What time does the event start?
The reception / check -in begins at 5:30 PM. The Program will begin at 6:30 PM
Is it possible to donate to Fund A Need before the event?
Yes, please email email@example.com if you would like to pledge before the event.
I can’t make it to the event, but want to bid on a Live Auction item. Is this possible?
Yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have a proxy bidder.
Can I view the Live Auction packages before the event?
Yes, we will post our Live Auction on April 17th on our social media.
What is the attire?
Enjoy this night on the town in your best cocktail attire! The reception will be outdoors and the program will be under the big tent, so we recommend bringing a wrap or jacket. The entire event will be on concrete, so please wear appropriate shoes.
What is on the menu?
When you register, you have the option of 3 entrees: Beef, fish or vegetarian. All dishes, including dessert, are gluten free (except for the dinner roll).
What if I need special dietary accommodations?
If you have special dietary needs, please email Beth at email@example.com by April 14th, 2023
Where should I park?
Downtown Redwood City has various locations for parking both at metered spots throughout the area and a number of parking structures through the city. There are various parking garages throughout the area but the closest and most convenient to our venues are the following:
- Underground garage on Middlefield between Jefferson and Winslow provides 1.5 hours of free parking.
- Marshall Street Garage: With entrances off of Marshall and off of Broadway offers 1.5 hours of free parking.
- Main Street Lot: Located on Main Street by City Hall offers parking for 25 cents per hour, Monday-Friday, 10-6pm and free after 6pm and all-day Sundays.
Do I need to put a credit card on file?
In order to make check-in/ registration as fast as possible, we ask that all attendees put a credit card on file at the time of registration that will be linked to your bid number. All bids, raffle ticket sales and games, will be charged to the card on file. If you choose to pay with a DAF (tax deductible purchases) or check, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can mark your account. We will still require a credit card on file, but will send you an invoice within a few days of the event.
Can I purchase a table without knowing the names of my guests?
Yes. When you purchase a table, you will receive a personalized link that can be sent to guests to register. We will need your guest names/ meal selections by April 10th in order to place our catering order.
Will I need to wear a face mask at the Gala?
The health and safety of our guests is a top priority. At the time of the gala, Samaritan House will follow the guidelines for events as set by the San Mateo County Department of Health.
How do I bid on the Silent Auction Items?
Silent Auction items will be displayed at the event along with a bid sheet. All you need to do is write your bid number on the sheet. The top bidder number will be displayed at the end of the event, near the exit. If you are the winning bidder, please stop at the exit table to get your prize.
How does the Live Auction work?
At check-in, you will receive a program. Bid numbers are printed on the back of individuals program. Every individual or couple has an assigned bid number that will be linked to their account/ credit card. To bid on live auction items, visibly wave your program/bid number. Continue to hold your program/bid number in view of the auctioneer until your bid number is called. If you are the highest bidder, the auctioneer will announce your bid number as the winner. An auction volunteer will record your bid number on a confirmation sheet. You will receive all of the necessary information about how to redeem your auction item within a few days.
Do I need to bring cash to buy drinks at the event?
The bar will turn to a cash bar once the program begins.
Will there be a coat check?
Unfortunately, there will not be a coat check.
Is there a drop-off area close to the entrance for guests with mobility issues?
Yes, there will be a drop off zone on Hamilton and Broadway
Will there be a raffle at the event?
Yes. There will be two raffles. One raffle is the “Mega Draw” raffle. We are selling limited tickets for a chance to win two gorgeous his/ hers Baume and Mercier watches. Mega Draw tickets are $100.00 each and can be reserved on the website and picked up at the event, or bought in-person pre-event or at the event.
We will also have another raffle that will take place during the reception. Those tickets are $25.00/each or 5 for $100. These tickets can be dropped in the display boxes located next to each raffle prize.