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The Silent Auction is now closed.

Some of our Silent Auction packages include:

Stay & Play at Linville Golf Club

“Boasting a heritage that spans generations, Linville Golf Club is the oldest private mountain community in Linville, NC.” Read More

Private Event at TriGolf

“Home of First Tee — Triangle, TriGolf serves thousands of youth and volunteers, along with the general public on a daily basis.” Read More

Bald Head Island Vacation

“Bald Head Island is a two-mile journey across the Cape Fear River from Southport, North Carolina and the site of Old Baldy, the state’s oldest standing lighthouse, circa 1817.” Read More

Dinner for 10 at Cape Fear Seafood Company

Cape Fear Seafood Company is known for providing extraordinary food & service in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.” Read More

Sportfishing on the Goombay

“Whether we are in our home waters of North Carolina, or wintering in Mexico and the Caribbean, the Goombay offers a spectacular sport fishing experience that you’ll never forget.” Read More

UNC Basketball Tickets – 5th Row

“North Carolina is moving up in the latest 247Sports Team Rankings. They have been ranked in the Top 25 of the AP Poll with an all-time record 922 weeks and have the most 25-win seasons with 38.” Read More

Peter Millar VIP Shopping Experience

“Each offering at Peter Millar features the finest raw materials and fabric innovations while utilizing the world’s best yarn spinners, artisanal workshops, and highly specialized factories.” Read More

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Champions Circle Honoree

Salvatore “Sam” DiFranco, Sr.

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY, Sam, along with his wife Karel moved to the Raleigh area with their 2 sons, Ryan and Sam Jr., in 1997 after learning Raleigh/Durham was the number one place to live and raise a family from Forbes Magazine.

Working on his 43rd year in the Real Estate business, Sam DiFranco is well-known as one of Raleigh’s top commercial real estate producers. Sam joined Trinity Partners in 2013 and serves as one of the firm’s Partners. He specializes in representing tenants, buyers, and investors in all facets of commercial real estate. His extensive industry background includes sales and leasing of office, flex, industrial, land, and retail space. He’s also a leading industry expert on 1031 Exchange transactions, sale/leaseback opportunities, and medical office real estate.

Sam’s strong financial and analytical skills, coupled with his creative approach, allows him to see opportunities others don’t, architecting and executing unique, successful transactions and investments for everyone involved. He enjoys working with companies to outline growth and exit strategies, creative financing packages, purchase versus lease evaluations, and investment portfolio development.

Through his affiliations with numerous CRE associations, he is also a well-respected industry advocate, and decorated broker, having earned his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors), and CEA (Certified Exchange Advisor) designations.

Sam has served on numerous boards and organizations throughout the Triangle over the past 25 years and Sam’s current philanthropic endeavors include First Tee — Triangle, Tammy Lynn Center for developmental disabilities, Boys and Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties, and Passage Home, Inc., which exists to break the cycle of poverty for communities served in Wake county. He is very passionate with all organizations that involve children and their success. Sam continues to volunteer and donate to over 50 different charities every year as his saying is simple “Giving is the hardest thing to do, as it keeps coming back”.

Sam enjoys his close connection and special relationships with his sons and his new granddaughter Chloe, playing golf with Karel, and his car collection.