VLSC Justice for All: Celebrating Pro Bono Silent Auction
May 21, 2015

Below is a sampling of the items that willl be available at our annual silent auction.  More items are added daily, so check back soon! Want to donate to this year's auction?  Contact Whitney Ward at (510) 302-2209 or whitney@acbanet.org.  
Thank you for supporting VLSC!

 

Featured Items

64 GB iPad Mini 3 and One-Year Subscription to all seven CEB OnLAW Librarys

Get instant access to all of CEB’s titles from wherever there is a wireless connection. The iPad Mini 3 fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, 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: $8,500

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 2015-2016 season.

Thank you to Ruben Sundeen

Value: $720

Private Barre Fitness Class for 20+ at The Dailey Method in Berkeley or Lafayette

The Dailey Method is at the cutting edge of fitness research, combining ballet barre work, core conditioning, and muscle strengthening through yoga, pilates, and orthopedic exercise.  Gather 20 of your friends and colleagues for a private one-hour barre class, one-hour barre-interval fusion class, or 45-minute interval class taught by the expert instructors at The Dailey Method studio in Berkeley or Lafayette.  A fantastic way to kickstart your group workout routine!

Thank you to The Dailey Method

Value: $480

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

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

“Kite” Collage on Wood Panel by Paul Jermann

This striking collage is an original piece of art created for VLSC by artist Paul Jermann.  The bright, kinetic design is formed using strips of newspaper, and the visible fragments of text make each viewing of the piece feel like a moment of rediscovery.  The kite shaped work measures 20” X 20” and would be a fantastic conversation piece for your home or office.

Thank you to Paul Jermann

Value: $600 

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 a beautiful and unique outdoor amphitheater.  Choose any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Evening or Saturday Matinee Performance during the 2015 Season.

Thank you to the California Shakespeare Theater

Value: $92

$100 Gift Certificate to 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. See “tomorrow’s plays today” in downtown Berkeley with this gift certificate.

Thank you to Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Value: $100

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 2015-2016 season (excluding opening nights and co-productions).

Thank you to Aurora Theatre Company

Value: $100

Book Lover’s Package and $25 Gift Certificate to Laurel Book Store

Laurel Bookstore’s new home in the heart of downtown Oakland is a great place for book lovers to peruse the shelves for their next favorite novel, meet local authors, or shop for the perfect gift.  This package includes a $25 gift certificate, a Laurel Book Store travel mug and shopping tote, and advance reader’s copies of three books.

Thank you to Laurel Book Store

Value: $45

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 Classical Series Concert during the 2015-2016 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.  

Thank you to the Oakland East Bay Symphony

Value: $50

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 a subscribed production during the 2015-2016 Season, you can see “tomorrow’s plays today” in downtown Berkeley.

Thank you to Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Value: $150

Wood Panel Painting with Blue Background and Blooming Flower by Dolan Geiman

Dolan Geiman is a mixed-media artist specializing in reuse of found materials to create intricately detailed original art pieces.  This quirky original silk screen is applied directly on a piece of reclaimed wood paneling. The image features a serene dark and light blue background with a pop of yellow and pink coloring the petals of the open flower and measures 12” X 10”.

Thank you to Treehouse Green Gifts

Value: $46

Sports

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies

Cheer on the Giants as they face the Rockies on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:15 PM. 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: $140

Two Tickets to Oakland A's vs. Minnesota Twins

Get close to the action at the Oakland Coliseum with these two Field Infield tickets (section 118) and parking pass!  Take your seat behind home plate and enjoy an amazing day of baseball in Oakland on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:05 PM as the A’s take on the Twins in Game 45. 

Thank you to Eric Handler

Value: $74

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Seattle Mariners

Play hooky for an afternoon and head to AT&T Park to watch the Giants face the Mariners on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 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 summer day at the ballpark.

