Spring Auction & Gala

The Chabot Auction & Gala is a time to come together, celebrate and dance with our community, and fundraise for the school!

  • The Spring Auction runs the week before the Gala and is a chance to bid on all kinds of things from homemade cookies to special event parties to gift cards for favorite Oakland restaurants and retailers. Join the fun March 15 – 22.
  • The Gala is an adults-only social event featuring dinner, drinks, music, dancing, and a live auction for special items. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25, 5-10pm.
  • Contact us to volunteer at the Gala.

KEY AUCTION DATES

Friday, Feb 3 – Gala tickets on sale

Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Online Auction Items finalized

Wednesday, March 15 – Online Auction Begins

Wednesday, March 22 – Online Auction Ends

Saturday, March 25 – Gala with Live Auction

As an important fundraiser for the Chabot PTA, the auction contributes critical funds toward many resources at the school that would not exist without your support. From enrichment classes like art, library, music, and science lab, to direct student supports such as small group reading and math specialists, psychologists, equity and inclusion programming, the Spring Auction and Gala helps Chabot students in many ways. Read more about the Chabot PTA, the programs we support, and reasons we fundraise.

The auction is for our entire parent and staff community with opportunities for EVERYONE to participate. The auction’s success comes from the community’s generous spirit and participation. 

We are looking for items big and small, from vacation homes and tickets to sporting events and performances, to gift cards to local restaurants and retailers, professional services, arts and crafts, and more. Everybody’s participation is valued and every contribution is important. 

Visit the 2023 Chabot Online Auction

Ready to give now? Give direct, 100% tax deductible donations.

To learn more about the auction or for information on how to donate, reach out to the auction team!’

Chabot PTA/ Spring Auction & Gala / FAQ

Chabot Auction Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked auction questions and answers. Please feel free to contact us at auction@chabotelementary.org with any questions you have that are not answered here.

  • Why is the Chabot Auction so important to the PTA?
  • What are the key dates/location for the auction?
  • What is the Online Auction?
  • What is the Gala?
  • How can I help?
  • What can be donated?
  • What exactly does it mean to “host a party
  • Why is the Chabot Auction so important to the PTA?

The Auction is an important part of the Chabot PTA’s budget to fund many of the educational programs and student supports at Chabot. Enrichment programs such as library, art, music, along with key educational supports like in-class small group reading and math specialists, psychologists, and equity and inclusion programs and resources are prioritized to ensure that all students are supported with the best possible learning environment. Read more about the Chabot PTA, the programs we support, and reasons we fundraise here.

The Auction & Gala are also an incredible way to build our Bobcat community. A strong village of parent volunteers work together to make it all happen. The local community, families, extended families, as well as teachers and staff donate goods, services, art, and experiences. And EVERYONE can be part of the FUN – by dancing and socializing at the Gala or bidding on items in the online auction or staffing/volunteering during the day of the event.

What are the key dates/location for the auction?

  • The 2023 Chabot Online Auction will run from March 15 – March 22
  • The 2023 Chabot Gala will be held on Saturday, March 25th 5-10pm, at the Oakland Bridge Yard

What is the Online Auction?

The Online Auction runs March 15-22, before the Chabot Gala. The Online Auction features donations from parents, our community, teachers, staff, and even students! There will be gift certificates to local restaurants and retailers, classes and summer camp offerings, sports and theater tickets, professional services, arts/crafts, homemade treats, and more! We also feature special event parties you can purchase tickets to. Everyone can participate and bid (including family, friends, & neighbors).

What is the Gala?

On March 25th, we will have an adults-only PARTY with dinner, drinks, dancing, and fun! Cocktail hour is followed by a seated dinner, during which the Live Auction takes place. Attendees bid on amazing items. During the Live Auction, attendees also have a chance to “Raise their paddle” to donate money to the school.

How can I help?

  • Volunteer
  • Attend the Gala on March 25th and bid on Live Auction items.
  • Donate items, experiences, your skills or your connections to the auction (100% tax deductible)
  • Host a party.
  • Buy things during the Online Auction March 15-22

What Can Be Donated?

Donations big and small make the Chabot Auction special every year.

Examples include:

  • Use of a vacation home
  • Warriors tickets, baseball tickets, concert tickets
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants or retailers
  • Music/cooking etc. class taught by you or a friend of yours
  • Workplace tours
  • Video game tutorials
  • Wine and wine tastings
  • Art
  • “Host a party”
  • *Reach out to donate an item for the auction. 

What exactly does it mean to “host a party”?

Parent-hosted parties are a big part of the Chabot Auction. As mini fundraising events and community builders, parties raise a significant portion of auction revenue. Parties for parents can range from themed dinner parties, wine tastings, sports outings, and fitness and art classes. Kids’ parties offer kids an opportunity to learn a new craft or skill, take a guided hike, or enjoy an afternoon tea party hosted by someone else’s parents. Parties bring together Chabot community members of all ages who share common interests or just want to relax and have some fun. Many parties are hosted by multiple families, who split the cost and share the planning duties. All party costs are paid by the hosts of the party so that all proceeds go to Chabot. Interested in hosting a party? Email Elise at ekrzyzkowski@gmail.com for more information, to kick around ideas, or to sign up!

Chabot PTA/ Spring Auction & Gala/ Parties

https://www.chabotelementary.org/pta/auction2020__trashed/parties/

Chabot Auction Parities

Auction parties are a huge part of reaching our fundraising goals, and a big contributor to creating community at Chabot. Hosting an event is a fun way to get to know fellow Chabot community members and raise money for our school. Parties for parents can range from themed dinner parties, wine tastings, sports outings, and fitness and art classes. Kids’ parties offer kids an opportunity to learn a new craft or skill, take a guided hike, or enjoy an afternoon tea party hosted by someone else’s parents. Parties bring together Chabot community members of all ages who share common interests or just want to relax and have some fun. Most parties are hosted by multiple families, who split the cost and share the planning duties. There’s no limit to the fun possible at an auction party, the possibilities are endless. 

Here are some past party ideas: 

  • Progressive dinners
  • Comedy night 
  • Kids or adult crafting afternoon 
  • Cooking lessons 
  • Bake off 
  • Wine tasting 
  • Class campout 
  • Themed dance parties 
  • Brunch hikes/bike rides 
  • Family kickball 
  • Bingo party 
  • Movie night (family or drop off)

Just for Kindergarten families…

It is also a Kindergarten tradition to have a Kindergarten-only party in the spring … parties in past years have included a backyard Biergarten with pretzels, beer and bratwurst; a fiesta with a taco truck; and a hosted party playdate at a park. It is a great opportunity for Kindergarten parents to connect and make new friends and celebrate the end of your child’s first year at Chabot! Every year we need to recruit a new group of Kindergarten parents to join forces to host this party. 

Interested in hosting a party? Reach out to our Parties lead, Elise to learn more! 

Please note, to promote community and inclusivity, all parties will have spots reserved for those interested in participating but are unable to donate the ticket price.