Already looking forward to Smuin Ballet’s annual gala on March 6? Read on for a peek at our auction items. From the culinary delights of San Francisco to performing onstage with Smuin, you don’t want to miss these incredible opportunities!
Lot 1. Ultimate SF Giants Insider Experience. The world-famous San Francisco Giants invite you and 3 friends for the ultimate insider experience including pre-game visits with Renel Brooks-Moon and Mike Krukow in the broadcast booth. You will watch the game from premium lower box seats. Good for a mutually agreed upon Giants home game.
Lot 2. Best of the Bay Area Dining. Spend a year taking a culinary journey to 12 of the Bay Area’s top-rated and most sought-after restaurants. The package can include Fog City, Zero Zero, Zuni Cafe, Flour + Water, Prospect, Boulevard, Park Tavern, Rich Table, Bix, Jardinière, Pizzaiolo, and Delfina. Dinner for 2 at each.
Lot 3. Sonoma Spectacular: Spend a glorious morning on Saturday April 30, 2016 in Sonoma at the world-renowned Oliver Ranch. The Ranch is home to 18 remarkable site-specific art installations from artists including Andy Goldworthy and Richard Serra. The ranch is not open to the public and this package provides you and up to 9 others with a 2.5-hour walking tour of this one-of-a-kind outdoor museum and sculpture garden. Your tour will be followed by a wine tasting at the Stryker Sonoma winery and a picnic lunch from critically acclaimed SHED, a Michael Bauer favorite.
Lot 4. St. Regis Stay-cation in Style. Treat yourself to a stay-cation at the St. Regis! Spend the day at the St. Regis’ spa, enjoy the city’s vibrant downtown, and spend the evening in one of the St. Regis’ suites followed by breakfast in the hotel the next morning.
Lot 5. Barre at the Bar: Mingle with Smuin’s dancers at your own private cocktail party at John’s Grill. This will give you an opportunity for you and your friends to socialize with our incredible artists. Good for up to 10 guests at a time agreed upon by Smuin.
Lot 6. Cooking at Picco! Learn to prepare some popular specialties with Chef Bruce Hill at Picco, Michelin-rated high-end Italian eatery in Larkspur. Once you have honed your skills, you will be treated to a gourmet lunch paired with wines chosen by General Manager Ryan Heis. Chef Hill will also create a special culinary treat for you and your guests to take home. This opportunity is the first of its kind as Picco has never before opened its kitchen to guests. Available for up to 8 people from October 2016 – October 2017. Date must be agreed upon with the chef and owners.
Lot 7. NYC Classic: Delight in Macy’s 2016 Thanksgiving Day parade from the Grandstand at the beginning of the parade route. You will receive 4 VIP tickets along with a 2-night stay in a conveniently located New York hotel.
Lot 8. Dance with Smuin Ballet. Ever dream of playing in the snow with our dancers during the Christmas Ballet? Now is your chance! You’ll have a walk-on role during “White Christmas” in the 2016 performance. You’ll also receive 6 premium tickets so friends can come cheer you on. A private post-show reception with the dancers will be arranged for you and your guests.
Lot 9. La Villa Bella – Punta Mita, Mexico. Stay in this luxurious 4 bedroom/5 bath home on the Mexican Riviera that’s situated next to the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita and adjacent to Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. During your stay, you’ll be treated like royalty for 4 nights/5 days with your own housekeeper, heated outdoor pool, use of the golf course, and access to the Resident’s Beach Club. Good for up to 8 guests at a mutually agreed upon time.
Ticket revenue covers less than 40% of our operating budget, which includes shoes, costumes, and physical therapy for dancers. We ask you to raise a paddle to ensure that the Company continues to both honor Michael’s legacy and present new and innovative works.
Smuin Ballet pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style, combining classical ballet training, technique, and artistry with uncommon physicality and expression. Smuin offers audiences an experience of ballet that is entertaining, evocative, and original.
Smuin Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in San Francisco, which serves the entire Bay Area. Funds from our annual gala contribute directly to our ability to share our passion for dance through performances and outreach.