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The 10th annual Valentine Gala is a fundraiser that benefits Habitat for Humanity Powhatan and the Free Clinic of Powhatan equally. Individual tickets are $150 each.


When & Where

The event is Friday, February 10, at the Mill at Fine Creek. Individual tickets are $150 each. 

Celebration Hghlights

Live and Online Auction Package Highlights*

(Live Auction items subject to change before Feb. 10)










A Tempting July Night on the Town. 

Sink into two orchestra section seats at the Altria Theater for “Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations,” the smash Broadway musical that follows the extraordinary journey of The Temptations from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Before the show, hit hometown favorite La Grotta for an outstanding Northern Italian meal by Chef-owner Antonio Capece, and then overnight at the new Marriott/Shamin Moxy Richmond Downtown. Includes tickets for the July 12th performance and $100 gift certificate to La Grotta. Donated by Jill and Paul Trapp and Shamin Hotels.










Get Thee to The Storied Greenbrier!     

Two traditional rooms for two nights (including fees and taxes) at the Greenbrier Resort, plus $250 per room for food or activities. The Greenbrier, a resort since 1778, offers luxurious accommodations, gourmet food, signature spa services, as well as an award-winning golf course and a modern casino. See why this iconic resort is widely regarded as designer Dorothy Draper’s masterpiece.  And don’t forget to sign up for the Bunker Tour. Located in White Sulphur Springs, WV, less than four hours from Powhatan, this resort can be enjoyed by young and old. Package valid for 12 months, excluding holidays, and subject to availability. Donated by Valentine Gala Committee.


Can’t Beat the View, the Games or the Playground at RiverTree! Unique, private outdoor venue in Powhatan offers extraordinary views, trails, swinging bridges, playground, climbing wall, swimming pool, hot tub, labyrinth, reflexology path, and an open-air, covered space with games for 20+ simultaneous competitors. Activities for ages 3 to 93. Perfect venue for a corporate retreat or a party for family and friends. Maximum of 50 guests for a four-hour event. Availability April through October 2023, as arranged with donors, and includes a pre-event site visit. Donated by Bob and Karla Curtis.








Bourbon & Scotch Bonanza with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres.  From Kentucky to Scotland, this bounty of bourbon and scotch is a party in a barrel, for your own home or to share! By combining a selection of these spirits for tastings or cocktails with heavy hors d’oeuvres from Leslie and Tuffy Stone’s A Sharper Palate, you’ll have all the ingredients for a ready-made gathering! The Sharper Palate $750 gift certificate allows you to choose your favorites from their menu.

Donated by A Sharper Palate, Board Members of the Free Clinic and Habitat, and Valentine Gala Committee.











World-Class Golf, First-Fairway Lodging.  Enjoy a round of golf for four at the naturally stunning and prestigious Foundry Golf Club. Golf round includes carts, plus a $500 voucher for food and drinks at the clubhouse, and luxury accommodations for one night at the Foundry Lodge, which sleeps eight comfortably. Each of the four bedrooms features two luxury queen-size beds and a full bath. With a gorgeous view down the first fairway and Fine Creek, the front porch is the perfect spot for you and your guests to wind down after a day of world-class golf. 

Donated by John and Amy Saber and The Foundry.



Serenity Now in Staunton for Six. Two nights on a weekend (or three nights Sun-Thurs) in the ultra-cool, two-story Penthouse (with rooftop deck and kitchen) at the sweeping and historic Blackburn Inn,  renovated in 2018 by Richmonders Robin Miller and Dan Gecker. Enjoy a $100 gift certificate toward manicures at the Blackburn Spa,then see why “Staunton delivers big-time culture and small-town cool” with a tour of the Quince and Burdock organic flower farm on the outskirts of downtown, a $200 gift certificate to The Shack or Staunton Grocery, owned and helmed by Chef Ian Boden, plus a $100 gift certificate to shop at the nearby Habitat Staunton ReStore!  

Donated by The Blackburn Inn, Quince and Burdock, and Susan Winiecki.










Cool Waters. Hot Fishing. Here’s the complete two-person fly fishing package you’ve been waiting for! Enjoy a day on Beaver Creek with Master Guide Tim Freeman of Cool Water Outfitters, two nights lodging in the Homestead Suite (two rooms) at Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast in Dayton, Virginia (near Harrisonburg and JMU), and two tickets to the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival.  Perfect for all skill levels! Master Guide Tim Freeman has led trips ranging from trout expeditions in the high country of Colorado to introductory fly fishing. Virginia freshwater license required. Donated by Beau Beasley, Tim Freeman and Susan Winiecki










Pickleball and Zhoople Event at Art-filled Quonset Hut in Powhatan. Enjoy an indoor/outdoor event – outdoor pickleball court and Zhoopl (an upgraded version of Cornhole) plus a chef-created meal of your choice in a one-of-a- kind space. Includes a pre-event consultation with Chef Taz Bowles to determine menu. Chef Taz’s multi-cultural cuisine (Korean, Hispanic, Anglo, Caribbean, African-American) ranges from delicious comfort food to adventurous taste profiles. Guests limited to 20 for a four-hour event. Availability April through June 2023, as arranged with donors. 

