Bodo’s Auction: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett

by Charlottesville29


Photo by Ian Atkins.

Here is your chance to experience Bodo’s like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Bodo’s has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Bodo’s, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

In addition to offering the auction experience below, Bodo’s is also raffling off a Year of Bodo’s, so that everyone has a chance to win. Again, every dollar goes directly to food bank. The more you donate, the more chances to win. Enter to win here.

The Bodo’s signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett

For the first iteration of The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions in 2016, Bodo’s offered a Breakfast of Champions: a catered brunch with every active University of Virginia coach to have won a national championship. UVa Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett was not present because, though a champion in the hearts of UVa fans, his team had yet to bring home a national championship.

That all changed in April.

Now, Bodo’s is helping to celebrate, with lunch in Tony Bennett’s office for the auction winner and up to five additional guests. Upon the group’s arrival to John Paul Jones Arena, a UVa staff member will treat them to a personal tour – a behind-the-scenes look at one of the top facilities in the country, from the locker room to the practice gym to the weight room and beyond. Next, the group will shoot baskets and take pictures on the team’s practice court or, if available, the home floor of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. Finally, they will head to Coach Bennett’s office, where they will enjoy lunch with Bennett himself. Bodo’s will deliver all of the sandwiches, sides, and drinks that Coach Bennett and the auction winner’s group desire. Over lunch, the group can take photos with the national champion coach and trophy, bring gear to be signed, or just spend time getting to know the best basketball coach in the country.

It’s the ultimate Bodo’s experience: Lunch of Champions with Tony Bennett.

Note: The auction winner will schedule their experience on a day that is mutually convenient for UVa and Tony Bennett. The total experience will last roughly two hours, and lunch with Coach Bennett will last sixty minutes.


Place your bids by email at The auction will end August 20 with live bidding at Prime 109’s Celebration of Charlottesville restaurants. Email bidding closes August 20 at 3 pm.

Current Bid: $12,300