Every contribution you make will help secure the amazing programs that help our children thrive and succeed at Alvarado Elementary School.

Our goal for the auction this year is to raise $150,000 and your donations go directly to support specialty programs in art, reading, teacher resources, and much, much more.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our Cougar community.





The big event, Friday 9th, April 9th,  6:30 - 8:00 pm (final bidding ends at 9:00 pm)
  • 6:30 pm: Zoom Cocktail Hour from the Great Outdoors  
    Hosted on zoom - click here. Meeting ID: 204 609 0249, Passcode: 180180
  • 7:03 pm: Live Auction and Show Kick-Off with your hosts, broadway star and Alvarado Parent, Anthony Veneziale, and our auctioneer, Nelson Jay!
    When you have signed up, you will receive a direct link to watch the program. You will need to sign in to watch and bid with your personal, custom link. 
  • 7:25 pm: Raise-a-Paddle
  • 8:00 pm: 8:00 pm: Live Auction and Show Wrap-Up, but ... you will still have an hour to bid on silent items!
  • 9:00 pm: Bidding Closes You will be notified of your incredible winnings!
No tickets are needed to join in the fun this year but you will need to sign up in order to bid and watch the programming.


  1. Click the "Log In" button at the top right corner of this page:
    If your email is already in the system -- you will get a "Hooray, you are already in our system” and you will verify via the email sent to you.
    If you are NOT already in the system -- proceed by filling in info (name, email, and billing zip) and that is it. If you want to bid on items you will need to add a credit card.
  2. DO NOT FORWARD YOUR LINK!!! This is specific & private to you only. Each bidder/family needs to sign in.
  3. On Friday, April 9, those that have signed up will receive an email taking you directly to live auction and show.
  4. Log in by 7 pm to watch the live auction and special programming! 
We will be posting LIVE UPDATES throughout the event!
*Remember, you do not need a credit card to watch the live event but you will to place a bid. 

Questions? Please contact us via fundraising@alvaradoschoool.net.


Early bidding has already started!  Click here to view the entire catalog, and don’t forget to approve text alerts so you can receive notifications if you have been outbid.





Raise-a-Paddle is a straight gift donation to support the PTA programming unique to Alvarado. This includes but not limited to:

  • Lab sciences programming
  • Full-time art (most schools only get 3 days, meaning art is only for an eight-week session rather than every week)
  • Full-time social worker
  • Added math and reading support staff PLUS yard coaching!
And, so much more!
We need the support of our community now more than ever before. Please show your Cougar pride, participate in the auction and raise money for our beloved school!




What is the difference between the Online Auction and the Live Auction? 
Online Auction: Hundreds of items will be featured in the silent online auction. It will open on Monday, April 5th, and is able to bid all week long! Start bidding and be sure to sign up for text alerts if you get outbid. Silent item bidding will close at 9 pm on Friday, April 9th, the highest bidder will the item.
Live Auction: On Friday, April 9th from 7-8 pm will be our live auction programming, this will include the big-ticket items (rental houses, etc) and the raise-a-paddle along with special messages and performances.

What is Raise-A-Paddle?
A direct appeal for cash donations to support part of our children’s education. We encourage you to contribute an amount that is meaningful for you via the online auction. Raise-A-Paddle ends with the close of the live auction on Friday night.

Where does the money go?
The proceeds from the auction are a significant contribution to the overall PTA budget for the 2021/2022 school year, funding school programs, and community events, as well as student and teacher support programs that are currently not covered by SFUSD.

Are my auction purchases tax-deductible? 

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Only the excess of the amount paid over the stated fair value is deductible for income tax purposes. All contributions to Raise-a-Paddle are 100% tax-deductible. Please check with your tax advisor. Please note that Alvarado Elementary and the Alvarado Gala Committee are not responsible for the tax consequences of any Gala transaction. The Alvarado PTA is a Section 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Tax ID #94-6171208.

Got a question? Direct your questions to fundraising@alvaradoschool.net