The exciting silent auction at PETA's 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards featured dozens of items carefully selected to complement PETA's mission. Our auction highlighted companies, artists, and celebrities with a firm commitment to PETA's values. Here are some of the items that were available for bidding at the gala!Vacations
The winning bidder will enjoy a seven-night restoration retreat for body, mind, and spirit at Grail Springs, an extraordinary lakeside sanctuary north of Toronto, Ontario. Secluded in a magical forest, the resort's trails, crystal outcrops, gardens, and sacred labyrinth invoke a love for nature's beauty. Featuring activity choices such as cleansing, weight loss, fitness, meditation, cooking classes, and personal and spiritual coaching, this is one of the most vibrant wellness retreat centers you'll find anywhere.
Courtesy of Grail Springs
Holiday Systems International is offering an incredible travel package that includes round-trip airfare for two and a one-week stay at a lovely rental house in Hawaii. Courtesy of Holiday Systems International
Your dream vacation getaway: an elegant, one of a kind, 2,700-square-foot penthouse in the Blue Seas Resort, located right on Los Muertos Beach within the Zona Romantica.
Courtesy of Ray Smith and Puerto Vallarta Penthouse
This is your chance to stay in an oceanfront home in Hawaii for five nights with up to five friends. Located on the spectacular North Shore of Oahu, you will be surrounded by the Kualoa Mountains. Your front yard is a wide, sandy beach—great for swimming, whale watching, spectacular sunsets, and viewing the turtles who enjoy life on the North Shore.
Courtesy of Thomas Graffy and Deborah Hyde
You and a companion will spend five luxurious nights at this beautiful and relaxing bed and breakfast in Todos Santos, Mexico, the land of perpetual spring and exquisite sunsets. Flora del Mar is an elegant desert oasis by the sea, set on 3 serene, private acres with a swimming pool and tennis court. Enjoy the allure of the ocean and fall asleep to the rhythm of the waves. All rooms have beautiful views, and a short sandy path leads you to a pristine beach. Your furry four-legged friends are welcome too!
Flora del Mar supports an animal rights philosophy, and stays include a vegan breakfast. The property's owner is actively involved in animal rescue and a spay/neuter program for dogs and cats in Mexico.
Courtesy of Marilyn Martin
Enjoy five nights in a secluded cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Lounge on the back deck overlooking the Tetons, curl up and read in the living room, hike through the surrounding woods, and take day trips to the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. This woody oasis has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and sleeps three. It is owned by a wonderful PETA supporter, so you won't find animals in the fridge or skins on the chairs!
Courtesy of Peggy Kaplan
Enjoy a weekend getaway with a companion at the luxurious Enchantment Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona. Surrounded by the majestic red rock formations of Boynton Canyon and beautiful landscapes unique to Sedona, the Enchantment Resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. One of the top-rated spas in the country, Enchantment is the perfect place to get away from it all.
Courtesy of Enchantment Resort
Enjoy a two-night stay for two at Kate's Lazy Meadow in upstate New York, co-owned by Kate Pierson of the B-52s! The Lazy Meadow Motel is located on nine beautiful acres with one big lazy meadow. Inside the cozy, rustic cabins, you'll find mind-blowing mid-century modern/space-age/rock-your-socks-off decor. The suites are filled with authentic 50s-style kitchens turned out with vintage cabinets, Frigidaires, and stoves in dazzling colors! Wait 'til you get a load of Kate's to-die-for tchotchkes from shopping sprees all across America (hey, a girl's got to do something while she's on tour!).
Courtesy of Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel
Enjoy a two-night stay at The Oxford Hotel, located in the historic Lodo district of downtown Denver. Package includes a robe from the hotel and a local soap package.
Courtesy of Dan Hanley and The Oxford Hotel
You are in for an unforgettable experience dining with Project Runway's very own Tim Gunn and PETA's senior vice president of campaigns, Dan Mathews, at the elegant New York restaurant Candle 79. Bring any fashion and style questions with you, as Tim will be delighted to provide feedback and advice. As Tim says, "Make it Work!"
