$1,000 CAKE

Zebra-themed* custom cake, served immediately to your table

Skip the dessert buffet when you win this philanthropic prize for your table. Designed and baked fresh for our event by Never Enough Bake Shop Owner and Pastry Chef Aimee Filippetti, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Aimee grew up in Mystic and always knew she wanted to bring her passion to the community of Southeastern Connecticut. Tonight, she is excited to bring her passion to our event in support of the rare retinal disease community.

Value: $75
Bragging rights: Priceless
Donor: Never Enough Bake Shop


A collection of 6 fine wines from Mike

Thinking it might be time to head for that bunker? This prize has everything you need to escape the world for a while. Or at least until the wine and the TP run out.

  • 2018 Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri Sassicaia ($299)
  • 1985 Charme-Chambertin, Pierre Bourée Fils ($299)
  • 2016 Prince, Napa Valley, The Mascot ($175)
  • 2018 Conn Creek, Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley Cabernet ($135)
  • 2018 VGS Chateau Potelle Two, Napa Valley, Red ($90)
  • 2015 Tenuta Perano, Chianti Classico Riserva ($57)

Value: $1,000 +
Donor: Michael Mondello
President & Founder of Mystic Financial Group LLC
Former Board Director of Hope in Focus


A stunning oval blue topaz pendant

This gorgeous topaz pendant is made to dazzle with a 19.0 carat oval Swiss blue topaz. It is set in a 14 karat white gold mounting with .10 carats total weight diamond bail. Chain is 14 karat white gold.

Details: May not be exchanged or returned for cash.

Value: $1,000
Donor: Simply Majestic


To add color, texture & light to your home

Our generous artist’s work can be found in all corners of the world. Their studio is a design house, artist’s workshop, and factory in the tradition of those found in Europe. This particular piece was selected especially for Dinner in the Dark, and blends the best of European and American artistry in a one-of-a-kind piece. We think it would look beautiful on your mantel or special bookcase. A big thank you to our artist for their sense of adventure and willingness to allow us to keep this beautiful piece of work “in the dark” for our event tonight!

Details: The winner may take this gift home with them from the event, or our generous donor will ship this piece to the winner, free of charge.

Value: $1,100
Donor: Bid and find out!

GET NAKED (or partially naked) AROUND TOWN

A collection of services at our favorite spas

Enjoy this collection of facial and massage services donated by some of our Event Committee’s favorite spas around town. Share with a friend, or use them all yourself. You deserve it.

Details: Each spa has donated the items listed above in the form of individual gift cards and certificates. Any additional restrictions will be detailed on those certificates and gift cards. They may not be returned or exchanged for cash.

Pure Eco Spa & Boutique, Westerly
Two 90-minute Signature Massages & Two 30-minute Infrared Saunas
Value $300

The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich
Overnight Stay and Breakfast in Kensington’s for Two
Value $300

Le Spa, Mystic
Hydra Facial with Dermaplaning Service
Value $200

Cerulean Beauty & Spa, Groton
60-minute Mystic Classic Massage
Value $150

G-Spa at Foxwoods, Mashantucket
Gift Certificate for Services
Value $150

SB Medical Aesthetics, Mystic
Gift Card for Services
Value $150

Rob Rivers, The Salon & Spa, Mystic
Exclusive Rob Rivers Signature Facial
Value $125

Value: $1,375
Donor: Listed above


7 nights for 10 guests

This beautiful, updated home situated three blocks from the beach and one block from the Isle of Palms Marina is perfect for beachcombers, golfers, and family gatherings. When you want to enjoy the Carolina sunshine you can relax on the screened porch, sunbathe on the master balcony, or have a cookout with the gas grill along the newly installed back patio!

This home features:

  • 4 bedrooms: 2 King beds; 1 Queen; 1 Pyramid bedroom
    (twin over full); 1 bunk bed
  • 3 full bathrooms
  • Private first-floor den can accommodate 2 additional guests
    (total of 12) with a sleeper sofa
  • Laundry room, hot/cold outdoor shower, and more!

