2018 Oakland Tech Auction Gala

Get ready to chat, sip, bid, munch and DO A LOT OF GOOD for our Bulldog community at the 2018 Tech PTSA Auction Gala “Celebrating Unity & Community” — Saturday, March 3, from 6 to 10 PM, at the California Ballroom. Whoop it up while feasting on great BBQ compliments of Everett & Jones and delectable sweets courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes (thank you both!). 

Let’s Make a Difference Together!

Each year, the auction raises roughly $100,000 to fund field trips, tutoring, classroom supplies, learning materials, teacher grants, performing arts and athletic endeavors, and an array of other vital initiatives that enrich the school experience of Tech’s 2,000 students. This year’s severe mid-year budget cuts at Tech — about $400,000! — and across the district make this fundraiser more critical and necessary than ever. 

Bid & Win at the Online Auction! 

Check out the online auction catalog right here and now, and start bidding! Purchase sporting event tickets, top-notch restaurant gift certificates, museum memberships and much, much more. Anyone can bid and win — yes, that means you don’t have to be part of the Bulldog community to reap the rewards! Online tip: New items will be added every day (every hour maybe!) until the online auction ends on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 9 PM so it’s worth checking back often. (FYI: Items set aside for the March 3 gala are not viewable.) 

Buy Your Gala Tickets Now!

Tickets are $40 in advance ($80 for a couple with a shared bid number) and $45/$90 at the door. Purchase your ticket(s) right here. 

Help Lead Volunteers at the Gala! 

We need two cheerful, energetic people to play key roles on the night of the gala. Please email the fine folks at auction@oaklandtech.com if you’re interested in either of these positions:

  • Gala Closing/Bagging Coordinator: Train auction table closing/bagging volunteers and oversee process during event
  • Check-Out Concierge: Fields inquiries from guests about check-out process and provides support to check-out team.

Pitch In!

Speaking of volunteers! … Please sign up here to pitch in the day and night of the gala. There are all sorts of fun and easy roles for you to do. 


We’re still accepting donations. Is there a business you love and frequent that you think could donate to the auction? Please ask them! Or buy a gift certificate to the business and donate. Or do you have something from your own work or home that you think could be a good auction item. Whatever it is, please let us know by filling out this form. Thank you!

Host a Party!

Every year, parent-hosted parties raise thousands of dollars for our school community while giving families a fun way to spend time and meet each other. Get a few friends together and host a spring brunch, a themed dinner party, or a beer tasting party featuring all local brews. New party ideas are welcome! (Old ones, too!) We can even pair you with other hosts looking for help. If you’re ready to raise your hand – or want to toss around some party ideas – please contact this year’s party coordinators Audrey Young and Linda Basham at auctionparties@oaklandtech.com. Or just fill out and submit this form.

Donate a Bottle of Wine for the Wine Cellar! 

We need to stock our great wine cellar, which is raffled off at the auction. Contributing is easy! You buy a bottle (or several!) of wine and email wine@oaklandtech.com to let us know. We’ll either pick up the wine or let you know where to drop it off. 

Purchase a Raffle Ticket to Nab the Wine Cellar!

Hey, if there’s going to be a wine cellar packed to the proverbial rafters with great wine, you might as well buy a raffle ticket (or many!) to try to win it! Purchase your tickets to the cellar when you purchase your tickets to the auction — a twofer! Or purchase your raffle tickets here on their own — $20/single ticket or $50/three tickets.

Make a Dessert for Our World-Famous Dessert Table!

Calling all bakers and delicious treat-makers! We Bulldogs LOVE dessert — especially at the gala when our fine culinary creations are auctioned off. Sweet! In fact, we like to think the gala dessert table is famous the world over (OK, maybe just among us Tech folks, but still.) Sign up here to let the auction committee know what pie, tart, handmade candy or gluten-free anything (very popular) you plan to bring to the auction. Thank you!

Ask Questions! 

We love questions! Truly. Contact auction co-chairs Elizabeth Falkner and Jenny Berg at auction@oaklandtech.com

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