ShowCAIS 2021


ShowCAIS 2021 - Virtual Event on Saturday, May 8 

When we close the book on school year 2020–2021 this June, CAIS will be marking the completion of our 40th school year! In honor of this great milestone ShowCAIS 2021 was held on Saturday, May 8, 2021—hosting CAIS’s 40th birthday party in the comfort of families’ living rooms!

This year’s theme was inspired by Confucius’ account of his gradual progress and attainments through life, which seems especially poignant for this point in CAIS’s journey:

The Master said, “At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning.

At thirty I stood firm.

At forty, I no longer had any doubts.”

—(Analects, Book 2, Chapter 4)

The online occasion featured charcuterie delivery for the grown-ups (including scrumptious meals for sponsors) and special entertainment for children on their own screens (Magician for Preschool–5th graders! Dance party with DJ for middle schoolers!). We hope your whole family enjoyed this celebration.

For many years, CAIS’s annual auction gala has played a critical role in helping the school meet its operating budget. This year’s event drew 380+ attendees and raised $1,044,000 to support the CAIS operating budget and to fund a special program for faculty/staff Commuter Benefits. ShowCAIS celebrated CAIS’s premier status as the first Chinese immersion school in the country, and built on the tradition of parent partnership and support that stretches back to the school’s founding. It was also a fantastic time to reconnect with fellow parents and rally (virtually) around the school we love. 

Here is a handy guide to give a sense of the many fundraising components and overall timing of this annual event. There are many ways to participate in the fun! 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Families are invited to support the event at a variety of sponsorship levels including the very popular Teacher’s Table and Phoenix Firedragon which directly support teachers. Sponsor appeals were sent to the community in mid February; sponsors who replied by March 18 were included in the official invitation. 


Individual tickets were sold through April 28 and included charcuterie delivery and special entertainment for children during the event.

Party Sign Ups

Our community boasts serious talent for fun. In March, we began inviting parents to join the ranks of Party Sign Up Hosts and organize carousing for a great cause! Party Sign Ups are parent-led occasions organized around varied interests that provide opportunities to support ShowCAIS at a variety of levels. These gatherings will be held virtually this year to ensure staying safe while sharing in the fun!

Call for Wine

CAIS wine offerings are a perennial favorite of the Silent Auction. Community members helped stock the wine cellar by donating bottles of their choice recommendations.

Online Auction

Companies and organizations from around the Bay Area have generously provided items for bidding through our Online Auction. Beginning May 3 and ending May 9, all are able to enjoy the auction thrill online without having to leave the house! 

Live Auction, Silent Auction, and Fund-A-Need at the Dinner Gala

The crowning moment of ShowCAIS was on Saturday, May 8 streaming live to the community’s laptops. The evening featured electrifying items for bidding and culminated in Fund-A-Need, an opportunity to come together as a community in support of a special project. This year’s Fund-A-Need effort focused on renewing our distinctive and much appreciated Commuter Benefits program.

CAIS’s operating budget depends on community support through ShowCAIS, which solicits support through live and online auction components, party sign-ups, sponsorships, and general donations.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Advancement Office at


Annual Fund 2019-2020