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Sugarcane Ball 2014: Downton Abbey dinner; Arsenal match tickets; Ralph Lauren show

Monday, February 10, 2014 | 2:25 PM    

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HANOVER, Jamaica -- For 56 years the Sugar Cane Ball’s Silent Auction is synonymous with the evening; a big part of the annual tradition. It is even safe to say this has become the most highly anticipated part of the week-long events.

With all proceeds from the auction going to support Hanover Charities, the homeowners of Round Hill and Tryall, marshalled by Nan Brenninkmeijer and Nazee Klotz, co-chairs for the 2014 Black & White Ball, have outdone themselves with gathering truly one-off items that will be up for bid on the night of the ball on Saturday, February 15th.

One that will surely have everyone at the bidding table is Dinner for two on March 27th at Highclere Castle, with the writer, Julian Fellowes, and cast of Downton Abbey.

HIghclere is the setting for the highly acclaimed television series and the home of Lord and Lady Carnarvan, who will be hosting the charity evening. This will be no ordinary dinner – but will start with a champagne reception, and the State Rooms that are used in the filming of Downton Abbey will be open to view and enjoy.

There is definitely an international theme to the Sugar Cane Ball Silent Auction this year; for the jetsetters there are a choice of places to stay from a condo in Switzerland, a castle in Scotland, a luxury villa in Mexico, a seaside cottage in Tresco, or the fabulous El Conquistador Hotel in Puerto Rico.

In fact, there is something for everyone.

For the more culturally inclined just two of the items are a week’s personalised tour of Charleston with the New York Social Diary editor and Charleston resident Ned Brown, or a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera.

For the gardeners, a private tour with Lional de Rothschild of the spectacular Rhodendrum Gardens of Exbury in the South of England, which were created by his grandparents.

For the fashionistas, two tickets to the Ralph Lauren Fashion show in New York, designer handbags by Armani and Michael Kors and more.

For the sporty type – tickets to an Arsenal Football match – or one-on-one tennis and golf lessons with top pros.

Or, how about dinner (and a DNA analysis) with the esteemed Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr, creator of the PBS show ‘Finding Your Roots’.

Adding to these are sailing trips, wonderful dining experiences at top restaurants in America, the UK, and Jamaica as well as unique pieces of art, and jewellery.

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