2003 Harvest Moon Auction — Bing sotto la Bella Luna
By Jennifer Winters, Assistant Director
The past year’s Harvest Moon Auction, “Bing sotto la Bella Luna,” had a robust and sparkling Italian theme inspired by author and artist David Macaulay’s book Angelo. The event marked the 15th annual celebration to benefit the Bing Nursery School Scholarship Fund.
The Schwab Center’s banquet hall, the setting of the 2003 event, was bejeweled with scenes from Italy. Opera singers entertained and the number of auction items surpassed previous years. The evening commenced with the traditional silent auction, which was full of amazing art, decadent restaurants, fantastic getaways and vacations, one-of-a-kind sporting items, world-class wine and an abundance of items for children.
A very lively “live” auction followed, emceed by Bing parents, Warren Packard and Bob Burlinson, who looked ever so dapper in traditional Roman attire. The live auction included a spectacular array of items such as: a custom playhouse to match your home, a dinner of a lifetime by a famous Italian chef, a month of meals without cooking; a cruise to New Zealand as well as Sicily, a round of golf at Cypress Point; a fabulous night in San Francisco, a five-night stay at The Orchid at Mauna Lani, a perfect Napa night with dinner at the legendary French Laundry, a stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, a week in your private La Punta at Las Hasdas casita; but the pièce de résistance was a rabbit from the same family as beloved Bing Bunny!
Everything together made for a fun-filled and successful evening.
In addition to the wonderful evening, “Bing sotto la Bella Luna” also raised nearly $250,000 for the Bing Scholarship Fund. And, once again Helen and Peter Bing made a generous gift of $50,000 to the Fund.
As one of the few nursery schools in the country to fund a substantial financial-aid program, the Bing scholarship program enables diversity and outreach, which are important parts of our mission and add significantly to the positive experience of the children at Bing. More than 20% of the families receive financial aid.
We extend our thanks and appreciation to all who attended and participated and we look forward to seeing everyone again this fall.
The success of any event of this magnitude is a direct reflection of the dedication and hard work of a great many contributors and volunteers. We offer sincere thanks to all!
We would also like to recognize some folks from the Bing community for their contributions above and beyond the call of duty — specifically, auction co-chairs Jaspi Sandu and Corina Martinez for their endless commitment — and the Auction Committee Members whose tireless dedication from start to finish ensured success.