The Kiwanis Club of Stuart will present its annual College Football Preview at the Lyric Theatre on SATURDAY July 27, 2013. The event will begin at 5:30 with a Chinese Auction, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction. 

Chinese & Silent Auctions

The Chinese and Silent Auctions will be held in the back room (dressing room) of the Lyric Theatre starting at 5:30 pm and will run until 7:20.   Winners of the Silent Auction will be announced during the Live Auction.  Winners of the Chinese Auction will be announced at the end of the show.  A list of some of the Chinese, Silent, and Live Auction items is at the bottom of this page. 

Live Auction

The Live Auction will feature Reed Hartman as auctioneer and will be held in the main auditorium of the Lyric.   It will begin at 7:30 and will conclude at 8:15.   In addition to the 8 Live Auction items, guests will be given an opportunity to fund the clothing for underprivileged children as part of the Club's annual clothing program.  Every $70 donation will be used to buy a complete set of clothing  for 1 child.  A list of some of the Chinese, Silent, and Live Auction items is at the bottom of this page.

The Auctioneer, Ransom Reed Hartman:  

As a fifth generation Martin County resident and third generation real estate agent, owner Ransom Reed Hartman has deep roots in Florida’s real estate heritage, following his grandfather Ralph Hartman, Jr. and his father Ricou Hartman into the business. Reed is a licensed auctioneer and a licensed real estate sales professional in the state of Florida. He is a member of the National Auctioneer’s Association and the Florida Auctioneer’s Association, holding a designation as a Certified Estate Specialist from the National Auctioneer’s Association. Reed has additional expertise in building construction and management having earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Illinois State University. Reed serves on the Board of the Martin County Farm Bureau and is a member of Martin County Leadership class 17, as well as Leadership Florida Class 30 (XXX). He is actively involved in the Treasure Coast community and donates his time and skills as an auctioneer to numerous non-profit organizations including the American Cancer Society, Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasured Lands Foundation, and the American Red Cross as well as many others. 

Items To Be Auctioned:   The following are some of the items that will be included in the auctions (the following is general in nature - other details to be provided at the event and information provided at the event will control;  some items may change from the type of auction in which they are listed to another type of auction):   

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS:   (Transportation is not included in any of the items.)

01.  The Bear's Club - Round of golf for 4 ($1,500 value - Caddie not included)

02.  San Francisco Vacation Trip - San Francisco trip including 3 nights in San Francisco, 4 nights in Carmel with tours of Hearst Castle, Monterey Aquarium, dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay, plus some other things.  

Northern & Central California Luxury Vacation for 2 Includes Luxury Hotel Accommodations in San Francisco for 3 Days and 2 Nights, and Monterey / Carmel for 4 Days and 3 Nights.   Also a Dinner/Dance Cruise on San Francisco Bay, a Tour of the Monterey Aquarium and a Tour of Hearst Castle.  San Francisco Romantic northern California vacation for 2 begins with you "Leaving your heart is San Francisco" at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.  You and your guest will have Deluxe Accommodations for 3 days and 2 nights in a Guestroom with breath taking views of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Sausalito and the Napa Valley Wine Country. The 100 million dollars newly renovated 40 stories (San Francisco Marriott Marquis) hotel is located in the center of all the action, near Market Street, Union Square, Moscone Center, the Museum of Modern Art, in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown shopping, fine dining and theatre district. Hornblower – Dinner Dance Cruise or Sunday Brunch As a special treat you and your guest will also enjoy a 3 hour dinner / dance or Sunday Champagne Brunch cruise on a very popular Hornblower Dining Yacht on the San Francisco Bay, or at your choice, Berkeley Harbor. Monterey Bay / Carmel for 4 Days and 3 Nights Enjoy the 17 mile scenic drive through Pebble Beach along the dramatic Pacific coastline and through Carmel, the home to former mayor and actor Clint Eastwood as you continue your vacation journey with a drive south along the breath taking California coastline where another 4 days and 3 nights of pampered service awaits you at the Monterey Bay Marriott. It is located in the heart of Old Town at the Monterey Bay Fisherman’s Wharf. Your stay is at an upgraded Executive Suite for 3 nights, lavishly appointed with all the first-class modern amenities including a huge master bedroom, very large living room and 2 bathrooms. (Value for these rooms for 3 nights, without the rest of the package is $2,800.00). Monterey Aquarium Tour for 2: 2 tickets for a tour of the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Formerly a Sardine cannery and brewery, this amazing aquarium has over 35,000 marine animals and plants including "White Sharks" and "Penguins" The newest additions are over 10,000 colorful Sea Horses and new baby Otters.   Hearst Castle Tour for 2 This amazing castle is a must see destination. There are hundreds of animals from all over the world still grazing on grounds that span over 250,000 acres. Hearst Castle was the private estate of wealthy art collector and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Valid Until July 2014.

03.  Los Angeles Vacation Trip - Los Angeles: 3 nights in LA with 2 rounds of golf, green room tickets and  seats to Jimmy  Kimmel Live, 4 nights in Santa Barbara with tours in wine country

