ShowCAIS 2023 Program

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The Board of Trustees

thanks our teachers and staff for their dedication to CAIS

Evening's Program

6:30 p.m.

Silent Auction begins Reception

Hosted Bar, Cash Bar, Hors D’Oeuvres, and Photo Booth

7:45 p.m.

Silent Auction closes Photo Booth hiatus

7:45 p.m. Dinner in the Grand Ballroom

Welcome from Emcee Laura Lockwood

Thank You from Head of School Jeff Bissell

Remarks from Co-Chairs Didem McCollum and Stefani Wedl

8:40 p.m.


So grateful to the CAIS teachers for teaching all of us.

With love, the Langdoc Family


Passed Appetizers

Lemon Compress Melon, Mozzarella, Balsamic Gel, Basil

Snap Peas Bruschetta, Easter Egg Radish, Herb Ricotta and Lemon Basil Oil

Truffle Brie, Prosciutto, Plum Chutney, Sourdough Crostini


Avocado Caesar Salad

Sweet Gems, Blister Toy Box Tomatoes, Parmesan Crostini Crisps


Crispy Skin Salmon

Brown Butter Kimchi Emulsion, Meyer Lemon Kale, Grilled Peach, Summer Squash


Wild Mushroom Southern Polenta

Soft Poached Egg, Grilled Asparagus

Sundried Tomato, Feta Gremolata


Strawberry Shortcake Tart

Vanilla Tart Shell, Brown Sugar Almond Custard, Strawberry Pudding, Vanilla Cream, Salted Crumble, Fresh Strawberries


海内存知己 天涯若比邻

I know I have a friend in the world who understands me, So despite the distance separating us, it is as if you are still nearby

Thank you for everything, Pam —Jeff

We’re so grateful for CAIS teachers & staff for bringing back the Global Program Taiwan trip! The perfect way to practice CAIS core values!

The Tom family is grateful to the CAIS leadership, faculty, and staff for challenging, instructing, and nurturing generations of lifetime learners. Thank you, CAIS families, for your aweinspiring generosity and support toward CAIS.

Head of School's Message

As Etta James sang, "At laaaast!" After such a long wait, it has felt so good throughout 20222023 to see the return of traditions where we get to connect in person. Just a few of the highlights include:

• parents being able to participate in volunteer efforts at the campuses' Thanksgiving celebrations and special classroom activities,

• the entire community gathering in-person at 19th Avenue for Mass Greeting,

• our 5th, 7th, and 8th graders having life changing trips to Taiwan this spring,

• hosting peers in early childhood education from around the country at our 6th annual ECCIF, and

• gathering again at the Ritz-Carlton tonight!

We certainly didn't of a global health crisis to appreciate these occasions, but they are all the more meaningful now that we all have a visceral understanding of the importance of continuity and connection. This deepened sense of gratitude for being together is one of the enduring silver linings of the pandemic. We've heard it time and again: our community is one of the x-factors that make CAIS exceptional.

In that spirit, I would like to recognize the efforts of ShowCAIS Co-Chairs Didem McCollum and Stefani Wedl, who have led an enthusiastic and dedicated crew of volunteers to make this special evening in support of CAIS (please see page 23)

Tonight we are not only celebrating the faculty and families who are the "secret sauce" of CAIS, we are working to ensure that we Keep Our Community Together. Please be sure to read about our special Fund-A-Need this evening on page 15. Thank you for being part of this vital initiative to honor the commitment we all make to one another.

Thank you Julie Farrell and chaperones for the Global Program this year! It made a life changing, world changing difference to study in Taiwan!

Thank you for a great year, CAIS teachers & community!

