Silent Auction


GSO Auction Highlights followed by the complete list!

An Introductory Flying Lesson is the first step in learning to fly and from there – the sky is the limit. Please enjoy your 30-minute introductory flying lesson with one of our professional flight instructors and experience the joy of flight for the first time.

Donor: Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre

Value: $130

Classic Car Experience.  3 lucky people will experience being driven from Fergus and through the Forks of the Credit in classic cars (Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar), returning to The Brew House in Fergus to chat with the owners/drivers.

Donors: Edmund Calicos, John Steggles

Value: $450

Knife skills class for three people: Learn and practice knife skills with chef Mario Gozzi, see how to sharpen and hone knives, prepare and taste two delicious soups.

Donor: Chef Mario Gozzi

Value: $250

Hockey Night in Toronto: 2 tickets to watch the Maple Leafs vs the Carolina Hurricanes on 22nd November and one night at the Ritz Carlton Toronto.

Donors: The Ritz Carlton Toronto and Syngenta Canada Inc.

Value: $830

Lady’s 14kt white gold ring with large blue topaz and 6 brilliant cut diamonds.

Donor: Anonymous. Independently valued and by GS Laboratories and inspected by Knar Jewellery.

Value: $2400

Guelph Storm

Experience the Guelph Storm a Luxury Suite, on Friday February 24th at 7:30pm.  The evening includes 16 tickets and a $500 food and soft drink voucher.

Donor: Prime Care Pharmacy

Value: $1500


Seven Nights at Villa Casablanca in Manzanilla for up to 10 people in 5 suites all with views of the Pacific Ocean. The villa comes fully staffed with housekeepers, a chef, bartender, and gardener.

Value: $12,000

Guelph Fire Department package that includes a tour of HQ, a ride up the 129’ arial, and rides in a fire truck and off-road rescue vehicle.

Donor: Chief John Osborne, Guelph Fire Department

Value: A ton of excitement!


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N.B. Details were considered accurate at time of printing but there may be some variations.




A Very Special Night with the COC in Toronto!  Attend a performance by the Canadian Opera Company followed by a night at the exclusive Shangri La Hotel Toronto (hotel weekend only). [1]

Value: $930

Donor: The Canadian Opera Company and the Shangri La Hotel


A Signed Copy of Lawrence Hill’s Illustrated Novel: The Book of Negroes. [2]

Value: $100

Donor: Lawrence Hill


A Signed Copy of Lawrence Hill’s novel: The Illegal. [3]

Value: $100

Donor: Lawrence Hill


Spend the Day with an Art Appraiser at Waddington’s Auction and the Art Collection at the Women’s Art Association of Canada. 2 people pub lunch included. [4]

Value: $500

Donor: Heather Beecroft, Beecroft Fine arts


Pure Monster Sound Headphones.  Hear your music as you have never heard it before. N-Tune brings a truly authentic and powerful music experience. [5]

Value: $150.00

Donor:  Cotton Candy Inc.


Pure Monster Sound Headphones. Hear your music as you have never heard it before. N-Tune brings a truly authentic and powerful music experience. [6]

Value: $150.00

Donor:  Cotton Candy Inc.


Conduct the Guelph Symphony on New Year’s Day. Includes a rehearsal with the GSO and a performance on the Main Stage of the RRC, 2 tickets to the New Year’s Concert and your name in the concert program. A GSO-Original-Experience! [7]

Value: $300

Donor: GSO


Play in the percussion section of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra at the New Year’s Concert. Includes a rehearsal with the GSO, a coaching by a GSO Percussionist, 2 tickets to the New Year’s Concert (January 1, 2017), plus your name in the concert program. [8]

Value: $300

Donor: GSO


Experience the Magic of “The Nutcracker” this holiday season with the Oakville Ballet’s full length production, featuring students of Oakville School of Classical Ballet under the artistic direction of Amanda Paterson. [9]

Value: $160

Donor: Oakville School of Ballet


Signed Limited Edition Print from Werner Zimmermann’s children’s book “Snow Day”. [10]

Value: $125

Donor: Werner Zimmermann


Guelph Little Theatre 2016/7 Season Tickets for 2. Enjoy Guelph’s own live theatre. [11]

Value: $120

Donor: Guelph Little Theatre





Learn the Art of Butchery. Break down a pig and get the cuts or make a product of your choice.  Take your products home.[12]

Value: $250

Donor: Trotters Butchers and Charcuterie


Learn How to Choose, Use, Sharpen and Care for your knives with Chef Gozzi.  Three people.Includes making two soups. [13]

