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The Ultimate Experience Raffle

The IFEA Foundation Board has a long-standing tradition of hosting a live auction during our annual convention to raise funds for convention scholarships. These scholarships are granted to young professionals who will become the next generation of industry leadership and to those deserving organizations working to build a solid and successful foundation for their festivals, events and communities.

This year preceding IFEA's live auction, you have the exclusive opportunity to purchase $100 "Ultimate Experience Raffle Tickets" where one lucky winner will choose a live auction item before it goes to bid. This means the winner receives THEIR CHOICE of several once-in-a-lifetime experiences, that are typically auctioned for thousands of dollars. See below for package options!

All ticket purchases support a great cause, including continued fellowship & growth in our festival & event communities.


The Raffle Drawing will be at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 during the IFEA Foundation Party & Live Auction. Need not be present to win.
The deadline to purchase a ticket online is Midnight, Thursday, September 27, 2018!

Tickets may still be purchased on-site at the IFEA Convention in San Diego, CA until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018.


The Ultimate Experience Raffle
The Ultimate Experience Raffle
Limited Quantity Available

Choose from one of the following amazing packages!

This year's Ultimate Experience Raffle winner will get to choose from one of the amazing experiences below! Use the links to learn more about what's included!

Exclusive Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Tickets

Win Four (4) Uptown Grandstand Tickets (General Admission) to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featuring the best of America's High School and College marching bands, dazzling floats, our world-famous giant balloons and,of course, the one and only Santa Claus! With 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of NYC and over 60 million watching on NBC, you and 3 guests can be front & center to see this magnificent spectacle march on by!

  • Four (4) Uptown Grandstand Tickets for the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

EVENT DATE: Thursday, November 22, 2018


  • Tickets are nontransferrable & have no cash value
  • Tickets may not be sold on any 3rd party website

DONOR: Macy's

Celebrate The Pasadena Tournament of Roses

What began as a small effort by Pasadena’s distinguished Valley Hunt Club to promote the city’s charm and beautiful weather, the Tournament of Roses has since become America’s New Year Celebration. The Rose Parade greets the world on the first day of the year and salutes the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than a century.

The Rose Parade’s elaborate floats feature high-tech computerized animation and natural materials from around the world. Although a few floats are still built exclusively by volunteers from their sponsoring communities, most are built by professional float building companies and take nearly a year to construct. The year-long effort pays off on New Year’s morning, when millions of viewers around the world enjoy the Rose Parade. This magnificent event, along with a suite of other experiences, including the historic Rose Bowl football game, make up a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience you will not want to miss.


  • Two (2) tickets to the Welcome Reception at the San Antonio Winery
  • Two (2) tickets to Bandfest at Pasadena City College & In-N-Out Lunch
  • Two (2) tickets to view float decorating at Rosemont
  • Two (2) tickets to the Festival Guests Dinner at Tournament House
  • Two (2) tickets to the 130th Rose Parade® presented by Honda
  • Two (2) tickets to the VIP Tailgate Party
  • Two (2) tickets to the 105th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
  • One (1) standard room at the Courtyard by Marriott in Old Town Pasadena

EVENT DATES: December 29, 2018- January 2, 2019


  • Flights and transportation to and from the airport to the hotel are the guests' responsibility. Once at the hotel, transportation to and from each event will be provided.
  • Contact information to claim prize provided to package winner. Must book through the Tournament of Roses Office to Claim.

DONOR: Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Imagine South Africa

We’ve all imagined that one day we’re going to make that great trip to South Africa…what it might be like…the adventures we’d have and memories to last a lifetime. Well, imagine no more, as you (and a friend, spouse or significant other) step into an unforgettable 3-night bush experience, plus 2 nights in a hosted Bed & Breakfast, and the best tour guide in the country -- Janet Landey, President of IFEA Africa!

PACKAGE INCLUDES (for two people):

  • A 3-night bush experience in Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, one of Africa's largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape. (Note: Sightings of any specific wild animals cannot be guaranteed.)
  • 2-nights in a hosted Bed & Breakfast
  • The perfect host: IFEA President Janet Landey

EVENT DATES: Dates will be coordinated with Janet Landey.


  • Airfare Not Included
  • Dates are to be coordinated with Janet Landey.

