Parents Association Events

Celebrate Spring 

Friday, March 15 & Saturday, March 16

This event is a celebration of our children and community, organized by the Parents Association for all four school divisions. The largest fundraiser of the year, Celebrate Spring includes two days of events on March 15 and 16. This year’s theme is an old-fashioned trip to Europe. We will be making two stops: the first in Windsor, England for high tea and the second in Venice for a masquerade ball. We hope you will join the fun!

Register & Sponsor

Advertise in the Program

Event Details

High Tea at Windsor & Marketplace

High Tea at Windsor & Marketplace
Friday, March 15 — James Leary Flood Mansion
2222 Broadway Street, San Francisco, CA, 94115

Marketplace: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Elegant luncheon buffet will be served at
9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
$100 per person. Includes entrance to the Lounge.

A Masquerade Ball in Venice & Live Auction

A Masquerade Ball in Venice & Live Auction
Saturday, March 16 — The Ritz-Carlton 
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA, 94108
$250 per person

Doors Open – 5:30 p.m.
Seated Three Course Dinner – 7 p.m.
Live Auction – 7:30 p.m.

Dancing to follow with entertainment by DJ CAMs SHB'94

Event Information

Event Cheat Sheet

The Luncheon: High Tea at Windsor & Marketplace
Friday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Flood Mansion. Valet service will be available in the morning. Uber/Lyft is recommended.

Guests of this festive tea party are welcome to get dressed in their luncheon finery and enjoy the day or pop in between daily errands. You need a ticket for the Luncheon & Lounge, however, you do not need to purchase a ticket to enjoy the Marketplace.

Luncheon Lounge/ High Tea
Tickets must be purchased in advance — ticket price is $100 per guest.

Luncheon Lounge serving high tea: Three time windows will be offered to enjoy high tea service in a buffet style lounge setting: 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. High tea will be served on a drop-in, drop-out basis during the length of your time window in your choice of locations inside the Flood Mansion, with champagne and wine included. There will be plenty of seating for you to enjoy a bite and drink with your friends. Your ticket also gives you all-day access to the Lounge, where you can enjoy desserts, this year’s signature cocktail, wine and champagne.

Marketplace
Free entry to all, no ticket required. Open before, during and after luncheon servings.

Purchase bespoke floral arrangements, English tea themed items and accessories, raffle tickets for high-end prizes or find treasures in our curated Mini-Boutique of external vendors who donate 25% of their sales to the school.

Art from the Heart
New this year, artwork will not be picked up on the day of the luncheon. In order to respectfully display your students’ artwork, we are including it in a gallery display format during the K–12 Art Show Reception taking place Tuesday, May 7 at 5 p.m. Your Art from the Heart class reps will send you information about this student-driven project.

The Gala: A Masquerade Ball in Venice 
Saturday, March 16 from 5:30–10:30 p.m.

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Francisco (600 Stockton Street)

The Venetian-themed gala includes a cocktail reception, live auction, international cuisine, music and dancing.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for the event — ticket price is $250 per guest for individual tickets or$3,500 for a table of 10.

For the seated portion of the evening, all guests with individual tickets will be assigned to tables with other parents in their children’s class for the convenience of our guests and to foster a sense of community. Parents with more than one child can designate which class they prefer to be seated with at the time of ticket purchase. Those who purchase a table of 10 will be contacted prior to the event for the names of their guests.

Attire: Cocktail attire. Black tie optional; masks and costumes encouraged.

Cocktail Reception
Chat with friends while you enjoy an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres.

Seated Dinner
Enjoy a three-course Italian-inspired meal from The Ritz-Carlton’s world class chefs while being entertained by a live program.

Purchase Premium Wine
In addition to the open bar and wine service at tables, you may purchase premium wines to enjoy during dinner.

Live Auction and Fund a Need
The Live Auction offers one-of-a-kind experiences and items, while the Fund a Need will give you a chance to support a specific school initiative.

Dancing
Following the auction, return to the bar area for more drinks and dance to entertainment by our favorite DJ CAMS SHB'94.

Online Auction and Count Me In
Online auction items will be announced in March. Auction items usually include access to vacation homes, tickets to theater and sporting events, and experiences for your kids at the school. Count Me In events are parties thrown by families in the community that you pay to attend. Often they are aimed at a specific class or grade, making them fun class socials, but are open to the entire community.

Frequently Asked Questions

High Tea at Windsor & Marketplace

Q: How do I sit with my friends at the Luncheon?
A: You can still enjoy your "High Tea" experience with friends. However, it won't be necessary to purchase tables. Simply coordinate a time to meet (9:30, 11:30 or 1:30) since you will choose a time window when you buy a ticket. There will be plenty of seating as well as standing tables, making it easy to mingle with your friends for the tea experience. Tickets are $100, the same price as the last few years.

