ShowCAIS 2020

Hundreds of CAIS parents, parents of alumni, alumni, and friends will be in attendance at ShowCAIS 2020, our glittering auction gala on Saturday, May 9 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. Some questions we often receive about this exciting event include:

What is ShowCAIS?
What should I wear?
How much are tickets?
How do I purchase a ticket?
May I purchase a ticket at the door?
What do parents support through ShowCAIS?
What portion of my gift is tax deductible?
Where will I be seated?
What can we expect to see in the Live Auction?
What is Fund-A-Need?
What are Party Sign Ups?
Other ways to support ShowCAIS?
Who puts ShowCAIS together?

ShowCAIS Auction Protocol

General Live Auction Rules

All gifts are final. If a live auction item is cancelled by the contributor after the purchase has been made, the Advancement Office will arrange for a reimbursement.

  1. To bid, a person may raise their bid panel directing the sign to the Auctioneer. Make sure your bid panel is facing the correct direction and is upright.

  2. A bid is recognized only when formally acknowledged by the Auctioneer. The highest bidder acknowledged by the Auctioneer shall be the purchaser. Such acknowledgment shall be legal and binding.

  3. With the word “SOLD” from the Auctioneer, title to the auction item will pass to the highest bidder, who then assumes full risk and responsibility and will pay full purchase price for the item.

  4. In the event of a dispute, the Auctioneer shall have the sole and final discretion to determine the successful bidder, or to re-offer and re-sell the item in dispute. If the Auctioneer determines that any opening bid is not commensurate with the value of the item offered, they may reject the bid and withdraw the item from sale.

Group Bidding

Group bidding is permitted and encouraged for large Live Auction items. If you would like to group bid please plan ahead and designate a group leader who will bid on behalf of all group members. At checkout, please have the group leader alert the Advancement Office who will be splitting the item and email for confirmation. The Advancement Office will follow up for payment the week after ShowCAIS. 

Absentee Bidding

If you are unable to attend but would still like to bid on a Live Auction item or participate in Fund-A-Need, please contact Director of Advancement Pamela Winthrop at


All attendees will be asked to swipe a credit card at check-in to expedite the checkout process. You can opt to use the credit that is on file from your ticket purchase or swipe a new one. All charges will be processed the week following the event with the credit card provided, unless instructed otherwise by the winning bidder. If you would like to pay by check, stock, etc. please let the Advancement Office know at checkout.

Valuation of Auction Items

All valuations of items are provided by the item’s contributor and reflect the value of the item on the fair market. CAIS has made a good-faith effort to furnish donors with accurate and sufficient information on an item’s value and all values will be listed on your final receipt. CAIS shares this information to fulfill its responsibility to fully inform its supporters, but is not responsible for the tax law consequences of these transactions. Individuals should consult with their own advisors regarding applicable laws.

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