2018 Auction

CSMA’s 50th Anniversary Gala is the annual school celebration and fundraising gala, recognizing five decades of providing access to quality art and music education. Here are this year's auction items.

Live Auction Items


November 17 - 24, 2018

Celebrate the start of the 2018 holiday season by enjoying a cozy Thanksgiving week with your friends and/or family in Lake Tahoe! Stay in a well-appointed two-bedroom condo at Worldmark, Lake Tahoe. Located 7,600 feet above sea level, you’re never more than a few minutes from the beach—and the mountains! This beautiful area has something for everyone: hiking, biking, swimming, boating, skiing, snowboarding or simply relaxing. The condo sleeps up to six people and comes with a fully equipped kitchen with modern amenities. Please note that the condo must be used Thanksgiving week, November 17-24, 2018. No pets are allowed.

Package includes:

  • 7 nights at a two-bedroom condo at Worldmark, Lake Tahoe
  • Sleeps up to 6 people
  • King in master, 2 twins in a second bedroom, queen murphy bed in living area
  • Dates of package are Thanksgiving week, November 17-24, 2018.

Donated by Sue and Bob Larson

Note: The dates of package are Thanksgiving week, November 17-24, 2018. No change of date permitted. No pets are allowed.



November 10 - 17, 2018

Enjoy a one week stay at the stunning Diamante Resort in Cabo San Lucas with access to great amenities for a fabulous vacation. You and your spouse and friends will stay for the week at a very luxurious and roomy two bedroom/three bath Grand Suite that can sleep six with one king bed and two queen beds in the second bedroom and an extra bath (the service is impeccable!). The resort has two world class golf courses including the spectacular Davis Love III Dunes Course, ranked #38 in the world by Golf Magazine, and the new championship golf course created by Tiger Woods Design. Additionally the resort has a one-of-a-kind 10-acre salt water Chrystal Lagoon where you can sail, swim, kayak or stand-up paddle board; a state of the art spa; a fitness and sports center; multiple pools including a pool and jacuzzi just 50 yards outside your condo;  2 wonderful restaurants, an outdoor bar and restaurant by the lagoon, and a deli and store for which to purchase food to use at the condo; a very user-friendly 9 hole golf course (with clubs provided); and 6 miles of walking and hiking trails. Your days will be full!

Package includes:

  • One week stay for up to six guests in a two bedroom Grand Suite at Diamante Cabo san Lucas in the Dunes Golf Clubhouse.
  • Dates of package are November 10-17, 2018.

Donated by Sue & Bob Larson

Note: The dates of package are November 10-17, 2018. No change of date permitted. Airfare not included.



Embark on an African safari and prepare yourself for an exhilarating experience, profound and spiritual. You will have the adventure of a lifetime in a land of expansive savannahs, breathtaking landscapes, stunning wildlife, and proud ancestral tribes. Immerse yourself in the romance and mystique of the African wild in the heart of one of the country’s richest conservation regions situated in Hluhluwe, South Africa. Seek out the unexpected by day or night with game drives in an open Land Rover, following the footprints of the elephants along ancient riverbeds during guided walks, and enjoying the thrill of close encounters of the wild kind. Zulu Nyala offers the visitor the experience of a lifetime and winning bidders will have the chance to take extraordinary photographs, enjoy panoramic views while sipping a cool beverage, or experience the thrill of up close viewing of some of the most spectacular wildlife on the continent. Experience elephants, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, hippos, zebras, nyalas, buffalo, kudos and many more plains game!

The successful bidder will have a choice of staying at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge where warm hospitality meets old colonial grace, the Zulu Nyala Safari Game Lodge, a luxurious and breathtaking mountain-top hideaway, or the Zulu Nyala Tented Safari Camp with Hemingway-style tents that evoke echoes of a bygone era – any of these venues is sure to be a pleasure!

“It was a life-changing trip. The people were warm and welcoming, and the wildlife was amazing. The sunrise and sunset safaris were the highlight, and it was thrilling to be in an open-air jeep just a few feet from a group of rhinoceros or a herd of elephants. Highly recommend the trip!”

~Prior CSMA Purchaser

Package Includes:

  • 6 days and 6 nights luxury accommodation for 2 people at Luxury Hemingway-style tents, Heritage Safari Lodge or Zulu Nyala Lodge
  • All meals, with gourmet breakfasts and buffet dinners
  • 2 game-viewing activities per day, guided by your own professional game rangers in open game viewing vehicles, in Zulu Nyala private game reserve (the filming location of “I Dreamed of Africa” starring Kim Basinger)
  • A personal ranger who will assist planning other activities during your stay

Note: This package donation is valid for the period of two years from your auction date and bookings can be made for any period in the year. Does not include airfare, transfers, side trips, personal beverages or phone calls.