DONOR: Janet Landey, President, IFEA Africa

Catch the Valero Alamo Bowl

The Valero Alamo Bowl showcases two of the premier conferences in the country, featuring the #1 Pac-12 team against the #1 Big 12 team after the College Football Playoff selections.

  • Two (2) lower level tickets to the Valero Alamo Bowl - Kickoff, 8:00pm, Friday December 28, 2018 @ The Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
  • Two VIP Passes to Valero Alamobowl Pre-game Party including Food & Adult Beverages
  • Two night stay in a Downtown San Antonio hotel
  • Roundtrip airfare for 2 on Delta Airlines to San Antonio for the 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl (Within the continental United States)

EVENT DATES: December 28, 2018


  • Air travel must be booked 30 days in advance--contact dfest® to book flight

DONOR: dfest®

Explore Traverse City & Mackinac Island

If you are looking to visit a destination that is beautiful all year long, look no further than Traverse City, Michigan. Near the time of cherry harvest, the city hosts the annual week-long National Cherry Festival, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors. The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. The Traverse City area features varied natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests. In 2009, TripAdvisor named Traverse City the number two small town travel destination in the United States. With a package like this, you're sure to see the best of what Traverse City has to offer!

Mackinac Island is the truly "all natural" theme park of America. Limited to transportation of horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, surrounded by water, it has escaped the vast changes of time.

Its real Victorian image is preserved and enhanced by a small population of 500 permanent residents and scores of summer residents, maintaining bluff cottages in original state. Families, especially children, love their relatively new found "mobility", exploring the historic, natural beauty of Mackinac Island State Park, honored by National Geographic as one of the ten finest in America.


  • Two (2) night stay in one of our preferred hotels in Traverse City
  • 18 holes of golf for two at the Grand Traverse resort with cart rental included
  • $100 Gift Certificate to a downtown restaurant of the buyer's choosing
  • $200 in Downtown Gift Certificates to be used at most stores and restaurants in Traverse City
  • Two (2) night stay on Mackinac Island at one of our preferred properties
  • Two Round Trip Ferry Tickets on Shepler Mackinac Island Ferry
  • 18 holes of golf for two at the historic Wawashkamo Golf Club. Club rental included
  • $200 Visa Gift Card for activities of your choosing on Mackinac Island: official carriage tour company, Butterfly House, bike rentals from Mackinac Island, etc.

EVENT DATES: Buyer's choice, with coordination from National Cherry Festival Office


  • All accommodations & tickets are dependent on dates & availability
  • If the winner chooses to visit during the National Cherry Festival or Traverse City Film Festival, tickets will be included to those wonderful events.
  • Must claim trip by November 1, 2020

DONORS: National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Tourism, Grand Traverse Resort, The Benser Family & Mackinac Island Tourism.

Stop and Smell the (Portland) Roses & Taste Oregon's Finest Wines

Stop and smell the roses with this VIP experience for two at the 2020 Portland Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Part of Portland’s popular culture for more than a century, the Rose Festival has its roots in tradition while its programming is both contemporary and nostalgic.With dozens of events spotlighting the diverse interests and culture of the community, the Rose Festival makes a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of lives annually, bringing smiles to the faces of both locals and guests.

  • Three (3) nights hotel accommodations from June 4-7, 2020
  • Two (2) City Fair Admissions from June 5-7, 2020
  • Two (2) Grand Floral Parade VIP Chalet Passes with catered breakfast and parade line seating on June 6, 2020
  • Wine Tasting at one of Oregon's top wineries with a private group wine lunch at the Allison Inn & Spa
  • Local Sightseeing
  • VIP Treatment!

EVENT DATES: June 4-7, 2020


  • Valid for 2020 Portland Rose Festival Only
  • Transportation to/from Portland, OR is the responsibility of the winning bidder

DONOR: Jeff Curtis & The Portland Rose Festival

Experience Thunder Over Louisville

The stories you tell happen here. To some, it’s the official kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival. To others, it’s the unofficial beginning of spring. But to all, it’s simply one of the largest annual fireworks shows in North America and the setting for some of the most memorable moments you’ll ever share.

You can do a lot more at Thunder Over Louisville than simply look to the sky. With a slew of entertainment options available on the ground, there is sure to be something for everyone! From the Thunder FoodFest to the Interactive Display Area to the Kid’s Play Areas on the Great Lawn, there’s refreshments and entertainment galore.