Details: Reservations applicable for seven consecutive nights falling between Oct. 22, 2022, and May 12, 2023, and Sept. 9, 2023, and May 10, 2024. Blackout dates include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays.

Value: $2,100 to $4,500+ based on season
Minimum bid: $1,500
Donor: Colin and Carrie Kelley


7 nights for 4 guests

Situated at the top of two ancient Tuscan hills are the Etruscan towns of Pitigliano and Manciano, both with breathtaking views in all directions. This package includes seven nights of accommodations for four people in Manciano or Pitigliano, Italy, located 1.5 hours north of Rome on the southern edge of Tuscany. You may choose from among more than 10 villas. Wondering how much fun this is or need pointers on the area? Ask our previous Dinner in the Dark winners who gave rave reviews!

Details: There is no expiration date on this gift, and the winner may postpone travel until any year in the future. Dates are subject to availability. A select number of villas may accommodate up to 6 people for an additional $500.

Value: Approximately $4,550
Minimum bid: $3,000


6 nights for 2 guests in Chile’s Torres del Paine

Surrender to Patagonia‘s sublime beauty with a six-night stay in a luxury geodesic dome in Torres del Paine National Park. Wander unbeaten paths with daily excursions into the region’s majestic mountains and breathtaking landscape. Re-center and recharge with daily group yoga, communal lounging domes, and locally sourced three-course dinners.

Included in this stay:

  • Take your pick from daily excursions, including boat trips & nature walks
  • Relax in your private dome suite with stunning landscape views
  • Unwind at group yoga or in the shared lounging domes
  • Savor three-course dinners showcasing locally sourced Chilean ingredients
  • Benefit from dedicated concierge service and end-to-end trip planning

Details: Valid for travel within 24 months of purchase date. Subject to availability and travel between Sept. 10 and Oct. 31 and between April 1 and May 7.

Value: $4,550
Minimum bid: $4,000


7 nights for up to 8 guests

Circa 1900 Bayhaven is a beautiful ocean-view home on “The Nubble” in York Beach, Maine. A short walk to Short Sands Beach, Long Sands Beach, and the Nubble Lighthouse, Bayhaven also is walking distance to restaurants, bars, candy stores, and shopping in the quaint downtown area.

Bayhaven features:

  • 4 bedrooms: 3 Queen, 1 Full
  • 2 baths with walk-in showers
  • 1 perfect front porch for sipping a drink and gazing at the water

Be the first to experience this updated Maine retreat with friends or family, with a new HVAC system, and kitchen and bathroom renovations underway. This property will be available beginning March 2023, (or maybe just a scooch later based on renovations), and is available for your getaway week until March 2025. The front porch will also have new furniture in the spring.

Details: This property is available after March 2023 (subject to renovations), until March 2025, subject to availability. Blackout dates for 2023 include June 2 to 4, July 1 to 8, and Aug. 19 to Sept. 2. Reservations must be made at least one month in advance.

Value: $5,000
Minimum bid: $2,500
Donor: Suzanne and Craig Ellery


7 nights for up to 8 people in Manzanillo, Mexico

Get away in luxury to the epic coast of Manzanillo, Mexico. Located on the Pacific Ocean between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, Manzanillo is one of Mexico’s top luxury destinations. Home to not only high-end living, Manzanillo is known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World” and offers world-class golf courses, numerous scenic excursions, surfing, shopping, and much more.

Casa de Sofia features:

  • More than 5,000 square feet of living space in a private, gated oceanside community
  • A full staff, including a personal chef, cleaning staff, and house manager
  • Four king suites, all with private bathrooms and balconies, and ocean views
  • Private infinity pool
  • Neighborhood beach and clubhouse with picturesque mountain views

Spend your days lounging by your very own private infinity pool, or relaxing at the private, neighborhood beach and clubhouse with beautiful mountain views. You can also consult with your house manager to plan fun-filled days with activities, such as deep-sea fishing, golf, snorkeling, horseback riding, in-home
massage, and more!

Details: All stays are Saturday to Saturday and valid for two years from date of auction.

Value: $13,000 to $16,000 based on season
Minimum bid: $7,500

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