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Auction 2018 Catalog!


that one in six students at The Potomac School is receiving some form of tuition assistance? Did you know that almost every member of Potomac's faculty is participating in professional development opportunities this year? Did you know that the annual Scholarship Auction supports these initiatives, helping us recruit and retain our outstanding faculty and offering a Potomac education to students who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend our school? The 2017 Auction planning is underway, and we invite you to join us.

Best of Live Is Now Closed!

Buy a Chance to Win the Best of Live Raffle!

The Live Auction features some of the most unique and exciting items we have to offer this year. By purchasing a “Best of Live” raffle ticket, you have the opportunity to win one of these items at the incredible price of just $100.

Two hundred and twenty (220) tickets are on sale now. Any remaining tickets will be sold during the Silent Auction.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the beginning of the Live Auction. The winner will receive the Live Auction item selected when the ticket was purchased. That item will then be withdrawn from the Live Auction. You do not have to be present to win.

Please note that the purchase of a raffle ticket is not considered to be a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

Taxes may be due for the winner on the difference between the market value and the price of the raffle ticket. The Potomac School will pay any taxes required to be withheld, and the winner will receive a Form W-2G from the school. Any questions on tax matters should be referred to your tax advisor.

Item #1 - Final Four Package for Two, March 30 – April 3, 2018

The Men’s NCAA Final Four Championship is the culmination of college basketball’s March Madness and one of the most exciting events in all of sports. Witness the battle as the four best teams in the nation compete for the right to cut down the nets at the Alamodome in San Antonio. A dinner for two (2) at San Antonio favorite LaFrite in San Antonio’s Southtown art district is also included.*

The 2018 NCAA Final Four matchup will be held March 30 through April 3 in San Antonio, Texas. The lucky winners will enjoy the following:

  • 5 Days/4 nights accommodations at Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk or Hotel Indigo Downtown Alamo
  • Two (2) reserved lower-level behind-the-basket Final Four tickets to the semifinals on Saturday and the finals on Monday, Guaranteed Section 101-107, 117-129, 139-144 (Number Rows) or better
  • Final Four Fan Fest tickets – This four-day, interactive indoor event allows fans of all ages to participate in family-friendly activities, enjoy a variety of entertainment, and meet and get autographs and photo ops from legendary coaches and former college stars.
  • Round-trip game-day transfers, provided by Uber or Lyft ($100 Value)
  • Official 2018 Final Four Program
  • Customized travel documents and trip itinerary
  • Benchwarmer Sports souvenir ticket protector and lanyard
  • On-site Benchwarmer tour staff
  • All taxes and service charges included

*Tax, gratuity, and alcohol are not included in the LaFrite dinner.

Donors: Benchwarmer Sports, Cathy and Wynn Voeks, LaFrite Belgian Bistro

Value: $4,150

Item #2 - Eddie V’s Dinner for 10 and Dinner for two at Métier DC

Indulge in a personalized Chef’s Dinner with friends at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. Your dinner will be personally prepared by the Executive Chef and each course will be paired with a selection from our world-class wine list. Eddie V’s is known for its fine seafood, steaks, wines, and service.

Experience a romantic dinner for two at Métier, a one Michelin star restaurant, from Chef Eric Ziebold. Métier is an intimate restaurant seating only 36 guests. Dinner at Métier revolves around a chef-driven experience, with a creative seven-course tasting menu. Don’t worry about having to park the car – a private car provided by American Sedan will take you to and from your Métier experience.

Eddie V’s certificate expires January 31, 2019. Tax and gratuity not included. Métier is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 6 pm. The Métier dinner includes service and is exclusive of tax and beverages. Advance reservations are recommended and jackets are required for gentlemen.

Donors: Eddie V’s, Métier, American Sedan, and an anonymous Potomac family

Value: $2,700

Item #3 - Eight Nights in London and Amsterdam

Spend four nights at the Hilton London Tower Bridge. Breakfast for two is included. Within walking distance of the Shard, Shakespeare’s Globe, trendy Borough Market, Tate Modern, HMS Belfast, and the Tower of London, the hotel offers a fantastic sightseeing location. Visitors will also enjoy visiting London’s many landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben.

Visit Amsterdam for your four-night/five-day stay in a superior suite at The Dylan Hotel, a five-star facility voted the Netherlands’ Leading Hotel by the World Travel Awards. Located in an exceptional 17th century landmark on the Keizersgracht, one of the city’s famous canals, the Dylan is in the heart of the Nine-Streets shopping district and just a short stroll away from some of the city’s main attractions. The Dylan features 40 individually designed rooms and suites, tranquil garden and lounges, unique meeting venues, and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Vinkeles. For dinner, a gourmet meal for two at OCCO, a brasserie featuring changing seasonal specials, is included. You will also enjoy the Dylan’s High Wine experience, a food and wine pairing featuring four different wines with matching amuse-style bites.

