Live Auction Preview

We are so excited about the lineup of Live Auction items at the 2017 Gala! This year, there are several NEW OFFERINGS to complement some of last year’s OLD FAVORITES. Take a look and start planning a unique life experience for you and your family. Ready, Set…BID!

New Offerings

Wine + Dessert For Your Table: Kick off our Live Auction by winning a special treat for your table of 10! You’ll be the envy of your neighbors as you savor dinner with two bottles of wine from Ridge Vineyards, one of California’s most exciting small-batch wine producers. Top off your meal with two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Brut champagne paired with a decadent dessert creation by Vainilla Baking and Catering. What will it be? Valrhona chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream? Or maybe blueberry lemon cake with cream cheese frosting? Look for the display at the Gala to find out! Mouth, you may water. For more info visit Thank you, Norma de los Santos and Gabriel Sixtos, for this donation!

New Zealand Adventure: Start planning your family trip of a lifetime – ecotourism at its most luxurious! Enjoy a 2-night stay in a Family 2-Bedroom Tree House at Hapuku Lodge, located on the dazzling South Island of New Zealand. Nestled between mountains to the west and ocean to the east, this one-of-a-kind contemporary resort provides an idyllic setting to relax in its intimate indoor-outdoor setting. Watch the mighty deer stags wander by on the surrounding breeding farm, revel in a dip in the pool, or explore the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura, considered “A Maritime Serengeti” by New Zealand Geographic. This stay includes 3-course gourmet dinners and full breakfasts. Visit, or contact Chabot mom Vanessa Wilson with questions. Please use by 5/31/2019. Thank you, Rockridge Market Hall & the Wilsons, for this donation!

Girls’ Night Out at Station 8: Can you handle the heat? Win a special evening for 6-8 besties looking for fun on the town! Start the evening with drinks at Dona Tomas. From there, head over to Station 8, where you will enjoy a tour of the fire house, a Bakesale Betty-cooked dinner, and a night of laughs with our courageous local heroes. Did I mention that Bakesale Betty will cook dinner at the Firehouse? Date TBA by the winner and donors. Thank you, Alison Barakat, aka Bakesale Betty, and Station 8 Firehouse, for this donation!

Pescadero Getaway: Get away from the grind of everyday life in beautiful Pescadero! This newly renovated 2-Bedroom cabin brings together the convenience of modern living with the majesty of the redwoods. Located in the Butano Canyon between Butano State Park and Downtown Pescadero, the property is ten minutes away from the coastline, with any number of amazing beaches to explore, as well as hiking right outside your front door. The perfect family retreat or adult mountain biking adventure is just a 90-minute drive away! Maximum 5 people, including children. Good for 3 nights, dates TBA by the winner and donors, excluding Holiday weekends. Thank you, Anonymous Chabot Family, for this donation!

Snap Judgement Dinner: Do you want to hear a story about an airplane full of marijuana that crash-landed in Yosemite? Or the one about a mystical healing of a child’s illness by transferring the disease to a willing servant? Then you need to have dinner with Glynn Washington, creator and host of SNAP JUDGEMENT–the hit NPR show that mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic, kick-a** radio. Enjoy a wine-paired 5-course meal for 6 by Vainilla Catering and Baking, whose past clients include the Superbowl 50 host committee, while you learn how winning a radio contest changed Glynn’s life. Date TBA by the winner and donors. For more info visit and Thank you, Norma de los Santos & Gabriel Sixtos and Glynn & Annie Washington, for this donation!

Love Life, Love Oakland: Do you love Oaktown? Do you have questions about the future of the city, like: What is OPD doing to keep our communities safe? How is the city protecting immigrants? Or, who will be OUSD’s new Superintendent? You and your party of up to 8 should bring your toughest questions to this exclusive opportunity to have breakfast with Mayor Libby Schaaf at City Hall. After hobnobbing over coffee and treats, you’ll get an insider’s look at city governance when the Mayor acts as your personal guide on a tour of City Hall! Acting locally starts here. Thank you, Mayor Libby Schaaf, for this donation!

