Hundreds of CAIS parents, parents of alumni, alumni, and friends were in virtual attendance at ShowCAIS 2021, our glittering auction gala on Saturday, May 8 online. Some questions we often receive about this exciting event include:
ShowCAIS, the school’s annual auction gala, features Silent and Live Auctions and Fund-A-Need at a gala evening (this year on Saturday, May 8). In addition, ShowCAIS comprises an online auction component (running from the week before the gala through the day after) and Party Sign Ups.
For many years, the combined ShowCAIS components have played a critical role in helping CAIS meet its operating budget. The 2020 event drew 342 attendees and raised $869,564 to keep the CAIS community together despite pandemic challenges. ShowCAIS celebrates CAIS’s premier status as the first Chinese immersion school in the country, and builds on the tradition of parent partnership and support that stretches back to the school’s founding. It is also a fantastic time to indulge in fashion and fun and have a blast with other parents.
The dress code for ShowCAIS 2021 was black tie pajamas!
A household ticket to ShowCAIS costs $275 and includes wine and charcuterie delivered to your home and entertainment for children on their own screens during the event (Magician for Preschool-5th graders! Dance party with DJ for middle schoolers!).
Tickets were available for purchase until Wednesday, April 28.
All funds raised by ShowCAIS (except for Fund-A-Need which supports a specific, restricted purpose) go directly to this school year’s budget and supporting faculty. Your impact, via ShowCAIS, is immediate and broad-reaching. The CAIS Board of Trustees plans each year’s operating budget to include revenue from ShowCAIS and Annual Fund; the school absolutely counts on this support.
Sponsorships of ShowCAIS are fully tax deductible minus the fair market value of sponsorship benefits such as meal delivery, etc. (Benefits you do not use will be deducted from the total fair market value). The CAIS Advancement Office sends a summary of all donations shortly after the event. Phoenix Firedragon sponsorships are 100% tax deductible.
The ShowCAIS Co-Chairs assemble a spectacular slate of items such as exclusive access to vacation destinations and dining experiences!
The capstone of the Live Auction, Fund-A-Need is an opportunity for everyone in the room to support a special and specific CAIS initiative at whatever level moves them. As an example, one of the most electrifying moments at ShowCAIS 2019 was when attendees responded passionately to “Fund the Need” to assist with teachers’ professional development to support the Strategic Vision. In just a few heady minutes, this community responded to an anonymous matching gift and pulled together to raise over $500,000 to support teachers. Spirits—and bid panels—were through the roof!
An especially fun component of ShowCAIS is the bevy of Party Sign Ups made available to purchase prior to, during, and after the auction gala. Generously funded and hosted by parents, these gatherings offer community members a variety of great ways to spend time together while supporting this great cause. The ticketed events are sold in the spring and generally pepper the schedule throughout the following fall.
The Advancement Office works closely with parent volunteers to make ShowCAIS a roaring success. The ShowCAIS 2021 Co-Chairs Denyse Clancy Langdoc and Ron Yu and Jane Choi are joined by a corps of ShowCAIS volunteers.