Reach for the Stars Gala

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Side by Side’s Reach for the Stars Gala will be held virtually.

Reach for the Stars is a critical source of unrestricted revenue for Side by Side and enables our agency to fill in gaps between the true cost of our programs and available funding from our county and school partners. We expect that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will ripple through our communities for months to come and the behavioral and mental health services that Side by Side provides throughout the Bay Area are needed now more than ever.

As we recognize 125 years of service to our community this year – and showcase that anniversary at the Gala – it has given us many chances to reflect on the thousands of young people’s lives that have been touched by the programs and staff of Side by Side.  Importantly, that impact would not be possible without the support of our corporate partners and individual donors. We hope that you’ll join us for this special weekend of tribute, gratitude, and family.

Event Overview


Friday, September 18 at 8am through Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8pm

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Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 7-8pm
Master of Ceremonies & Auctioneer:  Mike McGuire, California State Senator, Second District

We invite you to gather together within your social bubble or include family and friends via Zoom. FREE tickets to the Gala are now available! Connect with Side by Side and support our essential services needed now more than ever.

  • Zoom link for the virtual gala will be sent to registrants on Friday, September 18.
  • For those guests who purchased delivered meals on or before Sept. 11, your dinners will be delivered to the home of the host/ticket buyer and/or their guests on the afternoon of September 19.
  • Pre-ordered dinners from Mangia/Nosh will include appetizers, salad, filet of beef entree with two sides, dessert, as well as wine. Vegetarian entree available.


Artisan Wine Imports ~ Jackson Family of Wines

2020 Event Sponsors

Star Gazer Sponsors

Shooting Star Sponsors

Twinkling Star Sponsor

Neurobehavioral Clinic & Counseling Center

One Toyota of Oakland