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Three Horses

2011. 21 x 69 inches.
Archival pigment print on German Etching paper.
Limited edition print 18/20. Signed by artist Matthew Cusick,TKS  Dad
Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC.

Matt Cusick is a renown artist (and a TKS dad) working primarily with maps, creating stunningly elaborate collages crafted entirely from recycled maps. Matt meticulously slices segments of antiquated maps from old encyclopedias, textbooks, roadmaps, and atlases and lays them down into familiar forms, including his well-known wave series. “Maps have all the properties of a brushstroke: nuance, density, line, movement, and color,” he says. “Their palette is deliberate and symbolic, acting as a cognitive mechanism to help us internalize the external.” This is the last of a limited edition print of ‘Three Horses.” It retails only through Pavel Zoubok
Gallery in NYC.

Matthew Cusick, American, b. 1970, New York, New York, based in Dallas, Texas

Donated by Matthew Cusick (TKS Dad)

To view more of Matt’s work, visit:
Matt Cusick Interview: matthew-cusick/ by-matthew- cusick.html


Rock Star for the Day

Your child and two friends will become rock stars for the day. Spend the day with exceptionally talented singer/songwriter Floramay Holliday Racz.  Whether your child is musically gifted, or just likes to sing along in the car, they will enjoy this unique experience. They will write a song, rehearse their song and design their CD. They will perform their original song at the Kessler Pumpkin Patch this Fall. This opportunity must be scheduled by August 1, 2017.  Expires October 2017        Donated by Floramay Holliday Racz (TKS mom)



Historic Patagonia Lake House & Asado Cooking Lesson by Argentine Chef Matias Bollinger

Bucket list destination- Patagonia!  Welcome to Eden Roc, the lakeside home designed by the famous architect Alejandro Bustillo in 1947, sits on the 2-acre property surrounded by walking trail, 60’ one trees, boat dock, private pebbled beach, Asado cooking station, and a 24-hour grounds keeper. Enjoy the historic Swiss Style home for one week of accommodations for up to 9 people (3 bedroom/ 2 bath). The three bedrooms, two bathrooms is fully equipped with a Chef’s kitchen, WIFI, fireplace, and toys for the kids.

The beautiful town of San Carlos de Bariloche is 2.5 hours south of Buenos Aires, Argentina and 16 hours from Dallas, Texas. Endless stretches of magnificent mountains and rivers offer opposite year-round weather, making skiing in the summer, and beach time in the winter, exciting for families!!

Relish in one of this experience-of-a-lifetime destination while Chef Matias Bollinger of Alto El Fuego Parrilla teaches the art of Asado (BBQ) cooking and prepares your lunch for four, in his 3-star restaurant. (

Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability.  A 45-day advance reservation is required. Cleaning Fee of $200. Subject to black out dates. Expires- April 2018.   Donated by The Kim Family



Wanna Be a Cowboy/Girl? 2 Pair Custom Cowboy Boots

Gift you and your partner, or little partners with custom designed cowboy boots with a fit guarantee.  Custom boots are a must have in Texas. If you have a hard time finding that perfect fit, custom designed and fitted are the way to go. Includes measurements for a custom fit by the boot maker and two pair of boots. Leathers included are suede, calf cow, oil tanned, goat and pressed leathers. Initials or simple logos will be included, up to three initials on each boot. Additional upgrades are available, for a fee at time of design.
Donated by Roma’s Boot and Shoe Repair



Safari Tour in South Africa Experience

5 days, 5 Nights. Located just 3 hours north of the Johannesburg Airport in part of the Limpopo Province, our camp os arguably the Finest South Africa has to offer. The camp is situated on the banks of three hippo-filled lakes surrounded by an abundance of African Wildlife. There is nothing quite like waking up to the sounds of the African bush, you will be thrilled to spend 5days enjoying the rich variety of African bird and animal life. The daily game drives are full of action and adventure, and the meals that are prepared by our executive chef are out of this world. Our staff is there to take care of every need.
All inclusive package includes: meet and greet at the airport, transfer to and from the airport to camp (one each wayfaring scheduled times on Sunday check in and Friday check out), all meals and lodging at the camp with limited alcohol at meals, daily game drives.

*Not included in this package are the airfare, additional excursions, gratuity for staff and any hotels before or after your stay. Trip must be taken between October 15th 2017 and October 15th 2018. There can me no date extensions to this offer. Dates are booked on a first come first serve basis. Additional travelers can be added to this package for additional fees.


Everybody Love Oishii dinner for 10  

Everybody loves Oishii, the Oak Lawn sushi hotspot. What could be better than Oishii coming to you? Yep! Thanh Nguyen, the proprietor, and head chef, will prepare a multi-course sushi feast, along with a couple of surprises, for a party of 10 in the comfort of your own home. Known for his inventive creations such as the TriBeCa Roll (salmon with truffle oil), one of Dallas Observer’s Top 100 things to eat in Big D, Thanh will be in the house — your house! — if you are lucky enough to win.      Don’t “roll” the dice. “Sashimi” on over and bid.                                     Donated by Oishi



Couples Night out in OC

Reconnect with your friends and enjoy a night out with live music and great food in historic Oak Cliff. This is a perfect package for couples to share, or to treat your friends. The night includes four  tickets to the Kessler Theater, one of Dallas’ premiere music venues and a $400 gift card to Bolsa, D Magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year” and Dallas Observer’s “Best Place to Take a Date.” Tickets subject to availability.

