Signature Events – Bay and Sky Adventures

Experience the Bay Area in uncommon, unique sorts of ways. These particular adventures aren’t available to just anyone at any time and you can be one of the lucky few.

Feel the thrill of skimming across choppy waves in the San Francisco Bay in the America’s Cup Challenger USA76 – the very sailboat that was used in the 2003 America’s Cup race.

Americas Cup Yacht Sailing Page

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Get an awe-inspiring panorama of the Bay Area from above in a Cessna 421:

Bailey Flight Page

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Don’t miss out…here’s another chance to revel in views of the Bay Area from above. Take a ride in a Cessna Centurion in this one.

California Coastline Flight Page

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The Mystery Boxes

One of the fun things about BVL‘s Wonderful Witchy Women With a Cause event is that each year, we’re thinking of new and different details to make the latest event just a tad bit different from last year.Kendra

This year, we will offer mystery boxes provided by Kendra Scott. Who doesn’t love a mystery? And…you guessed it. Each box will contain a piece of beautiful Kendra Scott jewelry such as a necklace, a bracelet, or earrings. The jewelry contained within ranges in value anywhere from $50 – $200!

So, for every $50 donated at the Kendra Scott table at the Wonderful Witchy Women event, you will receive a box and can solve your own mystery with the added benefit of showing off your newest acquisition. How’s that for immediate gratification?

We are excited about this new idea. 100% of all donations goes towards the funds we are raising for our non-profits. Kendra Scott is a jewelry  business with a strong philanthropic spirit and we are grateful to them for sponsoring the jewelry.Samantha.Kendra

So, when you arrive at the event, find the Kendra Scott table filled with the cute little boxes and make your donation(s). There will only be 60 total boxes and hundreds of attendees expected. Oh and here’s a hot tip – there is no limit to the number of donations you may make. (Yea!)  Fair warning: these may not last long.  😉

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Signature Events – Food, Glorious Food!

OK, so we should probably rename “signature events” to “signature experiences” when it comes to the wine-ing and dining packages our auction committee has assembled. I mean, these items are not your run-of-the-mill dine-at-your-favorite-restaurant kinds of experiences. There’s something extra special about these bid items whether it be the location or the food or the drink or something. All are certain to capture your interest and all I can say is…INDULGE.

How about throwing a dinner party together for 12? And YOU don’t have to do the cooking or serving. And…LOBSTER for dinner? Rombauer Chardonnay? This is an experience certain to impress your friends.

Lobster Dinner Page

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Ever wonder how to make those elegant, artful pieces of sushi? Wonder no longer. Not when you can have a master sushi chef come over to teach you and your friends his techniques and let you in on a few of his secrets and then top it off with a fabulous 5-course dinner!

Sushi Social Page

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Of course, there are times when the food is the experience. So uniquely and delectably prepared with the freshest ingredients, the artistry of the chef is what makes this dining experience stand out, in this case, Chef Kinch of Manresa.

Magic Manresa Page

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Signature Events – New Orleans Jazz

Aaaaahhhh…the birthplace of jazz. Visiting New Orleans is a singular adventure and one that anyone with the slightest curiosity or the greatest love for jazz music should experience. The balconies with intricate ironwork in the French Quarter, the giant tombstones that fill the cemeteries, the crunchy, deep fried goodness of fresh beignets, the mysteries and tales deeply rooted in the Voodoo religion, Mardi Gras, and so much more – will fill your days before an exciting jazz-filled evening at Preservation Hall. Available for bidding at the Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause silent auction. Come join us and you could win this fabulous signature event!

New Orleans Page

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Behind the Scenes – Making the Video

The Bella Vista League kicks off the program each year with a video. This video includes interviews with representatives from each of the non-profits supported by BVL and personal stories told by people helped by the non-profit organizations.

As the video plays, more often than not, throats become dry, eyes begin to water, and hearts feel heavy as the attendees listen to the families relate the crises they faced. Everyone is transfixed by the dejected tone in their voices and the pain they suffered. But then, they move onto how that non-profit offered their help. Strangers that only knew their faces and their need. There is wonder. There is gratitude.

And through their journey to get back on their feet, they learn their own strength. With the guiding presence of the non-profit, they learn to stand on their own.

And the tears fall. Not a single dry eye in the audience. And this is why we are all here.

The making of this video is a challenge to keeping one’s composure for our BVL members that create it. Oftentimes, they could feel their own eyes water as the personal stories are told. They want to stop, hug them, and cheer them on. But they have an interview to complete and a video to produce. A piece that truly is a work of love.

At Operation Freedom Paws facility…

Visiting Heritage Home

A stop at Family Supportive Housing

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Spotlight on Family Supportive Housing

A helping hand. A supportive group. A constant, guiding presence. BVL is looking forward to providing Family Supportive Housing with additional funds from the proceeds from our annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction for the essential work they continue to do in our community.

FamilySupportiveHousingFamily Supportive Housing (FSH) is unique in San Jose, in that it assists single- and two-parent whole families in crisis. From meeting the basic needs of food and shelter, to helping families get on their feet and on the path to a sustainable future, FSH supports families from the moment they are taken into temporary housing to the point when they move to permanent housing with complete self-sufficiency. Following is one success story about Maria shared by FSH:

“Maria” is a single mother of 3 children who came to stay with Family Supportive Housing’s San Jose Family Shelter in October 2016. Maria was working part-time at a local grocery chain when she and her family became homeless after the increased rents in the area precluded her from finding sustainable housing. Maria and her family bounced around with family members for short periods of time and eventually ended up in a camp on the streets before being called for a room with FSH.

During her stay at SJFS, Maria, with the help of her Case Manager, focused on employment goals that would increase the family’s income. Maria completed her background check for a full-time position as a driver for a local transportation company which included an increase in pay during training.  During her time at the Shelter, she was able to increase her income and she showed both the drive and the pending financial stability so was able to transition into the FSH AfterCare Program. Maria was being case managed by both her Shelter Case Manager who worked on stabilizing her employment goals, as well as an AfterCare Case Manager who worked on finding housing.

In March of 2017, Maria and her family were able to move into a 2-bdrm apartment in San Jose. Maria was also able to complete the legal paperwork to retain custody of her niece who was living with friends at the time. Maria retained permanent full-time employment with the transportation company and after working for a few months, was able to pay off all the debt she had accumulated from borrowing money from friends/family while she had been homeless.

At this time, Maria is saving money and working with a credit repair program to work on her credit score/report issues. Maria has a lead on a low-income apartment in San Jose that she can transition into once her credit score increases. Maria is continuing to live in the same unit that she was housed in by FSH case managers, and she is sufficiently employed to remain living in that same unit once the rental subsidy program ends. Maria is on a strong path to full self-sufficiency just 1 year after arriving at Family Supportive Housing’s doors, and takes with her all the confidence and knowledge built by having engaged and informed case managers from FSH behind her every step of the way.

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Signature Event – Girls Day on the Row

Sometimes, you really just need to relax. After weeks of driving your kids from soccer training to language lessons and from drama club rehearsal to choir practice, you need sanity-restoration time. Indulge yourself and seven of your favorite people with an entertaining shopping adventure at Santana Row complete with limousine, champagne, and lunch. Check it out…

Girls Day On the Row

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