The Benefit Evening will feature a live and silent auction. We are pleased to share a preview of highlights from the auction that you will be bidding on at the event.

Live Auction

Captivating Croatia

Mali Losinj CikatLocated in the north Adriatic the Croatian island of Lošinj is the perfect place for you and a friend to spend a revitalizing holiday. Inhale the pine- and lavender-scented air of coastal Croatia while you explore centuries of history and surround yourself with beauty. This deluxe package includes private plane transfer from Marco Polo Airport in Venice to the island of Lošinj, five nighMali Losinjts at the five-star Hotel Bellevue, perched on the beautiful bay of Cikat; excursions to museums, archaeological and historic sites, and aromatic gardens; a day   sail to explore some of the nearby islands; a luxury spa treatment; and meals at the area’s most delicious restaurants. On one of your many jaunts, you will visit the Kvarner Palace to see Lošinj’s most famous inhabitant, the bronze Apoxyomenos discovered on the seabed in the waters off the island in 1999, and you will have a private tour of the Archaeological Museum. You will also have time to perfect your serve on the Bellevue’s clay courts or take a dip in the sea or the saltwater pool.

The package includes private plane transfer for two people, Venice – M. Losinj – Venice, 5-nights at Hotel Bellevue, half-board lunches and dinners in local restaurants, guided excursions and entrance fees to museums, galleries and archaeological sites. Program is valid from 20 May – 15 July 2015; 20 August – 20 September 2015; OR 15 April – 15 June 2016.

Courtesy: Hotel Bellevue, Lošinj, Croatia and AIA Member Nena Komarica

Value: $6,500.

Incredible India ~ Journey down the Ganges

IndiaAboard the 28-stateroom RV Bengal Ganga
12 nights/13 days (9 nights cruising/3 nights in a hotel)
You and a friend will enjoy the most relaxing, in-depth cruise-tour discovering life along the Ganges, the holiest river in India: nine unforgettable days cruising 800 miles downriver, aboard a luxurious, air-conditioned riverboat plus two days in Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city, and one day in Bodhgaya, one of Buddhism’s holiest sites.

Sites include: Varanasi – Sarnath – Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Bateshwarsthan – Rajmahal – Farakka – Murshidabad – Mayapur – Kalna – Kolkata

Daily excursions immerse you in the extraordinary cultural diversity and history of India, as you visit famous Buddhist sites, Hindu temples, Mughal mosques, palaces, and much more.

Your luxurious riverboat has 28 staterooms, each 170 square feet with twin beds and a spacious private bathroom.

The airy Sun Deck has both uncovered and shaded areas.

The ship’s executive chefs offer a fusion of Asian and Western cuisine, providing Indian, European, and vegetarian options. Bottled mineral water is used for cooking and food

Included: All excursions, accommodations, group airport transfers on tour arrival and departure dates, meals, Indian brand mineral water at group meals, English speaking guide, all entrance fees, still camera fees.

Not included: Airfare, 10.94% government service tax and VAT, fuel surcharges if applicable, alcoholic beverages, passport and visa fees, gratuities to staff, optional trip cancellation insurance, all items of a personal nature.

Your choice of seven dates between October 2015 and March 2016 on a space-available basis:
(does not include travel days from the U.S.):
October 26 – November 7, 2015
November 20 – December 2, 2015
December 14 – 26, 2015
January 8 – 20, 2016
February 1 – 13, 2016
February 26 – March 9, 2016
March 21 – April 2, 2016

Courtesy: Todd Nielsen, AIA Tours Director

Value: $17,400 for two persons sharing a stateroom.

Your Choice of Two AIA Tours Mediterranean Voyages for Two Persons

Historic Cities of the Sea
October 3-15, 2015 with past AIA President Nancy Wilkie (11-nights)


The Mediterranean Sea and Civilization: Rome to Lisbon
October 14-25, 2015 with Dartmouth Classicist Roger Ulrich (10-nights)

2 toursBoth voyages are aboard the M.V. Corinthian with 50 suites (all exterior), accommodating no more than 100 guests. Enjoy a beautiful dining room, two comfortable lounges, a gym, library, spa, and broad sun decks, ideal for sunning or watching passing scenery. An elevator serves all decks.

Destinations common to both voyages are Sicily, Sardinia, and Spain. (Historic Cities of the Sea also includes a day in mainland Italy; while the Mediterranean Sea and Civilizations also includes a day in Lisbon, Portugal.)

Historic Cities of the Sea features Pompeii and Segesta (Italy); Su Nuraxi and Tharros (Sardinia); and Torralba d’en Salord (on Menorca), Tarragona, Valencia, Alicante, and Granada’s Alhambra (Spain).

Mediterranean Sea and Civilizations features Segesta (Sicily, Italy); Su Nuraxi and Porto Torres (Sardinia); Empuries, Tarragona, Granada’s Alhambra, Seville, and Italica (Spain); and Lisbon (Portugal).