Donated by: Bolsa and Kessler Entertainment Group



Backyard fun in your own home for the whole family

BEERPedernales Brewer Craft beer

GAMES – Hand -crafted cornhole and giant jenga game

BANDKidd Sisters. acoustic, electronic, sing-along pop, Rock and Country covers from throwbacks to current top 40. Allison and Lauren Kidd’s voices are the perfect blend of power, harmony and subtle nuancess. Coffeehouse or center stage, Kidd Sister gets the crowd grooving. (Band will travel within 25 miles from Dallas)  Exclusions July 4th and Labor Day weekend, and a 30 day notice required.




The student will spend the majority of the day with Mrs. Ullmann as Head of School. He/She will have the opportunity to do carpool, lead morning Community Time, have an important meeting, have lunch with Mrs. Ullmann and a friend at Hunky’s and will visit several classrooms to gather information from the students on a particular topic. The student will also be sending an email to teachers at the end of the day announcing a special free dress day of his/her choice.

Value: Priceless     Donated by:  The Kessler School





Lone Star Park Luxury Suite for 25

For business or pleasure, enjoy the excitement of race day at Lone Star Park with 24 of your friends in a private suite during the Live Racing Season. Your day at the races includes your luxury suite rental for 25 people, five valet parking passes, admission, programs, chef’s buffet, appetizers, open bar and all service charges. Mutually agreed upon dates to be determined. Big event days excluded.                                      Donated by: Lone Star Park


Related imageCosta Rica Villas, Playa Herradura (4 bedrooms/4 bath, 6 nights  for up to 8 people)

Spend 6 full days and 6 nights in one of our Costa Rican villas for 8 people. A true native experience with American standards. Our villas are among the finest offered in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Located in the Playa Herradura and Playa Hermosa areas, our villas offer breathtaking views of both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Located minutes from the small surf villages of Jaco and Hermosa, you will enjoy a rich Central American culture with great night life as well as numerous activities on both the water and land. Spend the day doing a canopy tour over the jungle or strap in and rappel down one of the many beautiful waterfalls just minutes from your house. Costa Rica also offers world-class offshore fishing and our fleet of custom sport fishing yachts can provide you with a once in a lifetime experience. Spend the day fishing and bring home your catch for one of our chefs to prepare for dinner. Sporting Adventures International Costa Rica specializes in exclusive and unique vacation experiences with a true native feel while maintaining American standards.      Donated by: Sporting Adventures International


Silent Auction Class Artwork


Original Artwork Created by The Kessler School Students

This is your chance to feature a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork in your home or office created by your child and every other child at The Kessler School.  The school wide project is based on artist Alejandro Duran, an Environmental Artist who creates art from recycled materials.
Value: Priceless     Donated by: The Kessler School Students





Do you find yourself spending a lot of time at school? Are you always running late? Is the carpool lane too slow for your busy morning? Claim your VIP reserved parking space for the 2017-18 school year. Two spots are available.  New this year, this package also includes front row seating for our annual events: Christmas program, Spring Musical and Graduation.

Donated by The Kessler School



 Ultimate Sonoma Valley Experience

Experience Sonoma Valley, CA like a pro. This experience includes a 4-day, 3-night stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa in a Junior Suite for two. Your stay includes a 5-hour private winery tour in a chauffeured luxury sedan. Whether you are first-time visitors or veteran wine tasters, you’ll enjoy an enlightening, fun filled day. Daily complimentary breakfast, hotel lobby wine tastings, all room-related taxes, and a complimentary bottle of wine will be in room upon arrival. Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability.  A 30-day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.            Donated by Blue Tree Marketing Corp


Signed Jersey by Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki was born in Würzburg, Germany on June 19, 1978. He began his professional career with Würzburg DJK in the Bundesliga and then impressed NBA coaches and scouts with 33 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 steals at the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit. Consequently, Dirk became the ninth pick in the NBA draft, with an arranged trade that sent him from Milwaukee to Dallas.

Dirk owns multiple Mavericks franchise records, including career points, three-point field goals, free throws, rebounds, and points in a single game. He has led the Mavericks to seasons of 50 or more wins and annual trips to the playoffs since 2001. In the 2005-2006 season Nowitzki played a major role in sweeping the Grizzlies, defeating San Antonio and the Suns, and winning the Western Conference Championship for Dallas’ first trip to the NBA Finals.


Hotel Escondido in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

Enjoy a 3-night stay and daily breakfast for two at Hotel Escondido. The 16 upscale beach bungalows dot the unspoiled coast north of Puerto Escondido. The hotel sits on a pristine stretch of Mexican coastline, nestled between the Paci c Ocean and the Sierra del Madre Sur mountain range. Offer expires on 4/9/17.