Donated by Bob and Karla Curtis.


David Yurman Bracelet with Diamonds. From the Cable Collection and crafted of sterling silver, David Yurman's cable-inspired bracelet is tipped with radiant 14K yellow-gold end caps. Pavé white diamond accents add subtle shimmer to this polished accessory. 

Donated by Jill Trapp.

Perch Yourself for Spectacular Seasonal Cuisine. Enjoy a private dinner for six with acclaimed Chef Mike Ledesma who will design a seasonal, farmers’ market-inspired four-course dinner with four paired wines. Chef Ledesma, formerly of Perch restaurant, will create each dish in front of you at the beautiful Eagle Construction’s Sub-Zero Kitchen Design Center on Patterson Avenue. Before the meal, Ledesma will ask about dietary restrictions and will text menu updates as he visits farmers’ markets, selecting ingredients. 

Donated by Mike Ledesma and Susan Winiecki.


Ellie’s and Amy’s Tomato Tour De Force Dinner. 

Featuring produce from regional favorite Amy’s Garden — a historic, certified-organic farm in Charles City County — enjoy a private, in-home five-course tomato-inspired dinner for six presented by Chef Ellie Basch, former owner of the popular Everyday Gourmet Catering and Savor restaurant in Manchester. Born in Indonesia and raised by parents who owned a catering company, Basch moved to the U.S. for college. After graduation, she apprenticed at The Southern Inn in Lexington and Richmond’s storied The Frog and the Redneck before opening her own catering company. In her spare time, she coaches marathon training teams. Restricted to July or August 2023 and date conferral with chef.

Donated by Ellie Basch and Amy’s Garden.


Corolla September Escape. 

Enjoy a peaceful week Sunday to Saturday in Corolla’s Ocean Sands neighborhood after the crowds leave — Sept. 17-24.  This beloved family house, an easy block walk from both the beach and all needed amenities (Harris Teeter!), has four downstairs bedrooms, two downstairs baths, an upstairs great room with adjacent kitchen and half bath, deck and screened side porch. It’s perfect to use as a writer’s retreat for the week or just a retreat from your usual routine. Private beach access path has a lovely bench above the sand to watch the sun rise!  Plus enjoy an Outer Banks signature rum cake upon your arrival.

Donated by Jack McGrath and family.

Ready, Set, Aim with a Party for 10! 

Host a group of 10 for an indoor party and experience at The Park at RVA, the region’s new multi-million-dollar food and entertainment hall that that opened in November 2022. The space offers 55,000 square feet of games! In this indoor wonderland, enjoy two hours of duckpin bowling on two lanes and then putt your way through a colorful and creative round of 18-hole mini-golf on their Wonderball course. Plus keep your guests fueled for all the fun with a $350 food credit (alcohol excluded). Must be used on Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday.

 Donated by The Park at RVA.

Online Auction

Start celebrating early by bidding on eight additional packages!

We are excited to offer eight online auction items donated by local businesses and creatives! 

Register now on the bidding site and begin bidding Feb. 1. Bidding will close Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. This online auction is a way to engage the community at large!

1.        Outfit Your Backyard She Shed with Finds from the HFH-P ReStore

With this package, you can convert your existing shed into your very own “she shed” paradise – creating a private space for a hobby or quiet relaxation. Includes a $500 gift certificate to the ReStore, a private session of shopping, and the services (excluding running power, water, or heating/cooling to your shed) of Habitat’s Critical Repair Manager to address minor issues or repairs. Restrictions: Must be used before December 1, 2023. Delivery of items from ReStore is limited to one visit. Maximum of four hours of handyman services.  


2.       Bloom At Home

Enjoy a fun, private flower-arranging workshop for up to 10 people in your home. The experts at M.Henry Design will present a master class on the ins and outs of creating the perfect floral arrangement, then you can create your masterpiece.  M.Henry Design will provide guidance and the flowers, you provide the space, and your guests provide their containers!  After the master class, your guests will take their creations home to enjoy. Also includes a one-year family membership to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Restrictions: Workshop class must be used by November 15, 2023. 

