2009 Sequoia Auction

Raising cold, hard cash for Sequoia Elementary since 2005

Donation of the Day: Trish Lowry Pottery February 24, 2009

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Super-talented Sequoia mom Trish Lowry has once again donated several beautiful pottery pieces from her collection of handmade and fired creations. This year, you’ll have the chance to bid on an unglazed, beach-fired vase and an adorable prosperity pot. Also up for bid is this beautiful glazed blue bowl (shown below) with an earthy, one-of-a-kind finish in shades of slate and cobalt blue and seafoam green. It is 11″ wide and 4.5″ tall, and would be a great gift for someone special … although if you’re the winning bidder it will be hard to part with!

Blue glazed bowl made by Trish LowryBlue glazed bowl made by Trish Lowry
The inside bottom is a deep cobalt blue ... beautiful!

The inside bottom is a deep cobalt blue ... beautiful!


Packet gals February 20, 2009

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A special THANKS to the following Auction Committee members and terrific volunteers who helped sort and stuff the raffle packets that went home in backpacks last week:  Suzanne Guzaitis, Terri Edwards-Nixon, Julie Golinski, Lisa Westphal and Julie Hood. Well done!

A finished volunteer is a happy volunteer

A finished volunteer is a happy volunteer

Hundreds of auction packets ready for delivery

Hundreds of auction packets ready for delivery


Donation of the Day: Mayor for a Day! February 17, 2009

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We have a fantastic donation that’s perfect for the little aspiring politician in your family: Mayor for a Day!  Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris has generously donated this to our Live Auction, and will join us that night to help auction off his donation.

Your lucky little boy or girl will start the day with a behind-the-scenes private tour of City Hall and a photograph with Mayor Harris and your entire family.  After reviewing the City Council agenda, the Mayor for a Day will help call the meeting to order, do roll call, and help run the first 30 minutes of the televised meeting. The winning bidder’s little mayor will also be treated to dinner (for up to 4 people) with Mayor Harris in Pleasant Hill, and will get to take home lots of cool City of PH swag (T-shirt, baseball hat), along with a certificate commemorating this special day and a DVD of the city council meeting.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind donation … it will be a day your child will always remember!


Sale on our registry items February 13, 2009

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If you’re still pondering the question, What on earth do I donate to the auction this year?!” you can easily select an item from our online registries at Macy’s and Crate & Barrel. We just checked both registries this morning, and many great items are now ON SALE at Macy’s so it’s even less expensive to buy and donate a cool item that we can auction off!  Here’s how to view what our wish list:


At the prompt type in “Sequoia Elementary” for first name, and “School” for last name. Anyone can donate from our registries: extended family, grandparents, out-of-town supporters … let everyone know!


Raffle Packets Going Home this Week

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Check your oldest child’s backpack this week for the February auction newsletter and info on our all-new RAFFLES!  We have three great raffles this year, and all parents are encouraged to buy and sell raffle tickets before the auction. Your packet includes raffle tickets to sell. Here are our raffle prizes:

One week in Mazatlan, Mexico! Sand, beautiful sunsets and the historic town of Mazatlan await you at the Oceanfront Inn. ($10 per ticket)

Instant wine cellar! More than 50 bottles of wine will go home with the lucky winner on auction night. Wine has been donated by area businesses and by many generous Sequoia families. ($20 per ticket)

Wii gaming system! Take home a brand-new Wii, for fun and fitness with the whole family. ($5 per ticket)

The great thing about our raffles is that anyone can buy tickets and enter the drawings — neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc. — and you need not be present at the auction to win. Need more tickets? Call 609-9205.

So go forth this weekend … sell lots of raffle tickets and help support the school!


Donation of the day: Private tour of Pixar February 11, 2009

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One of our coolest donations last year was a private tour of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville with one of their senior animators. Carl and Wenlan Ng won this tour last year in the live auction, and Wenlan had this to say about the experience:

“It was a very exciting experience for us.  We were “the visitors from the outside.” Bob was a great tour guide. Kids got to see the Pixar complex and were amazed by the whole environment.  They got to see lots of displays of different movies Pixar put out, some are a work in progress, ideas and original storyboards/art work.  I think they were inspired about the prospect to work at somewhere that could be fun!”

We’re excited to announce that Pixar has once again donated a private tour for four this year, including lunch in their Luxo Cafe! You and your family will tour Pixar with Bob Whitehill, who is now Pixar’s stereographer (that’s industry lingo for “head of 3D animation”). Bob will show you original character and scene concepts for films like Wall-E and Cars, as well as the fabulous Pixar in-house movie theater and art gallery. It’s a wonderful tour for the whole family.

This donation will be up for bid as part of our Live Auction on Saturday, March 28 … don’t let it get away! Check out the Ngs’ photos from their tour:


All you single ladies February 2, 2009

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Hey, all you single ladies — we’re setting aside a couple of “singles” tables for those of you who are coming “spouse-free” to support Sequoia and have a fun night at the Auction with friends. Seating is open for the other tables; however, if you notify us that you want to be seated at a singles table, we will reserve your spot! Email booth_doorlay@yahoo.com.

… here’s a little inspiration …