The MccolluM FaMily Brady, SaM, dideM, Max, and KanKa

The Schulte Wedl Family

Message from the Co-Chairs

For ShowCAIS Masquerade Ball, we're thrilled to be able to use masks for a bit of mystery and fun (not just as safety gear) and to be back in The Ritz Ballroom! Like so many of you, our first ShowCAIS memories were at The Ritz-Carlton; for families who joined since the pandemic, we're so glad that we're able to bring you back to our gala's elegant "home." Tonight, we are honored to carry the torch passed on by cochairs past and especially glad that we're able to lead Advancement Director Pam Winthrop's 10th and final ShowCAIS. It makes us proud to be part of a fantastic CAIS tradition that blends a great time with an even better cause—our school!

We are grateful for the parents, teachers, and staff who have gone above and beyond to make this evening a success, and we especially want to thank the following:

• The many families who have donated the items and experiences that make up our Live, Silent, and Online Auctions.

• CAIS faculty and staff for graciously helping out with Live Auction items and Party Sign

• Party Sign Up Co-Chairs Jennifer Chan and Jennifer Leong and the Party Sign Up Hosts who created community building events so popular that many sold out in record time (please see page 21).

• Our dedicated parent ShowCAIS Reps for letting everyone know what a great time this will be (please see page 23)

• Our Sponsorship Committee for bringing the vital early support (please see page 23)

• Creative Consultant and Emcee Laura Lockwood for her advice and crowdwrangling abilities.

• DJ Annie Yu for graciously agreeing to keep us all grooving on the dance floor tonight!

Looking through the Live and Silent Auction offerings from families and faculty and the impressive lists of generous sponsors, party hosts, and volunteers, it's so clear how much we care for one another in this community. Many thanks to everyone who has donated time, energy, and resources to make this evening a success!

parent of Max (2nd Grade)

parent of Claire S. (7th Grade)

you CAIS community for 16 amazing years and so many joyful memories!
Gwen, Ernie, Claire (‘19) and Ryan (‘23)

Live Auction

1 Middle School Head for a Day

Take Over the Turk Campus

Your Middle School student will take up the mantle from Mr. Williamson to become the 888 Campus leader! As Middle School Head for the day they can: declare a “No Homework” night, host a lunchtime pizza party with an extended lunch period for the entire middle school, enjoy a private lunch from Nina’s Cafe with several of their friends in the Head’s Office, take the entire division to the Sacred Heart Field first period for a “Tchoukball” game, or even show a movie in The Carroll Family Learning Center in the afternoon.

Generously coordinated by Joe Williamson

2 Wine Country Getaway

3-5 Night Accommodations for 8 People

Drink in these views while lounging poolside during a stay at Tammberlin Vineyards in Santa Rosa. The property sleeps 8 (6 adults and 2 kids) and is centrally located to all the wonders that wine country has to offer.

Blackout dates:

May 12-15, 26-31

June 1-5, 16-19

July 1-5, 26-31

September 1-5

October 6-16

November 2-13, 22-26

December 20-31

Tasting generously donated by Susan Kimberlin and Steven Tamm

3 Tasting Menu for 10 at Birdsong

Dinner with Wine Pairing for 10 Guests

Gather your friends for a six-course tasting menu with wine paring for 10 people in the Starling Room at Birdsong, the Mission hot spot which boasts two Michelin stars. Chef Christopher Bleidorn brings to life the tastes of the season with dishes that are inspired by nature and use ingredients in their most whole form when they are at their best and most flavorful.


Live Auction


Be a B-Ball VIP

Two Courtside Lounge Tix to See the Warriors in Action

Take in a Warriors game next season in the ultimate comfort, including butler service for drinks and food at your seats only 9 rows up from the floor at the Chase Center with access to the exclusive Golden Gate Lounge. Inspired by the interior of a wine barrel, the Lounge features a dramatic vaulted ceiling barrel and an oversized media wall that gives you a clear picture into the arena bowl. Experience incredible hospitality that’s just steps away from the elite seats for the game. A parking pass for the Mercedes Benz garage completes your experience.

