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Big Bidding Expected For ‘Day In The Garden’ Fundraiser

March 1 not only brings spring to the Desert, it also brings “A Day in the Garden,” a special fundraising activity held for the Palm Springs Art Museum. It’s special because live auction items can be purchased by a single person or by forming a bidding group with friends.

What types of items are they? Here are the just-released descriptions of the first four items.

• On April 5, 15 guests will enjoy Jackie Lee Houston’s legendary Bunny luncheon in the grandeur of her specially appointed dining room.

This Chinese style pavilion with its disappearing glass walls is surrounded by her extensive collection of Asian art and looks out on the harmonious seclusion of a beautifully maintained Chinese garden.

• Item number two is a magical tour for 12 with Dallas Price and Robert Van Breda. Dallas will open her magnificent art galleries for an afternoon of art gazing. Then, at sundown, guests will be treated to wine, hors d’oeuvres and a casual supper.

• Third on the list is a crawl of Los Angeles’ Chinatown for 12 quests. They will begin their Oriental adventure with a curated tour of the Chinese American Museum and then on to historic buildings closed to the general public. A dim sum lunch follows before the tour continues, this time of the cutting-edge contemporary galleries in the New Chinatown.

• A dog, or to be precise, four dogs, round out this quartet of live auction items. The Desert’s most compassionate animal activist, Lindi Biggi, will obtain four of the cutest shelter dogs in the Coachella Valley. The winning bidder will have a choice of dog, who will come with grooming, vet service, micro-chipping, new bed, food, toys and lastly, an artist’s portrait of the winning bidders’ pooch.

Telephone the Palm Springs Art Museum at 760-325-7186 for more information.

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