A French biking adventure for two! Provence invites you to slow down, breathe and celebrate beauty and the joie de vivre. Travel by bike and be inspired by Provence’s scenic rolling hills blanketed by vineyards that date back to ancient Rome and along the Rhône River to the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct and UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll also learn about Avignon, a city once cherished by popes, and how the commune of Saint-Remy was the muse for van Gogh’s Post-Impressionist masterpiece, Starry Night. VBT, which was voted the #2 Tour Operator in the World in 2014 by Travel + Leisure magazine, will provide custom bicycles, helmets and tour guides to tailor your experience so you can fully enjoy the worry-free ride of a lifetime!

Package includes:

  • 6 night bicycling tour for two, with bikes and helmets included. (E-bikes are available upon request)
  • Lodging in 4-Star French hotels
  • 11 meals included (6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners)
  • Airfare not included

Courtesy of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

Note: Dates are available for Sept and Oct travel in 2018, and Spring 2019. The donation is good for travel to be done within 1 year from the date of the Gala. Does not include airfare, transfers, side trips, personal beverages, or phone calls.



Experience The Sea at its best! Enjoy exquisite fine dining at The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse, the Bay Area’s premier seafood dining destination. You’ll be the guests of Executive Chef Yu Min Lin in the private dining room for this tasting menu. Prepared with modern technique and flair, the restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich, scrumptious morsels from the sea. Chef Yu Min Lin blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea’s menu into the extraordinary. His resume includes some of the world’s most honored restaurants including Providence in LA, The French Laundry in Yountville and Manresa in Los Gatos. Four bottles of fine wine will complete the meal and make it an unforgettable evening.

Package includes:

  • Executive Chef’s table for eight guests for dinner
  • Menu consultation with Chef Yu Min Lin
  • Four bottles of fine wine

Donated by Chef Yu Min Lin, The Sea By Alexander’s Steakhouse

Note: This package donation is valid up to one year from the date of the Gala. Dates must be reserved two weeks in advance. Taxes and gratuity not included.



Bring the freshness of fields, orchards and artisanal foods directly to your table! Chef Amiee D’Maris indulges your “locavore” side with bountiful, fresh ingredients from Triple S Ranch and other local farms around Napa Valley. She will prepare simple but beautiful dishes for you and your guests to savor right on the gorgeous 12 acre ranch where your ingredients were harvested or if you prefer the farm-to-table experience can be brought to a place of your choosing. If enjoying your meal on the property, you and your guests can gaze upon the surrounding vistas or take a walk among the grove of mature walnut trees that dot the ranch. This special experience will deliver an amazing meal in an unforgettable setting, as well as a chance to see and learn firsthand how California’s farmers, ranchers, and artisanal food purveyors make the most of the our fertile land. This item is perfect for a birthday party, anniversary or other special event. Bon appétit!

Package includes:

  • Dinner for 24 guests
  • Fresh ingredients straight from the farm
  • Dine on the ranch in Calistoga or at your place
  • Mutually agreed upon date

Donated by Amiee D’Maris

Note: This package donation is valid up to one year from the date of the Gala. Dates must be mutually agreed upon.



Photo by Tembela Bohle from Pexels

“Wunderbar Oktoberfest”

Hosted by CSMA Board members Carolyn Stuart and Kathy Thibodeaux

12 couples on Saturday, September 22nd at the Stuart home.

Price: $250 per couple

The sights, sounds, and tastes of a Munich biergarten can be yours right here in Silicon Valley. With a hint of fall in the air, your hosts will deliver an authentic Bavarian experience complete with a selection of German beers, traditional German sausages and other culinary delights, German musical entertainment and more— unlike anything else this side of the Atlantic. Don’t miss this Oktoberfest to remember!

“Summer Hoedown”

Saturday, August 25, 4-7pm at the Los Gatos Magic Tree House Garden

Limited to 20 couples or 40 individuals

Price: $150 per couple or $75 per person

Kick up your boots, throw on your hat, and join us for a fabulous summer hoedown party at this magical Los Gatos treehouse property. Enjoy a smokin’, lip-smacking, finger-licking BBQ cookout dinner prepared by Chef Oscar Matute. Grab a cold beer and dance with a live bluegrass band. There’s no better way to spend your summer evening!