Stewards of one of the rarest ecosystems on Earth, the Everglades will descend on The Breakers for the Everglades Foundation’s ninth annual ForEverglades Benefit on February 15. Celebrities, socialites, dignitaries and a veritable whose who of Palm Beachers will be on hand to help raise funds and awareness for this fragile and exquisite environment. And with Katie Couric acting as host, Michael Keaton as honorary chair and the Zac Brown Band as the evening’s entertainment, 2014’s ForEverglades party is sure to be one for the books.
This year, the foundation has enacted a new twist on the silent auction. Instead of paper, email will be used to make bids. Five extraordinary trips are up for grabs, with bidding running from February 8-15. Bidders simply email their offer—or can purchase a lot then and there. Entrants will be notified February 16 whether they won.
The auction trips are some of the wildest expeditions we’ve ever seen up for grabs. Click on to page two for a rundown of what the Everglades Foundation has in store for five lucky winners.
- Tickets for ForEverglades begin at $1,000, with proceeds going directly to support the Everglades Foundation’s critical science and education programs.
- For more information, visit evergladesfoundation.org.
To bid on any of the lots depicted below, email everglades [at] eventassociatesinc.com.
To purchase now, the bid must match or exceed the buy-it-now price.
For more information, about the lots, call 917-626-4063.
Lot 1 will take four anglers into the heart of, Islamorada—the sportfishing capital of the world—for four days and three nights. The package, an estimated value of $30,000 (buy it now for $40,000), includes lodging for three nights at a private fishing camp. Ttwo backcountry guides will lead fisherman into the flats to try their hand at tarpon, bonefish, redfish and more.
Lot 2 is all about the pura vida lifestyle. Four guests will take to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula for a five-day, six-night stay on the beach at Playa Káre—described by National Geographic as “the most ecologically intense place on Earth.” The package, an estimated $50,000 (buy it now for $60,000), includes a stay in a private beach house and superb meals as well as access to a 33-foot Contender Tournament sport fishing boat complete with captain and crew to take advantage of the world-class fishing right off the shore. Battle marlin, roosterfish, snapper and more, or explore the lush tropical landscape just outside the door.
Lot 3 will have six guests stamping their passports for a trek across the pond when they head to Malilangwe, Zimbabwe for a safari excursion. The package, an estimated $36,000 (buy it now for $45,000), will take guests to the remote and exclusive Singita Pamushana Lodge set on the fringes of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve—an expanse of 130,000 acres bordering the Gonarezhou National Park. This lowland wilderness of baobabs, scrublands and sandstone cliffs has been virtually untouched by civilization, making it an ideal rookery for hundreds of bird species and a great place to observe African wildlife. Enjoy private safaris, excursions to rock art sites dating back thousands of years, river cruises and more.
Lot 4 will take four guests to the Don Pablo Ranch in the Corrientes Province of Argentina for a four-night stay. Situated on 21,000 acres of land—half of which is marshlands, part of the Corrientes River watershed and a tributary to the Ibera Marshes—the ranch is home to a large number of game animals, including duck, dove, partridge, perdiz and wild boar. The package, an estimated $50,000 value (buy it now for $60,000), includes stay at the ranch, six shooting sessions, fishing excursions, gourmet meals, spa treatments and more.
Lot 5 gets back the Everglades Foundation’s roots. Open for six guests, explore the Everglades by airboat, swamp buggy, kayak and more. The expedition will explore Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Bay and the 10,000 Islands, with fishing trips in the Everglades backcountry available. After a day of cruising the River of Grass, guests will dine by campfire light and overnight in Everglades City, a remote fishing village located in the Everglades backcountry and 10,000 Islands. Bidders can buy this package now for $25,000 and experience the Everglades like few have.