TABLE OF CONTENTS THANK YOU FROM THE GALA CHAIRS ..............................................
GALA COMMITTEE .....................................................................................
PARENT UNDERWRITERS ............................................................................
CORPORATE UNDERWRITERS .................................................................
AUCTION DONORS ...................................................................................
SIGN UP PARTY HOSTS ..............................................................................
FACULTY EXPERIENCE TEACHERS ..........................................................
PAST GALA CHAIRS ....................................................................................
DINNER MENU .............................................................................................
MASTER OF CEREMONIES .......................................................................
AUCTION RULES ...........................................................................................
LIVE AUCTION ............................................................................................... 19 - 35 BIG BOARD ..................................................................................................... 36 - 56 CLASS PROJECTS ......................................................................................... 57 - 68 FACULTY OFFERINGS .................................................................................. 69 - 71 ADVERTISEMENTS ........................................................................................ 72 - 107
FROM OUR CHAIRS
Thank You Thank you all for your support of the 2017 AOS White Hot Havana Nights Gala. We appreciate you joining us as we raise essential funds for our beloved school. We have been amazed at how our community has come together to make the gala a possibility. In Cuba, one will often hear the phrase “Si, se puede!”, which translates to “Yes, it can be done!”. To the underwriters, donors, committee members, volunteers, room parents, the phenomenal AOS teachers and staff, and all our families – without you the gala cannot come to fruition and be successful, but with you, It Can Be Done! We are ever so grateful for the support, encouragement, and comradery and hope that you enjoy a fun-filled Cuban inspired evening! Salud! Shelly Katz & Debbie McBride 2017 Gala Co-Chairs
CO-CHAIRS: Shelly Katz Debbie McBride CORPORATE UNDERWRITING Megan Schroeder PARENT UNDERWRITING: Ginger Brown Linda Elmer Lisa Palmer BIG BOARD & LIVE AUCTION Tammy Barringer Marina Christensen Christina Flores Amanda Melvin
ONLINE AUCTION Lauren Martin Jimmie Sue Mayes Camille Mikhail Janell Reniers CLASS PROJECTS Belinda McGinty Martine Patterson Merritt Pulliam Celina Stabell SIGN UP PARTIES Michele Friedman Cathy Johnson DEVELOPMENT LIAISONS Laura Dols Blakely Hamblen
DECORATIONS Vanessa Bailey Sukhi Dosanjh Belinda McGinty CATALOG Laurel Agris Charlotte Bidard Lauren Cancienne Carrie Fairchild Meera Naehr Susie Stankowski RESERVATIONS Kristin Allen Lesil Gessner
PARENT UNDERWRITERS Havana Jefes Table
AZA Shelly & David Katz / Debbie & Jack McBride
Salsa Stars Table Tammy & Jason Ahlgren Seva & John Anaipakos Sara & Paul Doyle Linda & David Elmer Joy & Paul Posoli
Buena Vista Social Club Faculty Table Holly & Jim Baker Adonia & Kevin Cokinos Linda & David Elmer Elizabeth Lee Herrera Shelly & David Katz The Mathews Family Lorie & Robert Sheffey Robie & Randall Stenoien Blake Winston
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Merengue Masters Couple Tammy & David Barringer Marina & Alan Christensen Elizabeth & Brad Edwards Tricia & Panos Georgiou Melissa & Mark Hobbs Regina & John Kyles Jaime & Ken Merideth Janice & Rick Moore Louise & Gary Moss Nicole & George Postolos Brigitte & Mark Radulovich Lori Christ Speier & Anthony Speier Mary & Garland Stephens Tom Stilwell Andreea & Edward Xavier
Conga Line Couple
Amy & Matt Airhart Kimberly & James Albright Vanessa & Brandon Bailey Maria & Corbin Barnes Jessica & Ross Bartley Laura & Micheal Bartolotta Meg & George Basu Melissa & Sean Becker Joyce & Anthony Beebe Luba & Alan Bigman Katy French-Bloom & Michael Bloom Melissa Cross & John Bowling Val & Martial Burguieres Stacey & Scott Butler Lauren & Michael Cancienne Andrea & Chris Caswell Barbara & Chris Catechis Adonia & Kevin Cokinos Laura & Brian Conner Elise & Demetri Dale Anu & Scott Davis
Joanna Davis Anik & Gerry Desjardins Michol & Mike Ecklund Sara & William Edwards Electra & Doug Elliott The Ellzey Family Genna & Jon Evans Reagan & George Fibbe Corinne & David Finan Christina & Ruben Flores Michele & Brent Friedman Gina & Terry Fry Sandra & Johnny Ganim Vanessa & Sergio Garza Elna & Todd Griggs Daphne & Michael Haigh Tracy & Randy Hale Christina & Mark Hanson Erica & Charles Harris Sonja Bruzauskas & Houston Haymon Katherine & Brady Head Elizabeth Lee Herrera Santos & Richard Hinojosa Tara & John Ivascu Cathy & Matthew Johnson Tina & Joshua Kahn Molly & Samy Khalil Teri & Charles Koerth Sarah & David Larned Mary & Michael Lewis Meg & Tim Lonergan Denise & Mario Madrid Simone & Sean Maher Jimmie Sue & Jeff Mayes Suzanne & Jamie McCarthy Lindy & Tom McGee Erin & Toby McMillin Amanda & Bryan Melvin Sara Jurnery & Todd Mensing Camille & Tommy Mikhail
Bolero Bosses Faculty Tickets & Other Donations
Emily & Jason Miller Stacey & John Moffet Cathy & Robert Moore Whitney & Allan Neighbors Monica & Ianni Palandjoglou Kimberly & James Albright Lisa & Anthony Palmer Kristin Allen Angel Wang & Patrick Pan Katy French Bloom & Michael Bloom Erin & Adrian Patterson Mary & Frank Bradley Martine & Pete Patterson Josie & Taylor Brown Aditi & Naveen Pemmaraju Buffy & Warren Cross Heather & Daniel Pesikoff Joanna Davis Jessica & Aaron Peterson Sara & Paul Doyle Judy & Soterios Platis Monica Chamorro Ezzie & Elie Ezzie Megan & Bill Prout Jacqueline & Michael Gagliardi Tomiko Fukuda & John Puh Fawn & Matthew Galbraith Amber & Jack Pursley Peggy & Virgil Haney Janell & Joe Reniers Diann Sweeney-Huijsman & Ron Huijsman Mary Elizabeth & Nils Sand Koetting & Kirby Jackson Kaitlyn & Michael Scheurich Tina & Joshua Kahn Amanda & John Seaberg Rena & Michael Koinis Morgan & David Shin Regina & John Kyles Nicole & Dave Singer Claudette & James Lloyd Victoria & Chris Skinner Simone & Sean Maher Aikaterini Anagnostou & Ferdinandos Skoulidis Debbie & Jack McBride Kathryn & Kyle Smith Jennifer & George McCormick III Celina & Jason Stabell Kris & Richard McGee Susie & Gary Stankowski Sara Jurney & Todd Mensing Kate & William Stukenberg Margaret & Nicholas Mousoudakis Seema & Apu Thekdi Megan & Bill Prout Diana & John Tully Tomiko Fukuda & John Puh Tiffany & Craig Utterson Brigitte & Mark Radulovich Katherine & Andy Veletsos Lisa & John Reed Jeannine & Paul Vincent Janell & Joe Reniers Paige & David Rockecharlie Page & Phil Vogelsang Celina & Jason Stabell Leslie & Eric Wade Melissa & Nikita Taldykin Anu & Ojas Wadivkar Jemma & Christopher Thomas Kaylin & Chris Weber Elizabeth & Jud Wolfe Kelly & Jason Whitley Jessica Whiteside & Gordon Wong Elizabeth & Jud Wolfe Jenny & Felix Wong Jill Yaziji & Darrow Zeidenstein *underwriter information up to date as of February 10th
CORPORATE UNDERWRITERS Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors: Cammarata Pediatric Dentistry Group Hanna Dental Implant Center Laborde Dermatology Vasilios Mathews MD Simmons & Company International, Energy Specialists of Piper Jaffray Village Plumbing and Home Services
AUCTION DONORS Tammy & Jason Ahlgren Kim & Demetrios Anaipakos Anson Aviation ARMANDOS Art of Cellaring Artemisia Art and Décor Athena Gun Club Avante Laser & Medispa Avenu Fitness Baskin Robbins River Oaks S. Bell Designs Berings Bernie’s Burger Bus Big Blue Whale Toys Blessington Farms Blue Horizon Bowlmor Houston Dan Bozung Mary & Frank Bradley Breakaway Speed Sports Training Ginger Brown Camp Balcones Springs Central Market Chanails and Spa Charlie's and Co. Erin & Luke Charlton Children's Museum of Houston Marina & Alan Christensen Chuy's Coach Rhoades Rice Basketball Camps Adonia & Kevin Cokinos Libby & Ray Cook