Donated by: Hotel Escondido


TKS Coach for a Week

Be the PE Coach for your PE class for the week of April 25th – 29th. You will get to choose the game for each day and receive your own whistle. You and one friend will enjoy a pizza lunch Coach McMurry on Friday.

Donated by Coach McMurry




NAME your Macaron for a Week

JOY Join the team at JOY for a Macaron making experience.See how one of Dallas’ best bakeries makes their magical macarons and get your NAME your own Macaron for a week.





Dallas Foodie Dinner Night to Remember: Chef Anastacia Quinones & Chef Graham Dodds  (Dinner for 10)

Get your ten best friends together for a Culinary night in your home by this dynamic duo. Chef Anastacia Quinones, widely recognized for her savvy cooking at Trinity Groves’ Kitchen LTO and now Oddfellows,  collaborates with Chef Graham Dodds of Quincy’s Chicken Shack, for a home cooked meal Texas style.  Let these two friendly foodie faces of Dallas guide you through a dining experience you won’t soon forget! North Oak Cliff Wine basket included.                                                                          Donated by Oddfellows and Chef Graham Dodds


Relax in Acapulco

Enjoy a 3 night stay in one of our best suites with breakfast included at Hotel Boca Chica. Nap in a hammock and listen to the waves come in. This 1950’s retro-cool is a grand addition to Acapulco’s new era. Located in the district of Caleta Boca Chica is newly remodeled with Vintage pieces , spacious rooms that include large hammocks, outdoor living rooms and private gardens.

Non refundable and non transferable. Subject to availability. Not Applicable on Vacation or Holidays. Donated by: Grupo Habita


 Wrigley Field Rooftop Seats & Dining Experience

Experience all that Chicago had to offer while staying at Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile located on Michigan Avenue. This is a magnificent Four Diamond hotel with exceptional views. Watching a Chicago Cubs game from a Wrigley Field rooftop club puts you right in the heart of the action. With facilities geared toward food, fun and baseball, a Wrigley rooftop is the perfect place to watch the game. Your trip includes Deluxe 2 days/1night accommodations, Access Passes for two to a Wrigley Field Rooftop for any one regular season Chicago Cubs baseball game. Unlimited food and beverages while at the game, Daily breakfast, and all taxes and services charges. Subject to availability. A 45day advance reservation is required. Certificate is valid for 12 months from date of issue.            Donated by: Blue Tree Marketing Corp.



Home of Bruce Springsteen. The Asbury Hotel mashes up Asbury Park’s Victorian-era history, rock-n-roll present, and shiny future into a new kind of social hub. Inside The Asbury, our lobby is the action-filled center of the hotel with everything designed for perpetual motion. The front desk and check-in doubles as The Counter, a grab-and-go kitchen where guests can fetch keys, order coffee, or buy something from the retail store. A ground-floor lounge is Asbury Park’s rec room, with ping-pong, pinball machines, board games – and a communal table for travelers who want to feed off the energy and get some work done. 3 nights stay. Donated by: Asbury Hotel



Backyard Movie Night Party

Basket includes everything you need to host a fun- filled backyard movie night. Includes rental for large, blow up, movie screen, family-friendly movies and everything else you need to make your movie night one for the family memory books. Party for 10 – 24.

Donated by: Fun Flicks and the Pre-K II Classes



Disney Family Park Hopper Package for 4

Four Complimentary 1- day passes to Disneyland Resort or Disney California Adventure Park. Package includes a $250 Disney gift card. This offer is valid during normal operating hours. Offer expires on 2/15/18 and not valid 12/25-12/31 of any year.

Donated by: Disney Resorts and the 6th Grade Class


Chef Tasting for 4 – Suze Restaurant

Enjoy a 5-course chef’s tasting menu and champagne on arrival for four guests.  Saturday nights excluded, does not include tax or gratuity and reservation required.

Donated by: Suze



3 Month Membership to the Golf Club of Dallas

Enjoy a three-month summer golf membership (June – August) to The Golf Club of Dallas.  Offer expires on 12/31/17.

Donated by: The Golf Club of Dallas




Want to be a DJ? Three-hour parent and child session with DJ/ Producer Mark Farina

Get your groove on for a three-hour session with TKS dad and DJ/ producer Mark Farina.

Known for both his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats, he’s a jewel in Oak Cliff. Mark has been voted as one of the top DJ’s in the world by URB, MUZIK and BPM magazines so step inside his music studio to learn the world of “Get Down”.  Donated by: TKS dad Mark Farina

Staycation at the Joule Hotel

Break away for the perfect escape.  Begin your day with lunch for 2 at Americano. Enjoy One 60-Minute Tata Harper Facial at The Spa at The Joule. Then off to dinner at Mirador. Relax with a one-night stay in deluxe accommodations and enjoy breakfast for two at CBD Provision or through In-Room Dining. Expires on 2/1/18. Reservations based on availability. Overnight valet parking included. Gratuity and alcohol excluded.  Donated by: The Joule Hotel