Skip to main content

2014 Big Chill Auction Items

Get Ready to Bid Big!

It's all about scholarships at the Blue Tie Wine Pairing Dinner and Auction at Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, R.I.

Even if you can't attend the Big Chill Weekend silent auction, you can still participate by submitting an absentee bid. Absentee bids will be accepted by phone through February 26. Absentee bid instructions are noted below.

A sample of what you can look forward to at the Big Chill 2013 auction:

NASCAR at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Experience the adrenaline rush of stock-car racing firsthand with four tickets to the New Hampshire 300 NASCAR race in North Loudon, New Hampshire. Donated by: Jerry Gappens and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Value: $360
Opening Bid: $180
Minimum Raise: $30

The Oyster and the Pearl
This winning combination—a stunning 17" 8.5–12mm freshwater pearl necklace with 14k beads, accompanied by a $50 gift certificate to the Matunuck Oyster Bar—will make a wonderful gift for that special bivalve lover in your life! Donated by: Imperial Deltah/Banice Bazar ’51 and Matunuck Oyster Bar
Value: $950
Opening Bid: $450
Minimum Raise: $90

A Day at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships + Museum Visit
The International Tennis Hall of Fame  at the Newport Casino was the site of the first U.S. National Championships in 1881. Come taste a bit of history as you visit the museum, then watch some spectacular championship play at this summer's tournament (July 5–13). Donated by: International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Value: $148
Opening Bid:$75
Minimum Raise: $30

Escape to Vermont on Woodchuck
Enjoy this tour of the Woodchuck Cidery, a one-night double-occupancy stay at the historic Middlebury Inn with breakfast, and a $50 gift certificate to Two Brothers Tavern. Also includes Woodchuck Hard Cider apparel and pub pints. Tours must be scheduled Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Middlebury Inn stay expires 12/31/14. Donated by: Woodchuck Hard Cider
Value: $300
Opening Bid: $150
Minimum Raise: $30

Digital Print: Phoenix Evolving
Abstract artist Patricia Hould creates large and luminous mixed-media canvases, layering acrylic glazes with gold, copper, and silver leaf. This limited edition giclée digital print on canvas (48" x 24") is #27 of 250.
Donated by: Blazing Editions and Alan Blazar ’75
Value: $1,500
Opening Bid: $750
Minimum Raise: $150


Big Chill 2014 Absentee Bidding Process

An online preview of all auction items is available, and absentee bids will be accepted by phone through February 26, 2014. If there are two identical bids placed on the same item, priority will be given to the first bid received. All bids must be made in increments.

  • If you are interested in making an absentee bid, contact Chris DiSano at 401.874.4536 through February 26, and provide him with the item(s) you wish to bid on, the maximum amount you desire to bid, and a valid credit card number that the purchase(s) can be charged to if you are the successful bidder.
  • If you call outside of business hours (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) you may leave a voicemail and your call will be returned within one business day. Please do not leave bids, or credit information on voicemail. Bids left on voicemail will not be considered valid.
  • The bidding will start with the opening bid noted. We will competitively bid up by the minimum raise noted, until the maximum amount you have indicated is reached, at which time we will stop bidding on your behalf.
  • All winning bids are final.
  • The bidder’s credit card will only be charged after the auction, if you are the successful bidder.
  • Successful bidders will be notified by email with a confirmation. Your item will be available for pickup or shipment.*

    *If you are bidding on an item of merchandise, shipping charges and appropriate insurance will be added to the total amount. Charges will be based on actual cost.

Complete event details here.

Preview of Auction items

Auction Items
Preview the many exciting auction items here.

For More Information

Shana Greene '95 M.S.' 97

Assistant Director
Alumni Relations
Alumni Center
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401.874.2218
Fax: 401.874.5957