Online bidding starts in the Greenhouse Project's annual Gratitude Dinner

Flowers grown in The Greenhouse Project’s gardens are prepared for the Carson City Farmers Market.

Flowers grown in The Greenhouse Project’s gardens are prepared for the Carson City Farmers Market.
The Greenhouse Project

 Online bidding for the items that will  be offered at auction during The Greenhouse Project's annual Gratitude Dinner, begins Monday, Sept. 5 at .

The Gratitude Dinnner takes place Monday, Sept. 19 at Nashville Social Club. Doors open at 5 p.m.
"Without these amazing experience packages donated by area businesses and individuals and the community's continued participation and support, we would not be able to accomplish all that we have and all that we plan going forward," said Karen Abowd, TGP founder and president. We are so grateful to Nashville Social Club for hosting this year's event, which will also include music, a first for us, in addition to the annual Angel Donor match, silent auction and raffle."

This year's auction offerings are:

VIP Dinner and Music package for eight at Nashville Social Club, 1105 S. Carson St, Carson City. Some restrictions may apply; See Nashville Social Club for details. Donated by John Procaccini & Kitty McKay.  (Courtesty TGP board member John Procaccini). Value: $700

Mexico Getaway. Enjoy  a five-night stay at Holiday Inn Ciudad Del Carmen Campeche with exclusive access to Carmen Country Club with a free green fee and free meal for two at Bendita Carmelita. Donated by Jim Phalan (Courtesy TGP board member Karen Abowd)                      Value: $750-$1,000

Paella Dinner for eight at Casa Abowd. Enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared by Chef Charlie Abowd and wife Karen. Dine with them in their home. Donated by Charlie  and Karen Abowd.                          Value: Minimum bid $1,000

Enjoy a two hour Polaris Ranger Ride up historic Emigrant Trail (Kings Canyon Road) where you will enjoy a Picnic Lunch for Two. This adventure ride for two will be chauffeured by Mark Rotter, and his wife and TGP board member Cheryl, will be your cruise director, chef and bartender for the ride. Donated by Mark and Cheryl Rotter. Value: $500

Amador Cottage Stay Package. Settle in for five nights in a comfortable wine country cottage. This two bedroom, one bath cottage is conveniently sitated in Amador wine country on Shenandoah Road between Fairplay and Plymouth. Chalet Vignet is just two miles from the premier Casino Mine Ranch Vineyard and Tasting Room and just a few miles from Steiner Loop Road. The award-winning Taste Restaurant is less than a 10 mile meander along Shenandoah Road, where the drive from one winery to the next is like a drive through the European wine country. Donated by Evie Griffith (Courtesy TGP board member Karel Ancona). Value: $650

Distillery Tour & Tasting; Plan a party or just have  fun with friends for a tour and tasting for up to 10 people at Ferino Distillery, 541 East 4th St., in the heart of Reno’s Brewery District. Master distiller Joe Cannella is your tour guide of a place that is named one of the top 10 New United States distilleries by USA Today.  Donated by Taylor Delao/Ferino Distillery. Value: $250

Artsy Fartsy Gallery Shopping Spree and More. This package includes a $1,000 gift card to shop at the gallery, two gift bags filled with high-end goodies and a $100 gift certificate to Nashville Social Club. Donorated by Jeffrey Pace and Gabriel Aguayo (Courtesy board member Jo Kilpatrick). Value $1,800

Enjoy “Flights & Bites” for a party of eight, at Carson City’s Piazza. You and seven guests will be greeted with a refreshing “Ortigia Spritz” and start a culinary adventure sharing Piazza’s signature charcuterie and cheese boards, Mediterranean olives and artichoke hearts, and sourdough round. Following the apertivo, each guest will select two of our chef-curated small plates plus a delicious dessert, accompanied by a flight of three wines to enjoy from Piazza's “Best of Carson City” by-the-glass wine selection! *Gratuity not included, reservation required, subject to availability, expires Dec. 30, 2022. Donated by Piazza (Courtesy Karel Ancona). Value: $750

Enjoy a round of golf  for four each month, October 2022 through September 2023, at any Duncan Golf Management properties.This package is v alid any day and time and includes a golf cart. All of this is presented in a beautiful basket filled with golf-related goodies. Donated by TJ Duncan and Duncan Golf Management. (Courtesy Karel Ancona) Value: $3,800

Blanton Bourbon Whiskey  is highly sought after and hard to find, as production is unable to keep up with demand. Donated by board member Steve Sanchez. Value: $150

New 24 to 26-foot Class C motorhome cover from BrightPicks/Elite Motors; zipper access;          Donated by Charlie and Karen Abowd. Value: $200

Gift certificate for carpet cleaning service from Dayton Valley Carpet Cleaning. Donated by board member Kayleen Mahlberg. Value: $250

New Garage Door Opener with free installation from Overhead Door. Donated by Overhead Door Company of Sierra Nevada-Reno. Value: $550

This 3 Liter Bottle of Charles Krug Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is waiting for you. Donated by Steve Sanchez and Stellar Business Services. Value: $200                                                     

Reliable Blends CBD Gift Basket filled a range of premium, physician formulated products, all created using the purest, hemp-derived isolate. Contains Reliable Blends Pain Cream, Soothing Body Butter, Headache Balm, Lip Balm, Foot Soaks, Bath Bombs, Gummies, Tincture and more. These products are used by people from all walks of life including medical professionals and professional athletes. Donated by Reliable Blends (Courtesy Karel Ancona). Value: $530

Reno Local Food Group Frey Ranch Barrel Selection Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 750ml. Donated by Steve Sanchez. Value: $100

Bulb basket from Greenhouse Garden Center plus planting consult with Master Gardener JoAnne Skelly. Donated by David Ruf, Greenhouse Garden Center and board members Candi Ruf and Jo Kilpatrick. Value: $250

Art Quilt “In Wine Country” by artist Nancy Ryan from her Nancy Ryan Quilts collection   Donated by Nancy Ryan and board member June James. Value: $700

Raffle Items (must be present): Custom Metal Craft Sunglobe Stake and Two Butterfly Plant Stakes; Donated by Custom Metal Craft. Value: $95; Gift Certificate to Bella Vita Catering; Donated by board member Lisa Taylor.  Value: $80; Reliable Blends CBD Pet GIft Basket; Donated by Reliable Blends. Value: $100.

TGP thanks the two Angel Donors and course sponsors Manhard Consulting, Lone Mountain Veterinary, Robin Graber, Michelle and Rocky Joy, Carson Tahoe Health, Congressman Mark Amodei, Top Notch Distributing, NV Energy, State Farm Insurance/Casey Phenix , Southwest Gas, Carson City Firefighters Association and John Procaccini and Kitty McKay. Thanks to Farmers Insurance/Brian Andrews for music sponsorship and to the Carson City Visitors Bureau for the wine sponsorship. TGP is grateful to Don and Sherry Kuhl, Bloom & Grow sponsors; to Dian Garrett and Frank Tucker, Gratitude sponsors: to Aspire Capital Advisors, Fresh Sprouts sponsors; Jim and Midge Breeden and to JP Copoulos Architects for contributing  to TGP’s Busy Bee sponsorship and creating a co-sponsorship opportunity.

For $,1500-$2,000 you can share a Busy Bee co-sponsorship with other donors supporting TGP’s AmeriCorp/Vista hiring and education program for adults and receive two dinner tickets.This sponsorship still needs $6,300 to be complete.

 To reserve your place at the table for this event or to be a sponsor, call  Lydia Pearson @ 775-846-1842 or email her at


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