Cordua Catering Criquet Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen De Petra Art in Jewelry Michael DesRosiers Discover Gymnastics Disneyland Resort Community Relations Dondolo Sara & Paul Doyle Joyce Echols Elaine Turner Electra & Doug Elliot Jennifer Ellzey Linda & David Elmer Genna & Jon Evans Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship Fencemaster Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - River Oaks FOUND Paula Freeman Michele & Brent Friedman Gelazzi Gelato Goode Co. Armadillo Palace Grace's Greater Houston Orthodontics Gremillion & Company Fine Art, Inc. Gulf Coast Lighting Dr. Mark P. Hablinski Daphne & Michael Haigh Tracy & Randy Hale Glenn Hammack
Heads Up Hair Accessories Lisa & Mike Heim Hermann Park Conservancy Liz & Rogers Herndon Eyvette & Tom Hetherington Melissa & Mark Hobbs Holocaust Museum Houston Houston Ballet Houston Center for Photography Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston Swim Club Houston Symphony Illuminations Lighting Design Imagination Toys Isle Pedi Spa Koetting & Kirby Jackson Stacey Jones Carrin & Jerry Katz Shelly & David Katz Kendra Scott Toni & Rob King Krav Maga Kscholastic Inc. Tutoring Services L. Pearson Designs Sarah Lamb Larned Las Catalinas Lilly Lerner Lady Ann & Ryan Loving Lupe Tortilla M PENNER Main Street Theater Mariquita Masterson, Inc. Lauren & Whit Martin Ann Mashburn Katina & Vas Mathews Mayer Ranch Debbie & Jack McBride Meg Lonergan Interiors Amanda & Bryan Melvin Sarah Jurney & Todd Mensing Merritt Pulliam Photography Michael's Cookie Jar Dr. Mike Mizell Stacey & John Moffet Moss Landscaping, Inc. MSR Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Music Box Theatre Natran Green Pest Control Patrick Palmer Pappas Restaurants, Inc. Martine & Pete Patterson Pecan Hill Kennel Pepperoni's Purple Mango
Mary Quiros Brigitte & Mark Radulovich Kyle Rakoczy Angela & David Ramm RBC Wealth Management Janell & Joe Reniers Tricia & Farzan Rhemtulla Riverstone Fitness Rover Oaks Pet Resort Amy & Dwayne Sablatura Saint Street Swim School Schlitterbahn Waterparks Megan & Andrew Schroeder Sethi Couture Nancy Shakespeare Shakespeare Stories Sid Mashburn Simpleton's Fine Catering Evelina & Ioannis Skaribas Soccer Shots Houston Don T. Speck, D.D.S. Speedy Picture Framing Sprinkles Cupcakes Stages Repertory Theatre Angela & Cliff Stanich Sugar Land Skeeters Sullo & Sullo, LLP Symbio Lighting + Control T-Shirts Etc. Tango & Malbec Houston Steakhouse Taste of Texas The Alley Theatre The Chocolate Bar The History of the Game The Houston Zoo The Houstonian Hotel & Club The JEN Collection The Mad Potter The Palm The University of Houston The Upper Hand River Oaks Tootsies Toys to Love Tree Care, Inc. Underbelly/ Hay Merchant Page & Phil Vogelsang Emily & Andrew Webster Well Done Cooking Classes West Ave Plastic Surgery Marie Wise Marie & William Wise Wonderwild Wortham Insurance & Risk Management *donor information up to date as of February 10th
SIGN UP PARTY HOSTS DELPHI GIRLS: Shelly & David Katz Lori Christ Speier & Anthony Speier DELPHI & PRE-K BOYS: Camille & Tommy Mikhail Kelly & Mark Rosin PRE-K GIRLS: Sarah & Sean Bunk Jennifer & Jarrett Ellzey Daphne & Michael Haigh Amber & Jack Pursley
2ND & 3RD GRADE GIRLS: Shannon & Jay Bell Anu & Scott Davis Michele & Brent Friedman Elizabeth & Rogers Herndon Molly & Samy Khalil Celina & Jason Stabell
3RD GRADE: Amy & Matt Airhart Val & Martial Burguieres Marina & Alan Christensen Tricia & Panos Georgiou Elna & Todd Griggs Belinda & Kris McGinty
KINDERGARTEN: Amy & Matt Airhart Vanessa & Brandon Bailey 4TH GRADE GIRLS: Holly & Jim Baker Monica & Ianni Palandjoglou Seva & John Anaipakos Kate & William Stukenberg Courtney & David Powell Brooke & Christopher Rives Paige & David Rockecharlie 1ST GRADE: Victoria & Chris Skinner Elise & Demetri Dale Leslie & Gregory Huang Celina & Jason Stabell Sara Jurney & Todd Mensing Shannon & David Petrick 4TH & 5TH GRADE: Christine & Hanson Yates Melissa & Sean Becker Cathy & Matthew Johnson 2ND GRADE: Claudette & James Lloyd Karien & Kevin Goodwin Whitney & Allan Neighbors Diane & Van Laborde Meera & Steve Naehr Simone & Sean Maher Diana & John Tully Victoria & Chris Skinner Angela & Cliff Stanich 5TH GRADE: Tiffany & Craig Utterson Catherine & Will Randall
6TH GRADE: Carole Fattal & Raouf Hanna Mary Olga Lovett Shital & Piyush Patel Kendall & Carlos Sole Jemma & Chris Thomas KINDERGARTEN & 7TH GRADE CHAPEL BUDDIES (GIRLS): Kristin Allen Brooke & Adam Beebe Sara & William Edwards Laura & Scott Fuselier Lindy & Tom McGee Susanne & Matthew Wright KINDERGARTEN & 7TH GRADE CHAPEL BUDDIES (BOYS): Kristen & John Berger Morgan & Patrick Garvey Paige & Houston Lane Erin & Adrian Patterson Catherine & Will Randall Mary Nell Suell GREEK DINNER: Marina & Alan Christensen Elise & Demetri Dale Thalia & George Gazis Katina & Vasili Mathews Kris & Richard McGee Nicole & George Postolos
FACULTY EXPERIENCE TEACHERS Thank you to the following faculty and staff who generously donated their time and talents to share with our students. The new Faculty Special Experiences we offered in the online auction. Sharon Alexander Joanne Bonasso Mary Daniell Bryant Sharon Corbett Valerie Coyle Lucy DiNunzio Elizabeth Elwell Mattie Gatlin Natalie Gray Susan Grygiel Beverly Hickey Ann-Marie Johnston Connie Koinis Nikkie Kyriasoglou Joan Lange Sarah Lutz Ashley Malpiedi Jim Phillips Angie Ramirez Seth Rowoldt Roxanne Szumilas Ellie Thompson Kelly Thompson Meredith Wise Rob Wise
PAST GALA CHAIRS 1986-87 Kay Haymond Pam Tipps Marena Vlahakos 1987-88 Kristen and Curtis Chapman Katie and Hal Mechler Glenda and John Self Lydia Triputti 1988-89 Alex Tyson Shari Watson 1989-90 Sally Jo Effenson Lillie Heath 1990-91 Suzan Garson Janet Randolph 1991-92 Maggie Sudan Alex Tyson 1992-93 Terri Albert Maggie Sudan Alex Tyson 1993-94 Cherie Howell Kelley Lubanko 1994-95 Julie Bragg Kathy Brooks Jo Sandlin
1995-96 Carey Brandfield-Harvey Suzan Garson
2006-07 Jennifer Hasley Melissa Hobbs
1996-97 Mary Alford
2007-08 Cindy Cannatella Julie Peak
1997-98 Ellyn Fossi Leslie King Kimberly Powell 1998-99 Renee Koch Anita O'Shaughnessy 1999-00 Dororthy Kaldis Peppi Lausen 2000-01 Ellyn Fossi Sheryl Rapp 2001-02 Kathleen Oâ€™Reilly
2008-09 Vaughan Clark Mary Daire Delouche Sally Farley 2009-10 Kameron Craft Sabrina Espinoza Laurie Pearson 2010-2011 Bo Pamphilis 2011-2012 Ann Malcolm Sarah Niermeyer Theresa Sachdeva
2002-03 Jackie Bebczuk Gloria Monacelli
2012-2013 Patricia Hammond Megan Schroeder Holly Taylor
2003-04 Lisa Heim Jane Pefanis
2013-2014 Ginger Brown Elizabeth Gillan
2004-05 Natalie Faust Kathy Revis
2014-2015 Megan Schroeder
2005-06 Pam Deas Chris Vasquez
2015-2016 Denise Madrid Jaime Merideth Tiffany Utterson
DINNER mENU WHITE HOT
Dinner Menu The Citadel Signature Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Beef Filet with Fresh Berry Demi Glaze Grilled Mahi Mahi with Tropical Chutney Roasted Fresh Asparagus Traditional Cuban Black Beans with Herbed White Rice Vegetarian Option: Grilled Tomatoes, Zucchini and Mushrooms Roasted Fresh Asparagus with Red Peppers Plantains Traditional Cuban Black Beans with Herbed White Rice Creme Brulee Cheesecake Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Puree and Fresh Raspberries Key Lime Pie
MASTER OF CEREMonies
MEET OUR EMCEE