London restrictions: Offered for two (2) people. This offer is subject to availability. Voucher expires on March 31, 2019, and entitles you to a four-night weekend stay to include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Must contact hotel three (3) weeks prior to visit. Certificate has no cash value and can only be exchanged for services at the hotel

Amsterdam restrictions: Offered for two (2) people. This offer is subject to availability. Expires April 30, 2019. Includes four nights/five days in a superior suite, daily breakfast for two (2), dinner for two (2) at OCCO, and High Wine for two (2). Visit the auction website for more details.

Airfare and tours/museums not included.

Donors: Hilton London Tower Bridge, Erin Cleary Murtagh ’93 and Paul Murtagh, Liina and Matt Richardson

Value: $6,500

Item #4 - One week at NASA Space Camp for two campers

One week of Space Camp for your child and a friend! Space Camp is the ultimate educational camp experience, where children work as a team and confront mission scenarios that require dynamic problem solving and critical thinking skills and illuminate real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Throughout the week, camp trainees learn about space hardware and the history and future of space exploration, using equipment adapted from NASA’s astronaut program.

The program lasts for six days and five nights, with a Sunday afternoon arrival and Friday departure. Participants will have the opportunity to

  • spend time with and learn from an astronaut who has been on space missions
  • train like an astronaut on the 1/6 Gravity Chair, the Five Degrees of Freedom Simulator, and the Multi-Axis Trainer
  • learn what it’s like to live onboard the International Space Station (“ISS”)
  • launch on simulated missions to the ISS and beyond
  • construct and launch their own model rocket
  • explore the newest rocket that will carry NASA astronauts to Mars

Restrictions: Two (2) children, ages 9 and up, fourth grade or higher. May attend the Space OR Robotics Camp. To review information on the Robotics camp options, please visit Valid through August 2019. NASA Huntsville Alabama location only (10 minutes from Huntsville International Airport). Dates subject to availability. Transportation not included.

Donors: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Maribeth and David Burg

Value: $2,000

Item #5 - Spring Break in Deer Valley, Utah

Enjoy a fabulous ski vacation in Deer Valley, Utah, consistently ranked the #1 ski resort in North America! The Bristlecone Condominium, a premier location on the lake in lower Deer Valley, will be your home for the week. With incredible views of three 2002 Olympic event sites on the slopes, this 3,500-square-foot mountain home has fireplaces, a game room with pool table, four bedrooms, four baths, and a bunk loft for the kids. Sleeps up to 12 (2 King, 2 queen, 4 bunks) and is perfect for multiple families.

When you’re not skiing, relax in your private outdoor spa or take in the sights of Park City, a beautiful old mining town. Sharpen your skis and get ready to hit the slopes!

Restrictions: Available the first week of Potomac’s 2019 Spring Break only. (Sunday, March 10 - March 17, 2019). Transportation not included.

Donors: Rebecca and Bill Sanders.

Value: $7,500

Item #6 - Play Ball! Baseball Outing

Enjoy four tickets to a 2018 Nationals home game. These premium seats are located in the Diamond Club. From the expansive bar to the comfortable lounge, the PNC Diamond Club has impressive behind-the-plate views of Nationals Park and an outdoor porch that will give you and your guests an unparalleled look at the field. All food and drinks are included. Prior to the game, you will have on-field passes to get an up-close view of batting practice. Be sure to bring your camera for this fabulous photo opportunity! You will also have the opportunity to announce “Play Ball!”

Offered for four (4) people. Valid for the 2018 regular season.

Donor: Washington Nationals

Value: Priceless

Item #7 - The Ultimate Night of “Southern Fun”

Throw a Southern Fun all-inclusive dinner party for 30 guests with Bootheel catering. Your crowd will be treated to three each of starters, salads, sides, main courses, and sweet treats. Options include such mouth-watering choices as crab cakes with fresh remoulade, southern shrimp and grits, and award-winning barbecue!

Beer and soda are also included. Bootheel will provide the necessary staffing to set up, serve, and clean up after your party. All you have to do is pick a location, invite your friends, and have a perfect night of Southern Fun!

