Below is a sampling of items that you can find in our fantastic silent auction.  More items are added daily, so check back soon!

Featured Items

Private Book Club Appearance from Free Spirit Author Joshua Safran

Wow your book club members with a private appearance from attorney and author Joshua Safran, who will join you to discuss his debut book, the critically acclaimed Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid.  Described by Publishers Weekly as “reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking,” Joshua’s memoir recounts his childhood living on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius and how his mother’s struggle with an abusive partner inspired Joshua’s lifelong commitment to pro bono work and advocacy for domestic abuse survivors.  Choose a mutually agreeable time and place for the meeting and hear the story-behind-the-story from the writer himself!

Thank you to Joshua Safran

Value: Priceless

Gourmet Home Cooked Meal for Six

Richard Waxman, partner at Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, welcomes you and five guests to “Chez Waxman” in Kensington for a home-cooked meal.  A fantastic culinary experience only available to our auction bidders, this dinner continues to be one of our most sought after silent auction offerings!

Thank you to Richard P. Waxman

Value: Priceless

Cruise for Two on the Oakland Police Department Jet Patrol Boat

Take a cruise on the OPD’s patrol boat and see how the department keeps the waterfront safe!  The agile Moose M2-37 jet powered catamaran cruises at almost 30 knots and can come to a full-speed stop in less than two boat lengths, making it a great asset in securing the waters surrounding the Bay Bridge and Oakland Airport and providing shallow water rescue throughout the Bay Area.  Experience an unforgettable one-hour cruise around the Bay on this hardworking vessel!

Thank you to the Oakland Police Department

Value: Priceless

60 GB iPad Air and One-Year Subscription to a CEB OnLAW Library

Get instant access to all of CEB’s titles in a practice area of your choice from wherever there is a wireless connection. The all-new iPad Air is a sleek 7.5 millimeters thick and weighs just one pound, but with your OnLAW subscription, it will contain an entire library of California legal commentary and analysis, sample forms, and links to cited cases and codes.

Thank you to Continuing Education of the Bar-California

Value: $1,794

Day Sail for Four on the San Francisco Bay

Let your hosts, Paul and Jane Quiring, be your personal skipper and crew for a day of sailing on the Escape Clause, their 34 foot J/105 sailboat.  Your voyage for up to four guests will include lunch at Bayside Restaurant in Tiburon and everything you need for a sail to anywhere you like on the Bay.  Experience San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Sausalito and Alcatraz from a new perspective.  Anchors away!

Thank you to Paul and Jane Quiring

Value: $500

Two Round Trip Tickets on Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines’ purpose is to connect people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel.  Even their stock ticker symbol is all about LUV! Take a trip on the world’s most loved airline with these two tickets to anywhere Southwest flies in the Continental United States.

Thank you to Southwest Airlines

Value: $800

Arts & Culture

Two Tickets to a performance at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Since its founding in 1968, Berkeley Rep has grown from a storefront stage to a nationally recognized regional theater, known for its core values of imagination and excellence.  Berkeley Rep won the Tony award for outstanding regional theater in 1997, and has helped send seven shows to Broadway in the past seven years.  With these tickets to any subscribed production of the 2014-2015 Season, you can see “tomorrow’s plays today” in downtown Berkeley.

Thank you to Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Value: $140

Two Tickets to a Performance at California Shakespeare Theater

Nestled in the East Bay Hills, Cal Shakes features classic plays and new works performed in in a beautiful and unique outdoor amphitheater.  Choose any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Evening or Saturday Matinee Performance during the 2014 Season.

Thank you to the California Shakespeare Theater

Value: $86

Two Tickets to a Performance at Aurora Theatre Company

Centrally located in Downtown Berkeley’s arts district, Aurora Theatre Company produces works designed to emphasize subtle feelings and ensemble responsiveness.  The company’s intimate performance space is perfect for enjoying an immersive evening of theatergoing.  Choose any performance during the 2014-2015 season (excluding Opening Night and Co-productions).

