Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birthday Gala: A Red Tie Event

The 150th Gala will celebrate themes of advancing the way we build and live in our community through three primary pathways: Preservation, Innovation, and Education – the Foundation’s vision of inspiring the world through beautiful spaces that are thoughtfully designed and experienced.





5 p.m.

Reception on the Prow

Live entertainment by Urban Electra accompanied by stunning views of the Valley on what Frank Lloyd Wright described as “a look over the rim of the world.”


Silent Auction

Learn more about the silent auction below.



In between the reception and dinner, you’ll have time to explore three of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most personal spaces in Taliesin West: the Garden Room, the space in which Wright invited guests for formal evening on the weekends, and used as his living room during the weekdays; and the Swan Cove, which includes Wright’s bedroom and Olgivanna Wright’s bedroom.


6 p.m. 

Dinner in the Garden Squares

You will be served a gourmet dinner designed and prepared by Mountain Shadows Resort Executive Chef Charles Wiley, who has been named one of “The Ten Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine, and “One of the Best Hotel Chefs of America” by the James Beard Foundation. Chef Wiley will be assisted by Chefs Sean Beck and Michael Turcotte.

Cocktail attire. Be sure to wear your red bowtie or pendant, sent in your welcome package. 





Premier Sponsor
David & Gladys Wright House

Gold Sponsors
Emily and T.K. McClintock
Carol C. McMullen and Sean C. Rush
Maja Wessels and Charles Covington

Silver Sponsors
Arizona Community Foundation
Mary and Joel Benkie
Jean and Barry Bingham
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.
Gensler Family Foundation
Rose and Harry Papp
Willis Towers Watson Insurance

Copper Sponsors
Alliance Residential Company
First Solar, Inc.
Diana and David Smith
Diana and Christopher Thompson

Underwriting Sponsors
American Art Collector
Candelaria Design Associates, LLC
Studio Lux
Tiffany and Co.

Culinary Sponsors
Fiji Water
Acumen Wine
Mountain Shadows Resort
Niman Ranch
Noble Bread
Press Coffee Roasters


Martha and David Bills
Laryn Callaway and Christiaan Blok
Sheila Harris
Debbie and Scott Jarson
Alanna Mack and Don Murray
Mary and Larry Manross
Kelly McCullough
George I. Meyer
Dottie O’Carroll
Lee and Timothy Radden
Mary and John Sather
Marsha and John Shyer
Roxane Smyer
Anne C. Stupp
Mary Way
Larry A. Woodin


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FLW150: Image & Influence

Nov. – Dec. 2017

Mountain Shadows

Experience art in a variety of mediums by Arizona and national artists whose works were inspired by the legendary architect.  Artists include Brian Alfred, Mark Bennett, Pedro Guerrero, Elysia Holland Michaelsen, Vernon Swaback, Carrie Seid & Jan Maaten Voskuil.   
The Gallery at Mountain Shadows is curated by Reyes Contemporary Art, LLC.
The opening reception for FLW150: Image & Influence, is Thursday, November 16th, from 6-8 p.m., at the Gallery at Mountain Shadows.

5445 E. Lincoln Drive

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Silent Auction

Gala attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the following one-of-a-kind items and rare experiences. Proceeds from the silent auction will go toward the Foundation’s efforts in advancing the way we live through preservation, education, and innovation.

Silent Auction Catalogue


Package #1 – Breakfast at Tiffany

You and four guests are invited for Breakfast at Tiffany’s famous Fifth Avenue jewelry store in the private jewelry Salon. Following this gracious start to the day you will be led through the Tiffany Workshop, where master designers handcraft the world’s most exquisite diamond and gemstone jewels. The auction winner will also take home a Tiffany 1.5″ long Keys Crown Key Pendant on a 16″ white gold chain with round brilliant diamonds.  The piece retails for $2,700, a dazzling memento of an enchanting Tiffany experience.

How to Redeem

Please note, this event must be booked at least three weeks in advance and take place Monday through Friday on a mutually agreed upon date and time prior to November 20, 2018.  Breakfast will begin at 10:15am. This package is non-transferable.  The winner of the package should contact Anthony Palencsar, Tiffany Salon Concierge, via email: or 212.605.4200 to schedule the breakfast. Airfare is not included.

Donated by Tiffany & Co.

