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AUCTION ITEMS: Gumbo and Strings Benefit Concert 07-03-2015

May 28, 2015


Gumbo and Strings Benefit Concert

07-03-2015  -  6:00 pm

TICKETS $50.00! On Sale at The Elephant Story!

Call or Come by!!  - 723 High Street, Comfort, Texas  -  (830) 995-3133

 Some of items that will be auctioned off are featured below.  More items will be available the evening of the event.  


People interested in bidding on the items but not able to make the event can pre-register with The Elephant Story to participate in the auction Live via telephone.
 Call 830-995-3133 or email:




Bangkok Luxury Hotels


The Peninsula Bangkok

2 night stay for two with Breakfast in Deluxe Suite


    At The Peninsula Bangkok, Peninsula luxury is met with sophisticated Thai charm for the ultimate cultural experience, from the hotel’s iconic Peninsula Green Tuk Tuk to an adventure down the Chao Phraya River and sumptuous authentic Thai cuisine featuring recipes used by generations of Palace cooks.

    Value $600

    Valid until July 4, 2016 with blackout dates from December 20, 2015 to January 10, 2016


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    The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

    2 night stay for two

    A haven of calm on the banks of the river, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is a truly remarkable hotel. A sophisticated retreat in one of the world’s most exciting cities, The Mandarin Oriental enjoys a reputation for style, service and excellence. Timeless yet contemporary, classic yet cutting-edge, the ultimate Bangkok address.

    Excellently situated within easy reach of all Bangkok’s main attractions, the hotel enjoys a peaceful yet central location.

    • Quiet setting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River
    • A short walk from the city’s famous skytrain
    • Only a short boat ride from the breathtaking Grand Palace

    Value $800.00

    Valid from: August 2014 to August 2015  (excluding November 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015) website:

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    The Siam Hotel – Connie’s Cottage

    3 nights in Connie’s cottage including Thai Tattoos for 2 in our Sak Yant Studio with Arjan Boo

    Connie’s Cottage is the ultimate couple’s experience, succumb to the Siamese charm of our unique abode, Connie’s Cottage. 

    This historical, century-old house was brought by boat downriver to Bangkok from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya by curio collector, Connie Mangskau, and her dear friend the silk merchant, Jim Thompson.  Today it has been totally refurbished and equipped with the finest in modern comforts whilst keeping its distinctive charm.  

    Upstairs, Connie’s Cottage features a four-poster Thai King bed, an en-suite bathroom and a private outdoor balcony. Due size and layout of the Villa; a 3rd person including children is not allowed. Please consider a Riverview Suite or Pool Villa instead.  Set at the garden-level is a living room in landscaped surrounds featuring the largest private pool on our property.


    • Breakfast in the restaurant for 2 persons
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi property wide
    • Butler service
    • Private boat shuttle between hotel & Saphan Taksin central pier
    • access to the state-of-the-art gym
    • stunning riverside swimming pool

    Value: $5000.00

    Valid: July 2015 to July 2016 (excludes December 21, 2015 to January 7, 2016)



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    Golden Triangle, Thailand Elephant Experiences

    Anantara Elephant Camp & Resort, Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

    2 night stay for two

    Situated in northern Thailand’s lush jungle and boasting breathtaking panoramas of Myanmar and Laos, Anantara’s hilltop Chiang Rai resort, explore the enchanting world of elephants at Asia’s premier Elephant Camp, as you set out on a once in a lifetime journey with Anantara Golden Triangle’s ultimate Discovery Experience. 

    • Accommodation with daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner for every night stayed
    • Roundtrip transfers from and to Chiang Rai Airport
    • Beverages (select range of non-alcoholic drinks, house wine, beer and spirits)
    • Internet access
    • In-room mini bar
    • One time visit  to the Opium Museum
    • One activity for every night stayed from a choice of:
      • Elephant Camp Experience
      • Lanna Cooking Class
      • Anantara Spa Treatment
      • Golden Triangle Discovery Excursion

    Value: $2000.00

    valid: July 2015 to July 2016  (excludes: long weekends, public holidays, and the period of December 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016 and April 10, 2016 to April 15, 2016)

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    Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai Thailand

    2 night stay for two


    Escape to the natural wonders of Northern Thailand, just south of Burma (Myanmar) and west of Laos, for an unforgettable experience.  You'll have the adventure of a lifetime trekking elephants through lush jungle and spectacular mountain trails.  Unwind in the superb luxury tented accommodations, which feature stunning views and handcrafted furnishings.