Thank you to Aurora Theatre Company

Value: $100 

Musician Circle Membership to the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is presents over forty professional, admission-free concerts every year in five Bay Area cities.  Musician Circle Members receive the VIP treatment with priority seating for two at every Main Stage Concert, a copy of the annual CD, and member only invitations to dress rehearsals, pre-concert receptions and onstage chats with Chamber Orchestra artists. 

Thank you to San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

Value: $250

One-year Individual Membership to the Oakland Museum of California

Enjoy an all access pass to California Art, History and Natural Sciences for a year with this individual membership and experience one of our community's great cultural resources!

Thank you to the Oakland Museum of California

Value: $75

Two Tickets to a Performance of the Oakland East Bay Symphony

Enjoy great classical music right in our own backyard with two tickets to a Friday Symphony Concert during the 2014-2015 season.  The Oakland East Bay Symphony performs in the historic Paramount Theatre, one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States.  Choose one of three dates: January 23, February 20, or March 27, 2015.

Thank you to the Oakland East Bay Symphony

Value: $50

One-hour Private Swing Dancing Lesson for Two

Learn to be the envy of friends and family at weddings and events with this lesson from a local dance instructor and national Champion.

Thank you to Valerie Brown

Value: $50

"Double Elvis, c.1963" by Andy Warhol Framed Print

From pioneering Pop Artist Andy Warhol, this black and white print of overlapping Elvises evokes side-by-side film cells.  Perfect for fans of Warhol or The King, the sleek black-framed print measures approximately 22” X 31”.

Thank you to Art.com

Value: $150

No. 2/No. 30 (Yellow Center)" by Mark Rothko Framed Print

The serene blue and yellow palate in this print makes it perfect for display in a room designed for relaxation or contemplation.  The black frame sports a subtle bronze accent and measures approximately 30” X 42”

Thank you to Art.com

Value: $275

"Three Girls" by Egon Schiele Framed Print

Austrian painter Egon Schiele’s work features twisted body shapes and expressive lines that exemplify the early days of Expressionism.  The warm colors worn by the girls in the print evoke the long warm days of late summer.  The subtle silver frame measures 23” X 31”

Thank you to Art.com

Value: $200

"Rainbow Row" Stretched Canvas Print

San Francisco’s famed painted ladies pop in a rainbow of vibrant colors against a black and white skyline in this stretched canvas print.  The striking image measures 36" X 24" and will make a great addition to your home or office.

Thank you to Art.com

Value: $180

Sports

Two NBA Golden State Warriors “Courtside Club Seat” Tickets

Get the VIP treatment while you cheer on the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena. These seats are literally ‘below the rim’ and include in-seat service and access to the exclusive Courtside Club, where players often interact with fans.  Choose one game from at least 10 during the 2014-2015 season.

Thank you to Ruben Sundeen

Value: $560

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Play hooky for an afternoon and head to AT&T Park to watch the Giants face the Diamondbacks in Game 74 on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM.  These two Lower Box (Section 110) tickets are the perfect excuse to take a break from work and enjoy a beautiful fall day at the ballpark.

Thank you to Gregory A. Silva

Value: $76

Two Tickets to Oakland A's vs. Boston Red Sox

Get close to the action at the Oakland Coliseum with these two MVP tickets (section 109) and parking pass!  Take your seat on the first base line and enjoy an amazing day of baseball in Oakland on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM as the A’s take on the Red Sox in Game 37. 

Thank you to Eric Handler

Value: $96

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies

Cheer on the Giants as they face the Rockies in Game 36 on Friday, June 13, 2014.  Explosions over the Bay will complement the action on the field during this special Fireworks Night edition of Giants baseball! These Premium Lower Box (Section 109) tickets will put you right in the center of the action. 

Thank you to Elizabeth Hom

Value: $150

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds

Celebrate “All Brandon Weekend” at AT&T Park as the Giants take on the Reds in Game 44 on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Pick up a Belt or Crawford Bobblehead before heading to your View Box seats (Section 310) and enjoying an evening of midsummer baseball.

Thank you to Sally Elkington

Value: $100

Two Reserved Seat Tickets to Cal Football vs. Sacramento State

Join Old Blues and new students at Memorial Stadium for Cal Football's 2014 home opener against the Sacramento State Hornets.  Go Bears! 

