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The gala is tonight! Fri, Oct 23, 7 pm

You won't want to miss Lights, Camera, Auction! with this incredible line up!

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Mayor Joe Goethals, City of San MateoCity of Foster City Mayor Catherine Mahanpour will all be joining us live!

Register today @ and you might even get a sneak peak at San Mateo-Foster City School District Superintendent Joan Rosas's little Pearl!

silent auction is open!... and the Gala is friday!!

Gala news, Thursday, Oct 22, 2020

Silent Auction Is Now Open!

Don't miss the chance to bid on some very special items. There’s something for everyone including lots of goodies to share with your family. Don’t miss treasures such as certificates from your favorite local restaurants, treats to make your mouth water, Bay Area experiences like CuriOdyssey and the Botanical Gardens, and much more! Silent auction bidding will end on Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 pm.

Need a Greater Giving Account?

Go to Greater Giving and click on “Start Bidding” and follow the instructions. 

Start Bidding!

Log in to your Greater Giving account and start bidding.

Browse Packages using the menu:

  • Use the left menu to open the menu for Bids, Favorites, and Categories.
    • Favorites - Use the star ☆ to save Packages for later viewing.
    • Bids - See Packages that you have bid on already.
    • Act Now - Sort Packages quickly by No Bids, Currently Open, and more.
  • Use the magnifying glass or scroll down to search for Packages.

Tap on a Package to place a type of bid:

  • Bid - Place a single bid at the next increment.
  • Bid More - Place a Max Bid. The system will bid in your favor until you are outbid or the auction closes.
  • Buy Now - Purchase the Package!

If you want to learn more about online bidding, check out our Gala website for more detailed instructions.

What about the Live Auction?

We have some very special items that will be on center stage at the Live Auction beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 23. From fine jewelry to incredible experiences, you’ll want to be at the show when the bidding begins. If you have set up your account with Greater Giving, you’ll receive your invitation via email a couple of days prior to the event. Be there when the curtain opens!

Want to Know Who Won the Moktok Dance and Pets in Costume Contests?

You have to join us on Friday night to watch and celebrate the contest winners! Just one more reason to register at Greater Giving!

Time to Be Social - Come Early for the Reception & Stay Late to Celebrate!

Bring along a few friends and tune in at 6:30 pm to meet and chat. Pour yourself a glass of wine and have your hors d’oeuvres ready! The Reception is the place to connect with old friends and meet new ones -- you never know who might show up -- enjoy snippets from the dance challenge and pet costume contest, and learn if you are one of our lucky winners! Remember, anyone can join us for this event from anywhere in the world!  

One hour will fly by! Before the lights finally dim, remain with us at 8:00 pm. for a short post-Gala celebration. You’ll have time to continue your conversations, watch the closing entertainment and bask in the appreciation of a job well done — raising vital funds to secure a brighter future for all of our students. 

Need More Info?

Get the most current info on our Gala website or on SMFC Ed Foundation’s Facebook page. 

We can’t wait to see you there!

more gala fun: PETS IN COSTUMES! 

Gala News, Thursday, Oct 8, 2020:

 Calling all goblins, ghouls, witches and warlocks!  October is here! 

It’s time to announce the Gala’s second contest: Pets in Costumes! 

Image of Gala Pets in Costume

How to Enter:

Simply snap a photo of your pet in costume and post it to social media before October 19 for a chance to win.

Post your photo to Facebook and/or Instagram and tag the San Mateo-Foster City Community Education Foundation on Facebook and/or @smfcef on Instagram by 1 pm, Monday, October 19. Use the designated hashtag #smfcef_gala2020 to finalize your entry. This is the only way to enter for a chance to win.

Include ​your name in the caption along with either your school and grade, family name, place of business or ​group name, if appropriate. 

Register Now

To register, go to Greater Giving, click “Start Bidding” and create your account. Go to "LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION!” Gala page to keep up to date with registration and other exciting Gala details.

registration is now open!...

Gala News, Friday, Oct 2, 2020:

...for the SMFC Education Foundation’s first ever live, virtual Gala, LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION! Friday, October 23 at 7 pm.

To register, go to Greater Giving, click “Start Bidding” and create your account. 

All attendees will receive an email from Greater Giving announcing the opening of the silent auction on Monday, October 19.

Proceeds from “Lights, Camera, Auction” will contribute to virtual innovation and resources for all students in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

Event Sponsors Still Welcomed!

Interested in becoming an event sponsor or donating an item for our live or silent auction? There’s still time! Contact Shara Watkins at for more information.

Just In! MokTok Contest Rules and Instructions

The Gala team has shared Moktok Contest rules today! Please go to the Gala web page for all you need to know to submit your entry.

MokTok Contest Rules

"moktok" dance challenge

Gala News, Friday, Sept 25, 2020:

Halloween trick-or-treating might be quite different this year, but we can still have some fun!  It’s time to put your creative thinking hats and dancing shoes on, and perhaps even open up that costume bin!  Let’s go dancing — even if you have nowhere to go but your living room!

We are sure you have heard of TikTok dance challenges.  We are excited to share our spin on this challenge with our very own “MokTok” dance contest!  We are looking to inspire individuals, families, teachers, staff and friends to submit their take on the “Blinding Lights” dance as part of our first gala contest.

Please join our Facebook event page SMFC Education Foundation’s "LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION!" to keep up to date with registration details, MokTok contest rules, and information on how to enter this contest for a chance to win prizes!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Watch the video on SMFC Ed Foundation's Gala web page.

You're invited..."lights, camera, auction!" 

Gala News for Monday, Sept 21, 2020:

Image of Final Gala Invite - English

Image of Final Gala Invitation - Spanish

 Friday, october 23, 2020, 7 pm


Join us for the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation’s virtual inaugural gala, Lights, Camera, Auction! It’s the place to be on Friday, October 23rd!

Silent Auction

Live Auction

Pet costume contest

MokTok dance challenge

Games and more!

Time to Be Social - Come Early for the Reception!

Tune in at 6:30pm to meet and chat. Pour yourself a glass of wine and have your hors d’oeuvres ready! The reception is the place to be to chat with school friends, teachers, and staff, enjoy snippets from the dance challenge and pet costume contest, and see if you are one of our lucky winners! 

Dress up “gala fancy” or join in with your pajamas, and invite your friends, neighbors, and family members to a historic evening filled with a live auction, exciting give-aways, a silent auction, costume contest, mini dance challenge, games, and fun!  Remember, anyone can join us for this event, from anywhere in the world! 

The gavel falls at 7:00pm sharp for the start of “LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION!”

Stay Late!

We know how fast one hour will go by! Stay with us for a short post-Gala celebration beginning at 8:00pm.


Follow us on social media to learn how to register and for the latest gala news:

Thank You for Becoming a Sponsor or Making a Donation

We are currently looking for event sponsors and in-kind donations to make our Gala a huge success for our students. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please reach out to Shara Watkins at to discuss needed auction items and sponsorship opportunities.