An independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, DC


 ♦ that one in six students at The Potomac School is receiving some form of tuition assistance?

 ♦ that almost every member of Potomac's faculty is participating in professional development opportunities this year?

 ♦ 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 2020 Auction planning is underway, and we invite you to join us.

2020 Best-of-Live Items


Best-of-Live ticket sales are now closed. 

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.

Only 220 Best of Live raffle tickets will be sold. 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 The winner will receive the Live Auction item indicated on his/her ticket, and that item will be withdrawn from the Live Auction. You do not have to be present to win.

Item #1: Luxury Box Suite to See “Piano Man” Billy Joel at the Famed Madison Square Garden on March 19

Get in a NY State of Mind with THE Billy Joel! Treat yourself and 17 friends to the musical experience of lifetime watching the Piano Man himself tickle the keys in the town where it all started! Relax in your own private, luxury SkyBox with food and drinks provided. The concert comes nearly 42 years after Joel's debut on the iconic Madison Square Garden stage. It will also mark his 120th lifetime performance at the venue, with over one million tickets sold.

Billy Joel’s history with The Garden is long and his performances there are legendary. He was even named Madison Square Garden’s first-ever music franchise, joining the ranks of the storied venue’s other original franchises – the New York Knicks and Rangers. Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Joel has 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. He’s received the Grammy Legend Award and been inducted into both the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fames.

Value: $10,000
Donor: National Land Tenure and Jen and Chris Graham 

Item # 2: Park City Ski Vacation for Spring Break 2021

Book your Spring Break 2021 and be the highest bidder on this fantastic Park City Ski Vacation! Located just one block from Main Street in Old Town, up to 8 guests will enjoy seven nights in this gorgeous four- bedroom private ski home offering beautiful mountain views, spacious living areas, a professional kitchen, a heated garage, and a private outdoor hot tub. With an open floor plan, the design blends together the dining and living rooms, making Abode at Daly Canyon ideal for entertaining or relaxing after a day on the mountain. Upstairs you will find two guest bedrooms, a custom bunk room, and a master suite with a private bath, fireplace, and balcony -- the perfect getaway to relax with your favorite book! Out back, a private après ski escape awaits, featuring heated patio, newly installed hot tub with Bluetooth, fire pit, and grilling station. A beautiful wooded trail, located just out the front door, provides easy access to snowshoeing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Conveniently located right above Main Street, Abode at Daly Canyon is the perfect location for guests who want to be in the middle of the Old Town action while still less than five minutes from both Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort!

The fun doesn’t end there! Your ski home away from home is walking distance from Main Street and these delicious foodie experiences...
After a full day on the slopes, warm up with a fabulous Mexican feast for four at Crystal Park Cantina!

Enjoy fine dining for four with contemporary cuisine and a lively atmosphere at Handle!

When it’s time to leave, dry your tears and reminisce on all the fun you’ve had with your $100 gift certificate to White Horse Spirits and Kitchen’s convenient location in the Salt Lake City Airport.
Package includes:

●    Seven night Park City home stay for up to eight guests
●    Dinner for four at Crystal Park Cantina
●    Dinner for four at Handle
●    Gift Certificate for $100 to White Horse in Salt Lake City
March 21 - March 28, 2021 (seven nights; alternate dates may be available by request)

Value: $7,500 
Donor: Gwen and Dave Rosener, Handle, Crystal Park Cantina, White Horse Spirits and Kitchen


Item # 3: Host Your Own 2020’s Speakeasy at Members Only CXIII Rex! Dinner, Cigars, and Scotch for 12 

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of a good whiskey is barely enough” -Mark Twain. Entertain 12 friends or clients at this exclusive members-only cigar club in historic Old Town Alexandria. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a quick ride up the access-only elevator, which will take you into the exclusive club. Your evening begins with a delicious meal and wine from the club’s extensive collection, selected by the donors. After dinner, relax on the leather couches and enjoy the warmth of the fireplace as you taste cigars from a private humidor locker. Explore the club’s vast scotch collection with a tasting of premium scotch whiskey and single-malt scotch. An evening not to be missed!
Restrictions: Must contact donor for a mutually agreeable date at least one month prior to desired date.

