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The da Vinci Gala - Celebrating 30 Years

Co-Chairs Lindsay Billingsley, Lucy Burns, and Bina Palnitkar Patel

invite you to join them


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dallas Country Club
4155 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas



Your support benefits great minds in little bodies

for the next thirty years.


The da Vinci School's annual Gala and auction is likely the most fun you can have while doing a good deed! Aside from the fun entertainment, food and merriment, the excitement builds for the live auction where guests vie for wonderful auction items including one-of-a-kind trips.

Gala proceeds are used for various improvements to the school, for equipment, and learning materials and to increase our general operating funds*.

Gala tickets are available to all da Vinci families, alumni, grandparents, friends of the school, teachers, and staff. Donations to the event make a positive difference in the lives of many young children and their families, enhance the children's lifelong love of learning, and strengthen the community through our students' leadership in future years.

Thank you to our auction donors who generously gave these treasures to help da Vinci
and those who will purchase them to do the same.




Auction Spotlight: Tennis Anyone?

Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic

Opportunity and Memorabilia

Value: Priceless

Donors: The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation 

Package Includes:
• 4 Tickets to the Upcoming Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic on September 15-16, 2018
• Ball Boy/Ball Girl Spot (Age 10 & over)
• Signed Tennis Ball from 2017 Participants including Dirk Nowitzki, Andy Roddick, Owen Wilson, JJ Barrea, Donald Young, Tommy Haas, Mike Modano, & Michael Russell.

Auction Spotlight: Handcrafted Art

36" x 478" Sunflower Art

Value: $8,000

Donor: Chris Lattanzio, Dallas Artist and da Vinci Alumni Parent


Our very own, Chris Lattanzio, has created this masterpiece in honor of the 30th anniversary of The da Vinci School.  Chris' unique works are made with lightpainting. The lights bleed into the ambient space surrounding the art itself; the LED lights and the space the lights illuminate, create a pictorial wall space. His personalized 3-D line art, combines with light, creating an interplay of colors and shadows.




Auction Spotlight: Snow or Sun in Vail

Grand 7-bedroom Home in Vail for One Week

Value: $12,000

Donors: Lucy and Tom Burns and Gittings Photography 


Spend a full week in magical Vail at a spacious and newly renovated home with 7 bedrooms. This mountain retreat leaves no amenity overlooked. During your stay, Gittings Photography, unparalleled in quality, will capture your memories on camera in a way only Gittings can. Included in your package is a design consultation, the destination portrait session, and one 11x14” heirloom quality Renaissance Portrait.

*Buyer must select either June 22-28, 2018 or January 11-17, 2019.  

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Auction Spotlight: South African Safari

Hunting Safari in South Africa for Seven Days

Value: Priceless

Donors: African Maximum Safaris


Join the experienced hunters of African Maximum Safaris in the Northwest Province of South Africa for the trip of a lifetime! Two hunters and two observers will travel to Africa during the hunting season, March 2018-December 2018/2019 for a truly amazing hunting experience and tremendous hospitality along with a passionate and enthusiastic staff and delicious cuisine. 

Spend your days hunting 1 Blue Wildebeest, 1 Impala, 1 Blesbuck, and 1 Warthog to be shared by the two hunters. In the evening after a long day of hunting, you can relax at their hunting camp around a warm fire under a star filled sky at our outdoor entertainment area, while sipping on local South African beverages. 

The staff of African Maximum Safaris will take care of all field preparation of the trophies, and all transportation during the hunt. African Maximum Safaris’ dedicated team of Professional Hunters will ensure that you receive a true African Safari experience plus take home excellent trophies from your trip. They are life members of Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club and the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa.

Restrictions: Airfare/visas/shipping of trophies are not included in this package. 

