In what might be an Arizona first for live charity auctions, Big Game Big Give has announced a Bing Hu-designed and inspired penthouse at Silverleaf’s exclusive ICON development will be auctioned off on Saturday, Feb. 11 with at least $1 million going back to the charity at the star-studded party.
According to a press release, with an opening bid of $10.5 million, the last remaining ICON Penthouse is one of, if not the highest-priced auction items to go up for bid at an Arizona charity event. The $1 million plus donation will go directly to The Giving Back Fund and local charities benefiting that night.
As a sought-after architect both nationally and internationally, Hu is serving as the architect and developer of ICON at Silverleaf, which offers a high-end living experience. ICON at Silverleaf is located behind the gates of Silverleaf Golf Club.
Utilizing steel and concrete, Hu designed the penthouse with 6288 square feet inside and 7200 square feet outside on the private roof-top terrace.
According to the release, it can be designed and tailored to a buyer’s taste including intricate landscaping, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and other custom amenities. The residence is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.
Inside the penthouse, Hu partnered with interior designer Misty Cowan, who comes with nearly 30 years of experience designing luxury interiors.
Membership at Silverleaf Club is available and just a short distance from ICON at Silverleaf. The private club features a Tom Weiskopf-designed, 18-hole championship golf course that winds along 7,322 yards of inspiring terrain.
Hu is eager to offer his masterfully designed penthouse for this special auction experience, the release stated.
“I am thrilled to be able to bring our beautiful penthouse, and all it offers, to the live auction at Big Game Big Give,” said Hu in the release. “When we heard about this event and the benefactors, we were excited to jump in. Finding the right buyer for this one of kind penthouse was very important to us and we are excited to be able to donate at least $1 million back to this incredible cause.”
“As a cancer survivor myself, I admire everything the Giving Back Fund and particularly the Vincere Foundation is doing in the area of cancer research and treatment,” Hu added. “They are making a difference in the lives of firefighters and first responders.”
Big Game Big Give starts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 and will be held on the 5-acre private estate of Dr. Pablo Prichard in Paradise Valley. The Vincere Foundation is one of the charities to benefit and be honored for its work in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer in firefighters and first responders.
Arizona’s firefighters will also be recognized at the event, and to commemorate those firefighters, a special fire and elements theme will be incorporated into the evening, the release explained.
Recently retired NFL Star J.J. Watt will co-host the party alongside actor and comedian Anthony Anderson.
A portion of proceeds raised at the event will also benefit the Justin J. Watt Foundation, whose mission is to provide after-school opportunities for middle-school-aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic and perseverance in a safe and supervised environment.
Former Phoenix Suns and LA Lakers player Cedric Ceballos will serve as the event emcee. As part of the festivities, Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw will give a special performance.
Executive produced by 10 Fold Entertainment, the evening will also honor the philanthropic record of the legendary humanitarian and NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo. He will receive The Giving Back Fund’s Annual Award for Extraordinary Philanthropic Achievement, presented by NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.
According to the release, in addition to a piece from acclaimed artist Michael Kalish, the award will be renamed in honor of Mutombo, who is currently navigating a cancer diagnosis.
The Giving Back Fund is also celebrating its 25th year. In 2015, The Giving Back Fund raised more than $1.5 million in the Valley of the Sun when Big Game Big Give was held at former MLB All-Star Matt Williams’ private home and hosted by Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay.
Guest parking for the event will be provided and details will be emailed to attendees in advance.
For information about the event visit www.givingback.org/bgbg2023. To inquire about tickets please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information regarding the penthouse bidding process, email Cary Snider at email@example.com.