Ignite! Auction Experiences

Seven Experiences will be auctioned off during the ignite! a WheatonGather event on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Onsite bidding only. Visit the Event Center lobby to see what each experience offers. See a preview of two of the experience options below.

Experience Preview #1 

The Best of Venice & Murano with Your Hosts Leslie Ann Genninger & Michele Benzoni

Leslie Ann Genninger, Murand Glass Artist, from Venice, Italy. Image with glass beads hanging about a photo of Venice.
Snapshot of the inside of Leslie's studio in Venice.

Join Leslie & Michele for an amazing day of the best that Murano & Venice have to offer in art, glass, architecture, history, & fine cuisine! Leslie is an American designer of Murano Glass jewelry, lighting, glassware, & sculpture, and has been living and working in Venice for over 30 years, where she met her husband, Michele, a 5th generation Venetian and architect. Together they will customize an in-depth tour just for you as they have for other VIP glass loving connoisseurs like Elton John, Gianni Versace, Ivana Trump, Martha Stewart, Steve Wynn, and generous WheatonArt supporters. They will also help you find special accommodations in a private palazzo or hotel and share favorite restaurants, concerts, museums, places to go & things to see during your stay.

Highlights of Your VIP Experience Include:

  • Morning pick-up at your hotel for an amazing customized tour day
  • Water taxi with a private driver to the world famous Island of Murano
  • Private in-depth visits to the studios of top Murano Artists & Glass Masters
  • Hands-on glass blowing furnace experience
  • Visit the finest Venetian mirror & chandelier factories where Leslie created a unique collection for the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas
  • Dine at the famous: “Lele’s” Busa Alla Torre restaurant in Murano for a gourmet lunch of the freshest Bellini, antipasti, risotto, fritto misto, & home-made biscotti
  • Visit fascinating behind-the-scene museums & galleries
  • Water taxi back to Genninger Studio, Leslie’s gallery in the Dorsoduro area, where she will help you choose a special Murano Glass gift
  • Architectural sunset walking tour of Palladian masterpieces and the brilliant Venetian skyline along the Zattere with Michele
  • Tasting of the best Cicchetti & Prosecco Venice has to offer

***Transportation & Lodging not included*** Starting Bid: $1,500. Proceeds support the Creative Glass Fellowship Program!

Experience Preview #2

Hamilton Tickets

A pair of Excellent Orchestra location tickets for Hamilton. Winner of 11 Tony Awards, Hamilton is Broadway’s biggest hit. From the mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow’s landmark bestselling biography comes the groundbreaking musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, Alexander Hamilton. Tony Award winner Thomas Kail directs this sold out musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.

Tickets must be requested before the first of the preceding month of the show date. Example: For September tickets, the request must be made before August 1. Starting Bid: $1,500.