Hearts for the Arts Benefit
Saturday, February 24th, 2024, 5pm-10pm

SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street

The Hearts for the Arts Benefit is Creative Arts Charter School’s biggest event of the year. An annual tradition, the benefit is an incredible evening of community, friends and food, featuring a silent auction, live auction and paddle raise, as well student works and performances that are not to be missed. Funds raised support the only arts-integrated, project-based public school in San Francisco!


Benefit highlights include:

  • Dinner, drinks, and desserts
  • Live and Silent Auctions featuring incredible adventures, student artwork and local designs from our generous supporters*
  • Entertainment including student performances and a rockin’ DJ


*If you have a product, a craft, or a service to donate – or know someone who does – we’d love to know! You may submit your donation online at our Benefit site, fill out a paper form (these will be available in December 2023), or contact CACSBenefit@gmail.com for more information.

TICKETS will be available in January 2024. 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 BENEFIT? You can still support the auction by making a tax-deductible donation. Our Silent Auction will be available online for all who want to bid!

Creative Arts Charter School is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID: 94-3205197). Contributions to organizations with 501(c)(3) status may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax professional to determine deductibility.

What’s Happening at the Benefit This Year?

Silent Auction

The silent auction will open in mid-February and continue – with items on display – at our event. All bidding is online at https://cacs.cbo.io People can bid on and win items from the event floor or from their couch: everyone can participate in our mobile-only auction! We 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 at Hearts for the Arts.

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 CACSBenefit@gmail.com.



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!

Benefit 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
    • Silent Auction open for bidding
  • 5:30pm Photo Booth opens
  • 7:00pm Silent Auction closing begins
    • 7:00 1st section closes
    • 7:10 2nd section closes
    • 7:20 3rd section closes
  • 7:30pm Live Program begins!
    • Welcome from Fernando
    • Live Auction
    • Raffle winners announced
  • 8:30pm
    • Music resumes
    • Dessert!
  • 9:00pm Check-out opens
    • Dance party!
  • 10:00pm Childcare closes
  • 11:00pm Doors close


CACS Community: How You Can Contribute?

Help Us Get Donations


Grab the forms from the office (available by December 2023 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 child’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 you/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 submit your service online at cacs.cbo.io.


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,” “Backyard Movie Night,” “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, PDF, AI or JPG format artwork to CACSBenefit@gmail.com subject line “Program Ad”

$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 beverages 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 over 300 families, the program at the event, and in any signage they’d like at the event. Send any ideas our way: CACSBenefit@gmail.com.

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 Benefit headquarters in the back corner of the teachers’ lounge near the Kindergarten classrooms. Then, check out the great selection on the wine raffle table on Benefit night. Enter for a chance to win a ton of wine hand-selected by the CACS community.


Donation Deadline

Please submit your donations (online or via paper form) by Friday, February 2, 2024.

All physical items should be dropped to CACS by Friday, February 9, 2024.


Volunteer at the Event

Sign up for a volunteer shift for the event: jobs will be posted on Volunteer Tracker continually until the Benefit (including post-event jobs).

  • Check back in the late fall/early winter for position postings.


Join the Benefit Crew

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

Come visit us at Benefit HQ (the corner of the storage room across from the Kindergarten 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 (CACSBenefit@gmail.com) 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 Benefit?

Supporting the Annual Fund and the Benfit

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 Benefit. The cost of our program above the money we receive from the state is more than $380,000.

What does the $380,000 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 a Benefit?

Because it is so much fun! Yes, the Benefit raises vital funds for our school, but the heart of it 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 event, we dress up, eat, drink, shop, and bond with our fellow Creative Arts families and extended families; as we prepare for the Benefit and reach out for donations, we are forming mutually supportive relatiaonships 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 from 2023!

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.