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2014 Gala "Midnight in Paris"

When: Saturday, April 5th
Afternoon Fashion Show: 2:30 p.m.
Evening Gala: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto CA

RSVP deadline March 14


Spotlight Auction Item: Board of Trustees Donates Wine Refridgerator full of wine!
Click here to see entire wine list

If you have any questions please contact:
Kathy Fitzgerald at 650-255-1132;
Karen Gregory at


Have a question, donation, or want to help?  Please contact the Midnight in Paris team at:




Meet the Designers



AZADEH is a high-end luxury retailer specializing in women’s ready-to-wear and couture pieces.

Azadeh Riaz, founder and designer of AZADEH, has over 30 years of design experience, having manufactured couture garments for the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, designing for retail powerhouse Bebe, and since 1996, ran a successful business with 3 retail locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Azadeh has earned her a respected reputation in the high fashion industry, and the high society clientele, with her dedication to exclusive designs, luxurious fabrics, a perfected fit and techniques of construction with one-of-a-kind service.

The retail stores located in Union Square in San Francisco, and downtown Los Gatos, offer clients a ready to wear collection off the rack and custom made to fit service for one of a kind pieces.

Azadeh was a big part of Priory's fashion show last year and we are fortunate that she will join us again on April 5th at this year's Gala.








Camelia Skikos

After completing a degree in Fashion Design at the University of Art in Romania, Camelia Skikos moved to London where she further defined her fashion studies while working as a Fashion Illustrator and Designer for various British brands.

In 2003, Camelia relocated to San Francisco where she accepted a position as a head designer at Levi Strauss. While working for Levi's she was also designing for GAP and teaching Fashion Design at the Academy of Art University.

Camelia Skikos launched her eponymous label in 2010. The following year she won the San Francisco Fashion Award for Best Women's Wear Designer.

Camelia’s design philosophy stems from a continuing fascination with the human body resulting in carefully orchestrated designs that fit to perfection. Using techniques involving geometric shapes, her designs come to dialogue with the human body resulting in carefully orchestrated designs that fit to perfection as well as a multidimensional effect of innovation, dynamism and a sophisticated sense of femininity with an edge. All garments are designed and made in California.










Board of Trustees Wine Donation – Live Item #12


1 Bottle 2010 Meursault, Clos de la Barre from Domaine des Comtes Lafon: $140.00. The Lafon Meursault comes from a 5 acre enclosed monopole behind the Lafon house in Meursault. Fruit-driven aromas of peach, pear and flowers. Juicy, citrusy acid in mid-palate. Long, peachy finish shows lovely finesse in this bottle. – Donated by Guy Nohra.


1 Bottle 2010 Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatieres from Francois Carillon: $85.00. The Carillon Puligny-Montrachet is the first vintage made start to finish by Francois Carillon. It is mineral driven, with white flowers and spice that add to the crystalline finish.  Donated by Guy Nohra.


1 Bottle 1999 Chateau Margaux: $600.00. A much sought after First Growth from Bordeaux, this vineyard dates back 1,000 years. You will find a fine textured mouthful of elegant, floral currants; all aerial grace and arabesques, with tissue-soft tannins. Donated by Dave Brett.


1 Bottle 1997 Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon: $90.00. This wine is a blend of 92% Cabernet, and 4% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A pretty nose, with lots of black fruit, cassis, vanilla and cedar. Flavors of ripe blackberry, cherry and raspberry intermingle with vanilla and cinnamon-clove spiciness. Donated by Ray Rothrock.


1 Bottle 1995 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon: $100.00 Dark ruby/purple, seductive wine offers blazingly intense aromas of cigar box, smoky oak and jammy black currants with a hint of Provencal herbs. Ripe and full-bodied, with low acidity and succulent texture.  Donated by Jami Nachtshiem.


1 Bottle 2004 Dom Perignon Champagne: $160.00 A vibrant, focused champagne, the 2004 shows fresh cut flowers and white peaches on the nose with plenty of body on the palate. A vein of minerality underscores the flavors of poached apple, honey and sun dried black cherry with just a hint of roasted almond and spice. Donated by Jeanette and Bob Latta.


1 Bottle Armand Brignac Brut Gold Champagne: $300.00 This is the highly sought after ultra-luxury champagne made by Cattier. Packaged in a gold bottle with a pewter card-space with an A on it instead of a label. The nose is perfumed with pear, nectarine, honeysuckle and sweet butter plus an undercurrent of spice, ginger and lemon pith for energy. Soft citrus flavors with spice and candied floral qualities on the back end of the palate. Refined bubbles. Donated by Jeanette and Bob Latta.


1 Bottle 2011 Kistler “Kistler Vineyard” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir: $90 This wine possesses lots of raspberry and black cherry fruit mixed with hints of underbrush and forest floor. It has a nice meaty texture. Trend has been to harvest at slightly lower sugars, use less new oak and bottle their wines earlier; designed to preserve as much fruit and freshness in the wine as possible. Donated by Peg and Bill Phelps.


1 Bottle 1999 Beaune Clos des Mouches from Domaine Drouhin: $125 The Drouhin Clos des Mouches is a graceful, creamy textured medium bodied white burgundy, with ripe fruit, and slight floral aroma. Donated by Lisa Wan.