Lisa Malosky Lisa Malosky has been a trailblazing journalist for more than two decades. She was the first female sports anchor at KPRC TV2 in Houston, the first female co-host of the original American Gladiators show and a member of the first, all female broadcast team for NBC sports. Lisa is currently CEO of Lisa Malosky Productions where she works with her three time Emmy award winning cameraman/husband Don Friedell creating videos for corporate, commercial, and non-profit companies. (www.lisamaloskyproductions.com.) Lisa and Don have been married 23 years and are the proud parents of two sons, 17 year old Dylan (AOS Class of 2014) and 15 year old Luke.
ENTERTAINMENT SALSA LESSONS PROVIDED BY
The first salsa studio in Houston, Strictly Street Salsa has received numerous accolades, including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, a Jefferson Award, and two City of Houston Proclamations.
LIVE LATIN BEATS PERFORMED BY
Mango Punch is a six-time winner of the Houston Press Music Award, Best Latin Pop Band.
MEET OUR AUCTIONEER
As an Auction Industry Veteran; Mark has operated 5 offices across Texas serving lenders. He currently splits time between the fundraising world and the real estate auction business. Being a share holder in an international mobile bidding company gives Mark a unique perspective into 1200 plus affinity groups. Mark is a devoted college football fan and an avid outdoorsman. His two children are deeply involved in the auction world. His son is a Texas State Champion Auctioneer; while his daughter represents them in the dynamic Nashville market with various clients in both live and mobile fundraising. Mark lives in the Champions area with his wife and goldendoodle. He conducts multiple live fundraising auctions each year. Mark has two goals at each fundraising event; enhance the guest experience and raise more dollars for the cause. Mark is passionate about emphasizing the message of the specific group; while having a great event and laying a foundation for next year.
AUCTION RULES General
1. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS ON AUCTION ITEMS ARE PERMITTED EXCEPT WHERE SPECIFIED. ALL ITEMS SOLD “AS IS.” 2. Payment in full, by cash, check, American Express, MasterCard, or Visa this evening is MANDATORY. No school account charges are accepted. 3. The bidder is financially responsible for the use of his or her bid number. 4. Items are to be removed on the evening of the Gala by exhibiting a paid receipt at the CheckOut Table. All items must be removed by midnight on February 25, 2017. 5. Unless otherwise specified, all auction items and services must be used within one year from February 25, 2017. Many items have specified deadlines, blackout dates, etc. Please read the catalog and/or item certificates carefully. 6. Reservations for use of homes, etc. must be mutually arranged with the donor unless otherwise specified. Arrangements should be made promptly so that you will have the best chance of obtaining reservation on the dates you request. Treat these properties as if they are your own. 7. The AOS PTC Auction Committee reserves the right to move items from one category to another. 8. Though all descriptions and commentary are believed to be correct and accurate, AOS makes no warranties or representations of any kind regarding the items or services rendered.
1. The Live Auction will begin at approximately 8:45 pm on February 25, 2017, and will continue until all items are sold. 2. To enter a bid, the bidder must raise his or her bid number, directing the signal to the auctioneer. 3. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the buyer. In the event of a dispute, the auctioneer shall have the sole and final discretion to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the item in dispute. 4. Group purchases are welcome. One person shall be responsible for bidding and payment. 5. Each successful bid will be recorded by an AOS auction official and entered on the buyer’s account to be paid at the end of the evening. 6. A verbal bid is a legal contract to purchase an item.
Big Board, Class Projects, Be Me for a Day & Sign-Up Parties
1. The Auction will begin at 6:30 pm on February 25, 2017, and Class Projects, Faculty Offerings, and Sign-Ups will close at 8:00 pm. The Big Board will close immediately following the Live Auction. 2. Bids for the Auction will be made through bid sheets. 3. Each increase in bid must be equal to or greater than the minimum increase figure stated for that item. 4. The closing bid, noted by an AOS auction official, shall determine the winning bidder. 5. The decision of the AOS auction official is final. 6. A bid may be nullified only by an AOS auction official.
Raffle Rumba! 4 AWESOME PRIZES!
Chances are $25 each or FIVE for $100. You choose the prize(s) you would like a chance to win. NO LIMIT on ticket purchases. The more you buy, the better your chances at winning! First 25 purchasers to BUY A FIVE PACK get a free gift!
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! • Win 2 Tickets to see U2 and the Lumineers Live in Concert (Wednesday, May 24th NRG Premier Field Seats, Sec 129 Row H)
FAMILY OR COUPLE STAYCATION! • Be one of the first to try it! 2 Nights at the brand new Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston • Breakfast included
LADY’S LOOT! • Elaine Turner Purse • Jen Collection Necklace • $200 in Tiffany’s Gift Cards
SPORTS FANATIC! • Be the proud owner of an autographed James Harden Spalding NBA basketball
Luxury Vacation in Europe Take the European vacation you have always wanted with 6 nights at any of the following Ritz Carlton locations across Europe and the UK: London, England Barcelona, Spain Tenerife, Spain Istanbul, Turkey Vienna, Austria Sintra, Portugal
Almaty, Kazakhstan Berlin, Germany Budapest, Hungary Herzliya, Israel Moscow, Russia
HIGHLIGHTS: • 6 Nights at any of the above Ritz Carlton Hotels • May be split between 2 locations • Based on Double Occupany • Inclusive of all Taxes and Fees. Subject to Availability DONATED BY: THE RITZ CARLTON
Relax in paradise at the luxurious Victoria House Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Just two miles south of the town of San Pedro, the resort features ten acres of sandy beaches and stunning coral reefs nestled in a tropical beachfront garden. Your fournight stay will be in a villa with two master bedrooms with king-size beds, and two baths. The home sleeps four adults or a family of five. HIGHLIGHTS: • 5 day/4 night stay in Ambergris Cay, Belize • 2 bedroom/2 bath villa • Beachfront! • Private pool • Mutually agreeable dates No smoking, no pets and no unsupervised guests under 25. Expires February 25, 2018. DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS LIZ & ROGERS HERNDON
Gremillion & Co Exclusive Dinner Party Host an exquisite evening for 50 of your closest friends or business associates at Gremillion Art Gallery. Gremillion is nationally recognized as one of the most mature and vibrant collections of contemporary art available. The Gallery's unique architecture combined with Houston’s most exciting collection of contemporary art will provide the backdrop for your special event. The talented team at Cordua Catering will work with you to create the perfect menu for you and your guests. The Anaipakos, Mathews, and Christensen families will create special wine pairings to compliment your menu. Valet parking and a gift certificate to Any Occasion Party Rentals round out this fabulous package. This will be a night you and your friends will never forget! HIGHLIGHTS: • Beautiful Gremillion Art Gallery venue space; valet parking included. • Seated 3 course dinner with passed appetizers catered by Cordua Catering for up to 50 people. • Wine pairing to coordinate with your chosen menu. • $250 gift certificate to Any Occasion Party Rentals for table, chair, and linen rentals. • Available for 3 hours (excludes set-up / clean-up). Additional time may be negotiated Mutually agreeable dates. 120 person capacity. DONATED BY: CORDUA CATERING, GREMILLION & CO. AND AOS PARENTS KIM & DEMETRIOS ANAIPAKOS, MARINA & ALAN CHRISTENSEN, SHELLY & DAVID KATZ, AND KATINA & VASILI MATHEWS.