We are taking advantage of the "High Tea" format to move away from formal seating arrangements to foster a feeling of inclusiveness. We also hope that with this new format the event will provide a positive financial contribution to our school.

Q: Just tea? Will I be hungry and need to go out for lunch afterward? 
A: There will be plenty of food! Both savory and sweet, warm and cold elegant bites. People will NOT be hungry after this — it will serve as lunch.

Q: Will there be a Lounge as in past years?
A: Yes! The lounge will be open all day and will be accessible to anyone who has purchased a ticket to the High Tea.
 

A Masquerade Ball in Venice & Live Auction

Q: How does seating work at the Gala?
A: At The Ritz-Carlton, we will have formal seating with a three-course dinner, which means we will be sitting down for a portion of the evening. Individual tickets are $250 (same price as in past years, although the past two years were standing parties, not sit down), and you will automatically be seated with your class so everyone will be with people they know.

Note: We will assign table numbers, not specific seats at a table. Tables will be grouped together by classes so that members of a given class will all be near one another. If you have more than one child at the school, please indicate which class you prefer to be seated with at the time of ticket purchase.

Q: What if I want to sit with a specific group of friends?
A: If you have a bidding group, friends across different classes or are inviting guests from outside the school, you can create a private table. To do this, one person in the group can purchase a table of ten in the normal ticketing process for $3,500. The person who buys the table is responsible for letting the Celebrate Spring team know the names of the table guests, collecting reimbursement from the other guests (if desired), and would receive a tax receipt for the donation amount of $1,000 (i.e. each ticket has a surcharge of $100 over the actual fair market value). Handling the seating in this way will save both tremendous cost and time for the committee while also allowing guests to feel a sense of community.

How To Get Involved

Celebrate Spring is organized and executed by a few dozen parents and relies heavily on the support of our broader community to donate auction items, attend the event, sponsor/underwrite and volunteer to help produce a world-class experience.

Sponsor the Event
Producing the elegant events you will experience is a costly endeavor, involving fixed costs not covered by ticket sales. Sponsoring or underwriting the event is one of the best ways to increase our margins of profit for the school. There are different benefits associated with different sponsorship levels. Most packages are purchased by families (and can also be shared between families) and include tickets to the Gala and/or Luncheon. An Exclusive Sponsorship can also be attractive if you own or manage a business as these sponsors may also be recognized in signage and printed materials. 

Register & Sponsor

Advertise in the Program
Professionally-bound, full-color programs are mailed to all Convent & Stuart Hall families prior to the event. Our programs reach approximately 1,000 households and are read and often saved for years. There are several advertising packages available to feature either your business or a personal message or recognition you might like to communicate on a full or half page. For more details, email Shari Jones at sharihatch@yahoo.com .

Advertise in the Program

Host a Count-Me-In Party
Do you want to contribute to Celebrate Spring in a way that brings your class together and raises funds at the same time? Consider hosting a Count Me In Party! These are parent-hosted parties attended by other families in the community. They can be a teddy bear tea party for your third grade daughter's class, a bowling party for the dads in your son's 11th grade class or a family sing-along trolley ride for your kindergarten class...the possibilities are endless and are a really a meaningful way to participate in our Parents Associations largest Fundraiser of the year. Additional ideas can be found here. Please contact Maria Chopskie mariachopskie@gmail.com or Emily Walsh ezwalsh@me.com for more information and to share your details.

Sign up to Host

Donate Experiences and Items
The Live and Online auctions of Celebrate Spring feature amazing trips, items and experiences. The Auction Committee, led by Jennifer Friedland, is looking for high-end items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences like box seats, vacation homes and premium wine. If you have anything that you would like to donate or solicit, please contact Jennifer Friedland at jenniferrliu@hotmail.com.

Volunteer
The organization of Celebrate Spring is broken down into numerous committees, each of which relies on volunteers to accomplish their tasks. Volunteer jobs can be ongoing (for example, you could join the Auction Committee) or one-off projects closer to the event (for example, you could sign up to help decorate the day before the event, cashier or check in guests the day of the event). To be involved in the leadership team, please contact lindabehnke@me.com. To find out more about one-off volunteering opportunities, please look out for a sign-up sheet that will be sent out in February, or contact our volunteer coordinator, Diana Horner, for more information at dianaghorner@gmail.com.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors & Underwriters

Program Sponsor
Linda & Tom Coates

Queen's Court Sponsor
Linda & Nils Behnke

Bar Sponsor at the Gala
Accel
Meeta '92 & Vipul Patel

Duke & Duchess Sponsor
Kirsty Ellis
Laureen & Robert Schiller

Bar Sponsor at High Tea
Lori & Bryce Steeg
 

Gondola Sponsor
Hoenigman Family Foundation
Marny & Andrew Homan
Christa & Mark Lopez
Anne Marie & Wylie Peterson

English Garden Sponsor
Maggie & Carter Mack
Lisa & Jeff Smith
Anna Nordberg & Brant Thompson

Harlequin Sponsor
Jennifer & David Hatfield

Faculty/Staff Gala Sponsor
Beth & Andy Daecher

Annual Events

Miller's Mile 2019 – April 27

For more than 40 years, this annual fun run on Marina Green has brought together students, teachers, parents, alumni, grandparents and family pets. Propelled by volunteer support from the Parents Association, this free family event includes the Miller's Mile T-shirt design contest.