Value:  $250

Donor: Chef Mario Gozzi


Dinner at the Keg Restaurant – gift certificate. [14]

Value: $100

Donor: Bill Worton


Hands-on Baking with a Master Baker, M. Eric Chevalier of Eric the Baker – Observe up close and personal, the artistry and skill of Master Baker, Eric Chevalier. Participate in a baking project, under the guidance and supervision of M. Chevalier. Taste your creation! [15]

Value: $300

Donor: Eric the Baker


Rowe Farm Gift Package. Cooler bag, BBQ sauce and gift certificate for a barbecued chicken. [16]

Value:    $50

Donor: Rowe Farms


Cheese Tasting, Gift certificate and Gift basket.  Take your favourite wines to the store and pair them in a cheese tasting.  Includes $20 gift certificate.[17]

Value:    $45

Donor: Paula’s Fine Cheese (formerly Chartelli)




Two Tickets for the Marriage of Food & Wine Gala at George Brown College in March 2017.

Taste more than 80 warm & cold appetizers matched to nine Ontario wines and one Ontario beer. [18]

Value: $130

Donor: Mario Gozzi

Make your own wine with Eric at Chartelli wines. [19]

Value: $100

Donor: Chartelli Wines




Hockey Night in Toronto!  Toronto Maple Leafs Tickets including an overnight stay at the Ritz -Carlton Hotel, Toronto: A set of two prime tickets for the Toronto Maple Leafs home game vs. Carolina Hurricanes  on Tuesday, Nov 22nd 2016.  No need to rush home after the game as you will enjoy an overnight stay at the exquisite Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. [20]

Value: $700

Donor: Syngenta Canada Inc. & Ritz Carlton Toronto


Enjoy the Guelph Storm with Your Friends in a Luxury Box. Includes 16 tickets and a certificate for food and soft drink. February 24th 2017.  Guelph Storm vs Erie Otters. [21]

Value: $1500

Donor Prime Care Pharmacy

Golf package. Victoria Park East, 18 holes with cart for 4 people plus golf balls. [22]

Value: $300

Donor: Syngenta Canada Inc.


Personal tennis lesson with University of Guelph Athletics Director, Scott McRoberts. [23]

Value: $100

Donor: Scott McRoberts, UoG


                  4 – 18 rounds of golf with cart at Victoria Park Valley. [24]

Value: $200

Donor:  Len Haslam, Victoria Park Valley


Cutten Fields Charity Golf Day. 2 golf passes with cart. October 16th 2017. [25]

Value: $280

Donor: Cutten Fields Golf Club


TOYS for BOYS … and GIRLS!


Classic Car Tour of Forks of the Credit (Ferrari, Porsche Jaguar).  Join three owners in their special cars for a ride from Fergus, through the Forks of the Credit, returning to the Fergus Brew House.  [26]

Value: $500

Donor: Edmund Callicos, Roger Axon & John Steggles


Synthetic Oil Change. [27]

Value: $200

Donor: Car Lane Auto


Legendary Motor Cars Behind the Scenes Tour (for up to 6 people) and Promo Clothing.  Enjoy a personalized tour of this impressive display of classic cars and see how the professionals restore them.  [28]

Value: $300

Donor: Legendary Motor Cars, Milton


Car Care package. A bucket of cleaning materials + gift certificate for an oil lube and filter. [29]

Value: $200

Donors: Andy’s Auto Centre & PartSource


A Lube, Oil and Filter for your vehicle. [30]

Value: $100

Donor: Autosparks


1 ½ Hour Tour of a Private Classic Car Collection (for 6 people). [31]

Value: $200

Donor: Bill Harrison




Personal tour of the House of Commons, Ottawa for 4 people with Lloyd Longfield MP, includes Lunch with Lloyd and one night at the Delta Hotel Ottawa (dates to be negotiated with Mr.  Longfield’s office and Bill Wong of the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel).  [32]

Value: $950

Donor: Lloyd Longfield MP, Delta Hotel Ottawa


Scrub up for Surgery at the Ontario Vet College, 4 adults.

Scrub up, suit up and work directly with clinicians to learn the basics of suturing and other canine and feline minor surgery techniques. [33]

Value: $400

Donor: Cort Egan, OVC


Introductory Flying Lesson.  You actually fly the plane – the sky is the limit + cooler bag, water bottle and shirt. [34]

Value: $200

Donor: Waterloo Wellington Flying Centre & Jazz Air Ltd.