Las Catalinas, Costa Rica Spend one full week in tropical and sunny Costa Rica at the beautiful new beach town of Las Catalinas located on the Pacific Ocean. Las Catalinas is a blast! There is simply nothing like it anywhere in the new world tropics – a beautiful, lively, walkable town right on a primo tropical beach, surrounded by beautiful nature. There are an array of tempting activities right at your doorstep. The easy casual sociability, the friendly locals, the great staff, the close connection to beautiful nature – it will be the best beach vacation you have ever had! Las Catalinas is an easy 45 minute drive from the Liberia airport and is situated on 1,000 acres of spectacular tropical dry forest. The property’s hills and valleys provide for extensive hiking, biking, and horseback trails. Your house has ocean views on 2 of the finest beaches in Costa Rica. Great swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, boogie boarding and snorkeling are all available just steps from your accommodations. In addition, you will have access to Las Catalinas' new Beach Club with three pools, a restaurant and a fitness center. HIGHLIGHTS: • 7 night stay in Las Catalinas, Costa Rica on the Guanacaste Coast • 3 bedroom house, fully equipped • Ocean views • Daily “House Mama” services for breakfast and housekeeping • Complete concierge services to handle excursions, evening chef services or restaurant reservations • Sleeps 6, with additional rollaway beds for children Available between: April 2017- Nov 15, 2017 DONATED BY: LAS CATALINAS, COSTA RICA
Galveston Pirates Cove Home Enjoy a weeklong retreat in this beautiful Galveston Island bay home. Located in Pirates Cove on Christmas Tree Circle, this home has both bay and canal views. The house was completely remodeled in 2016 and can comfortably fit 2-3 families. Enjoy canal access, fish directly off the deck, and grill your catch on the outdoor grill. Pirates Beach is a quick golf cart ride away (golf cart included). Guests also receive access to the Galveston Country Club. HIGHLIGHTS: • 7 Days, 6 Nights • Sleeps 10-12 • 3/4 Bedrooms (two Masters both with king beds, bunk room that sleeps 6, and foldout couch) • 3.5 baths • Private pool • Golf cart • Galveston Country Club access • Mutually agreed upon date No pets, no smoking, no unaccompanied individuals under 25, excludes boat. Expires February 25, 2018. Black out dates: Memorial Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, & New Year’s Eve. DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS JANELL & JOE RENIERS
Bid from the Heart Here is your opportunity to directly support our hardworking teachers and staff who are the backbone of AOS! It is a PTC tradition at Gala to “Bid From the Heart” and give teachers and staff support as they enrich our classrooms! At AOS, we constantly strive to improve our techniques for student learning. Research shows the number one predictor of student success is continued professional development of teachers. Our hardworking Faculty and Staff keep on the cutting edge of academics through continuing education and 100% of your Bid from the Heart donations enable them to attend training sessions and workshops. Those skills are then practiced in AOS classrooms, directly enriching our children’s education. Additionally, your Bid from the Heart contributions may be used to enhance classroom technology. This continuing education pays off in the classroom with our children every day by equipping our teachers with the most current and effective teaching methods. A few examples of how 2016 Bid from the Heart funds benefitted teachers this year include: • 1st Grade Teacher Johna Rusk attended the Teachers College Reading Institute in New York City • Lower School Computer Teacher Kelley Elliott attended Constructing Modern Knowledge conference in Manchester, New Hampshire • Middle School Teachers Sami Mossbarger and Clare Murphy, and Lower School Literacy Coach Sharon Alexander attended an instructional coaching workshop at Marzano Research in Denver, Colorado • Lower School Art Teacher Amy Ailor is participating in a special cohort during the entire school year for area elementary art teachers looking at ways to integrate writing with art through Rice University’s Classroom Storytelling Project • Lower School Faculty Adam Flores, Pat McKenzie and Jackie Wood attended a math workshop with Greg Tang, children’s book author • Middle School Art Teacher Meredith Wise attended the Texas Association of Art Educators conference in Dallas • And much more! Everyone can participate in this auction item – just open your heart and BID!
The Ultimate Dad’s Trip Escape to South Texas for the ultimate guys' trip, a couples' trip, a hunting trip or all of the above! Enjoy an all-inclusive Wednesday (arrive for lunch) - Friday (return late morning) stay at a LUXURIOUS south Texas Ranch with hunting on-site during season for deer and nilgai (November - February) or quail (January - March), and fishing year round. The ranch is a short drive from the Lower Laguna Madre (near Sarita, TX). This trip is for up to 8 individual guests or four couples. Guides, private chef and private air transport from Houston Hobby is included in the trip. HIGHLIGHTS: • 2 night, 3 day trip to a luxurious south Texas Ranch • Private flight from Hobby airport • 8 guests • Onsite chef will prepare all your meals • Hunt Guides included • Deer, nilgai, or quail hunting (based on season) • Fishing • Mutually Agreeable Date Gratuities for guides and processing for game is not included. Hunting is contingent on being in season and on animal count. One additional person will be onsite but separate from the group to facilitate. DONATED BY: FRIENDS OF AOS
Create Your Own Classic! Starring in a published children’s book is every child’s dream! Bid to win the chance for your child to be the main character in a new book written by the bestselling author of the Benjamin the Bear series, Nancy Shakespeare. Winning bidder receives a 32-page written book with illustrations. The first book draft and drafts of 3 illustrations will be given to your child/children as a keepsake! This one-ofa-kind package also includes 8 signed books from Nancy’s current collection, her stuffed plush and 25 copies of the custom book. Through a one on one creative consultation with both the author and illustrator, the book will be a collaborative effort with your child/children and will tell any story that your child wants to tell. The book is guaranteed to be complete and printed by March 2018. A trailer and a launch party with the first “reading” will be held prior to the release date. HIGHLIGHTS: • Your child/children/family will be the star of a published children's book written by Nancy Shakespeare • First book draft and 3 illustrations will be given as a keepsake • May include one child, or multiple children in the same family • 8 signed books from the author's current collection and the corresponding stuffed plush • 25 copies of the custom book • Trailer and launch party prior to release DONATED BY: NANCY SHAKESPEARE OF SHAKESPEARE STORIES
Telluride in July
Escape the Houston heat and bask among some of the most beautiful surroundings in North America. Enjoy a week-long stay in this fabulous 3,700 square foot Mountain Village home with amazing views of the San Juan Mountains overlooking Telluride, Colorado. Should you tire of hiking, biking, fly fishing, or rafting, you can kick back in this mountain retreat and make use of its pool table, jacuzzi, outdoor grill or state of the art kitchen. The home is located mere minutes away from the free gondola to the town of Telluride. Once in Telluride, enjoy renowned dining or take in the historic town. Flights available to Montrose Airport (MTJ) or Telluride Airport (TEX). HIGHLIGHTS: • Fabulous 3,700 square foot Mountain Village Telluride home • 3 bedrooms and 3.5 Baths, including a master suite with king bed and sitting area, second bedroom with queen bed, and third bedroom with two bunk beds for 4 children • The house comfortably accommodates a family of eight • Available for a 7-day stay July 15-22, 2017 (Saturday to Saturday) No smoking, no pets and no unsupervised guests under the age of 25. DONATED BY: AOS ALUMNI PARENTS EVELINA & IOANNIS SKARIBAS