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Auction Spotlight: Exclusive Tesla Tour and Toys

The Ultimate Tesla Experience

Value: $5,000

Donors: Tesla


Fancy taking the sleekest, safest electric car on the market for a spin? Now you can. Get all your technical questions answered during a private factory tour at Tesla headquarters in Freemont, California. Then select any Tesla model, whether the exhilarating Model S, the powerhouse workhorse Model X, or the dynamo roadster to keep from Friday through Sunday for an extended and luxurious test drive. Also included in this package is a child-friendly Tesla vehicle for your little ones to practice their driving skills. Vroom, vroom..

Package includes: 

• Private guided tour of the revolutionary Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA where the Model S and Model X come to life You and a friend will be joined by Tesla leadership who will provide an overview of Tesla’s history and vision for the future. 

• End your day with the opportunity to experience the award-winning all wheel drive Tesla for the weekend.

• Children’s Battery Operated Telsa Car

Restrictions: Pick up and drop off location will be from the Tesla Factory in Fremont, CA. Car will be picked up at the completion of your private factory tour. (Friday-Sunday).




Auction Spotlight: Fine Dining at Home

5-Star Catered Dinner Party Experience for 10

in Your Home with Wine Pairing

Value: Priceless

Donors: TK Culinary and Epoch Estate Wines


You and your dearest friends can indulge your inner foodies in an intimate setting. Savor a dining experience catered by famed TK Culinary’s Chef Sean Frye in your own home. The evening begins with passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course dinner menu and ends with dessert. Epoch Estate Wines will hand-select wines to complement each dish. Terry Kranz, founder of TK Culinary, will be present to personally manage the sumptuous experience. Two servers will be onsite to greet guests, serve beverages, pass appetizers, handle dinner service, and manage dishes/clean-up duties following the meal. This is sure to be an elegant, first-class feast from beginning to end. 

Details: 2-3 appetizers, 4-course meal, Epoch wine value: >$300, additional bottles of wine donated by Dawn and Bill Hennessey.

*Restrictions: Date to be mutually agreed upon by buyer and TK Culinary. 

Auction Spotlight: Castle Fit for a King and Queen and Court of 12!

Six bedroom Strawberry Park retreat in Beaver Creek for 3 nights,

complete with movie theater and bowling alley.

Value: $18,000

Donors: Kameron and Court Westcott


Escape to Beaver Creek's coveted Strawberry Park neighborhood and reside in an exquisite custom home featuring 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, outdoor hot tub, home theater, and bowling alley. Nestled on 1.87 acres, this sprawling 10,830 square foot retreat seamlessly merges the rugged Rocky Mountain-scape with refined European charm. Gothic doors from the 16th-19th century adorn every doorway and old growth timber beams from an 1800s Montana gold mine perch along ceilings. Featured in Luxe Magazine in 2007, exceptional attention to detail is an understatement. The home sleeps 14 people and provides gracious living areas, seven patios, six bedroom suites, a game room, a fitness area, a hand-carved fireplace mantle, and fine woodwork throughout. Furthermore, the property offers an onsite house manager (standard workday hours) who assists guests with queries and curiosities ranging from home amenities to the greater surrounding area. 

Whether your idea of a mountain escape is shredding the slopes or leisurely taking in spectacular mountain vistas from one of many inviting patios or calming outdoor hot tub, this retreat promises luxury and entertainment for adventure seekers of every stripe.  

*To be used April 1 - May 30, 2018.

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Auction Spotlight: Fine Dining in Dallas

Private Cocktail Soiree for 40 people at Oak Restaurant

Value: $8,750

Donors: Richard and Tiffanee Ellman


Private party for 40 persons in Oak’s private champagne room. Included in this package is the room rental, valet service, passed hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a specialty cocktail selection.




Auction Spotlight: Fun Dining in Dallas

Private Burger and Brew Party for 60 at the NEW Royale Restaurant

Value:  $8,750
Donors: Richard and Tiffanee Ellman


Private party for 60 persons in the upstairs private floor at the NEW Royale on Maple Avenue across from Old Parkland. Included in this package are the room rental/private bar access, burgers, beer, and passed appetizers.




