An Evening in Havana
Win a Trip of a Lifetime!
On Friday August 10th Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Foundation hosted the annual Benefit Ball and took attendees to a Havana adventure and offered some incredible bucket-list trips on the silent auction table. A few lucky guests walked away with trips of a lifetime! This offer was so exciting and so well received that we are offering YOU the opportunity to participate. If you match the winning trip bid you too can take a trip of a lifetime! This opportunity is one you do not want to miss.
You have until 5 p.m. Wednesday August 15th to secure your trip. Here’s how:
- Contact our non-profit partner Monica Sakurai at Amfund (407) 895-8000 ext. 112
- Match the top bid for your trip of choice and pay by credit card
- Secure your trip! NO blackout dates, accommodations, airfare for two included and up to three years to redeem your trip
Proceeds will benefit the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. Support our patients and enjoy a trip of a lifetime!
Trip descriptions and top bids:
Alaska-Call of the Wild: $7,250
With its 10,000 year old glaciers, whales and polar bears, the sights and sounds of Alaska will thrill you! Our winning couple will jet to Seattle where you’ll begin your luxury cruise. The ship’s crew will pamper you and respond to your every need. Enjoy gourmet meals, exciting nightlife and try your luck at the casino! On deck, take time to relax and soak up scenery far more majestic than you ever imagined as you discover what life is like at the edge of our vast northern wilderness. You can enjoy sightseeing adventures and thrilling tours at every port including Ketchikan, Juneau, Victoria and Skagway, Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town. You might choose a guided fishing and wilderness trip, a breathtaking glacier tour, or simply the opportunity to soak up the beauty and grandeur of one of the most pristine places on earth. As America’s last frontier, exploring Alaska is an adventure you’ll treasure forever. This fabulous trip for two includes round trip air, your week-long cruise, comfortable outside cabin, all your gourmet dining on board, fabulous entertainment and exciting on-board activities, the attentive service of your ship’s professional staff and memories of an adventure as big as Alaska itself!
Castles of Ireland: $7,500The two of you will live like royalty during your magnificent trip to green and glorious Ireland! Your adventure begins in regal splendor during two luxurious days and nights at Ballynahinch Castle, voted top property in all of Ireland by Conde Nast magazine. With the Twelve Bens Mountain Range as its backdrop, this 450 acre castle estate in Galway is perfect for hiking, bicycling, and fly-fishing too. Here you can explore local fishing villages, go pony trekking or try your hand at sporting clays. Then it’s off to County Clare for two memorable nights at the 5-Star Dromoland Castle, the ancestral home of Gaelic royalty. You can unwind at the spa, swim in the heated indoor pool, explore the castle’s gorgeous grounds and woodlands with their glistening views of the lake or visit Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful West Coast. Next, you’ll overnight at the fabulous Waterford Castle where you can explore one of the most beautiful villages in all of Ireland and see how famous Irish crystal is transformed from molten glass into works of art. You’ll enjoy your final two royal nights at the opulent Clontarf Castle, on a picturesque estate just ten minutes from Dublin. From here, you can explore the city and visit the Guinness Brewery where you’ll be invited to “lift a pint or two.” This eight day, seven night castle trip to Ireland for two is like no other experience in the world with round trip airfare, a hearty Irish breakfast each morning, and luxurious pampering at your 4 and 5 star castle accommodations as you live the life of Kings and Queens in green and gorgeous Ireland!