Spend the 4th of July in the Cayman Islands! A stunning sunset show awaits you in this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 4th floor unit that provides a coveted vantage point for that perfect minute when the sun slides into the Caribbean— and many other unforgettable moments, too. Claim your sunset spot on the balcony’s collection of plush outdoor furniture. Here, just at the tree line among rustling palms and tropical birds, you won’t feel separated from your surroundings but seamlessly a part of them. Inside, a local designer created a classic and subtle seaside space with custom furnishings, carefully chosen art and soft shades of blue and beige. Cooking is a breeze, thanks to thoroughly stocked cabinets and a private gas BBQ. A 10-person dining table waits to be filled with good conversation, a bottle of wine, and a dazzling meal prepared with local ingredients from the nearby grocery store. Set the mood with streaming music piped throughout the entire condo. The location, on the serene northern end of Seven Mile Beach, offers quiet and seclusion, yet is within walking distance from beachfront restaurants, shops and quaint West Bay village. It’s not uncommon to have the pristine beach all to yourself here. Collect seashells, relax by the pool, or snorkel alongside sea turtles at one of the best snorkeling spots on the Cayman Islands. HIGHLIGHTS: • 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath condo on Grand Cayman • Sleeps 8 – 2 King Beds, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Beds • Beachfront on 7 Mile Beach • July 1 – 6, 2017 • Pool • Daily housekeeping service except for Sundays and public holidays No pets. Must be 25 years or older. DONATED BY: FRIENDS OF AOS
Travel by Private Jet Imagine being able to avoid the airport crowds and skip the long security lines. Now, make it a reality! The winning bidder will receive a private flight for 4-6 people on this Beechcraft Premier 1 jet, anywhere within 1000 miles of Houston. The aircraft can fly up to 41,000 feet in pressurized comfort at over 500 miles an hour. The sky is yours! HIGHLIGHTS: • Private flight on Beechcraft Premier 1 jet • 1000 mile radius from Houston • 4 to 5 passengers recommended, but can accommodate up to 6 • Trip is a 5 day maximum • Travel dates must be arranged with the pilot Blackout dates: March 3–5, 12-17, 24-26; June 1–August 11, Sept 6-10, October 4–9, November 10–12, 22-26, December 22- January 8 Expires: February 28, 2018 DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS TAMMY & JASON AHLGREN AND MATTCO MANUFACTURING
Who can resist falling in love with this face? This sweet girl, born December 11, 2016, is a wellbred Cream/Yellow, Bench/Show American Labrador puppy who is ready for everything! She loves rope toys, puddles, retrieving tennis balls, exploring, finding sticks to play with and bugs to chase. She is quick to catch on to routine and knows exactly when breakfast is being served and where to go when it is time to sleep. As an adult, she will be approximately 60lbs, with a beautiful face, and a solid, plush but muscular, body. Her coat will be soft, shiny, short and low maintenance. She will be a fantastic family dog; loyal and eager to please, gentle and highly social with dogs and people alike. She comes from wonderful lines in health, cosmetics, temperament, talent and intelligence. Dad is a handsome white 85 lb. Labrador, excellent temperament, gentle, highly trainable, intelligent, loves to retrieve and play, works/plays hard in the field and in water, and is a wonderful family dog. Mom, a blocky and beautiful cream 60 lb. Labrador, is gentle and good natured, highly intelligent, focused, eager to please, great with kids and in the house. HIGHLIGHTS: • Female Yellow Labrador puppy born on December 11, 2016 • AKC pedigree/certification • Puppy health check, vaccinations, worming, microchip • completed • Puppy Welcome basket (food, chews, blankets treats, and more!) • 4 Puppy Training sessions at Pecan Hill Kennels • 2 Additional Puppy Training Sessions at Rover Oaks Pet Resort (Expires February 25, 2018) • Weekend Lodging at Rover Oaks Pet Resort (Expires February 25, 2018) DONATED BY: FENCEMASTER (PUPPY), PECAN HILL KENNELS AND ROVER OAKS PET RESORT
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BIG BOARD: TRAVEL
Put together a group of guys, gals, couples, or even families and enjoy a weeklong stay at the Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations. The sleek, 52-story Elara resort boasts a premier Center Strip location, adjoining access to Miracle Mile, and a gorgeous tropical pool. What happens in Vegas… HIGHLIGHTS: • 7 night stay at Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations • 2 king bedrooms + pull out sofa / 2 bathrooms • Sleeps 6 • Adjacent to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Subject to availability/mutually agreeable (March Madness is available) Expires February 25, 2018 Maximum of 6 guests. No unsupervised guests under 25. DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS AMANDA & BRYAN MELVIN
BIG BOARD: TRAVEL
Cinnamon Shore Beach House It's time for a seaside escape! Enjoy a 4-night stay in the much sought after Cinnamon Shore Community of Port Aransas. Considered the Seaside, FL of Texas. It offers all the benefits and none of the drive! A pedestrian-friendly planned community located on Mustang Island just off the coast of Corpus Christi and nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes. Designed in the tradition of yesterday’s classic neighborhoods, but with all the amenities including beautiful beaches, pools, parks, stocked lakes, and a fishing pavillion, boardwalk, and Town Center. The beach house comfortably fits 2 families or 10 people. Several restaurants are within walking distance. HIGHLIGHTS: • 4 nights in a beautiful Mustang Island/Port Aransas beach home • 4 bedrooms (3 king beds and 1 bunkroom with 2 sets of bunkbeds), 3.5 baths • Sleeps 10 • Golf cart provided • 3 days of 2 umbrellas and 4 chairs set up and taken down on beach each day • 2 large swimming pools and several restaurants on site • Mutually agreeable dates No pets or smoking, no unsupervised guests under 25 Excludes Spring Break and national holidays. Expires February 25, 2018. DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS KOETTING & KIRBY JACKSON
BIG BOARD: TRAVEL
Galveston Pirates Cove Home Kick back and relax for 7 days, 6 nights in this gorgeous Galveston Island bay home located in Pirates Cove. This is a 4 bedroom/4 bath retreat that sleeps 12-14 people. Guests will enjoy canal access, canoes, pool, and hot tub. You can use the outdoor grill for the fish you catch right off the deck! The home is a short golf cart ride to the beach (golf cart included). It's calling your name! HIGHLIGHTS: • 6 days, 5 nights – Saturday to the following Thursday at noon • 4 bedrooms (two masters with king and queen, one bedroom with two twin beds, and a bunk room that sleeps 4), 4 baths • Sleeps 12-14 • Pool and hot tub • Canoes • Golf cart • Fish off the deck • Mosquito system • Mutually agreeable date No pets, no smoking, no unsupervised guests under 25. Excludes: Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays. DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS SARA & TODD MENSING
BIG BOARD: TRAVEL
Lake Livingston Home
This is the perfect close-to-home getaway! Enjoy 7 days, 6 nights in a gorgeous lakefront home located in the gated Cape Royale neighborhood of Lake Livingston. This beautifully appointed home was completely remodeled in 2016 and featured on the cover of “Houston House & Home” magazine. Enjoy the main house, guest house and private pool. Fish, bike, hike, swim, boat, canoe or just relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the Piney Woods. HIGHLIGHTS: • 7 Days, 6 Nights lakefront living in the Lake Livingston Cape Royale neighborhood • Sleeps 18, comfortably sleeps 3-4 families • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths in the Main House (1 king, 1 queen with twin bunk, 1 twin bunkbed, and a bunkroom with 7 twin beds • 2 bedroom 1 bath Guest House (2 queens) with a large entertainment room • Outdoor entertainment pavilion - summer kitchen, fireplace, dining area, and bar • Private pool Mutually agreeable dates. Excludes: national holidays; Aug 5-13 Expires: February 25, 2018 No pets, no smoking, no unsupervised guests under 25. DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS SHELLY & DAVID KATZ
BIG BOARD: TRAVEL
Runabout Trout Lodge
