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Bid & Bash

Thank you for your support of CDS' Sliding Scale Tuition Program and the Community Library at Bid & Bash 2019: Where the Wild Things Are!

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Our annual auction and fundraiser was held on Friday, March 29 at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco’s historic North Beach Neighborhood. Each year the auction proceeds will enable us to make a substantial commitment to CDS’ sliding scale program. Each year CDS allocates $3 million for almost a third of our students, making our school a leader in socio-economic diversity among San Francisco independent schools.
Bid and Bash features an online and live auction as well as a paddle raise (Fund A Need). All CDS families are invited to this event with all proceeds benefiting our sliding scale tuition program. FAQs about the event can be found here

Bid & Bash Donations:

Support CDS’ sliding scale program by donating an item or experience. Donations from the CDS community make up the majority and often the best of our auction items. Host an event/party, organize a unique experience, offer a stay in a vacation home, donate event tickets, contribute goods and services, or be creative!
If you’re still wondering what you might want to donate, here are some inspirations:
Share your passion
  • Teach a sport
  • Host a party
  • Offer a cooking class
  • Bring families together
  • Provide design services
  • Bake cookies
Share something you have
  • Gift cards
  • Bottles of wine & champagne
  • Vacation homes
  • Tickets to sporting events
  • Artwork
  • Airline miles
Inspire others
Ask your favorite restaurant and shops if they will donate an item to CDS. Local shops and restaurants support our community. Fill out this form to donate an item. 
  • Restaurants
  • Retail shops
  • Gym, spa, hair stylists
  • Celebrity, author, chef
  • Hotels
  • Special attractions

Underwrite the Event! 

Sponsorships are vital to the success of CDS’ auction. There is a variety of sponsorship giving levels that include a prime reserved table or reserved seating, ads in the auction program, brand recognition on the auction site, and champagne. Know a few CDS parents who work at Google or Salesforce or Levi’s? See if that employer will sponsor a table for you and your CDS colleagues. It’s an opportunity for the business community to give back. Sponsorship donations, excluding the cost of dinner tickets, may be tax deductible.

Underwriting is another way to support the auction and help cover expenses, thereby increasing the event’s proceeds to benefit sliding scale tuition. Underwriting donations are 100% tax deductible. If you're interested in underwriting the event, please see our underwriting form here

To learn more about underwriting or to become an auction sponsor, please see our sponsorship packet here. Please note that you can also ask your employer/business/organization to match you in your sponsorship. If you are interested in more information, please email

We Need Your Help!

The auction is a great community-building event. We need the support from the entire CDS community in the form of volunteer time, auction donations of items and experiences, and sponsorships. Whether you’re able to chair a committee, write copy, design materials, help set up the day of the event  or volunteer to sell raffle tickets one morning during drop-off, there are jobs of all sizes to make the event a continued success. Please consider being one of our auction volunteers. Simply email our advancement team and we’ll find the perfect role for you. Please contact Simone Octigan at 415-861-5432 x357 or for more info.

Donate an item to Bid & Bash 2019 here.

Give & Sponsor online here.

Important Documents:

2019 CMI & Grade Experiences Calendar

2019 Maestro RSVP Tips! 

2019 Auction Item Donation Form

2019 Sponsorship & Underwriting Form

2019 Bid & Bash FAQs

2019 About CDS Grade Experiences

2019 Corporate Sponsorship Packet

2019 Wish List