Golden Ticket Order Form

This is your chance to win one of GTCYS’ amazing Live Auction items of your choice for just $150! Only 100 tickets will be sold, so ticket holders have the chance to win big and support GTCYS scholarships. The more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning! Ticket holders need not be present to win, and there is no limit to how many tickets you can purchase.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the program at GTCYS’ Orchestrating Opportunities Benefit at Orchestra Hall on February 19, and the winner may choose one of these fabulous live auction items:

Thanks to our friends at Small Lot Wine & Spirits, you can experience a curated collector’s box of wine specially selected by sommelier and GTCYS parent, Marcus Hanson. The lucky winner will get to enjoy these premium wines in the comfort of your own home. To share or not to share is the question. 

The wine selections will be curated from the region of Symphony’s next tour destination in 2024 which will be revealed during the auction!

Personal chef, cookbook author, and founder of Dine4Dinners Carline Bengtsson will visit your home to prepare a sumptuous 5-course meal for up to 8 people for an unforgettable culinary experience. Named one of Minnesota Monthly’s private chefs, Carline “excels at turning ingredients into works of art, both pleasing to the eye and equally tasteful to the palate.”  

To top it off, guests will be serenaded with a wonderful musical performance by students from GTCYS’ Symphony. You host and provide the wine, and Carline will do the rest! Date to be agreed upon by the winning bidder and Carline Bengtsson.  

From last year’s winners: “It was a joy from start to finish…Every course was unique and amazing. I can’t remember a more enjoyable dining experience. You made the evening! Bravo!” 

*Dine4Dinners combats hunger in partnership with organizations that provide meals for those in need of daily nourishment through dependable, reliable and sustainable sources. For each dining experience, a quarter of the profits are given to those who need nourishment. To date, 180,336 meals have been donated. 

Perfect for a family reunion or friends gathering, privately owned Sugarloaf Family Cabins rest along 450’ of Lake Superior’s shoreline in the idyllic north woods. This former mom-and-pop resort property can sleep 12-14 guests in four vertical-log cabins near Schroeder and some of Minnesota’s most iconic North Shore destinations along Highway 61. 

The property includes four cabins: a hot tub and a sauna cabin with a shower and screen porch, a “Gathering Cabin” with full kitchen for communal meals and relaxing, and two sleeping cabins with 5 bedrooms each (combo of double beds plus 3 twins in a loft accessible by ladder), toilet, and kitchenette. Guests would have exclusive access to the cabins, though the property owners would stay on site in the caretaker’s house to answer any questions that arise. Housekeeping is not included, and guests are asked to leave the property ready for the next guests.   

This five-night package is available June through September with arrival on Sunday afternoon and Friday afternoon departure. Blackout dates include holiday weekends and Fourth of July week, June 18-30, July 16-23, and August 13-19.

Due to popular demand, everyone’s favorite auction item is back! This is your chance to spend an evening with Executive Director Megen Balda and Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith who will team up for a fun evening of entertainment and cuisine in your own home. Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute private cello/piano recital as well as the dynamic duo’s exceptional culinary skills for you and your guests. 

You provide the wine, and Maestro Smith will create a gourmet menu, provide the food, and cook for up to 8 dinner guests. Menu and date to be agreed upon by the winning bidder, Maestro Smith, and Ms. Balda. The dinner can be held at Maestro Smith’s residence or at the winning bidder’s home if they have a piano. Eat, drink, and be merry! 


If you are unable to attend the event please email Development Manager Kelly Turpin at kelly@gtcys.org by February 16 to request which prize you’d like selected should you win the golden ticket!

Besides the lucky winner, every ticket purchase will receive full tax-deductible donation acknowledgment.

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