Annual Spring Gala
In the Spring, we hold our annual Gala fundraising event. This is an opportunity for the community to come together for a semi-formal evening with dinner and auctions to support and celebrate the work of the DSCBA.
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The 2023 Silver Jubilee will be held at the historic Claremont Club & Spa, on Saturday, May 6th, 2023, where we will celebrate 25 years serving the community and our gratitude for a generous community that keeps us thriving.The evening will include dinner, live auction, and dancing to popular local cover band Urban Sky. We are also happy to welcome back Mark Ibanez, retired KTVU Channel 2 - Sports Director, as Master of Ceremonies.The Jubilee is our largest annual fundraiser with a goal of raising over $200,000 to sustain vital programs and support services.
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2022 Power of Love Spring Gala
Power of Love 2022 Gala
The power of love was evident as DSCBA hosted the first in-person Gala since 2019 due to the pandemic. We loved seeing new and familiar faces and getting the chance to interact with everyone.
Leading up to the Gala, an online auction was held April 14-24, 2022 with 320 fantastic packages donated from the very generous community that helped raise $26,660 to support the DSCBA. Thank you to all the bidders who participated!
On May 7, 2022, nearly 200 attendees donned some groovy ‘60’s party attire for the “Power of Love 2022 Gala” at the beautiful and historic Diablo Country Club. The colorful tie dye shirts, bell bottoms and floral outfits set the tone for a fun and exciting event! The evening began with hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting offered by VIP Wine Sponsors, Las Positas Vineyards, Mauritson Wines and Rotta Winery. Attendees also participated in a wine pull and silent auction featuring delectable local desserts, fantastic wine baskets, sports collectibles and more. Those who purchased Golden Drawing tickets got a chance to win an amazing travel package that included $500 Southwest Gift Card AND $500 Marriott Bonvoy gift card.
We were honored to have Mark Ibanez, former KTVU Channel 2 Sports Director, back for the 7th time as MC. The program began when DSCBA Executive Director, Nancy LaBelle, entered the stage to the 1967 hit by The Turtles, “So Happy Together”. Nancy engaged the crowd in a sing along which started the celebration off right as we were truly SO HAPPY to be together in person again! Nancy went on to talk about the pivot to virtual programming and the vast impact the DSCBA has made during the pandemic with the help of a very generous community, amazing volunteers and a dedicated staff. Nancy was emotional as she talked about the importance of keeping families connected to each other as well as members with Down syndrome connected to their peers/friends which she stated is one of the most important things we do.
Bob Stolz and Juliet Don from Chevron, our Inspire Sponsor, presented the organization with a $21,890 donation made possible through coin boxes placed in Chevron stations. They have been a community partner for over 13 years, and we are truly grateful for the continued support!
Testimonials from the “The Power of Connection” video said it all as attendees watched how DSCBA empowers, inspires and supports the whole family. WATCH VIDEO HERE And speaking of “connection”, that was the focus of this year’s Fund-A-Need cash paddle raise which reached $45,180 thanks to many generous supporters. It’s never too late to donate any amount CLICK HERE. These funds will allow DSCBA to:
- Connect families to resources and other families
- Provide one-of-a-kind programs for all ages
- Continue essential support services for the entire family
- Bring opportunities for empowerment and growth through education
- Develop strategic alliances with education, medical and mental health communities
Community Impact Awards were presented to individuals who inspired us with their dedicated and exemplary service to members with Down syndrome and their families.
A lively LIVE auction followed with paddle battles for some incredible packages that included Jet to Jersey Getaway on Alaska Airlines, Overnight Wine Country Package, Caymus Wine Tasting and Signed Magnums, Salesforce Tower Tour, Dinner Parties and more that brought in over $22,000!
After dinner and the auction, attendees danced the night away at a ‘60’s theme Dance Party with some fab music with DJ Aaron. They were treated to a sweet candy favor on their way out.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THESE SPONSORS WHO MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE:
$10k Inspire Sponsor:
$5k Support Sponsor:
- Fremont Bank
$3k Connect Sponsor:
- Fusselman Family
$1k Friend Sponsors:
- Summit Financial
- Feldman Law Group
Flower Power Sponsors:
- Classic Pumpkin Patch
- EUV Tech
- The Harkins Clan
- Rick & Nancy LaBelle
- Prestige Printing
- David & Lexi Ravarino
- Remy Box Family
VIP Wine Sponsors:
- Las Positas Winery
- Mauritson Wines
- Rotta Winery
Standard Wine Sponsors:
- Elliston Vineyards
- Migration/Duckhorn Portfolio
VIP Table Sponsors:
- Bartizal Family
- Drucker Family
- David & Alicia Keenan
- Leiser Family
- Rick & Nancy LaBelle
- Lyons Development
- Renee Morgan
- Ravarino Family
You can view photos from the Gala HERE
Next year we’ll celebrate our Silver Anniversary and hope you will plan to join us!