Offered for 30 people. Staffing for up to four (4) hours included. Additional staff time permitted but will be billed. Includes disposable tableware; winner may upgrade to silverware, glassware, and china for a fee. Beyond a 10-mile radius of Arlington, VA, additional charges may be incurred. Must give 20 days’ notice of desired date. No holidays or holiday weekends. Event proceeds rain or shine. Expires February 28, 2019.

Donors: David Newton and Bootheel Catering

Value: $3,500

Item #8 - Thanksgiving Celebration for Four in New York City, November 22-23, 2018

Enjoy the Big Apple at its finest! Kick off the holiday season with coveted VIP viewing of the beloved Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Your group of four will enjoy a private brunch reception with amazing views of the parade. Later, relax as someone else prepares Thanksgiving dinner at one of New York’s top-rated restaurants! The next morning, you can visit the iconic Sotheby’s on a self-guided tour of the world’s most renowned auction house. That evening, prepare to be dazzled at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Featuring the Rockettes or New York Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. Don’t miss this chance to tour New York as a true VIP. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you and your guests will remember for years to come!

  • Experience astounding views of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it passes along Central Park at a brunch celebration for four (4) above Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center.
  • Delight in a special prix fixe dinner for four (4) with wine pairings and Thanksgiving fare at a fine-dining restaurant in Manhattan.
  • Enjoy four (4) orchestra seats at one of NYC’s quintessential holiday performances in the heart of Manhattan.
  • Visit the iconic Sotheby’s Auction House (based on hours of operation).

Restrictions: Transportation not included.

Donors: Mark Lowham and Joe Ruzzo and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Value: $8,000

Item #9 - Parking Space for a Potomac Parent

Imagine arriving on campus on the busiest days of the year and parking in your very own reserved parking spot, just steps from the Lower School. Whether you’re carrying a large load, running late, or trying to get good seats, you won’t regret this purchase!

The parking spot must be used by a parent; it cannot be used by a student. Parking space valid from March 30, 2018, through March 3, 2019.

Donor: The Potomac School

Value: Priceless

Item #10 - Fund A Scholar

Our students and teachers are Potomac’s most valuable assets. Help us continue to recruit and retain the best by raising your paddle in support of our Fund a Scholar initiative.

The process is simple: During the Live Auction, you will be invited to make a donation that directly benefits our student scholarship and faculty professional development programs. Bidding begins at the $15,000 level, followed by $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, and $50.

By making a 100% tax-deductible gift – at any level – you will have a direct positive impact on Potomac students and teachers in every division. If you prefer to support Fund a Scholar at a different time, you may make your donation when you purchase your auction tickets or at check-in/check-out on the evening of March 3.

With your help, we can achieve new levels of support for student scholarships and faculty professional development.

Donors: You!

Item # 11 - Private Mexican Paradise (NOT included in Best of Live)

Punta Mita is a 1,500-acre village situated on the north end of the Banderas Bay, approximately 10 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. In the gated neighborhood of El Encanto, this villa affords its guests privacy within the acclaimed resort community of Punta Mita. Overlooking the Bay of Banderas and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, this extraordinary five-bedroom home offers 180-degree ocean views and sleeps 10 guests (12 guests including small children).

This package includes accommodations for seven (7) nights, including attentive staff. Your stay also includes use of a six-passenger golf cart within the gated resort community of Punta Mita. Anclote, the village of Punta de Mita across from the resort, is a five-minute golf cart ride. Anclote has sandy beaches, as well as beachside restaurants and shops. Enjoy access to two private Jack Nicklaus golf courses, three private beach clubs, a tennis center, and a fitness center.

Restrictions: Mutually agreeable date between April 1 and November 15, 2018; round-trip transfers from Puerto Vallarta International Airport can be arranged for $120 USD each way in a seven passenger van; meals and gratuities are not included. Airfare not included.

Donors: Anonymous Potomac Family

Value: $19,000

Item #12 - Fabulous “French v. American” Wine Tasting Dinner in Your Home for 10, Catered by Susan Gage

Back by popular demand, this gourmet meal will be prepared in your home and served to your guests along with a customized selection of amazing French and American wines.

The theme of the evening is taken from the landmark tasting in 1976 called the Judgment of Paris, in which French experts agreed that the California wines that they had tasted “blind” were better than the French. The result was a blot to French national pride and shocked the country’s wine industry.

During the evening, you and nine of your friends will reenact the Judgment of Paris. American and French wines will be pitted against each other, and you and your guests can judge which ones are better! The wine-tasting dinner will take place in your home, where you can relax as local favorite Susan Gage Caterers orchestrates the evening, pampering you with the unique five-course tasting menu and excellent service throughout. Our only request is that you “blind” taste and report your results. Will the Americans prevail again? Cheers and Bon Appétit!

