Three ways to participate in #GivingTuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year we are joining with nonprofits around the world to help create #GivingTuesday: A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give back. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

On December 3, you can give to Cal Shakes in more ways than one.

  1. CLICK TO GIVE NOWMoney – Make a difference by making a donation. We can’t do what we do without you. Read a letter from a grateful teacher here; view photos of this year’s arts, education, and community efforts here.
  2. Volunteer Sign up to give your time and energy, and get inside the workings of a nonprofit theater (we’re lots of fun to work with).
  3. In-kind – We need stuff! Check out our wish list below—you may find stuff to give that reduces our costs, freeing up resources for our arts and education programming. If you wish to donate something on our wish list, please contact Annual Fund Manager Ian Larue at 510.899.4907 or

Give once, twice, or three times. Whatever you contribute now will make more theater possible for more people in the Bay Area—including you. And be sure to tweet or post about it when you to, with the hash tag #GivingTuesday. Thank you!

Multi-purpose hand truck 1 five-in-one, industrial strength
Folding tables 6  six feet long, lightweight, and sturdy
Paper cutter 1
Cases of water 10 low- or no-sodium
Cases of nonalcoholic beverages 5 sparkling cider
Table linens 4 to fit six-, eight- or ten-foot tables
Button making supplies 1.5” button-maker supplies: pinbacks, shells, and mylar
Fabric softeners 5 large boxes Bounce brand preferred
Benadryl 5 boxes
Music player 1 Bluetooth-enabled, or the kind to plug your device into
Dishwasher 1
Sodastream or other sparkling water maker 1
Framing services 16 11″x 17″
Green Fleece Blankets 50 50″x60″ dark green fleece
Home Depot gift cards any any denomination
Reams of white copy paper any 8.5″x 11″ plain paper; recycled strongly preferred
First-class postage stamps any Forever stamps are best, please
Beads and buttons any For the costume shop
Office Max and Office Depot gift cards any any denomination; office supplies
Berkeley Bowl gift cards any denomination; food and drink for events
Visa gift cards
MasterCard gift cards
American Express gift cards
Discover gift cards
Disinfecting wipes 3 Clorox or any brand for cleaning desktops and telephones, etc.
Handheld video camera 1 Full-featured camcorder preferred; needs to have optical zoom, image stabilization, and firewire cable
Three-ring binders, one-inch 90 black or white; for rehearsal scripts
Three-ring binders, three-inch 10 D-ring, any color
Sunscreen 20 SPF 30 or higher, expiration no earlier than November 2014
Bug spray 15 Expiration no earlier than November 2014
Case of Ricola throat drops 4 Any flavor
Case of hot chocolate 6
Gatorade powder 12 Lemon-lime, big powder canisters preferred
Airjet hand dryer for bathrooms 2
Desk lamps 4 or 5
Picnic tables 6+
Clown noses 50+
Rubber bands 2 boxes
iPod speakers 2 speakers that attached directly to an iPhone or iPod
Noise makers 5 snare drum, maracas, xylephone
Balls 8 From tennis balls to soccer balls, anything will do.

Auctioneering: More than Just a Breathless, Speedy-speaking Production

Quiroga in auctioneering action.

Marketing Intern Katie McGee gets to know our One Great Party auctioneer extraordinaire.

“I’d be lying if I said I really don’t enjoy being an auctioneer. I really do enjoy getting a crowd whipped up into a frenzy to support a place like Cal Shakes or whatever charity I work with. I love being an auctioneer that helps make good things happen in the world.” —Greg Quiroga, auctioneer for Cal Shakes’ gala.

Auctioneering is more than just a breathless, speedy-speaking production.  The role of an auctioneer, especially one in fundraising, is much like the role of an actor.  Each performance has strategy, a clear message, and is meant to evoke audience emotion.  Greg Quiroga has been in the business for a solid decade.  It is clear that he excels at his profession, because he takes a sincere interest in each client’s story and purpose.  Quiroga spends hours getting to know his clients and planning and strategizing his performance.

Quiroga is constantly working on perfecting his stage presence and performance technique.  For instance, he took improv classes for years to strengthen and fine-tune his ability to “keep everything positive react and live in the moment.”  His hard work and dedication has paid off immensely.

Quiroga is currently working for Reynolds & Buckley and works on average 50 or more fundraising events each year.  Over the years he has auctioned a wide array of items, ranging from extravagant world touring cruises to a day in the recording studio with  Once he even sold cuts in an event’s food line for $2,500 a pop.

Quiroga looks forward to Cal Shakes’ gala for many reasons. “Cal Shakes’ event bridges all of the gaps between visceral, social, and emotional experiences… it always manages to be one of the most visually demanding events you can see. I mean, it’s just beautiful. It’s a good crowd of supporters. The event is always very on-message and extremely emotionally rewarding.”  Quiroga has been working Cal Shakes’ gala’s live auction for the last five years and he is always awed with how the “crowd consistently comes together to support Cal Shakes’ education outreach programs.” Thanks to the efforts of Quiroga, the Cal Shakes staff and ever-supportive patrons of Cal Shakes continue to be pivotal players in the effort to bring the arts to the stage, to classrooms, and to communities.

The 2012 gala is just about sold out, but the auction catalog will be online shortly. Click for updates.