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The Annual BASF Foundation Gala

2012 Gala Auction is Closed



One-on-Ones with Bay Area General Counsel

Bid on unique opportunities with Senior Corporate Counsel from top Bay Area firms. These generous supporters of VLSP and BASF are proudly offering unique opportunities for your firm to learn more about the legal and business issues facing their companies, and to showcase your firm and its capabilities. These are priceless for the winning individual or law firm—a true “Win-Win” for you and for our community programs.

Joe Catalano

Senior Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel, Union Bank

Joe Catalano

Laura Stein

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Clorox Company

Laura Stein

Christopher Ball

Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Bank of the West

Christopher Ball

Dorian Daley

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Oracle

Dorian Daley


Michelle Banks

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer, Gap Inc.

Michelle Banks


Laureen Seeger

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, McKesson Corporation

Laureen Seeger

"Four for the Future" Lunch with General Counsels of San Francisco
Tech Companies:

Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter
Michael Yang, Pinterest
Ramsay Homsany, Dropbox
Dana Wagner, Square



Case of Lieff Wines 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon


Donor: Gretchen & Robert L. Lieff, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP/Lieff Wines | Value: $300

The 2007 Lieff Cabernet is a fantastic example of just what makes the 2007 vintage so special for Cabernet. Balance is the key to this wine. Nothing is out of place. On the nose there is sweet blackberry/roasted meats/cloves/and a dusty earthy side to balance the rich fruit. In the mouth this is medium to full weight with seamless tannin integration/dark roasted coffee/dark chocolate and tobacco. The best wines in the best vintages have a seamless quality that makes you want to come back for another taste that is the 2007 Lieff Cabernet.

Lieff Cabernet is crafted by outstanding Napa Valley winemaker Jeff Ames. The grapes were picked at the perfect point of physiological ripeness in October of 2007 and fermented for 18 days in tank and pressed straight to barrel slightly sweet to finish their fermentation in wood. The wine was aged in a combination of barrels from the coopers Taransaud and Darnajou for 2 years and bottled January 11, 2010. This extended time in barrel helped to further soften the tannins and allow the wine to be more approachable on release.
Wine writer and critic Robert Parker rates the 2007 Lieff Cabernet 92+.  250 cases produced.



Six Bottles of Farella-Park Vineyards “West Face” 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon      

Donor: Farella Braun + Martel  | Value: $270
Farella-Park Vineyards “West Face” 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon features a rich, robust mouthfeel with ample yet fairly soft tannins.  Aromas and flavors of calamata olives, strawberry/cassis fruit, blackberry, deep, smoky spice and a hint of licorice.  Long, supple finish for a wine of this structure.  Ninety-one percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, from Farella’s estate vineyard in the heart of the new Coombsville-Napa Valley AVA with Cabernet components from the Old Vine, Rockpile and T-Bud blocks which are positioned on a fairly steep slope facing due west.  303 cases produced.


Six Bottles of Farella-Park Vineyards “La Luce” 2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc   

Donor: Farella Braun + Martel | Value: $90

Farella’s estate bottled Sauvignon Blanc bears the name “La Luce,” an homage to this wine and Farella’s Italian heritage, but in particular to founder Frank Farella (alive and well!) and his passion for the vineyard and the spectacular sunsets enjoyed from its west-facing site on an almost daily basis.  He produced the first Sauvignon Blanc from the vineyard in 1985.  One hundred percent Sauvignon Blanc from the Farella estate vineyard in the southeastern corner Napa Valley known locally as "Coombsville."  207 cases produced.


Sierra Ski Cabin at Kirkwood Weekend
Sierra Cabin

Donor: Christopher Kearney, Keker & Van Nest LLP | Value: $1,500

Beautiful mountain home with floor to ceiling views of the slopes and a large central fireplace. Located on the East Meadow side of Kirkwood a short distance from the lodge. Five bedrooms and four bathrooms, sleeps 14. With shuttle service that takes guests to the lifts at a resort that is renowned for getting the best snow in the Sierras due to its higher elevation. Back side of the house is open space, with good sledding. This beautiful mountain hideaway is yours for a convenient weekend to be determined with the owners.


Dinner for Two at Luella on Russian Hill


Donor: Luella Restaurant | Value: $100

Locals and visitors have been coming to this warm neighborhood restaurant on Russian Hill since 2004. Chef Ben de Vries produces an always-changing menu of contemporary California cuisine and—according to San Francisco Weekly—the city’s best appetizers! Sunday night is family night, with a special menu for the kids. Your dinner for two, on any evening you choose, includes wine pairings selected for you. Location: 1896 Hyde Street, San Francisco


Uber Car Service Credit

Uber Car Service Credit

Donor: Uber  | Value: $400

Uber provides you with personal town car service, licensed professional drivers and rates that are competitive with cabs.  Instead of standing on the corner waving for a taxi, you use their smartphone app or text message to request a ride from your location. At the other end of your trip, your credit card is charged, and the tip is included.  Uber service is available 24/7 in 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada, and in Paris.  $400 in Uber credit is worth approximately six trips from San Francisco to SFO or vice versa.


Dinner for two at Soluna Cafe and Lounge


Donor: Soluna Restaurant | Value:   $100

Enjoy dinner for two at Soluna Cafe & Lounge, a chic-casual San Francisco restaurant and lounge located in the San Francisco Civic Center.  With creative food, inventive drinks, and a knowledgeable staff, the team's combined talents allow for a superior dining experience. Location: 272 McAllister Street, San Francisco


Professional Organizing Services 

Donor: Headspace Organizing | Value: $240     

Streamline your space… free your mind.  No matter what your project, Headspace Organizing will turn the tables on your chaos, transforming your space from one that stifles productivity into one that simplifies life.  With the experience and resources of Headspace Organizing, you can be sure that all of your project’s needs will be identified and handled expertly, leaving you with a productive space and the freedom to breathe.


60 Minute Trager® Approach Bodywork Session


Donor: Fogdragon Studio/Sherry Hood | Value: $95

The Trager Approach is surprisingly like a massage. It feels good like one too, only different. It is actually a system of movement education that shows your subconscious mind what feels good.  Lifting, compressing, weighing, twisting and moving muscles and joints within your comfort range feels great and you will be encouraged to take time to remember what feeling good feels like. The Trager Approach is a great way to address pain, chronic or acute. It is an adjunct to any sport training, a wonderful way to reduce stress and has helped many people with Parkinson’s disease, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.  Fogdragon Studio is located in the Castro, and practitioner Sherry Hood also offers Wild Goose Qigong at San Francisco City Hall in the South Light Court on Tuesdays at Noon.