Value: Not to exceed $5,000 
​Donors: Piper Yerks Gioia and Win Sheridan​

Item # 4: A Night for the History Books! Take Over All 8 Rooms at The George of Old Town and Enjoy Catered Breakfast for 16

Indulge in a one-night stay for 16 people at the impeccably remodeled The George of Old Town, an extraordinary historic property once owned by George Washington. Travel back in time and experience Mount Vernon-esque colonial charm with a modern twist. This stunning gem, located in Old Town Alexandria, has eight gorgeous bedrooms, nine baths and accommodates up to 16 people. Perfect for a couple’s retreat or a girls’ getaway... Spend the evening enjoying all King Street has to offer in fine dining and fun, retire to your private, luxury accommodations and then enjoy breakfast as a group the following morning in the must see kitchen, served by Well Dunn Catering.

Restrictions: Mutually agreeable date. Weekdays only.

Value: $6,700
Donor: The George of Old Town and Well Dunn Catering


Item #5: Five Nights at Exclusive Resorts

(Not eligible for Best-of-Live)

Beach, desert, mountains...pick your pleasure! Spend five nights in one of Exclusive Resorts’ exquisitely appointed residences, located in one of eight flagship destinations ranging from the slopes of Lake Tahoe and shores of Grand Cayman to the beaches of Los Cabos and spectacular jungles of Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. Each residence averages 3,500 square feet in size, has three to five bedrooms that can accommodate up to 10 guests, and is equipped with luxuries like chef-grade kitchens, private infinity edge pools and hot tubs, and expansive gathering spaces. 

Best of all, a personal concierge will plan every detail -- from stocking the pantry with favorite foods and hiring a private chef to booking tee times and creating custom itineraries -- ensuring a relaxing and luxurious vacation. 

Winner may choose from the following locations:

  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Lake Tahoe, California
  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
  • Real Del Mar, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Sea Island, Georgia
  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Restrictions: Residence must be booked within 90 days of the last night  it will be used. Reservations are subject to availability. Additional nights may be available at winner’s expense. 

Vacation will consist of one consecutive five-night stay in an available Exclusive Resorts residence in an eligible destination for an individual (23 years of age or older) and his/her guests. Vacation is not transferable and is subject to terms and conditions of the Exclusive Resorts Gateway Usage Escape Agreement, including without limitation maximum occupancy restrictions. Travel must be booked within 90 days of checkout. Travel must occur by February 28, 2021, and will be forfeited if not completed by this date, Blackout Dates apply (including but not limited to the seven-day periods surrounding holiday weeks). Additional nights in the residence may be available. Contact Exclusive Resorts for more information. Eligible Gateway Escape destinations include Los Cabos, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica; Real del Mar, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Sea Island, Georgia; Scottsdale, Arizona, Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and Lake Tahoe, California. Eligible destinations are subject to change. Reservations for specific dates, residences, and destinations are subject to availability. Air and ground transportation to and from destination and all other expenses, including but not limited to meals and drinks, phone calls, government fees, transfers, insurance, any taxes and optional activities such as golf or spa treatments, are the sole responsibility of traveler. Winning bidder and his/her guests shall not be permitted to bring pets or other animals in or around any Exclusive Resorts Club Property with the exception of service animals for persons with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.

Blackout dates for this donation travel periods are Spring Break: 3/15/20 – 4/12/20, July 4th: 6/28/20 – 7/5/20, Thanksgiving: 11/22/20 – 11/29/20, Christmas: 12/20/20 – 12/27/20, New Year: 12/27/20 – 1/3/21, Presidents Week: 2/14/21 – 2/21/21. Air and ground transportation to and from destination and all other expenses are the sole responsibility of traveler.

Value: $10,000
Donors: Exclusive Resorts and The A. Norton Family

Item #6: Parking Space for a Potomac Parent

Imagine how incredible it would be to arrive on campus on the busiest days of the school year and park in your very own reserved parking space, just steps from the Lower School! Whether you’re carrying a large load, running late, or trying to get great seats at an assembly, you will not regret this purchase.
Parking space will be reserved for the winning bidder from March 31, 2020, through March 12, 2021. Parking space may not be used by a Potomac student.

