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National Geographic Unique Lodges Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

5 Day, 4 Night stay for two at Siwash Like Wilderness Resort, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, located in British Columbia.

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, a lodge that embodies the adventurous spirit of the Gold Rush settlers who came to the region more than 150 years ago, rests in British Columbia’s Cariboo wilderness, Canada cowboy country. Along with the palpable pioneering spirit here, a deep communion with nature infuses every aspect of the experience. The log-built ranch house seems hewn from the surrounding forest. Spend your days channeling your inner frontiersman, roaming the many miles of trail on horseback or foot. Or stay close to the ranch, soaking in the serenity of Lake Siwash and immersing yourself in the unspoiled scenery of Canada’s Wild West.

This once-in-a-lifetime luxury package includes a National Geographic Exclusive Experience, private accommodations, meals, house alcohols, personalized itinerary, daily guided adventure activities, use of kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and mountain bikes.Additionally, this exclusive Berkeley Symphony package includes $4,000 in economy-class airfare credits for two toward round-trip international flights from SFO or OAK to Williams Lake airport, and ground transportation to the resort. Any additional airfare or alternative means of connection to the resort is the responsibility of the winners.


Donated by National Geographic Unique Lodges and Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes


 

Fine Art and Cocktails at the Getty Home

Take the ultimate exclusive tour of fine artistic treasures at the San Francisco home of Ann and Gordon Getty, and enjoy an unforgettable cocktail reception for up to 25 guests.


Donated by Ann & Gordon Getty


 

Weeklong Maui Getaway 

Kick back and relax when you spend one week in a 2-bedroom Resort View Villa at the brand-new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Kaanapali, Maui, right on the sandy ocean beach. Enjoy a heated lagoon pool, beach pool with sand bottom and water slide, plunge pools and whirlpool spas, a restaurant, bar and market,  BBQ stations,  fitness studio, and Kids Club.

The Resort View Villa is 1,260 sq. ft. and sleeps six people, (two on sofa bed).  Master and guest bedrooms are equipped with private baths, and the villa comes fully equipped with a kitchen (includes range/oven, full size refrigerator, and dishwasher), a washer and dryer, in-room wireless high speed internet access, an HD TV in each room, DVD, and Bose radio in the living room. Enjoy the ocean breeze on a private lanai with outdoor furniture.  

Available for 2018 dates, subject to availability at the resort.  Reservation must be made through the donor between 12 and 8 months prior to arrival date.  The earlier the reservation is made, the higher the probability of your preferred dates being available.  Arrival is okay any day of the week, with arrival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday being best for availability.


Donated by John W. Dewes


 

Great Performances Around the Bay

Enjoy extraordinary concerts and performances throughout 2017/18 presented three of the Bay Area’s premier performing arts groups.

  •   Choose from 3 classic operas: Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, or La Bohème, and start your summer off with a backstage tour and Intermezzo Lounge access at the San Francisco Opera.
  •   In June, hear Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform his own setting of Carl Sandburg’s poem Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind alongside works by Charles Ives and Lou Harrison in a concert of American mavericks.
  •   Enjoy a performance during the San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Repertory season in February or March 2018.

Donated by San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony


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One lucky card holder will take home more than two dozen bottles of fine wine. Wine bin cards may be purchased individually during the reception and Silent Auction.
Wine donated by Berkeley Symphony Board of Directors and Advisory Council members and other generous supporters of Berkeley Symphony.

Enjoy extraordinary concerts and performances throughout 2017/18 presented three of the Bay Area’s premier performing arts groups.

  • Choose from three classic operas: Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, or La Bohème, and start your summer off with a backstage tour and Intermezzo VIP Lounge access at the San Francisco Opera.
  • In June, hear Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform his own setting of Carl Sandburg’s poem Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind alongside works by Charles Ives and Lou Harrison in a concert of American mavericks.
  • Enjoy a performance during the San Francisco Ballet’s 2018 Repertory season in February or March 2018. Donated by San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and San Francisco Symphony

Donated by San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and San Francisco Symphony
Gather your family and friends for a memorable vacation at this “Old Tahoe” home which was built in 1923 and sleeps up to 13. This stunning home has three fireplaces, four bedrooms (two Queen beds, two Twins, and one Trundle), a dormitory (four Twins), three full baths (one with Jacuzzi), an eight-person hot tub on the deck, and a twocar garage. It is adjacent to the West Shore bike path and has a large pier (shared with neighbors), a buoy, and 90 feet of private beach. The home is two miles south of Tahoe City on the West Shore near Sunnyside. Available between September 10 and December 15. Dates to be mutually agreed upon with the owners.
Donated by Linda Schacht & John Gage

Embark on three amazing adventures in New York City, each one an exclusive opportunity designed especially for you:

