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I’ve always wanted to meet Kenny Chesney . But on my terms. So this auction is pretty perfect for that. You get to fly to a concert of your choice, meet Chesney before the show and enjoy the whole thing with a friend. It’s pricey — bidding is currently up to $14,000 — but the cause is a good one. Your money will help fight hunger for WhyHunger, a group devoted to grassroots movements that bring affordable food to communities that need it. And if Chesney’s not your thing or you don’t have $12,000, how about the Zac Brown Band auction? This one gets you two concert tickets and two passes to have a preshow sit-down dinner with the band. They mingle around while you fill up on things like grilled beef tenderloin, Brown’s pocketknife coleslaw, chocolate peanut butter biscuit pudding and Jack Daniel’s cocktails. The bidding on that one is around $3,000. I’ve been to this dinner, and I have to say I think it’s worth every penny. And either auction would make a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas present for the biggest country fan on your list.