Parks Trust and SF Rec and Park Present Exclusive Auction Items for Party for the Parks

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Parks Trust and SF Rec and Park Present Exclusive Auction Items for Party for the Parks
Clinic with the Giants Hitting Coach, Private Dinner with Dominique Crenn Among Auction Packages

SAN FRANCISCO – Do you want to host a fabulous dinner by award-winning chef Dominique Crenn at the newly renovated Palace of the Fine Arts dome? Or maybe play ball at a baseball skills clinic run by a San Francisco Giants coach, avoid the lottery and snag a week in the Commissioner’s Cabin at Camp Mather, or host a party at the Golden Gate Park Carrousel? All these opportunities can be yours as part of the 10-Minute Live Auction at the Party for the Parks gala supporting San Francisco’s parks.

San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will host Party for the Parks on Friday, September 23, 2011. The event will take place at the newly renovated Carrousel and Koret Children’s Quarter Playground in Golden Gate Park and feature four unique auction packages created specifically for the event’s 10-Minute Live Auction.

First up is the chance to bid on a private baseball clinic with San Francisco Giants Hitting Coach, Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens for 10 people and 20 tickets to that day’s Giants game.  Spend one hour practicing your swing with Coach Meulens and soon he might be calling you “Bam Bam” too.  If becoming a better baseball player is not your thing, then practice your communication skills, (Coach Meulens is fluent in five languages) and enjoy cheering on the World Series Champions later that day!

Get away from it all with a one-week 2012 summer vacation at the Recreation and Park Commissioner’s Cabin at Camp Mather in the spectacular High Sierras, located on the rim of the Tuolumne River. Camp Mather is the perfect escape from the summer fog, and the historic Commissioner’s Cabin provides private, rustic accommodations with a kitchenette, bathroom, two double beds and two twin beds.

Host a party at the historic carrousel in Golden Gate Park, with the unique picnic area adjacent to the carrousel and playground perfect for almost any celebration.  It is a great opportunity to host a child’s birthday, family or corporate picnic, or just treat a few close friends to a whimsical day in the park. Food, entertainment, and celebratory sweet treats included.

Last but not least, host a private dinner party for 12 prepared by two-time Michelin-star winning Chef Dominique Crenn at the beautifully renovated Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda in San Francisco’s Marina District. For an extra touch of elegance, Tiffany & Co. is providing two crystal vases filled with arrangements from Michael Daigian Designs for the lucky host to bring home as a memento of a lovely evening in a gorgeous park setting.

All the proceeds from the auction will again go to important parks and recreational projects.  Last year’s event raised almost $400,000 for projects such as the restoration of Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park, equipment for recreation centers, and support for maintenance in parks throughout the City.  Party for the Parks continues RPD’s and SFPT‘s efforts to provide clean, safe, and fun park experiences and recreational programming to the public. Honorary Chairs for the event include Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Park Commission President Mark Buell, and the Host Committee includes co-chairs Lana Adair, Paige Arata, Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Christine Gardner, and Ally Gwozdz.

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Party for the Parks
Proceeds benefit San Francisco parks system
Friday September 23rd, 2011
6:00pm to 11:00pm
Golden Gate Park Carrousel (Koret Children’s Quarter Playground)
Cocktails, food by McCalls Catering, Dancing with DJ Spider
10-Minute Live Auction and Parks ReStore
Tickets Levels: $375 to $10,000
Info, Live Auction items, and tickets at

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