Includes: All excursions, cruise only accommodations, all meals, airport transfers on group arrival and departure dates, gratuities to porters, guides and drivers, entrance fees, wine with lunch and dinner.
Not included: U.S. domestic and international airfare, hotel stays, gratuities to shipboard personnel, optional trip cancellation insurance, passport and visa fees, port charges, individual transfers for those deviating from the scheduled tour, immunizations and medical expenses, gratuities for non-group services, items of a personal nature.

Courtesy: Todd Nielsen, AIA Tours Director

Value: $17,980 for two persons sharing accommodations.

Sailing Spain’s Mediterranean Coast aboard the legendary Sea Cloud                                 Eleven Days from October 25-November 4, 2015Boat

Sail aboard the magnificent, four-masted Sea Cloud, a wedding gift from financier E.F. Hutton to cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1931, and renowned still today for its incomparable ambiance and excellent service, amenities, and cuisine.

Discover several of Spain’s remarkable ancient and medieval sites, including the evocative Roman ruins of Tarragona and the Alhambra, a spectacular Moorish palace and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Be dazzled by Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell in Barcelona (also UNESCO World Heritage sites), as well as Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.

Explore the 9th-century Moorish Castle of Santa Barbara, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain, and the awarding-wining Archaeological Museum of Alicante.

Food enthusiasts can enjoy a private visit to an estate in the countryside for an olive oil tasting; sample dates freshly picked from Europe’s largest palm forest; and enjoy nougat sweets (turrón), a Christmastime favorite, in Jijona.

Enjoy a private visit, hosted by the owner’s grandson, at a 15th-century mansion in Valencia with lavishly decorated interiors and an impressive library filled with antique books.

MapTour Packages Includes: • Comprehensive educational program by study leaders, on-site experts, and local guides • All accommodations (two-night hotel stay in Barcelona and seven nights aboard the 52-guest, Sea Cloud) • All meals and excursions as specified in the itinerary • Airport transfers for all participants on program arrival date, and two scheduled group transfers on program departure date • Baggage handling • Gratuities to porters, wait staff, guides, drivers, and shipboard personnel for all group activities • Port charges • Entrance fees • Welcome and farewell wine receptions • Wine, beer, and soft drinks with all group lunches and dinners • Bottled water on excursions • Professional tour manager

Courtesy: Todd Nielsen, Director of AIA Tours

Value: $20,990 for two persons sharing accommodation

Seven Nights Anywhere in the World Compliments of Hilton

HiltonWW HORIZ Bevel 4C Logo Blk typ (1)Hilton Hotels International has graciously donated a seven night Be Our Guest Pass, which you can use to plan a trip to any of Hilton’s 500+ hotels and resorts in over 70 countries, across six continents. The pass is for standard accommodations and is good for one year. Hilton offers an array of resorts across the US including multiple properties in Hawaii as well as Canada, Arabian Peninsula, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Egypt, Indian Ocean and Mexico.

Silent Auction

Just a few of the many items being offered on Tuesday

Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Pompeii
with Archaeologist Steven Ellis

Excavations at Pompeii have provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. You and up to seven friends or family members will spend an unforgettable day at Pompeii with a true expert – one who’s wonderfully engaging to boot – Prof. Steven Ellis of the University of Cincinnati.

Here is your opportunity to learn firsthand about the variety of buildings at Pompeii to better understand their development over time. Prof. Steven Ellis’s work is highlighted in the National Geographic televised documentary When Rome Ruled and featured in countless publications.

Prof. Ellis will be in Rome through the end of May 2016. To be scheduled at a mutually-convenient time. Valid for up to eight people.

Courtesy: Prof. Steven Ellis

Value: $2,500

Montana Sporting Club

lodge from websiteThe Montana Sporting Club welcomes you to one of the most spectacular outdoor experiences in the American West. Your Montana Summer Escape includes a 5-day/4-night stay in a 3-bedroom luxury log home at the Ranches at Belt Creek; or 2 luxury 2-bedroom cabin retreats; membership privileges to the private sporting club; and a personal ranch host who will assist and attend to your group during your stay. To get your feet wet before you hit the area’s crystal clear streams, the Montana Sporting Club will provide you and your friends with a complimentary introductory fly fishing lesson. You will learn tying techniques and casting methods on the comfort of dry land, then (for an additional cost) schedule your excursion and put on your waders! There is amazing dining at the ranch and something for everyone with an array of activities to choose from. You and your family and friends can enjoy: Boutique Shopping, Antiquing, Couples Cooking Classes, Massage & Spa, Fire & Fondue For Two, Sunset Horseback Ride, Gourmet Picnics, Couples Hammock Nap Escape, Hot Air Ballooning, Hunting, Fly Fishing, Mountain Biking, Hiking & Geocaching, ATV Riding, Whitewater Rafting, Bird Watching, Photography Safaris, Wine Tastings, Private Chef Dinners, Yoga & Pilates. Kids’ activities include: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Hiking & Geocaching, Nature & Wildlife, Fishing, Wrangler Lessons, Kayaking, Frisbee Golf, Indian Encounter, Star Gazing, Camping & Backpacking, Western Crafts, Kids’ Chef Nights. Allow the Ranch Concierge1 to assist you in customizing a western vacation you will never forget!

