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1. All sales are final and no exchanges or refunds are possible. Payments for winning bids must be made in full on the night of the event by check, VISA, MasterCard or American Express. No sales tax will be charged. Auction checkout and pick-up will be available at the Registration area until 11 p.m. All Live Auction items should be paid for immediately following the Live Auction.

1. Bid numbers will be assigned to each guest as they check in. Guests provide their credit card information in order to be supplied with bid numbers. You will not be charged unless you place a bid.

2. By his or her purchase, the buyer waives any claim for liability against either the Bay Area Discovery Museum or the donor of the property or service. Neither the Museum nor the donor is responsible for any personal injury or damage that may result from the property or services sold.

3. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser and such acknowledgement shall be legal and binding. With the word “SOLD” from the auctioneer, the title to the auction item will pass to the highest bidder.

3. The Museum does not appraise or estimate fair market value of items. The donors have furnished statements of value appearing in the description. Values assigned to some items are estimates only and not warranted by the Museum for tax purposes or general value. Amounts paid in excess of fair market value may be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Bidders should consult their own tax advisors. 4. While every reasonable effort has been made to describe each item correctly, all items and services are sold “as is,” without warranty, unless otherwise noted. Please note restrictions, if any, stated in the item description. Any last minute changes to an item will be highlighted on or near the bid sheet. The Museum is not responsible for the description or authenticity of items. 5. Tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages are not included in gift certificates, unless indicated. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to make contact with the donor. 6. Each buyer must carefully honor the terms and conditions of any item purchased. All reservations are on a space-available basis and are subject to holiday and blackout periods, unless otherwise noted.

2. How to bid: To enter a bid, bidder will raise his or her bid number toward the auctioneer. A bid is registered only when formally recognized and called by the auctioneer.

4. In the event of a dispute between bidders, the auctioneer shall have the sole and final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. 5. The successful winning bidder shall identify him/herself by his/her bid number and will immediately receive a claim form from an auction assistant to sign. All auction items are non-refundable and non-transferable. 6. Live Auction items shall be paid for and collected at the close of the Live Auction (when the check-out accounting is complete).

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Live Auction lot descriptions

lot 1 Th e U lt i m at e B ac k ya r d For over 25 years, Barbara Butler has specialized in the design and construction of custom, site-specific, artistic play structures. Barbara’s philosophy: Create a great backyard play structure that’s an outdoor playroom. Make it beautiful to look at and strong enough for the whole family to play on it. Spark the imagination and encourage kids to turn off the TV and computer, and go outside to play! Now is your chance to work with Barbara on a play structure custom designed for your kids and your yard. Add to this a set of Imagination Playground “big blue blocks.” Using Imagination Playground blocks, kids build a new world every day. They make objects like animals, rocket ships and robots. Most importantly, they make the rules. Because Imagination Playground is child-directed and open-ended, it encourages self-expression through deep, joyful play… right in your backyard. Once your beautiful play structure is complete enjoy a family portrait session in your new backyard with acclaimed Bay Area Photographer, Eric Schumacher. Generously donated by: Barbara Butler Artist-Builder, Inc., Imagination Playground and Eric Schumacher Photography

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lot 2 S a d d l e U p , Ci t y S l i c k e r s Life in Marin and San Francisco can be quite hectic. You and your family deserve a break from time to time. Here’s a chance to truly get away. Brasada Ranch ( is nestled in the mountains overlooking Bend, Oregon less than an hour non-stop from SFO. The luxurious hotel and resort affords every guest panoramic Cascade Mountain views and a true sense of place. Your weekend away will include: • Three nights in a three-bedroom Sage Canyon cabin • A two-hour “cowboy” horse ride for four • Three rounds of golf for four • A specially prepared “farm-to-table” dinner for four • Two 90 minute spa treatments Additional activities in close proximity include fly fishing, cycling, paddling, rafting and hiking.