Courtesy of Tim Gunn
Take home this beautiful Linda McCartney print autographed by Sir Paul McCartney.
Courtesy of Paul McCartney
Enjoy this rare opportunity to dine with actor, model, producer, author, and dedicated animal advocate Alicia Silverstone. Alicia's many film credits include Clueless, Batman & Robin, The Crush, The Babysitter, Blast From the Past, and many others.
Courtesy of Alicia Silverstone
Back in the day, Bob Harper was out of shape, eating poorly, and feeling lousy. When you're not inspired to take charge of your life, it's easy to fall into bad habits. But when you get somebody in your corner who can push you to challenge yourself, that's when great things happen. That's where Bob comes in. His goal is to inspire and motivate people to take charge of their lives, because that's what he needed to turn himself into the person he is today. Are you ready? Let Bob Harper help you take charge with this one-hour training session!
Courtesy of Bob Harper
Grab a friend, because you are headed to a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles. With these two VIP tickets, you will be a special part of the audience at one of the best received and most fun talk shows in history!
Courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres
The winning bidder will have his or her name used for a major character in New York Times best-selling author Lee Childs' next thriller, enjoy dinner with Lee in NYC, and receive an autographed book.
Courtesy of Lee Child
Don't miss your chance to score a three-hour personal session with legendary tattoo artist Mario Barth! Barth has tattooed some of today's hottest celebrities, including Lenny Kravitz, Sylvester Stallone, Avril Lavigne, and Tommy Lee, to name only a few, and now he has donated a one-on-one session and custom tattoo to benefit PETA's 30th Anniversary.
Courtesy of Mario Barth
Professional basketball player Ron Artest of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers has donated these two tickets to PETA, and one lucky bidder will take them home! Artest has gained a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders, and he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004. He is also the star of a PETA public service announcement urging basketball fans to "have the balls to spay or neuter your dog."
Courtesy of Ron Artest
This is your chance to own an original piece by renowned artist Sue Coe, whose work touches on political issues and is often directed toward fighting cruelty to animals. Over the past quarter century, Coe's work has explored factory farming, meat packing, sweat shops, prisons, AIDS, and war. Her commentary on political events and social injustice has been published in newspapers, magazines, and books. Her work hangs in museum and gallery exhibitions and forms an essential part of the personal fine-print collections of artists and activists alike.
Courtesy of Sue Coe
The winning bidder will take home an exclusive original piece by Shepard Fairey—one of today's most influential artists, widely known as the artist behind the Obama "Hope" poster and his signature "OBEY" artwork.
Courtesy of Shepard Fairey
The winning bidder will receive a series of four round paintings by renowned artist Jane O'Hara featuring a mouse, a monkey, a seal, and an elephant.
Courtesy of Jane O'Hara
Take home this limited-edition giclée by Ron Burns. Also enjoy The Dogs of Ron Burns and Rufus Rhymes books as well as a $100 gift certificate for use on Ron's website!
Courtesy of Ron Burns
Take home an original hand-colored and signed Mutts Shelter Stories comic strip by Patrick McDonnell, receive a custom drawing of your animal companion with Earl and Mooch, and enjoy lunch with Patrick at Blossom, one of New York's finest vegan restaurants.
Courtesy of Patrick McDonnell
The winning bidder will take home an original hand-drawn New Yorker cartoon by well-known cartoonist and illustrator Harry Bliss.
Courtesy of Harry Bliss
Take home an original hand-colored Bizarro cartoon by Dan Piraro!
Courtesy of Dan Piraro
The winning bidder will take home a certificate for a beautiful custom portrait painting of their animal companion.
