30th Anniversary Box Office Opening Feb. 1


Gala la Bamba Auction Sneak Peak

Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

With great excitement and anticipation, the Gala la Bamba auction committee presents a preview of this year’s silent and live auction. Partygoers can contend for luxurious escapes, premier event tickets, and exclusive opportunities, fit for the exotic and bold culture of Mexico.

The Silent Auction will open at 7pm on the terrace at Rosecliff during the cocktail & hors d'oeuvres reception and will close after dinner, at 10:30pm.

Polo fans will vie for the ultimate tailgate experience for 10 during an '17 or '18 Newport International Polo Series match.  Culinary aficionados can indulge in the Newport Food & Wine Festival Grand Tasting, or fine dining at top local restaurants, with luxury lodging & spa packages for amazing getaway weekends!  Enticing entertainment options include Newport Jazz and Folk Festival tickets, sold out concerts and exclusive theatre night packages.  Designer apparel and home furnishings, one of a kind artworks and many more unique opportunities to enjoy the best of New England are sure to be ovation worthy hits!

Guests will adjourn to the ballroom for dinner and Live Auction of the night's one-of-a-kind crown jewels!

Bidders will vie for a fine art portrait sitting to be among acclaimed Newport painter, William Heydt's list of noteworthy Newport all-stars. Also up for auction, a 4-hour sailing excursion on the state of the art trimaran, n53 'Finn', with provisions for 4 guests.

An haute couture fashion extravaganza from Rib & Rhein will be hotly contested by everyone in the room with a social agenda to dress for.   And closing out the live auction is a coveted escape to one of the premier deSavary resorts; this year's highest bidder will enjoy six days at two resorts on the Engish coast, starting at a luxurious seas-side spa in Babbacombe Bay, followed by three days in chic Cheltenham to enjoy the beautiful architecture, quaint cafes, mineral springs and flagship festivals.  The bespoke accommodations and excellent itinerary are created in the signature deSavary style.

See the full list of exciting offerings below!

(New listings added daily)

This year, auction proceeds will benefit The Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center, a year-round performing arts venue in Washington Square, Newport.  This final year of fundraising for matching funds is crucial for the 2018 grand reopening, returning dance, music, theater, comedy, speakers, education, children’s matinees and much more – and restoration of this architectural treasure in its historic 1867 location.  The 17th annual charity ball, Gala la Bamba, will take place on Friday, August 4th, at the famed Rosecliff mansion in Newport, RI, with guests of honor, the Mexican Polo Team.  Tickets are sold out.  Click Here for event details.





Step into the world of RIB & RHEIN, a curated lifestyle shopping experience for men, women, and home, with a $2,500 shopping spree, and a collection of hand selected unqiue gifts for home and travel. 






Have your portrait painted by celebrated Newport Artist Bill Heydt.  Become a "NEWPORTANT" person as your portrait is added to Bill Heydt's all-star series of the colorful people who live, love and are a part of the fabric of Newport.

DONATED BY: William Heydt





Experience the beauty of the waters around Newport and excitement of sailing on one of the fastest cruising boats in the US on a 4-hour cruise for 4 guests, along with owner Clint Clemens, aboard the remarkable trimaran, ñ53, 'FINN'.  The speed, pace, intensity, and course for the sail will be tailored by the captain to the desires of you and your guests.  Provisions provided by Provencal Bakery. 






Brimming with coastal charm, The Cary Arms and Spa combine all the values of a classic English Inn with the style and comfort of the best luxury hotels in Devon. Enjoy three nights and four days for two people in this superb seaside Inn by Peter de Savary.  Enjoy breathtaking views of Babbacombe Bay in your private bespoke luxury beach suite. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in one of the finest gastro pubs in England, and unwind at the sublime Spa on the Beach. Explore the Devon seaside or the Dartmoor National Park a short drive away.

Cary Arm package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and two spa treatments and three nights in the luxury beach spa.

Your Bespoke English Inns package also includes two nights at The Bradley, an award winning 5-star boutique bed and breakfast in a listed town house in the centre of Regency Cheltenham.  Enjoy the historic architecture, chic cafes and mineral springs dating back to the 1700’s in this lovely town located on the edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.  Cheltenham is also known for many festivals and the flagship steeplechase horse racing.  The Bradley package also includes a full English Breakfast daily. 



