Bid Now for a Once in a Lifetime Tennis, Golf or Football Dream Package!

August 13, 2004 10:48 AM

The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation is holding a live auction for three terrific sports packages at the US Open OPENing Night Gala on Monday, August 30. To expand its audience the Foundation will be accepting "Absentee Bids."

The opening bid for each of the 2004 OPENing Night GALA Live Auction Packages (below) is $6,000.

1) Tennis on Two Continents
Make 2005 a tennis year! In July, you and a guest will enjoy the matches at Wimbledon (on two consecutive days) and be treated to lunch at the House of Lords by USTA T&EF friend, Baroness Angela Billingham. Roundtrip business class airfare to London included.

In August, you and a guest are invited to attend the 2005 US Open for a day session during the 1st week. Enjoy lunch in the President’s Dining Room, then cheer on marquee players in the afternoon’s matches from the best seats in the house - the President’s Box.

2) A Golf Lover’s Dream
If you can’t make it to the 2005 Masters and US Open as a player, here’s your chance to still catch the action! You and a guest will have passes for the entire week at the 2005 Masters (
Practice Rounds: April 4-6, 2005; Tournament Days: April 7-10, 2005) at Augusta National Golf Club. Your golfing dream continues June 13-19 when you and 3 friends attend the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, North Carolina.

3) Get ready for a splash of Southern hospitality as Jacksonville hosts the Super Bowl for the very first time
Hey football fans, here’s your chance to bid on a once in a lifetime opportunity--two tickets to Super Bowl XXXIX on Sunday, February 6, 2005 at one of the best and most unique stadiums in the country – world class ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. Roundtrip airfare included. Bid HIGH for these limited tickets, generously donated by the Buffalo Bills.

Absentee Bids:
Individuals who will not be in attendance for the Live Auction at the 2004 OPENing Night Gala on August 30, 2004 are able to submit an absentee bid by either of two methods:

1) By Fax: The bidder can fax his/her bid, along with their name/address/phone number and credit card payment information, to the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation’s office (914) 697-2307. The bid page must be signed by the bidder.

2) By Mail: The bidder can mail his/her bid in a sealed envelope, along with their name/address/phone number and credit card information, to the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604. The bid page must be signed by the bidder.

All absentee bids must be received by the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation by 5:00 p.m. (DST) on Friday, August 27, 2004. Absentee bids will not be read/opened by the Foundation staff until the start of the Live Auction at approximately 6:40 p.m. on August 30, 2004. Should an absentee bidder be the winner of an auction, they will be notified immediately following the Gala. Please see the Live Auction Rules for a full explanation of the conditions and terms.

1) Unless otherwise specified, dates and times are to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the donor and the buyer. All auctioned items must be claimed or used within one year, unless a different time for use is stipulated, and are subject to the terms and conditions stated by the donors.

2) Values indicated for auction items are good faith estimates of the value of the items, which the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation is required to provide by the Internal Revenue Code. The buyer’s charitable contribution to the Foundation is only the amount paid for the goods or services above the value of the item. Please consult your tax advisor as to the deductibility of individual items.

3) Successful bidders may pay for their items by check or credit card. Please make checks payable to USTA Tennis & Education Foundation and not the donor. Buyers may not ask for refunds or exchanges from the donor. All bids are binding and all sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be made for any unused prizes or portions thereof.

4) By his/her purchase, the buyer waives any claims for liability against the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation or the donor of the item or service. Neither the USTA T&EF nor the donor is responsible for any person’s injuries or damages to property that may result from the use of the item or services sold.