Bonaparte did it, now you can too: Champagne sabering!

Hoping to catch the eye of the wealthy widow, Madame Clicquot, Napoleon Bonaparte’s cavalry used their swords to cut the lip off champagne bottles. This became known as sabering or sabrage. Now it's your chance to impress Crocker Ball guests with a Veuve Clicquot sabrage on the front steps of the Museum! Immediately following the evening’s auction, the high bidder will be instructed by 2019 Crocker Ball Chair Daniel Farley in the art of sabering. Ceremoniously sever our afterparty Champagne, and take home your own saber by Fox Knives Sciabola del Sommelier. While you await your bubbly moment, you'll enjoy a traditional croquembouche, served tableside and created by Freeport Bakery.

Donor: Freeport Bakery • Other generous donors

Two coveted seats at the
2020 Tower Bridge Dinner

One of the region’s premier events, the Tower Bridge Dinner is typically sold out within moments. Bid now to guarantee yourself two seats, and join the other lucky diners for a locally sourced feast at one of Sacramento’s best-known landmarks. Guests at the family-style meal will be treated to a banquet highlighting delicious collaboration between Sacramento-region farmers and world-class local chefs. Convenient, complimentary parking at the Museum is included.

Date: September 27, 2020

Donor: Five Star Bank

2020 PGA Championship
(TPC Harding Park): Week-long passes + golf at Lake Merced Golf Club (4 people)

Dating back to 1916, the PGA Championship is one of four major championships in professional golf, with an $11 million purse in 2018. Open only to professional golfers, winning the PGA Championship is significant as victors are automatically invited to play in the Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and The Players Championship for the next five years. Plus, they become eligible for the PGA Championship for life! This package gives the high bidder four, week-long tournament passes to the 2020 PGA Championship to be held May 11 – 17, 2020 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Besides watching great golf, your party will enjoy a round of golf at Lake Merced GC, home of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. The tournament passes may be used by different individuals each day, making this a great corporate entertainment option. In the spring, the PGA Championship will be the hottest tickets to come by.

Date: Lake Merced Golf Club reservations valid Thursday – Sunday, May 14 – 17, 2020 at the discretion of the head golf professional (there is an event booked on Monday and a buyout on Wednesday of that week). Friday – Sunday availability in the afternoon only, forecaddie required but not included. Subject to availability, and if no accommodation can be made during PGA Championship week, the voucher will be honored up to January 1, 2021.

Donor: Northern California Professional Golf Association

Napa Valley lobster feed with Daniel Farley & Bob Glos

Tie your bibs and let the bevies flow as Daniel Farley and Bob Glos treat your party of 16 to the ultimate fruit de mer: fresh lobster! The experience will begin with a private VIP tour of the architecturally exquisite Prisoner Wine Company tasting facility. Return to the art-filled, Napa Valley home of Daniel and Bob for signature cocktails and a delicious lobster feed prepared by world-famous John Sorensen Catering. The feast will include lobster, prawns, artichokes, and all the classic accompaniments served on one long table. Prisoner wines will be served in abundance alongside your sumptuous meal. Don’t worry your group with driving; a party bus is included for delivery to Napa from your designated Sacramento location. This is a one-of-a-kind night to remember!

Date: Set by mutual agreement

Donors: Daniel Farley & Bob Glos • The Prisoner Wine Company

Celebrate the art of travel with a custom Louis Vuitton Hardsided Case

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the house remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “art of travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. These carefully created products are a testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship. This is your opportunity to own a piece of the brand’s history with an iconic Hardsided Coffret Tresor. This treasure case features the simplicity of the monogram canvas to securely hold letters, jewelry or other small treasures. The highest bidder’s experience also includes hand painted personalization at the San Francisco Union Square boutique where you will work with their in-house artisan to make this piece uniquely yours!

Detailed Features: 4.7 x 6.3 inches (Height x Width) • 9.4 x 6.3 x 4.7 inches • Monogram canvas, microfiber lining • Golden brass metallic pieces • S-lock with key • Metal corners, leather trim reinforced with rivets

Donor: Louis Vuitton Union Square, with thanks to Chrisa Pappas Sioukas

Art-to-Flowers dinner at the Dariotis home (8 people)

An evening inspired by the de Young Museum's Bouquets to Art event, this special dinner for four couples will be hosted by Crocker supporters Christine & George Dariotis. On the date of this elegant event, floral arrays will be artfully arranged by the hostess, Wesley Green of Twiggs Floral, and Christopher Merrick of The Big Bang Events. The inspiration for these four floral artworks will be four iconic pieces from the Crocker’s permanent collection, hand chosen by Lial A. Jones, the Museum’s Mort and Marcy Friedman Director & CEO. The evening will begin with cocktails and appetizers followed by an exceptional, four-course dinner prepared by Randy Peters Catering & Event Center, surrounded by exquisite art and heavenly flora, and paired with fine wines provided by The Prisoner Wine Company. Each couple will depart with one of the arrangements.