Generously donated by Aey Phanachet and Roger Evans

5 Ju-Ni for 10 in Your Home

18-course Omakase dinner and sake service

Bring three-time Michelin Star Chef Geoffrey Lee and the Ju-Ni experience to your home for a champagne and caviar hour, 18-course Omakase dinner, and sake service for 10 people. Every ingredient at Ju-Ni is

meticulously sourced from the best purveyors in the world, with nearly all the fish coming from the world famous Toyosu Market in Japan. Each course is a complete composition woven into a menu that tells a unique story through technique, tradition and evolution.

6 Blue Angels Adventure

Sailing on 41’ Yacht for 8 Guests

Set sail this Fleet Week! Gather your friends and board the “Ry Whitt,” a 41-foot Jeanneau 409 yacht, for a spectacular full day of sailing on the Bay. You’ll have a prime spot to view all of the amazing Blue Angels stunts while enjoying lunch, snacks, and wine. Two families can take in the Fleet Week air show from the perfect vantage on the water while enjoying a day sail and lunch on a private yacht. Accommodates eight guests.

Fleet Week 2023 is October 7-8.

Generously donated by Alexander Pugh and Ingrid Paulson


Thanks to the CAIS Faculty and staff for an extraordinary effort on behalf of all our children.

A special thanks to the dedicated teachers, Song, Morris, Teng, Gonzalez, Willa, Scharich, Taylor, Douglass & ChunTakahara.

Congratulations to the CAIS 5th Grade on their exciting and highly successful trip to Taiwan!

Special thanks to the amazing Julie Farrell and the stellar chaperone team of Jessica Gerson, Daniel Fettinger, Yinzhu (Annie) Liu, Tiffany Long, and Jing-Tying (Teresa) Shyu

Serena Jia Han and Cary Carpenter Parents of Cyrus Carpenter


Keeping Our Community Together

When you think of CAIS, does your mind go first to a collection of rooms or particular schoolwork? Most likely the first thing you picture are people: your child and their teachers, your child and their friends, your fellow parent friends! Sure, program and place are important components of your families’ experience, but the most critical piece is the people who become such an important part of your lives. This fact is even more apparent as we appreciate our community connections even more following the pandemic.

Enrolling a student at CAIS is a special commitment to partner with a family for the long haul. A CAIS education is integrally tied to the experience with the peers and families and faculty who are here today and throughout a child’s time at the school. For the sake of all CAIS families, it is vital to preserve our community and make sure that everyone who is here can stay here regardless of financial circumstances.

Over the years, the Board of Trustees has implemented programs that underscore this important fact: every person in our community makes an impact. In 2018 we moved to an Adjusted Tuition model, a key initiative to make the full CAIS experience available to our whole community. Today, one out of five CAIS families pays Adjusted Tuition.

The majority of ShowCAIS proceeds support the annual operating budget, but each year

Fund-A-Need dollars are earmarked to an extraordinary opportunity that can bridge multiple years and falls outside of annual expenditures.

The special purpose for ShowCAIS FundA-Need this year is Keeping Our CAIS Community Together. FundA-Need will be earmarked to supercharge the Adjusted Tuition budget in light of inflation and economic pressures.

“Special thanks to the teachers and staff who made this amazing trip and lifelong memories happen for our kids!”
—Chloe Kweon, Sean Sullivan, and Derek (5th grade)


P latinum ($25,000)

Board of Trustees

Paul and Helene Kocher

Gold ($10,000)

Ernest Chow and Gwen Hinze

John and Denyse Langdoc

Darren Schulte and Stefani Wedl

S ilver ($5,000)


Ian Burns & Judith Sim and James Chu & Andrea Sim

CAIS Pelomoms

Rick Gutierrez and Fanny Zha

George and Eileen Horng

Jonathan Howe and Alison Huang

Jon and Velma Mayeda

Didem and Brady McCollum

Karine and Tanguy Serra

Sara Roberts and Joerg Schumann

Sean Sullivan and Chloe Kweon

Christopher and Joyce Tom

T eacher T able ($3,000)


