Noe Valley Voice March 2013


By Heather World

Auction Action: A Ticket to Disneyland

Buy your raffle tickets and get ready to bid: It’s auction season for Noe Valley elementary schools.

Alvarado Elementary School will host its 20th annual auction, “Lighting the Sea of Knowledge,” on Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Janet Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Blvd.

Donations by local merchants, businesses, and families make for a good silent auction—this year’s prizes include dinner at Gary Danko and getaways in Florida, Sea Ranch, Pacific Grove, and Disneyland—but the real fun happens when the live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Each classroom and after-school program creates a work of art that has parents vying to bid the highest. From tables to mobiles, the art can fetch hundreds of dollars amid raucous bidding.

Anyone, whether attending the auction or not, can buy raffle tickets, which cost $10 each, $40 for five, or $70 for 10. This year’s prizes are an iMac, an iPad, and a Kindle Fire (or cash).

Last year’s auction raised $170,000, thanks to generous merchants, neighbors, and parents. The money pays for an art instructor, a science instructor, math and literacy tutoring, and physical education classes at the Douglass Street school.

Entry costs $30 until March 4 at midnight, and $40 at the door. A ticket buys access to a pre-auction feast and an open bar. Register online at


Party at the Chronicle

St. Philip School will host its auction, “Born to Be Wired,” Saturday, March 23, at the Hub San Francisco, 925 Mission St. (in the San Francisco Chronicle building). Your $80 ticket buys you entrance to a party with a live band and deejay, full bar and dinner, and auction deals like passes to museums, fine arts events, and classes.

Last year, St. Philip’s auction netted $82,000, which helped pay for a computer lab upgrade and other programming for the Diamond Street school’s 227 students.

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