Date: Set by mutual agreement

Donors: Christine & George Dariotis • The Prisoner Wine Company • Wesley Green, Twiggs Floral • Christopher Merrkick, The Big Bang Events • Randy Peters Catering & Events Center

John Hardy Bali Experience

Step into a real-life paradise that feels like a fantasy on this luxury trip for two to Bali, Indonesia. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a WWII war ship. Settle in for a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class. You and your travel partner will fly business class and settle in for an exquisite 4-night stay in the villas at the Four Seasons Resort, Bali at Jimbaran Bay, along three miles of world-famous, private beaches. Your tropical getaway comes with two days of activities, including private culinary experiences, a tour of the breathtaking John Hardy compound featured in Architectural Digest, a jewelry making experience, and your own John Hardy Classic Chain diamond bracelet. Private yoga instruction and a car and driver are available to you for your entire stay.

Date: Set by mutual agreement

Donor: John HardyHamilton Jewelers Pavilions

Private Fleet Week sail day + overnight at Cavallo Point (6 people)

Feel the rush and roar of U.S. Navy Blue Angels during this exceptional day on the San Francisco Bay for six lucky sailors. This first-class Fleet Week 2020 experience begins aboard the newly christened Wingman, a 45-foot luxury yacht, captained by Jim Diepenbrock. You and your party will set sail to the Corinthian Yacht Club (founded in 1886) for gin fizzes, lunch, and quintessential San Francisco views. Re-board the Wingman for Champagne and continued merriment while you cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge for an Instagram moment, and as you return to the Bay, dancing on the stern may or may not ensue! Once the airshow commences, you’ll be in a prime location to see, hear, and feel the power of the U.S. Navy along with other international and domestic aviation displays. After this glorious day on the Bay, your party will adjourn to the well-appointed Cavallo Point Lodge and your three historic rooms (king, double occupancy) to freshen up before dinner. Included in this package is a $500 gift card for suggested use at Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley or the new Michael Mina restaurant on the Tiburon waterfront, opening in 2020.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020

Donors: Jim & TL Diepenbrock • Stone Bridge Properties

Martis Camp Putting Contest

Kick back and let loose in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains with your hosts Charlie and Barbara Demmon. Spend a relaxing day with friends sipping cocktails, enjoying a backyard barbeque, and flexing your lawn game skills with croquet and bocce ball. It's all a warm up for a friendly (but competitive!) putting contest at the iconic Martis Camp Putting Park, which winds through some of the most interesting Tahoe cabins you’ll ever see. The day’s putting champion will win a round of golf at the fabulous Tom Fazio Golf Course at Martis Camp in 2021.

Come join Charlie and Barbara Demmon at the Martis Camp Park Pavilon on Sunday, September 13, 2020, from 11 AM to 3 PM. (Martis Camp Golf Round to be set on a mutually agreeable date).

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020 • 11 – 3 PM.

Donor: Barbara and Charlie Demmon

Tickets: $250

The Best of the Low Country: Montage Palmetto Bluff + The Belmond Charleston Place

“Porching” in Low Country vernacular means to relax with sweet tea and friendly conversation, and this trip for two people for four nights will provide plenty of time to do just that. Begin with two nights in America’s quaint and historic city, Charleston, South Carolina. The Belmond Charleston Place is situated in the center of the “Holy City” and is perfect for walking to chic shops on King Street and hip restaurants and bars. Treat yourself to an outstanding farm-to-fork dinner at the acclaimed Husk, where you can enjoy a cocktail on the “courting bench” on the restaurant’s front porch, then journey down to the Montage Palmetto Bluff to take in the beautiful views of the May River and giant oaks with Spanish moss swaying in the coastal breeze. This package includes two nights at the Montage Palmetto Bluff (plus $60 hotel credit per day). Island activities include golf, kayaking, bike riding, fishing, yachting and sight seeing.

Dates: Reservations required, but no black-out dates. Airfare and ground transportation not included.

Donor: The Montage Palmetto Bluff