1 Bottle 1999 Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres from Paul Pernot: $60. The Pernot Puligny-Montrachet has a buttery chardonnay nose, with good depth and complexity. The quite powerful palate is balance by still fresh acidity. An excellent food wine. Donated by Lisa Wan.


6 Bottle Vertical of Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. $­­­­­450.00 These wines are 100% Cabernet from the Alexander Valley. 2000: A smooth, polished mix of cedar, currant and cherry scents with smoky vanilla and coconut on the palate. 2001: With a big, sweet, oaky nose this wine is flavorful and ripe. 2002: Has lots of spice, vanilla and cedar in the nose, creamy textured flavors, with black cherry and currant. Medium bodied.  2003: Tight, earthy and tannic with mineral and dried currant fruit. 2004: Fresh and vibrant, with smoky, mocha oak joining plum, berry and sage flavors. 2005: Dark and cedary and smooth as velvet with black cherry flavors with earthy root vegetable notes. Donated by Chris Schaepe and Jennie Chiu.


1 Bottle 1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild: $650.00.  A highly desired First Growth from Bordeaux, this wine is subtle yet rich and decadent with meat, sweet berry and fresh leather on the nose. Full and very soft with velvety tannins and a long fruity finish. Should last to 2025. Donated by Robert Larson.


 1 Bottle 2008 Gemstone Cabernet Sauvignon: $130.00. This flagship wine is 100% Cabernet and is opulent, medium to full bodied with deep concentration, purity and balance. Aged in new French oak. Should evolve another 10 years. Donated by John Brew.


1 Bottle 2004 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon: $230.00. This is one of the world’s most profound Cabernets, made from the finest parcels in Stags Leap, the wine spends almost 32 months in new French oak. Spicy cassis notes, with charcoal, new oak and black currants. Dense and full-bodied, it is drinking with charm and seductiveness. Donated by Dale Pfau and Cathryn Gawne.


 1 Bottle 2000 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: $100.00.  Deep ruby color, a perfumed nose of cherries, lilacs, sweet oak and hints of tobacco. Classic Napa Cabernet in the mouth with sumptuous, rich flavors of black cherry, cassis and blueberries. Donated by Laura Cornish.


1 Bottle 2011 Dumol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $76.00. Bright ruby red color followed by lively, dark wild cherry, fresh raspberry notes on the nose. A juicy palate of red and black fruits with tea, cranberry and apple skin tartness plus woodsy-truffle notes. Donated by Andy and Paul Koontz.


1 Bottle 2009 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: $100. A complex wine with a dark ruby color and vibrant nose of black cherry, wisteria and sweet baking spices. Elegant and expressive on the palate with berry, floral and spices. Should last another 15 years with proper cellaring. Donated by Bud McElroy.


1 Bottle Quintessa Rutherford Napa Valley Red Wine: $80.00. This wine displays valley-floor qualities, with its well-ripened black-currant fruit and soft, intricately woven tannins. Feels rich and lush in the mouth with a long finish. Oak provides context but doesn’t overwhelm. Donated by Chris and Eileen DiGiorgio.



 1 Bottle 1995 Chateau Mouton Rothschild: $800.00. One of the coveted First Growths from Bordeaux, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular ’96. 72% Cabernet, 19% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it offers aromas of cassis, truffle, coffee, licorice and spice. On the palate you will taste superb density, full-bodied and rich and profound layers that last 40+ seconds. Great purity and high tannin. Estimated maturity 2004-2030. Donated by Keith Van Sickle.


3 Bottles 2008 RW Hawkes Cabernet Sauvignon. $165.00. 1 Bottle Red Winery Vineyard (red and blackberry fruit, it is nuanced and delicious), 1 Bottle Stone Vineyard (classic Cabernet with cassis, chocolate and cherry flavors) and 1 Bottle Alexander Valley (leather, coffee and baking spices with a black cherry finish). This is classic Alexander Valley Cabernet from Sonoma Valley and is beautifully balanced. Donated by Stan Pierson.

1 Bottle 2011 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. $25.00.

A cool climate location with lots of sunshine means a long ripening period, producing a complex nose of figs and lemon butter and a palate with toasty complexity and a long finish. Donated by Sally Harris.


1 Bottle 2007 Brunello di Montalcino. $55.00.

Good balance and drinking well right now, this Sangiovese has black cherry flavors with a little tobacco. Donated by Bill Souders


1 Bottle 2009 Peacock Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District). $99.00.

A mountain Cabernet with plenty of character, it is sumptuous, powerful, elegant and intense. This wine comes from a six acre hillside vineyard 750 feet above the Napa Valley floor, in the Spring Mountain District. Donated by Maureen Sansbury.


1 Bottle 1997 Kistler (Vine Hill Road) Chardonnay. $175.00.

Grown on white Burgundy clones, this wine is restrained, with higher acidity and liquid minerality.  Deep, rich and smokey with layers of ripe fig, lemon custard and melon. Donated by Bruce McAuley.


1 Bottle 2002 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon.  $75.00.

A rich, dense and deeply concentrated Cabernet, with notes of plum, spice, cedar and blueberry. It is tasty, savory and supple. Donated by Craig Dauchy.


1 Bottle 1997 Silverado Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. $120.00.

A wonderful, understated wine. Lush fruit and spice on the palate with balanced acidity and tannins. This wine is only released in limited years and received 93 points from the Wine Spectator. Donated by Carlos and Cecilia Montalvo.