2018 Merola Opera Spring Benefit Gala

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

Special Guest Jake Heggie

2018 Spring Benefit Gala Photos

Online Auction Catalog


Event Sponsors

Vin Atlas Winery
Nob Hill Gazette
Red Carpet Bay Area
Hafner Vineyard


Persephone Table Sponsors

Elemental Wellness/Milo Group of California
Meyer Sound
Norby Anderson
Peter and Jayne Davis
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Carol Weitz

Dark Knight Tickets

Reid and Peggy Dennis
Mary and Craig Henderson
Ms. Arlene Inch
Bernice Lindstrom
Miss Vivienne E. Miller
John Renard and Judith Renard
Doug Von Qualen
Mrs. Anita Weissberg

Enchantress Tickets

Nordin and Donna Blacker
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cluff
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
John and Joan Lavorgna
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Kerry MacLennan
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Bruce and Fran Walker

Persephone Tickets

Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Amii and Michael Barnard-Bahn
Davidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin A. Waite
Beverly Boas
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cabak
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Clement
The Hon. Marie Bertillion Collins and Mr. Leonard Collins
Beverly C. Coughlin
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Ms Ashley Crawford
George and Susan Crow
Jeanne Dorward
John P. and Cecelia G. Eurich
Mr. Steven Franceschi
Barbara B. Friede
Ms. Diana Fuery
Dr. Gwen Fyfe
Ms. Pamela George
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Mr. Edward C. Goodstein and Ms. Francesca Eastman
Geoffrey and Marcia Green
Fred and Peggy Heiman
Maureen and Mel Hetzel
Ms. Susan Hone
David S. Hugle
Mr. Robert E. Jacobsen and Ms. Nancy Schlegel
Mr. Daniel Joensen and Ms. Mai Le
Anne and Timothy Kahn
Michael Kalkstein and Susan English
Dr. Israel Katz
Ms. Jean Kellogg and Mr. Henry Tang
Dr. James Kelly and Dr. Joan Kelly
Ms. Diana Kissil and Mr. John Cullison
William W. Kwan, MD
Ms. Pamela Lawder
L. Bing Liem
Nafiseh and Karl Lindberg
Sylvia R. Lindsey
Emily P. Marcus
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Mr. Donald L. McGee
Jan and Mike Mead
James R. Meehan
Maya D. Meux
Mr. Stanley Michael
Ann Gray Miller
Mr. Robert B. Mison
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Anne L. Morton
Mr. Milton Mosk and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Erika Nelson
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McHugh
Anne L. Morton
James A. Noe, III
Annie Nunan
Dale and Carolee Petterson
Mr. Duane Phillips
Merrill Randol
Mr. and Mrs. David Rinaldo
Jo-Ann Rose
Bob and Terri Ryan
Ms. Kathleen Rydar
Jordan Sachs and Jeannie Sack
Miss Dorothy Schimke
Freda Scott and Jason Danielson
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Hilary Steinberg
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Barbara Traisman
Ruth and Ross Uchimura
Barbara M. Ward
Olivia Ware
Ronald and Emely Weissman
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Faye Wilson
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh
Susan York
Ms. Kumiko Yoshinari and Mr. Jeff Svoboda
Mrs. John A. Zderic
Dennis Zhang
Stephen and Connie Zilles

Young Patron Tickets

Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Michael Verdone and Simona Barborikova
Ms. Susan Walker

Table Captains

Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
George and Susan Crow
Ms. Pamela George
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Mr. Michael H. Kalkstein and Ms. Susan English
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
William W. Kwan, MD
Mr. Robert B. Mison
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Ruth and Ross Uchimura
Ms. Susan Walker
Mrs. Anita Weissberg
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh

Honorary Committee

Peggy and Reid Dennis
Mr. Robert A. Ellis and Ms. Jane W. Bernstein
Doreen Woo Ho
Leslie and George Hume
Ms. Arlene Inch
Karen J. Kubin
Judith Renard
Mr. Ian Robertson
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Matthew Shilvock
The Honorable and Mrs. George P. Shultz
David H. Stull and Jessica Downs
Frederica Von Stade
Deborah Voigt
Diane B. Wilsey
Dr. Jay Xu

Spring Benefit Gala Committee

James Cross
Christopher E. Wiseman
CO-CHAIRS

Michael Colbruno
David S. Hugle
Patrick Wilken
SIGNATURE EVENT CO-CHAIRS

Susan Walker
Carol A. Weitz
AUCTION CO-CHAIRS

Blanche Germain Streeter
Ruth Uchimura
TICKET & TABLE CO-CHAIRS

Pamela J. George
Dr. Pamela Zell Rigg
HOSPITALITY CO-CHAIRS

Maurice Bizzarri
Serge Troxel
WINE CO-CHAIRS

Carlyn Clause
Hugh Coughlin
Jayne C. Davis
Mary Henderson
Dana Horner
Robert B. Mison
Anastasia Polakis
Dr. David D. Stein

Liam Mayclem

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 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.

Liam Mayclem picture

Auction Donors

2017 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows
42nd Street Moon
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
A.C.T.
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
American Bach Soloists
Masha Archer
Asian Art Museum
August (1) Five
Aurora Theatre Company
Dr. and Mrs. Phillip H. Beck
Bistro Don Giovanni
Bix Restaurant
Mary Sue and Maurice Bizzarri
William Blake
California Academy of Sciences
Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café
Hough Coughlin
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander L. Brainerd
George Crow
Dalla Valle Vineyards
David Girard Vineyards, Inc.
Peter and Jayne Davis
Dawn Ranch Resort
Disneyland Resort
Farm Fresh to You
Film Noir Foundation
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Florida Grand Opera
flour + water
Frameline
R. David and Ginny Freeman, Co-Founders, Sonoma Valley Authors Festival
Pamela George
Green Music Center
Alan Greenbaum
Gregory Graham Wines
Gump's

Hayes Street Grill
Shane Hensinger, Honorary Consul of Seychelles & the Consulate of Seychelles in California
Mel and Maureen Hetzel
Hinman and Carmichael LLP
Historic John's Grill
Hotel Del Sol
Houston Grand Opera
David S. Hugle
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Istituto Italiano Scuola
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Jardinière
Michael Kalkstein and Susan English
Drs. James and Joan Kelly
Dr. Sarah Kelly Oehler
KFOG
LA Opera
Lamplighters Music Theatre
Landmark Vineyards
Langtry Estate and Vineyards
Laujor Estate Winery
Ledson Winery
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Lynmar Estate
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Liam Mayclem
Magimix by Robot-Coupe
Marin Theatre Company
Michel-Schlumberger
Monsieur Benjamin
Mountain Play Association
New York Philharmonic
James Noe

Oakland Ballet Company
The Olive Press
Opera Parallèle
Opera San Jose
Pangloss Cellars
Peju Winery
Perbacco Ristorante and Bar
Piperade Restaurant
Pläj Restaurant
Plumed Horse
Portland Opera
Quixote Winery
Repris Exclusive Wine Tasting Event
Ridge Vineyards
Drs. Richard & Pamela Rigg
Rigg Estate Vineyard The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Rose's Cafe
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera's Stage Management Team
San Francisco Performances
San Francisco Zoological Society
Santa Fe Opera
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
DeAnna Sherer
Mary and Paul Slawson
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
VJB Cellars
Carol Weitz
Wellington Cellars
West Edge Opera
Winery Collective
Christopher Wiseman and Eric Sleigh
The Winery SF
Stephen and Connie Zilles



See the pictures from Merola's 60th Anniversary Gala here.