2009 Sequoia Auction

Raising cold, hard cash for Sequoia Elementary since 2005

Spots Available for SF Pub Crawl on 6/6 June 1, 2009

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30 spots available
$35 per person
(must be 21 or older)

Hit the San Francisco pub scene with old and new friends from Sequoia. Enjoy touring SF in an open-top double-decker English bus, which will transport you from pub to pub. We have plenty of spots still available for this party, which will be this Saturday, June 6, from 7-11 p.m. Everyone will meet at the Embarcadero Station at 7:00, where the bus will pick you up … cheers! Donated by: Christian Watts’ company City Sightseeing.

To purchase your spots, put a check in Karen Booth’s hanging folder in the Auction bin, located in the copy room on campus. We will take new sign-ups through Friday, June 5, 2:45.  There are no tickets — if you paid, your name will be on the list on the bus. Please join us for this fun evening!


April 6, 2009

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PARTY SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE! The following six parties have spots available to all Sequoia parents and their friends and family. The party displays and sign-up sheets will be set up in the Kiss & Drop Zone at school this Friday, April 10, during drop-off. Come by for more info, and sign up for a party or two with friends!  If you can’t come by Friday, email Karen at booth_doorlay@yahoo.com to reserve your party spot.

Private Tour & Wine Tasting at Byington Winery aboard the Dreyer’s Rocky Road Bus

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS PARTY NEEDS 20 ADDITIONAL PEOPLE TO IN ORDER TO MEET THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. Wine lovers will be in heaven for this all-day trip to Byington Vineyard & Winery in Los Gatos aboard the Dreyer’s Rocky Road Bus. This sign-up party is scheduled for You’ll meet the bus in the parking lot of Sequoia in the morning, and travel the one-and-a-half hour trip into the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains. Box lunches, chilled wine and cold drinks will be available on the bus, so you can sit back and relax as you approach Byington.

You’ll be treated to a tasting of five wines during this exclusive tour of their beautiful winery, which will include the vineyard, crush area, production area and stunning storage cave. The tour also includes their 18,ooo-foot, Italian-style villa, sloping vineyards and gorgeous vistas of redwood forests and the Monterey Bay. The Rocky Road bus will drive you home after a relaxing day of wine tasting with friends, so bring a friend or family member along for this special day! Party takes up to 32 people.  Winery restrictions: Participants must be 21 years of age or older.  Bus restrictions: The Rocky Road bus is non-smoking.

When: Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meet at Sequoia, travel to Byington Winery in Los Gatos
$35 per person
Spots available
: 26
Byington Vineyard & Winery, Dreyer’s, Black Tie Transportation

Poker Party with the Bautistas at Back Forty BBQ

Shuffle up and deal! This fantastic party will be the talk of Sequoia! Sequoia parents Michele and Beau Bautista are hosting a No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament for up to 200 at Back Forty Barbeque in Pleasant Hill, including delicious food, poker chips and much more. You’ve seen it on TV — now here’s your chance to check, bet and bluff your way to the final table. This is a Las Vegas-style poker tournament, run by a professional poker tournament company exclusively for Sequoia parents and their friends.

You’ll play at real poker tables, with casino-quality chips, cards, music and tournament software … just like the pros! Although you will feel like you’re at the World Series of Poker, this tournament is run in a beginner-friendly fashion. All skill levels are welcome to play. The tournament will include food, prizes and poker. First place raffle prize is a $500 Visa gift card, and second place is a $250 Visa gift card. Third and fourth runners up will get a 500-piece Ultimate Poker Chip Set. Your $50 per person tournament entry fee gets you $1,000 in chips and a delicious Back Forty Barbecue dinner. Support Sequoia and have a blast!  Restriction: No minors allowed.

When: Sunday, May 3, 2:30-8 p.m.
Back Forty BBQ, Pleasant Hill
$50 per person
Spots available
: unlimited
Michele & Beau Bautista, Back Forty BBQ

Backyard Family Movie Night

What could be more fun than a backyard big-screen movie night with the kids this summer? This fun party for families will be in Charlen May’s beautiful backyard, with lots of room for kids to cuddle up in their sleeping bags for a big-screen showing of “The Tale of Despereaux,” rated G. The hosts will provide popcorn, drinks and candy for the kids, and will kick off the movie night with free raffle drawings — one boy prize and one girl prize will be awarded to the lucky kids!

