ShowCAIS 2018

A Guide to ShowCAIS 2018

Getting ready for ShowCAIS 2018Held this year on Saturday, May 12 at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, ShowCAIS 2018 celebrates how much this community adores and supports CAIS teachers.

For many years, CAIS’s annual auction gala, ShowCAIS, has played a critical role in helping CAIS meet its operating budget. In 2017 the event drew 355 people and raised over $1,000,000 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.

ShowCAIS 2018 will be a fun, glamorous evening at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. 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 will be invited to support the event at a variety of sponsorship levels including the very popular Phoenix Firedragon which underwrites tickets to include teachers and their guests in the fun. Sponsor appeals have been sent to the community electronically; sponsors who reply by March 22 will be included in the official invitation. 


Electronic invitations to ShowCAIS 2018 were sent March 24. RSVP is required and tickets may be purchased online.

Party Sign Ups

Our community boasts serious talent for fun. In March, we invite 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. In April, parents will have the opportunity to secure their places at these popular gatherings.

Call for Wine

CAIS wine offerings are a perennial favorite of the Silent Auction. In February, we will put out a call to the community to stock the wine cellar with parents 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 April 30 and lasting through May 18, all will be 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 will be Saturday, May 12 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The evening promises electrifying items for bidding including the always popular Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten art pieces (which will be previewed in the weeks prior to ShowCAIS). The evening will culminate in Fund-A-Need, an opportunity to come together as a community in support of a special project to be unveiled closer to the event.

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

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


Annual Fund Balloon Arches