Located in the North Georgia Mountains on the Toccoa River. Run About Trout Lodge was designed and constructed by a top Atlanta builder and has quality finishing throughout. The cabin boasts a large designer kitchen, a true dining room with seating for a big group, a large great room with a gorgeous floor to ceiling rock wood burning fireplace. The first floor master bedroom has a king size bed and French doors that open to a view of the Toccoa River. Just outside the doors are a wood burning fireplace and private hot tub which sets under a covered deck. Upstairs you will find two oversized bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and the other with two twin beds. The lower level has a game room, fireplace, pool/air hockey table, board games, and two sets of bunk beds for additional sleeping. This cabin has 130 feet of frontage on the Toccoa River. The walk from the cabin to the river is approximately 100 yards. This section of the river is some of the best trout fishing in the area, and is stocked weekly with Rainbow and Brown Trout. Located beside the river you will find a pavilion with grill and table. You will also enjoy the view of "The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway" as it runs behind the cabin! Run About Trout Lodge is conveniently located between Blue Ridge and McCaysville, and is the perfect romantic getaway, fishing retreat, or a great place to spend some quality time with friends and family. Nearby attractions include hiking the beautiful trails of North Georgia, biking, antique shopping, white water rafting, horseback riding, scenic train rides and the famous Swan Drive-In. HIGHLIGHTS: • 5 days, 4 nights at Runabout Trout Lodge in Blue Ridge, Georgia • Sleeps 10 • 3 Bedrooms, 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Twin Beds, and a Game Room with 2 sets of bunk beds • 2.5 Baths • Cabin is located next to the Toccoa River • Excellent trout fishing right outside your door (river stocked weekly!) • Outdoor entertainment pavilion with fire pit, grill, and dining area • 2.5 hour drive from Atlanta • Mutually agreed upon date Expires February 25, 2018 DONATED BY: ROB & TONI KING
BIG BOARD: SPORTS
Be a UH Cheerleader for the Day! Treat your child to a once in a lifetime experience! One lucky girl or boy will have the opportunity to cheer on the field for a whole UH football game with the University of Houston cheerleaders! The special day will be one to remember, as your child will get to witness the thrill of being on the sidelines with collegiate athletes, coaches and thousands of cheering fans in the beautiful new stadium HIGHLIGHTS: • University of Houston cheerleader for a day • Mutually agreeable Football game date during regular 2017 season • Practice Session with squad prior to game • Includes 2 tickets in the Athletic Directors Box for Mom and Dad DONATED BY: 2017 U OF H COUGAR CHEERLEADERS & THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
BIG BOARD: SPORTS
2017 Houston Astros Baseball Suite Package. Treat 14 friends to a night at the ballpark, in Wortham Suite #33, located directly behind home plate! HIGHLIGHTS: • 14 tickets in Wortham Suite #33 • Suite is located behind home plate • 4 VIP Parking Passes • Mutually agreeable regular season game Food and beverage not included, but can be reserved. DONATED BY: WORTHAM INSURANCE & RISK MANAGEMENT
BIG BOARD: SPORTS
Houston Rockets Floor Seats
Get up close and personal with the Houston Rockets in these front-row floor seats! HIGHLIGHTS: • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7 pm • Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers • Section C113A Row A, Seats 7 and 8 • VIP Parking Pass • Lexus Lounge Pass DONATED BY: AOS GRANDPARENTS LIBBY AND RAY COOK
BIG BOARD: SPORTS
Dynamo Group Experience
Forever Orange! This is your opportunity for an up close and personal Dynamo Experience. Take your group of 20 to see the game with access to the Vault, located within the player tunnel. This exclusive area allows fans a close up view to the players as they enter the pitch, and is complete with bars, a light food menu, TVs and easy access to Field Level seats. The BBVA Compass Vault is open pregame through the 75th minute of the match and postgame for one hour. This would be a fantastic couples, multi-family, or birthday party event! HIGHLIGHTS: • (20) 100 Level Sideline Seats for Houston Dynamo vs. Orlando City Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:30PM OR Twenty (20) Field Seats for Houston Dash game (winner may choose any Dash game) • (20) VIP Vault Passes for Houston Dynamo game listed above, the private area inside the players tunnel • Houston Dynamo/Dash memorabilia DONATED BY: HOUSTON DYNAMO
BIG BOARD: SPORTS
A Day at the Races with Personal Instructor Do you have a need for speed? Satisfy it with this half-day performance driving school for 4 people at MSR Houston in Angleton, Texas. Participants will receive personalized instruction from Dr. Glenn Hammack, lead instructor at MSR Houston, and longtime vintage race car builder and driver. Participants will drive the new Mercedes Benz C300 Sport school cars and their own cars on the Skidpad, Autocross Course, and the full 2.38 Mile 17-turn Road Track. If you have never driven on a track, this is the perfect place to begin. You will learn the fundamentals of car control and vehicle dynamics to make the most of your time on the track. If you've driven for years, this is the perfect place to fine tune your racing skills. Your instructor will work with you to determine your goals and custom tailor your session to meet your needs. HIGHLIGHTS: • Half day performance driving school for 4 people at MSR Houston • Private instruction by MSR lead instructor, Dr. Glen Hammack • Use of new Mercedes Benz C300 Sport school cars • Mutually Agreeable Date Expires February 25, 2018. DONATED BY: AOS GRANDPARENT DR. GLENN HAMMACK
BIG BOARD: SPORTS
JJ Watt Autographed Football Bid high for this official NFL game football autographed by the one and only JJ Watt! DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS DEBBIE AND JACK MCBRIDE
BIG BOARD: ART / FOR THE HOME
Artwork by Sarah Lamb
Sarah Lamb is a talented and dynamic realist painter. With classical skill—and through transparency, depth and texture—she captures the minute details of everyday objects in her dramatic still lifes and luscious landscapes. She makes us love the familiar and see beauty in the mundane. Born in Petersburg, VA, with a passion for art and an appreciation for the past, Sarah spent a semester at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy before graduating from Brenau Women’s College with a BS degree in Studio Art in 1993. Following a summer workshop in Santa Fe, NM with renowned classical painter Jacob Collins, she spent two years painting at The Ecole Albert Defois in the Loire Valley with classical realist artist Ted Seth Jacobs. In 1997 she moved to New York and spent the next 6 years studying and painting under Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier. During this time, she had successful one-woman shows in major galleries in Atlanta, Houston, and San Francisco and was represented in art galleries in Alexandria, VA, St. Simon’s Island and Gainesville, GA, Sag Harbor, NY and Madison, CT. More recently, she has had sell-out, one-woman shows at the Spanierman Gallery in NY, the Meredith Long Gallery in Houston, TX and the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. She has been featured in magazines such as American Artists, American Art Collector and Southwest Art as one of America’s most talented young painters. British-born art critic, John A. Parks, wrote that "Sarah Lamb brings to her work a robustly sensual grasp of the world. Her keenness of eye and joyful brush make the whole enterprise feel freshly alive as she reminds us what the really wonderful things in life are." Sarah’s Work can be found at www.sarahlamb.net This piece is being created for AOS and will be unveiled the night of the GALA! DONATED BY: AOS MOM SARAH LAMB LARNED
BIG BOARD: ART / FOR THE HOME
Artwork by Michael DesRosiers
Bid on one (or all) of these groupings of six spectacular paintings created by critically acclaimed artist Michael DesRosiers. Paintings are paired and may also be purchased as a group of six. This is an extraordinary opportunity to own DesRosiers’ original artwork. Michael DesRosiers creates paintings and works on paper. Represented by CUSP NYC Gallery, his recent mixed media series combines layers of delicate translucent paint films, often augmented with printing, over previously painted surfaces interwoven with paper. This process requires intensive focus on the inherent and gestural properties of paint, one layer to the next. In these works the dynamic forces of nature are explored by the artist. DesRosiers moves from small to large scale works easily, as well as creating varied installations of both vertical and horizontal grids. Cued by Color, a solo exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Museum of Art explored his unique aesthetic. “My paintings are highly chromatic complex accumulations of the act of painting as well as metaphors for the increasing density of contemporary life… a place where observation and memory connect in the most intimate way” --- Michael DesRosiers DONATED BY: MICHAEL DESROSIERS
