Alameda Education Foundation’s “Pirates in Paradise” Fun-Raiser held last Sunday, October 16, on the Alameda-Oakland Estuary raised $3,055 for the Alameda public schools — which is $555 more than last year, reports event organizer Deborah Wright.
Wright says that AEF would especially like to thank members of the Alameda Firefighter’s Association IAFF Local 689 and the Alameda Police Department “for taking their own personal time and giving back to the community. They put the fun in ‘fund raiser!’ ”
Organizers also want to express their appreciation for all the local boat group and yacht clubs for stepping up and providing time, energy and equipment to ensure that the event included a successful boat regatta. “If it weren’t for their love of ‘floatin’ in boats’ none of this would be possible,” Wright shared.
Other thanks go the CB Richard Ellis for providing the space around Nob Hill on Blanding, announcer Jim Franz, Greg Canales, Skip Henderson, Tim Lutzko, USCG, Bryan Castleberry, Jim Smallman, Jim Morin of Nob Hill, all the clubs, organizations and associations who helped sponsor the event, John Platt, Hawaiian BBQ, Alameda Copy & Fast Imaging, Jeff Cambra, Brad Shook of the Bladium, A Sound Explosion, Mayor Marie Gilmore, Vice Mayor Rob Bonta, Councilmember Lena Tam and other city officials and staff.