Auction Preview: 2018 Benefit Brunch

Every year, through the generosity of our wonderful community members, Kirby School auctions one-of-a-kind experiences, unique getaways, and not-to-be-missed opportunities at the Kirby School Benefit Brunch. Here’s a preview of some of the items on auction:

Gourmet Dinner for 10 in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Come enjoy a fantastic multi-course gourmet dinner, with paired cocktails for each course, in the middle of the Santa Cruz mountains! Hosted by the Gull/Bergeron, Veis, and Kennedy/VanDenBerg families, with transportation provided to and from the event. Up to ten guests are invited to join this festive evening filled with good company and fine dining–bid on multiple seats to bring your friends!

Sleepover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Ever wonder what fish do at night? Find out for yourself on an overnight stay at the Aquarium! This nighttime adventure offers you and your family a unique way to experience the world-class exhibits of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You’ll enjoy fun activities throughout the evening, including a bedtime snack and special late-night programming. In the morning, wake up next to amazing ocean animals before enjoying a continental breakfast in the Cafe.

Tamale Making Workshop
Join former Kirby Chef Rene Martinez, Spanish teacher Carolina Martinez, and staff Gloria Murato to learn how to make three varieties of traditional tamales: Chicken, Pork, and Cheese with Poblano Peppers. Bring a friend, spouse, or student, and go home with a full tummy and at least a dozen homemade delicious tamales for Mother’s Day!

Roaring Camp Rendezvous
Hop aboard history on the Beach Train! Embark just down Encinal Street near Kirby School with as many friends and family as you like and enjoy a unique tour through the redwood trees to Roaring Camp. Your VIP train departs at 11AM on May 6th and includes a History of Santa Cruz Trains with Kirby Alumni Trevor Park (pictured above, Class of 2017). When you arrive at Roaring Camp, you’ll be treated to a catered lunch at the picnic area with music from Kendra Hanson’s band, Brod Och Vatten (Bread and Water). This 3 hour journey will take you back in time as you clickety-clack down the tracks, through our lush forest dappled with sunlight.

San Miguel Condo
Casa Yoda-Seuss, located in San Miguel de Allende, Colonial Mexico, is being offered by Sandy Hockman, a friend of Kirby School and local realtor at Sereno Group Real Estate. This 2 bedroom vacation condo is about a 10 minute walk to the city center, Jardin, and only three blocks to the Institute Allende. Wander the historical city exploring its arts culture, restaurants, gardens, and historic center, a World Heritage Site–and return to the comfort and serenity of this delightful retreat complete with fireplaces in each bedroom. Availability in 2018: all of May, first week of June, end of November and beginning of December. Availability in 2019: April and May. Please email Sandy Hockman or call 831-588-5458.

Costanoa Getaway
This year, take a break from the hectic pace and retreat to Costanoa Lodge for a beautiful and rejuvenative respite with a loved one. Situated on the rugged California Coast, this getaway to the Costanoa Lodge is good for two nights of lodging, two 50 minute massages, and $200 towards dinner for two. Enjoy mountain biking, hiking or kayaking…or just while away the time in the comfort of your own oasis. This wonderful night is offered through the generosity of a Kirby family.

Classes without Quizzes
If you ever wanted to go back to school only never had the time, here’s your chance! Select Kirby faculty, each an expert in their field, create inspiring adult learning opportunities just for you. Explore the fascinating world of sharks, their myths and preconceived notions with science faculty, Petter Bauer, who has made over 275 international dives to study these predators. Or join Kirby AP government faculty Kevin Campbell in an informative dialog about two global superpowers, China and Russia, followed by a lively Q and A. These unique opportunities and more will be made more enjoyable with adult refreshments and friends! Book a class together and go back to school–no assessments, guaranteed!