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Past ShowCAIS — 2023


May 6, 2023, 6:30 p.m.-midnight at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco!

ShowCAIS 2023 Masquerade Ball
ShowCAIS 2023 Masquerade Ball

After three years, ShowCAIS was able to return at last to its stylish home at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco! With a theme of “Masquerade Ball,” hundreds of guest joined us on Saturday, May 6, for an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and bidding to support CAIS. 

Of course, all the fun had a serious purpose: trustees set the school’s budget each year planning on the critical support from ShowCAIS. This year’s event drew hundreds of community members and raised over $1,110,000 million to support CAIS and our Adjusted Tuition for families. Funds raised by ShowCAIS go directly to this school year’s budget and supporting our teachers, whose dedication to students is always heroic. Your impact via ShowCAIS is immediate and broad-reaching. Scores of families who believe in the power of CAIS joined us in sponsoring ShowCAIS 2023!

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

Event Details

  • May 6, 2023 from 6:30 p.m – midnight
  • Dress was Black Tie optional.
  • ShowCAIS 2023 was Adults-only.
  • The event was held indoors at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
  • There was an opening reception with Silent Auction, followed by a seated dinner featuring the Live Auction and Fund-a-Need.
  • An accompanying Online Auction was be held from May 1-12.

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 teacher attendance at the event. Sponsor appeals have been sent to the community; sponsors who reply by March 22 have been celebrated in the official invitation sent on March 25. 


Invitations were sent March 25 and tickets were on sale through April 24.

Call for Wine

CAIS wine offerings are a perennial favorite of the online 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 generously provided items for bidding through our Online Auction. Beginning May 1 and ending May 12, all were able to enjoy the auction thrill online without having to leave the house! 

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

The crowning moment of ShowCAIS was Saturday, May 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The evening featured electrifying Live Auction items for bidding and culminated in Fund-A-Need (an opportunity to come together as a community in support of a special project—Adjusted Tuition this year).

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 this annual event, please contact the Advancement Office at