Shelter Fund-Raiser, Beer Bash Scheduled

What: “Dis-Go-Boom” Fundraiser for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and AIDS Lifecycle
When: 3-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28
Where: 1901 Broadway
Cost: $10 (includes beer)
Info: www.dis-go-boom.com

Employees at Urban Island Home Furnishings are staging a disco-themed party at the Broadway shop, with most of the proceeds going to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and AIDS Lifecycle.

FAAS aims to raise some $300,000 this year. It recently held a garage sale on Bay Farm Island that raised about $2,000, according to Bianchi. Plus, starting on September 1, it will sell beverages at Urban Island as part of a first-Thursdays-of-the-month celebration. The group also has a fund-raising event scheduled for October 24 at Angela’s Bistro & Bar and a large fund-raiser set for October 27 at Rock Wall Winery.

Staff members from Urban Island Home Furnishings say guests should come by Sunday afternoon in casual dress. “But if they are more inspired and want to dress up in ‘70s disco clothes, that’s great, too,” said Alo Ativalu. “We will be playing more than disco, including funk and some new music.”

The shop will be closed for business, and all art and furniture on sale at the store will be put away for the dance party and beer bash. “This is a great way to end the summer and have some fun,” said Charles Ballard, who hopes that at least 300 individuals will attend. “If we can get more people to come by and raise more funds for FAAS and AIDS Lifecycle, that’s even better.”

“We spoke with store owner Steve Ferguson about the idea of putting a stage, dance floor and disco ball inside the space as a way to help out some non-profits,” said Ballard, an Alameda resident who works at the consignment shop. “He agreed, so then we went out and found DJs Papa Tony and Mikey Nut.”

For the event, Ballard has been working with his colleague Ativalu, an Oakland resident. “It’s time to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Urban Island,” Ativalu shared. “And I thought it would be great fun for everyone. This space is awesome.”

Ferguson, who lives in Alameda, opened Urban Island Home Furnishings last August. “We didn’t stage a grand opening then,” he said, “and I have wanted to do something special. We staged an art fair and fund-raiser for the animal shelter in May, but this is going to be bigger and should be lots of fun. Charles and Alo were willing to do the work, so I thought we should run with it.”

Both Ferguson and Charles have owned pets adopted from the shelter.

“We expect this event to go well,” said Nancy Bianchi, president of FAAS. “We are glad to be one of the beneficiaries and are very appreciative to receive Urban Island’s support.”

Janet Levaux