Annual Auction, Saturday, March 28, 2015
Dîner d’Epicure, Friday, May 1, 2015
Events bring our community together for cele- brations that are an integral part of our annual fundraising programs and provide vital support for students, faculty and general operating expenses. Thank you to each and every family that supported this year’s events. Your involve- ment—as attendees, donors, and volunteers— is most appreciated.
The Soirée des Vins was once again held at the historic
San Francisco Ferry Building. In the true French tradition, it
is one of our largest community events featuring a tasting of
great wines, food, and music. In addition to the incredible selection of vintners, this year we also featured beer, spirits, and
artisanal sodas. It’s no surprise that we saw a record
attendance of over 500 people. Thanks to all of our volunteers
and especially the Co-Chairs: Marc David, Ann Balajadia, and
Debbie Zachareas, who made this an incredibly fun day.
Our Annual Auction was held in March at Bimbo’s 365
Club. Back by popular demand, the Casino Royale theme ensured that the poker tables were full, the craps and blackjack
tables were lively, and the martinis were dry. Spirited bidding
for both silent and live auction items resulted in generous proceeds, most especially for the Scholarship Paddle Raise. The
highlight of the evening was a passionate and inspiring speech
by our graduating Senior, Emerson Herrera, who spoke about
his life-changing experiences at International High School. The
event in total raised over $325,000. We want to especially acknowledge our Auction Co-Chairs, Kerry Bourdon, Kate Green
and Alexandra Quinn, who worked tirelessly to make this a
wonderful evening for everyone.
Le Dîner d’Epicure, kindly chaired once again by
Kimberly Branagh and Laurie Poston, was an exquisite,
intimate evening hosted by French American International
parents Robert Mee and Dana Le in their beautiful Buena
Vista Park home. Guests were treated to a multi-course dining
experience by renowned chef Philippe Gardelle of Chapeau!
The menu featured American Wagyu Tenderloin Tartare and
Poached Wild Alaskan Halibut, complemented by wines selected by renowned wine expert and former French American
and International parent, Charles Neal.
If you missed any of these events, be sure to check the
school calendar early next year and plan to join in the community celebrations where you will meet new people, connect
with friends, and provide valuable support for our students!
Soirée des Vins, Sunday, November 9, 2014