Bloomingdale's is currently auctioning off five once-in-a-lifetime experiences in support of the Child Mind Institute (whose mission is to transform mental health care for the world's children); Included in the auction is the very cool sounding Vera Wang Experience: the winning bidder and a guest will set off with first class airline tickets to New York, where they will visit Vera at her bridal boutique for a 30-minute consultation, and after perusing, select a gown from her signature collection. While in Manhattan, they will stay for three nights at The Pierre and also get to meet Dr. Ruth Westheimer for a one-hour consultation during lunch at Bloomingdale's Le Train Bleu restaurant. To commemorate the experience, they will also receive a portrait by Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus photography studio. AND to top it all off, the couple will fly to Hawaii with two first-class tickets for a seven-night stay at Kahala Hotel and Resort, complete with a rejuvenating spa package. The minimum bid is $25,000; 100% of the proceeds from the auctions will go directly to the Child Mind Institute.
Bidding is currently open, and will be until December 10. Visit bloomingdales.com/childmindauction for more details. —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides New York