Live Auction Items 2014

The following are the descriptions to this year's Live Auction Items

Dessert by Sarah Heirman
Need a special dessert for a dinner party or birthday celebration? Want to wow your close friends and family? This dessert by our own celebrity pastry chef, Sarah Heirman can include chocolate ganache cake, croque en bouche, a birthday cake or your choice of dessert mutually selected by you and Sarah! (Value: $120; Thank you Sarah Heirman)

Best of Penn Quarter Stay-Cation
Looking for a night away but without the hassle of travel?  Spend one night at the very hip Hotel Monaco in downtown DC, dine at any Jose Andres restaurant with a $50 gift card (including Oyamel, Jaleo, Zaytina and Minibar), enjoy tickets for four to a production at the Shakespeare Theater, and indulge in a Taste of Penn Quarter walking tour by Washington Walks led by our own 5th grade parent, Carolyn Crouch.  (Value: $700, Thank you Noreen Major, Carolyn Crouch)

Floor Seats for Two to Billy Joel Concert at Nationals Stadium
You and a guest will rock out with Billy Joel for what is sure to be a sold out show July 26 at Nationals Stadium. Recently awarded the Kennedy Center Honor, Billy Joel is a six time Grammy Award winner, has been nominated 23 times and has sold over 150 million records world wide. If you've never seen him in concert, you are simply missing out. What better way to see him than outside and on the floor? (Thank you anonymous donor; Value $500)

Special Appeal
Help WWS Serve More Students through Added Financial Aid
WWS tries to make it possible for every student who wants to be at our school to attend. Our financial aid program plays a vital role in our school, not only in helping families who qualify for assistance, but also in supporting enrollment and maintaining a diverse student body. We already offer more financial aid (as a % of our budget and as a % of the students who are recipients) than most other independent schools. The full need, however, remains unmet. We are taking this opportunity to ask for your additional support of our financial aid program, to help us meet the needs of as many families as possible. Half of funds raised for financial aid will be allocated to the Susan Nash Scholarship Fund and half to general financial aid. The Susan Nash Scholarship Fund, named after Susan Nash, a beloved Children’s Garden teacher who passed away in 2007, enables the school to award merit-based scholarships to current and new high school students.  Since the launch of the fund last year, it has proven to be highly effective in building enrollment in the High School and for encouraging especially talented or interesting students to attend WWS.

 Each and every student at WWS brings as more to the School than they take away. Please help us bring every deserving student we can to the School.

 Steak Dinner for Ten at Your Home, Prepared by Medium Rare Owner & Chef, Mark Bucher
Medium Rare Restaurant is one of DC's most popular restaurants and we are lucky to have them donate an in home dinner for 10, which will replicate the same dining experience in their restaurant. Prepared personally by co-founder and chef Mark Bucher  and his team, your guests will be treated to their incredible rustic bread, their salad(with their homemade dressing), their steak and fries , and of course their secret sauce. The dinner will be followed by amazing desserts such as double chocolate cake, carrot cake, grandma’s apple pie and key lime pie. Date mutually agreed upon, holidays excluded. (Value $600, Thank you Medium Rare and Mark Bucher

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Two Presidential Level Nationals Tickets
Imagine a spring day (it will come!) with some peanuts and cracker jacks watching the Nationals “Boys of Summer” in two Presidential level seats. Bidder submits three dates within a week of the auction, one of which will be reasonably accommodated. If none of the three are available, buyer and donor will work to find a mutually agreeable date. Parking included.  Take me out to a ball game! In style! (Value: $700)

Weekend All Expenses Paid Get-Away in the Pioneer Valley, Amherst, Massachusetts
Enjoy a weekend stay hosted by Natalie and John Adams at their house in Amherst. Item includes a $500 gift certificate on Southwest Airlines that should cover two round-trip tickets from BWI to Hartford where you will be met by your hosts on Friday and returned on Sunday. Enjoy breakfast outside overlooking a beaver pond known for the wealth of birds it attracts. Spend Saturday and Sunday visiting Emily Dickenson's House, and hiking the Holyoke Range, state parkland that you can view while still enjoying your coffee. Evenings offer the possibility of music, good movies, and theater in the five colleges area with a dinner out at a restaurant of your choice. (Value: $1000, Thank you Natalie and John Adams)

One Prized WWS Parking Spaces
Imagine, a better way to park! No more waiting in line or looking for a parking space at WWS. This premium WWS parking space could be yours 24/7 from September 1, 2014-September 1, 2015. (Value: Priceless)

Chef Eron and Foxhall Catering Cooking Up Dinner for Eight
Enjoy a private multi-course dinner with your closest friends designed and catered by Eron's Foxhall Catering.  The event will be tailored to the winner and 6-8 guests. Eron was trained at the world-famous Culinary Institute of America and he brings years of experience to his cooking.  (Value: $1000; Thank you Chef Eron Picus)