Your package is valid May – October 2015 OR November 2015-April 2016. Meals and Activities are priced a la carte. The certificate is non-transferable. Flights not included.

Courtesy: Montana Sporting Club. For more information, please visit or

Value: $4,000

Phaidon Luxury Library

Phaidon-Logo-2-wCalling all bibliophiles, gourmands and design enthusiasts! Publishing house Phaidon is partnering with AIA to bring their tantalizing titles to a lucky auction bidder with a luxury library of books valued at over $5,000. Phaidon will fill your shelves with volumes on architecture, garden design, art, photography and cookbooks from the world’s best chefs. Recipes from their books, which combine ancient and modern flavors, inspired many of the fabulous dishes being served tonight.

The winning bidder will receive nearly 100 of Phaidon’s lavishly-produced volumes. Stock your personal library or give as presents to friends and family. Peruse the list of included titles (you will find it on the Phaidon auction table), several of which are hot off the press this spring. From Cave Art to A Day at elBulli and beyond, here’s your chance to explore our fascinating world through the pages of these beautiful books.

Courtesy: Phaidon. To learn more, please visit

Value: $5,000

At Home with Jim Delgado – Dinner for Four

Join Jim and his wife Ann in their home in the DC suburbs for an intimate dinner for four and the Delgados. The date is flexible and can conform to mutual schedules. Would you rather have Jim at your dinner table to fascinate your friends? That can be arranged with travel expenses covered.

Two of Jim Delgado’s most popular books are included in this package, Khubilai Khan’s Lost Fleet: In Search of a Legendary Armada and Gold Rush Port: The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco’s Waterfront

Jim spent 5 years as the co-host with author Clive Cussler, of National Geographic’s TV series The Sea Hunters. His work on the series took him around the world visiting shipwrecks.

A world renowned speaker and author, Jim loves nothing better than sharing the stories of these wrecks with the public. He is a frequent and popular AIA lecturer.

As an underwater archaeologist, he has visited ships as diverse as the Titanic and the sunken atomic fleet at Bikini Atoll as well as ancient wrecks. He has worked in submarines, as a scuba diver and with ROVS and AUVS doing cutting edge 3-D mapping of shipwrecks.

Courtesy: Ann Goodhart

Value: $4,000

Boreas Mask by Lorri Thomas in SilkBoreas+LT

This cool character was inspired by Boreas the Greek God of The North Wind and Winter. His hair has a frozen icicle style blown by the chilling wind from his own lips. His strong, handsome features create a powerful image of a force not to be ignored.

Courtesy: Lorri Thomas
To learn more about Lorri Thomas and her work, please visit

Value: $850


Stonehenge-Inspired Necklace and Earrings from Amy DeLorenzo

Stonehenge necklace Axe earringsAmy DeLorenzo grew up with a passion for archaeology, and took inspiration from Stonehenge to create this one-of-a-kind set for AIA. These exclusive pieces were created using Precious Metal Clay, a compound consisting of reclaimed metal particles and an organic binder that can be shaped and formed like any other type of clay. Once the material has been fired in a kiln, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse together, leaving a solid, durable, and striking piece of jewelry.

The necklace is hand crafted using .925 Sterling Silver Precious Metal Clay to resemble a portion of the outer circle of Stonehenge.  Sterling Silver chain is used to connect the stones where the horizontal stones no longer exist, as well as to complete the 16” necklace.

The earrings are created using .999 Fine Silver Precious Metal Clay. The 22k gold overlay is achieved using a paste form of Gold Precious Metal Clay that is applied after the first kiln firing and is much thicker than standard gold plating.

Courtesy: Amy DeLorenzo. To see more of her designs, please visit or her Etsy shop.

Value: $1,430

Beaded Necklace by Carolyn Roumeguere

ABeaded Necklace Carolyn Roumeguerefter spending her childhood in Kenya with the Maasai, designer Carolyn Roumeguere traveled around the world. That safari of life allowed her to meet amazing artisans in India, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mexico, Peru, and Kenya who work with local resources and create beautiful pieces that bring harmony to our lives.

The center piece of this striking necklace is a handcrafted sunflower medallion made of silver dipped in gold made by Jewish jewelers in Yemen.  The inscribed red glass beads are from Sudan c. 1940. The red heart beads were made in Venice in the 1800s for trade along the East African coast. The bronze beads are hand made by the Ashanti people of Ghana. The clasp is Carolyn’s signature snake in 18 kt gold.

Courtesy: Carolyn Roumeguere.  To see more of her designs, visit

Value: $1,250