Value: Priceless
Donor: The Potomac School

Item #7 : Five-Night, Private Villa Getaway at Four Seasons Resort Anguilla

(Not eligible for Best-of-Live)

Paradise awaits! The winning bidder of this fantastic package will enjoy a five-night stay in a gorgeous, ocean view, 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, private villa at the 35-acre luxury beachfront Four Seasons Resort Anguilla. Set on Anguilla’s beautiful northwest shore, a first class experience awaits. Relax in your own private infinity pool, explore the countless amenities the resort has to offer in your villa’s golf cart and let your butler arrange a fishing excursion or fantastic evening out!

Anguilla has been called “tranquility wrapped in blue,” a reference to its 33 pristine white-sand beaches and breathtaking clear turquoise waters. The resort and the villa the winning bidder will enjoy, are equally stunning. The two-story, four-bedroom villa accommodates eight, offers ocean views, and provides convenient access to Barnes Bay Beach, as well as to the resort’s wonderful restaurants and recreation amenities. 

Restrictions: Reservations are subject to availability during the period April 15, 2020, to April 30, 2021. Other restrictions may apply, such as black-out dates during peak periods (including November 22-29, 2020; December 20-31, 2020; February 12-15, 2021; and March 15-April 4, 2021). Valid April 15, 2020 to April 30, 2021.  Package is non-transferable and has no cash value.  Please present original certificate at check-in at the hotel.. 

Value: $25,000
Donor: Starwood Capital Group and Jen and Chris Graham

Item #8: Fund A Scholar

Donor: You!

By making a 100% tax deductible gift, you will positively impact Potomac students, faculty, and staff. Below are a few examples of how your support can make a difference:

  • $20,000 - Approximately half of a year’s tuition
  • $15,000 - Represents 20% of the financial aid budget that covers all incidental costs for a Potomac School education (i.e., trips, textbooks)
  • $10,000 - Approximately 25% of a year’s tuition
  • $5,000 - Cost of sending a student on to extended day, full time for a year; Approximate cost to the school to purchase books for students receiving financial aid.
  • $2,500 - Cost for all bus drivers to take a defensive driving course; Annual transportation cost for a neighborhood bus route
  • $1,500 - Registration cost for The Teacher’s College Writing Workshop, a five day course in New York City. All Lower School and some Middle School teachers have attended this workshop
  • $1,000 - Registration cost for the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference, which is open to faculty and students
  • $500 - Cost of an online course to help educators incorporate mindfulness into the classroom. Cost to support August Academics for a student
  • $250 - Approximate cost to support Wacky Wednesday for a student 
  • $150 - Approximate cost to fund a student and their date to prom
  • $50 - Cost for a teacher to attend a local conference for art educators

If you are unable to attend, you may make your donation online at

Item # 9: One-Week Stay in Luxury Villa on Beautiful St. John 

(Not eligible for Best-of-Live)

Spend one week at Finisterre, a six-bedroom, six-bath luxury villa on beautiful St. John, USVI!

“Finisterre” comes from the Latin phrase “finis terrae,” meaning “end of the earth,” and upon your arrival at this sprawling home, the inspiration for this moniker becomes immediately apparent. This private Bahamian-style villa accommodates 12 guests and commands sweeping, unobstructed views of the brilliant blues of Hart Bay and Rendezvous Bay with the wild, windswept Ram Head point in the distance. The property features Latin-themed bedrooms, each with its own ocean view, and a large pool with a submerged ledge. Pick your perch and take in the views, watching for whales in the ocean below, or retreat to the gym, cinema, or  game room. The shops and pubs of Cruz Bay are  a five-minute walk from the property, and the pristine St. John beaches are a 15 minute drive away. Amenities include a pool, hot tub, BBQ grill, gym, media room, game room with pool table,  wine storage, and dining room with nanowall for dining al fresco. Wifi, cable TV, air conditioning throughout, security cameras, washer/dryer also included. Add-on services include driver, car rental, spa services, and much more.

Restrictions: Winning bidder can select any Saturday-to-Saturday week over the next 24 months that is available on booking website; the following dates are excluded: Thanksgiving week, December 15-January 5, and all dates in March.