Courtesy of Kathryn Wronski
Mail in a picture of your family (animals included), and in turn you'll receive a Simpsons character drawing by noted artist Dale Hendrickson, who was head of character design for the first seven seasons of The Simpsons. Some of the regular characters that Dale designed for the show include Kent Brockman, Mayor Quimby, Helen Lovejoy, Rod Flanders, and Dr. Hibbert. Dale also designed characters for guest stars including Spinal Tap, Ringo Star, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Sting, and George H.W. Bush.
Courtesy of Dale Hendrickson
The winning bidder will receive a handcrafted wooden hanging sculpture of a mother and baby elephant made by Gwen Ontiveros, inspired by PETA's "Elephants Never Forget" campaign.
Courtesy of Gwen Ontiveros Fine Art
The winning bidder will receive a beautiful framed pencil drawing of animals by talented artist and great PETA supporter Mark Da Sylva.
Courtesy of Mark Da Sylva
Take home this series of four beautiful paintings of farmed animals—a cow, a chicken, a pig, and a lamb—created just for PETA's 30th anniversary.
Courtesy of Kathryn Gainard, A Dying Art Co.
Enjoy this original painting of a woman with the dog who rescued her, as well as a gift basket of Keithley Pierce items.
Courtesy of Keithley Pierce
Take home this illustration by Anthony Cooley showcasing the humiliating and sad life of animals who are forced to perform for the sake of entertainment. This painting was featured in a Fake Plastic magazine as well as a local newspaper—and the original can be yours!
Courtesy of X Anthony Cooley
Take home this beautiful sterling-silver triptych piece in honor of "All Creatures Great and Small," handcrafted specially for PETA's silent auction.
Courtesy of Dawn Estrin, Bijou Graphique
Grace the walls of your home with these two beautiful watercolor paintings by Chris McCasland of Pangarden Studio. His "Be Kind to Animals" and "Ahimsa" prints are popular on his website, but you can own the originals!
Courtesy of Chris McCasland and Pangarden Studio
This limited-edition lithograph was printed using five screens and is signed by talented artist Jay Ryan.
Courtesy of The Bird Machine
These three beautiful paintings of farmed animals, using acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media, were created especially for PETA's 30th Anniversary and depict animal species PETA works to protect.
Courtesy of Kathryn Gainard, A Dying Art Co.
This beautiful 32-inch by 24-inch giclée print by artist Chris McCasland is the first print in a limited edition of 200.
Courtesy of Chris McCasland and Pangarden Studio
This stained-glass picture of two dogs and a cat on a windowsill features a handmade wooden frame and was made by artist and PETA supporter Ken Johnston.
Courtesy of Ken Johnston
The winner will receive a 1.5-hour one-on-one social media training session with PETA Marketing Director Joel Bartlett, followed by lunch at a Los Angeles vegan hotspot. Joel will share his insight on "best practices" based on PETA's award-winning work with social media and discuss what constitutes a strong social marketing strategy.
With more than 900,000 friends on Facebook, more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, and more than 8.2 million views on YouTube, PETA is one of the most popular and active organizations on social media sites. Our blog now ranks in the top one-quarter percent of all the blogs in the world—we believe it to be the most popular nonprofit blog in the world. Last year, PETA was also selected to receive the annual Innovator Award for Advocacy by Convio—the leader in online technology for nonprofits—and was ranked the second-most influential social cause organization (second only to the American Red Cross) by digital-marketing firm Sparxoo. In 2008, Joel Bartlett was named a "Rising Star" by the industry publication OMMA Magazine (Online Media/Marketing/Advertising).
Courtesy of Joel Bartlett
The winning bidder will receive a two-hour media training session with PETA's vice president of communications, Lisa Lange, in PETA's Los Angeles office. Lisa will go over tips about how to fine-tune your interview skills and will work with you on how to overcome interview and public-speaking anxiety. She'll discuss how to break bad habits such as talking too fast, give make-up tips and advice on what to wear, and much more. She will show video examples of good and bad interviews and film a role-play session with you on camera so that you can see how you look and where you can improve.
