Palo Alto Players 2020 Gala Fundraiser: PLAY!




Updated May 29, 2020



How do I attend the first-ever Palo Alto Players virtual gala fundraiser? Simply reserve your free ticket here, then use the links on our gala home page to join us live on Sunday, May 31, 2020. In the meantime, stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Make it a special evening by donning your favorite party wear, mixing up a delightful cocktail, inviting a friend to join you virtually, and ordering takeout or delivery from one of our local food & drink partners! Purchase directly in advance to ensure availability:

  • PLAY! menu at Teleferic Barcelona: Palo Alto's premier location for authentic Spanish paella and tapas 650.321.0512 takeout or $10 delivery between Redwood City and Mountain View (limited availability—first come, first served)
  • Gott's: your choice from a full menu of American roadside classics • 650.326.1000 • takeout or delivery via DoorDash
  • The Market: delectable deli and dessert offerings from the store voted Palo Alto's "Best Grocery & Produce" • 650.665.7590 • in-store shopping, curbside service, or delivery
  • PLAY! signature cocktail ingredients from Willows Market: wine, spirits, craft beer, and more from Menlo Park's neighborhood favorite • 650.322.0743 • in-store shopping



How long will the event run? The livestream program begins at 5pm PT on Sunday, May 31 and will run approximately 1 hour. You are also invited to join us for the pre-show virtual happy hour at 4:30pm PT. The online auction is now open and closes at 7pm PT on Sunday, May 31. Don't miss your opportunity to bid on unique items and support the arts!



What’s on the program? The virtual event will be hosted by Palo Alto Players Artistic Director Patrick Klein and Managing Director Elizabeth Santana and feature special ‘at home’ performances and guest appearances from some of your favorite Players’ artists. You’ll have an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind experiences during our online auction, "Make A Difference" in the lives of local artists, and enjoy an original, completely improvised show whose title will be chosen from YOUR submissions. Take part in the fun by engaging with us throughout the event via live chat.



Are there any tax advantages to donating to Palo Alto Players? Yes! Specifically for 2020, the CARES Act expanded tax deductions for charitable giving. Those who take a standard deduction on their tax returns will be able to claim a deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions to nonprofit organizations like Palo Alto Players. Those who itemize their tax returns will be able to deduct 100% of cash contributions against their AGI. Note: tax situations vary; please be sure to consult your financial advisor on your particular tax benefits.


100% of the value of donations (including "Make A Difference" donations to support local artists) are tax-deductible as allowable by law. Any bid amount over the retail value of an auction item is also tax-deductible as allowable by law.



If Palo Alto Players is trying to raise money toward the mission to inspire, entertain, and enrich our local artists and audiences, why aren't you charging us to attend this virtual fundraising event? Thank you for asking! Our hope is two-fold:

First, in line with our values, we hope to make this event inclusive and accessible to all as we celebrate and reflect on why this community is so special.

Second, we hope that you’ll support this organization in the ways that make most sense for you. We’re providing a range of easy-to-navigate options, including:

  • Sharing the event with your friends and colleagues

  • Donating online

  • Donating by mail (with checks to Palo Alto Players, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301)

  • Bidding on your favorite items from our online auction



How can I support the local businesses that are supporting Palo Alto Players? For the businesses that are operating during the current shelter-in-place order, our online auction descriptions will include handy information on their takeout, delivery, and/or gift card options. As you do with Palo Alto Players, thank you for making our community thrive!





Do you have a question that hasn't been answered? Please let Karen Law know at