2004 Harvest Moon Auction: Red, White and Bing
By Jennifer Winters, Assistant Director
An all-American extravaganza celebrating “Red, White and Bing” reaped more than $240,000 as last fall’s Harvest Moon auction marked the 16th annual benefit dedicated to the Bing Nursery School Scholarship Fund.
Fresh flowers and floating balloons of red, white and blue filled the spacious foyer of Stanford’s Arrillaga Alumni Center, where a down-home banjo band played as bidders perused a dazzling array of items to be auctioned off. Adding further sparkle to the event was Stanford’s student spirit squad, the Dollies.
Bing is one of only a few nursery schools of its kind in the country to fund a substantial scholarship program, providing financial aid to more than 20 percent of its families. This program makes possible diversity and outreach—an important part of Bing’s mission, enriching the experience of everyone at the school.
The 2004 benefit raised $240,000, including a generous gift of $50,000 from Helen and Peter Bing. Its success reflected the dedication and hard work of hundreds of parent volunteers who spent countless hours soliciting auction donations, picking up items, tracking, packing and moving the inventory, assembling gift baskets, corresponding with donors, putting together great entertainment, decorating and setting up the hall, checking guests in and out, monitoring finances and tickets—and, of course, cleaning up!
Warren Packard and Bob Burlinson were auctioneers extraordinaire, engaging everyone in the live bidding. Featured items included such unique offerings as a tour of IDEO’s toy invention lab and the chance to create your own toy, plus vacations ranging from a dude ranch in Wyoming to a ski resort in Switzerland and local getaways ranging from a weekend in Palm Desert to one perfect night in Napa. There were rare wines and breathtaking jewelry and many special event sign-ups, including wine tastings, campouts, tea parties, even a nostalgic bash celebrating the ’80s.
We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who donated, volunteered, attended and participated, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the next auction as we kick off the school’s 40th anniversary in 2006.
Special recognition goes to two individuals who went far above and beyond the call of duty—specifically, auction co-chairs Catherine Raffa and Jaspi Sandhu—and to the auction committee chairs, whose efforts never ceased from start to finish.