You may have seen Lisa speaking and debating on The O'Reilly Factor, Today, CNBC, Nancy Grace, Larry King Live, and countless other television and radio networks and programs. She has appeared many times on entertainment shows such as Entertainment Tonight, CNN's Showbiz Tonight, and E! to discuss PETA's work in Hollywood. Her efforts to save animals have made headlines in major publications throughout the country, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and USA Today.
Courtesy of Lisa Lange
Enjoy an evening dinner with PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in your hometown or at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid Newkirk will either record a custom message for your answering machine so you can spread awareness of animal rights every time you miss a call, or she will record a video birthday message for a special friend of yours.
Courtesy of Ingrid Newkirk
PETA's Tree of Life is on permanent display in our Norfolk headquarters. Each golden leaf on the tree can be inscribed with a special message to honor someone whose commitment to animals is exemplary or to pay tribute to the memory of a loved one.
Courtesy of PETA
This beautiful matching diamond and sapphire ring and bracelet set is valued at $10,000.
Courtesy of Kimberly Stearns-Weil
Take home a fabulous collection of designer inspired handbags and a $500 gift certificate for an online shopping spree at BelloIris.com. You'll find handbags, clothing, shoes, swimwear, lingerie, jewelry, and more at Bello Iris, where fashion meets compassion!
Courtesy of Bello Iris
Limited Brands is taking a stand for animals by donating this great gift package to benefit PETA. Spruce up your wardrobe with a collection of merchandise from Victoria's Secret's PINK line, including luggage, a pillow, a bra and panty set, a water bottle, and much more!
Courtesy of Limited Brands, Victoria's Secret
This PETA Package will hook you up with a great collection of the latest PETA merchandise. The package also includes three PETA gift certificates ($25, $50, and $100) , which will come in handy for the holidays to give away as gifts or keep for yourself.
Courtesy of the PETA Catalog
Express yourself with this complete collection of PETA's "Vegan" statement merchandise. This package includes vegan jewelry, sweatpants, a sweatshirt, an apron, a towel, and more. But that's not all—the winning bidder will also receive a $100 gift certificate to the PETA catalog.
Courtesy of the PETA Catalog
This full-length ivory ruched coat was designed by Donna Slayer. Worried it won't fit? You're welcome to exchange it for a different size or color.
Courtesy of Fabulous Furs
Chef Tal Ronnen—the very same chef who cooked for Oprah Winfrey's shows on vegan diets—will prepare a delicious vegan dinner for you and three friends. One of the most highly regarded vegan chefs working today, Chef Tal is the author of The Conscious Cook (the winner will also receive a signed copy). He has worked with some of the top vegan restaurants in the U.S., in addition to catering Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's vegan wedding, Arianna Huffington's party at the Democratic National Convention, and the first vegan dinner at the U.S. Senate.
Courtesy of Tal Ronnen
Enjoy dinner for two at Millennium Restaurant, a gourmet vegan restaurant located in the heart of San Francisco. Millennium is often referred to as the pinnacle of vegetarian cuisine, and Chef Eric Tucker is sure to take your taste buds to new heights. You and a companion will also take part in a six-hour cooking-class experience with Chef Tucker—an incredible experience that is offered only a few times a year—and you'll receive a signed copy of the The Millennium Cookbook.
Courtesy of Millennium Restaurant
Take home a five-year supply of PETA peanut butter! Peanut Butter & Co. will send you two jars of peanut butter each month for five years (that's 60 months total!). Think you'll get tired of peanut butter? Not to worry! Peanut Butter & Co. will also send other great flavors, such as Mighty Maple, Dark Chocolate Dreams, Cinnamon Raison Swirl, and more.
Courtesy of Peanut Butter & Co.
