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Our Journey from Ordinary to Extraordinary event is just a few days away! Here is a sneak preview of some of the exciting and unforgettable items available for bid that evening. Several items are perfect for joining up with friends or family to create a memorable group experience or adventure. You can even choose to directly fund specific program needs – everyone who bids wins!


Handles_1Get a Handle on Friends, Food and Drink

What can be better than enjoying classic American cuisine? Pairing it with the right beverage, of course! With this dining experience for 8 at Handle’s Gastropub, you and 7 guests will not only enjoy seasonal, farm-to-table food but also up your beer IQ with an exclusive fifty-minute tasting and talk with Brewmaster Mac Spurlock. After sampling some of the best of their 30 craft beers and 16 wines on tap, you will proceed to a beer or wine paired three-course meal, all prepared just for your party by Executive Chef Brian Hampton. Inspired by the Public Houses concept of a local gathering spot for food, drink and friends, this restaurant - soon to be one of your favorites - is located in the historic Pleasanton Hotel.

Experience expires June 1, 2014.

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PalmDesert_1Luxurious Oasis in the Desert

Sunshine, palm trees, restaurants, spas, shopping, golf courses … no, we are not talking about an exotic tropical island. But you just might feel like you’re in another world at this oasis in the Southern California desert. Palm Desert and nearby Palm Springs offer a wealth of indoor and outdoor entertainment for all ages, from hiking in the stunning landscape to ordering a drink poolside. Prepare yourself for whatever level of activity makes your vacation special, from your home base of a two-bedroom villa at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Palm Desert. Package includes an complimentary eighteen hole round of golf for four with cart from Marriott Shadow Ridge and a $100 gift certificate for a night out featuring Italian cuisine, wine, and live music at Castelli’s Ristorante. The villa can accommodate up to 8 guests.

Must be redeemed by December 31, 2014.

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DisneyThe Happiest Place on Earth

Whether you are going just for fun or to celebrate something special, here’s your chance to happily shout, “I’m going to Disneyland!” You don’t have to win the Superbowl to enjoy MVP status with a two night stay at the Anaheim Marriott and one day hopper tickets for four at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA. Sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket to the stars - all in the same day! Or head next door to California Adventure to explore exciting lands that bring Disney and Pixar stories and characters to life. Your first trip or 50th – the Disney magic never fails to enchant! Anaheim Marriott donation expires November 9, 2014 and Disneyland Park Hopper tickets

Expires November 9, 2014.

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Elite_1Explore Panama!

Forget your worries in Paradise with a luxurious five-night stay at the tranquil and secluded Los Establos Boutique Hotel in Boquete, Panama. This 4-star inn, a TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award 2013 winner, offers gorgeous mountain scenery and a panoramic view of Panama’s only volcano. Spend your day walking along the paths of the adjoining coffee plantation or select one daily activity such as a spa treatment, coffee tour, rainforest safari, zip lining, or hiking to the top of Volcan Baru. You don’t even need to worry about your meals! Take advantage of daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Los Establos Restaurant or Le Bistro to fuel your activities. Brought to you by Elite Island Resorts. All reservations are subject to a required supplement charge of $115 per person, per night, plus tax providing for the above described dining and choice of activity. Reservations subject to availability. Air transportation not included. Additional surcharge applies during Christmas and February.

Certificate expires December 1, 2014.

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DinnerHeward_2Bloopers Take Ten – East Africa Style!

Do you enjoy watching all the funny scenes and commentary after the movie as much as the movie itself? Then you’ll love this item, which has a unique twist – 2013 Getty Images Creative Grant winners Heward Jue and Elley Ho will take you on a journey to East Africa as they share the behind the scenes stories, bloopers and outtakes of the video that premieres at the event. Laugh and be touched, as you meet the kids and communities of East Africa in real, up close ways that you wouldn’t normally have a chance to do. This amazing evening for you and up to 9 of your friends will take place in a 15,000 square foot home overlooking Ruby Hill Country Club in Pleasanton. Before watching the behind the scenes clips in the 38 seat home theater, you will enjoy authentic Parisian style crepes, savory and sweet, from CreParis, made right in front of you in the gourmet kitchen. This evening will be a feast for all your senses and one that you will remember for a long time.

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Tesla2One in Thousands...

Who needs one in a million with this item - with less than 15,000 sold worldwide, this beautiful car draws attention everywhere it goes. Be the envy of all your friends and coworkers by driving the electric car everyone is talking about. This Automobile Magazaine and Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year can be yours for 24 hours! The fully electric luxurious Tesla Model S, also ranked the safest car in America, goes from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds to deliver an exhilarating ride unlike anything you have experienced before in a car. Spend the day exploring the Bay Area in a car so advanced, it sets a new standard for premium performance. Then grab a bite to eat at Il Fornaio with a $100 gift certificate.

Driver must be 25 and over, with a valid US driver's license, and vehicle must be picked up and returned to Santana Row location.