California Dreamin’ Luxury Vacation Package for 2 6 Days and 5 Nights in LA- Hollywood / Santa Barbara Wine Country Deluxe accommodations in LA’s Manhattan Beach with 2 rounds of Golf and Breakfast, Reserved Seats and VIP Green Room Visit at Jimmy Kimmel Live; 3 hour Dinner / Dance or Sunday Champagne Brunch for 2 in LA’s Marina Del Rey, and Deluxe Accommodations in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, including breakfast and Wine Tasting Visits. Los Angeles / Manhattan Beach for 4 Days and 3 Nights Your unforgettable journey in the "Golden State" begins in Los Angeles at the Manhattan Beach Marriott & Golf Club with luxury accommodations for 4 days and 3 nights including, breath-taking California Coastal views in the heart of the very trendy Manhattan Beach community. Enjoy spectacular outdoor pool with waterfall and tropical whirlpool spa. Just a few blocks away is a pristine sandy beach on the Pacific Ocean, biking and jogging trails, tennis, sailing and jet skiing. An Evening at Jimmy Kimmel LIVE at El Capitan Disney Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. You will have 4 of Jimmy Kimmel’s premier reserved seats at a Live Show, including a VIP Green room visit with Jimmy Kimmel ad his guest starts on the show that evening. You will also have the opportunity to take photos with Jimmy Kimmel. Hornblower Dinner / Dance Cruise for 2 You and your guest will enjoy a 3 hour dinner / dance or Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise on a popular Hornblower Dining Yacht, out of LA’s Marina Del Rey. Hornblower also offers, Scenic Lunch cruises, sightseeing Harbor Cruises and Whale Watching Adventure Cruises. Santa Barbara Wine Country with Wine Tasting Visits Take a scenic drive north along the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu to the beautiful Santa Barbara Wine Country. You and a guest will enjoy 3 days and 2 nights at the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, and tastings at several award-winning California wineries. The hotel is located 30 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara in the Santa Barbara mountains – the gateway of the spectacular Santa Barbara Wine Country with over 80 award winning wineries. Just one mile away is the famous Danish Village of Solvang, with gentle rolling hills, windmills, quiet streets, horse drawn carriages, family bicycles, golf courses, horse ranches, ostrich farm tours, wineries, Danish Bakeries, authentic Danish costumes worn by some shop keepers, and Danish smorgasbord restaurants, history and architecture waiting for you. California Dreamin’ Vacation Package is valid until July 2014.

04.  Key Largo Vacation Trip - 7 days at Ocean's Edge in Key Largo overlooking the marina donated by Bob and Linda Sander
05.  A Chest of Cheer - an ice chest with 40 - 50 bottles of alcohol 

06.  Hutchinson Island vacation - A one week stay at an Oceanfront Condominium At The Hutchinson Island Beach Resort at Indian River Plantation donated by Tom and Sandra Thurlow

07.  Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club Resort & Spa -
4 Days & 3 Nights including 2 rounds of Golf and Cart for 2.  This historic resort is the "Showplace of the Waterfront" in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a private marina and pristine beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. The resort sits on 14 acres, has 12 tennis courts and an 18 hole championship golf course, spas, shopping, fine dining and lots more. Nearby attractions include the St. Pete Baywalk, Salvador Dali and the Fine Arts Museum, Tropicana Field and Gulf Beaches. The Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club Resort & Spa is a fine example of 1920’s Mediterranean Revival architecture, and the Vinoy is designated a National Register of Historic Places destination. 

This St Petersburg Florida Luxury Vacation Package us valid until December 2016.


Atlantic Tire Company - $500 gift certificate for labor

Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club - a round of golf and lunch for 4

Hutchinson Island Marriott - A 3 Day/2 Night Stay with a Round of Golf 

Barbara Essenwine - a photo tour of a local ranch - J & R Outfitters - Old Florida Wildlife Tours 

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea vacation - A one week stay at the Driftwood Beach Club in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea  donated by Helping People Succeed

Helping People Succeed - package of tickets to various HPS events


Lyric Theatre - 4 tickets to each of the following shows: 
        Steve Solomon on December 3rd  (
        Christine Andreas on March 3rd (

Osceola Cafe' - gift card

EAA Plane Trip -  A round trip plane flight for 2 to a breakfast location, including breakfast, with members of the Experimental Aircraft Association of Stuart.   Donated by EEA Chapter 692 of Stuart, Florida 

Luna Cafe - gift card

Sailors Return - gift card

Riverwalk Cafe - gift card

Mariner Sands Country Club - a round of golf for 4

Martin County Golf and Country Club - a round of golf for 4 

Sandal Shack
- gift card

Golf USA - gift card

Kilwins - gift card

Harbor Wear - gift card

Stuart Coffee Co. - gift card

Matildas - Serving tray with silver finish

Hoffman's Chocolate - gift card

The Cook's Kitchen - gift card

Victoria Rose - gift card

Aphrodite - Item of women's clothing

Calico Trading Co.  - gift card

Coconut Bay Gifts - Cheese board, knife, & cocktail napkins
Park Avenue Bar B Que (PA BBQ) - gift card

Al Crake, Allstate, and Prudential - 2 footballs

Mike Searle Allstate Insurance - 3 dozen golfballs

Bill Claren - Motor Max Cooling System Additives (Bill is a member of KCOS and has been involved with NASCAR since the 1950's

Above and Beyond Christmas  Trees, LLC
- choice of a Christmas tree or 2 door wreaths

Stuart Shooting Center, LLC - a one year membership

Tootsies - gift card

The Gafford - gift card

UCF (Erik Koehler and Dave Derrenbacker) - UCF gift basket

FSU -  2 tickets to an “Evening with Bobby Bowden” event on Friday, October 25th (part of Bowden recognition weekend at FSU) INCLUDING A VIP Tour for 2 of the FSU Athletic Facilities on Friday, October 25th

FSU - Tom Block, speaker for FSU, may provide an autographed item from either coach Bowden or Fisher

Sports Clips - 10 certificates for haircuts

Palm Square Barber Shop - 2 certificates for haircuts

Van-Dee Decorating Center (Frank Mezzapelle) - custom framing gift certificate

Manero's Restaurant - gift certificate

Blue Flame Candles - candle basket

Please check in on this website from time to time to see auction items as they are added.  If you want to make a donation of an auction item, please contact Auction Chairperson, David Dees at