  • Access for two to attend The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, one of the hottest shows in town, courtesy of Helen & John Meyer.
  • Two tickets to the New York Philharmonic.
  • Lunch or dinner (your choice) for two hosted by New York Times Chief Wine Critic Eric Asimov and New York Times Best Seller Lists Editor Deborah Hofmann.
  • Accommodations for two for six days, five nights in a charming New York City pied-à-terre, courtesy of Sue Hone.
Four week’s advance notice is required for Tonight Show tickets. All tickets are subject to scheduling/availability. Available between May 23 and September 15, 2017.
Donated by Helen & John Meyer, Eric Asimov & Deborah Hofmann, and Sue Hone
Take the ultimate exclusive tour of fine artistic treasures at the San Francisco home of Ann and Gordon Getty, and enjoy an unforgettable cocktail reception for up to 35 guests.
Donated by Ann & Gordon Getty

Los Angeles beckons you and your guests with fabulous accommodations, performances, and more!

  • Accommodations for two nights at the luxurious Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
  • A private tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall with LA Phil First Violinist Mitchell Newman.
  • Tickets for two to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform at either Disney Hall or Hollywood Bowl (seasonal).
  • Dinner for four at the Malibu Farm Restaurant, featuring local and small farm sourced meals and a coastal dining experience.

Donated by the Ace Hotel, Mitchell Newman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Alex Leff

Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, a lodge that embodies the adventurous spirit of the Gold Rush settlers who came to the region more than 150 years ago, rests in British Columbia’s Cariboo wilderness, Canada cowboy country. Along with the palpable pioneering spirit here, a deep communion with nature infuses every aspect of the experience. The log-built ranch house seems hewn from the surrounding forest. Ingredients for your meals are harvested from the working farm and gardens. The horse is the preferred mode of transportation. Venturing out into the 80,000 acres of surrounding countryside can instantly feel like an expedition into a bygone era. Spend your days channeling your inner frontiersman, roaming the many miles of trail on horseback or foot. Or stay close to the ranch, soaking in the serenity of Lake Siwash and immersing yourself in the unspoiled scenery of Canada’s Wild West. Guests will choose one of the following unique experiences as part of their adventure: Forage for ingredients in the nearby wilderness with Executive Chef Derek Bendig, and then join him in the house kitchen to make a wild salad with them. Practice fly casting with an angling expert and prepare your fresh catch with the help of Chef Bendig. Or, ride horseback on a full-day trail excursion with a private guide, pausing to enjoy a lunch cooked over an open fire high atop a scenic mountain bluff.

This once-in-a-lifetime luxury package includes meals, house alcohols, personalized itinerary, daily guided adventure activities, group childcare, adventure gear and private accommodations. Additionally, this exclusive Berkeley Symphony package includes up to $4,000 in economy-class airfare credits for two toward round-trip international flights from SFO or OAK to Williams Lake airport, and ground transportation to the resort. Any additional airfare or alternative means of connection to the resort is the responsibility of the winners. Space is subject to availability. Travel must be booked by April 30, 2017 and must occur between June 1-15 or September 1-23, 2017. Not included: Reserve wine, spa treatments, optional off-property excursions, VAT tax and resort services fee of 10% (subject to change).


Donated by National Geographic Unique Lodges and Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes
Looking for a romantic destination and awe-inspiring views? Spend an entire week in this beautifully appointed cottage, perfect for two adults, ideally located on the Mendocino Coast. Curl up with a book in the cozy nook in the living room or watch the waves break from a private hot tub perched above the cliffs. Prepare your meals in the kitchenette, or venture out to one of the many fine restaurants in the area. Dates to be mutually agreed upon with the owners. Must be redeemed by May 29, 2018. Cottage accommodates up to two adults in one Queen bed. Not suitable for children due to proximity to unfenced bluffs. No pets and no smoking.
Donated by Angela & William Young
Kick back and relax when you spend one week in a two bedroom Resort View Villa at the brand-new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Kaanapali, Maui, right on the sandy ocean beach. Enjoy a heated lagoon pool, beach pool with sand bottom and water slide, plunge pools and whirlpool spas, a restaurant, bar and market, BBQ stations, fitness studio, and Kids Club. The Resort View Villa is 1,260 sq. ft. and sleeps six people, (two on sofa bed). Master and guest bedrooms are equipped with private baths, and the villa comes fully equipped with a kitchen (includes range/oven, full size refrigerator, and dishwasher), a washer and dryer, in-room wireless high speed internet access, an HD TV in each room, DVD, and Bose radio in the living room. Enjoy the ocean breeze on a private lanai with outdoor furniture. Available for 2018 dates, subject to availability at the resort. Reservation must be made through the donor between 12 and 8 months prior to arrival date. The earlier the reservation is made, the higher the probability of your preferred dates being available. Guest may arrive any day of the week, with arrival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday being best for availability.
Donated by John W. Dewes & Kathleen G. Henschel

