2014 AUCTION CATALOG
St. Helena, CA - Festa Primavera, the annual auction and dinner hosted by St. Helena Montessori, will celebrate its 26th event with a 1960s theme, “Good Vibrations,” complete with live performances, interactive experiences, and exquisite and unmatched auction lots. “Good Vibrations” takes place on March 15th at the Barn on the St. Helena Montessori campus at 880 College Avenue in St. Helena. Tickets regularly sell out, so hopeful auction-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets early.
This year’s fun and colorful Festa celebrates a spirited take on an era of discovery. The event will be chaired by wine industry luminaries Frank and Kathy Dotzler of the acclaimed Outpost Wines. “Festa gives us the chance to welcome auction-goers into our community to see the innovative direction that St. Helena Montessori has taken,” says Frank Dotzler. “Festa is more than an auction - it is really a great party that cannot be found anywhere else. We hope you will join us - and wear flowers in your hair!” says Kathy Dotzler. The event is being designed by celebrated event planner Robert Smith, of Laurels Events.
Funds raised at this event are used to provide tuition assistance, scholarships and operational support to the school, including classroom materials and technology, as well as to help fund the construction of the school's new permanent campus buildings.
Highlights from this year's auction lots include once-in-a-lifetime, all-inclusive trips to Guatemala and to the Kentucky Derby. Wine lots will include a one-of-a-kind collection of school vintner family magnums and a 9-year vertical collection of Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select. Dinner will be prepared by Napa Valley’s Richard Haake, who brings his signature wine and food pairing mastery to the event. Post-auction, the party continues with dancing to DJ Johnny Knight.
Elena Heil, Head of School at St. Helena Montessori, says, “Thanks to the incredible success of Festa, the school is able to able to offer the benefits of a Montessori education to a wide range of families throughout the Napa Valley. We are delighted to see the children of our early students now attending the school. As St. Helena Montessori continues to grow, Festa has never been more important to ensure the school's sustainability."
St. Helena Montessori was founded in 1981 by Mrs. Elena Heil and Mrs. Olga McAdam, who taught the first Montessori Primary Class. In 1985, the school expanded to include a Montessori Elementary Class, and in 2008, an Adolescent Program / Farm School was added. In 2011, the Adolescent Program relocated to a 20-acre parcel on the east side of St. Helena, and by 2013, the entire school was housed on the new property. St. Helena Montessori is a not-for-profit, public benefit corporation that is governed by a Board of Directors.