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NOTE: The DSCBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Danville, and our tax ID# is 91-1904304. We are solely funded by the community and have never been government funded.
2021 - Livestream Event and Online Auction
A livestream benefit concert with two American Idols became a new and happy adaptation to our normal Gala festivities on Sunday, May 2nd. Though we couldn’t gather in person, this professionally produced virtual event gave us the opportunity to bring live music into the homes of our guests and connect in a new way, while simultaneously hosting a week-long online auction fundraiser
The concert kicked off with VIPs participating in a lively sports trivia game with Mark Ibanez, Sports Director KTVU Fox 2. We then got a pleasant surprise from our Sapphire Sponsor, Chevron, when executive Robert Milner, presented our Executive Director, Nancy LaBelle, with a generous $38k check from their coin box collection. Chevron has been a community partner for over 12 years, and we are truly grateful for their continued support!
The night continued with a performance by American Idol and talented bassist, Casey Abrams, who entertained us with his cool jazz. He was followed by fellow American Idol alum and much-loved supporter of the DSCBA, James Durbin, who rocked the night away. The banter between Casey and James was fun and entertaining as they took questions from the audience and talked about their experiences on American Idol. The evening continued with home dance parties as we danced the night away with DJ Ashley Good spinning favorite songs for all to enjoy!
It was exciting to see the Fund-A-Need thermometer move up as guests donated online throughout the evening’s festivities. Simultaneously, the online auction heated up as bidders raced to get the winning bid before the 9pm closing. Among many great packages, a Pixar Tour was the top favorite, eventually going for $2,500. Thank you to the 128 bidders who participated in the online auction over a period of 9 days by bidding on 290+ amazing packages.
Overall, the Gala raised over $95k thanks to the support from our generous community that donated auction items, in-kind services, sponsorships and cash to our Fund-A-Need.
The Fund-A-Need was a virtual paddle raise this year and fell short, making only $25k of our $50k goal. It’s not too late to contribute to the fund which provides for:
- Connection to resources and other families
- One-of-a-kind programs for all ages
- Essential support services for the entire family
- Opportunities for empowerment and growth through education
- Strategic alliances with education, medical and mental health communities
If you are able to donate => CLICK HERE
A BIG THANK YOU TO:
Sapphire Sponsors - $10,000
- The Drucker Family
- Las Positas Vineyards - Wine Sponsor of 7 years
- Rotta Winery
- Mauritson Wines
Emerald Sponsor - $3,000
- Wells Fargo
Supporter Sponsor - $1,000
- The Home Co. - Supporter Sponsor
- Castle Management
- Baby Joey
"We ❤️ 21" Virtual Tile Sponsors
Double Full Tile - $1,000:
- Sharon Kariya, Coldwell Banker of San Carlos
- Will Clark Drucker’s Nani & Poppy
Full Tile - $500
- Vaughn Family
- Kathy & Mike Miles
- Rhodes Family
- Joy & Steve Smith
- Grenning Family
- Mary & John Robbins
- Steven & Debby
- Roger Stuart Family
- Janet & Jim Richman
- Steve & Gina WilcoxJ
- onathan Tan
- Bella Gavino & Family
- Frank & Patricia Elliott
Half Tile: $300:
The Harkins Clan
Stay tuned for the next Spring Gala slotted for April-May 2022. We looking forward to seeing you all in person.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR GALA SAPPHIRE SPONSORS
2020 - Galactic Online Auction
GALACTIC ONLINE AUCTION 2020
For the first time ever due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our annual in-person gala fundraiser was converted into a Galactic Online Auction in May. This new format allowed many regular and new auction participants the chance to bid on silent auction items from the comfort of home. While we missed seeing so many friends of the DSCBA in person, it was extremely gratifying to receive an outpouring of support during these unprecedented times.
Thank you to the 226 registrants who participated over a period of 9 days by bidding on 350+ amazing packages donated from businesses and individuals. Over $136k was raised from the auction, Fund-A-Need cash donations, pre-registrations and sponsorships which help support ongoing programs. We can always count on our members and the greater community to come together when needed and this proved true in 2020.
A BIG THANK YOU to our Jedi Sponsor, Chevron, our Empire Sponsor, Nordstrom, Event Sponsors, John Muir Health and Prestige Printing & Graphics, Advertising Sponsors, Feldman Law Group, JSD Construction, Inc., Mass Mutual Northern California, and Wells Fargo Bank, and Droid Wine Sponsors Elliston Vineyards, Gallica and Sherri Kamaka of AAA for their wonderful support.
Stay tuned for the next gala fundraiser slotted for April-May 2021.
2019 - 21st Anniversary Gala
We celebrated our Anniversary in Style by Celebrating Everything 21!
