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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.

2020 Galactic Online Auction


We Still Need You!

As you know, the Covid-19 Pandemic forced us to put one of our largest fundraisers of the year online through a virtual Galactic Online Auction. While quite successful, last week's auction fell short on our Fund-A-Need goal. Since early March all programs and support services went virtual serving more families than ever before. We empower our families to teach at home and our help line remains open 8 hours a day 5 days a week.

What is Fund-A-Need?

It’s a virtual paddle raise where you donate cash. Our “need” is to stay strong in 2020 and WE NEED YOU to make that happen! In past years you may have attended our gala and raised your paddle. This year, please raise your virtual paddle by contributing any level of support to our FUND-A-NEED and Keep the CONNECTION Strong! 

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.


Midnight in Paris 2016