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Alameda Theatre New Year’s Benefit: A Big Success

The balloon drop wasn’t the only thing that a few hundred Alamedans enjoyed on New Year’s Eve at the Alameda Theatre. Residents are buzzing about what a great event ”Casino Night” at the theatre was — including some Las Vegas- style performers, games, fine wine and plenty of other treats and entertainment.

Proceeds from this polular “retro” event are going to the Alameda Civic Light Opera, Alameda Civic Ballet, Blossom Garden Alameda Chapter of Oakland Children’s Hospital, Midway Shelter for women and children, and Alameda Meals on Wheels.

Past charity events staged at the theater have collected as much as $14,000. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed that this event did as well or better.

Event sponsors included the Bank of Alameda, Rosenblum Cellars, Alameda Point Wine Works at Rock Wall Wine Company, Pappo Restaurant, Culina Gourmet Deli, Hangar One, Burgermeister, Torani syrups, A Sound Explosion and Parker Orthodontics.

About 180 VIP (or “high-rollers”) tickets and another 500 general admission tickets were being sold, and there’s talk in town that they all sold out.

Past charity events staged at the theater have collected as much as $14,000.

Many thanks and congratulations to theatre owner Kyle Conner, performer Chuck Campagnet and event sponsors.

Building on the success of the New Year’s Eve benefit, Conner’s organized “Valentine’s Rock” for February 13.

The theatre is also hosting a classic film series from January 13 to February 11.

It showcases local talent every Friday and Saturday night before the last two shows in the historic theatre. To participate, come to a Tuesday night try-out session.

Janet Levaux