ShowCAIS 2020

ShowCAIS 2020 - Virtual Event on Saturday, May 30

ShowCAIS 2020 - Virtual Event May 30 

Now being held Saturday, May 30 online, ShowCAIS 2020 continues to celebrate how much this community adores and supports CAIS teachers. This year’s ShowCAIS theme—Growing our Children’s Dreams—is inspired by the Chinese proverb, 年树谷;十年树木;终身树人。 “If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.” 

Our returning Co-chairs Melanyann Garvin and Jennifer Leong and Auctioneer Scott Robertson will transport you to a tropical oasis for a wild night of dining and bidding to support CAIS! (Literally, Scott will be coming to us live from Florida!) Pair your finest up-top party attire with pajama bottoms to Zoom party with your fellow parents. 

For many years, CAIS’s annual auction gala has played a critical role in helping the school meet its operating budget. Last year’s event drew over 370 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’s also a fantastic time to reconnect with fellow parents and rally (virtually) around the school we love. 

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 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 teachers. Sponsor appeals were sent to the community in early February; sponsors who reply by April 28 will be included in the official invitation. More information about sponsorships can be found here.


Electronic invitations to ShowCAIS 2020 will be sent April 30. RSVP is required to receive the event link/password, but there will be no tickets required this year.

Party Sign Ups

Our community boasts serious talent for fun. In March, we began inviting 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. These gatherings scheduled for the fall will likely be even more popular once we’re all free to move about the Bay Area again!

Call for Wine

CAIS wine offerings are a perennial favorite of the Silent Auction. In February, a call went out 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 May 25 and lasting through May 31, 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 will be on Saturday, May 30 streaming live to your laptops. The evening features electrifying items for bidding and culminates in Fund-A-Need, an opportunity to come together as a community in support of a special project. Last year’s Fund-A-Need effort was earmarked for faculty professional development and parent education in support of the Strategic Vision.

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 the event, please contact Paige Butler in the Advancement Office at


Annual Fund 2019-2020