Elegant Vintages is Central Indiana's premier annual wine extravaganza! On March 19, cognoscente of fine wines attended our18th annual Elegant Vintages International Wine Auction presented by Fifth Third Private Bank at the Conrad Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The gross revenue for our event was $230,000! All of the proceeds from this amazing evening helped to fund the care and feeding of more than 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants in the collection at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Fund-a-Need for this year was supporting our rescue animals and raised $40,000.
Featuring selections of fine and rare wine from around the world, this elegant, black-tie-optional event included both live and silent auctions. We had 50 live auction lots and more than 100 silent auction lots this year! Auction lots included many non-wine items such as unique gift packages, magnificent dinners, luxury get-aways, fine jewelry, original art, sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind sculptures, behind-the-scenes tours at the Zoo and more!
Guests also enjoyed a multi-course gourmet dinner paired with exquisite wines and live entertainment following the auction. Patron level ticket goers enjoyed access to the Turkle & Associates and Phases Skin Care & Laser Center VIP Patrons' Reception. Patron level guests also received upgraded wine and champagne served during the cocktail hour and were the first to bid on silent auction items. For the ultimate experience, we offered a Connizooer level to enjoy all of those benefits plus premium seating and premium wine with dinner. Thanks again for making our event such a success! We can't wait for next year.
Special thanks to our 2016 sponsors:
The 2016 Elegant Vintages International Wine Auction Steering Committee:
Holiday W. Banta
Steering Committee Vice Chairs
Charles S. Cooper
Keith Henry III
Renee M. Wilmeth
Steering Committee Members
Marc W. Pyatt
Indianapolis Zoo Liaisons