San Martin resident Holly Rauser received an early surprise Christmas present at the red-carpet opening of San Francisco 49er football star Vernon Davis’s new gallery in San Jose’s Santana Row. Davis, an accomplished artist who majored in art in college, painted a picture dedicated to her and titled it “Holly.”

“I was shocked, honored, humbled and quite frankly felt a bit like winning the Oscar,” Rauser said when she saw the painting featuring dining utensils at the Gallery 85 art gallery during its grand opening gala event on Dec. 10. She met Davis, a tight end with the 49ers, when he hired her to give him personal etiquette coaching through her company Consider Etiquette. They became good friends and Davis decided to honor that friendship with a special painting on the theme of etiquette.

The painting was a highlight for Rauser at an event where she and her husband Marc and their daughter Catherine mixed with sports figures and celebrities such as Alex Smith, Aldon Smith and 49er owner Jed York who had come to Gallery 85 to support Vernon’s art business venture. Marc Rauser was delighted so much that he purchased “Holly.” The proceeds from the painting, and other paintings at the gallery gala, went to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which Davis actively supports. Upon arriving home, Marc announced to the rest of the Rauser family that Vernon named a painting after Holly.

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