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Safari in Tanzania’s National Parks

Come to Tanzania, East Africa, and experience the ultimate African adventure of a Big Five Safari. Your trip includes meals and lodging for five (5) --nights, for two (2) people hosted by the locally owned and acclaimed Discover Tanzania ( www.discovertz.com) organization owned by Albert Jumbe. Your amazing tour will travel through the Tanzania National Parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara viewing wildlife and discovering culture from your dedicated open air vehicle and experienced local guide. You will take your afternoon tea and lounge at private "luxury tent" accommodations and prestigious lodges. Many people pass through Africa leaving only trails of dust, with Discover Tanzania Tours you will leave knowing your life has changed through the up close experiences with nature and culture. This is a journey and adventure of a lifetime.

Serengeti NP & Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1
Pick-up from Kilimanjaro International Airport transfer to hotel in Arusha
Day 2 Arusha – Serengeti
Depart from Arusha with picnic lunch drive to Serengeti National Park approx. 7hours. Bush lunch on the way to Serengeti via Olduvai Gorge (Site of the Leakey’s archaeological digs where the earliest human tools have been found). Overnight in the Serengeti
Day 3 Serengeti National Park
All day game drive in the Serengeti. Endless rolling grasslands criss- crossed with forested lovely valleys plays home to millions of wildebeest, Zebra and gazelles making this one of the world’s most famous wildlife spectacles. Overnight in the Serengeti
Day 4 Serengeti – Ngorongoro
Morning drive to Ngorongoro Crater for game drive 6 hours. Overnight stay on the Ngorongoro Rim.
Day 5 Ngorongoro to Arusha
Kilimanjaro / Departure. After breakfast, we will drive to Arusha; day room is provided, then later transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight. Estimated driving distance: 3hrs to Arusha; followed by 45 minutes drive to JRO.

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If you can’t make it in person, please consider donating to one of our program areas or fill out the contact form with a proxy bid if you’d like us to represent you during the auction. Asante Sana!


Dressed for Success – $30 provides a school uniform with shoes

Boy smiling and raising handJust $30 can make the opportunity to attend school a reality for a child. A school uniform is part of the requirement for entry to a classroom in East Africa. Click the button below to give a child the tools he or she needs to fit in with the crowd and make their entry into lifetime learning.

Cracking the Books – $30 provides 10 textbooks

Child looking up from booksYour donation can help us achieve our goal of having learning resources easily accessible to all our students. It is very common for 1 textbook to be shared among 10 students. Our goal is to have a maximum of 2 students per book. Click the button below to make our goal a reality!

Sitting Tall – $40 provides 1 school desk to seat 3-4 students

Asante Group DesksEvery student needs proper workspace to get their studies done. Click the button below to create a comfortable space for learning by providing a school desk for our classrooms.

Food for Thought – $120 provides school lunch for 50 students for one month

Child thinking pensivelyStudents with full bellies and healthy bodies are more likely to succeed in their learning. Your simple donation of $120 can feed a whole classroom of children and more, providing them an entire month’s worth of nutrition to nurture them in their classroom activities. Click the button below to keep children healthy and focused.

Geared up to Succeed – $150 provides 5 uniforms and 5 pairs of shoes

Four boys posedFund uniforms and shoes for 5 students, a requirement for entry to a classroom in East Africa. Something as simple as what you wear can determine if you have access to education at every grade level. Click below to help children dress for success.

Building Blocks – $300 provides 100 textbooks for a classroom

Child with notebooks and texbookThe biggest challenge facing all teachers in the schools is inadequate teaching materials. It is very common for 1 textbook to be shared among 10 students. Our goal is to have a maximum of 2 students per book. Click the button below to make our goal a reality!

Gift of Education – $750 for one child to attend one year of school

Child smilingProvide a year long scholarship for a girl or boy who might not otherwise have access to an education. This covers one full year of tuition, exam fees, boarding, food, transport, uniforms, shoes and personal belongings, school materials needed once a year (mattress, sheets, storage lockers), once a quarter (transport fees, soap, etc) and on going. Click the button below to provide for a child today.

Bring Science to a Secondary School – $2,500 for one Science lab of equipment

School notebook and toolsMore frequently than not, high school students do not have biology, science or chemistry equipment to learn or conduct their exams. You can inspire young people to excel in science, be creative with their minds, and advance their opportunities for achievement. Once the science laboratory or computer laboratory is complete, you will receive a final report detailing the resources provided to the school and the community served to directly connect you with the impact of your gift. Click the button below to help us furnish a science lab.

Alleviate Overcrowding – $10,000 for building a classroom

Fund the construction of a classroom building at a primary or secondary school, based on the needs of the specific community. Each project has from one to eight rooms and provides a new or improved learning environment for students. This will provide a new and improved school building or additional classrooms to address overcrowding.. Project sponsors of our School Construction program will receive an application report which describes the community in need, reasons for support, and details of the challenge grant; a progress update with photos of the construction process; and a completion report with a project summary and photos of the completed school. Click the button below to contribute toward the process of building a school classroom