Harvest Moon Auction 2007
By Jennifer Winters, Assistant Director
Bing Nursery School’s annual Harvest Moon Auction raised $280,000 for the Bing Nursery School Scholarship and Enrichment Fund this past year. And once again, Helen and Peter Bing made a generous gift of $50,000 to the fund. Bing, one of the few U.S. nursery schools that offers a scholarship program, provides financial aid for more than 20 percent of its students. The scholarship program is an important part of the mission of the school and enriches the experience for everyone at Bing. This year, the auction’s theme was “Moon Over Paradise.” As guests arrived, parent volunteers greeted them with a warm mahalo and a colorful lei. Tiki bars served up exquisite Mai Tais and Hawaiian dancers brought down the house with their colorful costumes and graceful movements. The island-inspired food by Jimmy V’s catering was the perfect complement to the evening. The Stanford Alumni Center’s McCaw Hall was truly transformed into a lush tropical paradise!
This success was made possible by the many parents who put in countless hours for the event. They helped by soliciting donations, entering donations into the data base, putting up bulletin boards, coordinating great entertainment, organizing the auction inventory and packing and moving it to the event site, picking up items, assembling gift baskets, decorating and setting up the event, checking guests in and out, keeping track of finances and tickets and of course the ever important job of cleaning up.
Exciting items to bid on during the live auction portion of the event, which raised a record-breaking $21,000, included an Eric Carle signed poster, Vegas, Napa and Maui getaways, a case of Silver Oak wine, a child’s birthday party produced by Bing teachers, a ride in a Tesla electric car and a Bing children’s playhouse.
In addition, attendees could sign up for a wide array of events: the ever-popular Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Championship, a Hawaiian luau, The Great Bing Campout, A Bollywood party, a wine tasting: Cabernet vs. the world, a Teddy bear picnic, a ladies afternoon tea, a cocktail party, a field day with teachers Sean and Colin, A Scotch tasting, a trail run in Portola Valley, Bing’s Amazing Race, an Academy Awards party, a children’s cooking party, a ladies game night, a Bunco night, and a football throwing event with Steve Young.
We had over 500 silent auction items to bid on including adventures and getaways to Tahoe, Reno, Yosemite, Grand Wailea, San Francisco, Monterey, St. Helena, Seattle, Maui, Mammoth Lakes and Martha’s Vineyard. Children’s activities and parties included a membership to Coyote Point Museum, teacher tuck-ins, a Mr. Fix-It birthday visit, aquarium tickets, ice skating lessons, swim lessons, theatre tickets and camps. Children’s items such as hand-made and one-of-a-kind clothing, children’s books and craft sets were also offered. There were creative class gift baskets that were filled to the brim with imaginative and inspiring items. The culinary delights included gift certificates to restaurants ranging from In-n-Out Burger to Chez Paul in Maui. The fine wine selection was filled with hard-to-find wines from California to France. And to top it off, we auctioned health and fitness items to help us all get in shape: from pilates and yoga classes to family fun at the YMCA.
We want to give tremendous thanks to Dale Race-Hampton and Katrien Burlinson for the hundreds of hours they put in as the auction co-chairs in order to make this event such a success and to Laurie Quinn and Bob Burlinson for their incredible auctioneer skills. We also want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all who donated, volunteered and participated and we look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s auction, “Starry Safari” on October 18, 2008.