Because this is not a drop-off party, parents can mix and mingle together with light appetizers and cocktails while the kids enjoy the flick. Families are welcome to sign up family friends to come along for the fun. Bring sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and/or lawn chairs — whatever your child would like. Party takes up to 50 people.

When: Friday, June 12, 7:30-9 p.m.
The May Home, 1674 Foothill Park Circle, Lafayette
The Tale of Despereaux, rated G
$10 per person
Spots available
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Michele Bautista & Charlen May

Bocce Ball Tournament

Let’s play bocce! Join us and learn to play the fun and social game of bocce ball. Enjoy appetizers and wine while you learn the game, meet new people or visit with old friends.  There will be a friendly tournament at the end of the afternoon to see who’s a true bocce ball aficionado. No experience is necessary … just a good sense of fun and adventure!

When: Sunday, May 17, 1-5 p.m.
Rogers-Smith Park, Pleasant Hill
$25 per person
Spots available
: 26
Hosts: Suzanne & Greg Guzaitis, Shea & John Lansberry

San Francisco Double-Decker Bus Pub Crawl

Hit the local San Francisco pub scene with old and new friends from Sequoia. Enjoy touring SF in an open-top, double-decker English bus, which will transport you from pub to pub. Everyone will meet at the Embarcadero Station at 7 p.m., where the bus will pick you up … your drive and guide for the evening will decide which pubs you’ll visit. Cold beer and wine will be available on the bus … cheers! Party takes up to 70 people.

When: Saturday, June 6, 7-11 p.m.
San Francisco
$35 per person
Spots available
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Spots available: Donor: Christian Watts & City Sightseeing

Little Black Dress Cocktail Party

Okay, ladies, it’s time to dress up in your favorite little black dress and join your co-hosts for a fun evening of trendy cocktails, fun music, appetizers and great company! This will be a great way to kick off the new school year, don’t you think? Party takes up to 40 people.

When: Saturday, September 12, 7 p.m. until
Jen & Brian Mercer’s house, 907 Mohr Lane, Concord
$30 per person
Spots available
: 24
Jen Mercer, Karen Booth, Julie Hood, Terri Edwards-Nixon, Ann Rekoske Orso, Susan Rubenfeld, Betsy Balmat, Sandy Engdahl, Michele Bautista


Last Chance for Auction Tickets March 23, 2009

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We are down to the final days before our Auction event! We still have a few tickets left, so if you are interested in coming this weekend, there’s still time.

To purchase tickets, log on to our school Web site at http://www.mdusd.k12.ca.us/sequoiaelementary/ and you will find a link to Google Checkout to purchase online. You can also drop a check into the red Auction folder in the front office.

You can continue selling raffle tickets through this Friday, March 27. We will collect all final raffle tickets and money (check or cash) from the red Auction folder in the front office at 2:45. Good luck!

— The Auction Team


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!


Donate Wine Tomorrow!! January 29, 2009

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Our Wine Donation Station #2 is Friday, Jan. 30 … drive by the corner of Liahona Ct. & Boyd Rd. just a few steps from campus, and drop off a bottle (or more) of any variety of wine you have on-hand: red, white, rose, champagne, etc.
We’re building an “instant wine cellar” that will be raffled off on Auction night.

Times: 8-8:30 a.m. AND again from 2:30-3:00.

Thanks for your support!


See the show and meet Jimmy Kimmel! January 28, 2009

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Meet Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles!

Meet Jimmy Kimmel in Los Angeles!

At this year’s Auction, you’ll have a chance to bid on two tickets to see Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio, right in the heart of Hollywood … PLUS you’ll get to meet Jimmy after the show, and bring home some cool show swag!  Check back here soon for more details about this fantastic, one-of-a-kind live-auction item …