BIG BOARD: ART / FOR THE HOME
“Symbolic Visitors” by Patrick Palmer
We are pleased to present a painting by Patrick Palmer, Dean and Studio School Faculty Chair and Department Head of Art History at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Titled "Symbolic Visitors" and measuring 24"x18", this lovely piece showcases the artist's love of interpreting the human head. Intriguing and distinctive, Mr. Palmer's works are displayed in collections around the nation such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Find a special spot and add this piece to your collection! HIGHLIGHTS: • "Symbolic Visitors" by Patrick Palmer • 24” x 18” on stretched canvas, 2016 DONATED BY: PATRICK PALMER
BIG BOARD: ART / FOR THE HOME
“Lily of the Field” by Mary Quiros
Mary is a native of Laredo, Texas, a border community with Mexico. Her own heritage and the vibrant colors of this unique culture explode in her work. In 1977, after painting in oils and acrylics for seven years, Mary found fluidity of expression in watercolor. Though she often mixes other media, she states that there is such a harmony between watercolor and the creative process, that is a joy to work with it. Mary’s eyes are her art. She draws from the small blossom, the obscure window and the silence of a silhouette. The observer finds a lively, energetic color that is most unusual in the watercolor medium. Mary has had the opportunity to show one of her watercolor pieces at the Contemporary Museum of Modern Art in Nigata, Japan, and received the Award of Excellence. She was featured in the Texas Watercolor Society publication “Fifty Years of Excellence” and the summer edition of Watercolor Magazine, both 1999 editions. The Laredo Center for the Arts exhibited her works in a “one woman” show in 1998, 2002, 2004, and 2007. In 2003, Mary was juried into the 13th edition of the “Encyclopedia of Living Artists” in America and in 2005 the 14th Edition of Living Artists. Another work, “Mariposas” was published in a North Light Book for artists entitled “Splash 8”. Mary’s work can be found at Red and White Gallery, Fayetteville, Texas and Art Connections in Bastrop, Texas. HIGHLIGHTS: • Original art by award-winning artist Mary Quiros • Watercolor on paper • 30” x 22” DONATED BY: AOS GRANDMOTHER MARY QUIROS
BIG BOARD: ART / FOR THE HOME
Symbio Lighting + Control Savant Automation Package Symbio Lighting + Control is the home technology provider for today’s sophisticated, luxury homeowner. Our goal is to assure our clients love where they live, providing technology satisfaction from the curb in, where our clients live, work and play. Symbio’s clients enjoy state-of-theart technology, including private theaters, automation systems, networking, security / surveillance and custom audio, video and environmental solutions that integrate elegantly or disappear entirely within the home’s design. Our clients love us due to our focus on ease of use, reliability, on-time delivery and 24/7 service. Savant Automation Package Symbio would like to welcome you to the 21st Century with an Apple based control system. Our award winning Savant Automation Package includes three essential building blocks: Savant Host with integrated Media Server, Thermostat, Savant Remote, system design, installation and programming. Savant’s reliable, flexible and scalable platform, cohesively addresses control, automation, audio/video, lighting control, energy management and the media integration needs of today’s most advanced environments. Symbio will consult to determine your specific needs and then design, build, install and program a personalized system for your home or office. DONATED BY: SYMBIO LIGHTING + CONTROL
BIG BOARD: ART / FOR THE HOME
Light Up Your Home With Landscape Lighting! This is a perfect opportunity to finally get that outdoor lighting done by one of Houston’s premiere lighting companies serving Houstonians since 1980. Both outdoor lighting packages include a lighting consultation by Tom Kretzschmar to discuss all your lighting needs. The winning bidder may choose between one of two customized packages that include custom illumination of your home facade or artistic moon lighting in your trees. House Lighting – Package A Let the professional landscape lighting experts at ILD illuminate the front of your home with low voltage led lighting concealed in your flower beds. In architecture, the facade of a house is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the home. This is especially true at night with effective façade lighting. Your customized facade package includes (14) solid bronze led up lights, (4) solid copper led path lights, (1) 150-watt weatherproof outdoor transformer with timer and dimmer control, all wiring, all labor as well as (1) night adjustment to insure your satisfaction. Moon Lighting – Package B Let the professional landscape lighting experts at ILD illuminate your trees, lawn and property with soft, subtle moonlighting. These specialty light fixtures mounted high in your trees with aesthetically paint your property in artificial moonlight, providing security and years of visual enjoyment. This customized moonlighting package includes (6) led down lights, (150’) underground conduits, all wiring, all labor and (1) night adjustment to insure your complete satisfaction. Expires February 25, 2018. DONATED BY: ILLUMINATIONS LIGHTING AND DESIGN
BIG BOARD: FUN
Cuban Cigar Package Don’t miss the chance to own THE BEST cigar brands in the world direct from Cuba. The Montecristo No. 2 cigars have got character beyond belief. Powerful from the start, the Monte No.2 tantalizes the palate with rich wood and spice flavors, yet maintains a creamy feel the whole way through. This is an excellent cigar that everyone must try! Cohiba Cigars are the Rolls Royce of the cigar world and the Secretos are the best kept secret of the Cohiba Maduro 5 line. This cigar is the havanophiles nirvana - a powerful cigar jam-packed full of beany, peppery aromas. Grab them while you can! HIGHLIGHTS: • Box of 25 Cohiba Maduro 5 Secretos Cigars • Box of 25 Montecristo No. 2 Cigars • These are authentic pure Cuban cigars straight from Cuba DONATED BY: FRIENDS OF AOS
BIG BOARD: FUN
Pappas Wine Dinner for 10 Be the “Hosts with the Most” with this opulent Master Series Wine Dinner for 10 at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse! You and your guests will indulge in a dining experience like no other. This luxury dinner is valued at $3000! HIGHLIGHTS: • Master Series Wine Dinner for 10 at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (Galleria or Downtown locations) • $3000 Value Reservation required. Based on availability. Excludes gratuity. Expires February 25, 2018. DONATED BY: PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE
BIG BOARD: FUN
A fishing trip worthy of champions! Those “in the know” about fishing guides all use Take N Drag when they want to “reel” them in. Widely regarded as the best in the bay, Captain Marshem Sinegal is a licensed U. S. Coast Guard Captain who promotes safety as well as fun fishing. On your trip, you will learn different tactics and methods of catching speckled trout, red fish and flounder. You and your fishing buddies are sure to walk away with plenty of fish tales and memories to last a lifetime. Don't let this be the one that got away! HIGHLIGHTS: • 4 person guided fishing trip on either Galveston Bay or Sabine Lake • Full day trip • Boat will be a 2104 Kenner Vision • Live bait, lures, and Shimano fishing reels provided • Fish cleaned upon request DONATED BY: AOS PARENTS SARA & PAUL DOYLE
Vince Wilfork, two time Super Bowl winner, fished Galveston recently with Take N Drag (left). NFL Hall of Fame player Elvin Bethea from the Houston Oilers also fishes with Take N Drag (right).
DELPHI Delphi Heart
Do you feel the love? The Delphi class shows their love for AOS in this custom, professionally photographed 30X30 ready-to-hang stretched canvas. It really doesn't get any cuter than that!
Facilitated by: Merritt Pulliam Martine Patterson Lucy DiNunzio Susan Grygiel Angie Ramirez Kelly Thompson
PRE-K Pre-K Cross
PreK celebrates the spirit of AOS in this custom, professional photograph. The 30X24 ready-to-hang stretched canvas is a one-of-a-kind keepsake of your child and his or her classmates at their most adorable.â€Ż
Facilitated by: Merritt Pulliam Martine Patterson Mary Daniel Bryant Mattie Gatlin Beverly Hickey Ann-Marie Johnston Ashley Malpiedi Ellie Thompson
KINDERGARTEN Kindergarten Porcelain Platter
*Photo is a previously created platter shown only as a sample.
