishing Lodge for four people. This is a father-son trip for two fathers and two sons. This trip is for two nights and one full day of guided fishing. This guy's paradise is located in Seadrift, Texas which is a short 2 hour drive south from Houston. Lodging, meals and boat fishing are all provided. At night, guests will enjoy sitting by the bonfire or hanging out in the game room.
No need to pack blankets or towels, but guests should bring their own fishing gear. No alcohol is provided.
Donated by Julie and Carlos Leon

Santa Rosa Beach
Kick off your summer by heading to the beach! This three bedroom, three bath beach home with a loft and a private saltwater pool is located in Seagrove, Florida, one mile from Seaside, Florida.
Only available for the second week in June 2015
Donated by Tammy and Kirk Eyring


SPORTS FANATIC

Houston Texans Tickets
Cheer on the home team from these four field level seats at mid-field – section 127, row D. A parking pass is included. Tickets to the pregame tailgate by Churrascos in the training bubble are included.

Work with the donor to choose a mutually agreeable game in the 2015 season.
Donated by Judy and Dick Agee, Juan Deshon - Churrascos

Geaux Tigers!
You and your fellow LSU Tigers football fan will have excellent seats (section 304, row 38, seats 19-20) to enjoy a home game of your choice in the 2015 season.
Donated by Jill and Phil Ribbeck

JJ Watt Jersey
Official NFL Houston Texans jersey #99 autographed by JJ Watt in custom frame. Own a reminder of this dangerous pass rusher, stout run stuffer, and enormous handed havoc wreaker with a serious vertical jump who had one of the greatest defensive seasons in modern NFL history that will live on in the record books.
Donated by Jen and Mike Vrabel

Houston Rockets – On the Floor!
Package includes four tickets on the floor plus two parking passes to the last game of the season when the Houston Rockets play the Utah Jazz on April 15, 2015. (Yes, this is only four days after the auction!) Seats are in section C106A in the third row on the floor.
Donated by Colvill Office Properties

Houston Texans Gameday Package
This is something to cheer about! Your parking pass gives you access to the VIP lot. The package includes tickets for four to the amazing Churrascos tailgate in the bubble. You will want to get into the stadium early and use your pregame sidelines passes to watch the team warm-up. The package includes four tickets on the mezzanine level to see the Houston Texans play the New England Patriots.
Donated by the Houston Texans, Juan Deshon - Churrascos

It’s in the Stars!
Enjoy watching a Skeeters baseball game in an air-conditioned suite at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. This package is for 20 people and includes five parking passes and peanuts and popcorn! The suite includes a private exterior balcony, TV, and private restroom. Choose an available Sunday - Thursday game before September 15, 2015.
Donated by Doris and Joe Gurecky

Astros vs. Diamondbacks Series
Not just one game … but the whole series! This package includes four field level tickets, four club level passes and a parking pass to each of the three games of the Astros vs. Diamondbacks series July 31 to August 2, 2015.
Donated by Cindy and Massey Villarreal

Go Aggies!
Four tickets to a 2015 Texas A&M home football game. These Prime East Bench seats are located in the heart of the 12th Man, between the 30-yard lines on the east side of the stadium. From this location, you will be immersed in the spirit of Aggieland, while still able to enjoy the new bench seats and new concourse. A parking pass is included and tickets are for a game to be agreed upon by the buyer and donor.
Donated by Jacque and Terry Townend

Bulls on Parade Helmet
You are going to want this official NFL helmet autographed by the Houston Texans linebackers including Brian Cushing, Whitney Mercilus, Brooks Reed, and Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans Linebackers coach, Mike Vrabel.
Donated by Jen and Mike Vrabel

Day of Golf with Bruce Davidson
Spend the day with Bruce Davidson, former director of golf at River Oaks Country Club, at the club’s newly renovated golf course. The day includes golf lessons from Bruce who is coach to Masters champion Mark O’Meara and to Ian Woosman, a round golf and lunch at the club.
There is no expiration on this item but the date will have to be mutually decided. The renovation of the course is ongoing so this event will take place in spring 2016.
Donated by Laura and Bruce Davidson

DRIVEN Golf clubs
Hit the course with this Freedom Hybrid golf club set with golf bag and box of balls.
Donated by Nicole and Mark Thierry, DRIVEN Golf

Skeeters Skybox
Enjoy your own private skybox as the Skeeters host a rival from the Atlantic League at beautiful Constellation Field. The skybox accommodates up to 24 people with 18 outside seats and additional indoor seating. $500 credit for food and non-alcoholic beverages included, along with 6 VIP parking passes. Alcoholic beverage must be purchased separately. Date of event to be mutually agreed upon for a 2015 regular season game.
Donated by FairfieldNodal, Roy Duff


LOCAL ADVENTURES

Sunset Cruise on Galveston Bay

Enjoy a sunset cruise for eight people on a beautiful evening with a captained charter on board a new Jeanneau SO 379 sailboat on Galveston Bay. Spend two or three hours enjoying the late afternoon sail.
Expires May 2016
Donated by Meg and Paul Britton