Champagne, Chocolate and Choos: $6,400This glamorous trip to the three top destinations in Europe will make your champagne wishes, chocolate cravings and designer dreams come true! The two of you will “jet set” to Paris, the romantic City of Lights. You can stroll the Champs Elysees, cruise on the River Seine, dine on gourmet cuisine, and see the Eiffel Tower twinkling against the midnight sky. The next day you’re off to the beautiful Champagne Region of France where you’ll enjoy a tour and champagne tasting at the world famous House of Moet & Chandon, maker of the legendary Dom Perignon. After two spectacular nights in Paris, the Eurostar will whisk you to Brussels, the city of epicurean pleasures and chocoholics’ dreams! You can enjoy some of the world’s finest cuisine; that mouthwatering combination of French, Dutch and German flavors. On your tasting tour of the world’s finest chocolate shops, you’ll create your own special confections at your workshop taught by a Master Chocolatier! (Remember, you only live once!) Finally, “Pip, Pip and Cheerio” you’re off to London, home to iconic sights and some of the best shopping on the planet! Your deluxe hotel is close to royal palaces, gorgeous parks and intriguing locations like Scotland Yard and the cobblestone streets where the fabled Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson tracked criminals and solved legendary crimes. You’ll enjoy a vintage bus tour of London including Westminster Abbey and a cruise on the River Thames. Be sure to visit London’s legendary emporiums of style including Harrods, Selfridges and all the upscale shops where Princesses Diana and Kate shopped for their Jimmy Choo shoes! (We dare you not to take home a pair!) This 7 day, 6 night trip for two to France, Belgium and England includes your roundtrip air, reserved Eurostar travel, luxury accommodations, your guided excursion with bubbly tastings in the Champagne Region, chocolate tour and Master Chocolatier workshop, and London city tour. Go ahead; indulge yourself in total bliss… and what could be more blissful for the two of you than your incredible trip to France, Belgium and London!
Tropical Costa Rica: $5,000Take a deep breath. Enjoy the sweet aroma of tropical flowers as balmy breezes soothe your soul. From the moment you arrive, Costa Rica will enchant you with its pristine beaches, exquisite vistas, dense green rainforests, mountain volcanoes, magnificent wildlife, and amazing wonders of nature found nowhere else in the world! Imagine the two of you lounging next to a glistening pool sipping tall cool cocktails, or relaxing on a sugar sand beach as warm waves from the Pacific Ocean gently sweep ashore. Your week in Costa Rica can be as relaxed or as exciting as you wish. You’ll stay at a 4-star ocean resort where you can unwind at the spa and relax in sublime luxury. You might want to fish for Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin and Wahoo that thrive in the calm waters offshore, or try snorkeling and diving or exploring the jungle canopy on a thrilling zip-line tour! This once-in-a-lifetime vacation is your chance to relax and explore this land of unmatched pleasure and beauty. Your incredible package for two includes seven days, six nights deluxe accommodations, round trip airfare and memories of the most relaxing adventure of a lifetime!
Family Fun In Florida: $2,800Whether you want to explore Central Florida’s world famous theme parks, soak in the warm sunshine, float in a sparkling pool, play golf on gorgeous fairways, relax on white sandy beaches or take a thrilling airboat ride, this luxurious townhouse villa is the perfect vacation retreat for your family and friends! Just minutes from Disney, Universal, and Sea World, this spacious “home away from home” features 4 bedrooms, a loft and 3 bathrooms and comfortably sleeps up to 12 people. Tastefully furnished in tropical colors, you'll be enveloped in peace and tranquility. Overlooking a private Tom Watson golf course in a posh community, this is the perfect place to unwind after sightseeing or visiting theme parks. Gourmet and casual dining choices are nearby; but on nights when you want to “stay in,” the townhome’s gourmet kitchen makes it easy to prepare epicurean meals. Within minutes of the nation’s top discount malls, you’ll find shopping bargains galore! You'll enjoy floating in the enormous heated pool and bubbling Jacuzzi as the sun warms your soul or stars twinkle overhead. You might want to select a variety of massages, facials and other pampering treatments at the luxurious spa. With TVs in every bedroom, everyone can “snuggle up” to watch their own favorite shows. For a week (with no blackout dates) savoring your own flavors of fun in the sun, this deluxe villa townhouse is the perfect place to create memories with family and friends any time of year! *Does not include airfare, but is accommodations for 12.