Auction Spotlight: Fiesta Dining in Dallas

Private Outdoor Patio Fiesta for 40 at El Bolero Restaurant

Value:  $7500
Donors: Richard and Tiffanee Ellman


Private party for 40 persons in El Bolero’s outdoor patio with the best views of the Downtown skyline. Included in this package are the patio rental, passed appetizers, tacos and house margaritas.




Auction Spotlight: Beachfront in Belize!

One Week Stay in Beachfront Vacation Home in Belize!

Value: Priceless

Donors: The Ferris Family


The fabled Great Blue Hole, Shark Ray Alley, and Mesoamerican Barrier Reef tempt with adventure. Mayan ruins and caves, as well as jungles intrigue with culture. And the Caribbean Ocean entices with relaxation. Visit Belize and reside in a spacious, light-filled 3-bedroom oceanfront home just steps away from the Caribbean. A veranda in the back of the house provides breathtaking views of the ocean. A rooftop veranda offers sweeping 360 panoramic views of the Caribbean, lagoon, and Maya Mountain range in the background. The master bedroom with en suite bathroom located downstairs invites residents to gaze upon the impressive seascape. French windows open onto the patio where you can enjoy your morning coffee while listening to the waves crash into shore. Upstairs is two additional bedrooms with a shared full bath. Designed for entertaining and cooking, the property boasts vast living and dining areas, as well as a modern kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances. Additional amenities include cable television, wireless internet, washer/dryer, air conditioning, a kayak, and bicycles. Come experience the treasures of Belize.  

*Restrictions: Dates to be mutually agreed upon. Must be used March 18-August 18, 2018. 

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Auction Spotlight: Hunting fit for Eight Kings

Weekend Wild Pig Hunt for Eight at King Ranch

Value: Priceless

Donors: Hallie and Max Lamont


King Ranch, comprising 825,000 acres of pristine wildlife habitat, is a premier hunting destination in South Texas.  King Ranch is the birthplace of Texas game conservation and the proof is evident in the quality and sheer numbers of wildlife on the property.  Much of King Ranch remains a pristine wildlife habitat that includes huge live oaks, thousands of acres of mixed brush environments, and extensive coastal prairies and marshes.  

You have the opportunity to visit the historic King Ranch and hunt wild hog.  A weekend getaway for eight and guided pig hunt will surely make memories to last a lifetime.  While on the ranch, you and your guests will stay at one of the ranch’s historic cowboy camps.  All meals are included.  A great kid-friendly place to enjoy the outdoors or a great excuse for a guys’ getaway!  

Package includes:

• Weekend Wild Pig Hunt for eight at King Ranch in South Texas
• Lodging for 8 for Friday and Saturday evening at a historic cowboy camp
• Meals for 8 people from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch

Restrictions:  Dates shall be mutually agreed upon by the donor and the auction winner and donation must be used on or before November 8, 2018.  The King Ranch experience has no age minimum or adult to child ratio required for the auction winner’s party. This item is non-transferable.




Auction Spotlight: Star Student Parking

Winner’s Circle - Prized Parking Spot

Value: Priceless


Interested in the secret to seamless drop-offs and pick-ups? Often running a few minutes behind schedule? Skip the parking lot hassle and treat yourself to an exclusive front-row parking spot, designated for your sole usage, during the 2018-2019 school year (through summer 2019). Students will hand-paint a name plate to mark your parking spot. Buyer beware: you will be the object of much envy from other harried parents scurrying in the parking lot.  




Auction Spotlight: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Four Day Stay at Beautiful Jackson Hole Cabin

Value: $4,500

Donors: Amy and Corbin Cook


It doesn’t get more Americana than a visit to one of our nation’s national parks. Stay in the guesthouse of a private residence in this fabled rustic region where the great outdoors proves unmatched. Located at the confluence of the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers, the residence offers spectacular fishing for native cutthroat trout, as well as regular sightings of moose, deer, elk, and bald eagles. Adventure seekers will enjoy rafting, skiing, hiking, and golf. The home offers two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a spacious living room overlooking the majestic Teton Mountain Range. Accommodations are well-suited for a family of four or two couples. This location is near the Jackson Hole Airport, the town of Jackson, Teton Mountain Park, and Yellowstone National Park. God Bless America. 