    • Half-day mahout training and Golden Triangle excursion
    • All meals and beverages, including house wines and spirits
    • One spa treatment per person, per stay
    • Private round-trip airport transfers from Chiang Rai International airport
    • Luxurious tented accommodations

    $5200.00 value

    Valid until December 15, 2016 (subject to availability)

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    Southeast Asia Luxury Resorts and Spas

    Howie’s Homestay - Chiang Mai, Thailand

    All inclusive with full board for 2 persons 2 nights

    At Howie's HomeStay there is never more than one family or group in residence thereby assuring your complete privacy in your own 5 star luxury private boutique resort. Featured in Architectural Digest and many other luxury designer magazines is a one of a kind luxury villa, giving new meaning to a private boutique hotel, located in the Mae Rim valley just 30 minutes from the Chiang Mai city center. This five star deluxe resort property, located minutes from the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai is complemented by five acres of masterfully landscaped lush tropical gardens, breath taking mountain views, a huge infinity edge swimming pool, ponds and water features. This luxurious gated private luxury villa was built in traditional Royal Thai Lanna style featuring seven separate pavilions and built to super deluxe western standards by renowned designer, Bill Bensley.

    • Airport pickup arrival and departure
    • Laundry service (excludes dry cleaning)
    • High speed wireless Internet throughout the property
    • In residence mini bar
    • All meals in residence and unlimited fresh tropical fruit
    • Daily housekeeping and front desk open and staffed 24/7

    Value: $2000.00


    Featured in Architectural Digest:

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    Gal Oya Lodge - Sri Lanka

    3 complementary nights for 2, on Bed and Breakfast Basis


    Discover Sri Lanka’s forgotten National Park, Gal Oya. With the country’s largest lake, the wildlife is best seen from a boat safari, especially the swimming elephants.

    Gal Oya Lodge specializes in high-end, environmentally responsible tourism.

    The nine-room wildlife lodge is constructed from natural materials that have all been locally sourced. Spread across 20 acres of private forest, it’s the ideal place to get back to nature.

    At Gal Oya Lodge, you can enjoy boat safaris, jungle drives, naturalist walks, or just relaxing by the pool. There is something for everyone.


    • two safaris looking for wild elephants and other Sri Lankan wild life. 
    • breakfast at the lodge
    • either a boat safari or a jeep safari into the beautiful Gal Oya National Park
    • a Night Safari
    • as many local walks as you wish, all with your personal naturalist.
    • Package does not include beverages

    Value: $600.00

    Valid: July 2015 to July 2016 (excludes may apply)


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    Kamalaya Wellness retreat Koh Samui Island, Thailand

    3 Nights Accommodation in Kamalaya Villa or Superior Suite Room for Two persons.

    At Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand`s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, you can experience a life-enriching healthy holiday. Our wellness programs offer solutions for detox, yoga, stress and burnout, fitness and weight control. If you are looking for a more personalized wellness experience, our team of international naturopaths can work with you to create your own health program from our extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies.

    Centered around a monk's cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, Kamalaya's essence is expressed in its name, 'Lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)', an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit.


    • 3 nights accommodation
    • Daily Breakfast at Soma Restaurant
    • Use of steam cavern, swimming pool, plunge pools and Shakti fitness center.
    • Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities (Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, etc.)
    • Roundtrip airport transfers
    • Tropical welcome drink upon arrival

    Value: $1200.00

    Valid: from date of purchase to December 19, 2016 (excludes December 20, 2015 to April 30, 2016)


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    Samujana, Koh Samui Island, Thailand

    4 nights for 4 guests in a luxury villa including daily breakfast and airport transfers

    Located just minutes from the airport and beaches of Choeng Mon and Chaweng, Samujana is a luxury villa estate perched on a hillside overlooking a picturesque coral cove with private beach access and panoramic ocean views.

    Designed by Gary Fell, the estate comprises of a collection of oversized and opulent villas, featuring large infinity edge pools and unobstructed sea views. Villas range from three to eight bedrooms and are ideal for families, friends, couples and also offer ample space for bespoke weddings and glamorous events. Samujana provides dedicated villa hosts, private cinemas, gyms, spa services, tennis courts and all the hospitality of a luxury resort.

    All Villas feature:
    • Air-conditioned bedrooms
    • En-suite bathrooms
    • Fully equipped kitchens
    • TV lounges / private cinemas
    • Infinity edge private pools
    • Sun loungers
    • Linen and towels
    • Sound systems
    • Allocated parking
    • International TV channels
    • Music and movie libraries
    • Open-air lounges
    • Rooftop terraces and gardens
    • Unmatched views

    Value: $4000.00

    Valid: July 2015 to July 2016 (excludes may apply)


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    Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa - Phuket, Thailand

    3 Night Stay

    Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa is a charming tropical sanctuary in a tranquil bay setting on Phuket’s stunning western coast. One of the most breathtaking luxury hotels Phuket has to offer, it opens onto a private stretch of beautiful Layan Beach, where soft white sands are gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea are just steps away.

