The Alameda Business Network held a popular holiday get-together and fund-raiser on Thursday, December 2, at Rhythmix Cultural Works. The group now includes about 35 members.
Several dozen members and guests were greeted by members of the Fourth Force Reconnaissance Company, which has its office on Clement Avenue, and the U. S. Coast Guard’s Electronic Support Detachment in Alameda. The servicemen were collecting unwrapped gifts for the Toys for Tots program. Guests donating a new toy got a free raffle ticket.
The event also raised funds for Operation Mom, a Castro Valley-based group that supports families of the military and sends care packages to troops worldwide, with ticket sales ($10 each), a silent auction and raffle.
Palacios Brothers Construction staff and family members cooked and donated food for the event, while local vintners and other businesses donated wine and other treats.
The Alameda Business Network is hosting a special holiday get-together from 5:30–9:30 p.m. this Thursday, December 2, at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave.
The group now includes about 35 members and has hosted regular meetings and other events throughout 2010, says Chuck DiGuida, the group’s treasurer.
Members hope to collect toys for Toys for Tots and funds for Operation Mom, a Castro Valley-based group that supports families of the military and sends care packages to troops worldwide, with ticket sales ($10 each), silent auction and a raffle.
As part of the mixer, a Japanese “taiko” drumming group led by Rhythmix’s Janet Koike and others will perform.
The group had two other mixers already this year – one in May to benefit the Alameda Welfare Council at the Churchward Pub and another in August at Aroma Restaurant to support the Alameda Education Foundation.
Members of the group meet weekly on Tuesdays for networking, and they aim to host mixers every three months or so. “We’d like to see the group grow to 50 or 60 individuals,” the group’s treasurer said. “We want to grow and yet remain a very personal, interactive organization.”
For this Thursday’s mixer, guests are asked to bring new unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots collection. Those bringing toys will get a free raffle ticket, DiGuida says.
Alameda Education Foundation President Bill Sonneman, far right, recently accepted a check for $750 from members of the Alameda Business Network during ABN’s August 18 mixer at Aroma Restaurant.
ABN, a professional organization dedicated to providing business opportunities for its members, holds quarterly mixers to combine business networking with fund-raising for local non-profits.
According to Kimberly Vaughn, left, an officer with ABN, the group selected AEF as its benefactor because it “recognizes and understands the importance of having a healthy school system in Alameda for our children. The Alameda School District needs support more than ever and we wanted to bring awareness to the urgency.”
AEF plans to use the funds to support programming that fosters student success in Alameda public schools, such as in art, music, drama and athletics.
Other ABN members attending the event included Chuck DiGuida (second from left), Erik Schuler and Maggie Caracciolo.
Many thanks to AEF for the photo and information.