Homeport 2019 Auction Items

Homeport by the Bay is the Center for Coastal Studies’ largest fund-raising event of the year. It provides vital support for our research, rescue, and education programs. A portion of the proceeds also benefits the Ruth Hiebert Memorial Fellowship, which provides annual scholarships to outstanding women associated with the Center for Coastal Studies who are pursuing studies in marine science.

Additionally, each year a special CCS program is selected to be the recipient of the Fund-A-Need portion of the auction. This year those funds support our Humpback Whale Studies Program.

Check out all of the great auction items this year and get ready to bid often and bid high!

Homeport 2019: Auction Items

Luxury Whale Watch on Silver Bank, Dominican Republic
An unforgettable 7-day/6-night whale watching experience awaits you! Join Aquatic Adventures aboard a 124’ custom-designed live-aboard dive boat and cruise in luxury to Silver Bank, located 90 km north of the Dominican Republic and one of the world’s largest mating and calving grounds for humpback whales. While on-board, watch spectacular whale surface activity—flipper slapping, breaching, lob-tailing, and more—with the option to swim and snorkel alongside these magnificent animals. Aquatic Adventures is the industry’s leader; it established the guidelines and set the standards for all operators on the Silver Bank over 29 years ago. Trip is for two people. www.aquaticadventures.com

Value: $9,000                     Minimum Bid: $6,000
Donated by Tom Conlin


Lady in Waiting by Rosemary G. Conroy
Bring home the buoyant and beautiful humpback whale that has promoted this year’s Homeport by the Bay! This quality Giclee print of Lady in Waiting by Rosemary G. Conroy is full-size (39”x 24”) and framed. This distinctive painting was the result of an unforgettable experience Rosemary had swimming with humpback whales on Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic. Rosemary is a wildlife artist and avid naturalist from New Hampshire whose artwork is inspired by encounters with wildlife. Hoping to make a positive difference for wildlife through her art, she donates 10% of her profits each year to conservation groups like CCS. www.rosemaryconroyart.com

Value: $1,000                      Minimum Bid: $650
Donated by Rosemary G. Conroy


Son of a Sailor: Jimmy Buffett Concert
at the Xfinity Center, August 10th
Calling all Parrot Heads! As an artist whose name has become synonymous with “Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffett and his trusty Coral Reefer Band expertly set the tone for a fun-filled evening you won’t soon forget. Here’s your chance to enjoy one of the most celebrated  musicians in the industry and sing along to “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” among many other favorites. Generations of self-proclaimed “Parrot Head” fans continue to flock to shows all over the world, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to rock-out with Jimmy Buffett. It’s sure to be one of the highlights of your summer! This auction item is for four tickets to the August 10, 2019 show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.

Value: $480                            Minimum Bid: $250
Donated by Ginny & Dawson Farber


Rancho Rio Montana, Ostional, Costa Rica – 7 Night Stay
Come to Costa Rica, Una Casa Grandissima! Spend 8 days and 7 nights at a stunning residence with open floor plan and green design on a 1300-acre working ranch with grand views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the early morning rumble of the howler monkeys, the mist off the stream beds and spectacular area beaches. Hike or ride horseback to the ranch waterfall; fish, surf, or bird and turtle watch nearby. Explore the village of Nosara which features great restaurants, wellness spas, yoga, and Pilates; or lounge by the pool that offers sweeping views; and enjoy a sunset dinner on the deck. Hacienda has high speed internet service and strong cellular service. Assistance provided by a multilingual ranch manager, housekeeper, and gardener. Main house only, maximum 8 guests, based on availability in the 2019-2020 season. Airfare and ground transportation not included. Visit www.vrbo.com/465600 for more details and photos of this piece of paradise!

Value: Over $8,000                            Minimum Bid : $5,000
Donated by Carole & Jim Levin


Gala Ballet Performance &
New York City Overnight
Enjoy an overnight trip to the Big Apple and two tickets to the opening night gala and performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. This talented ballet company is described as an exquisite marriage of music and modern dance. The gala and opening performance is held October 30, 2019, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This festive event also includes dinner. After the event, head to the Gramercy Park Bar for cocktails  (part of the package) and your accommodations for the night are at The Mercer Hotel, Soho’s foremost luxury hotel. Late October is a wonderful time of year to be in the city!