Old Favorites

Principal for a Day: Spend a day in the life of Principal Jessica Canon! Your child and a friend will greet Chabot students as they arrive at school, visit classrooms, and grade each class for learning safety and attendance. They will also visit with the custodians and librarians, go out to lunch with Ms. Cannon, and help solve any little emergencies during the day. Bonus activity: the lucky winners will also get to pull the fire alarm and run a safety drill! Thank you, Principal Jessica Cannon, for this donation!

Dad’s Club Handymen: Do you have a room you’ve always wanted to repaint? Pictures or paintings you keep meaning to hang? Odd jobs on your honey-do list that your honey won’t do? Then a day of home improvement is ideal for you! Put the Dad’s Club to work in your home and yard! The details: 8 dads for 4 hours. What’s in: painting-prep (one room), hanging things, moving things, digging holes, putting up shelves, assembling things, fixing things (light construction like puttying a hole), gluing things, hammering things. What’s out: heavy construction like dry wall, electrical, plumbing. Thank you, Chabot Dad’s Club, for this donation!

VIP Pixar Tour: Win an engaging tour for 8 at THE Pixar campus and studios, and see where the magic happens! Stroll through the beautiful buildings, have lunch on campus, get all your digital animation questions answered, gain access to an art exhibit of Pixar’s latest film, and more! Introduce the kids to the magic of computer animated filmmaking, or leave them at home so you can enjoy the experience yourself. These tours are not for sale nor available to the general public! Thank you, Brian & Charu Clark, for this donation!

Bakesale Betty Dinner: Award winning and world famous “Bakesale Betty” aka Alison Barakat, one of our very own Chabot parents, will come to your house and prepare a 4 course meal custom-designed to the winning bidder’s tastes for 8 people. Dinner includes wine from Kermit Lynch paired with each course. Work with this Chez Panisse alum to develop a delicious menu for your next special milestone birthday or special occasion! Includes all labor and materials. Thank you, Alison Barakat, aka Bakesale Betty, for this donation!

Tahoe Donner Week: Enjoy a 7 consecutive-night stay in this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom Tahoe Donner home with a loft. Only 3 hours from Oakland! Summer or winter? The choice is yours. Perfect for two families. Full Tahoe Donner amenities: pools, golf, private beach, cross-country and downhill skiing within minutes. Dates TBA between the donor and winner. Thank you, Laura Burnett & Ali Iranmanesh, for this donation!

Sail Across the Bay: Enjoy a fantastic Day on the Bay with your host, Captain Max Fancher. You and up to 7 of your family/friends will enjoy an epic day sailing San Francisco Bay on a private yacht. Bring your picnic lunch and then get ready to depart from the Berkeley Marina and set sail towards Tiburon and past Angel Island. Afterwards, you’ll head for the Golden Gate Bridge, then down along the city front, passing Alcatraz and waving to the tourists on Pier 39. Hopefully, you’ll catch a homer in McCovey Cove as you pass by AT&T Park. Then sail home with the wind at your backs as the sun slips beneath the horizon. The Captain will work with you to create an amazing itinerary and lasting memories! Date TBA between the donor and winner. Thank you, Max & Maggie Fancher, for this donation!

Catalina Island Retreat: Enjoy a beautiful 3 night stay in a stylish rental unit overlooking the water that can accommodate 4 people (maximum 5 if needed). Unit includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, balcony and washer and dryer. Located in the heart of downtown Catalina directly across from Avalon’s harbor, the unit also offers wireless internet access, big screen television and DVD player. Package includes free bike rentals for 4 people (includes: Beach Cruiser, Tandem or Mountain Bikes – 4 bikes for one daily rental excursion equaling $100 worth of rentals). 3 consecutive night stay, excluding Spring Break, 4th of July week, Thanksgiving week and New Year’s week. No pets. Expires: 3/31/2018. Thank you, Mesa Bradley, and Tammy & Mike Bradley, for this donation!