The 7th Annual YachtVenture Gala Fundraiser is The Children’s Museum of Wilmington’s primary fundraiser. For one unforgettable evening, 400 friends of the Museum, from a wide range of private and public sector enterprises, will gather to celebrate the successes of the Museum while viewing some of the area’s finest yachts. This year the Museum will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and will once again partner with MarineMax at Wrightsville Beach. It is the perfect coastal showcase of everything that makes our corner of the world so special. Dinner provided by Sawmill Catering Company. Open bar. 21 and up to enter.

One of the many highlights of the evening is the popular silent auction. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit CMoW outreach programs (currently serving 700 public school children), discount admissions for underprivileged families and children, and museum initiatives throughout the year. Generous donations from past years range in value from $100 to $6,500 and include: Custom Children’s Dream Home - Park City Utah Vacation -  7 Nights in Belize - 2 Hour Yacht Cruise - 4 Burner Stainless Steel Gas Grill - UNC Basketball Tickets.

Make sure you don't forget to buy your raffle ticket! Only 200 tickets are sold. One lucky winner will have their choice of all inclusive luxury vacations. This year's destinations include the Mexican Caribbean All-Inclusive Resort, Eternal Alpine Beauty, Montreux, Switzerland, and Wine Country Adventure in Napa Valley.

‚ÄčIt's surely a night you won't want to miss! We look forward to seeing you on the dock.  

Purchase tickets online here.

Tickets for Yacht Venture are $100 per person.  Once registered, you will receive a text message and email with your bidder’s number and a link to the silent auction.

Jackets and cocktail attire are requested. Please no high heels to avoid damaging boat decks. Don’t forget to charge your mobile devices before you come! We look forward to seeing you.


More About the Silent Auction:

This year we’ve added an exciting new feature. Our silent auction will be conducted entirely online using mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets and iPads. The entire catalog of auction items is online. Use your mobile device to bid for whatever strikes your fancy. If you are outbid, you’ll get an instant text message allowing you to enter a higher bid. You can follow the bid status on items you may be interested in, even if you haven’t bid on them yet.

If you don’t have a mobile device, you can still join in the fun! We will have several ‘bid buddies’ walking around with mobile devices to take your bids. A large-screen TV will help you keep track of you bid's status during the evening. We will also have a tech support workstation to help out.

If you can’t attend the actual event, you can still participate in the silent auction online. All you need to do is register for the silent auction and we will send you a bidders number and a link to the auction. Registration is free. What could be simpler? As an added bonus, you can start bidding on auction items on September 30, two weeks before Yacht Venture.

Watch our video to see how much fun mobile bidding can be!


YachtVenture has something for everyone!











More About the Raffle:

As in years past, we are offering three extraordinary trips in our raffle. Read the descriptions of the trips below. You can purchase raffle tickets online for $100. We will mail printed raffle tickets to you after your purchase.

Read More About Yacht Venture 2017



  • Eternal Alpine Beauty Montreux, Switzerland

    Indulge in Five-Star Luxury on the Shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland (Europe) for Six Days & Five Nights at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in a Suite for Two, Including a $500 Fairmont Gift Card Toward Dining or the Spa (Land Only)


    Standing on the north shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland and overlooking the Alps is the magnificent Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, one of the leading hotels of the world. Luxuriate in the decadence of this magnificent hotel, recipient of several prestigious awards, some of which include "Leading Spa", "World's Best Places to Stay" and "Best Wellness Hotels in Switzerland". Use your Fairmont gift card to indulge in unrivaled dining at the specialty MP's Bar & Grill and the prestigious Willow Stream Spa, a peaceful sanctuary that promises to revive and rebalance your body's rhythms.


    Built in 1906, this jewel of Belle-Époque architecture offers a traditional and elegant atmosphere. In addition to being one of the most prestigious hotels in Switzerland, Fairmont le Montreux Palace is one of the largest hotels in the Swiss Riviera region, boasting rooms and suites that are luxuriously furnished and designed to meet five-star standards. The accommodations are drenched in light and feature classical architectural details, thoughtful amenities and the latest technology to make your stay memorable. Your suite consists of two full rooms, a spacious bedroom and a beautifully appointed living room, in addition to a stunning view over Lake Geneva and the Alps.