Daniel Burkhardt and Kathleen Liu

Cary Carpenter and Serena Jia Han

Austin and Angie Chang

Susan Cheng and Alex Woo

Steve Chiang and Sandy Lin-Chiang

Kyle and Rebecca Doherty

Domingo Guerra and Yvonne Chiu

Sam Huynh and Nicki Vong

Bryant Jenkins and Liyun Li

Anne and John Katzenmeyer

Mike Lee and U-Wen Kok

Jennifer Leong and John Wang

Andrew Lieberman and Lily Lin

Ben Lui and Karen Lai

The Remy Mediratta Fan Club

Scott Miller and Laura Lockwood

Jimmy and Justine Nguyen

Evan Tana and Kyna Fong

James and Grace Wong

Jon Xu and Jane Ly

Brandon Yoder and Catherine Sanger

Bronze ($2,000)

Sherilyn Adams and Elaine Teoh

Jeffrey Bissell

Darrin Chang and Irene Sung

Deborah and Daniel Chang

Andrew and Eleanor Chen

Eric and Melanyann Garvin

Matthew Giang and Jacquelyn Coo

Viet Nguyen and Monica Louie

Matthew Werdegar and Monique Schaulis



Schumann-Roberts Family Loves CAIS

Sponsors (continued)

Jade ($1,000)

Winnie Aoieong and Michael Coates

Yat-Pang and Helina Au

Paul Barr and Mei Qi Tan

Erik Burgio and Molly Tang

Douglas Cameron and Sharon Chen

Matthew Campbell and Marsha Jong

Michael and Agnes Chow

Jeffrey Chu and In Jung Yang

Nam Doan-Huy and Wendy Peters

Tony Dorie and Charlene Chen

Robert Edmonds and Vivian Lee

Matt Hargett and Geoff Huang

Michael Huang and Jane Guan

Billy Hwan and Charlie O’Leary

Donna and Brandon Kampschuur

Patrick and Cynthia Kinzley

David Lee and Irene Cheng

Tony Lee and Sze Ki Pat

Ronald and Chantel Lewis

Ning Liang and Diana Sun

Benjamin Lu and Lucy Wang

Lidiya Lukashova and Sergiy Synyanskyy

Arjun Mukherjee and Sowmya Shantharam

Philippe Phuong and Lisa Lee

Tim Ryan and Sumi Das Ryan

Chang She and Bingbing Feng

Jack Shih and Vincent Ko

Min Yaw Thian and Laura Hong

Shelley Tsang and Brandon Chen

Steven Verhaverbeke and Soyeba Ahmed

Sharon Wang and Peter Shiau

Eric and Samantha Westien

Jason Wong and Shirley Fong

Adeel and Laurel Yang

Jon and Diana Yang

Tien-An Yang

P hoenix F iredragon ($500)

MuXing Chen and Jingni Zhao (2)

Christopher and Lily Cheng

David Chou and Ayse Cinaroglu (2)

William M. Clemens

James Ferguson and Christine Wan

Cat Foo and Aaron Bastian

Emily Han and Alexey Rivkin

Erik and Emmy Hansen (2)

