FAO Schwartz Offers Once-in-A-Lifetime Experiences at Auction
FAO Schwarz, the renowned luxury toy store which is known for providing one-of-kind shopping experiences, is building upon that legacy by launching the "Experiences of a Lifetime" online auction.
Four "Experiences of a Lifetime," auction items will be offered on FAO.com with 100% of the proceeds donated to Toys for Tots. The auction items are sure to delight die-hard enthusiasts of Disney, Nickelodeon, Smurf and FAO Schwarz alike as they are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that bring the brands they love to life. Bids can be placed now through December 1. Each of the packages would make a unique holiday gift.
The one-of-a-kind prize packages include:
Disney On Ice Party Package Extravaganza!
Offering the ultimate party for Disney fans, the winner of this auction package will have the opportunity to invite up to 25 children and 25 adults to a Disney On Ice show in any city where the tour is scheduled to stop! The winning child and family will be publicly acknowledged at the beginning of the show as special guests, and each child who attends will receive a Disney costume to wear during the show that they can take home as a keepsake along with a special Disney On Ice gift bag. The one and a half hour party package extravaganza includes catering and photo opportunities with a star from Disney On Ice.
Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest 2011
Who says mega concerts are for adults only? The Nickelodeon Mega Music Fest, featuring top music artists and Nickelodeon characters, is one of the most anticipated events of the year for preschoolers. The winner of this special auction package, plus three guests, will receive round-trip airfare and two-night hotel accommodations, as well as a round-trip limousine ride to the 2011 show where they'll sit in prime seats and have the chance to walk the "Orange Carpet." To top it off, they will have the opportunity to meet some of the show's stars and receive a special invitation to the after-party along with a Nickelodeon gift bag to commemorate the Mega Music Fest 2011.
Paint the Town Blue at The Smurfs Premiere!
Papa Smurf and the gang are ready to offer the winner of this package and three guests the bluest adventure of a lifetime and VIP access to the most Smurf-tastic movie premiere of the year, due out August 3, 2011, featuring Neil Patrick Harris. This unique package includes round-trip airfare, two-night hotel accommodations for four, a limo ride and tickets for two to the premiere and the opportunity to walk on the "Blue Carpet." To top it off, the winner will receive a poster featuring him or herself transported into the world of The Smurfs by Sony Pictures Imageworks. As a keepsake, the winner will also receive an exclusively designed, enclosed diorama from Schleich, containing more than 15 collector Smurf figurines and mushroom houses and including the full "Directors" Smurf collection, shipped to their home.
A Bite of the Big Apple: The Quintessential New York Tour!
New York is the home of some of the world's most recognizable landmarks: the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue – an iconic, "must-see" destination for generations of kids and kids at heart. The highest bidder of this package will receive a one-of-a-kind trip for four to Manhattan beginning at the airport, from which the FAO Schwarz Toy Soldier will provide a city tour by limo. The winner and guests will re-live the movie, Big, starring Tom Hanks, with professional lessons on the store's larger-than-life piano one morning during a VIP visit to FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue, along with a $500 gift card and the assistance of a personal shopper! After they shop-til-they-drop, the winner and guests will enjoy a carriage ride in Central Park topped off with tea for four at the famed Plaza Hotel. The Big Apple Fun will continue with tickets to the 2011Cirque du Soleil show, including four gift bags, pre-theater dinner at Sardis and Circle Line tickets for a boat tour around Manhattan.
Winning bidders will also receive a special keepsake, representative of their respective prize package, that they can present as a holiday gift, sent in time to tuck under the Christmas tree.
The "Experiences of a Lifetime" auction is a centerpiece of the Legendary Christmas Collection on FAO.com, which features 200 unique gifts, from FAO Schwarz signature items to a selection of extraordinary offerings such as the $25,000 Bonzini Barbie Foosball Table.
To help even more families donate to Toys for Tots, FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue in New York City and the approximately 10 FAO Schwarz holiday pop-up locations across the country are now accepting new, unwrapped toys through December 5 and cash through December 24.