  • Two (2) tickets for the "They're Off" Luncheon, Friday, April 12 - Join us as we "kick off" the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival with an outstanding event and nearly 2,000 of Louisville's business & community leaders. Enjoy a featured speaker and fabulous cuisine at the history Galt House East Grand Ballroom
  • Two (2) tickets for "Thunder Over Louisville", Saturday, April 13 - Enjoy an exciting air show and the largest fireworks show in North America along Louisville's nostalgic Ohio River waterfront, from an exclusive VIP Patron Tent with food, drinks and the best view in town.
  • Tour the Thunder Command Center on the 24th floor of the Galt House Hotel & Suites. Fireworks are proudly presented by the "First Family of Fireworks", Zambelli Internationale.
  • Hotel Accommodations for you and a guest for 4 days & 3 nights (Thursday-Saturday nights) at one of Louisville's downtown hotels
  • $500 airfare credit (check issued to package winner when receipt submitted for airfare expense)

EVENT DATES: Thursday, April 11- Sunday, April 14, 2019


  • Valid for 2019 event only
  • Contact information to claim prize provided to package winner. Must book through the Kentucky Derby Festival office by 2/01/19.

DONOR: The Kentucky Derby Festival

Des Moines Arts Festival® VIP Experience

Enjoy a weekend at IFEA's 12-time Grand Pinnacle award-winning, Des Moines Arts Festival®. Home to the 4.4 acre urban John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Meredith Corporation World Headquarters, Renzo Piano Workshop-designed Krause Gateway Center and David Chipperfield-designed library, the Festival is an incredible three-day celebration of arts and culture. It features 191 professional and emerging artists exhibiting their fine art and crafts from one of the nation's most competitive jury processes. Two stages feature live music from regional, national and local acts. A film festival with over 50 screenings, filmmaker talkbacks and workshops. Over 30 interactive arts-related activities to fill your imagination. Artist demonstrations, children’s activities, eclectic food and more than 30 craft beers are just a few of the many experiences awaiting you. The winner of this package will also enjoy the nation's most impressive VIP Club. Enjoy complimentary beverages, food, swag, artist meet and greets, and network with Des Moines business leaders in the Silent Rivers VIP Club.

  • Three (3) nights at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel (two blocks from festival site)
  • VIP access to the exclusive Silent Rivers VIP Club, where you'll enjoy complimentary food, beverages and the best seat in the house for the festival's main stage entertainment
  • VIP Swag Bag including festival merchandise, valet parking, beverage coupons and the 2020 Des Moines Arts Festival® Commemorative Poster.
EVENT DATES: June 26-28, 2020


  • Hotel confirmation must be made with the Festival office no later than May 8, 2020. Accommodations will be managed by the Festival office. All other contents of the package will be delivered upon arrival in Des Moines.
DONOR: Stephen King, CFEE and the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The Ultimate Weekender at Boulevardia Festival

Boulevardia isn't an everyday experience. Our pop-up party nation combines the best aspects of beer, food and music festivals. Located in the historic Stockyards District on the edge of downtown Kansas City. Situated in one of the oldest areas of Kansas City, the site was originally an area for trade and a receiving point for goods traveling on steamships up the Missouri River.
Last year, Boulevardia featured national acts that included Tech N9ne, Bleachers, Manchester Orchestra, Guster and Sir Sly.

  • Two (2) Taps and Tastes VIP Tickets for Saturday, June 15 - Exclusive Craft beer event featuring over 50 National & International craft breweries
  • Two (2) VIP Festival Tickets for Friday, June 14 & Saturday, June 15
  • Front of Stage Access to watch band of your choice on Friday OR Saturday
  • Hotel Accommodations for 3 days & 2 nights (Friday and Saturday nights)
  • Exclusive Boulevardia Credentials
  • Commemorative Poster

EVENT DATES: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, 2019


  • Must be 21 or older
  • Valid for 2019 event dates listed only

DONOR: Keli O'Neill Wenzel & Boulevardia

The Ultimate Philadelphia Flower Show Experience

America's leading floral and garden designer will take you on an amazing journey at the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, as they celebrate "Flower Power!". The 190th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show -- "Flower Power" -- will pay tribute to the enormous impact of flowers on our lives. Exhibits will take a holistic approach to the theme with sweeping landscapes and artful interpretations that inspire, convey emotions, examine fragrance and color and convey a universal language. PHS is proud to announce that FTD World Cup 2019, the world's most prestigious floral design competition , will take place live at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show in the main exhibit hall.

