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DID YOU KNOW...

 ♦ 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 2022 Auction planning is underway, and we invite you to join us.

2022 Best-of-Live Items

Best of Live Tickets have sold out!

 

 

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 The winner will receive the Live Auction item indicated on his/her ticket, and that item will be withdrawn from the Live Auction.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.

#1 This One is for the Beliebers — Eight Suite-Level Tickets to See Justin Bieber in Concert

If the songs “Despacito” or “Hold On” feature prominently in your playlists (or in those of family or friends), or if you love live music, you do not want to miss this opportunity to see Grammy winner and pop sensation Justin Bieber perform live.

With a string of top hits and over 200 million Instagram followers, Justin Bieber is a cultural icon. The lucky winning bidder and seven guests will enjoy suite-level tickets to the much-anticipated Justice World Tour at the Capital One Center on June 10, 2022. The suite is located in Capital One Center’s sought-after 200 Section; food and refreshments will be served.

Donor: KBS - Value: $4,000

#2 Eat, Sleep, Ski, Repeat with this Deer Valley Retreat!

The lucky winner of this package will enjoy a fabulous ski trip to Deer Valley, Utah, consistently ranked the number-one ski resort in North America, during the first week of Spring Break 2023!

The Bristlecone Condominiums, a premier lakefront location in lower Deer Valley, is less than one mile from Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge and within walking distance of Park City’s Main Street and many delicious downtown foodie experiences. With incredible views of three 2002 winter Olympic event sites on the slopes, this 3,200-square-foot mountain getaway has spacious living areas, a fully equipped kitchen, stone fireplaces, a heated garage, a private outdoor hot tub, and all amenities. The home can accommodate up to 10 people with its five bedrooms (offering one king bed, one queen bed, two twin beds, and two bunk beds) and four bathrooms.

Complimentary in-town Cadillac and on-call shuttle service transportation is available for guests. A free city-wide bus system also offers convenient transportation; a bus will pick you and your guests up steps from the home’s front door and, after a short ride, you will have arrived at skiers’ paradise.

Restrictions and Other Details: Home is available March 11 to March 18, 2023 (seven nights). Airfare and transportation are not included. Park City is 40 minutes from Salt Lake City Airport.

Donor: Sarah Murphy Starr ‘99 and Shooter Starr - Value: $7,700

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

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

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

During the evening, you and seven guests will reenact the Judgement of Paris. Top-rated vintages from exceptional U.S. and French winemakers, including for example, Opus One, Insignia, Chateau Pontet-Canet, and Chateau Pavie, will be pitted against each other and you and your guests can decide which region is superior! The wine-tasting dinner will take place in your home, where you can relax as local favorite Susan Gage Caterers pampers you with a unique five course tasting menu and excellent service. 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. Event to be held on mutually agreeable date; not available on any Saturday night or between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Donors: Morgan and Andy Holtman, Susan Gage Catering - Value: $3,800

#4 Choose Your Own Adventure

Sun or snow? Global or domestic? The world is your oyster with five nights at any luxurious Waldorf Astoria in the world! The winning bidder will receive a certificate for a standard room at any Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Resorts. Resort locations are near and far – from Rome, Paris, and Dubai to New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Park City, and Mexico, to name a few.

Restrictions: Certificates expire January 2023, cannot be used on New Year’s Eve, and black out dates apply. Package is valid for five nights standard room and tax only. Resort fees, incidentals, or parking charges not included. Certificates must be presented at check-in. Airfare and transportation not included.

Donors: Anu Saxena and Dennis Peery - Value: Winner’s Choice!

#5 End-of-Summer Vacation in Charming Olde Naples

Located in southwest Florida along the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is well known for its tranquil white “sugar sand” beaches, amazing golf courses (the city often is referred to as the “Golf Capital of the World”), and high-end shopping. The lucky winner of this package can enjoy all of that and more while staying in a stately Key West-style home situated on one of Olde Naples’ most beautiful tree-lined streets, just a five minute walk from the beach. Included for your use are beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, a beach wagon, and a cooler to make lounging in the sun easy and breezy.

