With more than 400+ auction lots ranging in value from $15 to $50,000+, the 18th Annual Sweetheart Auction has something for everyone! Gather up your friends, bid together, and increase your chances of winning. Just decide how much members of your group are willing to contribute to the total bid and designate one person to bid on the group’s behalf at the event!

Custom Event With Exodus Ensemble at the Historic Jean Cocteau

Donated by Highgarden Entertainment LLC and The Exodus Ensemble

Value: Priceless!

Be the star of your own show!  Enjoy your red-carpet moment!

At your disposal are the Exodus Ensemble – an acclaimed immersive theatre company – and the 78-seat Jean Cocteau Cinema (Highgarden Entertainment).  

The creative team at Exodus Ensemble will partner with the purchaser and the theatre to produce customized entertainment for an exciting, memorable event.  Reunion, birthday bash, graduation, anniversary, company get-together, fund-raiser?  You name it!  Edgy, super edgy, family-friendly, comedic? Your event will have a “personalized vibe.” The sky’s the limit! 

This PRICELESS two-hour event – truly the opportunity of a lifetime! – includes staffing (concessionaire, bartender and either a tech or ticketing person) for the theatre.  

Date to be agreed on by the purchaser, Exodus Ensemble, and Highgarden Entertainment, based on availability. Date and holiday restrictions may apply. Excludes food, concessions, drinks, and GRT tax. Extra staffing charge is $25 per hour. Ticketing system services are an additional charge. Expires 12/31/23.

Live Auction Item #12: Personalized Painting and Lunch for Ten with Artist Beverly McIver at CONTAINER Turner Carroll Contemporary Art

Donated by: Beverly McIver, Turner Carroll Gallery, and Prull Custom Builders

Value: Priceless!

Artist Beverly McIver, who grew up in the projects of Greensboro, NC, and witnessed a shooting by the KKK of a man outside her home, has become one of the most celebrated Black women artists of our century. Her paintings are the subject of a retrospective exhibition currently touring museums across the country; this exhibition features works from the artist’s “Dear God” series. The Smithsonian acquired one of her paintings for its permanent collection in 2022. She currently teaches painting at Duke University.

You will receive a personalized, custom-created “Dear God” oil sketch and have the opportunity to inscribe it with a prayer. Then enjoy a lunch with the artist at CONTAINER for ten people, including yourself. 

The preferred date for the lunch and sketch is Sunday, 2/12/23 (the day after the auction, from 11 am – 3 pm!) but it can also be arranged on a mutually agreed date later in the year.

Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch Package for Four

Donated by Ted Vermejo Park Ranch

Value: $15,400

With snowcapped alpine tundra, 19 fishable lakes, and over 550,000 stunning acres of picturesque lands, Vermejo is the jewel of northern New Mexico. Its diverse landscape is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elk, bison, black bears, and mountain lions. Whether riding horseback through open fields, exploring turn-of-the-century charcoal kilns, or fly fishing for Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Vermejo has something for everyone.

This fantastic package includes accommodations for four people in two rooms in Casa Grande or Turner House for three nights, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, one full-day guided activity with transportation and private guide, and all non-guided activities (hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, shot gun shooting, 3-D archery).

Subject to availability and blackout dates. Does not include alcoholic beverages or gratuities. Expires 2/29/24. 

Live Auction Item #09: Private Movie Night at the Violet Crown Cinema

Donated by Violet Crown Santa Fe

Value: $4,000

How much fun to invite 58 of your closest friends to movie night at Santa Fe’s coolest theatre, the Violet Crown Cinema! Start with a one-hour private reception in the event space with complimentary wine and/or beer and light appetizers. Then proceed to screen a film of your choice: either a title available at that time or a Blu Ray that you provide. Yay, it’s super-movie night!

Must be Monday through Thursday. Expires 2/12/24.

BBQ Dinner for 50 from The Ranch House

Donated by The Ranch House

Value: $650

In 2005, Josh Baum and his wife, Ann Gordon, started a small restaurant to showcase Josh’s passion for smoked meats. Josh’s BBQ became a mainstay of Santa Fe, but after five years it outgrew its little spot on Zafarano Drive. So in December 2011, the couple expanded their vision and moved to a larger space.

The result was The Ranch House, which serves up Josh’s signature specialties in a casually sophisticated setting. It is, quite simply, not your average barbecue joint.

Bid on this item to feature mouth-watering BBQ at your next event!

No servers provided. Food must be picked up at The Ranch House.Wire chafer kits must be returned to The Ranch House. Expires 12/31/24. 

Live Auction Item #10: Unique Culinary and Celebrity Experience for Six at Bishop’s Lodge!

