IMAS 42nd Collage Annual Gala honoring City of McAllen
The 2021 Collage Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the McAllen Convention Center from 6:00-11:00 p.m. This gala features a live auction supporting the International Museum of Art & Science, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in McAllen, Texas. The live auction will begin following dinner at 9:00 p.m. and will be facilitated by emcee, Tony Forina.
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The silent auction will be held online, going live on August 20 at noon through Saturday, August 28, at 9:00 p.m. Visit the link below to bid on your favorite items. Online registration is required through the auction site.

Personalized Gold Necklace, Scripted Name

It’s no secret that personalized jewelry is a wonderful gift, no matter what the occasion. It’s a gift that makes for a beautiful accessory today and a treasured heirloom in the future. Totally trendy, spell out your name with sharp style with this chic necklace! Fashioned in sleek gold, put her name on a necklace, up to 9 characters in length.
Donated by CARATS

Twilight Tour for 10 at the Gladys Porter Zoo and Family Membership

Experience a guided trek of the wild sights and sounds at the Zoo followed by heavy hors d’ oeuvers and champagne! Plus a family membership to the Zoo that includes FREE admission every day during regular hours for two adult heads of household and all their children 18 years and under and many other benefits. With your membership you can explore one of the top Zoos in the country. Take a trip through Africa, Asia, Tropical America and Indo-Australia. Encounter four generations of gorillas, tigers, macaws, kangaroos, Komodo dragons, 255 species of tropical plants and more.

New to the Zoo, the Otterbahn featuring a pair of playful North American river otters and Colobus Crossing home to a troop of curious colobus. Other visitor favorites include the Herpetarium, Russell Aquatic Ecology Center featuring a sting ray touch tank, a giraffe feeding experience and an enchanted South Texas themed playground that has sensational one-of-a-kind play structures. Playground visitors can also cool off under the refreshing water misters at Martha’s Cove.

Contact the Education Department at or (956) 548-WILD (9453) 30 days in advance to schedule your twilight tour, date depends on availability. Expires October 2, 2022.

Donated by the Gladys Porter Zoo

Flight of Antiquity

20”x20” clock made with real preserved butterflies (PATENT PENDING). 12 Morpho Menelaus
Certificate of Authenticity included
Donated by Blue Butterfly Designs
Luis Sottil Dreaming of a Harmonious World

Luis Sottil | “Dreaming of a Harmonious World”

Sottil’s painting purpose to give voice to the lessons to be learned from our natural environment, in order to guide our moral compass, could not be more evident than in this magnificent creation.
There is a depiction of two zebras in a state of harmonious romance. Zebras are family-oriented animals who look out for each other, symbolizing loyalty, stability and trust.
There are four painted bunting birds, the world’s most colorful. The number four has a deep spiritual meaning. There are four cardinal points, four seasons, four faces of the moon and so on. That is why Four means balance about the nature of all things ever created. So there is no coincidence why Sottil calls this exceptional piece “Dreaming of a Harmonious World”.
Donated by Maria Elena Useda
McAllen Ranch buck hunt

Management Buck Hunt at McAllen Ranch

Enjoy a one day buck hunt with a ranch guide. Lunch will be provided afterwards. Parent and child hunts are welcome. Age 12 and over is preferred.
Donated by McAllen Ranch

Spanish Paella Mixta Dinner

Gather 20 of your family members and favorite friends for a spectacular Spanish Paella Mixta Dinner. We will bring the wine, salad, and bread and cook a colorful mixture of saffron-flavored rice, various meats and seafood to create delicious paella. The name comes from the paellera, the flat, round pan in which it is cooked. This unique dish with a rich history that originates from Valencia, Spain will be prepared in a “paellera” in authentic Spanish fashion at your home by “Chefs” Ernie Aliseida, John Baker, Marcus Barrera, and Michael Whitacre. Guests can watch the outdoor cooking process while enjoying wine. This evening is sure to please your family and friends.
Donated by: The 4 Amigos Ernie and Debbie Aliseda, John and Lori Baker, Marcus and Velma Barrera, and Michael and Veronica Whitacre.
Not available during holidays or week of holidays. Date to be agreed upon by both parties with at least a two-week notice. Dinner must be redeemed within one-year of purchase. Restricted to mid-valley area. Please advise of seafood allergies prior to party, seafood free dish can be prepared.

