Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 5-11PM

SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street

Please join us at the Creative Arts Hearts for the Arts Benefit and Celebration, our biggest event of the year. Funds raised support the only arts-integrated, project-based public school in San Francisco!

Here’s a preview of some of the fabulousness to expect:

  • Dinner, drinks, and desserts from some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants
  • Dancing with a rockin’ DJ and live performances
  • Live auction featuring unique adventures and student artwork
  • Silent auction of donations from our generous supporters
  • The extras are fabulous, and include:
    • Bottomless souvenir wine glass Commemorative wine glass complete with bottomless beverages all night!
    • Wine raffle Fill up your wine cellar! Enter for a chance to win a ton of wine hand-selected by the CACS community
    • 1000-for-100 raffle Tickets are $100 each with a limit of 100 sold and the winner gets $1,000!
    • Donation tickets We want everyone to come to the auction. Be a hero and purchase an extra ticket to help offset the cost of Teacher/Staff/Flexible-Price ticket offerings

TICKETS will be available soon. Back by popular demand, our NAME-YOUR-OWN-PRICE tickets include a BOTTOMLESS SOUVENIR WINE GLASS (for free-flowing beer/soda/wine/whatever all night). 

CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE GALA? You can still support the auction by making a tax-deductible donation. Also, stay tuned for more info on our online-only auction, coming soon.

Creative Arts Charter School non-profit tax ID#94-320-5197

What’s Happening at the Auction This Year?

Silent Auction

The silent auction will open online and continue online at our event. People can bid on and win items from the event floor or from their couch: everyone can participate in our first-ever mobile-only auction! We will have a pared-down, but still great variety of items across all price points, including things like restaurant gift certificates, fun outings, all of the artwork, student art, and other awesome one-of-a-kind items you’ve come to expect.


Live Auction

For the first time ever, event attendees and virtual guests will all be able to participate in the live auction! Don’t miss the chance to bid on trips, works of art, and more!



Count-Me-In Parties

Count-Me-Ins are parties hosted by the CACS community for the CACS community. A Count-Me-In can be any sort of party or event you’d like to host/co-host with as many other families as you’d like. Consider getting your whole class or grade to do one together.

It can be extravagant or simple: a six-course, home-cooked meal or just drinks and pretzels! You can max out the guests at either 4 or 400! Anything goes. Every dollar you raise goes directly to the school!

Need help putting your great ideas onto a donation form? Have a question or want to brainstorm ideas? Contact us at




Wine Raffle

Fill up your wine cellar! Enter for a chance to win a ton of wine hand-selected by the CACS community.

1000-for-100 Raffle

1000-for-100 raffle Tickets are $100 each with a limit of 100 sold and the winner gets $1,000!

Stay tuned for more fun raffle and game opportunities during the live auction!


Auction Night Schedule


We hope you can join us all night, but if you only have a few hours, check the schedule below and make sure you don’t miss out on the parts that are the most important to you.


  • 5:00pm Welcome!
    • Bar & buffet open
    • Music by DJ Dad Beats
    • Silent Auction begins
  • 5:30pm Photo Booth opens
  • 7:15pm Silent Auction closing begins
    • 7:15 1st section closes
    • 7:20 2nd section closes
    • 7:25 3rd section closes
  • 7:30pm Live Auction begins!
    • Middle school dancers perform
    • Welcome from Fernando
    • Auctioneer takes the stage
    • Raffle winners announced
  • 8:30pm
    • CACS 7th Grade Band performs
    • Dessert offered
  • 9:00pm Check-out opens
    • Dance party with DJ Dad Beats
  • 11:00pm Doors close



Creative Arts Community: How You Can Contribute?

Help Us Get Donations


Grab the forms from the office (or print them from here) and carry them with you. The most successful categories for our past auctions are: wine, restaurants, travel, sports, summer camp, and entertainment.
Reach out to any business you know or would like to know!
When asking merchants to donate goods/gift certificates, remind them that you are asking on behalf of the kids! You could say, “I was wondering if you’d be interested in supporting my daughter’s public school with a donation to our auction.”
Don’t be shy! Many businesses rely on word-of-mouth referrals, visibility and community goodwill to help bring in customers. It’s a win/win; they are helping us, but we are helping them, too–and it’s tax deductible.
Follow up. It never hurts to check in again. Making it easy by calling in a friendly reminder and assisting with filling out or submitting forms always helps.


