Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden 2013

Live Auction

Live Auction

Live Auction

Catch the excitement of a live auction with spectacular prizes that will have you jumping out of your seat. The auction will be conducted by Ed Gold. Your bids help us support our community by providing funds that fill our tucks and allow us to provide food for the children, seniors and families we serve. Don’t miss the action – reserve your spot for An Afternoon in the Admiral’s Garden today.

A Beautiful Barcelona Night   Enjoy an elegant Spanish dinner for eight in your home provided by Executive Chef Lesley Stiles. Lesley will come to your home to prepare a gourmet dinner for eight people using only the finest local organic fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, raised using sustainable practices. Lesley will bring all the food; do all the preparing, cooking and serving. Your will toast your guests with, two bottles of Cava, eight hand painted wine glasses, a Flamenco Spanish guitarist to serenade the guests.

Three-Night Getaway to Historic Charleston   A wonderful getaway to a beautiful historic city, rated #1 travel destination by Conde Nast. This trip includes round trip airfare, 3 nights at Charleston Place (rated 4 Diamonds) with daily breakfast, 2.5-hour private history and photo tour, 6-course meal with wine pairings at the Charleston Grill and a great chance to experience a very special destination. All travel requests require a minimum of 60 days advance notice and reservations are subject to availability.  American Airlines has some blackout dates.

Larry’s Luscious Lemon Bars   Win a cake plate of lemon bars with 2 bottles of Prosecco, served by Food Bank Executive Director and Pastry Chef, Larry Sly.

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Take Buster Posey Home with You   Keep the mojo going with a framed, authenticated, autographed Buster Posey jersey from the 2010 Giants World Series Champions Ring Ceremony. Every time you look at it you will remember the magic of the World Series.  You can check out the team this year with Giants tickets for 2 people in view seats on the 1st base line for night games against the Mets on Tuesday, July 9th and the Red Sox on Tuesday, August 20th.

Mt. Diablo Photo Shoot with Catered Lunch   Enjoy a beautiful day on Mt. Diablo with loved ones for a photo shoot with acclaimed naturalist and conservation photographer, Scott Hein. Scott, who is the President of the Save Mount Diablo Board of Directors, wants to share his love of photography and the mountain with you. Your day will include a photo shoot for up to 6 people on Mt. Diablo with Scott and his wife Claudia, and a delicious picnic provided by Sunrise Catering. We’ve added a picnic catered by Sunrise Catering to make the day even more delightful. Scott will professionally develop one photo for each tour participant. (Photos can be as large as 16×24” or the smaller size of your choice). This tour is available on a mutually agreeable date.

Adventures in Canada   Take a trip to beautiful British Colombia with four seasons of things to do and see. Enjoy a trip to Vancouver and Whistler for skiing or golf, hiking, site seeing, biking, sharing the Olympic experience and learning about Canadian art and culture. Use two roundtrip coach tickets on Alaska Airlines (no restrictions or blackout dates) to fly to Vancouver, make your way to Whistler and settle in for 7 nights of fun at Grand Pacific Resorts Horsethief Lodge. Year-round you will be able to enjoy the pool, hot tubs, saunas, masseuse, pub, and seasonally operated restaurants and lounges. Your accommodations will sleep four people in a studio or one bedroom resort condominium. Reservations must be made 90 days in advance and are subject to availability.

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Make your reservation online or contact Renee for more information, or call 925.771.1310.


Meet Your Auctioneer

Ed Gold

Auctioneer Ed Gold

Ed Gold comes from a family with deep roots in Hollywood and the entertainment industry.  In the 1970s, he traveled around the world on tour with the legendary Cat Stevens Band. Following his rock and roll days, Ed settled in as a studio technician and eventually became an award winning producer and writer for both television and films.

Ed worked his way through college as a commercial auctioneer and, over the years, frequently used his creative talents to help nonprofits. He received the Easter Seals Communication, Media Access, Rehabilitation Congress of America, and Christopher Awards in recognition of his contributions.

A 2008 introduction by Greg Quiroga led Ed to join the highly regarded firm of Reynolds & Buckley, LLC Fundraising Auctions.  His goal was to draw upon his theatrical background while marrying his commercial auctioneering skills with his commitment to nonprofits.

Ed has proven himself to be as valuable a performer on stage as off. His pre-event dedication as consultant and entertaining on-stage presence (and at R & B staff meetings!) continue the best of R & B traditions.  Today his client list includes over 30 charities.

In 2012, Ed became a Benefit Auction Specialist as certified by the National Auctioneers Association. He and his wife Joanne and their sons Turner and Kyle live in the Northern California beach community of Pacifica.

To engage Ed Gold, contact Colleen Buckley-Reynolds at or 415-695-1683.


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Make your reservation online or contact Renee for more information, or call 925.771.1310.