Rare and Precious Benefit

Benefit Wine Auction and Dinner

Friday Evening, April 25, 2014
Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, CA

All proceeds benefited the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation

The evening was a great success! Guests and sponsors with a love of fine wine and a heart for causes contributed more than $100,000 to benefit the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation and research focused on preventing the neurological and developmental disabilities caused by urea cycle disorders.

Amazing wines, culinary delights and helping save lives -- it feels so good to do good!

Kohl Mansion's stunning palatial setting created an unforgettable atmosphere for a champagne reception with estate wine tasting and silent auction, a gourmet dinner with estate wine pairing, and exciting live auction of rare and precious wines, unique travel and culinary experiences and other special surprises.  Rain threatened to ruin the evening, but the clouds miraculously parted in the late afternoon as guests arrived for a memorable Spring evening at the historic and majestic Kohl Mansion. This grand 40-acre estate has been one of the San Francisco Peninsula’s most treasured landmarks for more than eight decades.

Wine enthusiasts, gourmets, philanthropists and friends were greeted in the Grand Library with champagne and live classical guitar entertainment.  Guests gathered to enjoy hors d'oeurves and premium wine pours as they browsed through a photo gallery of children and adults affected by urea cycle disorders, viewed and registered their bids for coveted silent auction lots. Everyone enjoyed great conversations as they wandered through to the live auction preview and estate wine tasting sponsored by Marketta Winery.

The french doors to the stunning estate Great Hall were then opened for guests to be seated to begin dinner and the live auction. Benefit Chair Toni Martinez thanked guests and introduced the event organizing committee and Honorary Chair Marketta Fourmeax.  Marketta expressed her passion for life and our cause with her signature enthusiasm! NUCDF executive director, Cynthia Le Mons, introduced special guests, Dr. James Bartley, and Arica Dowd, mother of a son with urea cycle disorder, who spoke about their experiences with urea cycle disorder and their support for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation. Toni then introduced Don Santel, a member of the organizing committee and CEO of Hyperion Therapeutics, who expressed his experiences working with the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation to develop a drug treatment for the condition, and toasted NUCDF's commitment and efforts to save the lives of those affected with urea cycle disorders.

As guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner with superb wine pairings, the live auction began with the introduction of Ed Gold from renowned charity auctioneers Reynolds and Buckley.  Guests raised their their auction paddles to bid on coveted wines, travel to exotic locales, exclusive culinary experiences (think French Laundry!) -- even an Audi race car driving adventure.  Special guests Ryan and Samantha Butler kicked off the Fund-the-Vision bidding by sharing their journey to save their daughter from urea cycle disorder with the help of the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation.  Guests donated more than $20,000 to support NUCDF's vision of a world where no child or adult suffers or dies from urea cycle disorder.  As the live auction continued, two bidders got into a bidding war for the Fleet Week Yacht adventure, and the generous donor of the lot surprised the losing bidder by offering to donate another trip at the same bid price!  All for a life-saving cause!

We are so grateful to all our guests, donors and sponsors for supporting our commitment to save rare and precious lives. All proceeds benefited the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation and research aimed at preventing developmental and neurological disabilities and saving the lives of children and adults affected by this catastrophic condition.

If you couldn't attend, please consider making a donation securely with PayPal to support the
National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation and the fight to conquer urea cycle disorders.

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