Crawfish & Shrimp Boil
Get ready for your crawfish and shrimp boil for 20 people! New Orleans native Jerry Eumont will prepare a feast for you including boiled crawfish, steamed shrimp, and Jerry’s famous jambalaya. Dinner will be prepared and served at your home. Jerry has cooked countless crawfish boils and has mastered the technique of cooking the perfect batch of crawfish. Jerry and Craig have cooked the jambalaya at the St. Laurence Parish Bazaar for years. This is a meal you do not want to miss! Event is to take place during crawfish season, March through May 2015. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Expiration Date: May 31, 2015
Donated by Kristi and Jerry Eumont, Nancy and Craig Popp

Gift Card Tree
Dine at several of Houston’s favorites eateries with this collection of gift cards.
Donated by RDG + Bar Annie, Frank’s Americana Revival, Sorrento Ristorante, Taste of Texas, Tejas Tacos, Chuy’s

Ibiza Dinner
Enjoy a chef’s dinner for four at the critically acclaimed Ibiza! This food and wine bar continues to wow guests with its chef-driven menu. Its party-like atmosphere has crowds filling tables at lunch and dinner. Chef Charles Clark and his team are front and center and the bustling open kitchen provides the show. Don’t miss out on an evening of great service and food!
Restrictions: No Friday or Saturday
Donated by Ibiza

Sail around Galveston Bay
Enjoy a cruise for eight people around Galveston Bay with a captained charter on board a new Jeanneau SO 379 sailboat on Galveston Bay. Spend about four hours relaxing on the water. This excursion is perfect for families or couples. Expires May 2016
Donated by Meg and Paul Britton

Carrabba’s Dinner Party
Enjoy dinner for 24 in the private wine room at Carrabba’s on Kirby. Schedule your dinner on a Monday through Thursday evening before October 15, 2015. Reservations required.
This dinner does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity.
Donated by Carrabba’s

Wine Dinner by Aura Brasserie
Celebrate a special day with this custom “Wine Dinner” in your home or at Aura Brasserie for eight people. Your evening includes a five-course chef’s dinner with wine pairing for each course.
Restrictions: Weekends and holidays are excluded. Advance reservations required. Date must be mutually agreed upon.
Donated by Michelle and Frederic Perrier – Aura Brasserie

Compagnie Kafig
Enjoy an evening of energetic dance with two tickets to Compagne Kafig on April 17, 2015 at the Cullen Theatre in the Wortham Center. The all-male Brazilian cast whom Merzouki discovered in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro performs these celebrated works influenced by hip-hop, bossa nova and capoeira. After the show enjoy dinner with a $200 certificate to Maggiano’s.
Donated by SFPA, Jeannine and Tim Dugan

A Weekend Not So Far Away
Get away from it all…. Sort of! You will be spending two nights at The Hilton Americas – Houston, the jewel in Houston's crown. Wake up and enjoy breakfast in The Café. The Houston Symphony has provided two premium tickets and a valet pass for ‘Andres Conducts Mahler 3’ and to complete this package, a $100 gift card to Mark’s Restaurant, a Houston favorite.
Hilton: Friday & Saturday night stay only, up to $40 for breakfast. Symphony tickets are for May 15, 16 or 17, 2015 only. Marks: Monday to Thursday only and gift card expires October 15, 2015
Donated by Hilton Americas Houston Hotel, Mark’s American Cuisine, Houston Symphony

Girls’ Day Out!
Have lunch with five of your girlfriends at Benjy’s and show off your new purchases from French Cuff ($100) and Leslie & Co. ($75).
Donated by Benjy’s, French Cuff, Leslie & Co.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder
Take your pick of destinations with this $1000 JetBlue gift card. JetBlue flies non-stop to New York and Boston, and flights continue to great destinations in the northeast and in the Caribbean.
Donated by Emily and Robert Clay


STRAKE JESUIT SPECIAL

Renewal of Vows and Hotel Granduca Stay
Do you have a special anniversary coming up? Have you thought that it would be nice to renew your wedding vows? Well, here’s your chance! Father Daniel K. Lahart, SJ will officiate the renewal of your wedding vows in the chapel on campus. After the ceremony, you and your spouse will head to the Hotel Granduca for a Saturday night stay in a luxurious suite and enjoy Sunday Brunch for Two!
Advanced reservations required. Offer expires April 11, 2016.
Donated by Father Daniel K. Lahart SJ, Hotel Granduca

Strake Jesuit Mother-Son Luncheon
With good food and good friends, enjoy a premium table for ten at the 2015 Mother-Son Luncheon on October 14, 2015. Reservations are required.
Donated by the Strake Jesuit Mothers’ Club

Father Lahart Blessed Bible
Family Bible blessed by Father Daniel K. Lahart, SJ. This would make a great wedding or graduation gift, or even a housewarming gift if you decide not to keep it for yourself!
Donated by Mary Regina, Father Daniel K. Lahart, SJ

Warm Up With the Spirit of Strake Jesuit
A one-of-a-kind quilt made from twenty Strake Jesuit T-shirts featuring shirts from each varsity sport and numerous school clubs.
Donated by Jill and Phil Ribbeck

Bible Signed and Blessed by Father Bravo
You will most definitely want to own this beautiful ivory family Bible signed and blessed by Father Flavio Bravo SJ.
Donated by Theodore’s, Father Flavio Bravo, SJ

Reserved Parking for SJ Football Games and Chili’s
No need to fight the crowds when you can enjoy a reserved parking spot for all 2015 home varsity football games. Before the game, stop by Chili’s for some tailgating fare with the $200 gift card!
Donated by Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Jeannine and Tim Dugan