Value: $3,800                                      Minimum Bid: $2,500
Donated by Melinda Krasting and Susan Whitman Wilson


Dune Shack Stay In the Provincelands – 2 Night Stay
Spend two nights in an iconic Dune Shack! Provincetown’s famous dune shacks lay tucked into the Provincelands, facing the Atlantic Ocean. They are as spare and elemental as they come—no electricity, no running water, no computers—nothing but waves, wind, sand, and the elements. Many have enjoyed the experience of truly being in this secluded and inspiring location.  Along with this amazing stay you will have one of our CCS Scientists accompany you for a 2–3 hour long nature hike to experience the natural diversity of this unique location. Oversand transportation to shack provided. Accommodations for 2 people. Dates to be discussed with owner and auction winner to identify a mutually agreeable time.

Value: Priceless                                   Minimum Bid: $500
Donated by Genevieve Martin


Cetacea painting by Wendell Graham
Unique, colorful, and creative are just a few words used to describe Wendell Graham’s work. Her extraordinary use of texture and color is constant in each of her pieces. Cetacea is a special edition, signed Giclee print (No. 1 of 10). Wendell believes in helping others through volunteer work and “painting/passing it forward” to those in need, whether it be by assisting in community service, donating her time, or through some daily act of kindness.  Wendell carries this passion over into her artwork by donating a portion of her art sales and/or monetary awards to various charities. www.fineartbywendell.com

Value: $1,200                                      Minimum Bid: $650
Donated by Fine Art By Wendell


Private Sail with Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo on the Schooner Istar
Set sail with Stormy Mayo and his first mate (and wife), Laura Ludwig, aboard Istar, the 36-foot sailing schooner that Stormy built in his front yard over the course of 38 years. Enjoy a day off-shore under billowing sails, some cocktails, and great company! Stormy is co-founder of the Center for Coastal Studies and he directs the Center’s research on the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Laura directs projects at the Center which focus on derelict fishing gear and marine plastic pollution; she also consults on municipal plastics regulations. Together, with their experiences and wonderful personalities, they have stories to share (some which may only be suitable for the high seas)! Don’t miss this unique opportunity. The trip accommodates up to four people; to be held on a mutually agreeable date. Far Land Provisions will provide beer, wine, and gourmet snacks.

Value: $1,500                                        Minimum Bid: $1,000
Donated by Stormy Mayo


Homeport 2019: Fund-A-Need

A humpback whale breaches off American Samoa, a study site in the South Pacific. Image was taken by CCS under NOAA permit 774-1714 and the approval of the Government of American Samoa.

Money raised through this year’s Fund-A-Need will support the Humpback Whale Studies Program, the longest running research program at the Center for Coastal Studies. In particular, funds will be dedicated to continuing studies focusing on the impact of climate change on whale populations, distribution, and behavior.

Dr. Jooke Robbins, Director of the Humpback Whale Studies Program will be Homeport’s guest speaker, addressing whales and whale research in a changing climate. Click here to read more about her presentation.





We are very grateful for the support of the following 2019 Corporate Sponsors and Homeport Patrons:

Bay State Cruise Company
Boston Harbor Cruises
Cape Air
Cape Cod Five
Cape Cod Life Publications
Dolphin Fleet
Napi’s Restaurant
Nauset Marine
Provincetown Aquasports

Aquatic Adventures
Nauset Disposal
Seamen’s Bank

Ed Feijo/Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

8 Dyer
Harwich Port Boat Yard
Joseph H. Helfgot Foundation
Land Ho! Restaurant
Rogers & Gray Insurance
Robert Paul Properties
Tocci and Lee, LLC
Truro Vineyards

Scott Allegretti, DDS
Liz Frankel & Charlie Steinhorn
Roy F. Coppedge
Mary Beth & Stephen Daniel
Judy & Dan Katz
Pam & John King
Melinda Krasting
Harriet & Richard Larsen
Jeanne Leszcynski & Diane DiCarlo
Jeanne McNett & Nick Athenassiou
Nan Poor
Jan & Herb Raffaele
Alix Ritchie
Mary & James Sexton

Special thanks to Rosemary G. Conroy for the use of her beautiful painting “Lady in Waiting” to promote Homeport. Rosemary is a wildlife artist and avid naturalist from New Hampshire whose artwork is inspired by her encounters with wildlife, and most recently by her swim with humpback whales on Silver Bank. Hoping to make a positive difference for wildlife through her art, she donates 10% of her profits each year to conservation groups like the Center for Coastal Studies. www.rosemaryconroyart.com


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