Exclusive Shakespeare Theater PackageYour family (or two couples) will delight in an evening on the town with this $100 gift card to Rosa Mexicano, tickets to any performance at the Shakespeare Theater this season or next, a backstage tour, access to VIP lounge the night of the performance, and an exclusive tour of your choice of the STC costume warehouse or extensive prop shop (on a different mutually agreeable date to be scheduled with STC). (Value: Priceless; Thank you STC and Noreen Major)

Golf at Bulle Rock with Taisto Saloma
We all know Taisto is a great teacher, athletic director and all-around good guy, but did you know he is a former golf pro as well? This package includes 18 holes of golf for up to four with Taisto at beautiful Bulle Rock and cart rental. Golf Digest lists Bulle Rock as one of the top 50 courses in the nation and the #1 public course in Maryland. Two weeks notice required, subject to Taisto’s availability. (Value $560; Thank you Taisto Saloma)

Chocolate & Champagne Tasting for Twenty
This extraordinary offering by master caterer Dorine Diconti includes a selection of savory hors d’oeuvres followed by a panoply of chocolate treats, including chocolate ganache cake, chocolate cheesecake, and homemade truffles, accompanied by a selection of fine champagnes and sparkling wines. Sophisticated and indulgent, this tasting for 20 would make an unforgettable private party or corporate events. Dorine’s prior tastings were big hits and this one will be even bigger. (Value $650; Thank you Dorine Diconti)  

WWS Bazaar VIP Package
Everyone looks forward to the WWS Bazaar, and now you can look forward to it even more!  This package provides:  a reserved parking space for the entire day; coat and bag check; a reserved table for four in the auditorium; table service; and lunch for four and vouchers for 2 coffees and 2 desserts of your choice.  (Value: Priceless)

Spend a Night in the Shadow of Alex Ovechkin
You and three guests will Rock the Red a Washington Capitals Hockey Game during the 2014-2015 Season in four Lower Bowl seats belonging to owner, Jack Davies. Enjoy a $100 gift certificate to dine at future Hall-of-Famer Alex Ovechkin's favorite hang out, Russia House. AND no Caps Fan can claim their memorabilia collection is complete without an Ovie autographed puck and a fine bottle of Russian vodka. You will be the envy of all your fan friends! Winner will be asked for three games of choice in order of preference and game will be selected from those choices. Playoffs excluded. (Value: at $975. Thank you Jack Davies, the Russia House, and Monumental Sports)

Special Appeal
From Shakespeare to Barnum & Bailey: An Upgrade for the Drama and Movement Programs
If “all the world’s a stage,” every Waldorf student has a part. Drama and movement are core elements of the Waldorf curriculum, providing multiple opportunities for all WWS students to deepen their individual creative abilities, and find their own center. Our drama program lets students live into the richness of classic stories, myths, and legends, fueling their imaginations. For many students their most vivid memories at WWS will be those shining moments under the lights reciting the lines of a play for their peers or their parents. Likewise, the WWS movement and circus arts curriculum hones individual balance, strength and agility, skills that serve a lifetime. Together, these programs develop students’ confidence, creativity, poise, and balance, while serving as a foundation for future development of thinking artists and engaged citizens.

For a long time our drama and movement programs have made do with modest, and in many cases, outdated equipment. It’s time for an upgrade, and tonight we ask for your help. Your donation will enable the following major improvements:

  • A new lighting system, replacing our current lights with state of the art LEDs, simplified wiring, and a new lighting control board.
  • Construction of additional stage extensions and enhanced backstage storage modules, as recommended by our senior play director.
  • Installation of a large pull down screen on the stage.
  • Purchase of equipment for expanding the circus arts component of the movement program, including (depending on funding): juggling balls and rings, tightwire, diabolos and devil sticks, spinning plates, stilts, unicycles, aerial silks, landing mats, ribbon sticks, and additional rigging.   

Together these upgrades will add new excitement and opportunities to our drama and movement programs. Each student will—literally—be in the scene in a much better, brighter light. With new lights and staging we could revitalize and broaden the “tech crew” and add middle school and high school electives on stagecraft and production.  A large screen will expand options for scene design and improve our ability to make presentations (like the senior projects, film screening, or parent/community meetings). New equipment for the movement program will dramatically expand the circus arts and acrobatic elements of the program. Our students will not simply move…they will bounce higher, jump further, swing harder, and laugh louder, and discover their many strengths.  

Drama and movement are essential to Waldorf. We have a great opportunity tonight to improve these programs and we ask for your support. You’ll see the difference!