Angel Lights – A Successful, Memorable, and Inspiring Tribute to the Island

November 29th Angel Island supporters braved the elements to celebrate Angel Island Conservancy’s (AIC) 7th annual “Angel Lights” event, held at the exquisite Mill Valley hilltop home of supporters Robert Eves and Marcine Engel. From this stunning vantage point guests celebrated the island, enjoyed live music, gourmet delicacies, libations, and the excitement of live auction offerings of one-of-a-kind adventures, available only at this event.

Emceeing the evening once again was Bay Area Backroads and OpenRoad TV personality, Doug McConnell, who was joined by professional auctioneer, Keith McLane. Together the duo offered guests the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind auction packages, like the fabulous Fourth of July overnight stay on Angel Island, including a gourmet East Indian multi-course dinner prepared by AIC Board member and internationally acclaimed designer Sudha Pennathur, fireworks, and tour by Doug McConnell. This year a few new exciting auction items were added, including a package titled an “Insider’s Visit to the Land of Giants” which included two amazing Field Club level seats to a Giants game — courtesy of the San Francisco Giants, with the high bidders arriving in style in an exotic chauffeur driven car — courtesy of San Francisco Motorsports,  pre-game viewing of batting practice from down on the field, hanging out in the dugout, and schmoozing with players and coaching staff!

As in past years, the evening wouldn’t be complete without the traditional countdown to the first lighting of the “Angel Lights“ on top of Mt. Livermore. The group gathered as Park Superintendent Amy Brees began the countdown and made the call to flip the “switch” bringing the lights to life. In spite of the inclement weather the night allowed for a breathtaking view of the glowing lights. Throughout the month of December, the “Angel Lights” shine from the top of Angel Island. Supporters can “adopt” an Angel Light as a thoughtful thanks to family, friends, or a mentor; as a remembrance of a loved one; to celebrate a special occasion; or as recognition of someone who has done something significant for you, in turn providing support for the work of Angel Island Conservancy.

Thanks to the of generosity our community of supporters, the event raised over $100,000, including contributions made toward the transformation of Ayala Cove, the gateway to the island, and in support of AIC’s Student Service-Learning Scholarship Program, which provides students from under-served schools with field trip grants to visit the island, giving these children firsthand learning experiences that extend far beyond the classroom.

A special “thank you” to our event hosts, Partners, In-Kind Partners, auction high bidders, guests, the Angel Lights Event Committee, Park Staff, and volunteers who together made the evening a successful, memorable, and inspiring tribute to the future of Angel Island State Park.

Adopt‘ an Angel Light


Photos courtesy of David Bush
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Angel Lights 2012
New arrivals
Jeanne Overcashier and Gail Dolton - AIC Board President
Emcee Doug McConnell and Sudha Pennathur - AIC Board of Directors
Ed Messerly and Rob & Grace Salk - Angel Lights Committee Members
Aliyya Shelley Mattos - AIC Board of Directors, Steve Schory - AISP Supervising Ranger, and Marcine Engel - host and Angel Lights Committee Member
Gail Dolton, Tommy & Jessica Igoe
The evening's music provided by Rodney Burge
Jon d'Alessio - AIC Board of Directors, Urban Koagedal, and Skip Spaulding - AIC Board Vice President
A bit of mix and mingle
Christi & Joseph Brooke
Grace Contro and Grace Salk
Gourmet delicacies by Ann Lyons - Melons Catering and Event Planning
Steve Schory - AISP Supervising Ranger and Ben Fenkell - AISP Interpreter
Liliana Treick, Evan Shone, Marcine Engel and Annette Gellert
Event volunteers Lynn Eichinger, Diane Conway, and Kim Grote
William & Jaime Heaps, Bob Salk, Gail Dolton and Grace Salk
Doug McConnell welcoming the guests
Doug McConnell and Gail Dolton
Board of Directors member Aimee Brown presents Gail Dolton with a "Thank You" for her hard work and dedication to AIC
Auctioneer Keith McLane introduces auction donors Lisa Klairmont - AIC Board of Directors and her husband, Harold Kleiderman
Bob Salk expresses the importance of supporting the island
Angel Lights guests taking in the action as the auction bidding begins
Amy Brees - AISP Superintendent auctions off her "Ranger's" hat with Gail Dolton encouraging the bids
Grace Contro, winning bidder of the Ranger's hat, celebrates with Amy Brees
Hosts Rob Eves and Marcine Engel with Doug McConnell
Aliyya Shelley Mattos - AIC Board of Directors, auctioneer Keith McLane and Lisa Eltinge - Development Consultant
Grace Contro, Nancy Murray, Rachel Justis and Hope Horton
Great things to come... the execution of the Interpretive Master Plan
Julie & Skip Spaulding
Amy Brees and Danita Rodriquez talk about the Interpretation Master Plan with a guest
Rachael Daniel and Shantel Villarroel
Lisa Klairmont - AIC Board of Directors with Jacquie Klose - AIC Operations Manager, and Amiee Brown - AIC Board of Directors
Catherine d'Alessio and Julie Spaulding
Jeanne Overcashier and Doug Dolton
5, 4, 3, 2, 1... lights!


Adopt‘ an Angel Light

Throughout the month of December, the “Angel Lights” shine from the top of Angel Island. Those lights may be “adopted” providing support for the work of Angel Island Conservancy.

Please consider adopting a light. A commemorative certificate will be sent on your behalf as a thoughtful thanks to family, friends, or a mentor; as a remembrance of a loved one; to celebrate a special occasion; or as recognition of someone who has done something significant for you.

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