Check out the excellent goodies that are available for bid. All proceeds help ministry leaders get access to services. Whether you're in the market for a weekend getaway, a memorable boating excursion or an exclusive wine basket, you'll find it here.

Remember, this is a "blind auction".  All bids are concealed.  So submit your highest bid to beat out the competition.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Featured Artist Original Oil Painting

Value: $1,600

The works of Houghton Cranford Smith are featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Having studied under the great artistic masters Charles W. Hawthorne, E. Ambrose Webster, and Amedee Ozenfant, Smith honed his impressionistic landscapes with bold brushstrokes and vibrant color combinations.  As Smith embraced the purist doctrines, he also adopted a unique method of paint application, which become one of his most significant artistic breakthroughs.

In his extensive travels throughout Europe, South America and the United States, Smith's repertoire covers exquisite terrain from a unique style.

Original Oil Painting
10 x 8
Provenance included

HC Smith Painting

Artwork comes in 18 x 18 gallery frame with double mat as pictured above. Also included is a rare gallery book of Smith's "Explorations in Color" as featured in the images below.

4 Hand Selected Bottles from Private Collection

Value: $550

A tempting selection of classics sure to thrill your palate. This year's featured selections are care of Dante and Karen Graves.

California Dreamin’- an outstanding collection of fine reds from California. All of these will hold up in your cellar, or are drinkable now.

Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet 2004
bold oak, dark fruit, full-bodied with a long finish

Nickel & Nickel John C Sullinger 2016
a favorite single vineyard wine, tastes of oak, vanilla, plum, complex minerality, very approachable

Darioush Merlot Signature 2017
Bordeaux-inspired wine with oak, vanilla, chocolate.  Fruit forward.

Peter Michael Les Pavottes 2017
the pick of this collection!  A Bordeaux-style blend with cabinet sauvignon and cab franc.  Hints of vanilla, cedar, chocolate.  Amazing color, well-integrated tannins.

Eagle's Rest Retreat
Vacation Home

Value: $1,800

Enjoy a weekend mountain getaway only 90 minutes from Nashville. Eagle’s Rest is a pristine mountain retreat in Monteagle, TN, with sweeping views of 2,000 acres of coves and hills. This luxury accommodation, features a gorgeous screened in porch, fire pit, hiking paths, and seating overlooking the break-taking bluff. Eagle’s Rest offers a special place for rest and renewal.

Sleeps 6 guests
2 Night Stay
3 Bedrooms (2 twins each; can be converted to Kings)
Each bedroom features private en suite baths and spectacular views.

Must book within 1 year. Best months to book: Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul & Aug. Must work around Wildstream Retreat dates for booking other months.

Marti Scudder Original Oil Painting

Value: $600

You can almost feel the cool breeze off the water and hear the birds quietly chirping in the distance as you gaze on this beautiful landscape.

This is your chance to own a Marti Scudder original. Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of this relaxing scene.

"Radnor Lake Quiet"
24 x 18
Framed Acrylic on Canvas

Private Dinner Cruise For 6 Guests
on Old Hickory Lake

Value: $600

This 2-6 passenger boat provides an intimate setting to celebrate your special occasion. Enjoy the waters of Old Hickory Lake with its spectacular views.

The trip includes a 2 hour ride along the river with a bottle of Champagne, followed by a signature grilled salmon dinner served on the expansive private deck of a private lakefront home.

Anne Ross Original Oil Painting

Value: $800

Anne's artistic work features a wide range of landscapes, wildlife and nature, abstract compositions, and more.

"Tennessee Sunrise"
25 x 29
Oil on Canvas

Exclusive Original Duncan Ragsdale Painting

Value: $500

This original acrylic painting was designed exclusively for MDI.  Featuring the artist's unique style and flair. This gorgeous redwood tree design can be yours.

"My love for creativity has always been an instinctive passion that is constantly evolving from project to project and across many mediums. Creativity drives my life."

May this piece always remind you that we are all rooted together in God's family.

Custom Invitation Design

Value: $500

Custom invitation cards have a one-of-a-kind sense of personality and charm! Custom party invitations or stationary are perfect for graduation, birthday, engagement parties or even to set apart your next dinner party. This design will be custom styled by the discerning eye of Dede Franz. (does not include printing)

Havana Art Collection

Value: $500

Hope Dooner's photography has been featured in variety: Vogue Magazine, NBC News, Atlanta Magazine, and Mademoiselle Magazine. She's traveled extensively as a photojournalist on medical missions to countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua, Russia, and Vietnam.

Hope creates beautiful and compelling images from the colorful world around us.

These beautiful gallery prints are mounted and ready to hang.

"Blue Car, Building, Balconies"
12 x 18

"Little Habana"
12 x 9

Gina Hurry Original Oil Painting

Value: $1600

This original piece from MDI Leader/Client Gina Hurry is a statement piece reminding viewers of Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders..." Rooted in God's truth, this beautiful piece of earth tones will make a spectacular impact in any home.

"The Great Cloud of Witnesses"
24 x 36
Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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Personal Training Sessions

Value: $100

Lori Shepard is an exceptional personal trainer and former Head Coach of Vanderbilt's women's track and field for seven years.

Let her expertise work for you!

One Hour Each
In person or on Zoom

Famous Southern Caramel Cake

Value: $100

Nashville-famous handmade Carmel Cakes by Mary Williams. This real deal Southern caramel cake is the best classic you will find. So rich and decadent, it’s a cake that surely takes any special occasion to a whole new level. A favorite among friends across the community.

Oder this cake for your next special occasion.

Original Artwork by Janet Garner

Value: $300

Janet Garner is a Nashville-based artist, specializing in two and three-dimensional mixed media. Her work features hand cut and hand painted papers on acrylic ground.

"Sands of Time"
12 x 12
Collage on Canvas

White Marble Bust of Christ

Value: $350

Hand crafted with artistic mastery in Rome Italy around 1900 AD. The deeply carved white marble lends to the highly representational element of this sculpture.

11 x 16
White Marble


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JJP Mechanical Reps | HomeLift

Accordus | Warren Executive Coach | Capstar Bank

For more information on how to become a sponsor of Frontline Stories, contact Heather Karls at Heather.Karls@MDImentors.org or (615) 812-1520.

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