Tax and gratuity not included. Not available on any Saturday night or between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Donors: Brothers Jeffrey and Andy Holtman, Susan Gage Catering

Value: $5,500

Item #13 - Disney Family Vacation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The “Most Magical Place on Earth” is even more enchanting while staying at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World! The first true luxury hotel within Disney’s flagship entertainment park, the Resort has the perfect blend of Four Seasons experiences and Disney offerings. Mom and Dad may enjoy this trip to Disney even more than the kids!

This package includes two nights in a Park View Room at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. The room accommodates two adults and two children and offers a furnished private balcony with the best views of the nightly Magic Kingdom® fireworks display. Breakfast (for 2) is included each day. Plan to spend some time at Explorer Island, the five-acre “water playground” exclusively for Four Seasons Resort guests. This mini-waterpark is packed with family-friendly features like a lazy river and a 242-foot water slide that add up to a splashing good time for all!

All this, PLUS eight Disney Park Hopper passes to enjoy the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom! The Four Seasons Resort offers free shuttle service to and from the Disney theme parks. Also included is a $1,000 Visa gift card to be used toward airfare, additional lodging, food, or other expenses.

Disney Park Hopper passes expire on March 3, 2019, and cannot be upgraded or applied toward a package to meet eligibility requirements. Hotel certificate is subject to space availability and blackout dates, and is subject to change without notice. Blackout dates may include, but are not limited to: Mar 17- Apr 9, May 26 -28, October 5-7, Dec 25-31, 2018. It is nonrefundable, not redeemable for cash and it cannot be extended beyond the period indicated. Gratuity and tax included. Certificate may not be split, nor be used on more than one visit. Certificate is non-transferable. Maximum room occupancy: two adults and two children or three adults. Reservation may be made no earlier than (60) days before your planned arrival date. Original certificate to be presented at Reception upon check-in. Transportation not included.

Donors: Disney Parks, Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Value: $4,300

Item #14 - Red Sox Summer Baseball Bonanza for Two in Boston

Grab your spouse, child, or best friend before the summer ends and enjoy a major-league baseball game in Boston! This amazing package includes two tickets to a game this summer (second row, directly behind the Red Sox dugout), as well as a two-night stay in Beacon Hill. The package also includes dinner for two at legendary Grill 23 & Bar (voted Best of Boston) on a night of your choice during your stay. Also included: Board your “DUCK,” a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle, and see Boston in style. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts. What could be better?

Package is limited to two (2) guests. Baseball tickets will be available in mid-April. Contact donors to make arrangements for tickets. Donors are unable to acquire extra tickets to the game or extra hotel rooms for this package. Incidental hotel charges are not included. Please allow two (2) weeks for dinner reservations and eight (8) weeks for hotel reservations. Restaurant certificates do not include alcohol, tax, and gratuity. Airfare not included.

Donors: Melissa and Jason Twomey and a Red Sox Fan

Value: $3,000

Item #15 Inspirato Key Membership & Friends of the Club Trip

(NOT included in Best of Live)

Inspirato is a private vacation club for travelers who enjoy five-star service and privileged access to luxurious homes in many of the world’s most sought-after destinations. The Key Membership offers the perfect introduction to all the benefits of membership. Included in this package is a complimentary “Friends of the Club Trip” to one of Inspirato’s fabulous destinations! Managed, staffed, and maintained by Inspirato, these homes feature high-end furnishings, luxurious linens, and chef-worthy kitchens. A dedicated team of professionals provides personalized care (pre-trip planning, on-site assistance, and post-trip recaps). Each guest is greeted at the door and staff are on-hand to ensure that every need is met. Pre-arrival grocery delivery, daily housekeeping, and vacation planning are included. See the current list of destinations here.

Additional benefits of membership include

  • members-only discounted rates on Inspirato’s luxury homes
  • access to cruises, safaris, The Masters, The Kentucky Derby, etc.
  • partner programs (WheelsUp, Cadillac, Sonos, TourGolf, etc.)
  • nationwide member events
  • a network of more than 40,000 hotels at discounted rates!

Restrictions: Membership and trip must be redeemed by December 31, 2018. Additional Information: In future years, should you choose to renew, you will be responsible for the annual fee to remain an active member (currently $3,500).

Donor: Inspirato

Value: $13,500 (Key Membership) + approximately $3,000 (Friends of the Club trip).

