Rocky Mountain Chapter

Some of the Winter Gala Silent Auction Items

African Eyes Travel is once again donating a South African Safari package for our silent auction this year. Enjoy 6 nights at one of three locations:

Zulu Nyala Private Game Lodge

Situated in the heart of one of South Africa’s most diverse conservation regions, this lodge is nestled between the great Hluhluwe, Mkuze and St. Lucia Reserves. It is home to a diverse assortment of animals, including elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. This is a birder’s paradise and for those that love plants, the trees are especially rewarding. This beautiful site was also the location for the filming of “I Dreamed of Africa”.

Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge

Situated in the same region as Zulu Nyala Private Game Lodge. This gracious old lodge was restored to its former colonial grandeur and now boast fully air-conditioned rooms in a beautiful setting.

Hemingway Tented Camp

This camp is situated adjacent to the Heritage Safari Lodge. The tents surround a large swimming pool and are beautifully appointed with bathrooms en-suite.

The package includes:

6 Nights and days accommodation at one of the above lodges.
Delicious meals with an African twist.
Two photo safaris per day guided by a professional ranger on open game viewing.
This donation is valid for two years from date of auction - no exceptions.

Once purchased, the package is not transferable to any third party or organization.
For more information and stunning photographs, go to and

This package is valued at $4950.00. Adventure awaits, so don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime. Get your bid in early on 12/6 at the American Mountaineering Center!


A one night stay in the lodge at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is a highly regarded and environmentally friendly year-around Ranch resort and spa offering rustically upscale accommodation, fine dining and an array of winter and summer outdoor activities. Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, 65 miles west of Denver and 10 minutes from Winter Park. Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa encompasses 6000 acres at the foot of the Continental Divide.


The Photography of Russ Shugart. Russ has donated "Frosty Pines" to our silent auction.

"Frosty Pines" was nominated to Nature's Best Photography - the Windland Smith Rice International Award in 2010. In 2010, over 22,000 photos were submitted for this award. Of the 22,000+ photos submitted that year, 140 photos were picked and featured in Nature's Best Photography. Of the 140 photos featured in the magazine, the top 40 photos received the honor of hanging in the Smithsonian. Russ's "Frosty Pine" received the honor of hanging in the Smithsonian during the summer of 2011. The Windland Smith Rice Internation Award was named in memory of an accomplished nature photographer and conservation advocate, Windland Smith Rice. For more information on this award please see


The photography of Daniel McVey. Daniel has donated "Harvest Moon" which is one of his night sky photographs.

It is very dramatic and mysterious. Daniel McVey is a resident member of the Denver Photo Art Gallery at 833 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, Colorado, an Antzl Project Photographer. Daniel enjoys shooting the night sky, landscapes, and wildlife. Daniel's photographs have been used by Local Companies such as Pine Ridge Condominiums, the Petal and Bean, and Summit Mountain Weddings. My photos have also appeared in such internet publications as the Summit County Voice, Earthsky.Org, Mtn Town Magazine, and LandscapePhotographyMagazine.Com Issue #14 as well as in their short tutorial on shooting sunsets found on LandscapePhotographyMagazine.Com ‘s website.


The photography of Dave DeCilleo.

Dave does a lot of HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging, which involves capturing the full range of light an image has to offer. This makes for vibrant, colorful, almost painting-like images, that can really bring a scene to life. Dave has be published in the Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Business Times and the Lonely Planet Travel Magazine, with cover shots on both the Pittsburgh Business Times and Lonely Planet. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Pitt Panthers and various local high schools have also hired me to shoot various sporting events for them.

We are sure you will find something you love at the silent auction or perhaps the perfect gift for someone on your holiday list.

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