    As a guest in Montreux, you can experience a culinary journey around the world with the Fairmont's variety of distinct dining venues within the hotel, from MP'S Bar & Grill, Montreux Jazz Café, Funky Claude's Bar, The Lounge and La Terrasse du Petit Palais. MP's Bar & Grill is the finest grill in the region, featuring a menu brimming with local ingredients, distinctive dishes, exquisite Swiss wines and a stunning outdoor terrace - not to mention an interactive sommelier's table where connoisseurs and wine lovers alike can explore the world of wine. Delight in foie gras, fresh Dover sole, caviar and much more.


    Each Willow Stream Spa is a unique oasis inside a Fairmont hotel in one of the world’s most beautiful places. This acclaimed Montreux spa boasts an authentic experience inspired by local traditions, plants and herbs as well as expert, attentive staff and Willow Stream signature treatments. Nestled by the shores of Lake Geneva, the Willow Stream Spa aims to instill well-being and a deep sense of relaxation in its 2,000 sq.m. of comprehensive facilities. Your very first laps in the indoor or outdoor pools will help you connect with the water elements, and afterward your sunbed awaits at the solarium so you can breathe in the fresh Alps air to reinvigorate your spirit. A fitness class is best complemented by a warm bath with essential oils to nourish your skin, and of course no trip to a Willow Stream Spa is complete without a signature body treatment or a pampering massage. By the time you leave, you'll feel rejuvenated and relaxed!


    Explore the beauty of Switzerland, where there is always something to do or a sight to see on the Swiss Riviera, such as rides on the popular lake cruises, or a visit to the Casino of Montreux. Drive along the lake into Lausanne, the "Cité", or old town, dominated by the magnificent 13th century Gothic Cathedral, or visit one of the many vineyards that surround Montreux. A classic option is to ski the Swiss Alps, an experience in itself! Some of the best slopes in Europe are only an hour away, and are easily accessible by train. Or simply shop for iconic Swiss timepieces, known as the best in the world for their exquisite design, reputation for reliability and precision. Just ten minutes from the Fairmont is the captivating Castle of Chillon, an architectural jewel located in the most beautiful setting imaginable! Swiss chocolate is known all over the world for its high quality, so when in Geneva a trip to a confiserie (confectionery) to sample this national treasure should not be missed! Check out Favarger, Du Rhone Chocolatier, Teuscher and Auer Chocolatier - just for starters! Seasonal activities dot the Swiss calendar, from the Christmas Market, to the festive Foire des Planches, an event that dates back more than 200 years!


    Your trip for two includes:

    • 6 days/5 nights accommodations at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in a Suite

    • Daily complimentary breakfast

    • All room-related taxes (including VAT)

    • $500 Fairmont Gift Card




    TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue. Blackout dates: June 30-July 16.

  • A Personalized Wine Country Adventure Napa, California

    Savor the Relaxed Pace of Napa, California for Four Days & Three Nights at the Andaz Napa with Economy Class Air for Two, Including Your Choice of a Downtown Napa Food and Wine Tour or a Napa Valley Wine Country Limousine Tour


    Napa Valley, California's beloved Wine Country, is the perfect destination when you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and a stay at the Andaz Napa promises a stress-free vacation. Experience Napa in a whole new way at the sophisticated Andaz Napa, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown, which brings new life and a fresh attitude to the Napa Valley with its dynamic environment, creative comforts and natural elements. Then travel by foot through downtown Napa or luxury limousine through Napa Valley's vineyards as you sip and savor the best that California's Wine Country has to offer!


    Centrally located in the newly revitalized "West End" neighborhood, Andaz Napa provides an excellent downtown Napa hotel location to explore and discover all that this vibrant region has to offer. Andaz Napa is conveniently located just minutes from exciting local restaurants, art galleries, shopping and 15 local tasting rooms featuring some of the finest wines in California. From the low-key lounge/lobby and intuitive concierge service to the natural beauty of the gorgeous guestrooms, Andaz Napa offers an alluring escape from it all. Indulge in an eclectic array of California’s finest wines and local produce at the Andaz's culinary hotspots, which feature handcrafted dishes bursting with the fresh flavors of the region. Sip signature cocktails and engaging local wines at Mercantile Social or savor farm-to-table ingredients in the artisan entrees at Andaz Napa Farmers Table. Thoughtfully sourced and carefully served, the hotel's creative culinary experiences offer a flavorful reflection of the bounty of Napa Valley.


