CL Holiday Auction: Let the bidding begin

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Todd Bates
CL Holiday Auction: Let the bidding begin

The Creative Loafing Holiday Auction for the benefit of The Children's Home is up and running, and every single item in the auction is deserving of its own individual Best of the Day status. But here are a few highlights of the first week, which is now live on eBay and concludes next Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m.

How about a deluxe overnight package at the Don CeSar with spa treatment and a private dinner for 2 prepared by Best of the Bay-winning chef Kenny Hunsberger at the hotel's stellar Maritana Grille?

Or a beautiful sterling and topaz bracelet from Baubles & Bubbles with a gift card to its neighboring St. Pete boutique, Bella Moda?

And — my favorite — a helicopter ride for 2 with Santa on his flight from the Tampa International Jet Center to The Children's Home, where he'll hand out gifts and his passengers get to join him as Santa's Helpers.

Remember, proceeds of all auctions benefit The Children's Home and its programs for abused and neglected children in the Bay area. Help us help them — and get some nifty gifts in the process! And stay tuned for the amazing items coming up in each of the auction's next three weeks, from Nov. 21-Dec. 12. You can preview all four weeks of the auction by clicking below:

Preview of Week One: Nov. 14-21

Preview of Week Two: Nov. 21-28

Preview of Week Three: Nov. 28-Dec. 5

Preview of Week Four: Dec. 5-12

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