S a d d l e u p, City Slickers

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lot 3 a d u o o f B ay A r e a G e taway s : Pr is t i n e fa i rway s & f r e sh pow D e r Monterey Two wonderful Bay Area retreats await you and your family. First, indulge in a weekend at Carmel Valley Ranch ( located minutes up the road from Carmel and Pebble Beach approximately two hours south of San Francisco. The weekend includes two nights access to two Ranch suites, the Ranch signature bee experience for four, “Ranch Hands Kids Camp” or “Busy Bees” programming for kids and the choice of one round of golf or a 60 minute spa treatment for the adults. You’ll also enjoy passes to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium where the family can look for, and learn about, Nemo, Dory, and Crush. Tahoe Then turn around and head north for a weekend at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn on the slopes of Squaw Valley USA in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of North Lake Tahoe. The weekend includes two nights for two in a beautifully appointed Classic guest room. Play by day — maybe you can master Moseley’s famed “dinner roll” on the same slopes he did — then enjoy an exquisite dinner for two at the PlumpJack Café. Generously donated by: Carmel Valley Ranch, PlumpJack Group and Elizabeth & Richard Fullerton


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lot 4 Th e U lt i m at e S a n F r a n c is c o B a l l e t E x pe r i e n c e This holiday season, experience the sparkle and magic of Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece. Enjoy two exclusive box seats at the opening night of the San Francisco Ballet’s 2013 production of The Nutcracker. You will enjoy the distinctive opportunity to tour backstage where you will meet select dancers in person after the show. To memorialize the once in a lifetime evening, you will receive a pair of autographed ballet shoes signed by members of the San Francisco Ballet. Then step away to Absinthe Restaurant and immerse yourselves in the after-show dinner crowd and relish the immediate memories of a truly magical evening of ballet. Also included is a formal portrait session which may be used before your night at the Ballet. Generously donated by: Elizabeth & Richard Fullerton and Joshua Ets-Hokin Photography

The Ultimate San francisco ballet e x pe r i e nc e

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lot 5 C o m e F ly Wi t h M e This is a dream package for an aviation enthusiast! If you have ever wanted to pilot a jet or take a private VIP tour of the Boeing factory, this is your chance. Alaska Airlines has donated 90 minutes in their full-motion professional 737 Boeing Flight Simulator* to two people (one “Captain” and one “Co-Pilot”). While in the “Sim” — ­ a fully-enclosed cockpit — the Head of Training at Alaska will instruct the couple in takeoffs, approaches, landings, emergency maneuvers or simply blue-sky cruising — the sky is literally the limit. For the Sim training, you and your Co-Pilot will be flown to Seattle using two round-trip economy tickets with no blackouts. Once in Seattle you’ll be treated to a 3-night stay in an Executive Suite at the Alexis in downtown Seattle, a luxury boutique Kimpton Hotel near Pike’s Place Market and the Waterfront. You and a guest will dine at the high-end Canlis Restaurant in your own private top-floor room “The Cache,” and amuse yourself during your Seattle visit with a private tour and all-day passes at the gorgeous Museum of Flight and VIP private tour of Boeing’s factory and newest planes. Generously donated by: Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Museum of Flight, Alexis Hotel, Canlis Restaurant, Museum of Flight and Adrianne Yamaki & Richard Sanders

*You do not need to hold a pilot’s license to fly the simulator. Because Alaska Airlines trains pilots on the 737 Boeing Simulator 24 hours a day due to high cost of operation, donors cannot select time of day of their session, which may be between midnight and 6am (just like real pilots!) For Boeing tour, all participants must be over 12 years of age. There is no age limit for the simulator.

C om e F ly With Me

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lot 6 Ki tc h e n Fi t fo r a n I ro n Ch e f A flawless kitchen couples beauty with function, and the talented designers, craftmen, and vendors in this package will ensure the hearth of your home is the perfect blend of both. You begin with a remodel by the head of Sutro Architects, Stephen Sutro himself. His work is complemented with design by interior designer Chloe Warner and planning and management by JB Ferrarone of Plath and Company General Contractors. Marble fabrication will be provided by Fox Marble, and a brand-new range by Dacor, a Bosch dishwasher, and speakers by Metro Eighteen will round out your gorgeous new kitchen. To top it off, you will inaugurate your fabulous kitchen with a $200 Whole Foods Market gift certificate, a case of delicious wine and a personal home visit and cooking lesson by famed Swedish Chef, Nils Noren. Chef Noren was the past Executive Chef of Aquavit in Manhattan and Vice President of Culinary Arts for The French Culinary Institute. He will work alongside you and an intimate group of friends to prepare a gourmet meal, perhaps regaling you with the same skills he demonstrated on his past guest appearances on Top Chef Masters, Jimmy Fallon and CBS Morning. Generously donated by: Sutro Architects, Chloe Warner, JB Ferrarone, Dacor, Fox Marble, Metro Eighteen, Purcell Murray, Nils Noren, Whole Foods Market, Ernie Chow and Stephen Hohenrieder Value: $30,000*

