February 2019 | Issue 3

Welcome to NPS Auction 2019!

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is grey
I've been for a walk
On a winter's day
I'd be safe and warm If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)
California dreamin' (California dreamin')


The Mamas and Papas had it right and you can fulfill your California Dreams at the NPS Auction. We have two fabulous California Live items: a wonderful long weekend in Napa and nearly impossible to get Lakers tickets.

Featured Item
LA Lakers

Lakers basketball has always been a star-studded affair--both on and off the court!  In 1969, the Lakers were favored to win the NBA Championship because they had the likes of Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West, but in what is considered one of the great upsets in NBA history they were beaten by Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics. It is just as exciting 50 years later because of LeBron James and we have two tickets to see him play in LA.  Your LA base is the beautiful Mondrian LA in West Hollywood--just a short drive from Lebron's office!


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In 1969, there were only about two dozen wineries in Napa Valley; today there are more than 400. Enjoy as many of them as you can during a long weekend trip for two (2) people to one of the great wine regions of the world.

When you're ready to explore those wineries, you'll have a driver waiting for you to ferry you around in a luxury car for four (4) hours. Explore any wineries you want, but to get you started you'll receive certificates for VIP tasting experiences at Larkmead, William Cole and Garbiulo wineries.  You'll stay three (3) nights at the Las Alcobas hotel, a Luxury Collection property, within walking distance to the charming town of St. Helena. Round out your weekend with dinner at any of Napa Valley's top restaurants with a $500 Visa gift card.

Napa Valley CA

Watch the mail for your auction invitation! You can register online and you will be all set! It is not too soon to be thinking about your outfit—groovy threads totally encouraged! There is a lot of inspiration from that summer: astronauts, hippies, flower children—come as you wish and we will celebrate!

The Venue
Intercontinental DC - The Wharf

Deadline: Today!


We have heard that a number of you are spending the night at the Wharf—groovy! The deadline to get the special hotel rate is today! Even if you don't spend the night, we have a special surprise so you will want to stay late!


The Intercontinental at the Wharf was just named the winner of the Conde Nast 2018 Reader's Choice Award as the best hotel in Washington.


We have arranged a special room rate of $229. Simply call the hotel at 1-833-249-1029 and ask for the National Presbyterian School (NPS) group rate (please call by 2/6/19) OR click here to book online (rate will be automatically applied). The next morning you can explore the beautiful Wharf before you head home to reality!

Thank You!

Saturday, April 13—First Annual NPS Trivia Night


Our fellow schools told us their parents have a ball at their trivia nights and it's time for NPS to join the fun!  We have a professional trivia company coming to The Avenue in Chevy Chase, DC on Saturday, April 13 to lead you in a fun night of trivia and prizes.  Tickets are $65 for each player and you can sign up during the Silent Auction on March 9!

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our donors so far!


2Amys, ABC Television, All Fired Up, Arena Stage, Arthur Murray Dance Center, Artworks Fine Art Studio, Ballet Petite, Bowie Baysox Baseball Club, Cactus Cantina, Calleva Farm, Capital Roots , Children's Art Studio, Circle Yoga/Budding Yogis, Claire Harvey Photography, Core 72, Creative Parties, DC Boathouse, DC United, DC Youth Futbol Club, Falling Creek Camp, Flag Star Football, Freed Photography, Friendship Hospital for Animals, Great American Restaurants, Hair by Paabo,

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Home Run Baseball, Ikona Photography, Intercontinental Washington, DC - The Wharf, JennyCakes Bakery, Jetties, Kate Hollings Photography, Larkmead Vineyards, Ledo Pizza, Luray Caverns, MacArthur Beverages, Malmaison, Marriott International-Lodging Development, Mon Ami Gabi, Mosquito Squad, Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, National Philharmonic, National Presbyterian School, NBC, Orangetheory Fitness-Tenleytown, Paul's Discount Wine and Liquor, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, Pete's New Haven Style Apizza, Philip Carter Winery of Virginia, Phillips Collection, Proskauer Rosem, Puppet Co., Puppy Love Pet Sitters, Inc., Ridgewells Catering, RTR Pilates, Sally Steponkus Interiors, Inc., Second Story Books, Squash on Fire, Stella Barra Pizzeria, Strosniders Hardware Stores, Summer House Santa Monica, The Kids' Communication Center, The Kreeger Museum, The Little Gym of Silver Spring, The Paper Source, The Phoenix, The Salt Line, The Walt Disney Company, Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate, Unity Woods Yoga Center, Vita Surgical Group, Wash & Shine, Washington Bach Consort, Washington Performing Arts, Whitetail Resort, Zumba with Elena

Online Auction

Mark your calendar for the online auction: February 26 - March 5.  All of your favorites will be back: camps and classes, tickets and restaurants, as well as our fabulous teacher outings! Don't worry - we'll give you all the details so you will be ready to bid early and often!

Auction Catalog

Deadline: Friday!


Want a great way to support NPS and showcase your business? Buy an ad in the NPS auction catalog! Email Mary or Julia by this Friday, February 8 for all the details!

Auction Leadership

Have an idea for an item?  Want to get involved? We'd love to hear from you!


Jeff Selingo

Auction Chair


James Woodward

Director of Development
& Alumni Affairs


Mary Marra

Associate Director of Development


Julia Hetherington

Senior Development Associate


Lisa Johnson

Development Associate


National Presbyterian School

4121 Nebraska Avenue, NW • Washington, DC 20016 • (202) 537-7500

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