Merola Spring Gala 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

A Benefit for the Merola Opera Program

6:00 pm

Cocktails, Hors d'Oeuvres, and Silent Auction ● Formal Dinner ● San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Concert ● DJ After-Party ● Black Tie Preferred

Special Performance by Jake Heggie

Event Sponsors

Vin Atlas Winery
Hafner Vineyard
Rigg Estate Vineyard

Merola Spring Benefit Gala Committee

Christopher Wiseman, Chair
Mary Sue Bizzarri, Vice Chair
Carol Weitz, Auction Co-Chair
Ronny Michael Greenberg, Auction Co-Chair
Ruth Uchimura, Corporate Sponsorships Co-Chair
Dennis Zhang, Corporate Sponsorships Co-Chair
Pamela George, Honorary Committee Co-Chair
Beatrice Gomory, Honorary Committee Co-Chair
Pamela Rigg, Honorary Committee Co-Chair
Maurice Bizzarri, Wine Co-Chair
Serge Troxel, Wine Co-Chair
Susan Walker, Young Professionals Chair
Jennifer Brahm
Carlyn Clause
Ashley Crawford
Jayne Davis
Jeanne Dorward
Mary Henderson
Dana Turkington Horner
Diana Kissil
William W. Kwan, MD
Susan York
Patrick Wilken

Tickets and Tables

Underwriting Circle


Director Ticket — $750
• Cocktail reception, dinner, and after-party for ten guests
• Complimentary valet parking
• Early bidding on Signature Events
• Recognition on Spring Benefit Gala webpage, invitation*, and program**

Producer Ticket — $1,200
All benefits of Director ticket level, plus:
• Preferred seating
• Special gift
• Special recognition in San Francisco Opera summer and fall 2019 programs

Designer Table — $4,500
• Cocktail reception, dinner, and after-party for ten guests
• Preferred dinner seating
• Recognition on Spring Benefit Gala webpage, invitation*, and program**

Director Table — $7,500
All benefits of Designer Table level, plus:
• Up to three complimentary valet parking passes
• Complimentary invitation for two to a select Signature Event
• Table sponsor and guests receive early bidding on select Signature Events

Producer Table — $12,000
All benefits of Director Table level, plus:
• Premium dinner seating
• Special gift for table sponsor and guests
• Up to five complimentary valet parking passes
• Special recognition in San Francisco Opera summer and fall 2019 programs
• One complimentary room at the Ritz Carlton on April 13, 2019

Individual Tickets

Performer Ticket — $250
Available for ticket buyers under 40 years of age
• Cocktail reception, dinner, and after-party
• A limited number of tickets are available at this reduced price.

Luminary Ticket — $450
(Available until January 15, 2019)
• Cocktail reception, dinner, and after-party
• Recognition on Spring Benefit Gala webpage

Designer Ticket — $475
(Available after January 15, 2019)
• Cocktail reception, dinner, and after-party
• Recognition on Spring Benefit Gala webpage

Maestro Ticket (admits two) — $1,200
All benefits of Designer Ticket level for two guests, plus:
• Enhanced recognition on print materials

For questions or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Miriam Rosenfeld at (415) 936-2311.

* For responses received by January 15, 2019
** For responses received by April 1, 2019


Producer Table Sponsor

Bruce and Fran Walker

Designer Table Sponsor

Peter and Jayne Davis

Producer Tickets

Nordin and Donna Blacker
James A. Noe III
Mrs. Anita Weissberg

Luminary Tickets

George and Susan Crow
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Foster
Ms. Pamela George
Geoffrey and Marcia Green
Fred and Peggy Heiman
Myron Marx and Cora Yang

Table Captains

Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Ms. Ashley Crawford
Ms. Pamela George
Ruth and Ross Uchimura
Ms. Susan Walker
Mrs. Anita Weissberg
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh
Mr. Dennis Zhang

Auction Donors

Alexander’s Steakhouse
Berkeley Symphony
Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe

Fournee Bakery
flour + water
Green Music Center

Magimix by Robot-Coupe
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Wente Family Estates


Liam Mayclem

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Our auctioneer is a fundraising professional and Emmy Award-winning Radio/Tv Host known as the Foodie Chap on KCBS radio and on CBS5's Eye on The Bay (2005 - 2014). As one of the Bay Area’s most sought after BENEFIT AUCTIONEERS Liam has helped raise millions of dollars for many organizations including the MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM. By day Liam is currently a correspondent on “SECRET TRIPS” on Travel Channel USA. And Liam can be found and followed here: www.kcbs.radio.com/FoodieChap or www.BOOKLIAM.com.