Item #16 - Dinner for 20 by Windows Catering

Throw a party Windows style! Invite your friends for a memorable celebration to toast your anniversary or another special occasion...the ideas are endless. Imagine a fabulous catered party for 20 right in your own home – with Windows to do all the work and ensure a memorable experience for your guests! Windows, one of Washington’s premier caterers, will bring its magical touch to your event, providing delicious food, friendly staff, soft beverages, and all the necessary equipment. If you have been longing to have a fantastic party but couldn’t face all the planning and effort, this is the perfect item for you!

Mutually agreeable date. Not valid in the month of December or any major holiday. At least two weeks prior notice. Alcohol not included. Total not to exceed $100.00 per person. Additional guests may be added at winner’s expense.

Donors: Julie and Andrew Gerstel, Carol and Henry Dinardo, Windows Catering Company

Value: $2,000

Item #17 - One Week at a Kiawah Island Beach House

Enjoy a relaxing summer week on beautiful, scenic Kiawah Island, South Carolina. This updated five-bedroom, four-bath home is one block from the beach and a short walk or bike ride to most of Kiawah’s main attractions.

With two first-floor master bedrooms and a screened back porch overlooking a lagoon and the Turtle Point Golf Course, this house is an ideal family vacation site. Kiawah has more than 20 tennis courts and five outstanding golf courses, including the world-class Ocean Course. There are more than 10 restaurants on the island and a wide variety of family and outdoor activities. In addition to the beautiful beach, there is a neighborhood pool 50 yards from the house. Kiawah is a short 30-minute drive from Charleston’s many attractions and airport.

Offer limited to ten (10) guests. Available during a mutually agreeable week in 2019 (August and holidays not available). Contact donor as soon as possible to make arrangements. No smoking and no pets. Transportation not included.

Donors: Ashley and Dan Fisher

Value: $7,500

Item #18 - Rocklands Barbeque Party for 50

Feast in your own backyard with Rocklands. Washington’s #1 barbeque and grilling company will tantalize your taste buds with a whole barbecued pig or your choice of two meats, a choice of three accompaniments, traditional potato rolls, honey-jalapeno cornbread muffins, and a variety of mini-desserts. Top it all off with Rocklands Original Barbeque Sauce for a most memorable meal!

Offered for fifty (50) people. Restrictions: Not redeemable June 27 - July 7, 2018. Includes delivery.

Donors: Rocklands

Value: $1,025

Item #19 - Jackson Hole One-Week Ski Package

Your home for this amazing ski trip will be a condominium in Spring Creek Ranch, located on a wildlife sanctuary almost 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson, with spectacular views of the entire Teton Mountain Range. The two-story unit sleeps four to six people in two bedrooms upstairs and a queen Murphy bed and pull-out couch downstairs. The condominium has two full baths.

The package also includes dinner for four at an award-winning local restaurant, The Granary, where you can watch the sun set over the Grand Tetons through floor-to-ceiling windows. Take advantage of a variety of wonderful activities available in beautiful Jackson Hole, including skiing and snowboarding, ice skating and snow tubing, photo safaris with the Spring Creek naturalist, visiting the Elk Refuge, and a trip to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Offered for six (6) people. Expires April 1, 2019. Excludes summer 2018 (June 1-August 31, 2018) and Christmas week 2018 (December 21, 2018-January 5, 2019). Choose any other week during Jackson Hole’s great winter skiing season (including the long weekends of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Presidents’ Day in 2019 or Potomac School’s Spring Break in 2019). Airfare not included.

Donors: Michele-Anne and Mac Riley

Value: $4,000

Item #20 - Dinner for 10 at Nobu

Experience Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s genre-defining cuisine at the new Nobu DC. Gather your friends, colleagues, or clients and get ready for an extraordinary culinary event. You and your guests will enjoy signatures like Black Cod with Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi Jalapeno alongside DC-inspired dishes and cocktails. Exclusive introductions, including house barrel-aged Kikori Japanese whiskey, contribute to the allure of this acclaimed restaurant.

Nobu DC is located in the new Residences on M Street, in the heart of the West End, just steps from Georgetown. Serene luxury pervades the roomy, traditionally designed space that includes a bar and lounge, dining room, and sushi bar.

Founded in 1994 in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, Nobu is recognized for its inventive take on Japanese food, often with Peruvian influences – a nod to Matsuhisa’s formative stint cooking in South America.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just a night out with friends, this is a great opportunity to join Washington A-listers at DC’s newest hotspot!

Donors: Vanessa and Scott Barbee, Maribeth and David Burg, Kit and Spencer Stouffer

Value: $2,500