    Value: $750.00

    Valid: July 2015 to July 2016 (excludes may apply)


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    Andara Phuket - Phuket, Thailand

    2 night 1 bedroom suite.  includes breakfast and 90 minute spa treatment for 2

     Andara’s luxurious Phuket beach resort is a collection of deluxe pool villas and spacious residence suites, offering the ultimate Phuket beach holiday.

    The 1 bedroom 153sq.m terrace suite includes luxurious bedroom, a lavish dining living area and stylish western kitchen that opens onto an expansive outdoor terrace with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea. Internal fabrics and silks custom designed and produced by JIM THOMSON silk are complimented by high-end audio sound systems provided by BOSE, with LCD TV’s. Included in all rooms is complimentary wi-fi, en-suite bathrooms and satellite television.

    Value: $1500.00

    Valid: July 2015 to July 2016 (excludes may apply)

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    Paresa Phuket - Phuket, Thailand

    2 nights stay in Cielo Residence

    The architectural design of Paresa effortlessly evolves out of and blends into the natural surroundings of lush tropical vegetation. Drawing from Southern Thai
    cultural traditions, Paresa is a modern day reinterpretation of Southern Thai architecture and design - understated yet elegant.

    The ultimate luxury pool villa on Phuket. The Residence occupies a total area of 660m² and represents luxury living at its finest. Staying in our Cielo Residence offers you one complimentary access to the Phuket International Airport VIP lounge on your departure date for two persons. The spacious bedroom with soft linens and large living room enjoy astonishing views of the Andaman Sea and are accompanied by a fully equipped kitchen with wine cellar. The vast tropical indoor and outdoor living spaces of the Cielo Residence are paired with Paresa's Adventure Team services to enjoy tailor made experiences in Phuket and neighboring Phang Nga province.

    Value: $4500.00

    Valid: July 2015 to July 2016 (excludes may apply)


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    Shinta Mani - Siem Reap, Cambodia

    1 Room for 4 nights including breakfast for 2 people at Shinta Mani Club

    Shinta Mani Club, an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcases 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in an Angkorian-inspired design.  This exceptional Angkor hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the township of Siem Reap – just a fifteen minute tuk tuk ride from the magnificent Temples of Angkor Wat.

    Guests will enjoy this peaceful oasis which is within walking distance to the Old market, the cafes and bars of the vibrant tourist trail and only footsteps from the tranquility of the nearby riverfront.  
    Nearby attractions include the Kings Palace and Royal Gardens. Guests of Shinta Mani Club may also enjoy the facilities of the nearby Shinta Mani Resort – located directly opposite the Club.

    Value: $800.00

    Valid: to Dec. 2015


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    Song Sa Private Island - Cambodia Islands

    7 nights in a 2 bedroom Royal Over-water Villa

    In the warm sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia’s islands nestle like dazzling natural jewels. Song Saa Private Island lies secluded in this magnificent seascape, just 35 minutes by boat from the port of Sihanoukville.  Most of the islands remain undeveloped – deserted oases of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches.

    Song Saa’s two-bedroom Roya Overwater Villa is perched over the water in one of the most discreet and exquisite locations on our island. Arrive by boat to your private jetty and enter your expansive villa, where you will want for nothing. The perfect vantage point to take in vibrant Cambodian sunsets.

    Always Included:

    • Snorkeling around Song Saa Islands
    • Sea kayaking
    • In Villa Movie Experience
    • Sunrise yoga
    • Song Saa Conservation and Community program
    • Island Safari
    • Song Saa Rainforest Encounter
    • Koh Rong Rainforest Encounter
    • Song Saa Marine Safari
    • Nature Treasure Hunt
    • Buddhist ceremonies
    • Sala Song Saa cultural experience

    Value: $5500.00

    Valid: July 4th 2015 to July 2016 (excludes: Dec. 15, 2015 to Jan. 20. 2016; Feb 4, 2016 to Feb 15, 2016; Mar. 21, 2016 to April 8, 2016)


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    Additional Live Auction Items

    Original Edith Maskey Water Color Painting

    Antiques on High (Historic High Street in Comfort, Texas)

    11” x 15” (framed 21” x 25”)

    Edith Maskey is a native San Antonian and has loved art for as long as she can remember. "Painting is the finest form of expression I know, and it is my personal statement about things around me. Hopefully, my paintings have conveyed my emotions. I feel it is the most sincere means of communication." Her work is characterized by a love of color and exuberance of expression.

    Although her subject matter is highly varied, Mexico, Texana, and people bear a special preference. Five years of study with Warren Hunter of San Antonio, and subsequent workshops with some of the finest artist in the country have brought this artist closer to her goal of being as good an artist as she can be.

