Beard Foundation Auction Policies and Rules
1. All prize packages must be paid in full
by the end of the auction. Payments must be made by major
credit card (if you are attending the James Beard Holiday
Auction and Dinner payment may be made onsite by major credit
card, business or personal check or cash.)
All sales are final. No returns or credits are allowed. Auction
packages must be paid for and picked up by the end of the
evening unless otherwise specified by the donor.
All packages are sold "As Is." Please read lot descriptions
carefully. MOST travel, special event and dinner packages
expire one year from auction date or in calendar year 2001
unless otherwise specified. All hotel accommodations and air
travel are subject to space availability. Blackout dates will
apply. Air travel when provided, originates from New York/Newark
airports unless otherwise indicated on certificate.
The highest bidder will be the buyer. In the event of a dispute
between two or more bidders, the auctioneer will reopen the
bidding between the two bidders only. The auctioneer's decision
The auctioneer reserves the right to reject bids not commensurate
with the value(s) of the item(s) offered. A "Reserve
Lot" has a Confidential minimum price below which a lot
will not be sold.
For silent auction items bids must be increased by $20 unless
otherwise indicated on the bid sheet. Live auction item prices
will be increased in increments at the discretion of the auctioneer.
Unless indicated, all travel packages are for two people and
do not include airfares, car rentals, or other transportation
to and from destination. Travel packages are subject to blackout
and expiration dates in 2001. We strongly recommend that you
book your travel packages within ninety (90) days of purchase
to reserve the dates you prefer. Some portions of larger travel
packages do not need to be taken at the same time.
Arrangements for packages offering personal services such
as cooking lessons, catered dinners, and parties are the responsibility
of the purchaser. These packages are subject to a mutually
agreeable date and time between donor(s) and purchaser in
calendar year 2001. We strongly suggest that you make these
arrangements within ninety (90) days of purchase to avoid
Dinners and catered events do not include beverages, taxes,
or gratuities unless stated.
The James Beard Foundation is not responsible for making travel
reservations, event planning, or catering arrangements unless
For lots requiring the use of The James Beard House or a private
chef, we strongly suggest you reserve the event date within
ninety (90) days of your purchase. Dates are subject to the
availability of the Beard House. For these lots, The James
Beard House will specifically provide: event site and kitchen,
table set up (china, glasses, silverware, linens), matre d',
waitstaff, and dishwashers. The purchaser will be responsible
for his/her invitations and menu, guest list, food, beverage,
entertainment, decorations, and favors. All arrangements must
first be cleared through The James Beard House Program Office:
All prizes have been donated. Every effort has been made to
describe packages as accurately as possible based on the donor's
description. The James Beard Foundation bears no responsibility
should any item donated be unsatisfactory or should it become
invalid due to foreclosures or changes in operations. The
James Beard Foundation is not responsible or liable for any
personal injury or property damage that may result from an
auction package. Once a package has been sold, sole contact
is between the purchaser and donor(s).
Auction prize packages and confirmed bids are tax-deductible
to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your accountant
for guidelines. The James Beard Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit charitable organization.
14. Lots purchased at this auction cannot be sold, bartered
or redeemed for cash.