    You have the option of two fantastic tours, both of which will introduce you to the world-renowned flavors of Napa Valley! Regardless of which tour you choose, be sure to capture pictures of the valley’s idyllic scenery, unique artwork, beautiful landscaping and charming architecture! Enjoy personal service on Wine Country's first culinary walking tour on a three-hour exploration of downtown Napa. Delight your taste buds as you sample from the best of the region's cuisine. Meet your knowledgeable guide at Oxbow Market and then set off to learn about the history of this beautiful riverfront town. You'll stop at seven different shops and restaurants on a mile-long stretch, including an award-winning olive oil maker, chocolatier, a boutique wine collective and a charcuterie shop.


    You may also opt to join a semi-private and semi-customized VIP limousine tour of Napa Valley, which transports you around in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter Limousine. Experience a full day of wine tasting at four boutique wineries, which are custom selected based upon the group's preferences. Your day begins with a complimentary Champagne toast with your fellow wine enthusiasts before travelling in style to the wineries. Midday, savor a lunch catered by famed local restaurant, The Girl and the Pig, in a hidden-gem location, which may be among vineyards, garden terraces or in a wine cellar! Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable guide will teach you Napa's history and explain how the geography has made Napa famous the world over.


    Your trip for two includes:

    • Round trip Economy Class air

    • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the Andaz Napa in a king-bedded room

    • All room-related taxes

    • Choice of Downtown Napa Food and Wine tour or Napa Valley Wine Country Limousine Tour

    • Free concierge reservation service




    TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Airport taxes and carrier imposed fees are the responsibility of the passenger. Flights may not be upgraded with miles. Tour runs on specific days of the week and at specific times. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Package originates from the Contiguous U.S. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.


  • Indulge in the All-Inclusive Palace Resorts Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel or Isla Mujeres, Mexico

    Escape to Unparalleled Luxury in the Mexican Caribbean in Your Choice of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel or Isla Mujeres for Four Days & Three Nights at an All-Inclusive Palace Resort with with Economy Class Air for Two, Including a $500 Resort Credit for Golf, Spa, or Tours


    If you are seeking an exceptional all-inclusive vacation, look no further than Palace Resorts, where gracious and sophisticated oasises invite you to indulge yourself in luxury. An all-inclusive Palace Resorts stay is ideal because one price covers everything, from top shelf drinks to 24-hour room service, unlimited long-distance calls to the Continental US and Canada, and sensational entertainment.


    Palace Resorts are located at the Mexican Caribbean’s most popular oceanfront destinations. Vacation in Cancun, which juts out into the Gulf of Mexico at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, or spend your days a few miles south along the ancient Riviera Maya, where the resort offers one of the finest golf courses and spas in Mexico. The islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres invite you to escape from the every day to isles of tranquility. With six all-inclusive Palace Resorts to choose from, one of them is certain to provide the ultimate atmosphere and setting for your next vacation.


    Each Palace Resort offers a delicious variety of the world’s cuisines at their superb on-site restaurants, poolside bars and grills. The culinary choices include just about every conceivable preference: Thai, Oriental, Italian, American, Mexican, Brazilian, seafood and more, all prepared by international chefs who are masters of their art. There’s also a well-stocked wine cellar at each resort, along with multiple lounges.


    And when you stay at one Palace Resort, you are welcome to enjoy the facilities and restaurants of all of them. So whether you have your heart set on the unique tropical paradise of Cancun, the untouched paradise of the Riviera Maya, scenic Cozumel, or the charming island of Isla Mujeres, Palace Resorts invites you to savor every moment of this sophisticated all-inclusive vacation.


    Choose from the following destinations:

    CANCUN: Beach Palace, Sun Palace, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

    RIVIERA MAYA: Playacar Palace

    COZUMEL: Cozumel Palace

    ISLA MUJERES: Isla Mujeres Palace


    Your trip for two includes:

    • Round trip Economy Class air

    • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the Palace Resort of your choice

    • All meals and gourmet dining, anytime snacks, unlimited drinks and 24 hour food service

    • Sensational entertainment: daily and nightly activities, including theme parties, contests, singers and live performances

    • $500 resort credit that can be used for golf, spa, or tours

    • Non-motorized water sports

    • Wireless internet

    • Unlimited phone calls to the Continental US and Canada

    • All gratuities and hotel taxes

    • Round trip airport transfers to and from Cancun or Cozumel Airports

    • Access to the included facilities and restaurants at other Palace Resorts. Scheduled transportation available at select resorts

    • Free concierge reservation service




    TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Airport taxes and carrier imposed fees are the responsibility of the passenger. Flights may not be upgraded with miles. Resort blackout dates: Dec 24 - Jan 3. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Package originates from the Contiguous U.S. Travel is valid for 12 months from date of issue.