Donated by Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cheryl Alters Jamison, former Governor Bill Richardson, and Santa Fe Magazine

Value: Priceless!

Bishop’s Lodge, Travel & Leisure’s #1 Resort in the West for 2022, will host an incredible evening at the Skyfire restaurant in a dramatic fireside space. Join former Governor Bill Richardson and Barbara Richardson and four-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Chery Alters Jamison in a specially-crafted dinner that emphasizes live-fire cooking and includes wines matched to each course.  The dinner will be presented by Chef Pablo Peňalosa of Skyfire. The purchaser will stay the night at Bishop’s Lodge in a king room and enjoy a leisurely breakfast the next day.  Then you get to take home a copy of Cheryl Jamison’s Perini Ranch Steakhouse cookbook. Finally, pictures of the evening will be included in a photo gallery in Santa Fe Magazine, along with a one-year subscription and a hand-numbered limited edition copy of Sam Shepard’s Tales of New Mexico.  Best of all, you get to take home memories of a truly remarkable, only-in-New-Mexico evening!  

The Richardsons are not available from 6/1/23-11/1/23.  Not valid on holidays or holiday weekends. Expires 2/29/24.

Live Auction Item #14: A Brilliant Pianist Paired with Brilliant Wines – An Evening with Doug Montgomery

Donated by Doug Montgomery, Brad & Belinda Karp, and Adobo Catering

Value: Priceless!

Host 24 people to enjoy the fabulous and fun music of pianist and vocalist Doug Montgomery in the beautiful home of Brad and Belinda Karp. The Karps will pair wines from their private collection with a buffet dinner by Adobo Catering. This will be a musical evening to cherish.

Must be held 3/30/23, 5/11/23, or 7/13/23.

Live Auction Item #02: Chef’s Dinners for Six at Sazón and Sassella

Donated by Sassella and Lawrence & Suzanne Becerra

Value: $1,800

These two restaurants are standouts in Santa Fe’s high-end restaurant scene. Chef Fernando Olea of Sazón is the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef of the Southwest for 2022. His unique interpretation of contemporary and traditional Mexican cuisine is justifiably famous. Chef Cristian Pontiggia grew up in Sassella in Lombardy in northern Italy. The Italian government recognizes him as a master chef.

You and five guests will be treated to a gastronomic delight at each of these exceptional and prominent restaurants.

Excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuities. Expires 10/6/23.

Exclusive Wine Tasting at La Casa Sena

Donated by La Casa Sena Restaurant and Wine Shop

Value: $1,500

Mediterranean inspired cuisine, craft cocktails, and an award-winning wine list, located in the beautiful courtyard oasis of historic Sena Plaza.

Enjoy an exclusive private wine tasting for up to 10 people at La Casa Sena Restaurant with their sommelier. During this intimate evening, experience curated selections and storytelling around the wines and the people who craft them.

Not available on Thanksgiving. Expires 2/13/24.

Live Auction Item #03: A Rolling Party on the Sky Railway Acoma Car for 24!

Donated by: Sky Railway LLC, Nacha Mendez, Open Kitchen, and Bunny Terry & Toby Anderson

Value: $5,250

Board the train and party on down the line – your private charter on the Acoma Car of the Sky Railway awaits! Enjoy the same luxury as some of the previous passengers – Judy Garland, Clark Gable, and Jack Benny! Your party will ride in the air-conditioned Acoma with its curved couches and original art deco furnishings along with a private bar for mixing and mingling. The excursion will include some of Santa Fe’s most beautiful scenery south of town, including a stop to see the sunset! Plus, there will be entertainment by award-winning pan-Latin-style singer Nacha Mendez, delicious snack boxes by Open Kitchen, and two rounds of drinks per guest. Invite 23 of your friends to enjoy the scenery with you!

Subject to availability. Expires 12/31/23.

Private Pool Hall Party at Cowgirl BBQ

Donated by Cowgirl BBQ

Value: $500

Enjoy a lively evening (or afternoon) in the Cowgirl BBQ’s Pool Hall for you and 20 of your guests!

The Cowgirl will provide our Tex-Mex Frito Pie Bar Buffet, an assortment of desserts, and all non-alcoholic beverages. One of our dedicated staff members will serve you and your guests while enjoying rounds of play in this kitschy western space.

Does not include gratuity. Does not include alcoholic beverages. Blackout dates apply. Expires 12/31/23.


Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Santa Fe Studios with Lunch at The Pantry Dos for Eight

Donated by Santa Fe Studio and The Pantry Dos

Value: $1,150

If you liked “Roswell, New Mexico,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Waco,” “Cosmos,” “Succession,” “Godless,” “Only The Brave,” “Logan,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Ridiculous Six,” “House of Cards,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” or “We’re the Millers,” you’ll enjoy going behind the scenes where this movie-magic was made!

Take a private tour of the world-class Santa Fe Studios, in loving memory of Mayor Javier Gonzales. Octavio Marin, the personable and highly knowledgeable director of operations, will entertain your group as you view some of the more memorable sets and learn what happens behind the camera. Climb up to the catwalks, over 40 feet above the ground, for a bird’s-eye view of the sets and your friends below – not for the faint of heart! Meander through the 58-acre backlot, among the literal and figurative graveyards of productions past. 

Enjoy lunch at The Pantry Dos with your group before or after the tour with a $150 gift card!

Hour-long tour for up to eight people. Adults preferred but bring the kids along, too!

Because productions employ strict COVID protocols, it is not possible to view filming taking place and access may be further restricted. Tour date is subject to production schedules between 3/1/23 and 6/1/23. Expires 6/1/23.

A Round of Golf at Las Campanas Santa Fe

Donated by The Club at Las Campanas 

Value: $1,900

Golf rises to a new level on The Club at Las Campanas’ two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, both consistently rated among the very top courses in New Mexico by Golf Digest magazine. Members enjoy the strategic course design and thoughtful layout woven through the natural high desert beauty of northern New Mexico. Each of the award-winning, 18-hole courses offers an unparalleled golfing experience enhanced by glorious mountain vistas.

Enjoy a round on one of these fabulous courses with three friends!

Includes cart fees. Expires 10/31/23.

Ski Getaway to Angel Fire

Donated by Angel Fire Resort, Cole Widney, and Lee Boyle

Value: $1,316

Make memories on the mountain during this three-night stay at Angel Fire Resort! You’ll stay at Casa Blue Sky, a mountain home within walking distance of the country club and a short drive to the ski lifts. This comfortable, well-appointed home offers majestic views from the large front deck.  Over the tops of the property’s ponderosa pines is a perfect view of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico. With three bedrooms and two baths, plus a game room with a queen-sized futon, the house sleeps up to six adults and two children. Perfect for a family getaway!

Also included are four adult lift tickets for the 2023-24 winter season at Angel Fire Resort, where you’ll find varied terrain that offers stunning southern Rocky Mountain views and some of New Mexico’s best skiing and snowboarding. Enjoy uncrowded trails for every ability level.

Ski passes valid for the 2023-24 winter season only. Stay at Casa Blue Sky subject to availability and excludes holidays plus 3/4-18/23 and 3/2-16/24.  Expires 3/24/24.

Dinner for Four at Market Steer Steakhouse

Donated by Market Steer Steakhouse

 Value: $350

Market Steer Steakhouse is where refined dining and fun dining meet. Native New Mexican, Chef Kathleen Crook has added her own twist to classic American dishes. Market Steer is located inside Hotel St. Francis, Santa Fe’s oldest historical hotel.

Enjoy an evening with three of your best friends at Santa Fe’s Premier Steakhouse!

Alcohol and gratuity not included. Expires 2/11/24.

VIP Wine Tasting for 6 at Gruet Santa Fe Tasting Room

Donated by Gruet Winery

Value: $120

Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery specializes in Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines. Family owned and run, the New Mexico-based winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based sparkling wines and a small collection of still wines, with roots originating from Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France. More than 25 vintages later, Gruet Winery has achieved unprecedented acclaim and remains a favorite of the nation’s top sommeliers.

Expires 2/11/24.

Tasting for 10 at Santa Fe Brewing Company

 Donated by Santa Fe Brewing Company

Value: $200

Santa Fe has been home to Santa Fe Brewing Company since 1988, when they decided that “big beer” could be better beer, and made the first batch of Santa Fe Pale Ale. Since then, they’ve grown, and been innovating, evolving, listening, fermenting, experimenting, occasionally failing (R.I.P. Gnarly Root) and crafting interesting, highly-drinkable beverages for thirsty people everywhere. Take nine friends to any of their locations for a private tasting!

There’s no place like Santa Fe. And there’s no brewery like Santa Fe Brewing Company.

Expires 2/11/24.

Live Auction Item #08: Super-fun Party for Ten in The Compound Bar

Donated by The Compound Restaurant

Value: $3,000

Invite nine of your very best friends to the ultra-hip, way-cool Compound bar. The evening includes The Compound’s delicious food, beverages of your choice, lively conversation, and lots of fun.

Gratuity and tax not included. Must be Monday through Thursday. Expires 2/11/24.