Cape & Gown Gala Auction Items Announced

November 7, 2018
Children's Institute

We are only a week away from our inaugural Cape & Gown Gala next Wednesday in Santa Monica! Below are some highlights from the upcoming live auction.

Proceeds from the auction will support Children’s Institute’s work with 26,000 children and families in our Los Angeles community.

Family Excursion to Jamaica
Donated by Teddy Greenspan & Family

Enjoy a week at Haystack, your own private villa that accommodates 16 people, situated on four acres with a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea. Included in Condé Nast’s Gold List of “the best places to stay in the world,” the Tryall Club in Jamaica is an exclusive gated villa resort with one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Watch Video.

Restrictions & Blackout Dates: Airport transfers, meals, golf, tennis, spa and other expenses are not included. Gratuity is not included, it is suggested that guests tip the villa staff ($2,000 per week is recommended), and are required to pay a resort fee which is currently $135 per adult per week. Haystack Villa is 30 minutes from Montego Bay Sangster Airport (MBJ). Generally bookings are from Saturday to Saturday. All holidays are blacked out and dates to be mutually agreed upon.

Value: $25,000

Gourmet Backyard BBQ
Donated by individual chefs and produced by Billy Harris

Enjoy a private summer soiree for 50 of your closest friends and family. We will bring LA’s top five award-winning chefs to your home for a memorable barbeque feast, followed by the ice cream party of your dreams with the Cool Haus truck. Subject to availability, participants may include Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station), Neil Fraser (Redbird), Daniel Weinstock (Mapleblock Meat Co.), Ryan Denicola (chi SPACCA) and Shannon Spindle (Craft LA).

Restrictions & Blackout Dates: All dates must be mutually agreed upon.

Value: Priceless

Private Coastal Tour on Frank Gehry-Designed Yacht “Foggy”
Organized by Gehry Partners

You’ve yacht to be kidding me?! Enjoy a three-to-four hour afternoon sail on FOGGY with twelve of your nearest and dearest friends. This one-of-a-kind, privately owned, Frank Gehry designed yacht will take you from Marina del Rey up along the picturesque coast to Malibu.

Restrictions & Blackout Dates: This is to be arranged at a mutually agreed upon time and date. Expires 11/14/2019.

Value: Priceless

Weekend Getaway to Terranea Resort & Helicopter Ride
Terranea package donated by Beth & Bob Lowe and helicopter ride donated by Bridget Glass Keller & Paul Keller

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA’s traffic? Enjoy a private helicopter ride for six people and see LA from a different perspective. Tour includes views of the coast, mountains, and downtown skyline. Then head to Palos Verdes to relax in a private three bedroom casita with an ocean view at Terranea Resort and enjoy a round of golf for six people.

Restrictions & Blackout Dates: Gift Certificate is valid from November 15, 2018 to November 14, 2019 excluding the months of July, August and holidays. Other blackout dates may apply. Please allow 30 days advanced notice when booking and refer to this certificate donated to: Children’s Institute. Reservations subject to availability at time of reservation. General public availability status does not apply to this certificate. Multiple night stays must be consecutive; if not, remaining nights are forfeited. Present original certificate to Front Desk upon check-in (no copies), otherwise you will be charged for the room rate until the certificate is received. Certificate is not redeemable for cash and is void if sold, transferred or conveyed for cash or any other consideration and or if listed or advertised for sale or auction on the internet in newspapers, magazines or other similar means. Resort is unable to reissue lost or stolen certificates. Neither cash nor credit will be issued for any unused portion of this certificate. The date and time of the helicopter ride must be mutually agreed upon.  

Value: $15,000

Wolfgang Puck Tasting Lab
Donated by Gelila & Wolfgang Puck

Located within Wolfgang’s experimental test kitchen in West Hollywood, CA, The Test Kitchen presents an nontraditional tasting menu for eight guests. Wolfgang Puck chefs from across the globe collaborate to deliver an immersive experience that challenges expectations and pushes the boundaries for the future of food.

Restrictions & Blackout Dates: This one-of-a-kind dinner will be held on any evening Tuesday-Friday. Subject to availability. Expires on 12/31/2019.

Value: $5,000

Home for the 10 O’Clock News 

Peel out of the parking lot before everyone else! A runner will take your ticket to the valet ahead of the event’s mass exodus and your car will be waiting for you – engine running – when you step outside.

Restrictions & Blackout Dates: Valid for one car on Wednesday, November 14, 2018; does not include gratuity.

Value: In LA? Priceless

About the Auctioneer: Billy Harris

Billy is a highly sought after auctioneer who lends his comedic style to the auction block. A cousin of Vaudeville great Georgie Jessel, Billy has been performing his entire life. By the tender age of five and a half, he understood how to work a room!