College Prep Parents' Association Annual Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 5:30 pm
A Celebration of our School Community
You and three of your friends will enjoy a VIP Lunch and a Behind-the-Scenes Experience at Chez Panisse! Join Chez Panisse Pastry Cook and College Prep mom, Patricia Salvati, for a delicious lunch at the Chez Panisse Café, where she will entice you with the most classic dishes and tales of the restaurant's history. After lunch, Patricia will escort you on a rare treat: a behind-the-scenes tour of the downstairs kitchen, where you can see how the local and organic farmers' produce is processed and prepared.
Mutually agreeable date, Mondays through Thursdays only. Expires May 31, 2018.
Who is the bigger winner - the student enjoying a daily hot, nutritious, gourmet lunch prepared in the faculty kitchen, or the parent no longer rushing around in the morning making the same-old, same-old sandwich? The wonderful aromas coming from the faculty kitchen give you the answer: your student! The student of the winning bidder will pick up lunch from the faculty dining room EVERY DAY FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR. Now that's a win-win! Valid for the 2018-19 school year only.
Eight guests will spend a memorable evening on Sunday, May 20th with Adrian Molina, writer and co-director of Pixar's award-winning film Coco. Watch excerpts from the film on a big screen in the welcoming Oakland home of Bella and Alexander Zheleznyak and discuss screenwriting, working with voice actors, storyboarding, or any other aspect of making an animated film - Adrian has done it all! A Pixar animator and storyboard artist since 2006, Adrian has been involved in the making of Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Monster's University. Your party will enjoy delicious cocktails and an authentic Peruvian dinner and will be joined by Adrian's husband and College Prep Latin teacher, Ryan Dooley.
Up to four people have the opportunity to enjoy insider access to one of Silicon Valley's most secretive innovation labs—Google X. At the lab you will see self-driving cars, flying cell phone towers, parts of flying wind turbines, and autonomous drones designed to deliver small packages. There might be a robot or two, some 3D printers, or some Googlers meditating or playing ping pong, foosball, or PlayStation.
Your tour will be led by Joel Segre, College Prep class of '98, who works on the Strategy team at X, helping to determine the best business case for each technology in the early innovation pipeline. Depending on timing we'll grab lunch at X or perhaps on Google's main campus.
Treat your party of eight to an evening to remember! Join Head of School Monique DeVane and her husband Brian Driscoll for an exclusive dinner hosted by Tanja and Sebastian DiGrande and Ann and Zyg Kunczynski. Chef Phillipe Chevalier named Diablo Magazine's Best Chef of the Bay Area, and former proprietor and chef of Lafayette's Chevalier, will prepare for you a tantalizing menu while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the DiGrande's Orinda home. This unique home has been featured in architectural periodicals for its unique collaboration of old and new. Make this your moment to relax, converse, and delight in an outstanding culinary experience with unforgettable company!
Your group of six will join College Prep parents, alumni, and vintners, Arpad Molnar '87 or Peter Molnar '86 for a day of sailing and wine tasting on the San Francisco Bay on board Poseidon, a J/105 35-foot racing vessel. Setting sail from Point Richmond, the tour of the Bay can include Angel Island, Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge, the City front, and several points in between. Enjoy Poseidon Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir paired with lunch and a discussion of all things College Prep, sailing, or wine-related. Picture a fast, sporty, and fun afternoon rather than a leisurely cruise. This package includes a half case of Poseidon Vineyard or Obsidian Ridge wines to take home.
Immerse yourself in the Sonoma wine country with a 4-night stay at the "Bottage" farmhouse-style home. Set on 2.5 acres, it is within walking distance to tasting rooms, the world famous Fremont Diner, and the Carneros Brewery.
The 2-bedroom/1 bath home features one queen, two twins, and a bonus sleeping nook, and has been recently renovated with everything you need to relax, including a pool/hot tub and a gas fireplace. Enjoy sitting in the newly constructed screened-in porch with vineyard and pool views to experience indoor/outdoor living at its finest. The Bottage vineyard home is a luxury retreat that will be part of many happy memories.
Your long weekend just got even better! You'll receive a $250 Visa gift card to spend as you please along with gift certificates good for wine and champagne tastings in the region. Enjoy a VIP tour and tasting at the Gloria Ferrer tasting room and a tour of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards at the Schug Carneros Estate where your day concludes with a special treat - a private tasting of reserve wines in barrel caves. Amazing!
Are you hooked on Grey's Anatomy? Did you aspire to be Doogie Howser, M.D.? Your student can shadow Dr. Alexander Sah '92, an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement surgery, in the operating room and clinic. In the O.R. your student will be able to see a less invasive surgery allowing same-day ambulation and outpatient total joint replacement. In clinic, your child will get to follow the staff and meet patients. Your child will get a glimpse of life as a surgeon and learn about the path through medical school and training to become better acquainted with possible career choices in medicine. Your child can shadow for a single day, or if very interested in medicine, may add another day or two. Buy two knees, and the third is free!
Let Chef Lyell Cash take care of all the details for your dinner party for eight! Chef Cash, a private chef who has worked at Chez Panisse and Eccolo restaurants, will consult with you to design a four-course sustainable, healthy, and delicious menu specific to your culinary tastes. This amazing meal will be served by professional wait staff in the comfort of your own home, where you will experience 5-star treatment! Chef Cash is a true friend of College Prep having catered the annual Auction Wine Collection Party and various CPS events. Celebrate a birthday, graduation, life event, or simply create an unforgettable evening for friends!
Thank you to our sponsors!
The College Preparatory School
Board of Trustees