Cherish the Kindergarten Christmas Program all year with this beautiful commemorative porcelain platter. Each childâ€™s thumb print represents their special role in the December program. Use it to serve your favorite dish or display it in your kitchen for everyone to enjoy!
Facilitated by: Celina Stabell Amy Ailor
FIRST GRADE 1st Grade Custom Throw Pillows
*Photo shows a sample pillow.
Thereâ€™s nothing better than livening up a space with new throw pillows! Each 1st grader chose their flower colors, cut each one out, and stacked them in order. Green leaves are embroidered with their names. Each class has a pillow. â€ŻYou can decide to bid on them all together or maybe go in on it with a friend and split the fun!
Facilitated by: Celina Stabell Amy Ailor
SECOND GRADE 2nd Grade Class Triptych
AOS - Yes! This custom 16X16 triptych features 2nd grade’s smiling faces. Hang these stretched canvas professional photos in your child’s room, playroom, or just about anywhere and be reminded of that spirit every day.
Facilitated by: Merritt Pulliam
THIRD GRADE 3rd Grade 50 Nifty United States Quilt
The quilt front features the silhouette of each state. The back of the quilt highlights each 3rd graderâ€™s interpretation of their state flags.â€Ż
Facilitated by: Martine Patterson
FOURTH GRADE 4th Grade “I Love AOS Olympics” Canvas
I love AOS Olympics! The 4th grade class has created* a wonderfully detailed canvas depicting one of the most loved days of the year, Olympics! Each student drawing depicts a favorite AOS Olympic memory. Opening ceremonies, torch bearers, dancers, snacks, rides, bouncies, relay races, water balloon fights, snack, hot dog stands, the list goes on and on. This is wonderfully fun, child centered piece that captures a tradition very close to the heart of the school. *project is in progress. Facilitated by: Amy Ailor Belinda McGinty
FIFTH GRADE 5th Grade Faith, Obedience, Peace & Love Mosaic
The 5th grade incorporated their religious studies into this beautiful wooden mosaic cross.* Each tile of this wooden cross is a symbol from the Old Testament that the students have studied in Religion class this year. Each student depicted his or her favorite symbol because of what it means. Noah’s Ark teaches us to be faithful. The Ten Commandments established God’s rules to live by. The Olive Branch symbolizes a peaceful new beginning. Moses’ Staff represents God’s power. The Dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil teaches us that we should listen to God. All of the symbols are how God shows his love for us. * project is in progress. Facilitated by: Meredith Wise, Thalia Gazis, Rob Wise, Belinda McGinty
SIXTH GRADE 6th Grade Pressed Greek Icon
Icons (from the Greek eikones) are sacred images representing the saints, Christ, and the Virgin, as well as narrative scenes such as Christ’s Crucifixion. Each student in 6th grade has “tooled” or pressed a line in this icon of the Pantokrator, Christ. This icon uses the design from iconographer, Diamantis Cassis, who created some of the icons in the cathedral. His daughter and artist, Joni Zavitsanos, assisted in the creation of this icon using his techniques. In this icon Christ is represented not in whole body form to remind us that we, as the people of Christ, are his body and do his work. Here the 6th grade class is doing the work of Christ by participating in the oldest form of Christian art, still practiced in the Orthodox Faith for over 2000 years, showing an unbreakable tie throughout the centuries with Christ and His Apostles Facilitated by: Meredith Wise, Joni Zavitsanos (artist), Rob Wise, Thalia Gazis, Belinda McGinty
SEVENTH GRADE 7th Grade Collage Thermo Cups
“There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” - Dr. Seuss
7th Graders had some selfie fun and took pics of themselves that have been Prisma design filtered and combined in this fun collage. Collage will be transferred to a 30oz Rtic or YETI cup as a fun and functional keepsake. CUP AVAILABLE FOR MULTIPLE PURCHASE! ORDER YOURS TODAY! 30 OUNCE RTIC CUP FOR $75 OR 30 OUNCE YETI CUP FOR $90
Facilitated by: Belinda McGinty, Martine Patterson + lots of phone-wielding 7th graders
EIGTH GRADE 8th Grade Collage Thermo Cups
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” - Dr. Seuss 8th Graders will all be heading in different directions next year. What a fun idea to have a photo collage tumbler with their classmates! The 8th graders had some selfie fun and took pics of themselves that have been Prisma design filtered and combined in this fun collage. Collage will be transferred to a 30oz Rtic or YETI cup as a fun and functional keepsake. CUP AVAILABLE FOR MULTIPLE PURCHASE! ORDER YOURS TODAY! 30 OUNCE RTIC CUP FOR $75 OR 30 OUNCE YETI CUP FOR $90
Facilitated by: Martine Patterson, Belinda McGinty + the fun-loving 8th grade class
601. MRS. CORBETT FOR A HALF DAY Be Head of Early Childhood and Lower School for a morning. Make sure everything is on task in the Lower School. Special lunch included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Sharon Corbett
602. MRS. MYLIE FOR A HALF DAY Be Mrs. Mylie for the morning and keep the Lower School Office organized. What an important and fun job! Special lunch included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Mylie Alaniz
603. MISS ELLIOTT FOR A FULL DAY Leave with a few new computer tricks after assisting Miss Elliott teach her classes. Special lunch included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Kelley Elliott
604. MRS. ELWELL FOR A HALF DAY Be the Lower School Science teacher for a morning. See what it’s like to set up engineering challenges, teach the class all the rules, and motivate everyone to be the best engineers they can be. Special lunch included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Elizabeth Elwell
605. MRS. AILOR FOR A HALF DAY Come be Mrs. Ailor for the day and help teach Lower School Art. What a fun and exciting job! Special treat included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Amy Ailor
606. MR. ROW FOR A FULL DAY Come help Mr. Row lead music class for an entire day! Give your classmates class dojo points! Teach students the songs you want to sing! Play all the instruments in Mr. Row’s music class whenever you want during class for a day!! Special lunch included. For a student in First Grade or above. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Seth Rowoldt
607. MRS. BONASSO FOR A HALF DAY This lucky student will assist Mrs. Bonasso with her music classes. After a fun-filled, musical morning, your child will enjoy a special lunch with Mrs. Bonasso. For a student in Prekindergarten or Kindergarten. Details: Date mutually agreed upon on a Monday or Tuesday before May 2017. Generously donated by: Joanne Bonasso
608. MRS. NIKKIE FOR A HALF DAY Everyone loves to spend a half day helping Mrs. Nikkie in the Jones Center. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Nikkie Kyriasoglou
609. COACH CARR FOR A HALF DAY It will take all your energy to keep up with Coach Carr as you assist her in her daily coaching duties! A special coach’s t-shirt and lunch with Coach are included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Marti Carr
610. COACH CHRISTINE FOR A HALF DAY One, two, three, jump! Coach Christine needs you to help her get AOS in shape when you are her assistant for half a day! Special lunch included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Christine Moraczewski
611. BE THE JONES CENTER BIG GYM DAY LEADER FOR A HALF DAY Double your fun at the Jones Center on a Wednesday by assisting Coach Christine and Coach Carr with the double size classes on the big gym day! Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Christine Moraczewski and Marti Carr
612. FEMALE ATHLETIC COACH FOR A HALF DAY Enjoy being in your workout attire as you assist one or more coaches with their P.E. duties. Special coach’s t-shirt and lunch included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Allayne Austin, Christine Moraczewski and Zsuzsanna Reeves
613. MALE ATHLETIC COACH FOR A HALF DAY See if it’s all fun and games when you help the AOS coaches with their P.E. duties. Special coach’s t-shirt and lunch included. Details: Date mutually agreed upon before May 2017. Generously donated by: Christian Begg, Keykowa Bell, Dan Muschalik and Amit Shah
614. GRADUATION QUILT Sewn by Ms. Rosse, this quilt is an AOS tradition. Each square is individualized by an 8th grade student and then assembled into a memory quilt. A great way to remember your classmates and AOS! Generously donated by: Marian Rosse
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