Merola Spring Gala 2019

The Gala is Sold Out! Please contact Amy Kessler to be put on the wait list. Thank you!!!!!!


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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
Maxville Winery
Nob Hill Gazette
Sonoma Valley Author's Festival

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

Honorary Committee

Jake Heggie, Chair
Florence Buatois
Mr. Donald Derheim
Mr. Robert A. Ellis
Mr. Thomas Horn, Honorary Consul of Monaco
Karen J. Kubin
Mr. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France
Mr. Ian Robertson
The Honorable and Mrs. George P. Shultz
David H. Stull and Jessica Downs
Mr. Thaddeus Taube, Honorary Consul of Poland
Diane B. Wilsey
Mr. Shariq Yosufzai

Tickets and Tables

Underwriting Circle


Director Ticket — $750
• Cocktail reception, dinner, and after-party
• 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.

Designer Ticket — $475
• 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 Amy Kessler 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 Sponsors

The Apothecarium
Peter and Jayne Davis
First Republic Bank
Proof Media Mix
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Carol Weitz
Sue York

Director Tickets

Lloyd and Janet Cluff
Dr. and Mrs. Roy Curry
Dr. Lisa Danzig
Bernice Lindstrom
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Victoria Nakamura
John and Judith Renard
John Sifonis and Diana Starcher
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Shariq Yosufzai and Brian James

Producer Tickets

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

Designer Tickets

Amii Barnard-Bahn
Beverly Boas
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Dr. Lin Coonan
Diane Daniels and Leonard Heil
Dr. Gwendolyn Evans
Peter Felleman
Michael Grady
Diana Kissil and John Cullison
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Leslie and Michael Schroeder
Barbara Traisman

Luminary Tickets

Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Sandra Church
Hugh Coughlin
Antonia Cross
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
George and Susan Crow
Jeanne Dorward
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. Foster
Steven Franceschi
Pamela George
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Geoffrey and Marcia Green
Fred and Peggy Heiman
Dr. John L. Herbert
Melvyn and Maureen Hetzel
Brian Hollins
Bridget Hupp
Robert E. Jacobsen and Nancy Schlegel
Israel Katz
Jean Kellogg and Henry Tang
Thomas Larsen
Nafiseh and Karl Lindberg
Sylvia Lindsey
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Ellen and Paul McKaskle
James R. Meehan
Larry Meek
Howard and Cathy Moreland
Anne L. Morton
Annie Nunan
Dorothy Schimke
Dr. David Stein and Dr. Phyllis Kempner
Blanche Germain Streeter
Ruth Uchimura
Patrick Wilken and David Dickson
Christopher Wiseman and Eric Sleigh
Stephen and Connie Zilles

Maestro Tickets

David and Judith Anderson
Franklin and Catherine Johnson
John and Joan Lavorgna
Robert B. Mison

Performer Tickets

Zak Beard and Tessa Greenleaf
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Ashley Crawford
Jonathan Dant and Keith Cantrelle
Ronny Michael Greenberg
Brian Gustafson and Elizaveta Vakhroucheva
Amy Higgins
Lue Li
Guan Lian
Jennifer Neuherz
David Pace
Susan Walker

Table Captains

Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Michael Colbruno
Marie Bertillion Collins
James Cross and Charles Antonen
George and Susan Crow
Pamela George
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Joan and James Kelly
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
James R. Meehan
David Stein and Phyllis Kempner
Blanche Germain Streeter
Ruth Uchimura
Susan Walker
Anita Weissberg
Patrick Wilken and David Dickson
Christopher Wiseman and Eric Sleigh
Dennis Zhang

Auction Donors

•Acquerello
•Agriculture Public House at Dawn Ranch
•Alexander's Steakhouse
•Arlequin Wine Merchant
•Asian Art Museum
•August (1) Five
•Aurora Theatre Company
•Beach Blanket Babylon
•Berkeley Repertory Theatre
•Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
•Bix Restaurant
•Brothers' Restaurant
•Buck's of Woodside
•California Shakespeare Theater
•Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe
•Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
•Eric Clause
•Cliff House
•Concannon Vineyard
•Cornell Hotel de France
•Peter and Jayne Davis
•Jeanne Dorward
•Filoli Historic House and Garden
•Janet Fletcher, Food Writer
•flour + water
•42nd Street Moon
•Fournee Bakery
•David and Ginny Freeman
•Glimmerglass Festival
•Beatrice and Paul Gomory
•Tracy Grant
•Green Music Center
•Gregory Graham Wines
•Gundlach Bundschu Winery

•Harris' Restaurant
•Hotel Del Sol
•Houston Grand Opera
•David Hugle and Haggai Niv
•International Orange Spa
•Joseph Cozza Salon
•Michael Kalkstein and Susan English
•Jean Kellogg and Henry Tang
•Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
•Dr. William Kwan
•La Mesa Vineyards, LLC
•Lamplighters Music Theatre
•Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
•Bing Liem
•Livermore Valley Opera
•Los Angeles Opera
•Lyric Opera of Chicago
•Marin Theatre Company
•Liam Mayclem
•James R. Meehan
•Robert B. Mison
•Oakland Ballet Company
•Dr. Sarah Kelly Oehler
•Opera Parallele
•Pangloss Cellars
•Peju Province Winery
•Peninsula Symphony
•Perbacco Ristorante
•Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
•Pier 39
•Piperade
•Portland Opera
•Repris Wines
•Ridge Vineyards

•Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
•Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
•San Francisco Fire Department
•San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
•San Francisco Girls Chorus
•San Francisco Opera
•San Francisco Performances
•San Jose Giants
•SF MOMA
•Sojourn Cellars
•Sol Rouge Vineyard
•Sonoma Valley Authors' Festival
•Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
•The 9:20 Special
•TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
•The Pawington
•The Santa Fe Opera
•The Steven Kent Winery
•The Winery Collective
•The Winery SF
•Total Wine & More
•Tourbillon Boutique San Francisco
•Umbriaso Wines
•Valley of the Moon Music Festival
•VJB Vineyards and Cellars
•Walt Disney Family Museum
•Emily Webb
•Carol A. Weitz
•Wellington Cellars
•Wente Family Estates
•Christopher E. Wiseman and Eric W. Sleigh
•Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


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.