NEWPORT, R.I. – Two tickets to see pop superstar Justin Timberlake and hip hop mogul Jay-Z perform live this summer at Fenway Park in Boston are among the items up for grabs when Salve Regina University hosts its fifth biennial Wine Tasting & Auction on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Ochre Court.
Open to the public, the event begins with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7 p.m. in the university’s historic administration building, 100 Ochre Point Ave. Proceeds benefit student scholarships.
The JT/Jay-Z tickets are for the musicians’ Saturday, Aug. 10 “Legends of the Summer Tour” performance. Timberlake’s new album, “The 20/20 Experience” is being released soon and Jay-Z is coming off three Grammy Award wins, bringing his lifetime total to 17.
Other silent and live auction items available for auction at Thursday’s event will include Red Sox and Yankees tickets, New England Patriots box seats, a private Newport Harbor yacht tour with lunch at the New York Yacht Club, a weeklong stay at a Maine vacation home, trip to New York City with hotel and restaurants included, a private party in Ochre Court, fine wines, artwork and more. An exclusive selection of rare collectible wines, including a Penfolds Grange 2007 Borossa Valley Australia Shiraz (valued at $1,200) , will also be available for auction.
Selected items are currently available for online bidding at: www.biddingforgood.com/salvereginauniversity.
The event is organized by a committee of more than two dozen, representing parents of Salve Regina students, university alumni and community members. Co-chairs include Salve Regina graduate Sean Oakley, a first level sommelier, along with parents of Salve Regina graduates Tesa Van Munching and Lisanne Morrison.
Wine presenters will include Canopy Management/Wine Sisterhood, Constellation Wines, Greenvale Vineyards, Cynthia Hurley French Wines, Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Moet Hennessy USA, Newport Storm Brewery, Newport Vineyards, Rhode Island Distributing, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Treasury Wine Estates, M.S. Walker, Inc., and Wine Wizards.
Reservations are $50 for Enthusiasts, $125 for Chardonnay Level, $250 for Shiraz Level, or $500 for Merlot Level. Tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the event for $60.
To register, call 877-778-4438 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information, visit www.salve.edu/srugift/winetasting.