Still Time to Support Boys & Girls Club

The 29th-annual auction and gala fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda takes place on tomorrow night (March) at the Hilton Oakland Airport.
The event’s theme is Mardi Gras, and the 350-plus guests are asked to wear Carnival-themed attire. They will be treated to New Orleans-style cocktails, appetizers, main courses, music and more.

The auction’s chief sponsor is One Toyota of Oakland, while Event Magic (based in Oakland’s Jingletown district) has donated decorations and other supplies, according to auction co-chair Sabrina Baltutis. South Shore Italian restaurant Trabocco Kitchen & Cocktails hosted a pre-gala event in support of the auction on Jan. 21.

Last year, the gala raised more than $120,000 for the Alameda Boys & Girls Club.

The gala will start with a silent auction, which includes a selection of fine wines and wine tastings, special jewelry, golf packages, pool parties and spa events, as well as vacations in and around Graegle, San Diego and Tahoe, as well as getaways to Aruba, Hawaii and Park City, Utah.

The event’s live auction, which takes place after dinner, features a Love Boat cocktail cruise for 20 couples with food catered by Saboor Zafar, gourmet dinners prepared by other local chefs, vacation packages and premier suites for an Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants’ game. The top prize is pair of tickets to the 2015 Super Bowl and a six-night stay in Phoenix.

Later in the evening, the Stand Up for Kids donation drive takes place. That’s when a specific donation amount is announced, and guests stand up to contribute.

Lots of community members have stood up in past year to support the club’s activities, such as on-site technology, homework tutoring, sports, marine biology, cooking and gardening programs that serve over 1,200 children. In fact, this part of the auction raised about $28,000 in 2013.

Community members are asked to support the club’s programs by donating online in support of the gala through midnight on March 1.

Janet Levaux