Value – $5,000

Starting Bid – $1,500

Bid Increments – $100

Buy Now – $6,250

Package #2 – Olgivanna Wright’s desk, prototype

Olgivanna Lloyd Wright’s bedroom at Taliesin was restored in 2015. Critical to completion of the room was reproduction of a lost writing desk that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his wife. As the final stage of the restoration of the bedroom suite, craftsman Stafford Norris III, working from archival photo resources and new plans created at Taliesin, recreated the desk in old growth cypress just in time for the 150th Anniversary of Mr. Wright’s birth. A working prototype was built in cherry wood to confirm scale and dimensions of the final desk.

How to Redeem

Please contact Steve Sikora at The desk is located in Minnesota, and shipping costs are the responsibility of the winning bidder.

Dimensions: 48”W x 28”D x 24 3/4”H


Donated by Lynette Erickson-Sikora and Steve Sikora.

Value – $4,800

Starting Bid – $1,320

Bid Increments – $100

Buy Now – $6,000

Package #3 – Heloise Crista “Romeo and Juliet” sculpture

In 1949, Heloise Crista joined the Taliesin Fellowship. Since then, she has continued to live and work as a sculptor at Taliesin West and is an active member of the Taliesin community. Heloise’s sculptures combine her sensitivity to balance and movement with the ideas and philosophies of Frank Lloyd Wright. Her incredible works of art are displayed outside the Music Pavillion at Taliesin West.

The story of Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy caused by circumstances already set in motion before they even met. Destined as they might have been for each other; the bitter antagonism between their warring families forced them apart, and led them to dire, unintended consequences. In our minds now, however, what remains when we think of Romeo and Juliet is their pledge of true love forever.

Dimensions: 8 ½” h x 3 1/8” x 2

Donated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Store.

Value – $450

Starting Bid – $125

Bid Increments – $30

Buy Now – $550

Package #4 – 1960’s Imperial China place setting

Noritake Imperial Hotel is high-quality china featuring a modern, asymmetrical, geometric design with circles of red, yellow, and pale blue on a white, coupe-shaped body. The design is by Frank Lloyd Wright, who, when he designed buildings, often designed the interior appointments, as well. This pattern was created for the informal dining room of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, which Wright designed in 1916. The hotel was completed in 1923, and survived the “Great Kanto Earthquake,” measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, that same year. The hotel was demolished in 1968. With its bold design and unique history, Noritake Imperial Hotel offers not only sophistication in applied art, but will stimulate many an interesting dinnerware conversation!

Dimensions: Dinner plate 10.5” diameter, Bread and butter plate  6.5”, Dessert plate  7.5”, Cup and saucer,  5.25” diameter saucer, Oatmeal bowl 5.75” d, Fruit bowl 5.25” d

Donated by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

Value – $1500

Starting Bid – $425

Bid Increments – $50

Buy It Now – $1875

Package #5 – Dinner prepared by Foundation President & CEO Stuart Graff

A rare opportunity to have an intimate experience at Taliesin West.  You and up to four guests will enjoy a night with Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Stuart Graff as he prepares a five-course foodie dream experience.  Starting with cocktails and homemade tapas on the Prow for sunset, you’ll move into the space reserved by Frank Lloyd Wright for his most private affairs—the private dining room, off the garden room at Taliesin West.  There, you and your guests will enjoy a meal designed just for you as you celebrate a special event, or just enjoy an evening of conversation about the history of Taliesin West and the celebrity guests who enjoyed similar evenings in the Wrights’ time.  You’ll finish with some of Stuart’s signature homemade gelato and flourless brownies and cakes, including treats to take home.

How to Redeem

Please contact Christina Anderson at 602.800.5447 or to schedule.

Donated by Stuart Graff.

Value – $1750

Starting Bid – $525

Bid Increments – $100

Buy It Now – $2200


Package #6 – A one-night stay in the Gardener’s Cottage  and tour of the Darwin D. Martin House

Stay at one of the most substantial and highly developed of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie houses in the Eastern United States, The Darwin D. Martin House Complex. The complex received National Historic Landmark status in 1986 and is considered by leading Frank Lloyd Wright scholars as one of Wright’s finest achievements of the Prairie period and, indeed, of his entire career.

The complex consists of six interconnected buildings designed as a unified composition, including; the main Martin House and a pergola that connects it to a conservatory and carriage house with chauffeur’s quarters and stables, the Barton House, a smaller residence for Martin’s sister and brother-in-law, and a gardener’s cottage added in 1909. Included in your stay is a tour of the amazing complex.

How to Redeem

You will receive a certificate, and should reference the certificate when reserving your tour. Reservations can be made by calling 716.856.3858.

Donated by the Darwin Martin House.

