Celebrate Santa Catalina

EVENT POSTPONED: Due to recent developments surrounding COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone Celebrate Santa Catalina. Please see this letter for more details.

Saturday, March 14, 2020
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Folktale Winery Barrel Room — Carmel, CA

Celebrate Santa Catalina


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Virtual Live Auction Items

Two VIP Jeroboam Passes to the 13th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine April 16-19, 2020

Indulge your senses at the premier epicurean event of the West Coast. This festival matches acclaimed wineries with the world's preeminent celebrity chefs to create a four-day destination on this picturesque coastline. With these two VIP Jeroboam Passes you'll have intimate access to the pinnacle of gourmet talent at exclusive wine tastings, cooking demos, and unique dining opportunities.

Some of the most special events of the weekend can only be enjoyed with a Pebble Beach Food & Wine Jeroboam level package. This weekend package includes access to 11 of the weekend's exclusive events. On Thursday, enjoy the lavish Opening Night Reception. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Jeroboam Package grants access to your choice between 13 wine tastings and 5 cooking demos. On Friday, you will get to choose from one of five thematic luncheons prepared by some of the world's best chefs. In the evening, you will also have the option to attend an amazing 5-course dinner prepared by some of the weekend’s Celebrity Chefs. On Saturday and Sunday, you can skip the lines with your VIP early access to the Grand Tasting where 200 wineries and 25 of the weekend's celebrity chefs will create culinary delicacies for your delight. This is the perfect way to spend your weekend!

Retail value: $6,423; Generously donated by Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Luxury Skybox for 12 at San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets June 23, 2020

12 friends will enjoy the San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets baseball game from the comfort of a luxury skybox at Oracle Park in San Francisco! 2 VIP parking passes are included. Food and alcohol not included. Game starts at 6:45 p.m.

Retail value: $3,800; generously donated by Tami and Jim Roberts

Eden Rift Vineyards VIP Experience and Transportation

Located in Hollister, a short drive from Monterey, Eden Rift is California’s oldest continually producing wine estate. The package includes a private tour of the estate and wine blending session with winemaker Cory Waller, a farm-to-table dining experience for eight with proprietor Christian Pillsbury, and four cases of the wine blend you select, plus a select magnum bottle signed by the winemaker. Shipping is included. Transportation to the vineyard is provided in a restored 1936 bus!

Retail value: $4,800; generously donated by Christian Pillsbury

3-Course Gourmet Dinner at Anton & Michel with Bernardus Wine Pairings for 12

Gourmet three-course dinner for 12 in a private room at the award-winning Anton & Michel restaurant. Winner of the 2019 Diner's Choice Award and voted Best Ambience in 2019, Anton & Michel will prepare their signature fresh, creative California cuisine for a party of 12. And what a party it will be as each course will be perfectly paired with award-winning magnum sized bottles of Bernardus wine. Come hungry and thirsty!

Retail value: $1,700; generously donated by Tony and Maria Salameh, and Robert Baker, director of sales and marketing, Bernardus Winery

Lower School Principal for a Day with Mrs. Pollacci and Class Party

Your PreK-Grade 5 Catalina student will be the hit of Lower School as Principal for the Day! Our Head of Lower and Middle School will host one student for a day of fun and exciting principal activities. Your child will dress the part of principal and begin the day with a morning meeting with the administrative staff, complete with hot chocolate. During the meeting, they will help decide which special afternoon party their class will enjoy. They will then head to assembly and lead the school in the flag salute as well as reciting the Cougar Creed. After assembly, your child will accompany Mrs. Pollacci as she makes her morning rounds through the classrooms. At lunchtime, your child will join Mrs. Pollacci for a mini-field trip to the Del Monte Golf Course Grill for a bite to eat. Following an afternoon class party, your child will headline the highlight of the day: calling names on the walkie talkie for car line! Date to be mutually agreed upon.

Value: Priceless; generously donated by Head of Lower and Middle School Christy Pollacci

Alaskan Getaway at Favorite Bay Lodge

Enjoy an Alaskan experience of a lifetime with this three-day, four-night all-inclusive package for two people. Your experience begins with a scenic sea plane ride from Juneau to Favorite Bay Lodge, located on Admiralty Island, Angoon, Alaska. The lodge is nestled on a quiet natural point surrounded by water in the town of Angoon, a small Tlingit village of 600 people, and the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is the largest temperate rainforest in North America and home to the largest concentration of brown bear in the world. At Favorite Bay Lodge you will enjoy nature's bounty by day and relax in luxurious surroundings by night. Whether fishing, whale watching, kayaking, hiking, or simply unwinding in the lodge's unspoiled surroundings, you will discover why Favorite Bay Lodge is extraordinary. Available July 1 through September 4, 2020.

Retail value: $9,700; generously donated by Kimberly Roberts Gnagy '93

Legendary Domaine de la Romanèe-Conti Experience

Winery tour, barrel tasting, and visit to Abbey of Saint-Vivant with co-owner Aubert de Villaine, and lunch

Value: Priceless; generously donated by Pamela Fairbanks '60 and Aubert de Villaine

Featured Item: Luxury African Adventure

Enjoy a 7-night/8-day once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Stay at the storied, colonial Muthaiga Country Club, featured in the film Out of Africa; experience the lavish safari lifestyle at two home estates; take in the stunning views of the Great Rift Valley; see the “big five” safari animals (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo); and much more! This package was graciously donated by Mary Sutton Pinkus ’83 and Nella Nencini-Hutchings ’83. Download a full description here.


Online Auction

Signups for Count-Me-Ins are now online! (Lobster Fest and Gingerbread House Making will be available for signups separately in summer and fall.) Beautiful centerpieces may also be purchased through the online auction by attendees during the party.

Make your bids!


Drawing Prizes

A collage of drawing items: a pearl necklace and a beach resort.

Grab your drawing tickets NOW for a chance to win one of these fabulous prizes: a beautiful, versatile gold and pearl necklace generously donated by Marchesa Jewelry at the Lodge at Pebble Beach or 7 days at Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger on stunning Poipu Beach, graciously donated by Dan and Lori Hightower.

Wine & Spirits Pull

The popular Wine Pull is back, now with spirits and a beer! 75+ bottles await. Every label is related to Santa Catalina in a special way: produced, owned, cultivated, or closely managed by a parent, alum, or close friend of the school! A chance to pull a bottle is $35, or $65 for premium bottles and fine wine and spirits. Make your purchase on BidPal. (NOTE: You must be at the party to claim your bottle.)



The Venue

Room lined with wine barrels

Take in the rustic elegance of Folktale Winery, nestled against the Santa Lucia Mountains of Carmel Valley. The main action takes place in the Barrel Room, while alumnae can also catch up in a special Alumnae Lounge. Take a virtual tour.

The Food

Chef Todd Fisher

Enjoy a strolling dinner made with locally sourced ingredients by celebrity chef and past Catalina parent Todd Fisher.

The Music

Dance to hits from the 1950s to today with The Money Band, Monterey County's premier party band.


Tables set up on grass with mountains in the background
People standing at tables in a courtyard
Chef Todd Fisher picking berries


Contact us at development@santacatalina.org.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Carmel Insurance Agency

Santa Catalina School Board of Trustees
Karine Snyder Lyon
Kate Brinks Lathen '96*
Kenny* & Deborah Peyton
Mike* & Cori Roffler
Michelle Blake*
Pirkko Maguire

*Santa Catalina Trustee