Hundreds of CAIS parents, parents of alumni, alumni, and friends will be in virtual attendance at ShowCAIS 2020, our glittering auction gala on Saturday, May 30 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 30). 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 2019 event drew over 360 people and raised $1.1 million to support the mission of our school. 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.
With the move online, there will be no tickets required for ShowCAIS 2020.
There will be no tickets for ShowCAIS 2020. Guests will simply be asked to RSVP in order to receive the event link/password.
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, Uber, hotel, 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. Teacher Table and 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 2020 Co-chairs Melanyann Garvin and Jennifer Leong are joined by a corps of ShowCAIS volunteers.