The home features an open kitchen and dining area that seats up to 10 people, living room, home office, main-level master suite, and four bedrooms on the second floor. A private guest suite includes a king-size bed, twin-size daybed, kitchenette, and bathroom. All told, the home comfortably accommodates 12 to 14 people. The indoor spaces are decorated in timeless Florida beach cottage style, including marble- and mosaic tile appointed bathrooms, historic tin ceilings, and detailed shiplap woodwork.

The home’s outdoor spaces are equally exceptional. From a covered front porch with rocking chairs to a heated swimming pool, lounge deck, and outdoor living and dining areas (including a fire pit), the outdoor spaces are perfect for unwinding and enjoying gentle gulf breezes.

Restrictions and Other Details: The home is available for a seven night stay between August 27, 2022, and September 5, 2022. The home’s first floor, which includes the owner's suite, is handicap accessible. Airfare and transportation not included.

Donors: Sylvia Garfinkle and Kevin B. Huff - Value: $10,000

#6 Take Me Out to Legendary Fenway Park
 
Enjoy the national pastime like never before with this Red Sox VIP tour and home game in “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” Fenway!
 
The lucky winner and three guests will revisit the careers of famous Red Sox players like Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, and Carl Yastrzemski on a VIP tour through historic Fenway Park’s hallowed walls. The tour includes warning track access and a visit atop Fenway’s legendary Green Monster. Following the tour, the winning bidder and guests will cheer on the home team from the Infield Grandstand, which provides covered seating harkening back to Fenway’s opening in 1912.
 
This amazing package includes a gift certificate for a one-night stay at Boston’s famed boutique hotel The Envoy, home to award-winning Para Mia restaurant and Boston’s best rooftop bar, Lookout Rooftop.
 
Restrictions: Package is limited to four tickets to a 2022 regular season home game other than a game against the New York Yankees or an Interleague Game. Contact the donor to select a mutually agreeable game and tour date (subject to availability). If the agreed-upon game is rained out, tickets will be redeemed for the scheduled make-up game. Incidental hotel charges are not included and hotel credits are based on average seasonal room rates. Certain peak dates may have higher rates; in that case, the winning bidder will be required to pay the difference. Airfare and transportation not included.
 
Donors: Boston Red Sox - Value: Priceless
 
#7 Four-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 four-night stay in a gorgeous ocean view, four-bedroom, five-bathroom private villa at the 35-acre luxury beachfront Four Seasons Resort Anguilla.
 
Anguilla has been called “tranquility wrapped in blue,” a reference to its 33 pristine white-sand beaches and breathtaking clear turquoise waters. The Four Seasons Resort Anguilla, located on Anguilla’s beautiful northwest shore, is equally stunning. Among other extraordinary experiences, the winning bidder of this package will have the opportunity to unwind in their private infinity pool and explore the resort’s countless amenities in their villa’s golf cart, while their butler arranges a fishing excursion or fantastic evening out!
 
The two-story 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 subject to availability and other restrictions may apply, such as black-out dates during peak periods (including April 9 to 16, 2022, November 19 to 25, 2022, December 18 to 31, 2022, February 16 to 25, 2023, and March 18 to April 8, 2023). The certificate awarded to the winning bidder is non-transferable, has no cash value, and is not valid in combination with any other offer. The winning bidder is asked to present the original certificate at check-in at the hotel. Airfare and transportation not included.
 
Donors: Jen and Chris Graham and Starwood Capital Group - Value: $20,000

#8 Fund a Scholar - NOT ELIGIBLE FOR BEST OF LIVE

There is no question that Potomac students and teachers are the school’s most valuable assets. Help us continue to recruit and retain the best students and faculty 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 supports our student financial aid and faculty/staff professional development programs.

Bidding begins at the $20,000 level, followed by $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, and $50.

Donor: You! Value: Priceless

#9 Sing the BLUES with Manchester City Football Club - NOT ELIGIBLE FOR BEST OF LIVE
 
Calling all soccer and Ted Lasso fans: you will not want to miss this unparalleled English football experience!
 
The lucky winner of this package and three guests will cheer on 2020-2021 Premier League Champions Manchester City Football Club at a home game in Etihad Stadium during either the 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 season. The seats, located in Colin Bell Stand, are among the best in the house. You and your guests will enjoy food and refreshments, while taking in the match with England’s Cityzens. You may even find yourself singing along to the famous “Blue Moon” chant!
 
