Unique auction items already confirmed for the 2019 Benefit …


This series of small events are hosted in private homes throughout the winter and spring, and feature award-winning authors, musicians, and other leaders in their fields. Confirmed to date for this year’s line-up are:

Mara Isaacs

Christine Coulson

Sam Wang

Victoria Riskin

Jeff Nunokawa

Jim McPherson

Matias Zaldarriaga

Marsha Levin-Rojer

Bob Carr

Kevin Kruse

Anne Case and Angus Deaton

And a special “Antiques Roadshow” event with Rago Arts & Auction


Tour of Scheide Collection

Before touring, your group of six will enjoy lunch in the beautiful, glass-enclosed Garden Room of Prospect House, the private dining club on Princeton University’s campus. As the highest bidder, you and your guests will get a custom-curated, private tour of the Scheide Library, ‘one of the greatest collections in the world’, including the Gutenberg Bible and the Declaration of Independence. This world-famous collection is accessible only by special appointment, but we’ve got you in!

IAS Dinner and Rare Book Tour

While known as the world’s leading center for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry, the Institute for Advanced Study is also often referred to as the best restaurant in town! Four adults are invited to enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner, including wine, served in the Institute’s outstanding dining hall. There’s more – a tour of the Institute’s world-famous rare book collection with IAS librarian, Marcia Tucker. The collection features important scientific works in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and the life sciences.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards Wine Tasting

Become a wine connoisseur! Host a private wine tasting with five (5) friends at the scenic Hopewell Valley Vineyard. Relax in their lovely Tasting Room and treat your taste buds to new and delicious libations.


Maine Chance – A Week in Woolwich

For one week in 2020, enjoy this four-bedroom house on Montsweag Bay, Maine overlooking Oak, Pine, and Westport Islands. Located in Woolwich, midway between Bath and Wiscasset, the house is close to other towns such as Brunswick, Damariscotta, and the Boothbays. Enjoy day trips to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, or Five Islands Lobster Company! Enjoy a lobster dinner on the deck, or swim from a float! Use our kayak to travel to and examine the bald eagle’s nest on Oak Island, or enjoy one of the wonderful boat cruises to coastal lighthouses offered by the Maine Maritime Museum! There are challenging yet scenic golf courses close by in nearby Bath and Brunswick, and the ocean beaches at Popham or Reid State Park are just 30 minutes away! The house sleeps seven, and is fully winterized. A large master bedroom and bathroom were added in 2017. The kitchen has been recently renovated, and is fully equipped. There is a washer and dryer for your use, and all towels and linens are provided. An enclosed outdoor shower on the deck has a panoramic view of the bay for your bathing pleasure. It is easy to rent additional kayaks, canoes, or bikes nearby. Enjoy the beauty of Maine in comfort and style!


First Edition Andrew Wyeth by Richard Merryman

Andrew Wyeth was born in 1917 at Chadds Ford in Pennsylvania and became one of the most recognizable and best-known American artists of the twentieth century. This beautiful oversized (17 ½ x 13 ¼, 175pp) first edition book contains reproductions of almost the entire body of Andrew Wyeth’s work. Published by Houghton Mifflin in 1968, it is in very good condition with original unclipped dust jacket. The text, written by Richard Merryman, who was invited to produce the book by Wyeth himself, is based on interviews with the artist as he talked about the relationship between his life, his pictures and his sources of inspiration. Andrew Wyeth was supervised by the artist at every step. The result is a remarkable book that will be treasured by all lovers of Wyeth’s works.

Nicky Katz “Raku Egg” vase

This one-of-a-kind vase is an exquisite decorative piece from the study of Nicky Katz. It is made by hand with coils. A special glaze in the Raku firing process helps to achieve the unique crackled glaze effect. Approx. 8″ tall. Accompanied by a Japanese wooden stand. For decorative use only.


Parent-Child/Mother-Daughter Book Club

A wonderful opportunity to host a mother-daughter book club or birthday party for girls aged 8 to 12 at your home. New York Times Bestselling Author and Princeton resident Megan McCafferty will offer the winner eight (8) advanced reader copies of her upcoming middle grade book “True to Your Selfie” one month before the event. Read the book and then gather for book club where Megan will sign books and facilitate a thoughtful conversation about the themes in the book and social media.

Astrophysicist for a Night

Explore the universe with an astrophysicist! You and your family will enjoy an evening of astronomical conversation with Professor Josh Winn, who will give one lucky family a personal “tour” of his favorite images of planets, star clusters, and galaxies, and answer all your questions about the universe! Josh Winn is a physicist and astronomer at Princeton University. His research goals are to explore the properties of planets around other stars, understand how planets form and evolve, and make progress on the age-old question of whether there are other planets capable of supporting life.

Crew Team for a Day            

Do you dream of sunbeams over Carnegie Lake, feeling the morning breeze on your face as you watch a crew team shell slice through the shimmering waters? Turn daydream into reality with this insider’s experience of the Princeton University Women’s Varsity Crew Team! Observe practice from your VIP seat on Coach Lori Dauphiny’s launch. Learn all about the Olympic sport from athlete and coach Ed Hewitt, a.k.a Mr. Row2K. Tour the famous Boathouse, home of the Princeton University and National Crew Teams, and try out the erg machines and equipment of Olympians! If you (or your child) love rowing, this exclusive experience will thrill!

Math Tutoring with Dan Lee

To whom does John Witherspoon Middle School Principal Jason Burr refer parents to help their child take the mystery out of math? JW mathematics teacher Dan Lee! Mr. Lee has been a mathematics teacher for eight years, and on the JW faculty for six years. He coaches various track and field groups, and serves on the district’s Equity Team, helping to break down barriers between cultures and build a more equitable social and academic experience for our children. Outside of JW, he is currently working on his Masters at Columbia University, studying Economics and Education Policy. Mr. Lee will meet with your child for (2) one-hour tutoring sessions in the Library cafe at mutually agreed-upon dates and times.