ROBERTO COIN |  Venetian Necklace

Roberto Coin Petite Venetian Necklace in 18k Yellow Gold with Diamonds. Every piece of Roberto Coin has a small ruby on the back that sits directly on the skin. Rubies are thought to have magical powers. Bringing peace, promoting a long life, and blessing those who wear it with health and happiness.
Donated by CARATS

South Padre Island Getaway

Escape to South Padre Island for a relaxing weekend while riding in style in a North Park Lexus. This package includes a two-night stay at Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island, 4 passes to Sea Turtle Inc., $100 credit at Bar Louie, lunch for 4 at Tequila Sunrise, and a $200 gift card to Sea Ranch.
Donated by Chad & Gaby Nunnery, Annie Holand Miller, Sea Turtle Inc, Courtyard by Marriott South Padre Island, Bar Louie

Classical Paella with Chamber Music by VSO

Take your party to the next level with music and Spanish flair! The winner of this item will have a party hosted by Jorge and Carla Torres in their beautiful backyard, accompanies by a Valley Symphony Orchestra (VSO) duo or trio for up to 30 minutes of chamber music. Let the VSO and the Torreses provide an intimate and one-of-a-kind experience.
Performance subject to musician availability. Up to 3 musicians may be booked when redeeming this prize. Winner may request specific type of performance (strings, brass etc.) and VSO will make every effort to accommodate. Requesting custom music or repertoire may incur additional cost at the musician’s discretion. Prize has no cash value. Dinner provided and prepared by Chef Jorge Torres for up to 20 people with 8 bottles of wine included.
Winner will receive certificate and information on how to book the ensemble and dinner. Expires 8/31/2022
Donated by Valley Symphony Orchestra and Jorge & Carla Torres

Dinner for 10 + Wine by Chef on the Border

Enjoy an intimate steak and lobster dinner for 10 by Chef on the Border, Abe De Leon. Your tablescape will wow with its beautiful décor, tableware, and flowers donated by Ambiance. Wine included. Location and date to be mutually determined.
Donated by Chef on The Border, Juan & Denise Garcia & Lesley Chavez de Gomez

Dinner for 10 + Wine at Santa Fe Steakhouse

You’ve waited long enough. Now let us wait on you with the ultimate private dining experience for 10 with 3 bottles of wine (Manager’s Choice), compliments of the Santa Fe Steakhouse! Partake in an expertly prepared 4-course dinner by Chef Jorge Gonzalez. You and your guests can expect an enchanting escape with amazing food, wine, ambiance and let’s not forget the great friends who will make his night unforgettable.
Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. Holidays not included. Gratuity not included. Must be redeemed by 8/31/2022.
Donated by Albert & Sony Rego
Lisa Nik Ring, Lemon Quartz

Lisa Nik Ring

18K rose gold lemon quartz round signature cut ring with .30 cts diamonds from Lisa Nik’s Rocks Collection. Lemon quartz is believed to bring the wearer positive energy, prosperity, and aid in concentration.
Donated by CARATS

Luis Sottil Toucan + Dinner for 10 at Mori

Sottil’s originality of expression in giving voice to the emotions of nature’s beauty is evident once again with the creation of his newest original series called “Alive”. This highly interactive Keel-billed Toucan has been awarded by Disney as the top image of the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of The Arts. 
A sample of Sottil’s “Alive” collection has been recently acquired by Mori, voted South Texas premier Japanese restaurant, resulting in tonight’s incredible package which includes a private five star, seven-course, OMAKASE (meaning “in chef’s hands”) dinner for ten, with wine pairing.
This five star, gourmet dinner, will be prepared Robata style, the original Japanese grill, found nowhere else but at Mori.
Donated by Luis Sottil and Francisco & Yuria Paez

Tequila Tour for 2 Hosted by Larry & Jessica Delgado

Join a small group for a curated tour of tequila vineyards in Jalisco hosted by Larry and Jessica Delgado. With this purchase, you can also organize a private trip with 10 of your closest friends to create your own tour of Jalisco’s best tequila producers (your 2 places are paid for with this auction item).

Details of the Trip

  • 4 days, 3 nights
  • 3 tequila distillery tours
  • Accommodations provided at the NH Collection hotel in Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • Curated tequila tours led by Larry & Jessica Delgado
  • Direct flights to Guadalajara from McAllen via Aeromar

There will be 3 dates to choose from in 2022 for the trip. The Experience Expires 12-31-2022. Airfare for 2 included, and flights must be booked directly through McAllen International Airport offices by September 29, 2021.

Additional guest fee is $1,500/person for a private group trip. Additional guest airfare booked separately.

Donation underwritten by Larry and Jessica Delgado, Denise and Juan García, and Katherine and James McAllen. Airfare donated by McAllen International Airport.

Preview and register now for the online silent auction.

Silent auction bidding opens on August 20, 2021, at noon (CST) and will remain open through Saturday, August 28, 2021, at 9:00 PM. Bidders may register through this website directly and place bids electronically. Exact bids and proxy bids are accepted for all online items. Proxy bids are encouraged for that special item you definitely don’t want to miss out on, setting your max and allowing the site to up-bid any contenders. All bidding will be online for the silent auction.

The live auction will begin in person at the Collage Annual Gala following dinner at 9:00 p.m., facilitated by emcee, Tony Forina.

Thank you for your support!