Saturday, February 24th, 5:00-10:30PM
SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street
The Creative Arts Hearts for the Arts Gala Auction is 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 two rockin’ DJs
- 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
- 50/50 Raffle Every ticket purchased goes in the pot and the winner splits the pot with CACS
- Angel tickets We want everyone to come to the auction. Be an angel, purchase an extra ticket to help offset the cost of Teacher/Staff/Angel ticket offerings
- Childcare provided by our experienced, wonderful After School staff
TICKETS will be on sale soon! When you get your tickets, you can also SIGN UP FOR CHILDCARE and get two different kinds of RAFFLE tickets. Back by popular demand, each ticket includes one BOTTOMLESS SOUVENIR WINE GLASS (for free-flowing beer/soda/wine/whatever all night). As our honored guests, we are offering TEACHERS and STAFF one COMPLIMENTARY TICKET to the auction each. No deadline for signup.
CHILDCARE: Kids will be having their own party upstairs at our on-site childcare from 5-10pm, supervised by our After School team: fun stuff like crafts & games, pizza dinner & snacks, movies sleepover-style, and hanging out with friends. More info will be emailed to registrants a few days before the event. Childcare questions to Ellen [email protected] Childcare is $25 per child (must be at least 4 years old), and can be purchased when you buy your Gala Auction tickets online. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY, because childcare space is limited and there are no night-of walk ins. (No refunds available on childcare spots. Unused childcare will become a donation.)
CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE GALA? You can still support the auction by buying raffle tickets, angel tickets, and by making a tax-deductible donation. Also, stay tuned for more info on our online-only auction, coming soon.
What’s Happening at the Auction This Year?
NEW! Online-Only Auction
We’ve heard your feedback, and we agree! There’s always too much good stuff on the auction floor. So, this year we’re going to offer a separate Online-Only Auction that will run for a few weeks, and will feature a large selection of our silent auction items. This will give you more time to shop and allow everyone, even those who can’t attend the auction, a chance to join in.
Silent Auction at the Gala
The silent auction at our Gala event will have a 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 at the Gala
The biggest and the best of our auction items. Don’t miss the chance to bid on trips, works of art, and much, much more!
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!
Count-Me-Ins are a growing tradition here at Creative Arts. At some schools, these are the most lucrative auction items and we’re hoping to see these continue to grow at CACS as huge money makers and community builders.
Need help putting your great ideas onto a donation form? Have a question or want to brainstorm ideas? Comment on this post or contact our fabulous new Count-Me-In Captain, at [email protected]
Fill up your wine cellar! Enter for a chance to win a ton of wine hand-selected by the CACS community.
Every ticket purchased goes in the pot and the winner splits the pot with CACS.
SILVER and GOLD STAR Silent Auction Raffles
If your bidder number is on line four of one of our silent bid sheets you are automatically entered into a raffle for the Silver Star Prize (tbd). If your bidder number is on line nine of one of our silent bid sheets you are automatically entered into a raffle for the Gold Star Prize (tbd). Even if you are outbid on an item you are still entered into the drawings if your bidder number was on either line four or nine.
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 Robbie Socks
- Silent Auction begins
- Childcare opens
- 5:30pm A Little Scene Flip Books photo booth opens
- 7:15pm Silent Auction closing begins
- 7:15 ORANGE section closes
- 7:20 YELLOW section closes
- 7:25 GREEN section closes
- 7:30pm Live Auction begins!
- Welcome from Fernando
- Auctioneer Gary Lorentzen takes the stage
- Raffle winners announced
- CACS Middle School Band performs
- Dessert and coffee offered
- 9:00pm Check-out opens
- Music by DJ Dad Beats
- 10:00pm Childcare closes
- 11:00pm Doors close
We always have COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS AVAILABLE, so please let us know by a week before the Gala if you’d like one (or know of someone who does). Included with the ticket guests will enjoy great food, drinks, community, and dance the night away!
Creative Arts Community: How You Can Contribute?
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 [email protected]
$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: [email protected]
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.
Please submit your donations by Friday, January 27, 2017.
Submit Fun Pictures from School
Do you have any good shots that you’ve taken at school this year? Please send fun pictures of school life to us ASAP to be included in a slideshow that will be played during the silent auction, courtesy of our very own DJ Robbie Socks. Thanks, all!
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), anytime you have a free moment. We’re in here most days leading up to the auction. We always have tons of jobs, big and small, that we can use help with (entering donations, taking or finding pictures online for donations, deleting old donors from database, 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. Getting as close to 100% participation as possible is a core goal of the Annual Fund. 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.