3.       Photography Session with Brittany Rose Petography

Capture your pet’s unique personality with a visit to Brittany Rose’s Powhatan farm for a petography session.  You’ll get up to 20 minutes of photography time; an in-person, post-session consultation to review proofs; and five digital files to share on social media. Session can be either in-studio or outdoors. Arrange a mutually convenient date and time.

4.       Tomato Jubilee: Two Tickets to Barboursville Summer Somm Series at Village Garden Farm

Hailed as having some of the best heirloom tomatoes in the country by Esquire magazine, Village Garden Farm in Hanover is the start of your summer experience. Tour the Farm with the owners, and then enjoy two coveted seats at the Summer Somm 2023 Series Tomato Jubilee sponsored by Village Garden Farm, Barboursville Vineyard and Duke’s Mayonnaise! This private, limited admission harvest celebration event July 16 will be held at the Farm in Hanover, alongside rainbow gardens with hundreds of tomato varieties, a geodesic greenhouse brimming with exotic chilies, verdant creek-side walking trails and special musical guests to set the mood and soothe the soul. This will be a walk around affair, as tours of rainbow heirloom gardens, toasts, earthly delights, surprise gifts and fun roll non-stop. Guests will be welcomed to the farm with music and light hors d'oeuvres to enliven the senses and prepare guests for an intimate, interesting and very tasty affair. 

5.         Class for Four of Hot Honey and Sweet Returns 

When Ames Russell crafted his first batch of hot honey, he drew on the traditions of generations of Appalachian Russells who came before him. His grandfather always placed a dish of honeycomb on his farm table for guests, imparting warmth and sweetness with his simple gesture. Ames distributed his first batch of hot honey to friends and family as Christmas gifts in 2015. His mixture of sweet clover and floral wildflower honeys with de árbol red chili peppers was such a hit that Ames eventually quit his day job to devote his life to honey. The results have been, well, sweet—and hot. Learn about AR’s Hot Southern Honey products and his new cookbook. Then see how they can be used in a cooking class for four in Ames' Church Hill home with Ames’ daughter, Chef Helen Russell of @dankfood. 

6.        Oro’s Buono Spring Pasta!

Every other week, over a 12-week period, you’ll receive the ingredients and recipe for a specialty pasta dish, each inspired by the season and current market offerings. You’ll be enrolled in the Oro Seasonal Pasta CSA (community-supported agriculture) for the spring months. Each dish makes two to four portions and comes with a curated recipe by Oro founder, Chef Laine Myers.  Despite its lack of a brick-and-mortar space, this year Oro was recognized by Eater DC as one of the Top 22 Restaurants in Richmond. Most of Oro’s pastas are unfamiliar to the average consumer, and education is as important a pillar of their business as the locally sourced ingredients and thoughtfulness behind each offering. From plump, Sardinian-inspired culurgiones, which double as works of art dotted with delicate imprints, to wavy red-wheat radiatorre with grains sourced from Virginia and seasonal hits such as ramp or corn ravioli, Oro is reimagining the pasta scene in Richmond. Restrictions: Pick up at the Farmers Market at St. Stephen's, 9 a.m. to noon.

7.    "Vineyard Vibes"

16" by 20" Framed Abstract Painting by Betsy Moore Fine Art. Betsy Moore enjoys a lifelong love affair with color, line and design. As far back as she recalls, she has felt closely connected with the visual world. Her artistic mother recognized her gifts early on and encouraged her to paint. At Mary Baldwin College (University), she explored her drawing and painting, resulting in a double major in Fine Art and English. After college, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts to pursue an additional degree in Interior Design. Eager to expand her artistic education upon graduation from VCU, Moore attended The Parsons School of Design/The New School in Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy. In Italy, she focused on all aspects of design and architecture, including architectural rendering and perspective drawing, tools that served her well in her design business. During the last 30 years, Moore built a successful interior design business, oftentimes purchasing art for her clients' projects. Moore believes art to be very personal and subjective. Her influences include the world around her as found in nature, interiors or abstract color and pattern association in everyday life. Betsy Moore's work can be seen currently at Provisions at Fine Creek in Powhatan, Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, VA, where she is an artist in residence and Gates Interiors in Richmond or Turn Key Interiors in Powhatan, VA.