SILENT AUCTION ITEMS (Updated Daily-check back often)


"6 Night New England Getaway"



Courtesy of Grace Hotels, a six night New England excursion offers relaxation, iconic ports of call, signature lodging destinations, and fine dining for a memorable getaway or special celebration.  Two hours from Manhattan, Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa is an exquisite country retreat and distinguished hideaway; the 58-acre hotel estate surrounded by 3,000 acres of nature preserve, is a member of the renowned Relais & Chateaux association of world’s finest hoteliers, and finest spas in New England.  Historic Grace Vanderbilt boutique hotel is one block from Newport, Rhode Island’s celebrated waterfront, and one of its best kept secrets.  Grace White Barn Inn & Spa is an award-winning landmark in Kennebunk, Maine for 150 years.   Together the three hotels form part of a triumvirate of historic luxury Grace Hotels across New England, offering supreme quality, luxury and service, choice locations, acclaimed restaurants, massage and spa treatments, and convenient access to fine shopping, galleries, and a myriad of year-round activities.

Valid for one full year.  Certain Holiday periods are excluded.  All 6 nights are to be redeemed consecutively. 


"One Week in a Fab Newport Condo"

One Week in beautiful Carey School Condo - Sept 15 2017 - June 15 2018.  GC for dinner at Sardellas & 2 Bodhi Spa Water Journey Gift Cards, $100 Newport Restaurant Group Gift 


"One Week in Ft.Lauderdale Condo"

One week in a Fort Lauderdale Vacation Condo.


"Two Nights at the Chandler with Dinner"

Two nights in the room of your choice, gourmet breakfast each morning and dinner for two at the Spiced Pear Restaurant. Sunday -Thursday, September -May


"Two Nights at Historic Inn on Bellevue"

2 - Nights Hotel Accommodations. Valid from October 30th 2017 to April 20th 2018 at one of three beautiful Historic Inns on Bellevue Avenue


Spa and Wellbeing

"Vanderbilt Grace Spa Experience"

Mindfulness Spa Experience at the Vanderbilt Grace including a guided meditation, aromatherapy massage, followed by tea and a nibble.


"Faresthetics Facial & Lotions" 

A Farmesthetics products & One Hour Facial


"Bodhi Spa Experience"

Custom Facial & Water Journey.


"Lulu Lemon Yoga Package"

Yoga mat & block


Tailgate Goodies

"Belgravia Basket of Imported Goodies"

Tailgate Basket of mixers, mocktails, imported condiments, chocolates, hat & towel


"Vintage Picnic basket of Goodies"

Vintage Picnic Basket with tailgating goodies


"Polo Tailgate Party for 10"

Polo Tailgate Party for 10 includes Admission tickets for 10, a reserved field-side tailgate space, a picnic for 10, a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a box of Newport Polo fine art greeting card stationery for invitations, for 2017 or 2018!


"The Ultimate Tailgate Basket for Four"

All you need for a lovely afternoon to cheer on your favorite polo team! Includes equipped picnic basket, wine, blanket and goodies, rules and overview of the Newport Polo, a certificate for Milk and Honey Cheese, a certificate for 4 tickets to Newport International Polo and Newport Polo Blanket.


Art & Home Decor

"Goldfish Painting"

Goldfinch Painting by Brenda Wrigley Scott


"Early Polo Poster"

Vintage Polo Poster from the early Newport Polo days!


"Willie St. James Art Pieces"

Create your own special wall of art with these 16 individual 8'x8', lathe-framed paintings by mystery painter Willie St.James.


"Roy Caram - Framed Polo Print"

Roy Caram - Artist Proof of America's Championship Classic 1987


"Photo Portrait & Pierre Hotel Stay"

Masterpiece Photographic Portrait on canvas (16" x 20") for up to 8 people in NYC. Includes one night stay, 1 King Room at the Pierre Hotel on selected Portrait date.


"Mark Fernandez Oil Painting"

Oil painting.


"Hand Painted Miracle Stones"

2 Hand-Painted Miracle Stones.


"Framed Polo Print"

Framed Photo of Coaching.


"Lakuna Newport Posters"

Framed Graphic Print.



"Two 24-inch Square Custom Designer "Polo" Pillows from Designs by Katrina"

Imported French fabric "Polo" by Olivier Thevenon, Paris, with mat finish on 100% cotton, large scale print in tones of grey, black, golden brown, red, brick and orange on a background deep, rich chocolate brown. Coordinating piping in Pierre Frey Boussac "Idaho" Capucine, and backing in white cotton velvet.  Down inserts, self-welting, and zippered closures.


"Gift Certificate for $50 to Lou Lou Decor and an Embossed Metal Tray" 


"Faux Bois Wine/Ice Bucket"

Faux Bois "Silver" Wine/Ice Bucket with scoop



"Four VIP John Mayer Concert Tickets"

4 VIP BOX tickets to the Sunday, August 20th John Mayer Concert at Xfinity Theater in Harford CT, with chaufferred transportation by Rockstar Limo.


"1.5 Hour Cruise for 20 People on "PAM"

Enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise for up to 20 people aboard the classic 62' Motor yacht, "Pam." Soft drinks and light snacks included. BYOB is welcome. 10-15% gratuity not included. Expiration date October 1, 2017, Call ahead to arrange a mutually agreeable time.