Airfare not included but local USVI villa tax is included.

Value: $25,000
Donor: Anne Coolidge Taylor

Item # 10: A Lively Night of Bluegrass and BBQ with the Shedkickers and Bootheel Catering

Put on your boots and pull out the banjo — it’s time for an extraordinary evening of Southern cuisine and bluegrass music!
Enjoy an all-inclusive dinner party for 30 guests, prepared by Bootheel Catering, while tapping your toes to live bluegrass music performed by the Shedkickers, featuring IS science teacher and Potomac grad Bill Hoffmann and his brother, Potomac grad, parent, and former staff member Bern Hoffmann! The evening will begin with a veritable feast that includes at least three items from each of the following: starters, salads, sides, main courses, and sweet treats. Possible selections include mouth-watering crab cakes with fresh remoulade, Southern shrimp and grits, and award-winning barbecue. Beer and soft drinks are also included. While guests dine, the Shedkickers will play two 50-minute sets of amazing bluegrass music.

Restrictions: Event date must be mutually agreeable to Bootheel Catering and the Shedkickers, with at least 20 business days’ notice; holidays and holiday weekends are unavailable. Bootheel Catering will provide staff for up to four hours (additional staffing may be available for an additional charge). Disposable tableware will be provided; silverware, glassware, and china are available for an additional charge. Additional charges may apply if event is held beyond a 10-mile radius of Arlington, VA. Event proceeds rain or shine. For more information on the Shedkickers: visit Expires February 28, 2021.

Value: $4,300
Donors: David Newton, Bootheel Catering, and the Shedkickers

Item # 11: Costa Rica One-Week Adventure

Casa Atardecer is about 200 meters above, and ¼ mile inland from, the Pacific Ocean. Facing to the west, it offers breathtaking ocean vistas and dramatic sunsets. During the day, the trees surrounding the casa are visited by toucans, aracaris, and  other tropical birds — sometimes even sloths and monkeys. In the mornings your wake-up call will be provided by howler monkeys in the nearby forest.

Casa Atardecer has four bedrooms (three in the main building and one in a private apartment above the two-car garage) and comfortably sleeps four couples.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and master suite open on rails so that you are literally both indoors and outdoors at the same time. From the living room, you can swim into the infinity pool! This wonderful property offers all the comforts of home -- and more -- in a beautiful, exotic location.

Restrictions: Available on a mutually agreeable date between May 30, 2020, through October 10, 2020 (excluding June 27-July 11).

Value: $6,000
Donor: Bruce Baird

Item # 12: Exclusive Access in The Big Apple!
Dinner and Wine Paring for Four at the Members-Only WS New York in Hudson Yards 

Enjoy a dinner for four with wine pairings at the members-only WS New York. Located in the heart of New York’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards, WS New York offers unparalleled access to the finest wine and spirits, world-class dining, and one-of-a-kind cultural events. Members and their guests will find a new home for inventive pairings and insider perspective on rarified worlds. 

Exceptional culinary offerings from Chef Eli Kaimeh, formerly of PerSe and Gramercy Tavern, reflect a broad spectrum of upscale casual and fine dining options where contemporary American fare meets an elevated focus on the world of wine and spirits. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience a unique venue destined to become one of the most coveted private clubs and restaurants in New York!

Restrictions: Does not include gratuities or tax.

Value: $2,7500
Donors: Melissa and Jason Twomey

Item #13 : Fabulous Five-Night LA Experience

You’ll be star struck in Tinseltown with this amazing LaLaLand package! The winning bidder will enjoy a stay for up to eight guests in two, Skyline Guest Rooms for five-nights at Hollywood’s newest showstopper, 1 Hotel West Hollywood. Located on the iconic Sunset Strip, 1 Hotel West Hollywood is ideally situated for exploring Hollywood and nearby Beverly Hills. The hotel draws inspiration from the land, sea, and abundant sunshine of Southern California and the rooftop pool delights with panoramic views stretching from downtown to Santa Monica. As if that were not enough, 1 Hotel West Hollywood was recently featured in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards as the fourth-best hotel in the world and the second-best hotel in the US! 