Donate Your Own Goods and/or Services

Donate your own works of art or goods/services from your small business. Items from within our own community are always extra valued. Have an exciting, brand-new item at your house that you’d like to donate? Talk to us. Maybe it’s something that would sell well. Use the attached donation form or grab one from the office.


Host or Co-Host a Count-Me-In

Host an event, raise money and deepen your connections with our community. Some Count-Me-In ideas include: “CACS Poker Night,” “Thriller Flash Mob Lessons,” “Cooking Class,” “Scavenger Hunt”. You decide the event, the date, the number of people and the cost-per-person. Get more ideas for parties!

Perhaps you want to host a Count-Me-In, but you don’t have the bandwidth to organize it all yourself, or maybe you just can’t come up with an idea. Our committee can help to pair you up with a Co-Host from CACS, or provide creative ideas for an event or party.

Advertise In Our Event Program!

Did you know that you or your company can advertise in our event program? Promote your business, an upcoming event, or celebrate a student with an ad in our event program! Please submit payment with your donation form and send 300dpi, RGB color, JPEG format artwork to
$250/Full Page (5.5”w x 8.5”h)
$150/Half Page (5.5”w x 4.25”h)

Solicit Wine and Food Sponsorships for the Event

Know anyone who’d be into supporting our auction by donating wine or food? We’d happily promote their business in any way that works for them: on our event website, in our marketing collateral, in biweekly emails to our community of 440 families, the program at the event, and in any signage they’d like at the event. Send any ideas our way:

Wine Raffle Donations

Bring in a bottle (or a few, or a case!) of your favorite wine to donate to our wine raffle. Drop them off in the office or auction headquarters in the back corner of the teachers’ lounge. Then, check out the great selection on the wine raffle table on auction night. Enter for a chance to win a ton of wine hand-selected by the CACS community.


Donation Deadline

Please submit your donations by Wednesday, April 27, 2022.


Volunteer at the Event
Sign up for a volunteer shift for the event: jobs will be posted a week or two before the Gala Auction. Keep an eye out as the event approaches.


Join the Auction Crew

Join the Auction Crew
Help the auction crew! Become a valued member of our auction committee or just help out here and there (either way, you’d be so valued). We love ideas and helpers!

Come visit us at Auction HQ (the corner of the storage room across from the 1st grade classrooms, by the Turk St entrance), on Fridays after drop off. We always have tons of jobs, big and small, that we can use help with (entering donations, taking or finding pictures online for donations, making follow-up calls). Drop by for an hour and see what fun we are! Or, send us an email and we can hook you up with jobs you can do at home (washing wine glasses and tablecloths, stuffing envelopes, proofreading auction catalog entries). 


Why the Annual Fund and the Auction?

Supporting the Annual Fund and the Auction

As you know, state funding provides for the basics of the public school education received at Creative Arts Charter School.  The margin of excellence, our wonderful arts program, comes directly from your gifts to and participation in our two biggest fundraising initiatives: the Annual Fund and the Auction. The cost of our program above the money we receive from the state is $400,000.

What does the $400,000 give you?

  • Our entire arts program, which is what’s at the core of what’s valuable at this school.
    • Director of Arts
    • Visual arts teacher
    • Music teacher
    • Dance teacher
    • Middle school theater teacher
    • Visiting resident artists
  • What does that money include?
    • All of these teachers and everything they need to create a full and vibrant program for our kids.

Why an Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is where our community gets to shine and show our collective spirit of generosity. The important thing about the Annual Fund is not how much you give, but that each family participates in whatever way is meaningful to them. Your involvement generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join in. Additionally, when we reach out for foundation and corporate sponsorships our community participation rate is an indicator to them that the school is strong, valued, and worthy of support.

Why an Auction?

Because it is so much fun! Yes, the Auction raises vital funds for our school, but the heart of the Auction is a chance to celebrate our community and all of the hard work that we do. It’s also a wonderful chance for us to form community: during the auction, we dress up, eat, drink, shop, and bond with our fellow Creative Arts families and extended families; as we prepare for the auction and reach out for donations, we are forming mutually supportive relationships with local businesses and professionals.

Our community is built on involvement and we thank you for all that you do.

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Creative Arts Charter School’s is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.


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