8.      Experience Richmond Raceway as a Super Fan

4 Commonwealth Tower Tickets  + FanGrounds + Premium Parking Pass + $200 Gift Card

for SUNDAY, April 2, 2023: Toyota Owners 400 | NASCAR Cup Series

Richmond Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers great racing action and a commitment to fan experience. Start race day right with premium parking located near the Midway. You and your guests will have access to the FanGrounds, putting you right in the middle of the infield action and four grandstands seats.  From the FanGrounds, you can watch your favorite driver and team work on their cars in the NASCAR Cup Series Garages. Satisfy your craving for food from one of the concession stands with a $200 Visa gift card, and watch the action from one of the neighborhoods. Enjoy the excitement of pre-race ceremonies and driver intros when they take place right inside the FanGrounds. Take in the race from the infield and then join the celebration in Victory Lane.

Donated by Richmond Raceway

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Entertainment Highlights

At just 21 years old, the corporate event and Trade Show Magician, Chris Michael has done two national tours, consulted for Americas Got Talent along with various television shows and has become one of the most successful performers of his generation. Having performed over 300 shows a year, he’s now the Corporate Magician of choice for the Washington Redskins and has had the distinct honor of being a repeat performer for the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, and even the FBI. Otherwise, he specializes as a corporate event magician. When he’s not performing for these groups, he loves performing up and down the East Coast, sharing his unique mix of beatboxing, mentalism, original magic, and above all, comedy with as many people as possible. He truly loves what he does and it will surely show when you see him perform. Chris's magic has been seen on 4 national TV Shows and has over 10 million views worldwide. Chris Michael, entertains and engages the audience with his amazing magic tricks. He brings laughter and fun to entertain the guests. He knows how to deliver a brand's message and make it reach an audience with hilarious comedy and magic tricks.

Hearts and Shapes


(to date)

Heart Cookies

Diamond SPONSOR - $7500 & up

Bob and Karla Curtis 

Envestnet MoneyGuide

Tony and Laura Leal

Royall Pump & Well Company

Gold Sponsor - $5000 & up

Nancy Bruchbacher 

Doug and Linda Brush

C&F Bank

Mike and Jaime Proctor 

Don and Terry Sanders

Venue Sponsor

 The Mill at Fine Creek

Ruby Sponsor - $2,500 & up

      Hosted Backbone, LLC, ,LLC

St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Powhatan Rotary Foundation, Inc.

Paul and Jill Trapp

Susan Winiecki 

Champagne Sponsor - $1,000 & up

Kathy and Richard Adams

Chef Ellie Basch

Mike Byerly

Commonwealth Life & Legacy Counsel/Michael and Lelia Winget-HernandezC

Cassandra Dodson

Mark and Susan Ferreri

The Foundry Golf Club

The Greenbrier

Joe and Meri Hefferon

Msgr. Kevin Irwin

Lummie Jones - Napier ERA

Jim and Jane Kelly

Jack McGrath and Family 

Midlothian Family Practice/Virginia Physicians

MMIS/Keith and Sage McMichael

Betsy Moore

Bill and Connie Moslow

Murry + Kuhn Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

The ParkRVA

Powhatan Lions Club

Cliff and Barbara Prillaman

John and Amy Saber

Sycamore Building LLC/David and Mimi Ziletti

Southside Electric Cooperative

Robb and Holly Stallworth


Rose—$500 & Up

Aerations Plus Inc.

William and Dona Carlson

Darien and Robin Cupka

Richard and Kathyrn Dickerson

Jeffrey and Stephanie Dodd

Christine Jablon

Chef Mike Ledesma

M. Henry Designs

Richard and Lynn McMinn

Mikkon Construction 

Steve and Patti Mulherin

John and Michelle Odden

Proforma Stand Out Branding/Darren Golden

Sandy and Dale Prokopchak

Robert and Jane Ruehrwein

Richmond Raceway

RPaul and Liz Sabbatini

Reed and Gail Schweickert

A Sharper Palate

Chris and Karen Williams

Chocolate ($250+)

Brittany Rose Petography

Cool Water OutfittersBr

Leo and Jackie Henderson

Ralph Lyons

Dave Maloney

Kathy Murray

Dani and Bobbie Niccolucci

Quince and Burdock

James River Nurseries

Gilmore and Kathy Lovelace

Edmund and Anne Lewis

Owen and Kim McFadden

Terry and Laurie Paquette

Ames Russell

Shamin Hotels

Village Garden Farm

Kiss (1oo+)

Paul and Mary Frances Adair 

Amy's Garden

Carroll R. Barr

Beau Beasley

Paul and Patrice Bereznak

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Archie and Mary Ann Goodwyn

Thomas and Anne Marie Hancock

JR Consulting/Joe and Mary Romeo

Jeweler's Services Inc.

Smooch (5o+)

Barbara T. Lester

David Williams

Peck (25+)


Pink 3D Hearts


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