Enjoy a six-month supply of Vega's new Shake & Go Smoothie and take home a colossal Vega gift basket, including everything from tubs of health and performance optimizers and protein powders to Robert Cheeke's new Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness book, Brendan Brazier's Thrive Fitness book, water bottles, and "VEGAN" running shorts.
Courtesy of Sequel Naturals
Are you ready to embrace health, save time in the kitchen, and save money on groceries? If so, it's time to get the ultimate appliance that vegetarians everywhere are raving about: The Vitamix 5200. There's nothing that this machine can't do quickly and easily! Forget about searching for attachments or sifting through the fine print for instructions. You are about to become the master of more than 50 food feats—every one finished in minutes or even seconds! The Vitamix 5200 is built to outperform and outlast any other kitchen appliance on the market. It comes with a performance warranty guaranteeing that your machine will perform like new for at least seven full years.
Courtesy of Vitamix
This package includes hundreds of dollars in gift certificates to many of the extraordinary vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. Enjoy an upscale dining experience by the water at Greens Restaurant, try a scrumptious peanut butter vegan shake at Saturn Café, order a custom-made vegan cinnabun with any topping at Cinnaholic, indulge in a vegan ice cream sundae at MaggieMudd, and much more. Better yet, Bay Area native Colleen Patrick-Goudreau—author of numerous vegan cookbooks, founder of Compassionate Cooks, mastermind behind the Vegetarian Food for Thought podcast, and renowned public speaker—will join you for lunch while you're in the area! Colleen can answer all your questions about the ethical, nutritional, culinary, and spiritual aspects of being vegan.
Courtesy of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Saturn Café, Greens Restaurant, Natures Express, Cinnaholic, MaggieMudd Amici's Pizza, and others
Enjoy a magnum of 2006 Pride Mountain Vineyards merlot, a case of 2008 chardonnay, three bottles of Larkmead wine, and more—all from one of the most highly regarded wineries in one of the most celebrated Napa wine districts.
Courtesy of Russ Batt and Pride Mountain Vineyards
Take home a gift basket filled with cleaning supplies from Earth Friendly Products as well as a gift certificate that will take care of your cruelty-free cleaning needs for an entire year!
Courtesy of Earth Friendly Products
PetGuard will send cruelty-free food and products for your animal companion to your home for one year.
Courtesy of PetGuard
Enjoy this full set of sought-after Daisy Dog pottery, including plates, bowls, a serving platter, a serving bowl, table linens, and much more.
Courtesy of Emily McCoy and Daisy Dog Studio
Is your dog a V-dog? Treat your dog to one year of this healthy and cruelty-free vegan dog food.
First produced in 1980, V-dog is recognized as the original vegetarian dog food. V-dog's nutritionists have developed these high-protein Crunchy Nuggets using only natural, healthy, and wholesome ingredients and without the use of artificial colors or preservatives. In addition to the obvious ethical benefits of a vegan diet, feeding a meat-free diet to your dog can also be beneficial for your dog's health. More than 10 generations of dogs have not only survived but actually thrived on V-dog's vegan formula. The health benefits range from improved dental hygiene, healthier skin and coats, improved digestion, improved body composition and weight management, and overall increased energy.
Courtesy of V-Dog
Shannon Scott of Shannon Scott Design, an internationally recognized design firm that brings environmentally sustainable hospitality and residential interiors to life, is offering eight hours of her interior design services to the lucky winning bidder. Scott's design work extends from fine hotels and spas to golf resorts, intimate wine-tasting rooms to world-class restaurants, and vacation retreats to luxury homes.
Courtesy of Shannon Scott Design
This one-of-a-kind reference work details the history of vaudeville, performance art, burlesque, revue, and comic opera. Most of the artists profiled are not included in other reference books, and the author's extensive research includes archival work and personal interviews that uncover the rich history of this American art form. A must-have for students of theater history and performance art, Vaudeville, Old & New is also essential for anyone interested in the cultural history of America.
Courtesy of Frank Cullen