A parking space at the stadium and four round-trip Business Class plane tickets from Washington Dulles to Manchester are included. Restrictions: Tickets are available for one home game (fixture) of the Club's choice during the 2021-2022 or the 2022-2023 season. Contact donors to book travel arrangements.
 
Donors: Abeer and Yousef Al Otaiba and Manchester City Football Club Value: $20,000

#10 One-Week Beach Vacation on Enchanting Kiawah Island

The lucky winner of this package will enjoy a one-week stay in a luxurious custom-built home on pristine Kiawah Island.

Kiawah Island is renowned for its natural beauty and acclaimed golf courses. The home is situated on well-known Surfsong Road, a short 10-minute walk from the beach. It features four bedrooms; a media room; a great room with a wall of windows overlooking a fairway; a private pool; and luxurious finishes throughout, including gorgeous hardwood flooring, custom tile, and shiplap siding. Outdoors, a deck offers a dining area and pool-side lounge chairs, perfect for unwinding after a round of golf or day at the beach.

The home can accommodate 10 guests. (It has an owner's suite with a king-size bed; a bunk room with two sets of bunk beds, one trundle bed, and one queen size-bed; two additional bedrooms with king- and queen-size beds, respectively; and a media room with a sleeper sofa). It also is equipped with a washer, dryer, and high-speed wireless internet. Do not miss your chance to enjoy this summertime paradise!

Restrictions: Available for a mutually agreeable date in the summer of 2023 (not available August 5 to August 19). Contact donor by April 30, 2022 to secure your week. Airfare and transportation are not included, and overnight parking at the home is limited to five vehicles.

Donors: Colleen and Jim Lucier Value: $13,500

#11 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.

Restrictions: Parking space will be reserved for the winning bidder for the 2022- 2023 school year. Parking space may not be used by a Potomac student.

Donor: The Potomac School - Value: Priceless

#12 Park City Ski Vacation for Spring Break 2023
 
Enjoy an amazing Spring Break ski vacation at the extraordinary Abode at Daly Canyon in Park City! Located just one block from Main Street in Old Town, this gorgeous four-bedroom private ski home offers beautiful mountain views, spacious living areas, professional kitchen, heated garage, and private outdoor hot tub for up to eight guests during a seven-night stay. 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. A second floor includes two guest bedrooms; a custom bunk room; and an owner's suite with a private bath, fireplace, and balcony – the perfect getaway to relax with your favorite book! Outside, a private après ski escape awaits, featuring a 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 and hiking.
 
Conveniently located near Main Street, Abode at Daly Canyon is the perfect location for guests who want to be in the middle of the Old Town action (including many delicious foodie experiences) while still less than five minutes from both Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort! Restrictions: Home available March 19 to March 26, 2023 (seven nights). Airfare and transportation not included.
 
Donor: The Rosener Family - Value: $7,500
#13 Ultimate Wine Country Experience
 
Calling all oenophiles! The lucky winning bidder and guests will enjoy the best of California wine country with this one of- a-kind collection of Sonoma and Napa tastings, tours, and accommodations. This extraordinary experience includes...
  • A gift certificate for a three-night stay for two in The Lodge at Sonoma, nestled in the heart of Sonoma wine country and mere steps away from Town Square
  • Private tasting and VIP observations for eight people at Wine Spectator’s 2011 #1 Wine of the Year winner, Kosta Browne Winery, at its Sonoma vineyard, with tasting to include the winery’s most limited Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays
  • Tasting for five couples, hosted by award-winning vineyard Land of Promise at Land of Promise’s Sonoma-based vineyard
  • VIP tour and lunch for four at Garden Creek Winery’s vineyard in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley
  • Tasting and tapas lunch for eight people at Dakota Shy Winery, a member of Wine Spectator’s Top 100, at the winery’s Napa Valley estate
  • Private tasting and tour hosted by Williams Selyem Winery, located in Napa’s Russian River Valley, for four people
  • Two elevated tasting experiences for two people at each of Duckhorn Vineyards’ four Napa and Sonoma-based wineries, including the Private Tasting experience (featuring a rich history of the vineyards), Personalized Portfolio experience (including a visit to Napa Valley’s permit blend house at Paraduxx), Pathway to Pinot experience (featuring the pinnacle of cool-climate Pinot Noir at Migration), and Estate Wine and Cheese Pairing (featuring Anderson Valley Pinot Noir at Goldeneye).

