Rancho Santa Fe resident to co-chair The Bishop’s School’s 30th annual gala


Organizers promise “great food, fine wine, music and an atmosphere of rustic elegance” at The Bishop’s School’s 30th party with a purpose, Vineyard Knights, April 18 on the school’s campus.

The 2015 event is co-chaired by Bishop’s parents Juliann Ford of Rancho Santa Fe and Kathryn Hamon and Susan Piegza of La Jolla. Each year, the auction event raises roughly $1 million to support the school’s student need-based financial aid and faculty professional growth programs.

The Vineyard Knights auction season will be launched Jan. 24, during the Wine Reception, an evening of food and wine at the La Jolla home of Abbaseth Samimi and Kaveh Kohani. Guests are asked to donate $100 per couple or bring a premium bottle of wine (95 points or higher) for admission, which will be offered in the wine section of the Vineyard Knights’ silent auction.

The gala will feature a dinner for 500, dancing, a wine auction, and live and silent auctions with an emphasis on items that offer unique experiences. Underwriting of the auction has begun and donations by local businesses of auction items and financial support are welcomed. For information, contact the school’s Advancement Office at 858-875-0804; visit