Soca 2016 Live Auction Items

Casa Aqua Azul on the Mayan Riviera

in Puertos Morelos, 5 Nights


Beautiful, well appointed 3 story home with lots of space and lovely ocean views from 2nd and 3rd floors.  Three bedrooms, 2.25 baths. Please note: the house is not suitable for children under 7 because of the open, tile staircase and steps into the sunken living room . Comfortable LR with large flat screen TV and DVD. Free wireless internet. 3rd floor is the master suite with gorgeous ocean view and private bath. 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms with a shared bath; one with a queen bed and lovely ocean view and the other with a queen and a single bed. Lovely, private, walled garden and pool area.  Only 1/2 block from the beach and 4 blocks to the town square, great location in a safe, peaceful neighborhood. Our English speaking manager can help you have the perfect vacation.

SXSW Interactive, 2 VIP Tickets

March 10-14, 2017

The evening networking events that make up the SXSW Interactive Festival range from parties to award presentations — and almost everything in between. On Friday evening, March 10, don’t miss the SXSW Interactive Festival Opening Party. This event provides a great venue to make connections that will serve you for the next few days — and beyond.

Award ceremonies that are part of the SXSW Interactive Festival honor some of the industry’s most important innovators. Catch the winners at events such as the ReleaseIt at SXSW Awards, the SXSW Accelerator Awards, the Dewey Winburne Community Services Awards, and the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.  

El Cosmico, 2 Nights in 

Marfa, TX

El Cosmico is an 21 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness we offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert. From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet.

4 Nights at Whispering Palms,

Port Aransas, TX 

This vacation rental in Port Aransas can comfortably accommodate up to 10 people with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Relax and enjoy the cool ocean breeze under the canopy of the 60 whispering palm trees surrounding this home, nestled in the heart of Port Aransas. Whispering Palms is a 1-story home boasting a gourmet kitchen. The home also has an open living and dining room.  All 3 bedrooms have king beds and the master bedroom also has a queen sleeper sofa in the sitting area. Another sleeper sofa is in the living area allowing for the comfortable sleeping of 10 people. The property has 3 flat screen TVs, 2 DVD players, Direct TV, BBQ grill and washer and dryer.

This hillside colonial revival home overlooks Lake Flower and is two blocks to downtown Saranac Lake. The 109 year old home is a National Park Service registered historic home. Lake access and full views of Mt. Baker make vacation living splendid. The wrap around front porch is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy an adult beverage, a great book, or a nap!


The large home sleeps 12 and features original architectural details, enormous dining room, hardwood floors, new bathrooms, and extremely comfy beds. We love to cook as a group and the spacious kitchen features a 6 burner Viking range, Bosch dishwasher, Sub Zero, island, quartz counters, and wet bar.


Date exclusions:  6/24-8/18, expires 11-19-17

Great Pine Cottage in the Heart of the Adirondacks, Saranac Lake, NY 

1 week

Staycation at the Archer Hotel, Domain Northside, with Second Bar + Kitchen and Top Golf certificates

Two nights at the Archer with a $100 voucher for the Second Bar + Kitchen AND a $200 gift certificate to Top Golf!

Archer Hotel is north Austin's most anticipated new hotel, bringing a luxe boutique hotel experience and sincere southern hospitality to Domain NORTHSIDE - the exciting final phase of this fashion, dining, and nightlife destination. Experience the energetic new Rock Rose - uptown Austin's most downtown street - with iconic Austin restaurants, bars and Viva Day Spa - all steps from Archer.  With a nod to its Texas heritage, the 8-story, 171-room boutique hotel mixes Texas limestone and wildflowers with the electic, creative soul of Austin. The hotel's carefully curated experience is a reflection of Archer - storyteller and adventurer, connoisseur and consummate host. It's a welcoming residence (and a new favorite among Austin Domain Hotels) filled with quirky, curated luxuries and a sincere staff dedicated to your service. (Includes two nights in a king suite to be used in 2017.  Not available during SXSW and possible other dates tbd.)

Archer is thrilled that the acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen has taken up residence on the ground floor of his Austin hotel at Domain NORTHSIDE. Celebrated Executive Chef David Bull combines seasonal ingredients paired with local artisan products for sharable, casual fare along with a wide selection of finely crafted cocktails, an approachable wine program and eclectic beers. One of the locals favorite new Domain Austin bars!

Top Golf is the premier entertainment and event venue in Austin with fun point-scoring golf games for all skill levels, upscale bar food and drinks, music and more!  just across the Domain on Esperanza Crossing.  (Expires 8-1-17)

12 Days of Feasting

Are you hungry?  Need some relief during the holidays?  Or, just want an excuse for date nights?  Then, here's the deal for you!  We have restaurant gift certificates for 12 (yes, 12!) different restaurants in Austin.   This group includes $300 at Rudy's BBQ (great for a party!).  We also have $50 gift certificates for Moonshine Grill, The Grove, Flemings, Maggiano's, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Capital Grille, and PF Chang's.  From Guero's $30, Blackfin Ameripub $25, Curra's Grill $20 (love those avocado margaritas!).  And, last but not least $25 from Starbucks.  


Hunter's Moon Over Austin

by Dr. James "Mack" Hicks

Dr. James "Mack" Hicks took this stunning photograph for Foundation for the Homeless.  It's printed on metal and ready to hang, size (20 x 30).  Dr. Hicks is the husband of FFH Board member and co-chair of this year's event, Julie Nelson.  In his spare time he specializes in otolaryngology, including voice and facial plastic surgery at Austin Diagnostic Clinic.

The Old Road to the Park

by Mike Etie

 “In my paintings, I strive to capture the intensity of emotional response that describes the way one feels as he sees the sun move quickly at the beginning and end of each day.  We are all so caught up in our lives that we forget to acknowledge God’s gifts, controlling what we do and how we feel in subtle ways.  Of course, the sun rises every day, but never appears the same exact way.  The appreciation of that daily difference is one of the blessings we are given without any obligation – we have only to notice and enjoy.

 The timeless beauty of outdoor landscapes is Mike Etie’s passion and inspiration.  His paintings hold the drama that brilliant color gives to light as it reflects off rugged terrain, particularly in the great Southwest.  The concept of seeing light on an object as a key to emotional response is at the core of Mike Etie’s paintings.  As an artist, he tries to introduce you to a new and different view of the awesome world in which we live.