Red Tie Gala 2022 Auction

Thank you for supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana and the families we serve! By participating in our auctions, you are ensuring that families who travel to Louisville for their child’s medical care have a place to call home when they need it most! Our Silent Auction is now open for bidding for those participating in-person at The Galt House Hotel and those participating in our Red Tie Gala at home. Our live auction (scroll down to preview) will occur during the in-person event on Saturday, March 5.

Interested in a Live Auction item but participating in the Red Tie Gala at home? Contact Dani Harper,, by March 4th at 12:00 pm EST to place your proxy bid.

What is a Proxy Bid?

Proxy bidding occurs when bidders set a maximum price that they would be willing to pay for an item and then allow a Ronald McDonald House volunteer to bid for them by the bid increment until someone places a higher bid than their maximum. The bid increment is set by our auctioneer, Trey Morris, and is the amount that a proxy bid must increase by. The designated volunteer will place a new bid following the bid increment every time someone else places a higher bid than you and will continue to do that until the auction is over and you win, or the price goes over your set maximum.

Red Tie Ticket - Pre-Sale Ends March 4

One lucky winner will get to claim the live auction item of their choice. For just $100, you have the chance to take home one of our live auction items, including all-inclusive Kentucky Oaks grandstand tickets for 8, a Universal Orlando package for 4, several bourbon-related experiences, and many more incredible items! Winner will be drawn right before the live auction. Participating in the Red Tie Gala at home? Contact Dani Harper,, by March 4th at 12:00 pm EST to purchase your Red Tie Tickets.

Important Dates

Tuesday, March 1 at 9 am EST – Silent Auction opens
Friday, March 4 at 12 pm EST – Last chance to send your Live Auction proxy bids and purchase a Red Tie Ticket pre-sale ticket
Saturday, March 5 at 11:59 pm EST – Silent Auction closes
Sunday, March 6 from 11 am to 4 pm EST – Auction and Cork Pull pick-up at the House

Auction Rules

When bidding in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) auction or making purchases through the Red Tie Gala OneCause platform, you agree to the following:

  • Age restrictions may apply on items such as liquor, gift cards to wine bars, or overnight trips. A valid ID will be necessary to collect items with age restrictions.
  • The highest qualifying bid (i.e., bid that complies with the established silent auction rules) wins the item.
  • All items are sold “as is” and as represented in the item descriptions and pictures. Every effort has been made to accurately catalog each item. Unfortunately, errors may occur. If we have made a mistake, please accept our apologies in advance, and let us know so we can correct it in the future.
  • Full payment for your items will be charged to the credit card on file at the closing of the auction on March 6, 2021, at 12:00 AM
  • All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges after purchase.
  • Winners must pick up all items on Sunday, March 6 at RMHCK (550 S. First St., Louisville, KY 40202) between 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM, unless special arrangements are made by contacting
  • Unclaimed items will become the property of RMHCK and may be resold.
  • Any values set forth on an item being auctioned are donor estimates and are not warranted by RMHCK for tax purposes or for general value.
  • By registering for this event and bidding or purchasing items, you automatically agree to the above rules.
  • An arbitrator of RMHCK will handle any disagreement or problem. Their decision is final. Resolutions may not come until after the event.

Auction and Cork Pull Item Pickup Rules:

Item pickup will be open at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, 550 S. First St., Louisville, KY 40202, March 6, 2022, from 11AM-4PM. For the health & safety of the families staying at RMHCK, curbside pickup will be offered.

To pick up your items, pull up to the Auction Pickup Zone in front of RMHCK on 1st Street (look for the blue doors). A volunteer will come outside to assist you in retrieving your item(s).

Preview our Live Auction items prior to the Red Tie Gala.

Private Bourbon Tasting with Fred Minnick

Courtesy of Fred Minnick

Fred Minnick standing at a bar

An experience of a lifetime! Welcome Fred Minnick, Wall Street Journal-Bestselling Author, Bourbon Curator & Taster, into your home for a one-of-a-kind 90-minute tasting experience.

Fred will bring 6 whiskies from his private collection, ranging from pre-1960 to contemporary selections. He’ll tell the story of each whiskey and guide you and your guests through an interactive tasting journey. Learn how to properly nose a glass and pull out flavors of the whiskey. Identify your flavor preferences, the whiskey types you like, and the ones you love. This tasting is available for up to 10 guests.

All guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Official timing of this event must be mutually agreed upon with Fred Minnick. If purchaser resides outside of Louisville Metro/Southern Indiana area, purchaser must cover travel fees (air and/or ground) and accommodations expenses. Must be scheduled to take place by March 5, 2023.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Courtesy of Southwest Airlines and Friends of RMHCK


Choose your own adventure and travel ANYWHERE in the United States with this package.

You’ll receive $1,000 in StubHub gift cards to purchase tickets to the event of your choice. Maybe you’ve been wanting to go to the US Open, see your favorite NFL or NBA team, go to the CMA Festival, or experience Coachella. The choice is yours!

Also included is a $500 Visa gift card to use on hotels, meals, or anything else you want. Finally, you can travel to your destination with four roundtrip Southwest Airlines tickets valid for anywhere in the United States, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Southwest Airlines domestic travel must be completed on or before November 1, 2022.

Universal Orlando Getaway

Courtesy of Coca-Cola and Southwest Airlines

Universal Glob

Experience the epic adventure of Universal Orlando for your next family getaway!

This fun-filled experience includes:

  • Eight one-day passes that can be used at Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, or Volcano Bay.
  • Four nights at one of Universal Orlando Resort’s many hotels.
  • Round-trip airfare for four on Southwest Airlines.

Hotel is subject to limited availability and should be booked immediately. Cannot guarantee hotel dates concurrent with park availability. Park pass blackout dates include: April 9-16, May 27-31, June, July, August, and December 17-31. Park passes expire December 30, 2022. Southwest Airlines domestic travel must be completed on or before November 1, 2022.

Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour Experience for Six

Courtesy of Maker’s Mark

Marker's Mark bottle getting dipped in wax

Maker’s Mark Distillery is filled to the brim with history, tradition, and bourbon. This package begins when your group of six will be escorted to Loretto, KY courtesy of Mint Julep Tours. Once you hop off the bus, you’ll explore the historic Maker’s Mark Distillery and learn about how they make their famous bourbon. After the tour, your group will be treated to lunch and a cocktail at Starhill Provisions – the distillery’s farm-to-table James Beard-approved restaurant. Finally, before you leave, you’ll stop by the gift shop where you’ll each dip your own bottle in the infamous red wax. Mint Julep Tours will take you and your hand-dipped bottles back home once the day is over.

Date is subject to availability with Maker’s Mark. All guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Must be used by March 5, 2023.

10 Roundtrip Southwest Airlines Tickets to Anywhere in the U.S.

Courtesy of Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airplane

Have you always wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains or see the Grand Canyon? What about hitting the slots in Las Vegas or seeing the sights in Los Angeles or New York City? You have the opportunity to travel to all of these destinations and more with 10 roundtrip tickets to ANYWHERE in the United States, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, thanks to Southwest Airlines! You can choose to take 10 trips on your own, or bring the whole family for one big adventure. The choice is yours!

Domestic travel must be completed on or before November 1, 2022.

Kentucky Oaks 148

Courtesy of Churchill Downs Inc.

Horse at the Oaks

Experience the tradition and excitement of the 148th Kentucky Oaks from your very own third-floor grandstand box for eight in section 324 at Churchill Downs.

This package includes food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and access to offsite parking.

Valid only for Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6, 2022. Winner will not receive tickets until two weeks prior to the event date. Exact row and box location not revealed until tickets are printed and mailed.

Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year

Courtesy of Friend of RMHCK, Pappy & Company

Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye

Until now, most rye whiskeys were 4 years old or younger. But the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 13-year Rye is one of the oldest rye whiskeys available today. The maturity it has achieved while aging is quite obvious as you take the first sip. Rye whiskey lovers who try this bottling will never look back at the younger versions again.

To pair with your Pappy, you’ll also receive some goodies from Pappy & Company including Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Mix, two Etched Crystal Old Fashioned Glasses, and Pappy Hour Paper Cocktail Napkins. Must be 21+ to purchase.

Family Celebration Bell

Bell with RMHCK's logo

Your opportunity to be part of every family’s journey!

When a family checks in to Ronald McDonald House, it is often during a time of crisis. But when a child is well enough to go home with their family, we believe that deserves a celebration!

The Family Celebration Bell will hang in the lobby of our Ronald McDonald House and be rung by families when their stay with us has ended and they’re heading home. Everyone will know when someone is going home and will join the celebration to share in this huge milestone.

For one year, the bell will feature a plaque engraved with your name, or the wording of your choice, to highlight your commitment to celebrating our families.

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