Greece and Greek Islands: $7,400For serene lifestyle, pristine beaches, sapphire blue ocean vistas, golden sunsets and glamorous nightlife, this 10 day Greece and Greek Island odyssey has it all! Pack your bags and get ready for the bucket list trip of your lives! Your adventure begins with your flight to Athens, then Santorini where you can relax in pure luxury. With its snow white architecture, multicolored cliffs and seaside villages, it’s no wonder this island paradise is one of the world’s most enchanting getaways. You can explore Santorini’s intriguing capital, volcanic and ancient archeological sites, and unique shops bursting with local art and crafts. At sunset, you can sip fine wine before enjoying the freshest seafood caught hours earlier by local fishermen. After 3 glorious days and nights, you’ll take the scenic ferry to the jet-set island of Mykonos known for its sophisticated lifestyle, trendy boutiques and world class restaurants and nightclubs. You can stretch out on golden sand beaches while the sparkling Aegean Sea tickles your toes. Take time to unwind at harborside tavernas sipping Ouzo and watching “the beautiful people” stroll by. After 3 days in Mykonos, you are off to Athens where you’ll walk in the footsteps of Plato and Alexander the Great as you visit the city’s ancient wonders. In the moonlight you can drink in the awesome beauty of the Acropolis lit up against the deep azure sky. This is the stuff of legends and dreams… a chance for the two of you to enjoy adventure and romance. This once-in-a-lifetime 10 day Greece and Greek Island odyssey includes roundtrip airfare, all your luxurious accommodations, a fascinating tour of Athens, your inter-island flight and ferry to the most sun-kissed islands in the world, breakfast daily and precious memories you will cherish forever!
James Bond: Secret Hideaways: $7,600Nestled in the foothills of the Swiss Alps, Zurich is in a prime location for exploration of some of Switzerland’s most beautiful scenery. One day you can visit the iconic Piz Gloria, the “home” of James Bond’s arch enemy, SPECTRE super-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. From this unique vantage point in the heart of the Alps, you can see 40 glaciers and 200 summits including the world famous Eiger, Jungfrau and Mont Blanc. After three glorious days in Switzerland, where you can enjoy delicious dining and the world’s best chocolate, you are off by supertrain through the magnificent mountains to the meandering canals and cobblestone streets of Venice. This city will entrance you with its historic art, culture and romance. You can cap off your days of shopping, sightseeing and exploring the islands of the Venetian Lagoon with dinner at gourmet bistros and sip wine under the stars as orchestras serenade you. Perhaps you’d enjoy a Bellini cocktail at Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite bar before floating like a “Moonraker” on a midnight gondola ride before you retire to your canal front hotel. Next, you’ll fly to magical Monte Carlo on the glamorous sun-splashed southern coast of France. At the famous Casino Royale, you can order your Martini “shaken, not stirred” and try 007’s favorite game of Baccarat. You’ll have three perfectly lazy days to explore Monaco, the Grande Corniche, and rub elbows with zillionaires who arrive on their opulent 200-foot mega-yachts. This romantic adventure for two includes round trip air, all your 4-star accommodations at three favorite James Bond hideaways, your supertrain to Venice, your flight to Monte Carlo, along with great bragging rights and picture-perfect memories of your 009 days in Switzerland, Italy and France living the life only Secret Agent James Bond could imagine.
Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany: $6,800
This is your chance to immerse yourselves in a land revered for more than 2000 years as one of the most romantic and gorgeous places on earth! The two of you will explore the gilded city of Florence with its historic sites, panoramic views, and cobblestone pathways that promise new discoveries at every turn. You’ll enjoy VIP entrée and a guided tour at the Museum Accademia where you’ll marvel at Michelangelo’s magnificent statue of “David.” Your deluxe accommodations are in a fully restored 17th century villa in the heart of a vineyard in the rolling hills of Tuscany. You can sample delicious local wines and savor the farm fresh ingredients of acclaimed regional dishes. You’ll love exploring quaint towns like Siena and Pisa and finding the best shopping in all of Italy in San Gimignano as well as great bargains at the famous designer outlets for Gucci, Ferragamo, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. One glorious day, you’ll party with culinary masters who’ll teach you the art of fine Italian cooking in their authentic Tuscan kitchen. Every night, you can relax in the garden at your vineyard villa sipping their finest private reserves under the stars. Your trip includes round trip air for two, six nights deluxe accommodations, VIP entrée to the Museum Accademia in Florence, your cooking class where you will learn to be spectacular chefs, and so much more! This is your chance to see, feel and taste all that makes Tuscany irresistible... while you rekindle romance in one of the most idyllic places on earth!
San Francisco and Napa Valley Wine Country: $3,900
The California Wine Country is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Our winning couple will begin their delightful long weekend escape by jetting to the rolling hills and breathtaking vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. You’ll stay at a cozy bed and breakfast in the heart of the Wine Country and become a connoisseur as you sample a wide variety of delicious wines. One day, you’ll enjoy a gourmet lunch in the elegant dining car of the famous Wine Train as you head to a beautiful family owned vineyard where you’ll be hosted for a special tour and tasting of their international award winning wines. You can also explore the quaint towns and villages with their unique boutiques and restaurants. There are all sorts of adventures you can enjoy from ocean-front golf to kayaking, bicycle riding, even hot air ballooning. Back in San Francisco explore the city the way locals do; riding San Francisco’s famous cable cars! Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf, sample delicious dishes in exotic Chinatown and perhaps take a cruise on San Francisco Bay before you retire to your deluxe hotel in the heart of the city. This four day, three night trip for two includes your roundtrip airfare, your deluxe Wine Country and San Francisco accommodations, the Wine Train, sommelier winery tour and great memories of fun and relaxation from your San Francisco and Wine Country Escape.
Sun splashed adventures in Spain, Mallorca & Barcelona: $5,900The two of you will fly to beautiful Barcelona on Spain’s magnificent Mediterranean coast to begin your sun-splashed 7 day, 6 night getaway. With its fabulous art and architecture, Barcelona is one of the most intriguing cities on earth. On your cultural tour of the city, you will see the famous works of the incomparable Antoni Gaudi including the lofty spires and fancy facades of La Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll have skip-the-line VIP entrée to Gaudi’s gorgeous hilltop park covered head to toe with intricate mosaic terraces, sculptures and walls. Art lovers will want to explore the Picasso Museum and discover why the famous painter chose Barcelona as his home. Dining here is a gastronomical adventure reflecting the region’s vast cornucopia of farm fresh produce and succulent freshly caught seafood. One night, you’ll explore the Spanish Village and enjoy cocktails, tapas and dinner as you watch an authentic flamenco show, the dance of passion and love. After three exciting days and nights in your deluxe Barcelona hotel, you’ll fly to spectacular Mallorca for another three days of pure pleasure. This playground of Europe’s rich and famous has pristine beaches with the gentle Mediterranean caressing its shore. You’ll love the island’s charming restaurants, intriguing shops, and beautiful vistas. You can explore the chic capital and enjoy an unforgettable catamaran tour in the breathtaking bay off Palma de Mallorca. Your ship’s crew will prepare a delightful Spanish barbeque lunch with sangria, fresh salads and dessert. You’ll have plenty of time to swim, snorkel or simply soak up the sun as balmy breezes warm your body and soothe your soul. At night, you can party and dance ‘til dawn if you like! (The word "discotheque" was invented by vacationing French movie stars during their escape to Mallorca.) This seven day, six night trip for two includes your roundtrip air, flight from Barcelona to Mallorca, your luxurious accommodations, guided tour in Barcelona, fabulous dinner and flamenco performance, Mallorca catamaran cruise, and magical memories to last a lifetime!