    Edith Maskey's work has been well received in many prestigious exhibits. Her work has been the subject of feature articles in Southwest Art, Art Voices, American Artist and Texas Magazine.

    She and her husband, John, live in their studio/home in the Hill Country just outside of Comfort, Texas.

    Value: $950.00

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    Original John Maskey Water Color Painting

    Ventana Alegre (Happy Window, Guanajuato, Mexico

    11” x 15” (framed 21” x 25”)


    Native Texan John Maskey paints what he knows and loves best-the colorful history, romance and flavor of Texas, Mexico and the Southwest. His bold use of light and color weaves a vibrant tapestry of the life and culture of the region.

    Maskey received his first training at the Hunter School of Art where he studied for three years under distinguished San Antonio artist and teacher Warren Hunter. He subsequently studied with many nationally prominent artists including Millard Sheets, John Pike, Robert E. Wood, Zoltan Szabo, Charles Reid and Edgar Whitney.

    "The unique character of the land and people of the Southwest is rooted in powerful traditions. The blending of cultures, rugged landscape and classically simple architecture are timeless. I hope to capture some of this feeling in my paintings."

    Maskey's work has been the subject of feature articles in Southwest Art, Art Voices, American Artist, and other publications. His work is exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Western Art and other prominent collections. He is represented by leading galleries in the Southwest. He, along with his wife Edith, who is also a full-time painter, maintain their studio in the beautiful Hill Country near Comfort, Texas.

    Value: $950.00

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    Terrace Suite at the AT&T Center for a SPURS home game during the month of December, 2015

    “The Bank of America/Merrill Lynch suite is a Terrace Suite at the AT&T Center being donated for a SPURS home game during the month of December, 2015. The suite comes with 16 tickets and 4 parking passes. Food and drink is available but not included.”

    $3900.00 value


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    Two Night Stay at Omni La Mansion Del Ray and Meal at “Luke” San Antonio River Walk


    San Antonio River Walk Omni La Mansión del Rio: Tucked away on the historic San Antonio River Walk Omni La Mansión del Rio is ideally nestled along the historic River Walk on the banks of the Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio. Perfectly situated, you can easily explore all of San Antonio’s extensive range of tourist attractions. It is within easy walking distance of the fabled Alamo, El Mercado, La Villita District, Spanish Governor’s Palace, San Antonio Convention Center and other well-known landmarks.  Blending Spanish colonial architecture and European style, the Four Diamond Omni La Mansión del Rio surrounds you with the romance, grace and charm of a grand hacienda. Our San Antonio River Walk accommodations provide graceful service and tranquil surroundings to make your next visit to San Antonio memorable.  Website:

    Luke Restaurant: Chef John Besh welcomes you to Lüke San Antonio, on the city’s famed River Walk. This is Besh’s first restaurant outside of his home state of Louisiana, and it features a menu of authentic Old World cuisine, combining classic German and French cooking techniques with a New Orleans touch. Lüke is conveniently situated in San Antonio’s popular downtown district.  Website:

    Value: $750.00

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    Silent Auction Items


    Silpada Necklace and Earrings

    Donated by Brenda Seidensticker, Ranch Woman Health & Beauty

    Value: $130.00

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    Historic Matte Canvas of High Street

    20” x 24” ready to hang

    Value: $150.00

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    Manop Rachote Elephant Key Chain

    Manop has crafted a pewter version of an Asian elephant which serves as a key chain that cannot easily be misplaced.

    Dimensions: L 3" x W 1 1/2" x H 1 3/4"

    Value: $125.00

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    Sterling Silver Elephant Money Clip

    Money Clip with a Thai Elephant. Made of Sterling Silver.

    Value: $125.00

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    Hand-painted porcelain Japanese Tea Bowl.  

    Chawan, about 40 years old.  Decorated with "Three Friends of Winter" motif

    Value: $80.00

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    Genuine Samurai Style Umbrella

    New.  Manufactured in Japan.  Handle is identical to the Tsuka (handle or grip) and Tsuba (hilt or guard) of a traditional Japanese sword

    Value: $55.00

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    Thai Hand-painted covered Bowl

    Value: $25.00

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    Miniature cast mixed metal Thai Buddha

    Rattanakosin style, about 40 years old.

    Value: $25.00

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    "Buddh-Its" sticky notes.  

    Post-it Notes for those seeking enlightenment.

    Value: $10.00

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    Hand-painted Japanese fan with Bamboo Display Stand

    About 20 years old

    Value: $75.00

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    Hand-tooled Leather-covered Flask Bottle of Authentic "Mongolian Hero" Vodka

    With intact Tax Seal.  Make in Mongolia. 200 ml. 38% Alcohol


    Value: $65.00

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