Private Tour of Joseph Henry Lab

Dr. Michael Littman, Princeton University Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Joseph Henry Scholar, will open his lab and give a private tour of its contents to one lucky family. Professor Littman’s research interests include automatic controls, tunable laser design, and bio-mimic robotics. His principal research concerns the Terrestrial Planet Finder, a project involving design and control of a high contrast coronagraph. He also collaborates with the Smithsonian in a STEM education network using 3D printers to recreate historic inventions. His teaching labs includes LEGO and K’NEX creations to explain principles of science and engineering, Triumph Tiger Cub motorcycles, computer automated N-scale model trains, and a maker space. With all of his cool toys and creations, he is an “engineering Pied Piper to kids”!

Librarian for a Day, Book Lover for Life

Foster your child’s love of literacy at the Princeton Public Library! One lucky winner will become a Librarian for the Day by shadowing a dedicated Youth Services Librarian – helping to prepare for children’s story time, assisting with children’s craft projects, designing a book display, and creating a book list of your favorite books in Bibliocommons! The day continues with a behind-the-scenes tour of the library and lunch in the cafe. The lucky child will receive a $100 credit to spend at the 2020 Children’s Book Festival in September!

Name Your Own Flavor at the bent spoon!

Here is your chance to create the ice cream flavor of your dreams! You will work with Gab Carbone, co-owner of the bent spoon, in a special consultation session to hone your idea. The ‘Spoon Elves’ will then magically turn your flavor dream into flavor reality. Return to The Bent Spoon after your special flavor is created to claim 10 FULL PINTS of the flavor, AND YOU GET TO NAME IT TOO! You’ll have full bragging rights for having invented and named a new ice cream!

Who’s Got Game? Basketball Skills and Drills

What better way to improve your young basketball player’s skills than with some private coaching from a former professional basketball player? Justin Leith, Varsity Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics at Stuart Country Day School will give six (6) 1-on-1 or small group private basketball coaching sessions to the lucky winner. In his first five years at Stuart, four-time coach of the year Leith has lead the Tartans to back-to-back NJISAA Prep B State titles (2018, 2019). Learn new skills, practice the basics and have some fun shooting hoops with a pro!

Mayor for a Day!

Get the inside scoop on how Princeton’s municipal government really works!  A great opportunity for a child to see local government in action, spending the day with Mayor Liz Lempert and meeting with department heads.  Bang the gavel to start the Council meeting!

Pizza Party at Nomad

Nomad Pizza in the Princeton Shopping Center welcomes you and a group of 14 friends for a private party in their beautifully rustic and modern Princeton establishment. Whether for a child’s birthday party or a friendly gathering, everyone will enjoy Nomad’s delicious pizzas, fresh salads and flavorful Italian desserts! Reservations may be made for any meal Sunday through Thursday, or lunch commencing at 11:30am on Friday or Saturday.


Two-Hour Garden Consultation, Design and Planting

Peter Ham, of Ham Landscape Gardens, designs and plants gardens and landscapes working in the English naturalistic style. In this two-hour consultation, he will work with you to design your garden using native and native-hybridized plants to create a low maintenance garden of delight that will offer interest throughout the year.

24/7 Parking in Princeton for a Year!

When you have this pass card in your possession, the world is your oyster—no parking worries! For one year, you will be able to use the Spring Street Garage. Come in, go out—in, out, in, out—at work or at play, whether on the job, picking up your reserved library book, visiting the Farmer’s Market, lunching with a friend or checking out the shops—what freedom will come with this prized object! Pass is good for one year.

TriBeCa Contemporary Art Gallery Tour

Looking to explore the world of contemporary art? Join art enthusiast and painter Lisa Belshaw Ham on a guided tour of contemporary art galleries in NYC’s famed TriBeCa! Your tour will begin at the Denny Dinim Gallery on Lispenard Street, and will continue on to various artistic hotspots – listen to gallery owners present on current artists and take in all of the excitement and challenges of the exhibits.


New York Yankees Tickets

Take me out to the ballgame! Hear the roar of the crowd live with four (4) tickets to a Yankees game, seated at the perfect spot on the infield level in section 223. Buy some peanuts and crackerjack and cheer on the Bronx Bombers – what a great way to spend a day! Excludes “Subway Series” (aka Yankees vs. Mets) and Yankees vs. Red Sox. Game date TBD by YES Network. Valid for Yankees 2020 season only.

New York Giants Tickets

Watch Eli Manning and the New York Giants as they take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday December 1st at MetLife Stadium! Winners will receive four (4) tickets and a parking pass for this home game in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets are in the first row of Section 308. Cheer on Big Blue!


Audrey & David Egger
Honorary Co-Chairs

Helen Heintz

Jim Hecht
Interim Executive Director

Jimi Ayodele
Andrea Bradley
Sally Branon
Julie Cho
Karen Ehee
Dawn Frost
Melissa Grzymala
Michael Hall
Peter Ham
Veronika Häusle-Kalabacos
Beth Heaney
Rupert Hinton
Nicky Katz
Seva Kramer
Beth LemanErin Metro
Patricia Meyer
Dana Molina
Eric Monberg
Jane Nieman
Stephanie Oster
Tim Quinn
Dina Shaw
Yamile Slebi
Christa Smith
Melanie Stein
Richard Trenner
Pam Wakefield
Wendy Wilton
Karen Zemble

Don’t miss out! Purchase your early support tickets today.