Support Berkeley Symphony’s award-winning Music in the School program. Every bid is a winner! Impact the lives of more than 4,600 schoolchildren who benefit each year from Berkeley Symphony’s free Music in the Schools program:

  • Over 300 classroom and music coaching sessions led by Berkeley Symphony musicians.
  • Hands-on music instruction and curriculum booklets addressing state standards for music education.
  • Eleven “Meet the Symphony” concerts performed in elementary schools each fall.
  • Six “I’m a Performer!” concerts, which provide young musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform with Berkeley Symphony each spring.
  • Four free Family Concerts, providing children and their families the opportunity to experience Berkeley Symphony concerts together.
Berkeley Symphony invests over $195,000 each year in delivering these programs to local schoolchildren and their families. Because all programs are provided 100% free of charge to students and their families, Music in the Schools is made possible only through your support. Foundation, corporate, and government funders provide a little over 50% of the funding needed. Your generosity is essential for making these programs possible.
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The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA at sunset.

Tour the Engineering Geology of the San Francisco Bay Area with Geologist and Berkeley Symphony Cellist Ken Johnson

A day of unparalleled geologic sightseeing in the San Francisco Bay Area for up to three people. Picnic lunch included.


Donated by Kenneth Johnson


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"Dueling Pianos” – An Evening of Jazz Two can play at this game! Join jazz pianists Gray Cathrall, Michael Yovino-Young, and the Shades of Gray Jazz Band for a lively evening on Oct 14, 2017 with cabaret-style seating, drinks and refreshments, dancing, and more!
Donated by Gray Cathrall, Michael Yovino-Young, and Tricia Swift
Two on-stage seats for one of next season’s four Zellerbach Hall concerts.
Donated by Joana Carneiro and Berkeley Symphony
Explore the Bay Area theatre scene with tickets to the 2017/18 seasons of the Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Shotgun Players.
Donated by Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Shotgun Players
Enjoy music, dance, and opera in your choice of performances from Cal Performances and Diablo Ballet. On April 28, 2017, also experience Rameau’s recently rediscovered masterwork Le temple de la gloire, fully staged as Rameau intended for the first time since the opera’s 1745 premiere, presented as a collaboration between Philharmonia Baroque, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and the New York Baroque Dance Company.
Donated by Cal Performances, Diablo Ballet, and Philharmonia Baroque
“He was a man who used to notice such things.” For Virginia Woolf, the English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is “a powerful imagination, a profound and poetic genius, a gentle and humane soul.” Although immensely influential on writers of his own and the following generation, Hardy today is largely unappreciated. For his eighth Berkeley Symphony salon, Richard Collier (UC Berkeley English Department 1969- 1976) will introduce us to Hardy’s novels (with Jude the Obscure) and a selection of his lyric poems. Richard will offer this salon twice, on September 17, 2017, from 2:30 to 5:00 at the home of Susan and Jim Acquistapace, and again on February 26, 2018.
Donated by Richard Collier and Susan & Jim Acquistapace
A day of unparalleled geologic sightseeing in the San Francisco Bay Area for up to three people. Picnic lunch included.
Donated by Kenneth Johnson
A genealogical consultation and up to 10 hours of research by genealogist Deborah Shidler.
Donated by Deborah Shidler
Four tickets to Psalm, where transcendent works by Dufay, Poulenc, Weelkes, Victoria, and Palestrina will accompany the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner John Harbison’s first composition for Chanticleer. A pre-concert dinner for four hosted by Berkeley Symphony Board member John W. Dewes, and Chanticleer and Berkeley Symphony Board member Kathleen G. Henschel. Choose from Saturday, June 3, 8pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco; Wednesday, June 7, 8pm at First Congregational Church in Berkeley; Saturday, June 10, 8pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere; or Sunday, June 11, 5pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco.
Donated by Chanticleer and Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes
Lunch or dinner for four hosted by Berkeley Symphony Board members John W. Dewes and Kathleen G. Henschel, plus four VIP reserved seats at one of the summer 2017 concerts of your choice (July 14 – August 5, 2017). Package includes one boxed set (eight CDs total) of Music@Menlo Russian Reflections (2016).
Donated by Music@Menlo and Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes
Enjoy a relaxing four-day, three-night stay in the Northern Sierra! This 2,158 sq. ft. cabin sits on 1.4 acres of forest inhabited by ospreys, western tanagers, and many other birds of every color, size, and song! It has three bedrooms (two Queens, one King), a loft, a large great room (living and dining rooms combined) with cathedral windows and a filtered lake view, and a deck. The cabin is one block from Donner Lake. Swimming, boating, hiking, biking, and skiing (snow or water) are readily available at Donner Lake and surrounding areas (Sugar Bowl, Royal Gorge, etc). Perfect for a peaceful respite. Offer must be redeemed by June 30, 2017. Offer not available May 27-29, 2017. Dates to be arrange with donor.
Donated by Edith Jackson & Thomas Richardson
The choices are many! Sample the Bay Area’s plethora of cuisine with gift certificates to Chez Panisse, Saha Restaurant, Ajanta, and more!
Donated by Chez Panisse, Saha Restaurant, Lama Beans Café, Ajanta, and Jan & Michael McCutcheon
Delight in a garden lunch with San Francisco Chronicle features columnist Leah Garchik at the home of Paul Templeton and Darrell Louie. A contributor to the Chronicle since 1972, she is also the author of San Francisco: Its Sights and Secrets and Real Life Romance. Dates to be arranged. Lunch for up to four people.
Donated by Leah Garchik and Paul Templeton & Darrell Louie
Two premium tickets to a 2017/18 New World Symphony concert of your choice, a VIP Pre-concert tour of the Frank Gehry–designed concert hall, and a champagne toast for two on the rooftop garden.
Donated by New World Symphony