The celebrity treatment won’t stop there... Dinner for four awaits you in the iconic Polo Lounge! Once described as “Hollywood’s commissary,” The Polo Lounge has a fabled history and is known as THE place to see and be seen. The epicenter of LA power dining has been a favorite spot for generations of stars and Hollywood deal-makers. 

You will feel like you’re starring in your very own Foodie Feature Film with an evening for four at The Bazaar! A meal here is nothing short of an extraordinary sensory experience... combining the ground-breaking culinary artistry of Michelin-starred chef José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup team with a fantastical environment created by visionary designer Philippe Starck. The Bazaar consistently wows its guests with ingeniously innovative cuisine, thoughtfully created cocktails, theatrical presentations, and attentive yet unfussy service. You don’t want to miss out on either one of these once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences! 

This package includes:

  • A stay for up to eight guests in two Skyline Guestrooms for five-nights at 1 Hotel West Hollywood
  • Dinner for four in the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel 
  • Dinner for four at The Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Beverly Hills. 

Restrictions: Expires March 31, 2021. Kindly note that a reservation is required and subject to blackout dates and availability. The certificate may not be combined with other offers, has no cash value, is non-transferable, and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

Value: $7,000 
Donors: Starwood Capital Group, Jen and Chris Graham, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Think Food Group

Item # 14: ESPN’s Sunday Night Major League Baseball Your Way with ARod 

A once in a lifetime experience for the true baseball fan! The winning bidder will select any ESPN Sunday Night Major League Baseball Game to attend with three friends. Prior to the game, you and your friends will enjoy a fabulous private lunch with Alex Rodriguez who will be the announcer for the evening’s game! An amazing opportunity to root, root, root for your favorite MLB home team and meet a true baseball legend.

Package includes a lunch for four with Alex Rodriguez and four tickets to any Sunday Night Major League Baseball Game.

You may know Alex Rodriguez as: 

  • three-time MVP
  • 14-time All Star
  • World Series Champ
  • FoxSports Commentator/Analyst
  • CEO of Arod Corp

Restrictions: Games between June 12 - 28 are not available. Mutually agreeable date selected from ESPN’s 2020 Sunday Night Baseball schedule. Transportation not included.

Value: Priceless
Donor: ARod Corp, ESPN, and Jen and Chris Graham

Item # 15: Choose Your Own Adventure 

Sun or snow? Global or domestic? Five-day vacation or quick weekend trip? The world is your oyster with five Hilton “Be My Guest” certificates!

The winning bidder will receive five certificates, each of which can be redeemed for a one-night stay in a standard room at any of 14 Hilton branded hotels, including, but not limited to Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Conrad Hotels and Resorts, and Curio Collection. Certificates can be used in combination for one five-night stay in one hotel, individually for five one-night stays in five different hotels, and anything in between. Resort locations are near and far -- from Rome, Paris, and Dubai to New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Park City, and Hawaii, to name a few.
Certificates cannot be used on New Year’s Eve.

Value: Winner’s Choice
Donor: Hilton Worldwide

Item # 16: Dinner for 20 on Potomac’s Campus or in Your Home, Catered by Susan Gage

The winning bidder will enjoy a dinner for 20 guests, catered by local favorite Susan Gage and served in their home or on Potomac’s campus (venues could include, for example, the Science Deck, Ramsey Assembly Room, the Upper School Crossroads, or the IS Commons).

Alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuity not included. Event date must be mutually agreeable to Susan Gage and The Potomac School (if the dinner is held on campus).

Value: $6,000
Donors: Susan Gage Catering and The Potomac School

Item # 17: Rock the Red: Ultimate Caps Fan Package

If you’re a fan of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, this extraordinary ALL CAPS experience is for you!
The lucky winner will receive a one-of-a-kind Capitals package including

  • a hockey stick signed by the Great Eight Alex Ovechkin
  • jerseys signed by TJ Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom
  • four tickets to the Caps vs. Canadiens game on March 26, 2020 (seats are located in the Capital One Arena’s lower bowl)
  • meet-and-greet with TJ Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom following the game

Value: Priceless
Donor: Liza Berg and Nicklas Backstrom and Lauren and TJ Oshie


Best-of-Live ticket sales are now closed.