A Guide to ShowCAIS 2018
Held this year on Saturday, May 12 at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, ShowCAIS 2018 celebrated how much this community adores and supports CAIS teachers.
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 over 370 people and raised over $1,200,000 to support the mission of our school. 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 indulge in fashion and fun and have a blast with other parents.
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!
Families are 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.
Party Sign Ups
Our community boasts serious talent for fun. In March, we invited 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. You may sign up for Party Sign Ups here.
Call for Wine
CAIS wine offerings are a perennial favorite of the Silent Auction. In February, we put out a call to the community to stock the wine cellar with parents donating bottles of their choice recommendations.
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 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 Saturday, May 12 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The evening featured electrifying items for bidding including the always popular Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten art pieces (previewed in the weeks prior to ShowCAIS). The evening will 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 was earmarked to continue renovations at the Oak Campus.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ShowCAIS 2018 Co-Chairs
Since co-chairing ShowCAIS last year, Kim Burns (Anna, 4th Grade; Gus, Kindergarten) has sold her business, Flourish Foods, and is now furthering her education in real estate. At CAIS Kim has been Co-Head Room Parent for Pre-K, Co-Chair for PAECE and a parent volunteer with the admissions department. She continues as Head Room Parent and FSA Parent Liaison (both for Kindergarten) and is excited to return as a part of the ShowCAIS 2018 team.
Laura Lockwood (Henry M., First Grade) is currently a full-time mommy with past experience in marketing for Apple and animation production for DreamWorks (Shrek 1 & 2). Laura hit the ground running in Henry’s first year at CAIS in Pre-K 3 as a Room Parent, and continues as a Room Parent for CAIS First Grade. She has organized the FSA Holiday Faire gingerbread house activity for the past four years and is looking to build on last year’s success as ShowCAIS Co-Chair again.
Party Sign Ups Chair
Pre-Kindergarten: Melanyann Garvin and Cindy Wang
Kindergarten: Sandy Chen and CK Karkhanis
1st Grade: Sara Pasquinelli
2nd Grade: Vivian Lee
3rd Grade: Heather Madden
4th Grade: Wendy Lai
5th Grade: Lisa Greene
Middle School: Stephanie Reynaga and Shirley Tse