Treat yourself or your guests to one night in a deluxe Bayview room at the Claremont Club & Spa, and a gift certificate to the Claremont’s own Limewood Bar & Restaurant. Subject to availability. Not valid holidays or special events. Valid through March 2018.


Donated by the Claremont Club & Spa and Jan & Michael McCutcheon
Spend two nights in the heart of UC Berkeley at the boutique Bancroft Hotel, near shops, scenic destinations, and endless dining options. Begin your relaxation with a bottle of wine.
Donated by the Bancroft Hotel
“One of the monumental wines of the last century is the 1982 Pichon Lalande. Since bottling, it has flirted with perfection, […] and it retains all its glossy, rich, flamboyant cassis fruit, chocolaty, berry jam-like notes, and plenty of earthy, foresty flavors. This is a full-bodied, extravagantly rich Pichon Lalande seemingly devoid of acidity and tannin, but the wine is incredibly well-balanced and pure.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (Rating: 100)
Donated by Anonymous
“Consistently one of the great wines of the 1983 vintage, as well as one of my personal favorites, this beautiful wine has been gorgeous to drink since bottling. It displays no signs of evolution, although it remains undeniably rich, seductive, and compelling. Deep dark ruby-colored, with a huge nose of Asian spices, blackcurrants, plums, and flowers, this super concentrated, velvety-textured wine reveals gobs of rich, creamy fruit.” – Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate (Rating: 94)
Donated by Anonymous
The 2.2 acre Dyer Vineyard on Diamond Mountain in the Napa Valley is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Tended by winemakers Bill and Dawnine Dyer, the wine of this intimate hillside vineyard expresses the terroir of this unique site.
Donated by Dyer Vineyard
Take a tour for four people at the picturesque Quivira Vineyards estate in Dry Creek Valley, and sample their delicious wines in the Quivira tasting room. Bring home a gift basket of full of estate-made gift items and two bottles of Quivira wine: 2014 Black Boar Zinfandel and 2015 Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.
Donated by Quivira Vineyards
Join Cal Shakes’ Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly in riveting discussions about Shakespeare’s life and works! Dive into Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and be entered in a drawing to receive two complimentary tickets to the Cal Shakes production. The salon will take place on September 24, 2017 at the home of Berkeley Symphony Advisory Council member Natasha Beery and Berkeley Symphony Board member Sandy McCoy.
Donated by Philippa Kelly and Natasha Beery & Sandy McCoy
Experience two nights of Napa Valley’s laid-back luxury in your private resort cottage, nestled amid tall trees and lush landscape at the romantic Cottage Grove Inn in Calistoga. Package includes two tickets to the 2017 Music in the Vineyards Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival, and a VIP Polaris ATV tour and tasting at Jericho Canyon Vineyards. Inn stay excludes weekends, holidays, and the months of September and October.
Donated by Cottage Grove Inn, Music in the Vineyards, and Jericho Canyon Vineyards
Savor two delicious magnums made by one of Berkeley Symphony’s own -- Board member William Knuttel. Enjoy a 2005 William Knuttel Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French oak barrels; and a 2007 Ottomino Vineyard Zinfandel, described as “a gorgeous Zin showing class and elegance.” (Wine Enthusiast rating: 92
Donated by William Knuttel

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 Tricia Swift
Ann & Gordon Getty
Sarah Coade Mandell & Peter Mandell

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Shariq Yosufzai & Brian James
Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes
Thomas W. Richardson & Edith Jackson

 

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Robert Kroll & Rose Ray

 

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