Thank you to Cal Athletics

Value: $60

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals

Cheer on the Giants from the third base line at AT&T Park with these two Lower Box (Section 131) tickets to the Giants vs. Nationals on Monday, June 9 at 7:15 PM.

Thank you to Aiken Welch Court Reporters

Value: $30

Fine Dining

$100 Gift Certificate to Bocanova

Bocanova’s Pan-American menu was inspired by Chef Rick Hackett’s love of restaurant “staff meals” served by his Peruvian sous-chef, and celebrates recipes and ingredients from Mexico to Argentina.  Enjoy a meal filled with vibrant flavors and made from the freshest Bay Area ingredients right in the center of Jack London Square. 

Thank you to Bocanova

Value: $100

Brunch for Two with Bottomless Mimosas at Hopscotch

Part of the Uptown Oakland restaurant renaissance, Hopscotch is an upscale diner serving regional American food with a Japanese sensibility.  Enjoy a brunch of Soy Braised Pork Belly Benedict or the signature First Base Burger with griddled beef tongue while sipping all the mimosas you can drink!  

Thank you to Hopscotch

Value: $100

$100 Gift Certificate to Camino

Venture to Grand Avenue mainstay Camino for dinner or brunch to experience Chef  Russell Moore’s seasonal, wood-fired cuisine.  With redwood communal tables and exposed brick, the dining room is rustic and sophisticated, but the star of the show is the dramatic fireplace, where nearly every menu item is cooked over an open flame.  Enjoy a relaxing meal of deceptively simple and exceptionally well-prepared California cuisine.

Thank you to Carolyn Henel and Edward Kerley

Value: $100

$50 Gift Certificate to The Star on Grand

Grand Avenue newcomer The Star is serving up Chicago style deep-dish pizza just a few blocks from Oakland’s Lake Merritt.  The expansive restaurant features exposed brick walls and a twenty seat bar—a perfect space for groups large and small to feast on The Star's acclaimed cornmeal crust pizzas or to relax with a cocktail and some wings after a long day at the office.

Thank you to The Star on Grand

Value: $50

$50 Gift Certificate to Rick & Ann’s Restaurant

Rick & Ann’s has been serving comforting food with universal appeal in Berkeley for more than 23 years.  Their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus feature dishes the owners relished in their childhood.  Treat yourself to one of the best breakfasts anywhere in the Bay Area!

Thank you to Rick & Ann’s Restaurant

Value: $50

Chocolate Tasting for Six at Alegio Chocolaté

In a 45-minute tour, you'll taste the pure flavor of cacao thanks to Claudio Corallo, an Italian-born agronomist who's made it his mission to produce the world's best chocolate -- and he thinks he's succeeded. Claudio lives and grows his cocoa on the tiny island of São Tomé e Príncipe -- west of equatorial Africa -- and he ships his single-estate-grown organic chocolate directly and exclusively to Alegio.

Thank you to Alegio Chocolaté

Value: $90

Dinner for Two at FIVE Restaurant

Experience a menu of reinvented favorites at FIVE Restaurant in Berkeley’s Hotel Shattuck Plaza, a great space for treating a friend or client to a dinner designed to stimulate all five senses!

Thank you to FIVE

Value: $80

Fine Wine

1986 Chateau Gruaud Larose (Saint Julien, Grand Cru Classe)

The most ancient vines on the plot at Chateau Gruaud Larose are almost 100 years old, and this tradition is apparent in the vineyard’s wine, which is composed of the noble Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%), 7% Cabernet Franc (7%) and Petit Verdot (3%).  Close to 18,000 cases of the vineyard’s St. Julien are produced each year and the 1986 vintage is considered a remarkable Bordeaux wine.

Thank you to Les Hausrath

Value: $175

1987 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Robert Mondavi Winery released the first vintage of its Cabernet Sauvignon in 1968 and has since produced some of the finest examples of the varietal in the world.  Mature but lively, this 1987 Cab has been aged to its peak in a private collection.  An exceptional wine for any enthusiast or collector!