We had many reasons to celebrate at the spring gala held on April 13, 2019 at the beautiful Diablo Country Club. Our theme, “We’ve Got 21!”, honors the significance of the 21st chromosome to the Down syndrome community during our 21st anniversary year. Over 280 people attended this magical evening and a record $225,000 was raised.
The night kicked off with a welcome glass of champagne, a silent auction with over 300 packages to bid on, a Golden Drawing with Ritz Carlton/Southwest Airlines prize, a wine pull and wine tasting table during the cocktail hour. Guests then moved to the ballroom for a delicious dinner. We were delighted to have KTVU Fox 2 Sports Director Mark Ibanez as our MC and Auctioneer for the evening.
A special video presentation highlighted the DSCBA’s Communication Readiness Program (CRP) that helps young members with complex communication needs get ready for school during a 6-week summer program. This was followed by the “cash paddle raise” which brought $77,100. Guests participated in a lively auction that included delectable desserts, getaway packages, sports memorabilia and more—all provided by generous individuals and businesses from far and wide.
Mark Traylor, Chevron District Sales Manager, presented Nancy LaBelle, DSCBA Executive Director, with a generous $28,052.87 donation made possible through coin boxes placed in Chevron stations throughout the Bay Area. We are grateful for Chevron’s support and their Empowering Sponsorship over the years.
The evening closed with a glow-in-the-dark dance party which was especially enjoyed by our DSCBA VIP’s! As a thank you, guests were treated to sweets from a giant candy bar.
The gala would not be possible without the incredible support from businesses and individuals who donated over 420 auction items, many in-kind services, over $40,000 in sponsorships/cash donations and 15 VIP Table Sponsors. Now that is a great way to celebrate 21!
A BIG THANK YOU to our Empowering Sponsor, Chevron, our Inspiring Sponsors, Nordstrom & Anonymous Donor, and VIP Wine Sponsors Las Positas Vineyards, Black Stallion Winery and Frank Family Vineyards for their wonderful support. We would also like to thank the following Advertising Sponsors: Diablo Country Club, Lexus of Pleasanton, Mass Mutual Northern California, Prestige Printing, Summit Financial Group and Wells Fargo Bank.
Save the date of May 2, 2020 for next year’s gala to be held once again at Diablo Country Club. Cheers to 21 years!
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2018- 20th Anniversary Gala
More about our 2018 Gala
Our 20th Anniversary Gala was held on April 14, 2018 at Diablo Country Club. 340 people came out to celebrate this milestone and we raised a record $215,000. This amount of financial support will keep our programs going strong this year and into the start of 2019
We were fortunate to have KTVU Channel 2 Sports Director Mark Ibanez once again as M.C. for this elegant evening. Chelsea Werner, a Special Olympics gold medalist and model, was our guest of honor and her video was truly inspiring. We were also happy to acknowledge our Community Impact Award winners who are going above and beyond for our families and impacting the quality of people’s lives every day because of the compassion they have for others.
During the event we premiered a short film created for our 20th Anniversary celebration produced by Barrett Rodda with Story Short Films. The film is a testimonial from three families/members who have been deeply impacted by our services as far back as 20 years. Watch it here!
After dinner, guests participated in the dessert and live auctions. Thank you to everyone who opened their hearts and wallets to make the fund-a-need, silent and live auctions a huge success.
The live auction was followed by a glow-in-the-dark dance party which got everyone dancing to the beats of DJ Warren, the Gameday DJ.
The gala would not be possible without the incredible support from businesses and individuals who donated over 360 auction items, many in-kind services and over $20,000 in sponsorships/cash donations. We had a record 16 VIP Table Sponsors this year and we were sold out. Now that is a great way to celebrate an anniversary!
A big thank you to our Empowering Sponsor, Chevron, and our Inspiring Sponsor, Nordstrom, for your continued support. We would also like to thank Advertising Sponsor, Summit Financial Group, Event Sponsor, Diablo Country Club, and our VIP Wine Sponsors Acumen, Caddis and Las Positas Vineyards for their continued support.
Save the date of April 13, 2019 for next year when we celebrate 21 years. It’s guaranteed to be a fun event because we are all about the triplication of 21st chromosome which is where awesomeness lies.
See pictures from our 2018 Gala here.
2017- Empower . Inspire . Support
More about our 2017 Gala
On May 6, 2017, we rocked with American Idol finalist James Durbin, laughed with Mark Ibanez, danced, enjoyed good food and better company. Thank you to everone who attended our Spring Gala and to all of our amazing sponsors. Please check out pictures here.
2016- Midnight in Paris
More about our 2016 Gala
Thank you to all who joined us for Midnight in Paris on May 21, 2016. You helped make our event the most successful yet! Click here to see an album of the evening.