Andrew and Jazabel Ho

Pete Kazanjy and Tracy Moeller

Kasey and Nina Lee

Tony Lee and Sze Ki Pat

Christopher and Helen Lim

Michael A. Lynch and Lilian Kim Lynch

Live Auction Donors

Susan Kimberlin and Steven Tamm

Aey Phanachet and Roger Evans

Alexander Pugh and Ingrid Paulson

Joe Williamson

Silent Auction Donors


Hafner Vineyard

Lan Jaenicke

Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

The Market on Market

Orin Swift Cellars

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Tammberlin Vineyards

Tan Truong


Party Sign Up Hosts

JiYoung Park

Eileen Horng, Kathy Fang, Eleanor Chen, Jennifer Chan, Kate Sanger, Renee Fong

Renee Fong

Stephanie Wedl and Darren Schulte

Cat Foo and Aaron Bastian

Emily Applegate, Hart Eddy, Jessica Gerson, Kevin Lee, Ron Morris

Amelia Bell and Chichi Su

Orina Lee

Jacqueline Coo and Grace Chiu

Yuka Tomita and Minji Kim

Hannah Silverstein, Elizabeth Radravu,

Special Thanks

Charlene Chen

Joanne Lin

Annie Yu Volunteers


Didem McCollum

Stefani Wedl

Sponsorship Committee

Bettina Glenning

Eileen Horng

Denyse Clancy Langdoc

Lily Lin

Anne Katzenmeyer

Velma Mayeda

Stefani Wedl

Haim Zaltzman

Creative Consultant and Emcee

Laura Lockwood

Party Sign Ups Co-Chairs

Jennifer Chan

Jennifer Leong

ShowCAIS Class Representatives

Soyeba Ahmed

Tasce and Zack Bongiovanni

Renee Fong

Eleanor Lu

Didem McCollum

Arjun Mukherjee

Sumi Das Ryan

Christine Wan

Stefani Wedl


With deep gratitude for the teachers and the staff and the life changing experience of CAIS.

Hugo, Julian, Deb, & Daniel Chang thank the CAIS teachers & staff!
“Thanks to CAIS for giving us 11 life changing years!”
—Henry, Matt, Monique, and Sena
THE ADAMS-TEOH FAMILY “CAIS has the best teachers in the world.” —Ella

In-Kind Donors

ABADA Capoeira San Francisco

Alcatraz City Cruises

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

Asian Art Museum

Barry’s Bootcamp Marina

Bi-Rite Family of Businesses

Byington Vineyard & Winery

California State Railroad Museum Foundation

Canyon Market

Cartoon Art Museum

Charles M. Schulz Museum

Children’s Creativity Museum

Children’s Musical Theater San Jose

City Arts and Lectures

Cole Hardware

Computer History Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Dashe Cellars

Eliot Smith Tiger Basketball Camp

Farm Fresh To You

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Fog City Dog Lodge and Daycare

Goat Hill Pizza

Green Apple Books

Gymtowne Gymnastics

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Hiller Aviation Museum

Holistic Saige

Honig Vineyard & Winery

Inspire Music

It’s Yoga, Kids

Joshua Ets-Hokin

Lawrence Hall of Science

Lindsay Wildlife Experience


Movement San Francisco

Mozzarella Di Bufala

Naked Wines

Oakland Zoo

One Martial Arts

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Pacific Pinball Museum

Pet Food Express

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company


Presidio Bowling Center

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco Children’s Art Center

San Francisco Fencers Club

San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy

San Francisco Zoo

Schumacher Photography

Sloat Garden Center

Sonoma Raceway

Standard 5&10 Ace

Total Wine & More

Urban Putt

Many thanks to the cais faculty for all of their hard work



Wearing our hearts on our sleeves to say, “We’ll always be Firedragons at heart!”

—Melanyann, Eric, Pryce, and Pryor Garvin

(7th) (1st) Li-Jenkins.

Thank you Ms. K, Yang Lao Shi, Wei Wen Lao Shi, and Ms. Yu for a wonderful Kindergarten year. We are so grateful to be a part of this wonderful CAIS community! Love, The Nguyen Family (Charlie (6 yo), Theodore (2 yo), Viet, and Monica)

Best wishes to CAIS from Scott, Laura, and Henry (6th)

Thank you CAIS teachers for all your hard work!

—The Chang Family Austin, Angie, Miles and Tito

ThankYou CAIStothelovely


&community! Weappreciateall thatyoudo!FromtheNguyenFamily

Thank you to the inspiring CAIS teachers, diligent admins, and supportive community for an amazing year

Kayden (age 4), Kieran (10 mo), and Brady (56 in dog years)

We truly appreciate CAIS teachers for your dedication in our kids’ education.

To our wonderful teachers, we can't express enough how much we appreciate your hard work and commitment to Thank

With immense respect and deep gratitude for the 2nd Grade teachers, from 2nd Grade Gold
Sandy and Steve Chiang
you for a decade of
teaching and support!—Michael Ting and