The annual Flower Show is a top destination and “must experience” horticultural event, attracting 250,000 visitors annually to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a showcase of excellence that dates back to 1829.

  • Four (4) Nights lodging (one room) at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia (Thur. - Mon.)
  • Two (2) VIP All Access Passes to the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
  • Two (2) tickets to the exclusive Philadelphia Flower Show Preview Party
  • Two (2) tickets to the FTD World Cup Gala Dinner / Award Ceremony
  • A Behind-the-scenes tour with Sam Lemheney, Chief of Flower Show & Events at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

EVENT DATES: Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Sunday, March 10, 2019


  • Hotel stay good for Thursday, February 28 - Monday, March 4, 2019. Dates can be flexible
  • Preview Party is held on Friday, March 1, 2019
  • FTD World Cup Gala Dinner/Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019

DONOR: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)

Take in The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest draws people from around the globe to enjoy a sampling of amazing barbecue. The event celebrates Memphis' claim as The Barbecue Capital of the World. The contest began in 1978 and is the largest pork cooking contest on the planet! Come watch Sauce Wrestling, Ms. Piggie Idol and other nightly entertainment on the Cattlemen's Main Stage! The event is scheduled for May 15-18, 2019.


  • Four (4) nights lodging (one room) at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott in downtown Memphis
  • Two (2) VIPit Passes
  • Private area for only 100 VIP guests with complimentary beverages
  • Cooking demonstrations and special food offerings off the grill with the Big Green Egg
  • Private Judging Class by Certified Memphis in May Judge
  • Witness the actual judging in the Judges Tent and try out some of the entries
  • Meet world class competitive BBQ teams, hear their stories and eat their championship barbecue
  • Much, much more!

EVENT DATES: May 15-18, 2019


  • Valid for 2019 Event Dates Only

DONOR: Memphis in May International Festival

Discover Washington, D.C.

Take in Washington, D.C. for a weekend and experience some of what the Nation’s Capital has to offer. Start off with accommodations at the recently built Canopy Hotel at The Wharf by Hilton – located on the waterfront’s mile-long stretch along the Potomac River. Enjoy a night out on an Odyssey Dinner Cruise. Express your First Amendment rights while on a tour of the Newseum: an interactive exhibition of the most memorable and newsworthy moments in history, along with highlights of the evolution of communication. Explore our Nation’s historical monuments, museums and capital buildings with a city tour provided by BIG BUS tours. Then, round off your trip with a $100 Dinner Certificate to Graffiato (a Mike Isabella restaurant).

  • Two (2) nights hotel accommodations (one room -- Friday & Saturday nights) at the Canopy Hotel at The Wharf, by Hilton
  • Two (2) tickets for a dinner/brunch/or lunch Odyssey Dinner Cruise
  • Two (2) tickets to the Newseum
  • Two (2) Hop-on passes for a city tour on BIG BUS tours
  • One (1) $100 dinner certificate

EVENT DATES: Hotel availability expires August 31, 2019


  • Please check certificates for specific blackout dates, conflicts and restrictions when reserving your trip. Cruises and tours may be subject to seasonal or weather related availability. All items are subject to availability.

DONOR: National Cherry Blossom Festival

City of Philadelphia Welcome America 4th of July Experience

The City of Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States of America, and as such, there is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

  • Three (3) nights hotel accommodations (one room) at the Westin Philadelphia, located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia (from 7/2/19 - 7/4/19)
  • Two (2) tickets and All Access Passes to the Party on the Parkway Festival, Concert and Fireworks Show
  • VIP Access for two (2) to the Independence Day Parade in the Historic District
  • Two (2) Passes and Tickets to all Welcome America events taking place on 7/2, 7/3 and 7/4 2019
  • Two (2) Philadelphia Passes, Providing Free Access to over 30 Attractions in Philadelphia
  • One (1) $50 Restaurant Gift Card to any Starr Restaurant in Philadelphia

EVENT DATES: July 2-4, 2019


  • Valid for 2019 only, and only during the timeframe specified

DONOR: City of Philadelphia

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