*Expires 11/30/2018. Dates to be mutually agreed upon with owners. Non-transferable; item must be used by buyer. 

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Auction Spotlight: Dude, it's a Dude Ranch!

HF Bar Ranch in Wyoming for Four Nights

Value: $5,600

Donors: HF Bar Ranch


Situated in a pristine valley on nearly 7,500 acres bordering Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest, HF Bar Ranch invites guests to horseback ride on the high plains and mountain meadows, fly fish in the rich waters, cozy up on the cabin porch with a good book and cup of tea, and watch your children run and play safely across the fruited plain and purple mountain majesties. This package includes lodging for four nights at the HF Bar Ranch in Saddlestring, along with meals, horseback riding, and Kid Team activities. 

*No expiration date. The Ranch’s season runs June through mid-September. 




Auction Spotlight: Watercolor, Florida is Wonderful!

Watercolor, Florida Home for One Week

Value: $6,500

Donors: Corie and Jeffrey Green


Breathe deep. Let every inhalation and exhalation carry you away to the castle on the coast. Seek refuge at 236 Spartina in Watercolor, Florida in a five-bedroom home nestled in WaterColor’s Camp District. The property offers five bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms, as well as a carriage house with a separate living area and bedroom for additional privacy. Located directly across the street from the Camp’s pool and park, the home is also equipped with flatscreen televisions in every room… entertainment options for every age. Beach chic decor, full kitchen and dining areas, open/spacious outdoor spaces, rich attention to detail, and luxurious accommodations invite up to 14 guests to be swept away to the idyllic white sand and aquamarine waters of South Walton. 

To further tempt, this seaside package also includes:
Bud and Alley's $100 gift card
Great Southern Cafe $50 gift card
Pizza by the Sea $40 gift card
Goode Green Photography Session -
Duckies $25 gift card
Mercantile $25 gift card

*To be used during any available full week (Saturday-Saturday), now through December 22, 2018, excluding holidays.  Please schedule mutually agreed time with owner as soon as possible.

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Auction Spotlight: Rocky Mountain High!

Telluride Penthouse for One Week, plus 100,000 American Airline Miles

Value: $25,000

Donors: Laura and Joshua Freeman


Whether you’re in it to shred the pow pow or hike/fish during milder climates, this package is the getaway of a lifetime. Spend 7 full nights in a 3-bedroom penthouse in Telluride's See Forever Village. This property features luxurious accommodations, including a spacious living area, a gourmet kitchen, first-rate finishes throughout, and dramatic views to the west (translation: stunning sunsets for your IG feeds). The penthouse boasts two king bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, including soaking tubs and showers, as well as a bunk room with en suite bathroom, comfortably sleeping 8 guests.

To further entice, this package includes:

100,000 American Advantage Miles
If booked during ski season, two seven-day lift passes and two 60-minute spa treatments
If booked during summertime, two rounds of golf and two 60-minute spa treatments

A few steps away from the Peaks Resort & Spa, guests are able to conveniently utilize the world-class 42,000 square-foot spa and fitness center, play in the state-of-the-art game room, and indulge at gourmet restaurant, Palmyra. All guests enjoy ski-in/ski-out access through the Peaks and full access to the spa facilities. Mountain Village unveils countless boutiques, restaurants/bars, and the complimentary gondola which whisks patrons up and over the mountaintop to Telluride’s historic downtown. Too tired from a long day of skiing to walk? Fret not. Onsite concierge service will happily chauffeur guests around Mountain Village and Telluride. Whether a winter wonderland or sunny summer escape, there is adventure for every taste.

*Available April 2018 through April 2019. Excludes Jun 22-Jul 9 and Dec 14-Jan 7. Dates to be mutually agreed upon with owners. Recommend 6-month advance booking during ski season.

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