Thank you to Gregory A. Silva

Value: $114

Two Reserved Seat Tickets to Cal Football vs. Grambling State

Join Old Blues and new students at Memorial Stadium for Cal Football's 2015 home opener against the Grambling State Tigers on September 5, 2015.  Go Bears! 

Thank you to Cal Athletics

Value: $60

Two Oakland A's Skybox Tickets

See the game from a new perspective with these two skybox tickets to any available Oakland A’s home game in June or July.  Enjoy the luxury of a private suite as you cheer on the home team!

Thank you to Councilmember Dan Kalb

Value: $180

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves

Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon at the ballpark with these two Lower Box (Section 131) tickets to the Giants vs. Braves on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 1:05 PM.

Thank you to Aiken Welch Court Reporters

Value: $76

Autographed Andrew Bogut Golden State Warriors Swingman Jersey

Seven-foot tall Australian center Andrew Bogut has been a key player in the Golden State Warriors' bid for the 2015 NBA Championship. Commemorate his stand-out defensive performance this season with an autographed jersey.  The perfect item for collectors and fans!

Thank you to Golden State Warriors

Value: $150

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves

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. Braves on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:05 PM.

Thank you to Aiken Welch Court Reporters

Value: $76

Two Tickets to San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies

Get a birds-eye view of the action as the Giants face the Rockies with these two View Box (Section 319) tickets to fireworks night at AT&T Park on Friday, June 26 at 7:15 PM.

Thank you to Emily Doskow

Value: $60

Fine Dining

Sunday Champagne Brunch for Four at The Claremont Hotel & Spa

Ease into Sunday morning in style with this elegant buffet brunch at The Meritage at The Claremont Hotel.  The classic brunch offerings include farm fresh egg omelets, waffles made to order, house smoked salmon, and prime rib.  Sip champagne and admire the breathtaking view of the San Francisco skyline!

Thank you to The Claremont Hotel & Spa

Value: $285

$80 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: $80

$30 Gift Certificate to Rick & Ann’s Restaurant

Rick & Ann’s has been serving comforting food with universal appeal in Berkeley for 25 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: $30

$80 Gift Certificate to Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Jack London Square newcomer Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House features a seafood focused menu, an impressive raw bar, and a selection of bottled wine from all over the world.  The 100-seat space next door to sister restaurant Bocanova is anchored by a wheat-paste mural that celebrates the sea and the city of Oakland.  Settle in at the bar for peel-and-eat shrimp, clams, and an array of oysters, or relax on the patio with a glass of wine and a crab roll.

Thank you to Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Value: $80

$50 Gift Certificate to The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel

Tucked inside the historic Lake Merritt Hotel, the Terrace Room is a 1920’s art deco supper club with a stunning panoramic view of Lake Merritt.  Enjoy a relaxing dinner watching the city lights sparkle on the water, or people-watch while sipping mimosas at weekend brunch.

Thank you to Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Value: $50

Fine Wine & Spirits

1990 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.  Well balanced and aromatically complex, this 1990 Cab has been aged to its peak in a private collection.  An exceptional wine for any enthusiast or collector!

Thank you to Les & Linda Hausrath

Value: $100

1983 Warre’s Vintage Porto

Founded in 1670, Warre’s is one of the most highly esteemed producers of Port wine and is regarded to be the oldest of the British Port shipping firms. Their 1983 Vintage Port is richly perfumed and fragrant, with a polished palate and savory complexity. After more than three decades in the cellar, this port is ready to be sipped after dinner or to warm you up on a cool Bay Area evening.

Thank you to Les & Linda Hausrath

Value: $90

Distillery Tour at Tasting for Four at St. George Spirits

Housed in a 65,000 square-foot airplane hangar on the former naval air base in Alameda, St. George Spirits offers one of the most picturesque views in the Bay Area to complement its selection of artisan spirits.  Learn how spirits are made on the entertaining (and educational!) distillery tour, and stay to taste some of the Bay Area’s best local libations, including three brand new Vodkas, Terroir Gin, and the first American Absinthe produced after the ban on the spirit was lifted in 2007.