Value – $500

Starting Bid – $150

Bid Increments – $30

Buy It Now – $625

Package #7 – Taliesin Estate Tours

On the Estate Tour, guests are shuttled to the Taliesin estate for a 4-hour hiking tour that takes you through the estate’s Driftless country hills. Some of the highlights include:

  • Exploring Hillside, the school that Wright designed for his aunts. Here, you’ll see the Assembly Hall, Fellowship Dining Room, Drafting Studio, and the Theater.
  • Taking a hike past the Romeo & Juliet windmill tower, the oldest design on the estate.
  • Getting a close-up look at Tan-y-Deri, the home Wright built for his sister Jane Porter.
  • Walking past Midway Barns en route to Wright’s home, Taliesin.

Halfway through the tour, you’ll be served light refreshments and sweet treats while relaxing on Wright’s terrace before enjoying an interior and exterior tour of the home.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must for this tour, it includes a 1½ mile hike, with a couple of hills, from one end of the estate to the other, with no opportunity to sit down.

How to Redeem

You will receive a certificate, and should reference the certificate when reserving your tour. Reservations can be made by calling 608.588.7900.

Donated by Taliesin Preservation Inc.

Value – $178

Starting Bid- $55

Bid Increments – $5

Buy It Now – $270

Package #8 – Napa Valley Package

Spend four days, three nights in beautiful Napa Valley touring some of the most unique and special wineries in the area!  Stay in a cozy 2 bedroom, 2 bath private cottage at Grace Hill Farm.

Your stay includes organic continental breakfast daily and three arranged private tasting with local winemakers close by.  Explore the amazing small towns of Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga – and enjoy dinners at many of the finest restaurants in the area. Airfare not included.

How to Redeem

Please contact to reserve.

Donated by Christopher Thompson and Diana Deen Thompson.

Value – $2000

Starting Bid – $600

Bid Increments – $100

Buy It Now – $3000

Package #9 – Taliesin West Tour, Overnight Stay and Dinner

Immerse yourself and a guest in the magic of Taliesin West. Enjoy a private tour lead by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation CEO Stuart Graff and Director of Preservation Fred Prozzillo followed by dinner prepared by the Taliesin West chef in the Dining Room. An Interpretive Guidebook and Taliesin Fellow-authored book Frank Lloyd Wright/Taliesin West are included in the package.

How to Redeem

Please contact Christina Anderson at 602.800.5447 or to schedule.

Donated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Value – $600

Starting Bid – $180

Bid Increments – $40

Buy It Now – $900

Package #10 – Rare Wine Collection

1996 Renee Engel Vosne Romanee-Les Brulees

Average Price (ex-tax): $599

Critics’ Score, Aggregated: 89/100

Average User Rating: 4 Stars – Very Good

Producer: Domaine Rene Engel

Region/Appellation: Vosne-Romanee Aux Brulees

Country Hierarchy: Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir

1976 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Le Baron Phillipe

Average Price (ex-tax): $417

Critics’ Score, Aggregated: 87/100

Average User Rating: 4 Stars – Very Good

Producer: Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Region/Appellation: Pauillac

Country Hierarchy: Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red

1975 Fonseca Vintage Port

Average Price (ex-tax): $140

Critics’ Score, Aggregated: 88/100

Average User Rating: 3 Stars – Good

Producer: Fonseca Porto

Region/Appellation: Vintage Port

Country Hierarchy: Oporto [Port], Douro, Portugal

Grape/Blend: Port Blend Red

How to Redeem

Please contact Sean Rush at


Donated by  Sean Rush.

Value – $1,156

Starting Bid – $400

Bid Increments – $100

Buy It Now – $1735

Package #11 – Southwest Shakespeare BARD Card

A Southwest Shakespeare BARD Card offers the ultimate in season ticket-flexibility. A BARD Card membership provides the ultimate in convenience combined with great value for any theatre lover!  A BARD Card means theatre on your schedule.

Each BARD Card includes: 

  • Six premium seats for the 2017-2018 season (including the popular “Standing O!” Series at Taliesin West and the Mesa Arts Center)
  • One free admission to immensely popular Flachmann Seminars
  • Add guest tickets to 2017-2018 shows at $25 each (limit two shows)
  • Exclusive invitation to all opening Saturday VIP receptions for each show (one per BARD Card)
  • A $50 personal donation to the Southwest Shakespeare Education Program in your honor
  • Recognition in the performance programs and on the Southwest Shakespeare Company website
  • Discounts of up to 20% at local Mesa restaurants and businesses

How to Redeem

Southwest Shakespeare will contact you.


Donated by Southwest Shakespeare Company.

Value – $350

Starting Bid – $125

Bid Increments – $20

Buy It Now – $525