Restrictions: Vineyard reservations subject to availability and must be scheduled by winning bidder. Incidental hotel charges are not included, and hotel credits are based on average seasonal room rates. Certain peak dates may have higher rates; in that case, the winning bidder will be required to pay the difference. Airfare and transportation not included.

Donors: Dakota Shy Winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, Garden Creek Ranch Vineyards Winery, Kosta Browne Winery, Land of Promise Winery, and Williams Selyem Winery - Value: $7,000

#14 Host an Unforgettable Event for 20 with Windows Catering
 
Throw a party Windows style! Gather friends or family for a memorable celebration, dinner party, or other special occasion. Windows, one of Washington’s premier caterers, will bring its magical touch to your event, providing delicious food, friendly staff, and all the necessary catering equipment.
 
Restrictions: Not valid in the month of December. Two weeks notice preferred. Includes food, equipment/linens, staff, and soft drinks. Windows Catering will consult with the winning bidder on menu choices and will provide up to $2,500 in catering services; the winning bidder will be responsible for any additional charges. Package does not include alcoholic beverages.
 
Donors: Julie and Andrew Gerstel, Carol and Henry Dinardo, and Windows Catering Company - Value: $2,500

#15 One-Week Costa Rican Adventure

The extraordinary Casa Atardecer offers the winning bidder a one-of-a-kind experience that makes the most of Costa Rica’s natural beauty. Located about 200 meters above, and one-quarter mile inland from, the Pacific Ocean, the casa offers breathtaking ocean vistas and dramatic sunsets. During the day, toucans, aracaris, other tropical birds, and sometimes even sloths and monkeys visit the surrounding trees. Morning wake-up calls are provided by howler monkeys in the nearby forest.

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

Restrictions: Home is available for a one-week stay (beginning and ending on a Saturday) on mutually agreeable dates between June 4, 2022 and October 15, 2022. Airfare and Transportation not included.

Donor: Bruce Baird - Value: $6,000

#16 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 T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom
  • Four tickets to a game during the 2022-23 season (seats are located in the Capital One Arena’s lower bowl)
  • And, if Covid-19 protocols allow, a meet-and greet with T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom following the game!

Restrictions: Contact donor for a mutually agreeable date during the 2022–2023 season. The schedule will be released during summer 2022.

Donors: Liza Berg and Nicklas Backstrom and Lauren and T.J. Oshie - Value: Priceless

#17 All A-Bordeaux! Spend One Week in an Elegant French Chateau
 
Bordeaux, located in southwest France, arguably is the world’s most famous wine region and is renowned for its beautiful landscapes. If you ever have dreamed of spending your days exploring French vineyards, enjoying incredible cuisine, or immersing yourself in the French countryside and all that it offers, this extraordinary package is for you.
 
The lucky winning bidder and guests will enjoy a week-long stay at Chateau Magdeleine de Bouhou, a private gîte nestled within a working Cote de Blaye, Bordeaux vineyard. The home is beautifully refurbished and includes five bedrooms that comfortably sleep 10 people, a private garden, outdoor shower, terrace, and barbecue area. The home is a short bike ride from the local town of Blaye. Bicycles are available for use at the property, and a bike path stretching from Blaye to Etauliers is nearby. There are many attractions worth exploring, including St. Emilion, the Medoc region, Arcachon and the Dune du Pilat, the Aquitaine coastline and lakes, Cognac, and Bordeaux city, and, of course, there is lots of wine to drink! Round out your week with a vineyard tour at either Chateau Puynard or Chateau Magdeleine Bouhou.
 
Restrictions: Package expires February 26, 2023. Contact donors for mutually agreeable dates. Airfare and transportation not included.
 
Donors: Naomi Murtagh and Andrew Eakin and Erin Cleary Murtagh ‘93 and Paul Murtagh - Value: $4,000