Thank you to Les Hausrath

Value: $150

Outings and Getaways

“Arctic Tour” for Six Children and Four Adults at Fentons Creamery

Fentons mascot Myrtle the Cow invites you to a unique behind-the-scenes look at Fentons Creamery.  See how ice cream is made at Fentons, an Oakland institution for 115 years, and learn about the history of ice cream making.  Then, the kids can enjoy a dish of their favorite Fentons Flavor!

Thank you to Fentons Creamery

Value: $100  

$30 Gift Certificate for Yoga Classes at Namaste Yoga and a Barefoot Yoga Mat

Namaste Yoga’s mission is to offer high quality yoga and wellness programs with love, grace, compassion, and respect.  Get your yoga practice started with this $30 gift certificate for yoga classes and a Barefoot Yoga Hybrid Eco Mat. 

Thank you to Namaste and Ann Wassam

Value: $62

Dockside Tour for Eight on the Presidential Yacht USS Potomac

The USS Potomac served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Floating White House” from 1936 until his death in 1945.  The ship’s post-Roosevelt years featured ownership by Elvis Presley, sale at a charity auction, a stint as a drug-smuggling vessel, and two weeks sunk beneath the San Francisco Bay.  After a 12 year, $5 million dollar restoration project, the Presidential Yacht, now docked in Oakland’s Jack London Square, opened to the public in 1995.  Walk in the footsteps of kings and presidents on this dockside tour!

Thank you to the USS Potomac

Value: $80

One Night Weekend Stay at the Oakland Marriott City Center

Centrally located and with spectacular views of the city of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay, the newly renovated Oakland Marriott City Center is a great place for visiting family and friends to experience Oakland at its finest!

Thank you to the Oakland Marriott City Center

Value: $139

One Night Stay in a Water View Room at the Waterfront Hotel

Located in the heart of Jack London Square, The Waterfront Hotel celebrates the Oakland harbor with nautical inspired décor and stunning views of the Port of Oakland.  Treat your friends or family to a night in one of the hotel’s spacious water view rooms.

Thank you to the Waterfront Hotel

Value: $199

Initial Consultation and Acupuncture Treatment at Castro Valley Acupuncture  

A former emergency nurse who has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine for more than 15 years, Caryn Goldman will use her wealth of experience to help you restore your body to a state of vibrant good health.  Your acupuncture treatment will be tailored to your unique health goals and can help alleviate pain, headaches, insomnia and the physical and emotional effects of stress.

Thank you to Caryn Goldman

Value: $90

Jewelry & Fashion

Silver Four Circle Cluster Earrings from Philippa Roberts

Bay Area jewelry designer Philippa Roberts’ creations have been featured in the style section of Lucky Magazine and worn by Juliana Margulies on TV’s The Good Wife.  These silver Four Circle Cluster Earrings from Roberts’ Piedmont Avenue boutique exemplify her organic and contemporary design sensibilities and make a great addition to any jewelry wardrobe.

Thank you to Philippa Roberts

Value: $100

$300 Gift Certificate to Pavé Fine Jewelry Design

Specializing in custom jewelry, Pavé Fine Jewelry Design is known for its distinctive artistic designs with an emphasis on personalized service and impeccable workmanship.  Splurge on a truly unique piece of fine jewelry created just for you!

Thank you to Pavé Fine Jewelry Design

Value: $300

Technology

iPad Mini 16GB/Wi-Fi/Slate Grey

The iPad Mini is everything you love about the iPad in a package you can hold in one hand.  This pencil thin tablet is 53% lighter than a standard iPad and is designed to go anywhere.  With over 300,000 available apps, the iPad mini is ready for work or play. Create spreadsheets, check your email, plan your next vacation, or read a best-seller, all on a device designed to stash in your smallest bag.

Thank you to Thompson Reuters

Value: $299

Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Fully equipped with Windows 8, the ATIV smart PC gives you the full PC experience with the convenience and mobility of a tablet.  Load the ATIV with all your favorite desktop software and apps, and you will be ready for work or play wherever you are!

Thank you to AT&T

Value: $500