Dinner with the Mayor and a personalized, behind-the-scenes tour of Guelph City Hall. [35]

Value: $400

Donor: Mayor Cam Guthrie



Firefighting Adventure – will include a tour of fire headquarters, ride up the 129’ aerial, a ride in a fire truck and then an off road rescue vehicle for a ride back to HQ. [36]

Value: $400

Donor: Chief John Osborne, Guelph Fire Department


Dinner for Two with the GSO Conductor at Miijidaa Restaurant. JoinJudith Yan, Artistic Director of GSO and be a member of the GSO Artistic Programming Committee for the Day. What can you persuade her to include in the GSO program? [37]

Value: $400

Donor: Judith Yan


Shadow a Vet. Follow alongside a veterinarian for the morning and see how the magic happens.  Experience appointments with owners and their pets, observe the formulation of treatment plans and how they are carried out. You may also observe surgeries that have been scheduled for that morning. (No young children).  [38]

Value: $200

Donor: Dr. Mary Thompson, Highway 24 Veterinary Clinic


One-Hour Personalized Visit (up to six people) to University of Guelph Library Archive with choice of focus followed by dinner at the Cornerstone Restaurant. [39]

Value: $400

Donor: Archival and Special Collections, U. of G. Library and Cornerstone Restaurant.




Kitchen Accessory Gift Basket. Includes cutting board, recipe book, oven gloves, dressing mixer and more. [40]

Value: $215

Donor: Sutcliffe Kitchens


Custom Cushion in Kravet Embroidered Cotton. [41]

Value: $100

Donor: Buy The Yard


Interior Design Consultation.  Ever wondered what to do with that room?  Now is your chance to find out. [42]

Value: $75

Donor: Karen Kesteloot and Buy the Yard





Lady’s 14kt White Gold Ring with Large Blue Topaz and 6 Brilliant Cut Diamonds.  Take advantage of this very special donation to GSO. [43]

Value: $2,400

Donor: Anonymous. Inspected by Knar Jewellery


Seven Nights at Villa Casablanca in Manzanilla for up to 10 people. Villa Casablanca is a majestic 13,000 square foot villa in Manzanillo, perched on the rocky and beautiful Santiago Peninsula. With spectacular 180 degree views of Manzanillo and the Pacific Ocean, Villa Casablanca is in the private, exclusive community of La Punta. The villa comes fully staffed with housekeepers, a chef, bartender, and gardener. [44]

Value: $12,000


A couple may enjoy a Rejuvenating, In-home Massage with a Registered Massage Therapist. [45]

Value: $200

Donor: Michael Robinson RMT


Help Create Two Custom Christmas Greens Outdoor Arrangements for your planters plus take home an Indoor Fresh Flower Arrangement today.  [46]

Value: $325

Donor: Fleuristic Garden and Flower Studio


Four Adult Passes for Canada Blooms. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with acres of stunning creative gardens in a dazzling display of colour, texture and fragrance designed by Canada’s best landscape designers, architects and builders. [47]

Value: $80

Donor: Canada Blooms


Pamper Yourself with a Gift Certificate and Hair Products. [48]

Value: $150

Donor: Hush Salon & Spa




100 Freshly baked, individually wrapped cookies from Get Baked – everyone’s a winner

Buffet lunch for 2 at Diwa Restaurant                                           $50

Car service/oil change, Andy’s Auto Centre                            $100

Car service/oil change, Auto Sparks                                              $100

Canada Blooms Pass for 4 adults                                     $80

Cineplex, 2 tickets, 2 soft drinks, 1 popcorn                            $20

Cineplex, 2 tickets, 2 soft drinks, 1 popcorn                            $20

Bookshelf gift card                                                                                    $75

Starbucks gift card                                                                                     $25

Indigo gift card                                                                                            $25

Indigo gift card                                                                                            $25

4 x Zehrs $25 Gift cards                                                                          $100

2X handcrafted bracelets by LJ Creations                           $ 25

A special thanks to our wonderful Organizing and Silent Auction Committee:

Christine Huszarik, Elizabeth & John Steggles, Catherine Molina, Lin Chapman.

Thanks are also due to the following volunteers who have contributed significant time to the auction and tonight’s event:

Heather Beecroft, Karen Rathwell, Jennifer Prescott, Sam Steggles, Judith Yan, Amanda Paterson and the Students of the Oakville School of Classical Ballet and members of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra.

And fianally, thanks to all the generous donors who have supported the Guelph Symphony Orchestra auction.


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