Fall Classic

Fall Classic Committee

Co-Chairs
Lindsay Glaser & Molly Robinson

Support the Parents Association's mission to bring all of our school divisions together to build community and provide our children with quality educational opportunities by joining us for a friendly day of sport. Players of all levels are invited to join us for a round of golf or a private group spin class at SoulCycle.

The day ends with cocktails, buffet dinner and dancing at the Presidio Cafe. Evening Festivities tickets can be purchased separately, so please join us as we raise a glass to Convent & Stuart Hall.

Event Details

Golf Tournament

Presidio Golf Course
300 Finley Road
San Francisco, CA 94129

SoulCycle

Soul Cycle
2095 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Evening Festivities

Presidio Cafe
300 Finley Road
San Francisco, CA 94129

Raffle Items

Tickets sold on day of event at SoulCycle, Golf and the Evening Festivities. Need not be present to win.

SPORTS TICKETS TRIFECTA: Here is your chance to cheer on some of the Bay Area's premier teams. Included in this package are four tickets to the following games: Warriors on November 13, 49ers on October 21 and San Francisco Giants (game TBD).

Value: $1,590

Donors: Anonymous, Pamela & Kris Hamrick, Molly & Ross Robinson

MILLION DOLLAR MEAL?: Treat yourself to a truly spectacular treat. Enjoy a $200 gift certificate to Antonelli's Market (Kobe anyone?), a 1.5L 2015 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape (97 pts) and Guittard chocolates. This could really be worth a million with $100 of lottery tickets. 

Value: $565

Donor: The Glaser & Robinson Families

THE TRIPLE CROWN: Win two tickets to each of the three primary Convent & Stuart Hall Parents Association’s Fundraisers. You will be prized 2 tickets to the 2019 Fall Classic - either SoulCycle or Golf tickets, 2 tickets to the 2018 Christmas on Broadway Cocktail Mingle & 2 tickets to the 2019 Celebrate Spring Gala.

Value: $1,550

Donor: Convent & Stuart Hall Parents Association

 

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors

Master Sponsor
Linda & Tom Coates

Eagle Sponsor
Accel

Golf Cart Sponsor
Selamat Designs

Slipstream Sponsor
Courtney & Seth Dallaire

Exclusive Tee Sponsor
The Couden Family/
Baker Avenue Asset Management
Kirsty Ellis
The Homan Family
Christa & Mark Lopez
Ann & Luke O'Brien
Lori & Bryce Steeg
The St. Peter Family
The Wu Family

Tee Sponsor
Cucalon Othordontics
Elite Prep |
Randolf Arguelles SHB '82
Simon Buesnel -
Ernst & Young (EY)
Erin & Kevin Fontaine
Nora Gibson CES '80 &
Bill Hudson
Shari & Jason Jones
The McIntosh Family
Sheree & Mark Pirie
Lisa & Jeff Smith
Claire & Holden Spaht

Faculty Golf Sponsor
Bimbo's 365 Club
Courtney & Seth Dallaire
The Dyson Family
Sarah & Thomas Harvey
Christa & Mark Lopez
Michelle Keene & Mark Tellini

Faculty SoulCycle Sponsor
Doretha Cross
Courtney & Seth Dallaire
The Gilligan Family
George W. Gould
Christa & Mark Lopez
Maggie & Carter Mack
The O'Neil Family
Molly & Ross Robinson
Jennifer & Ted Tobiason

Contact

Events & Rentals Coordinator (415) 292-3142

Celebrate Spring 2019 Committee

Chair
Linda Behnke

Advertising
Shari Jones

Art From the Heart
Sofie Dolan
Tejal Shah

Auction Committee Chair
Jennifer Liu Friedland

Benefactor Event
Josephine Freckman

Boutique
Ali Sonsini

Cashiering
Uli Martinez

Count Me In
Maria Chopskie
Emily Walsh

Executive Committee
Ruchi Dadlani
Stella Gaber

Faculty Fun
Michele Forté

Flower Market
Zoe Giraudo

Gift Bags
Julia Brentani

Luncheon Production
Jacqueline Venegas
Grace Wu

Raffle
Kathleen Bost
Shih-Yu Wang

Reservations
Stacy Bonney
Christina Kost

Volunteer Coordinator/Staffing
Diana Horner