"Two Tickets to 2018 Newport Folk Festival"

2 Tickets to the 2018 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams.


"Two Tickets to the Food & Wine Festival"


 "6 Tix to "The Bit Players" & 1 Bottle of Prosecco"

Fire House Theater - Includes six tickets to a performance of "The Bit Players" - voted Newport's best comedy troupe and 1 bottle of Prosecco. Valid until 9/30/2018. Good Sunday - Friday & excludes Saturdays.


 "Two Tickets to 2018 Newport Jazz"

2 Tickets to the 2018 Jazz Festival at Fort Adams.


"newportFILM Goody Bag"

newportFILM Package - Wear your newportFILM t-shirt, carry your canvas shopper full of popcorn and enjoy a 1-year family membership and $100 gift certificate to the movies! (Winter & Summer benefits excluded).


"4 Red Sox Tickets"

Four tickets to see the Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics - Wednesday, September 13th Section PAV. Club 10, Row 3 seats 1-4 near third base. Comes with an assigned parking pass!


Clothing and Accessories

"Shorkhoff "Newport Tribute" Watch"

Limited Edition: "Newport Tribute Watch" by Alexander Shorokhoff.


"Hamilton Ladies Jazzmaster Watch"

Hamilton Ladies Quartz Jazzmaster Watch


"Marc Allen Custom Made Shirt"


"Lemon & Line Accessories"

Boat Bag, Men's Belt & Bracelet Stack.


"Monelle Cashmere Sweater & GC"

Cashmere Sweater (M) & 100 gift card.


"Gingy's Earrings & Shopping Party"

Dangle Ball Earrings & Shopping Night for 8 with $100 GC for host and $25 gift certificate each for guests!


"Alex & Ani Bracelets"


"Spartina Symerly Palmetto Bag"

Spartina Symerly Palmetto Drawstring Bag


Food and Spirits

"Roca Patrón Gift Basket"

Patrón Tequila's artisanal, handcrafted ultra-premium tequila line, produced in small batches entirely from the age-old tahona process. The basket includes Roca Patrón Silver, Roca Patrón Reposado & Roca Patrón Añejo as well as a summer tote bag. 


"Stoneacre Dinner for Four with Wine"

Dinner for 4 Paired with Wine at Stoneacre Pantry - in Historic Washington Square.  


"Virgin Aged Olive Oils & Vinegars"

2 - Olive Oil & Aged Balsamic Vinegar Basket.



"Glass Blowing & Ornament"

4 - Glass Ornament Making Sessions & Glass ornament.


 "Trumpet & Trombone Lessons"

 3 Trombone lesson & 3 Trumpet lessons.


"Sail Newport Sailboat Rental"

Weekday 3-hour rental OR group lesson.


"Photos of your Boat"

 Private photo session from the water of your boat underway on Narragansett Bay. Includes several fabulous shots of your boat plus one framed 11”x14” print of the image of your choice.


For the Love of your Horse

"South Shore Equine Package"

Wellness and Colic Plan. 


Take your Seat in History Today

"Naming Opportunity on Opera House Seat"

Naming Opportunity on one of the plush new seats in the restored Opera House Theater - Opening in summer 2018!


"Charles Owens Polo Helmet"

British made Charles Owen Polo Helmet, with custom leather straps. Size 7 1/8 or 58.



We thank all the generous donors for fabulous auction exclusives:
Alex & Ani
Art on Spring
Bodhi Spa
Belgravia Imports
Clint Clemens
Custom Canvas
David Thalmann
Designs by Katrina
Elizabeth Tiedeman
Embrace Home Loans
Farmington Polo Club
Firehouse Theater
Grace Hotels
Grenon's of Newport
Jim Zynsky
John Cratin
Kramer Portraits, New York
LAKUNA Designs
Lemon & Line
Lou Lou's Decor & Venetucci Interiors
Lucas & Loralee Swanson
Marc Allen Fine Clothiers
Molly Sexton
Newport Folk Festival
Newport Food & Wine Festival
Newport International Polo Series
Newport Polo Pro Shop
Newport Jazz Festival
Opera House Theater
Patrón Tequila
Peter de Savary
Peter Jenkins & Mary Marwick
Provencal Bakery
Roca Patron
Rockstar Limo
Roy Caram
Sail Newport
Saltzman's Watches
Stoneacre Pantry
Sharon Cameron Lawn Interiors
South Shore Equine Clinic
Styled by Jenna
Stacie Mills and Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd.
Thames Glass
The Chanler
Vanderbilt Grace Spa
Vanderbilt International Properties
Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Virgin Aged
William Heydt
Willie St. James
Wrigley Studios