Thank you to St. George Spirits

Value: $80

Private Wine Tasting and Tour for Four at Rock Wall Wine Company

Head out to Alameda’s decommissioned Naval Air Station for a “Rock Star Tasting Experience” at Rock Wall Wine Company.  Start your afternoon with a guided tour of the company’s state of the art winemaking facilities and then admire the view from your VIP table as you taste a selection of five wines hand-picked by award-winning winemaker Shauna Rosenblum.

Thank you to Rock Wall Wine Company

Value: $100

Set of Two Sea Stones “Sticks & Stones” Swizzle Sticks from Treehouse Green Gifts

Designed to keep drinks perfectly mixed without the diluting effects of ice, these natural Sea Stone Swizzle Sticks are the perfect addition to any bar! 

Thank you to Treehouse Green Gifts

Value: $36

Outings and Getaways

One Night Stay at the Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay

Escape from the city for a day with this one-night stay (available Sunday through Thursday nights) in the Burgundy Rose or Briar Rose Room at the Mill Rose Inn.  This award winning Bed & Breakfast is renowned for exuberant gardens and offers easy access to the shops, galleries and restaurants of vibrant Half Moon Bay.  Gourmet breakfast can be delivered to your room or offered al fresco in the garden court yard.

Thank you to Ruben Sundeen

Value: $235

Two Weekday Rounds of Golf at Roddy Ranch Golf Club in Antioch

Carved from a 2000-acre working cattle ranch, Roddy Ranch’s 235 acre, par 72 course offers a true links-style layout over a canvas of an exquisite landscape. Undulating greens and strategically placed bunkers challenge every aspect of your short game.  Book your tee time at this hidden golf gem!

Thank you to Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Value: $90

One-Day Family Guest Pass to The Lawrence Hall of Science

Explore the fun side of science with this pass for two adults and up to four children to UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.  Spend the day touring the insect zoo, crawling through a kaleidoscope, designing a bridge, or stargazing in the planetarium. Lawrence Hall features interactive activities to entertain (and educate!) kids and adults alike.

Thank you to The Lawrence Hall of Science

Value: $60

Oakland Zoo Family Guest Pass

Spend a day among the lions and gibbons with this one-day pass for two adults and two children and parking pass for one vehicle.  Nestled in the rolling hills of Knowland Park, the Oakland Zoo features animals of the African Savannah and the Tropical Rainforest, as well as a Children’s Zoo where youngsters are encouraged to learn about animals through exploration and play. 

Thank you to Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Value: $63

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: $229

Dockside Tour for Six 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: $60

Jewelry & Fashion

$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

$50 Gift Certificate to 77 Salon and Kérastase Styling Products

Pamper yourself with luxury hair services at 77 Salon in Oakland Rockride or Alameda and keep your new style looking flawless with Styling Spray and Lift Vertige Gel from Kérastase Resistance.

Thank you to 77 Salon

Value: $130

Technology

Pebble Steel Smartwatch

Keep your phone in your pocket and control your email, texts, music and apps from right on your wrist.  The Pebble Steel Smartwatch is compatible with iPhones and Android devices, waterproof up to 165 feet, and features an easy to read screen and built-in pedometer.  The watch’s classic design and sharp styling make it a great complement to a professional wardrobe, and the black leather strap can be swapped with the included steel bracelet for a sportier look.  The Pebble Steel  is the perfect marriage of form and function.

Thank you to AT&T

Value: $199

LG G Pad 7.0 LTE Tablet

The LG G Pad 7.0 lets you enjoy your favorite apps, movies, and games in a compact, comfortable and easily portable package.  Featuring a 7” HD+ screen, dual window multitasking to interact with two apps at once, and seamless pairing with Android smartphones, this tablet makes it easy to carry work (and play) with you wherever you go.

Thank you to AT&T

Value: $199

iPad Mini 16GB/Wi-Fi/White (1st Generation)

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: $249