Kitchen Fit for an Iron Ch e f

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lot 7 A m e r i c a ’ s Cu p E x pe r i e n c e Come watch teams contest for one of the oldest trophies in sports, dating back to 1851 when the New York Yacht Club beat the best the British had to offer! Over 150 years later, the maritime competition rages on, and this summer the venue for the America’s Cup is our beloved San Francisco Bay. The technology has emerged over the decades — AC45s and AC72 boats are fixed wing catamaran sailboats capable of “flying across the water” at twice the speed of wind! With such speed and international attention, the action promises to be intense. The America’s Cup activities also features a series of world class concerts hosted at the America’s Cup Pavilion. This package includes: • Two VIP tickets to a day of race viewing aboard Yacht America at The Louis Vuitton Cup • A private tour of Oracle Team USAs home base Pier 80 • VIP networking breakfast at team base • VIP lunch • Team poster signing • Four tickets to the Sting concert (June 2) • Two tickets to the Train concert (August 11) • Dinner for four at the acclaimed Park Tavern in San Francisco • Tideline Marine Group’s Bay Area water taxi ride Generously donated by: Oracle, Tideline Marine Group, Park Tavern and Elizabeth & Richard Fullerton

america’s Cup experience

Lot 7 Water Taxi

Sting June 2

Train August 11

lot 8 A lo h a Ti m e The ultimate in family getaways — a luxurious one-week stay at a Ke Alaula townhouse villa which sits at the heart of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Voted the #1 resort in North America by Condé Naste magazine, Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu is THE destination in Hawaii. This beautifully appointed home was recently renovated and offers panaromic views of the ocean, including across the Pacific Ocean to Maui’s signature volcano, Haleakala. The home offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a Grand Retreat room with a king bed. It is ideal for a family of two adults, two to three children, and an additional guest in the open Grand Retreat room. Included in the package is a hosted swimming and lunch experience at the members-only Canoe Club, complete with an infinity pool overlooking the sandy beach of Kukio Cove. Additionally, two rounds of golf (foursomes) on the signature Jack Nicklaus course, home of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, are included. And, the whole family will enjoy an outing to the Three Ring Ranch Animal Sanctuary which is home of an albino zebra! Generously donated by: Heather & Sanjay Jain and The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Aloha Time

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Online Auction Fo o d i e Fa n ta s y If your favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations, this package is for you! Start by treating yourself and a friend to an uncommon tapas experience at The Bazaar in Beverly Hills, where you will experience the innovative culinary artistry of award-winning Spanish chef José Andrés. Enjoy modern, cutting-edge creations by the man named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012, in surroundings styled by visionary Philippe Starck. Since you may not have a designated driver after several frozen caipirinhas, you and your guest will spend the weekend at the luxury hotel which houses The Bazaar — the very sexy SLS Beverly Hills. You can recover after an afternoon shopping nearby Rodeo Drive with a gym visit or nap in a roof-top pool-side cabana. Back in San Francisco, enjoy dinner for two at Flour + Water, a restaurant in the Mission to which the Chronicle’s restaurant critic Michael Bauer, “couldn’t wait to return.” With a menu crafted by Thomas McNaughton — sous chef at Quince and Gary Danko, and James Beard Foundationnominated “Rising Star Chef” for three years running — Flour + Water elevates simple pasta and pizza to the sublime. You’ll continue your foodie experience with reservations for two at a pair of SF’s hottest restaurants — Spruce (recognized for Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef”) and State Bird Provisions (a semi-finalist in 2013 for coveted James Beard Award “Best New Restaurant”). Lastly, pick a summer day to attend a private wine-tasting and picnic lunch with 11 of your closest friends at Wente Vineyards, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Located in historic Livermore Valley, Wente Family Estates recently received the American Winery of the Year award from Wine Enthusiast magazine for its leadership role in winemaking. Generously donated by: Flour + Water, SLS Hotels, Wente Vineyards and Jeana Toney

Bid Through Monday!

I n fo r m at i o n Our delicious Foodie Fantasy will be available exclusively for online bidding starting Wednesday, April 24 – Monday, May 6, 2013. 1. To bid on this package, please visit: 2. Bidding will close on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8 p.m. 3. The auction winner will be contacted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. All package components will be mailed.

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