The Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Gala will offer a live auction featuring five hours of flying time on a NetJets private aircraft, a package for four to the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Oak Tree at Santa Anita and the original artwork commissioned to commemorate the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The gala is held on the eve of the $13 million, eight-race Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be hosted this year at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.Benefiting The Jockey Club Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities and NTRA Charities, the black-tie gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago. Honorary co-chairs for the event are Governor and Mrs. George H. Ryan, Mayor and Mrs. Richard M. Daley and Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Duchossois.The gala begins with a cocktail hour at 7:00 p.m. (CT), followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m. The live auction begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. The evening concludes with entertainment and dancing to the Sue Conway Orchestra.
"With three very worthy charities as beneficiaries, we hope that this year's auction will produce top-level bidding," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Limited. "We are especially grateful to NetJets for participating in this event in its first year as a Marketing Partner of the World Thoroughbred Championships." The evening also includes a silent auction, which features a pair of 14k gold earrings, hand-crafted cigar humidor, key chain and double champagne cooler, all hand-painted in enamels by artist Daniel Sigal; a Neuchatel chocolates basket; a framed, autographed montage of the "Rat Pack"; an autographed Joe Namath football helmet; a racing and golf package for Saratoga Racecourse; finish-line box seats and a trip for two to the 2003 Pacific Classic at Del Mar; a day at the races in Arlington Park's Million Room for the 2003 Arlington Million, plus overnight accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel; a framed cel from the original artwork for the Walt Disney 1959 animated feature film, "Sleeping Beauty"; watercolor studies by artist Sandra Oppegard; and a signed, commemorative poster from artist Richard Harwood, titled "A Breed Apart."